How to Dress Like a Fashion Editor

School is out: but summer uniforms are in, says AISLINN COFFEY

Fashion editors have a uniform that they rarely steer away from. It may seem effortless – although they do spend as much time getting ready as any other women – but it does make the job of getting dressed a whole lot easier. Tonne Goodman, former fashion director at American Vogue has been wearing a yearlong white denim uniform for decades; Levi’s 511s, Organic by John Patrick sweaters, Charvet silk scarves. British Vogue’s Sarah Harris chooses to wear blue jeans, black sweaters and white shirts. As with all fashion uniforms – it can be the same signature look you wore when you were 20, just updated and styled a different way. One thing they have in common? They don’t like to look overly done


Denim Jeans: White & Straight(ish)

Heavy white denims (not stretch, fitted or see-through) are huge for SS19. Wear yours with a tucked-in T-shirt or blouse. No belt required.

White culotte denim jeans, €27.99, at H&M. Flair high-rise jeans, €210, at Cypress Twill cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans, Eytys, €200;


Khakis: Chinos & Combats

Combats, chinos and cargo pants are right right now. Turned-up cuffs are perfect for showing off shoes.

Khaki cotton combat trousers, Mos Mosh, €160, at Beige cotton cargo pants, €69.95, at Zara. Kat Space Oddity sunglasses, €98, Ace & Tate,
30 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Beige Penthia cotton trousers, Part Two, €99.95, at Arnotts. Beige cotton cropped chinos, Prada, €620, at Brown Thomas.


Linen dress: Throw-on Shapes 

Balance a voluminous silhouette with chunky sandals.

White linen dress, €89.95, at Zara. Olive linen dress, Sleeper, €255; Charcoal linen dress, €339, at 5. Check linen dress (in picture), €350, at Stable, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2. 6. Black Noelly leather sandals, Isabel Marant, €460, at Costume Dublin.


Summer sweater: Lightweight knits

Because it’s never actually going to be that warm in Ireland …

White sand cashmere polo-neck sweater (in picture), €340; Blue knit sweater, €59, at & Other Stories. Off-white cashmere sweater, €315; Natural lightweight merino wool sweater, Ireland’s Eye, €105, at Kilkenny Shop. Navy and white stripe sweater, €295; White leather shoes, The Edit Carolyn Donnelly, €99, at Dunnes Stores.


Summer tailoring: Multi-taskers

If you have to multi-task, so should your suit. Break up a two-piece to get bang for your buck.

Cream linen blend jacket; €530; matching cream cropped trousers, €390; both Frame
at Orange print satin scarf, €29, at & Other Stories. Pink oversized linen jacket, €99; check Paris blazer, €149; both at & Other Stories. Natural double-breasted linen jacket, €110, at Marks & Spencer.


Top of the tops: T-shirts & Shirts

Invest in good-quality shirts, blouses and T-shirts. Choose a timeless style and flattering fit.

Off-white silk shirt, €79.99, at H&M. White poplin shirt, €129; White linen T-shirt, €29, at Cos. Champagne silk blouse, €116, at The White Company.


Midi skirt: Earthy tones

For those who hate leg-baring in the summer, take a cue from the best street style looks and style your midi skirt with a T-shirt or a knit in a similar colour.

Chocolate brown limited edition nappa leather skirt, €249, at Massimo Dutti. Khaki asymmetric cotton/linen skirt, €1,200; Coco brown cotton skirt, €79.95, at Massimo Dutti. 24ct gold Spiral Woman earrings inspired by sculptor Louise Bourgeois, Simone Rocha for Hauser & Wirth, €340;

Aislinn Coffey

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