Style Inspiration: Emmanuelle Alt

Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Paris

Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief Vogue France


Two months ago flipping through the July issue of British Vogue, I came across an article, “Control ALT”. Despite the bold title it was the accompanying picture that captured my attention. A tall stunning brunette with a slight smirk leaning against a wall with two windows and standing near a blue rug, arms crossed over a sequined Saint Laurent jacket met by a pair of black skinny jeans. This impossibly cool and captivating woman featured in a four page spread was editor-in-chief of Vogue France, Emmanuelle  Alt.

The article chronicled Alt’s time and influence at Vogue France. It also featured snippets of her personal style. The ten pictures accompanying the write up left me feeling inspired by Alt’s style. Her look is effortless, classic, cool and typically French! Emmanuelle’s style has become as influential as the girls she features in her magazine.

Typically Alt’s style consists of skinny black or white jeans, boots or reasonably sized pointed heels. After some extensive Googling, I failed to find any photos of Alt in a skirt or dress. Jeans and tailored trousers are a must in the Alt Uniform. Another staple includes coats or jackets belted, never buttoned. The colour scheme employed by Alt generally alternates between black, white, blues, greys and back to black.

Emmanuelle Alt Blazers

Alt wearing various oversized blazers

Alt is regularly spotted on her way to shows or meetings in oversized blazers with rolled up sleeves, a simple tshirt and signature black jeans always grazing the calves with a pair of pointed black heels to match.

Alt's belted jackets

Alt’s belted jackets

Alt never buttons her jackets, opting to close them with a belt. I love this look! It’s so stylish and she still looks comfy and warm.

Emmanuelle Alt Jeans

Alt looking more casual, yet still chic, in jeans, also pictured Alt’s daughter.

All of Alt’s looks are easily replicated and very wearable. Everyone will have a pair of black or denim jeans and a coat or shirt they can style together.

For me, it’s the the simplicity of Alt’s style that makes her a style icon.

Let me know your favourite Emmanuelle Alt look and if she has inspired your style!

Closet Swap with|Kate Middleton Inspired|

Regular readers of my blog will know I am minorly infatuated with Kate Middleton’s style. No matter what Kate wears she looks fabulous as her style is always simple, elegant and timeless. Everything you’d expect from the future Queen of England. When contacted me and asked me to participate in their online closet swap*, transitioning from Spring to Summer fashion, I looked to Kate for inspiration. is a new online platform where you can buy gift vouchers at a discounted price and sell your unused or unwanted gift cards. is not available worldwide but I’m sure they’ll be expanding in the near future.

Sadly, the Irish summer weather is notoriously random and sunny days are sporadic. This drastically affects my fashion choices. While the bloggers and Instagrammers I follow are strutting their stuff in lovely sun dresses and summer clothes, I am still reaching for a jacket. This makes Kate the perfect inspiration as she loves her blazers and long sleeved tops. I have many similar signature Kate pieces in my wardrobe. The styles I have opted for are very casual yet still practical. A blazer is a perfect way to achieve a summer look. It can be taken off while the sun shines and thrown back on for the chillier evening. This is a very different post for me. Obviously (and sadly for me) I am nothing like Kate… you can’t blame a girl for trying though!

Look 1: Navy Blazer and Striped Top

Striped top with Blazer, Kate Middleton

Kate wore this Zara blazer twice during his trip to Australia and New Zealand. For more looks from this tour follow the links here, here and here. As pictured she wore it with a stripped top, navy jeans and LK Bennett navy wedges. The blazer I am wearing is also from Zara, about 6 or 7 years ago. It is nowhere near as sophisticated as Kate’s but it has tided me over well during the years. I paired mines with a similar striped t-shirt from Primark/Pennys, New Look jeans and Primark/Pennys replica LK Bennett wedges.

Striped top and navy blazer, navy wedges, Kate Middleton

Look 2: Navy Blazer and Gingham Shirt

Gingham Shirt, Navy Blazer, Navy wedges, Kate Middleton Replica

I loved this look when Kate wore it to a wine tasting. It is great for transitioning your wardrobe from Spring to Summer. Unlike Kate’s my shirt is short sleeved but the blazer over the top is a good option for those of you in a cooler climate like myself. The shirt I’m wearing is from Primark/Pennys as are my jeans and wedges. If wedges aren’t your thing a pair of Converse would be a good alternative.

Look 3: Stripped Long Sleeved Top and Pumps

Kate Casual Stripes

Kate has worn this look on numerous occasions. While my shoes are not an exact replica of Kate’s boat shoes they fit in with the overall theme of the look. These pumps or boat shoes like Kate’s are a great summer shoe, especially if you are on the beach or poolside. My stripped top is from H&M, as are my jeans.

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Shirt and Blazer Combos

Above are some similar pieces and the actual Blazer Kate has, which I’m considering buying myself.

Top Row left to right: Navy Blazer: New Look here. Gingham Sleeveless Shirt: New Look here. Navy Blazer: H&M here. Bottom row left to right: Blue Sleeveless Shirt: H&M here. Navy Blazer: Zara [Kate’s Blazer] here. Striped Long sleeve top: New Look here 

Make sure to visit if you’re interested in selling or buying some gift vouchers! Let me know your summer styles or summer style inspirations.


* I was kindly asked to participate in this campaign by I was not compensated for this post and all items of clothing are my own.

Christmas Gift Inspiration

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With less than a two and a half weeks to go until Christmas the pressure of gift giving has no doubt reached boiling point. If you are in need of some inspiration this Christmas look no further…

For the Girls

A Yankee Candle gift set, from £5.99 – £20, is a great option for Mums and Grannies. Winter scents like Cinnamon or Red Apple Wreath are always great at Christmas time. If fresh scents  are what you had in mind, Fluffy Towels and Soft Blanket smell amazing all year round, so you won’t be sick of festive smells come February. There are some great discounts available at on Christmas themed candle holders and burners.

A pair of fluffy  pyjamas (£10) and a new DVD release like The Great Gatsby (£10) is a great girly gift. Downton Abbey Seasons 1- 4 is another DVD option for £38.

Christmas gifts girls

Cath Kidston has a variety Christmas gift sets. Mug sets for £20 are pre boxed and available for gift wrapping. Items at £10 include handbag sized makeup bags, nail and manicure sets, mini hand creams and body wash sets.

Handmade Cosmetics are available in most shopping centres and Christmas markets this year. Gift boxes full of handmade soaps and bath goodies are always a luxurious treat.Alternatively you could compile a spa or makeup kit yourself. Fill a makeup bags with an assortment of nail varnishes, eye shadows, lip balms or body scrubs, facial washes and moisturiser. Add some festive gold or red tissue paper to the lining of the bag. Keep an eye for 3for2 offers on cosmetics and beauty products in Boots and Superdrug. Don’t forget to use your loyalty card points, could save a fortune.

For The Boys

New DVD releases like World War Z, Olympus Has Fallen, Fast and Furious 6, Now You See Me and season one of the most talked about TV programme, Breaking Bad, are all available for £10. Grand Theft Auto 5 is on most Christmas wish lists this year, available for PlayStation and Xbox at £43.

A classic leather wallet starts from £15 (House of Fraser in store and online). A fashionable tweed, wool and showerproof cap usually go for £20. Either of these would be ideal for Dads and Grandas. For brothers and boyfriends, TopMan have matching festive hat and scarves in their accessories department from £6 – £18.

Gift ideas Christmas men

Boots No.7 counter have No.7 for Men gift sets and grooming kits which include post shave recovery balm, face and body washes, for £12 – £35. Various department stores and drugstores have an extensive range of designer aftershaves gift sets.

Easons have lots of 3for2 offers this Christmas. Alex Ferguson by Alex Ferguson is set to be the Christmas favourite this year, available on Amazon for £12 with free delivery. If football isn’t what you had in mind, the old reliable Guinness Book of World Records also has free home delivery at £9.

Let me know your Christmas gift ideas below!