There are few fashion must-haves I always keep in my wardrobe and I never get tired of them. Wardrobe staples I can wear season after season; pieces that are versatile, flattering and easy-to-wear.
Leopard print is one of those firm favourites, along with a classic trench coat and a comfortable pair of ankle boots. This Autumn’18 is no different!
Earlier last month, M&S asked me if I would like to work with them on their Autumn ‘Must Haves’ campaign by selecting my favourite piece from their edited collection and creating a total M&S look around it. It wasn’t easy to pick just one, but as soon as I tried on this leopard print pleated skirt I knew it was the one for me. I love the fabric (it doesn’t crease and feels amazing on), the black elasticated waistband, and I love the fact that it is not your typical leopard print.
It works with everything! I tried it on with a few different tops including blouses and knitwear in black, cream, rust and blush pink and several pairs of shoes including heels and trainers. In my opinion that makes the skirt a winner when you consider price per wear.
I’ve included a few photos of me wearing some M&S outfits with my ‘Must Have’ skirt and am sharing the link so that you can get one for yourself before they sell out.
On a separate note, I’ve received a lot of messages about my new shoes and I am absolutely in love with them. I now own four pairs designed by M&S, and you just can’t beat how comfortable they are.
A simple white shirt is a must have in every capsule wardrobe. It’s one of the most basic and iconic pieces out there, with power to make you feel strong, presentable, chic, cool, playful, nonchalant, effortless, casual and sexy all at the same time. One classic design, can be worn multiple different ways with power to highlight different emotions and style aesthetic.
When buying one, consider the fit, as it is the most important thing here. Look for one that is slightly oversized (borrowed from a man kind of vibe). The cotton white shirt, looks amazing when styled with denim and a blazer, leather leggings and trainers, or shorts and a pair of converse for summer look.
Please visit our SHOP to see our main curated collection which is being updated every two weeks and shop our Shirts edit in slides below. Please do not hesitate to CONTACT us if you have any questions or are looking for something in particular. Thank you!
We are big fans of the British brand ME+EM, we love their timeless wardrobe essentials, focus on quality, brand ethos and philosophy. Last week our founder Erna Leon collaborated with the brand by styling five key winter looks for a street style shoot collaboration. Please see all the photos/full feature HERE and shop MERCER7 EDIT below. All the pieces selected are versatile, easy-to-wear and simple-to-style keeping you warm and effortless during colder months. The softest high-quality knitwear with detachable collars, dream leather trousers, a tailored coat and reversible shearling biker were amongst our favourites!
THIS BEAUTIFUL BLACK SHEARLING COAT IS BY SANDRO PARIS, IT IS DEFINITELY AN INVESTMENT PIECE THAT WILL LAST YOU A LIFETIME. IF YOU ARE AFTER A HIGH-STREET VERSION OF IT, PLEASE SEE FAUX FUR IN A SIMILAR SHAPE BYZARA.
THE COATED LACE DRESS IS BY DAY BIRGER ET MIKKELSEN, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR COLLECTION IN FULL. THE STYLE WORN IN A PHOTO IS UNFORTUNATELY SOLD OUT BUT PLEASE SEE SIMILAR LACE DRESS OPTIONS LINKED BELOW.
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Last week we attended ME+EM event, celebrating 100 years of fashion’s most iconic top – The Breton. Check out the full feature over on their blog HERE for street style photos and HERE to see more party pix. MERCER7 founder Erna Leon, styled her Breton with tailored trousers, a sharp navy blazer and 2-in-1 Cross Body Clutch in blush. We love this Iconic breton by ME+EM because of its perfect fit and flattering 3/4 sleeves. We are also big fans of the trousers, which fit beautifully and you can switch it’s fabric belt to a leather or a chain one if you wish. Complete your look with white court shoes for a perfect spring/summer style. Get the look below and shop our main edit HERE.
We love tailoring and menswear inspired pieces. Having the ultimate blazer in your wardrobe is one of our must haves for any occasion. What we love about blazers is that you can wear it multiple different ways, and make it work for you day to night. You can style it with heels for more dressed up look, or boyfriend jeans and flats for day time casual dressing. The options are endless, whether you choose a classic black tuxedo inspired number or not, you can literally pair any of the ones we edited for you, with just about anything. Hope you like our selection and stay tuned for more.
Please visit our SHOP to see our main curated collection which is being updated every two weeks.
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CURATING HIGH STREET / MANGO
This season’s Mango collection is looking strong. beautiful silhouettes, lovely cottons and silks at accessible prices. We love their leather ballerina flats and stripe cotton shirts. Although some of the selection does include manmade materials, like the white shoulder bag, but if you are looking for one and can’t afford a pricier version, we thought we include that too as we went for it without knowing it was faux leather at first. We are also including 2 very bright dresses, which we know are not very MERCER7, however the moment we laid our eyes on these two 100% silk gowns, we could not resist them. They would be perfect for a holiday in Ibiza or a hot summer party in the city.
We love Mango’s CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY page on their website where they talk about THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS AND PROJECTS/PROGRAMMES they are working towards.
PLEASE SEE OUR EDIT OF PIECES WE LOVED. SCROLL THROUGH TO SEE THE FULL SELECTION BELOW //
AND THESE THREE BRIGHTS (TWO DRESSES AND A BLOUSE) ARE MADE OF 100% SILK AND WE COULD NOT RESIST THEM. SCROLL OVER TO SEE THE FULL SELECTION BELOW //
MIX & MATCH 7 WAYS / THE TRENCH COAT
Trench coat is an iconic wardrobe staple and an investment piece that will last you beyond the latest season. We love how versatile and timeless it is, a true ‘must have’ in anyones wardrobe.
Get the look with our suggestions // Please scroll through to see the full selection from high street to luxury.
MIX & MATCH 7 WAYS / THE BRETON TOP
As you know we are firm believers in UNIFORM DRESSING and CAPSULE WARDROBES.
An iconic Breton striped top has been worn by everyone, from Jackson Pollock and Mick Jagger, to Jane Birkin and Alexa Chung, making it a firm wardrobe staple season after season. Day in and day out, the options are endless with these simple key items added to the mix. Scroll through our MIX & MATCH slides and stay tuned for more outfit ideas dropped straight to your inbox (JUST DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE)
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We met Lisa Dicicco Cahue just before going in Milly A/W’17 fashion show in New York. She is a blogger and the founder of MINDBODYSWAG.COM. We loved winter white outfit and a neutral colour Chanel bag. Her website Mind Body Swag is a source of inspiration for fashion, lifestyle & travel.
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Stretch leather leggings are part of our uniform, day in and day out. We wear them with everything from our favourite blazers, knitwear and basic t-shirts, to trainers and high heels. This wardrobe staple (and an investment piece) is extremely versatile, easy-to-wear and simple to style for an instantly effortless cool look and rock’n’roll flair – just the way we like it here at MERCER7.
If you ever wondered how to clean your 100% leather leggings and were under the impression that they are a bit high maintenance and need to be constantly dry-cleaned, here is a little tip which we hope you find useful. Follow our steps below:
Simply soak your pair of leather leggings in warm water for 5 minutes.
Make sure that they are completely saturated in water and then immediately take them out.
Put them in the tumble dryer on a high heat until they are completely dry. And voilà, your pair of leggings are back in shape!
If you find your pair a bit stretched out after a couple of wears (because that’s just the nature of leather), just toss them in the dryer without soaking them, and after 45 minutes, they will fit much better and more snug.
Side note / Since stretch leather leggings tend to be on a pricier side and are more of an investment, we think that IRIS & INK ones are the perfect option for £325 – well made and reasonably priced for this particular key item. However, we also offer you options from luxury brands that you can choose from below.
Get the look with our suggestions // The ones we have chosen for you are all beautifully crafted from a butter like supple stretch leather that is durable (than faux pleather ones) and are perfect for any weather.
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MERCER7 founder Erna Leon, in all grey look mixing menswear AllSaints scarf with an oversized wool coat and studded ankle boots.
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Petra, is the founder of PEPA MACKand one of our favourites when it comes to style inspiration. We love her effortless cool approach to dressing with a rock’n’roll flair. This mix of a classic breton top paired with a biker jacket is timeless and should be a part of everyones uniform. Check out her instagram for on-point streetstyle and gorgeous photography.
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We met lovelyWallis Dayat London Fashion Week last September. She is a model and an actress, who looked effortlessly cool in Tata Naka bomber jacket. She is currently starring in Warner Brothers prequelSupermanmovie and models for various brands. Read our mini interview and check out her page on Instagram
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM SHOOT OR COLLABORATION? Alexander McQueen WHICH ITEMS IN YOUR WARDROBE YOU WEAR THE MOST?
I tend to wear my oversized suits and colour black. YOUR GO TO BRAND? Yves Saint Laurent
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We think that studded boots are timeless. We love them, as they can instantly transform any outfit by adding a bit of an edge to something simple. We have selected eleven pairs for you to choose from, highstreet to luxury.
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Alexandra Stedman is a fashion editor and a stylist behind the THE FRUGALITY. Check out her blog for accessible fashion edit and the best pieces from the high street. We love her philosophy and aesthetic. We also love this streetstyle photo of Alex, combining a classic camel coat with a leather skirt and a white button-down shirt.
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We are huge fans of tailoring! Wear your favourite blazer with a casual white tee or a camisole. For more effortless aesthetic, style this look with a pair of trainers and leather leggings.