Stylists and journalists get to preview collections long before they hit the stores, but out of those two fashion contingents, it's often the former who frequently get up close and personal, trialling clothes and accessories IRL. Stylists are constantly calling in samples for shoots, repeatedly seeing items in the flesh and editing through the very best of the best, with rails chock-full of items from high-fashion brands such as Chanel and Dior all the way through to the latest drops from ASOS and Topshop. Every day is a fashion banquet, and these guys are the connoisseurs.
Having such privileged access means one key thing: You end up being really fussy about what makes it into your own wardrobe. Few items match up to the sumptuous leather of a Bottega Veneta bag or a perfect Prada dress, but that doesn't mean everyone who works in fashion can afford such luxuries on the regular. Being in contact with literally every brand under the sun means stylists know what's cool and up-and-coming as well as what can stand the test of time. The items that do pass all the rigorous tests to make it into their closets mean something. Therefore, what these ladies are planning to invest in for 2019 can inform and improve your lists too.
Keep scrolling to see what London's loveliest stylists are buying right now…
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I've been dabbling with the idea of adding a splash of colour to my otherwise very neutral wardrobe (I live in denim paired with black, navy, white, grey and the occasional bit of camel), and these simple, chic little numbers are going to elevate my wardrobe for summer. They're like lipstick for my feet!
A classic blazer can do no wrong in the pound-per-wear stakes for me. I have a few which I rotate, but I don't own a beige or linen one (I'm a serial repeat offender, so I'm trying to only purchase things I don't already have in my wardrobe). The colour and fabric on this one are perfect for spring. I'm thinking of wearing it with a white tee, my trusty old vintage Levi's and a little pop of red (aka my Martiniano sandals). This look will be on rotation throughout the season.
Courtesy of Gemma Hayward
I need casual sandals to keep my Birkenstocks company, and I've been lusting after Prada's flatform surf shoes. I might end up getting a pair of bog-standard Tevas, but a girl can dream!
Courtesy of Romilly Mason
I've always been an ardent Eudon Choi follower, and I loved his collaboration with Alighieri for his show. These gems are very high up on my wish list. Being an avid collector of earrings, they could be my go-to to give my otherwise monochromatic attire a little something extra.
I love A.W.A.K.E. The brand is my spirit! Everything (founder) Natalia does has such precision and consideration. An A.W.A.K.E. piece is like a constant discovery: surprise pleats, layers, and details will keep unveiling themselves in a multifunctional fashion. This layered shirt is everything I want and more. Sharp yet great with jeans (vital). Great with everything, in fact.
Courtesy of Hannah Lewis
When these white barely-there sandals dropped in Zara, every fashion girl in the know quietly thanked the heavens. The style of these could-be-designer shoes has been on our minds since the summer last year, and now we've found a pair we can actually afford. These won't be around for long, so despite the current chill, bag these now or you will regret it.
Net-a-Porter has just launched a new designer, Low Classic, and every single piece is exactly what I've longed for in my wardrobe for some time. From deconstructed wool shirting that hangs in all the right places (without creasing!) to the perfect tailored trousers. What really stands out for me is this curved shoulder bag. Super minimal yet cool. What's more is that at £385, it's a really affordable designer accessory. I'm not one to wear head-to-toe designer, but I do love investing (within reason) when it comes to shoes and bags.
Are you over wearing jeans every day? Me too. Previously, I found it impossible to find a pair of trousers that fit well and actually looked chic—until I discovered these wool linen trousers from Arket. They look and feel like a designer pant but with the high-street price tag. I plan to wear these with a similar-coloured beige knit. I've recently bought two of the same knits, and I plan to wear one and tie the other over my shoulders and give one of this year's styling trends a go.
See more of Hannah's outfits and styling work on Instagram @hannahlewisstylist.
Dina T Courtesy of Lucia Debieux
A bit more low-key than the cowboy boot from last winter, I love Ganni's the nod to the Western trend with these. I wore them on a Marie Claire shoot, and they were so comfortable. I haven't stopped thinking about them since. I love how they would go with everything in my wardrobe and just make it all look modern. Surely that means it's meant to be, right?
This is the kind of jacket I'd wear all year round. I love the loose fit because it means you can layer a chunky jumper underneath now, and wear it in the summer with lighter tops and dresses. It's expensive, yes, but it's a wear-forever piece. I'm obsessed.
Follow Lucia on Instagram @luciadebieux, and see more of her fashion and styling work inside Marie Claire magazine, where she is the fashion editor.