Inspired by Caroline Issa

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In last week’s Style crush, I spoke about how much I admire editor Caroline Issa’s personal style. She has a real knack for dressing creatively in tailored garments – I call her style artistic tailoring. You can see my collection of her best outfits on my Caroline Issa Pinterest board.

Now I will show you my three favourite outfits of hers, recreated with items from my own wardrobe. The header for each outfit is a link to her specific outfit on my Pinterest board.

Recreating Issa’s outfits, I noticed how strange it is for me not to put on any accessories. I always add some kind of jewelry and handbag that compliment what I’m wearing. Only selecting shoes and not thinking about the other accessories did cut own on the amount of time I needed to get photo ready, though, so I will definitely try to go accessories-free every now and again!

Happy inspiration!

Leather and lavender

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I love the simplicity of this outfit and am actually wearing it today. It’s just three wardrobe basics – leather leggings, white shirt and wool sweater – but put together, they are pure brilliance. There are no loud accessories to take the attention away from the clean lines of the outfit, just a pair of fabulous heels and my current favourite handbag.

Jackpot white shirt (similar) // JFW lavender cashmere sweater (similar)
Helmut Lang black leather leggings // Givenchy Obsedia green leather clutch (in red)
Airstep black boots // YSL black spectacles

Pleats and leather

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I love the unexpected combination of items and textures in Issa’s original outfit, which is outfit no. 2 from the right in the photo at the top. As I sadly don’t own a brown pleated skirt nor a silver motorcycle jacket, I swapped these for grey pleats and black leather respectively. I have to admit that I love Issa’s outfit, while I just like my own – I look a bit too Scottish for my liking, since my skirt only falls at the knees.

I think the outfit would improve if I swapped the leather jacket for a black blazer, which would take it into the office as opposed to the nearest ceilidh.

I love how comfy the socks in the boots are, though – I’m wearing my favourite Falke kneehighs, as raved about here. Never mind that my calf are cold and pale, when my toes are nice and toasty!

Bruuns Bazar black leather jacket (similar) // HM grey wool sweater
Lindex white longsleeved t-shirt
HM grey pleated skirt (this is prefect!) // Billi Bi leather booties
Falke wool kneehigh socks // Sand white leather belt

Chinos and spikes

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I love the combination of rock-chic studs and preppy chinos in Issa’s original outfit, and recreated this using my khaki chinos and a sequins blazer. This outfit looks so put together, though there are no accessories at all, except for the shoes. I guess the sparkly blazer speaks for a truckload of bangles and necklaces…

With footwear more appropriate for 10 degrees and possible rain, this outfit is coming shopping with me later in the week!

Hunkydory sequins blazer (similar) // Warehouse black top
HM khaki chinos (similar) // Guess strappy wedges (similar)

And with that, I’m waltzing out of here to go and try on some shorts!