Style Icon – Caroline Lebar

Since I’m not buying any brand new clothes this year (gulp) I will need loads of inspiration from stylish women in order to get the best from my wardrobe. I have lots of clothes, I just get a bit bored of the way I wear them. So I shall be looking for lots of TWR Style Icons to help me refresh my thinking on outfit combinations, as well as going back over the ones we’ve already written about to review my favourites (tbh, always Ana Gimeno Brugada)

In the latest Cherry Bombe magazine (Issue 8), which is undoubtedly one of my favourite magazines anywhere on women and food, I discovered the casual-chic glamour of Caroline Lebar, right hand girl to Karl Lagerfeld (she’s head of communications) and now cookery book author. Her book, Une Tarte Pour Dimanche (A Tart for Sunday) is a collection of visually stunning tart recipes that evolved through her weekly tart postings on Instagram (@carolinelebar). It’s in French (obvs) but an English version is being planned.

The tarts look very artful, but it’s Caroline’s casual style that caught my eye. She pairs a tailored jacket (readers from Monday may remember I have 26 jackets….) with a simple polo neck and jeans, remarkably effective if done with French amounts of grooming and slenderness.

Things to note in the top image of Caroline (taken by Karl, btw, for French Vogue) is that the detail-free, single breasted jacket fits her perfectly, none of this current over-sized nonsense trend, where the shoulders are half way down your arm (I’m leaving this one well alone). Instead she lifts the plainness with a seriously beautiful brooch and bracelet. Under the jacket is a simple roll neck jumper, dark denim jeans and a good belt. I’m guessing the whole ensemble is Limited Edition Karl.

Also, Caroline’s hair is amazing. And even when she does proper casual she still looks good. Now excuse me, I’m off to practice this slouchy-casual look with my 21 pairs of jeans….

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