John Lewis is one of those department stores that has always been part of my life growing up – does anybody else remember when they used to be Bainbridges? But I can’t say it was somewhere I shopped at regularly. It was only recently I discovered they had their own personal stylists in store when I came across some of their styling team on Instagram.
A session with a personal stylist has always been something that’s interested me. I’ve always loved fashion but never felt confident in putting outfits together. Earlier in the year my mum and I said we would book ourselves for a session with the stylists as a reward when we reached our target at slimming world.
So when John Lewis invited me along earlier in the month to their first blogger fashion event, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to see what the stylist team get up to.
Autumn fashion is always my favourite when it comes to styling, as I’m a huge lover of coats, jumpers, scarves and boots. But back in the summer, I made the decision to give up shopping fast fashion, I’m trying to get into the habit of buying less and focus on using what I already have. So I felt this event would be a great
The main concept of the event was to showcase autumn winter pieces from a range of brands available in John Lewis and how each of the stylists would style these pieces in outfits.
Three of the in-store stylists Emma, Josta and Jolie had styled up a selection of outfits for different occasions, the first being three-step style. The basis of these outfits were based around three key elements:
First you take a basic staple item, something my wardrobe seems to lack.
You add a statement piece, which could be a statement colour or pattern to offset your basic item.
And finally you finish with a flourish, something extra to add a pop of interest. This could be a bag, a scarf or even some shoes.
First up was Emma showing us a daytime look, which I think was one of my favourites from the whole event. Firstly she took a grey high neck cashmere jumper she then added gorgeous orange culottes and finished off with a pattern grey checked coat.
I never would have thought about putting a long coat over culottes, but this worked really well. I have a few statement coats of my own, so could easily re-create this look with items in my own wardrobe.
Jolie was next with a gorgeous autumn friendly look. She took this gorgeous block colour jumper and paired it with my favourite item from the evening. These blue cropped jeans, which are currently on my Christmas wishlist as I feel they could go with so many other items in my wardrobe.
She finished the outfit off with some classic white trainers and added a pop of colour with a mustard yellow crossbody bag. A really simple outfit of jeans and a jumper, but using clashing colours is a fab way to add a stylish twist to a simple outfit.
Emma’s take on layering up again was something I wouldn’t have thought about putting together myself. She took a gorgeous dark blue shirt dress, which was stunning in its own right.
But then added over the top a charcoal grey jumper. Something I would never have thought of putting over a midi dress like this, but it works! She finally finished the look off with a classic black biker jacket and a gorgeous mustard faux fur stole for a pop of colour.
Such a stunning combination of colours, certainly something I’m going to try with my own wardrobe.
Josta’s outfit was an amazing pop of colour and very much something I’d wear. She took this bright orange satin blouse, which she styled with this stunning pink pleated skirt. As if that wasn’t enough colour, she added this stunning long mustard coat and an orange crossbody bag.
After attending this event I’ve really been trying to re-style some of the items in my wardrobe and style them up in new ways. Sometimes it’s fun to try and wear something in a different way to how you usually would. I really need to get myself booked in for a session with the personal stylists at John Lewis, hopefully they can help me inject a little more creativity into my wardrobe again.