Ille De Cocos: The Journal

Ille De Cocos Journal

The Art of Superposition

Ille De Cocos Merino Cropped Sweater

French for "layering", Superposition is my number 1 personal style goal and inspires each and every Ille De Cocos design. Back in December, a lovely french lady wondered into my pop up shop on Belgravia's Elizabeth Street. I remember exactly what I was wearing that day, only because she asked me how I'd achieved my look. "I have a wardrobe full of layers" was my reply and explained that I wore most of my items throughout the year, layering up or down to create different looks depending on the season and occasion. A few days later, she returned with a suitcase full of pieces she was determined to get more wear out of. A fantastic experience for me, we created looks from her wardrobe that were unique to her and for the first time I put my own style into a series of top tips:

1. Build a capsule wardrobe

Since my mid-twenties, I have been sub-consciously building what I have come to know as my "capsule wardrobe": a collection of well-made investment items that are easily layered up or down, creating a wardrobe that is timeless, effortless and versatile.

2. Invest

An accumulation of smart choices....Pieces that to some might be deemed as a little plain from afar, I am in the habit of getting up-close-and-personal to discover those subtle, unexpected details; contrast-colour stitching, perfect french seams, intricate internal trims. These are the things that make my heart beat faster. When adorned with my usual classic denim/ cute skirt and box-fresh combo, these details are magnified. I walk taller, because they feel incredible to wear, each detail, a badge of incredible craftsmanship and inimitable style, so I continue to invest.

3. Be bold in some areas

Chloe Loves To Shop wears Ille De Cocos

Everyday I create a unique outfit from a wardrobe full of investment items, from classically cut shirts and blouses in pure cotton and silk, denim in my preferred skinny and boyfriend silhouettes from white to blues to black and in varying stages of distress. Plus of course my go-to collection of Ille De Cocos layers. I reinvigorate my looks with playful slogans, pops of colour and texture (sheepskin in the colder months and tulle pretty much all year round), as well as generous splashes of metallic. Where shoes and bags are concerned, the pendulum swings between minimalist and maximalist on a daily basis - whatever lifts my spirits.

4. Be playful with your layers

N4Mummy wearing Ille De Cocos

I love playing with layers, from slim to regular to oversized, from cropped to longline, with side-splits, zips and cold-shoulders, these subtle details will make each outfit unique if layered in the right way. With great foundation essentials, you can feel comfortable and chic and add interest to your outfit. I avoid layering essentials that are clingy, preferring pieces that gently skim my curves such as our new linen collection or bias-cut silk camisoles like these from Parasol Rose. These pieces add interest in texture, and the peep-through of fabric that comes with layering creates the perfect effect of superposition. Classic shades will be easier to layer, but as you build your collection of essentials you can experiment with a few colour pops for added interest.

I'm dedicating this blog post to Corinne, my new friend in Belgravia. We now share not only a name (my middle name is also Corinne) but also a passion for the art of Superposition. 

By Deola

Founder of Ille De Cocos

Post features looks styled and modelled by Chloe Loves To Shop and N4Mummy.

AW16 preview evening: Highlights

On a balmy evening in June, we staged a takeover at our resident Wolf & Badger store in Notting Hill, to preview our new Autumn Winter collection to a private audience...

With effervescent sounds courtesy of The Spot LDN and stunning window and in-store graphics from Silverlining Print, it was a pleasure to partner with some of London's finest independent businesses to create an evening to remember.

What we ate: Thoughtful canapés from dip connoisseurs, Skinny Dipping. (The carrot and harissa was heaven sent). Delicious gourmet popcorn from Joe and Seph's.

What we drank:  Skinny Prosecco (warning: much nicer than normal Prosecco, plus the low sugar content means you can drink more of it!)

 Photographed by Annalisa Bruno.

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter collection previewIlle De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 Preview Evening

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview

Ille De Cocos Autumn Winter 2016 collection preview 

Ille De Cocos X Wolf & Badger Spring shopping event

Ille De Coco xWolf & Badger shopping event

We're taking over the Notting Hill branch of Wolf & Badger this Saturday, 16th April. Join us for a glass of bubbles, enjoy 20% OFF and swap effortless style tips with founder of Ille De Cocos, Deola Charles.

S A V E  T H E  D A T E!

WOLF & BADGER

46 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AB

Candy Stripes, Red Lips and Lovers

 

Ille De Coco and Spilt Milk

Blogger Spilt Milk wears Ille De Cocos candy stripes and dreams of wafting about in nothing but red lipstick and her lover's shirt ☺. Here she shares the realities of life as a recent mum and beauty and style blogger.

I love what I do because...

I’ve ended up doing a bit of everything - a Jack of all trades and master of none! By some weird twist of fate (I can't claim any planning went into this) I now spend half of the week at home (mostly out shopping ☺) with my daughter, half of the week in my 'day job' and the rest of the time in-between frantically slapping skincare products on my face and blogging about acne, espadrilles and how to combat grey hair. I love the variety (and contrast) it brings to my post-maternity leave life and since starting to blog as the 'spilt milk' I've really developed a passion for photography and writing. I always knew that I was obsessed with buying clothes and beauty products (sigh) - but it has been so much fun channelling my creative juices (daaarling) into something completely new. In addition, I've also been able to 'justify' buying more stuff. Yeah, go blogging!

I find inspiration...

Anywhere I can take my phone and have a good old scroll through Instagram. I'd like to pretend that I am inspired by passers-by whilst nibbling on a soy, sourdough crostini in a Shoreditch eatery. But the reality since having a baby 7 months ago is that I don't go out like I used to. On the odd occasion that I am out I am generally either too plastered to notice other people's looks or I'm with my daughter and consumed by trying to rescue teething toys that have been chucked on a rancid cafe floor. So the majority of my inspiration comes from a good old style stalk on Instagram, whilst breastfeeding or sitting on the loo. There is so much accessible stuff out there, like @dresslikeamum @chloelovestoshop @nowweare40 that you don't need to leave your sofa to get an outfit sorted. God bless the Internet and home delivery.

Great style to me is...

Effortless chic. If I could be reincarnated as a Parisian waif with flawless skin and a penchant for wearing nothing but red lipstick and her lover's shirt then I would. Sadly, I ain't that gal. But being comfortable in what you wear is the key to any outfit (in addition to highly structured underwear).

I'm currently coveting...

A decent night's sleep and about 4kg of postpartum weight loss. Both of these things seem unlikely so I'd settle for a really great pair of dungarees. This kind of ties (seamlessly) into the next question, which is...

What is big for Spring?

Dungarees and jumpsuits are absolutely everywhere but I can't seem to find any that have made me look anything other than bulky and a bit of a loser. Maje had an amazing looking pair of black denim dungarees that I quite fancied - so probably those with a pair of dungaree shaped Spanx would be first on my list. 

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3 denim-inspired looks to refresh your Spring wardrobe

Whether your thinking of splashing out on the new perfect pair of jeans or reviving and refreshing your old-faithfuls, Spring-time at Ille De Cocos is always a good time to go back-to-denim. To coincide with the launch of our new Spring blues, we've searched for the perfect denim partners for modern, effortless, everyday looks you can recreate. Complete with this seasons pick of chic footwear.

Look 1: Triple Denim is the new Double Denim

Ille De Coco denim outfit inspiration

Merino Poncho Sweater by Ille De Cocos

Le Skinny de Jeanne distressed mid-rise jeans by Frame Denim

The King Kitty Pumps by Charlotte Olympia

 

Look 2: Super Stars & Stripes
Ille De Coco denim outfit inspiration
Look 3: Qui, Moi? Boyfriends are forever
Ille De Coco denim outfit inspiration