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Isabel Spearman on Power Dressing and Her Wardrobe Failsafe

Samantha Cameron's former stylist shares some sartorial advice...

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Choose the bag or shoes and then dress around it, says Isabel Spearman

Isabel Spearman_Daily Dress Edit Motcomb Street

Isabel Spearman on Motcomb Street, Belgravia. By Eva K. Salvi

What are you dressing up for this month?

The launch of my @DailyDressEdit pop-up on Motcomb Street, in collaboration with property developer Grosvenor. With 25 beautiful brands to choose from, I am struggling to pick what to wear on the night.

Style crush?

I love how women in the business and political worlds use fashion to get their message across. Michelle Obama is the perfect example.

Everyday uniform?

I live in dresses and always look for a fun print or a block colour. As a freelance consultant, I can be in a board meeting in the morning and styling a photoshoot in the afternoon, so a flattering dress is my solution.

Everyday Uniform Isabel Spearman

Favourite online retailers?

Whoever makes it a pleasure. High street brands are so good at this, particularly Massimo Dutti and Arket.

Under the radar labels?

Scandi brands that consistently deliver lovely print dresses – Hofmann Copenhagen, Birgitte Herskind and Gestuz are my favourites.

Power Dressing

Lounge lizard?

A pair of high-waisted boyfriend jeans from Topshop with one of my husband’s old cashmere jumpers.

Power dressing?

A midi dress from & Other Stories or Stine Goya with a beautifully cut blazer from Cefinn, and a pair of shoes I can actually walk in – preferably with an elegant block heel.

Ruper Sanderson Gem Shoes

Wardrobe failsafe?

A pair of black satin heels from Rupert Sanderson that I bought in Bicester Village five years ago. They always make an outfit.

Holiday essentials?

I am a white dress fanatic. I will pair them with some fabulous espadrilles and clutch bags found on far-flung market stalls. I am still looking for an excuse to wear a full length vintage white Laura Ashley dress I found in a shop in Ibiza last summer.

Holiday Essentials

Finishing touches?

I prefer a ‘starting touch’– I’ll choose the bag or shoes and then dress around it.

Country walk?

I ride rather than walk, so a good gallop. It is a tonic for the job I do.

Birgitte Herskind Dress and Topshop Jeans

Current trend?

Lilac – you can colour block it with yellow or green.

Style cheats?

Being happy and comfortable in what I wear to work is the best style cheat. It’s also vital to be confident in knowing what suits you and what doesn’t. And if you don’t – find someone who can help you.

@DailyDressEdit opens on Motcomb Street, Belgravia 9–22 May


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