Whether you avidly follow her exploits on Insta or you've watched her SL wardrobe tour on repeat, there's no excuse not to have blogger and influencer Hannah Strafford Taylor on your radar. Impossibly stylish with a Chanel collection to rival Coco herself, she's the grown-up trend setter you need to know. Here's how she does it...
Without doubt my most worn item is my Gucci shearling Princetowns… this is the third A/W I’ve been wearing them, and I’m on my second pair of black because I wore out the first pair! They’re so comfy and you can wear them with practically everything – I think the only thing I don’t wear them with is black tights!
If I had to pick only one brand to wear forever, it would be Chloé… I love that bohemian, relaxed vibe and the collections are always so pretty with beautiful fabrics. However it’s expensive so I never get more than one or two pieces a season, and perhaps something up in the sale.
But I probably have more Chanel pieces in my wardrobe than anything else… I LOVE Chanel, but I only invest in their timeless pieces – if I’m going to spend money in the store it has to be something that will last forever, nothing too seasonal.
Most of the pieces in my wardrobe are timeless… Then from season to season, I add a few on-trend items to update each look. I have pieces from ten years ago that I can still pull out and look current.
I organise my closet by season… Then by item type, colour and style so I have a coat section, a long dress section and, for example, different sections of black blouses – long-sleeved, short-sleeved etc. I am totally OCD and hate it when it’s not perfect. I’ve also been using folding board for my jumpers for years.
I don’t overthink my outfits, even when planning holiday looks… Every morning, I think of one item that I feel like wearing and build the outfit around that piece. If I want to feel warm and cosy, I’ll pull out a favourite sweater and work the rest around it depending on what I’m doing that day – I’ll dress it down with jeans and flats, or dress it up with a leather trouser and heel.
It’s so important to have great basics and versatile pieces… Getting dressed is easy when you have a wardrobe full of things you like.
When it comes to winter style, you really can’t go wrong with… A lovely cashmere jumper, (even from M&S) a pair of jeans you love, fab shoes and a more expensive coat.
I always invest in winter coats because it’s the one piece everyone sees… I’ve always said, you can throw a great coat over most things and always look chic. I invest in shoes too, I have a slight shoe problem… But, then again, beautiful shoes make any outfit.
My personal style is to never look too ‘done’… I would never want to look like I’ve spent three hours getting ready; with perfect hair and make-up, all dressed up with high heels. I would prefer to look effortless – I love that laid-back French style. I tone my outfits down a little by wearing a flat, or scraping back my hair into a knot on the top of my head.
I would never wear one designer from head to toe… I like to mix it up a bit; throw in a vintage or high street piece, or vice versa – wear all high street and throw on a high end jacket, or pair unexpected items like jeans and a pair of beautiful heels.
My top style tip is to keep it simple and wear what suits you… For example, don’t wear mum jeans just because they’re in fashion if they look bad on you.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the statement earring… If you want to instantly dress up an outfit, put on a huge pair of earrings. I swear they make your face look better when you’re feeling tired – there’s something about them that makes you look instantly more vibrant. You can always find great earrings in J Crew or on the high street, and I also love Marni for earrings (Bicester sometimes has some great ones).