At a crossroad in the seasons, Anna talks about your wardrobe's multi-tasker, the cardigan and in particular, the bohemian knitwear label by this British designer.

Arriving to the office announcing an extreme over-heating situation signals that yearly transitional spring period; needing a jacket or coat, but no longer the navy teddy floor length one that I have lived in all winter. A light trench, or mid length tweed blazer are useful for bright 15C+ days. I also have a couple of long cardigans, that, depending on the material, can be layered if needed but still provide head to toe warmth and protect from a sudden light shower. They can be worn belted or open, and with trainers or heels.

Pretty much a wardrobe staple for year round wear, Hayley Menzies' cardigans are amazing multi taskers - perfect for wrapping up for early morning commutes, but will also keep you warm at a summer wedding, and have statement appeal to ensure you are ready for any unexpected after work invitations.

Based in and inspired by London’s Portobello Road, British designer Hayley Menzies launched her playful bohemian knitwear label in 2011 after returning from adventures in Africa and Asia. Made from bespoke blends of cashmere, wool, and silk, The brand uses only the finest, ethically-sourced yarns, and vintage clothing is a constant reference.

It is so hard to pick a favourite that I have been using the brand’s hashtag #HAYLESANGELS to browse customer and celebrity choices to hopefully help me make a decision.

I love the Leopardess Duster, both in Red/Pink and also Ice Blue.

Or there is the Marrakesh Duster in an incredible green or Candy Cane.

Can a girl have all four?

Shorter Cotton jacquard knit blanket styles come in red and Denim Blue with fringe trim edge and the Panthera jumper is a versatile every day top with one fringe sleeve. The collection continues in silk, printed in the UK in bold palm prints and striking florals.

I love the beautiful flattering silhouettes of the printed shirt dresses, such as the red and pink
‘LEOPARDESS SHIRT DRESS’ featuring prowling leopards, and nomadic tiger eye border.

Made from fluid silk crepe de chine, these dresses have sleeves and pockets and perfectly practical for both city and holiday life. They can also be worn undone over jeans.
The sleeveless Sun dresses and jumpsuits are equally special for hotter days and summer outdoor events.

Stockists are plentiful offline and online, including Liberty, Wolf & Badger, and Harrods. I plan a trying on session this weekend.

March 2019