JUJU - The Perfect 10: Part 2
6.The Cashmere Knit
We have already declared our love of cashmere in our previous blog – suffice to say that at JUJU we simply adore this beautiful fibre. In Ireland, a predilection for knitwear is woven into our DNA and if it is in cashmere, then all the better. For longevity, it is better to focus on subtle details and discreet styling. Our cashmere is sourced from brands who prioritise quality and attention to detail: the perfect illustration of this approach is this Beauty Legend, boyfriend cardigan from Schumacher. It is armour for those days when spring temperatures drop and its deep side slits and edge to edge styling are not only distinctive, but allow a glimpse of garments layered underneath. Use as an alternative coat to channel low key, casual luxe.
7.The Wool Coat
A classic coat will always look elegant and expensive. Once you are wearing a good coat, you will not only feel confident but can be wearing pretty much anything underneath. An investment coat is the foundation stone of your wardrobe – it must be classic in terms of styling and shade, make a stylish understatement, be versatile (day to night and office to out) be beautifully made in natural fibres and be durable and desirable. This DB double-face coat from Theory fulfils all these criteria: it is made from double-face wool which makes it light and soft and its clean minimal style means that is won’t date. Ten years from now, you could still be wearing this beauty.
A grown-up jumpsuit is one of the most useful garments you can own. Jumpsuits have enjoyed a major revival in the past couple of years and at JUJU we totally understand why. They are time-saving (in the same way a dress is), comfortable and project an air of relaxed, uncomplicated, style. Equally flattering when worn with flats or heels they can be dressed down with a leather jacket for casual Saturdays or luxed up with a tailored blazer for a night out. Our pick for the perfect jumpsuit this season is from Vince, it is made from washed-silk with flutter cap sleeves and exaggerated wide-leg pants. If you are looking to project an aura of understated glamour then this jumpsuit is the essential item to achieve your goal.
9.The Forever Leather Jacket
The black leather jacket has been the essential uniform of cool ever since Brando and Dean gave the piece their imprimatur. It has been adopted by so many subcultures from rock ‘n roll to punk that it has gained iconic status as the jacket of choice for the style set. No other garment is so redolent of the elusive element defined as cool nor as capable of making a fashion statement. It’s design ethos is rooted in function – the original leather jacket was the Schott Perfecto, a motorbike jacket that provided protection from the road and the elements. The JUJU version from Vince is a refined iteration of the species – executed in butter soft washed leather. It features a side-fastening zip and a slim fit. It will help you to channel you inner Francoise Hardy or Marianne Faithful and can be paired with everything from rugged jeans to a feminine dress or a chic pencil skirt.
10.The Super Sneaker
One of the most refreshing changes in fashion in the past 5 years has been the rise of the flat shoe – brogues, pumps and sneakers have all risen in the style stakes as comfort, ease of movement and simplicity have trumped over vertiginous heels. The rise of the athleisure trend has maintained its momentum, with sneakers now paired with suits and dresses as well as their traditional partner, the blue jean. The sneaker epitomises sporty, modern and wearable contemporary fashion and will add instant street cred to more classic elements. Our favourite sneakers are from Spanish label, Pedro Garcia – the Perry sneaker is crafted in subtle grey suede, a neutral that works with everything, and features a distinctive heel flap and chunky cream laces. They are beautiful and functional and will make your feet float through any busy day.