Ille De Cocos: The Journal

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Make It A December To Remember: Christmas Rituals with Wear & Where

With a refreshingly laid-back approach to style, online magazine Wear & Where is an endless source of everyday inspiration. We caught up with editor Natasha for her top tips on making the most of the festive season.

Setting the mood...

"I have candles burning all year ‘round and switch them up according to the season. As of December 1st, I light Diptyque’s Baies or Pomander, SevenSeventeen’s Sparkle or Neom’s Christmas Wish to make the house smell gorgeously festive.

Decking the Halls...

"Were it entirely up to me, my home would be a mass of greenery, white lights and white/gold/glass ornaments, but I have to take account of the tastes of others (including an 8 and 4-year-old) so we also have splashes of red via kitsch ornaments. We’re currently house-hunting and the wish list genuinely features ‘is it a two-tree house?’ (One for me, one for them!)

This year's Christmas Party must-haves...

"Any chance of Michael Buble crooning at the piano? Failing that, a fabulous statement skirt (probably sequinned) dressed down with a sweater. Oh, and mini mince pies!"

Favourite family tradition...

"I am a total Christmas fiend and love all the traditions - from choosing the tree and decorating to a festive soundtrack (which must feature ‘White Christmas’ and ‘All I Want for Christmas…’), to the excitement of writing and leaving letters to Father Christmas (the elves leave tiny notes and a trail of glitter on the fireplace by way of reply), and going into London to see the Christmas lights. Magical. (Possibly less so: my husband’s campaign for us all to go for a Christmas Eve open air swim…)"

Festive tipple of choice...

Mulled wine. And champagne. (Not at the same time.)

Christmas Day just isn't the same without...

Starting the day with the children piling into our bed to open their stockings, and ending it eating cheese around the fire.

On my wishlist…

Finding our dream house! (Or a stack of books, a candle, a cosy jumper, and a Gucci GG belt would do me nicely...)

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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.

Kings Road Pop Up Highlights

Surrounded by an array of independent boutiques, we're feeling right at home on London's Kings Road. Visit us at The September Concept Store, open until 22nd September.

The September Concept Store, Lower Ground, 340 Kings Road, London SW3 5UE

Bring your friends and have a browse in our warm, chilled-out setting...

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

 

Be inspired by our modern, elegant displays...

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

 

Find your dream sweater...

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

 

Do breakfast, the Kings Road way...

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

 

Meet the founder...

Ille De Cocos Kings Road Pop Up

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The Navy Effect

Ille De Cocos Cape Sweater Navy

We've made no secret of our love for Navy Blue. Since launching Ille De Cocos last September, Navy has remained at the heart of the collection and as summer draws to an end and a new Autumn season dawns, we can't help but look forward to that first chill that has us sinking into something deep, rich and navy.

Navy is not the new anything. It is and always has been a colour of quiet nonchalance...Confident and self-assured...And totally "un-showy". It delivers instant chic to your look and is always effortless.

I often hear talk of wardrobes that are "full of black"...I sift through a sea of moody navy blues and there is never too much, for it is a true and trusted wardrobe ally.

Navy elevates.

This Autumn we're pairing navy with core denim shades of black, classic blue and white, as well as embracing head to toe navy-on-navy dressing.

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Chelsea Pop Up Boutique - save the date!

Ille De Cocos Pop Up Shop - Kings Road, Chelsea

We have an exciting season of Pop Ups and exclusive events ahead, starting with our Chelsea Boutique on London's iconic Kings Road, this September.

For chic mamas and babies, you will find a gorgeous edit of clothing and accessories from Ille De Cocos soft essentials to leather bags and even cashmere for little ones. Come along and browse the collections in our chilled-out setting. Located conveniently near Chelsea's infamous Bluebird Café.

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THE SEPTEMBER CONCEPT STORE

2nd - 22nd September

Lower Ground Floor, 340 Kings Road, London SW3 5UE.

Participating Brands:

Ille De Cocos, Madame Pompon, Layana London, Catwalk Baby, Little Citizens, Carbonita Kids, Merci Maman Gifts, Nibbling, Love In Kyo, House of Bibs.