J Brand chinos

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These are seriously hard working trousers. I bought them about three years ago and they are an absolute life saver (especially when there is little enough time to breathe, let alone outfit plan.) They are the perfect shade of washed out stone and complement most colours – happily teaming up with any bright top or cream, pale grey, black, white….You get the picture.

Sadly though, the sandals will not last the summer. I have worn them relentlessly for the past couple of years. These shoes are an integral part of a special group of items that I own, you know the ones: you are shopping in a hurry, you are ambivalent when you first try them on, you buy them anyway, but once you get them home you realise they are probably the best combination of comfortable, yet sexy sandal ever made. You start to wear them every day, you cannot imagine how you lived without them, people in the street regularly ask you where you got them and you know they are something special.  You go back to buy another three pairs and they have completely  sold out. These gladiators have a footbed like the Birkenstock range so you can trek around for hours, plus the cross over strap position is incredibly flattering.

Trousers by J Brand (www.selfridges.com) , scarf by The Kooples (www.thekooples.co.uk) , tee by Cos (www.cosstores.com), jacket by Whistles (www.whistles.co.uk)  and sandals by Clarks (www.clarks.co.uk)

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