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How To Style A Summer Knit

Fantasy Bow Sweater N4Mummy

Sooo…we’re being spoilt this summer and these hot days are starting to become the norm. Once the days sunshine breaks, balmy evenings often bring a surprisingly fresh breeze meaning there’s always room for a summer sweater in your wardrobe!

Styling a summer knit can be difficult, but we're here to help. Perfect for those evenings spent outdoors, when the temperature drops a little and you need the lightest of cover ups. Choose a soft natural yarn in a timeless silhouette with playful details.

Our Fantasy Bow Sweater is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. With a stunning, all over ‘fantasy’ lace stitch, the back has a gentle keyhole and fastens with a silk chiffon bow. The hem is gently curved for a delicate, contemporary finish.

Fantasy Bow Sweater N4 MummyFantasy Bow Sweater N4 Mummy

 Available in 4 stylish colour combinations and now available in our summer sale.

Elegantly paired with shorts, a skirt or even worn underneath a pinafore, this versatile summer sweater will be a welcome change to your summer basics!

Linen Ruffle Sweater Tessa Frost

Cool and light, our linen essentials are great for day-to-evening styling from city to shore and everything in between! As worn in sunny Sardinia by stylist and regular contributor, Tessa Frost. Shop the linen ruffle in canary yellow and 4 other stunning shades in our summer sale.

We would like to say a huge Thank You to N4 Mummy for featuring our Fantasy Bow knitted sweater on her beautiful blog. Check out her amazing styling tips here.

 

Hampstead Highlights - Beckoning Spring

Due to popular demand, we are thrilled to be extending our stay in lovely Hampstead for 1 more week. Despite the recent snow-pocalypse, we've remained fully focused on beckoning Spring. As the days get longer and milder we like to think our optimism has been rewarded! Here are a few highlights from our time in Hampstead. Oh how we love playing dress-up...

 

Tessa Frost at A Luxe Story, March 2018

Tessa (@frostfig) wears earrings by Ador by Ayesha, sweater by Ille De Cocos, bangles by Iris Sandals, trousers by P.i.C. Style.

 

Justine Tabak at A Luxe Story, March 2018

Ethereal spring dresses by Justine Tabak, designed and made in the British Isles using the softest Irish linen.

 

A Luxe Story March 2018

@charlotteloves_ wears jacket by Kezmay London, camisole and trousers by P.i.C Style, loafers by House of Spring. @thefashionablepan wears jacket by Kezmay London.

 

A Luxe Story March 2018

Delicate french lace bras by Eva Lingerie.

 

A Luxe Story March 2018

@charlotteloves_ and @allaboutharri twinning in Ille De Cocos sweaters, trousers by P.i.C Style and shoes by House of Spring.

A Luxe Story March 2018

And last but not least, our newest arrivals: vibrant printed silk accessories by Longstaff Longstaff and super cool sunglasses by Via Couds. 

 

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Counting the days until Spring

Are we there yet?...I'm asking myself everyday between New Year's Day and March 1st. A wardrobe "no-man's land" this period can feel especially challenging to dress for. Longing for milder, brighter days and the chance to wear lighter, brighter things, I pile on the layers, close my eyes and pucker up for Spring's first kiss.

I caught up for coffees & chamomile teas with my pal, stylist-at-large and regular contributor, Tessa Frost to talk style goals and wish lists for the season ahead.

Deola Charles & Tess Frost

Deola: For me, Spring wardrobe building is always a gentle progression. Starting with resisting the urge to reach for my knitted joggers yet again, I’ll also switch my dark denim for lighter shades with a bit of detail. I have 3 or 4 favourites I always go back to, but I’m constantly on the look out for the latest twist on classic blue denim. Paired with a lightweight knit in a brighter shade (underneath my winter-weight coat), I feel enough of a wardrobe step-change.

I live in flats during the daytime (I have an ever-growing selection of trainers and pumps to prove it). As the days get longer and hopefully warmer, ankle lengths will creep up and i’ll eventually brave an outfit sans-socks and perhaps even a skirt or two. I'll opt for separates over dresses for endless outfit options.

Tessa: As soon as January hits, I'm busy clearing out clients' wardrobes and getting their Spring looks ready and up-to-date. This inspires me to do my own big Winter clear-out too and by the start of February I will know which Spring pieces I have my eye on. I like to rely on good quality pieces like organic cotton or linen tees, lighter weight knits, the perfect cream Spring blouse, culottes and ensuring my denim collection is up to date with some cropped styles and of course a fresh pair of white jeans.

I will also start to introduce more warmth and colour into my clothes, and this could include investing in some sling-backs and a bold statement earring, all in bright jewel tones. My look is quite understated but I tend to use accessories to inject some additional personality and style.

Tessa Frost Spring picks

(Ruffle Sweater by Ille De Cocos, Tie Blouse by And Other Stories, Fringed Jeans by Zara, Metallic Flats by Nicholas Kirkwood at Netaporter, Jewelled Earrings and Rib Stripe TShirt by J Crew, Bucket Bag by Marni at Netaporter)

What I most look forward to is being able to rush out of the house with just a denim jacket or day blazer, my ballet flats and a cross body bag in Spring neutrals. It feels so liberating after months of wool hats, heavy knit scarves, faux fur and ankle boots!

Deola: Yes, it's the freedom of wearing fewer layers. Ironically what I love most about winter dressing is piling the layers back on again! But for now I have tunnel vision for all things Spring.

Tessa: There are so many great trends coming through already. I really love the sheer look that is everywhere at the moment. Showing a glimpse of skin or the silhouette of a beautiful bra or lace camisole is such a subtle, confident and feminine look, especially in linen or a lightweight fabric. I'm so happy fringing is back too, the high street has some really fun and frivolous pieces which are still easy to wear when teamed with simple denim, a pencil skirt or a basic tee.

Deola: Racer stripes on denim are definitely a "thing" and I love the tuxedo-effect this has on a casual classic. I'm also a fan of pencil skirts styled in a casual way and anything high-waisted, with a tucked in blouse/ knit/ tee. Elevated with stripes, ruffles and pretty detailing.

Deola's Spring style picks

(Linen Gauze Stripe Sweater by Ille De Cocos, Polka Dot Trainers by Converse at Dover Street Market, Racer Stripe Jeans by Zara, Faux Leather Pencil Skirt by Zara, Cats Eye Sunglasses by Miu Miu at Matches, Cross Body Bag by Sezane.)

Tessa: Pretty, feminine details are a key theme this Spring and into Summer. I'm loving the current fashion for shell accessories and there's a Isabel Marant cowrie shell gold necklace and earring set I'm longing for - super versatile and makes me think of sun and exotic places!

Deola: I'm a true minimalist when it comes to accessorising. A mini cross-body bag in tan and a fresh pair of Cat's Eye sunnies and I'm ready to beckon the new season.

Deola Charles, founder of Ille De Cocos and Tessa Frost, founder of Fig & Frost personal styling consultancy.

 

 

 

A guide to Christmas gifts for the special women in your life, BY TESSA FROST

Ille De Cocos Gift Guide 2017

In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we asked personal stylist and lover of independently owned boutiques, Tessa Frost for her top tips on finding the perfect gifts this Christmas. This weekend you can enjoy special offers across 6 independent boutiques to make your gift shopping that little bit easier!

Simply enter code FIGFROSTXMAS at checkout to redeem your offer.

“Christmas is a big deal in our rather large family and I adore finding gifts for loved ones that feel a little bit indulgent and that they might not think of buying for themselves. I like to start by getting inspiration online but I tend to prefer buying gifts in person so that I can feel them, smell them, try them for size, and - wherever possible - meet the people who make them! I’m a big fan of Xmas markets, independent pop up shops and local shopping events. Here’s a selection of the gifts I have my eye on this season...
Ille De Cocos Xmas Gift Guide

1. For my best friend:

Mini hoop with bolt earrings

These fabulous lightning bolt earrings are so unique with their mix of gold and silver. My best friend and I have a similar passion for accessories and particularly earrings, so whenever we see each other, it usually involves shopping for something original and sparkly! She will love these as they are fun and yet still a statement - perfect for her every day look.

Enjoy 15% off at harryrocks.com

2. For my Mum:

Chunky Snood

My Mum hates the cold and adores anything that keeps her both warm and stylish! This Ally Bee snood in alpaca and wool is soft and luxurious and the fact that it’s a double wrap means it’s extra cosy and easy to wear.

Enjoy 20% off at ally-bee.com

3. For my sister:

Merino Ruffle Sweater

My sister has two small children and never has time to shop. I love this jumper as it’s beautiful, understated yet feminine, soft and luxurious, but still easy to wear with a pair of jeans and flats. In evergreen or navy shades, it will go with everything, perfect for a busy mum during the day time, but equally can be dressed up for evening.

For my sister in law:

Merino Longline Cardigan

This gorgeous merino wool cardigan is great as stylish lounge wear and is equally perfect for a cool day wear look. My sister in law has just had a baby, so she needs some seriously beautiful but comfortable pieces to wear at home and for when she’s eventually out and about.

Enjoy 20% off at illedecocos.com plus free UK shipping and a free cashmere comb with every order.

4. For my mother in law:

Sorrento silk scarf

My mother in law has fabulous style and looks amazing in scarves. This Sorrento scarf by Dolce Roopa is in luxurious silk and the detail of the hand drawn watercolour design is incredible. It’s also a really good size which makes it so versatile and easy to accessorise different looks.

Enjoy 20% off at dolceroopa.com

5. For the gift cupboard:

Glad Tidings candle

At this time of year you can never have enough gifts stocked up for those impromptu invitations to drinks or mince pies and mulled wine. A good selection of these gorgeous Tussie Mussie candles will see me through all eventualities. The Glad Tidings candle is super festive and smells of delicious cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange.

Enjoy 10% off at tussiemussie.london

6. For Me:

Of course with all this shopping for others it’s hard not to spot a few choice items that I’d like to have myself! Luckily my family know me well and don’t mind the odd suggestion…

Rivoli Top

This stunning satin Rivoli top from Kirei clothing is absolutely top of my list. I really struggle finding statement evening tops in lighter, softer colours and I just love the feminine detail of the lace and wide sleeves. I would wear this with my leather black trousers and gold heels for a fabulous night-time look over the festive season.

Enjoy 25% off at kireiclothing.com

Offers valid from Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd December 2017

Follow Tessa Frost on Instagram for endless style inspiration: @frostfig

Tessa Frost Instagram

Visit A Luxe Story this November

A Luxe Story opens it's doors for the last time this year, celebrating "Laid-back Glamour" with a unique edit of Clothing, Accessories and Scents from independent designers and makers. Brands include Ille De Cocos, Kirei Clothing, PiC Style plus more.