Financier Aita Ighodaro conducts business regularly across two or more continents so she really needs a wardrobe that will travel well. Wecaught up with her as she dashed through London to find a feminine style that isn’t too girly but yet utterly practical. Clue: it’s all about the magic dress that never creases.

If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?

Colourful bikinis. I work hard, but I love the sunshine and it energises me, so I try to get as much of it as possible!
Belted coats and trenches – when I can’t be in the sun I like a cover up with a cinched in waist, I find it a timeless and feminine look but it’s not ‘girly’.
A large handbag as I carry so much around with me and nearly always have my laptop amongst other things. At the moment I love a vintage Louis Vuitton epi leather one I found in a market in Saint Tropez.

Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a grown up? What was it?

I think it was my first pair of skin tight jeans when I was about 11 or 12. I remember feeling quite foxy and pleased with myself. They were probably a stretch Topshop pair or something like that.

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Do you have any major style faux pas?

I’ve had some fairly experimental hairdos throughout the years….

Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?

Elizabeth Taylor’s entire jewellery collection would be nice!

Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

I definitely have a lot more shoes than bags…

Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?

A silk shirt seems appropriate for almost any occasion

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Sometimes one pretty white top is all it takes to remind you that spring is here! Ann-Marie, AKA Fashion Mum of 40, is the queen of making jeans look stylish, and it’s all about the beautiful details on top. After all once you’ve sat down at lunch, it’s your top half that has to do all the work!
If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?
A breton or striped t-shirt, well fitting and flattering pair of jeans and a great navy blazer.
How would you define your style?
Classic, modern and simple.
Who do you look to for style inspiration?
I like Emmanuelle Alt, Laura Fantacci and Louise Redknapp
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Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?
A classic Burberry trench coat, it was just that iconic classic piece that I longed for. They never go out of fashion, look fabulous with the classics of denim and shirts, but look equally amazing over a LBD…aka Audrey.
Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?
Although I have succumbed to the temptation of a few designer handbags over the years, I would say I am most definitely a shoe girl. Shoes make me smile, I enjoy shoe shopping. I love how shoes can totally transform a casual
outfit of jeans, tee or shirt and as my wardrobe mainly consists on jeans that is what is so appealing and tempting!
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April is the unofficial watershed for parties to include an outdoor element without tears of laughter and/or cold. We met up with fabulous actress Camilla Arfwedson to discuss the anti-pastel colours, cocktails and the perils of filming summer scenes in the frost.

If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?

Black Cashmere Jumper, Rag & bone boots, leather jacket.

Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a
grown up? What was it?

A vintage Pin stripe suit from Steinberg & Tolkein when I was 16.

Do you have any major style faux pas?

Probably socks & sandals or a low cut top and short skirt. It should
be one or the other.

Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?

A Quilted Chanel evening bag. They are so chic and make any outfit
look elegant & cool.

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Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?

Shoe.

Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?

My Jimmy Choo biker boots.

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All images shot at the beautiful Chelsea Gardener.

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Amanda Start (AKA the Online Stylist) is a master of Scandi style chic. She braves the spring showers to show off a rainy day uniform that will really look after you, because after all when it pours we really just want a hug and a good parka will do just that…

If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?

I’m reverting to monochrome type here and saying black skinny jeans, a classic white shirt and the softest grey cashmere sweater. I think those three pieces can form the backbone of so many other looks.

How would you define your style?
I’ve been asked this question a lot and it’s one I’m constantly asking myself – especially when shopping for new pieces! Over the years, my style has definitely evolved into a more minimal look and in order to stick with what feels right, any new purchases have to meet a specific three-word criteria: Relaxed – Simplicity – Individual. Having that in mind definitely helps me stay true to what I love and avoid too many impulse buys.
Who do you look to for style inspiration?
Other style bloggers, Instagram and Pinterest – oh my god I love Pinterest! There’s everything you need there all in one place – which is probably why I spend hours on there!
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Do you have any major style faux pas?
I would say a few of my early outfit posts contain more than a fair share of outfit faux pas… and documented for all to see! But I always think no regrets – style should be about experimenting and that means you don’t always get it right.
Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl? 
It used to be shoes but now its bags! I would love to invest in something by Chloé, Céline or Proenza Schouler one of these days… and I definitely blame Pinterest for that!
Photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/cookiesncandies/
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Writer Esther Walker is a bit of a girl crush for us all at the office. She’s funny, fabulous and knows how to rock a dress. We met up with her to discuss the stylish/practical axis and picking sides in the shoe vs handbag war.

If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?
A denim shirt, a grey or navy sweater and a white t-shirt.

Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a grown up? What was it?

My sister had a pair of electric blue sandals – the strap was in a kind of zig zag pattern (it was 1986) and they were the most chic, beautiful things I’d ever seen. I finally got my hands on them when I was ten but they were too big so I put them away, waiting for my feet to grow into them. But they never did, because my sister was a size 6 and I’m still, 25 years later, a size 5. Still, they were mine, I owned them – and they made me feel like I’d arrived.

Do you have any major style faux pas?
So, so many. I have never been naturally stylish. If I think very hard about what to wear I can pull together something that looks good, but it always requires thought, I always need inspiration. It’s why I’ve taken to wearing a lot of gym kit during the day – you can put it on without thinking about it and it is, technically, a “look”. I raid Sweaty Betty and Gap once a year for essentials. I’m still toying with the idea of spending £82 on a pair of Lululemon leggings. I can’t decide whether it’s good sense or just the end of days.

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Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?
I’m so fickle when it comes to this kind of thing – the item I’m really crushing on changes daily. This last winter I have most felt the absence in my wardrobe of a smart navy blue overcoat and will definitely get one for AW17. Navy is basically the most useful colour there is. At this precise moment I really, really want one of those super-smart parkas – like from Canada Goose? It’s been so cold and my Gap long puffa jacket really needs to be taken outside and shot to put it out of its frumpy misery. But Canada Goose jackets are about a million pounds and it’s about to be Spring. I mean, in theory. One for the Christmas list I guess.

Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?
I try not to be either. I am wary of that thing that can happen where you just endlessly buy shoes and bags but barely use any of them. I now have a ban on buying new bags and I rotate the ones I already have. Perhaps once a year I will ask my husband for a really special one – this Christmas I got a dark grey Saint Laurent bag, because I didn’t have a single tote bag in my whole collection. The same goes for shoes – if you’re not strict about how many you actually need it can get out of control. Having said all that, if I had to pick a side in some sort of shoe/handbag war, I’d rush more quickly to the defence of a Chloe Drew bag than a pair of Louboutin boots.

Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?
About two years ago I bought a pair of Acne boyfriend jeans. They were incredibly expensive and quite an extreme shape. But I utterly loved them and wore them all the time and will probably wear them all the time this summer, too. It was the first time I’d bought something expensive that was stylish but also incredibly practical and great for
gooning around with the kids in. Sorry one more: a few years ago I asked for a pair of Jimmy Choo studded spike heels for my birthday and I treasure them like they’re made of diamonds; I keep the shoe trees in and shut them up tight in their special blush-pink box with “Jimmy Choo” written in gold on the lid. No-one is allowed to touch them
except me and they get compliments everywhere they go.

All images shot at the amazing Le Coq, where we would eat every lunch for the rest of our lives if we could.
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