We've asked style guru, Marie Baines of @madamebshops to share with us her favourite pieces from our AW20 collection.
Marie styles classics with new trends and we love her sustainable approach of working in pre-loved pieces wherever she can. Her looks is always classic, elegant and playful.
French is in my blood and in my wardrobe. Of Belgian heritage, I was brought up between the UK, US and Belgium and I’m bilingual in French and English. My style reflects my international background, but is heavily influenced by France where I spend every summer. I am drawn to French style and brands, but I like to mix it up with “une petite folie anglaise” because I wouldn’t want to be too BCBG! I came across Marie & Lola through Instagram and fell in love with the brand, plus getting to speak French with Stéphanie is a bonus.
A mother of two girls, I’ve worked as a French teacher and in book publishing. I’m currently taking some time out while waiting for the Covid storm to pass.
I love the AW20 Marie & Lola collection, so it was difficult to narrow it down to six pieces, but I tried to pick items that could be worn in many ways through this strange festive season and also into next year.
70s style corduroy is everywhere this season and this shirt dress has all the Sézane vibes. It can be worn with heels and tights for the festive season, but it can also be dressed down with leggings and trainers. I think it’s super versatile and chic: it was love at first wear.
With its sweatshirt shape and in this soft rose colour (“vieux rose” or old rose), this jumper goes with everything in your wardrobe. I love the rhinestone button details which give it a bit of glamour and are very Ba&sh. You could wear this over a pretty skirt for a family Christmas.
I can’t be in Paris right now but I can say Bonjour via this puff-sleeved sweatshirt. I love the neutral colours, it’s an easy way to introduce brown into your wardrobe. I would wear it with pink, with other neutrals, with jeans or layered under a blazer.
A lightweight unstructured coat can be thrown on over everything and it’s a wardrobe winner. The checked pattern has some great colours running through it that can be picked up in the rest of your outfit or accessories. I would style it over jeans, leggings or a simple dress and let the checks be the statement.
Another hugely versatile piece, the broderie anglaise details on this blouse are stunning. I love it with dungarees but also over jeans with a statement belt. It can be layered under a jumper or cardigan to highlight the pretty collar and cuff detailing. This is one to make a statement on those Zoom dates.
Perfect for wearing at home or for throwing on to go to the shops, it’s halfway between a cardigan and a coat. I would style it over jeans and a pretty blouse, over my favourite leggings or even with a midi skirt. It’s super cosy for those winter days, I would probably even wear it over another jumper to keep warm.
Leopard print is a neutral that goes with everything in your wardrobe, but this one also has some hints of pink or apricot. Style it now with a thick knit and boots and with a t-shirt, trainers and a leather jacket come spring.