You can be modern and classic at the same time – ask Michael Kors
Michael Kors’ signature look is clean, contemporary and very, very stylish. Much loved by A-listers (and us), this global fashion brand combines classic designs with modern touches – and never neglects the practical details.
Michael Kors – iconic and wearable design
The Michael Kors designers have hit a real sweet spot, somehow balancing a timeless approach to style with an emphasis on laid-back, easy-to-wear fashion. Headed up by Michael himself, this is a fashion empire that really understands that clothes have to feel great to look great. We love the flattering cuts, quality fabrics and practical details (you shouldn’t be short of storage and compartments in an iconic Kors handbag, for example).
Having helped design his own mum’s wedding dress aged just five, the teenage Michael began making and selling fashion from his basement. Today, as well as being one of the best-known names in fashion, he is a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN, and works with several charities.
It would be easy to rebuild your entire wardrobe simply with Michael Kors clothes (one day, sigh…). Stylish separates can reboot your business look, and there’s a more urban-influenced collection of weekend wear. For something more special, a Kors dress or formal shirt will bring an effortlessly elegant feel to your ensemble.
There are collections for women, men and children, covering clothes and shoes. MK makes flats flattering – ballerinas take centre stage here. The kids’ trainers also deserve a special mention: these shoes were definitely made for bouncing. Accessories include watches, shades and purses. And oh yes, there’s that small extra detail of the Michael Kors handbags…
Everyone wants to get their hands on a bag
Let’s cut to the chase: bags. We’re trying not to overuse “iconic” here; however, that’s exactly what these A-list favourites have become. Michael Kors use quality materials for their bags, including fine leather. The natural tan tones contrast with polished metallic details, such as logo plates and monogram medallions. And one of the best things? Beneath all the designer details are well-made bags with plenty of pockets – beautiful and useful.
There are also a lot of styles to choose from. Sling on an elegant little crossbody bag before a journey – they’re compact but have enough space for all those must-take essentials. If you prefer to carry more, try a tote, in either a retro bucket shape or a capacious, slouchy design. For a playful take on designer bags, there’s a range of stylish backpacks in a choice of colours and prints.
Evening out? Take a glamorous chain pouchette. These small but perfectly formed leather bags will bring timeless vintage charm to any outfit and have enough space for lipstick, cards, keys and phone. What more could you ask for?
The bags come in an array of on-trend colours. There’s a real emphasis on working with natural leather shades in the MK collections; however, this doesn’t mean that there’s no room for a bolder palette as well. Classic black, cream and tan tie with scarlet, orange and blue for wardrobe space (we love them all). Faux croc and printed fabric add texture and look out for medallion and tassel details.
And to wear with the Michael Kors handbag…?
Like the iconic (we said it again) bags, this fashion house’s clothes are exceptionally well-made, stylish, and boast an array of individual little details. The formal dresses in particular embrace simplicity, and are always impeccably cut. There are good reasons you’ll often see Michael Kors outfits in the pages of glossy magazines, loved by both female and male celebs.
For a looser look, try a boho blouse with wide frills and perhaps a print, teamed with skinny jeans or ankle pants. There are classic patterns such as stripes and florals, and textures ranging from denim to leather. There’s also a focus on practical fashion, with puffer jackets, stylish athleisure, and even swimwear. The Plus range pulls out all the stops to create a gorgeously confident collection.
The menswear style is preppy meets urban – stick with us, it's a combination that just works. The key is in the fine fabrics: Merino wool, supple leather, soft cotton jersey and modern performance fabrics. There are contemporary slim-fit shirts for today’s businesswear, and colour-blocked cotton tees for weekends. Off-duty trousers include denims and cords. The skinny options come with added stretch for a super-close fit.
You're never too young to embrace a look, right? Michael Kors also creates an exciting line of super-stylish kids' clothes, designed with busy kids in mind. For example, the trainers may be designer, but they’re also extra bouncy. Quality leather uppers and thick soles combine to create robust footwear in colours they’ll love.
Carry on accessorising with Michael Kors
Don’t stop at the handbags. You can style yourself from top to toe with elegant accessories by Michael Kors, from Hollywood-glam shades to quality designer footwear. Again, the signature style is on simplicity with a modern edge. Transform your outfit with some carefully chosen jewellery, and step out in style with a pair of MK ballerinas or boots.
MK watches are almost as iconic (apologies) as their bags. Men’s chunky chronographs combine classic watch finishes (such as brushed metal and dramatic dark dials) with quality movements and materials. The women’s range comes in an array of colours and finishes, from rose gold dress watches to again, uncompromisingly large chronographs.
If you’re going for a dress watch, have a look at the designer jewellery for women. You can emphasise your beautiful timepiece with complementary earrings or a bracelet on the opposite wrist.
There’s a lot to love about the shoe collection, including the brand’s take on women’s flat shoes. Shoe height is a matter of choice, and if you want to look sharp and on-trend without a heel, you can. Having said that, if you want an awesome skyscraper of a heel, this range has it covered, don't doubt that. For men, check out the retro high tops and pumps.