Guest posts | November 6th 2017

CollectPlus x Stylist Live | Kristabel

This month CollectPlus are partnering with Stylist Live for their festival of inspiration which will be bringing everything readers love about Stylist magazine to life across three action-packed days of experts, interviews, comedy, food, beauty and fashion exclusives.

We caught up with Kristabel of I Want You To Know to for the third installment of our Autumn edit series to see what her top picks for the season are, and it’s safe to say we are loving them just as much as she is. The good news is that Kristabel will be on our stand at Stylist Live with her edit, doing a meet and greet. So bag yourself a ticket to the show and head down to our stand next to the catwalk to see her favourite A/W styles in person.

All of the items are available to Click & Collect to your nearest CollectPlus point, so you can pick up your new orders at a convenient time for you and begin the experimenting in the comfort of your own home.

“I’m the kind of person who treats any seasonal trends as a bit of a pick n’ mix selection.  It’s far more important for me to invest in the pieces I connect with and wait for the right items to come along. I can’t be the only one who’s gone a bit crazy in previous years and rushed into buying items that were only worn once? My approach now is to scour all the online stores and pin like crazy, before taking some time away to look at everything with fresh eyes.  If things tick the trend boxes, then that’s a bonus.

Since I’ve been shopping this way for the past few years, I’ve come up with a bit of a plan when shopping.  I know that I like intricate handiwork, unexpected details, and cuts that cleverly flatter, which fits nicely into Gucci’s artsy aesthetic (I had to get the brand-of-the-moment in there somehow).  What really resonates is the idea that new items are layered on each season, rather than a complete image overhaul.  It’s great for me as I tend to browse online before ordering, so I can try on anything with my existing bits and see if things actually go together.

Once you figure out the consistencies in your style, it’s easier to shop and have a few clear categories.  For AW17, I’ve worked out that I need a mixture of Outfit Completers, Shape Updates and Eclectic Essentials.  They’re sensible High Street updates that will slot in perfectly for the festive season and beyond.

The Outfit Completers

These are the kind of items that add a little personality when you’re having a ‘I don’t know what to wear’ day (let’s face it, it’s probably going to be most of November).  I picked out a circular Whistles bag that adds a retro touch to any look, jeans with a subtle frayed hem and metallic trainers in a blogger-friendly rose gold hue.  In terms of beauty, I’ve gone for the versatile bronzes of the Naked Heat palette and my preferred nude gloss from Bare Minerals.


Shape Updates

My proportions are something that have always caused a bit of insecurity, so I’m always looking for items that will balance things out and make me feel more comfortable.  I think that’s the main thing I try to aim for, not necessarily trying to look like an ASOS model but feeling happy with how clothes fit and adorn my body.  Whether it’s a shape that gives me a bit more of a waist (like this Warehouse peplum top) or an asymmetric skirt that gets me excited about fashion again, my thing is to just bide my time and wait.  Fluted sleeves are another detail I like (though it makes wearing certain jackets tricky) and this Finery dress is an interesting take on a wrap style.

Eclectic Essentials

I think this has to be my favourite category, staple items that have been given an exciting twist through texture, embellishment or embroidery.  You can let one statement piece shine or wear them all together if you’re feeling particularly expressive. It helps that these picks share a few common colours. The French Connection check coat combines so many different hues without being overpowering and the beading of the Uzma Bozai sweat makes it one of the most unique slogan options out there. Prepare for the most compliments if you order the Pieces boots though. The folkloric pattern will brighten up the plainest outfit and the slightly lower front works well with all that cropped denim. If that wasn’t enough, then they’re also pretty comfortable.”


November 6th 2017 - by @CollectPlus