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White shirt Wednesday: dressing the dapper dame

white silk shirt styled with tartan overcoat vintage brit

The stripe is dead. Long live tartan.

Taking a fresh look at seasonal prints, traditional checks are given a regal update as very British tartan transports heritage patterns and country tweeds into a stylish new territory. Never losing their urban appeal, English eccentricity is given an inner-city style makeover with pattern clashing separates and enlarged silhouettes.

A love letter in the finest Shetland wools and smooth cashmere blends, international tastemakers and grass-roots debutants equally paid tribute to the small island’s affinity with woollen warmers. Spotted in global collections from Dolce, Klein and Marant, reworked check patterns all followed suit with a wistfully nostalgic ode to punk rock kings and queens like Vivienne Westwood and the late, great Alexander McQueen.

Whether you’re adopting belted, cinched, elongated or cropped alternatives to classic menswear staples this season – one dominant trend reigns supreme, super suiting… Lovingly crafted in an array of authentic home-grown weaves and imported silken layers; play with oversized proportions and devilishly dapper silhouettes this season.

Setting the stage with this overtly on-trend classic, our languorous pussy bow silk shirt is a VAUGHAN must have for this predictive AW16 trend. Worn fully buttoned with a lavish front bow, we’re celebrating our heritage as a purveyor of silken luxury by interweaving our honey bee emblem into this stylish ensemble. Fashioning this antique brass brooch skilfully onto the large ascot tie of our Cassie white shirt, this heirloom addition adds a touch of noble allure to a stately ensemble.

Paired with an oversized wool pant with formal front pleating, this look effortlessly segues runway attitude into the workplace. Complemented by this statement jacket with an overtly kitsch take on tartan, this wrap jacket with integrated scarf balances OTT silhouettes with practical features. Easily styled with a simple LBD or colour-clashing combos, this bold catwalk favourite is a poignant take on Brit-chic sensibilities. Wear without a care and leave open for a hint at the luscious layers below.

Finished with fabulous footwear that’s practical and elegant, too, these slip on leather loafers give paired-down classics a high-luxe edge. A boyish take on the tasselled brogue, these textured pointed toe flats scream work week chic when worn with an upturned hem trouser or ankle-grazing overcoat. Neatly accentuated with a contrasting red check clutch, this all-purpose woven sidekick is easily stowable and leaves you hands-free for plunging your fingers deep into your coat pockets for a purposeful (if a little posey) stride down the sidewalk.

Welcome in a new era for Wuthering Heights winter warmers and style our iconic VAUGHAN pussy bow blouse with a rich intermix of bonafide casuals and forgotten checks.

Pictured: VAUGHAN Cassie shirt in Pure White, Barbara Bui poncho, Joseph trouser, Loeffler Randall loafers, Marni clutch

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