Fashion In Parliament: Amber Rudd


Regular readers will know that I follow the Prime Minister's sartorial selections and have become pretty good at predicting what she'll wear - and identifying new pieces!

My work takes me to Parliament, and when I'm not focusing on the day job, I'm closely looking at what our MPs wear. We've some real fashionistas in Westminster- and as the PM says, you can be clever and like clothes!

So, I've decided to take a closer look at what some of our other MPs wear for their day jobs - I'm kicking off the series is Amber Rudd. One of the nicest MPs - she's also got a very enviable wardrobe! Let's take a further look...

Amber Rudd's Parliamentary uniform

  • A long line silhouette, with well-cut jackets in black, midnight and earthy tones. 
  • Straight leg trousers, cropped at the ankle.
  • A-line dresses in classic tones, often belted.
  • A rich colour palette of maroon, plum, black and midnight, with the occasional pop of colour - like sunny yellow
  • Statement chunky beaded necklaces, hoop earrings or jewelled drop earrings
  • Bold, fashion focused eyeglasses
  • Block heels, delicate kitten heels and loafers

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Favoured brands

LK Bennett: Rudd wears many of their patterned jackets - from a classic short Charlee navy tweed number to longer line coats. One of our favourites is the Cora black cotton mix jacket- a perfect pick for the summer!

The Cora jacket 

The Charlee navy jacket, a signature LK Bennett piece

The Edelle tweed jacket

And Rudd also has some LK Bennett shoes in the mix- her Maisy block leopard heels are also a favourite of mine!

Goat: Rudd also has several pieces from Goat in her wardrobe. The Redgrave coat is a classic, and favoured by The Duchess of Cambridge, we can see why Rudd is also a fan! The plum version is probably one of her most worn pieces, and looks great with cropped black trousers and a pair of heels. Whilst no longer available, this is a great investment piece in black, navy or white.

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Rudd also turned to Goat for this year's Black and White Ball, wearing the fancy Ezra bead embellished wool crepe top with a pair of great tailored trousers for the event at the Natural History Museum.

Libby London: one of my favourite destinations for a fierce tailored piece, Rudd's colourful shirt dresses are by this great brand. We really love her midnight and yellow dress, and although no longer available, this Lewis dress in navy and pink is a fab alternative.

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Rudd also has this fantastic Petworth black and white houndstooth coat in her wardrobe- and the good news is that you can score it on sale!

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Anya Hindmarch: a brand also favoured by the Prime Minister, Rudd has a few Anya bags in her wardrobe. The most recent addition was the Vere soft satchel in a nude pebbled leather.

Chloe: the scalloped Lauren shoes by the French brand are liked by bloggers and fashionistas alike, so it's great to see politicians embracing this fab shoe! Rudd has the scalloped block heel in navy and a fashion forward green colour. It goes with everything.

The Chloe doesn't just stop there. Rudd has the Drew bag in a fetching navy suede and a pair of these velvet boots. Rockin'!

Rockoptika: Rudd's eyewear is particularly chic, and her glasses are from the Rockoptika brand. Some snooping has revealed she wears the Columbia II and Buddah styles.

Adidas: MPs need a good pair of trainers whilst running around their constituencies, and Rudd's choice of the Adidas Gazelles is a solid choice.

Russell & Bromley: whilst not an exact match, Rudd's black loafers are spookily similar to those available at Russell & Bromley. Bag yourself a classic pair that will last you for years.

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What do you think of Amber Rudd's style? Whose your favourite fashionable MP? Let us know in the comments! 

Gucci glasses fit for a Prime Minister


As someone who wears eyeglasses all day every day, I'm always on the hunt for snazzy specs that can really make an outfit pop.

Theresa May debuted a great pair of sunglasses this week. Adding a new label to her mix, her Gucci Havana sunglasses are the perfect style statement.

The oversized square design in a tortoiseshell finish makes for a classic look, but it is the sparkly green and red arms that really make these sunglasses super cool. Good pick Prime Minister!

I am also loving them in black and these other Gucci glasses are pretty amazing too!

Chelsea Flower Show and RAF 100: Theresa May's Week


From visiting the Chelsea Flower Show to marking one year since the Manchester attack, here's a recap of Theresa May's week.

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On Monday, the PM and Mr May visited the Chelsea Flower Show. Looking springy in her white Piazza Sempione jacket, the PM teamed it with black trousers and the jewelled Divine flats from Russell & Bromley.

Later, May travelled to Jodrell Bank to outline the government's modern Industrial Strategy. And in the evening, she welcomed teachers to Number 10 for a special reception.

On Tuesday, the PM was in Manchester to mark one year since the attack at Manchester Arena. She attended the service at Manchester Cathedral in the city. May wore her grey Escada dress and jacket, along with the black Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley and her Amanda Wakeley chain handbag.

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On Wednesday, May took part in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session before welcoming her Belgian counterpart to Number 10. Our absolute favourite navy blue skirt suit was May's outfit of the day (we love the silk collar!) She teamed it with her new Rosehip pale blue kitten heels from Russell & Bromley and a strand of pearls. Classic!

Later in the day, to much excitement, the PM marked 100 years of the RAF at Number 10. Servicemen and women were invited to attend- and a Hawk Jet from the Red Arrows was parked outside the famous black door. A great evening!

Invictus Games and Wales: Theresa May's Week


From meeting the UK Invictus Games teams in London to Welsh Conservative conference in West Wales, here's a recap of Theresa May's busy week.

On Monday the PM welcomed Panama President Juan Carlos Varela to Number 10. May wore a blue hue outfit, picking her light blue blazer and teaming it with a navy skirt. She accessorised with her leopard Charlotte Olympia Kitty heels and a strand of oversized pearls.

On Tuesday, the PM met the Invictus Games UK team at Horse Guards Parade wearing our favourite purple Daniel Blake Origami suit! She teamed it with her Divine jewelled flats and the silver oversized Amanda Wakeley chain necklace and bracelet. Later in the day, she swapped the flats for the red Link In block heels from Russell & Bromley to welcome Turkish President Erdogan to Number 10.

On Wednesday, May took part in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session. She wore a top to toe blue outfit, picking a navy shift dress, sky blue coat and the navy Twiggy heels from Russell & Bromley. She accessorised with her blue Balls necklace from Mirta Bijoux.

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Later in the day, May travelled to Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the EU Heads of State Dinner.

On Thursday, the PM took part in the EU - Western Balkans Summit. May wore her fab Daniel Blake navy fleck military jacket and trousers, teaming it with her Divine flats and an oversized strand of pearls.

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And on Friday, the Prime Minister was at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Carmarthenshire. May wore her red Amanda Wakeley jacket, teaming it with black trousers and the patent red kitten heels from LK Bennett. 

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Westminster: Theresa May's Week


It was a week based in Westminster for Theresa May, but the Bank Holiday weekend did leave the chance to explore her constituency!

On Monday, the Mays visited the Henley Arts Trail exhibition, taking advantage of the beautiful weather! The PM wore her artistic Piazza Sempione top, teaming it with blue jeans and navy and pink patent flats from LK Bennett.

On Tuesday, the PM was back at Number 10 for Cabinet. She also stopped by CCHQ to thank staff. Later in the day she hosted a reception for the Creative Industries at Downing Street. May wore her oatmeal military jacket from Daniel Blake, teaming it with black trousers and the black Twiggy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley.

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On Wednesday the PM took part in Prime Minister's Questions. It was a return for her navy Escada skirt suit, teamed with her garnet oversized jewel necklace. And the shoes? The awesome red and purple suede Link In block heels from Russell & Bromley!

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Theresa May and Celtic Treasure


It's no secret that Theresa May likes coming to Wales, and on her recent trip to Dolgellau, she picked up another piece from Celtic Treasure!

You may remember that whilst in North Wales last year, the PM purchased two great rings from the Welsh based jewellery brand- an oversized swirl statement ring and a smaller double swirl ring which she often wears. (Recap the purchases and my interview with designer Anna Hicks here.)

May selected a new, similar style oversized ring (middle left) from Hicks's range of beautiful designs. The double swirl circles ring is certainly a statement piece, and May debuted it in April during a trip to Birmingham. She also wore it during the recent CHOGM Summit.

It's the perfect addition to her growing Celtic Treasure collection! If you visit North Wales make sure you check out Celtic Treasure at Celf Aran Arts. Or alternatively check out the website here. 

Local Elections: Theresa May's Week


Local election results across England ended the week on a good note for Theresa May!

On Monday, the PM was in Trafford, visiting a local school and party activists. For this visit, May wore her brown tweed floral Paule Ka jacket, teaming it with her new leopard print loafers and accessorising with the newly updated rose gold Amanda Wakeley chain necklace.

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On Wednesday, the PM took part in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions wearing her fierce blue Orchid Daniel Blake suit. May teamed it with her new Rosebud kitten heels from Russell & Bromley for a perfect blue outfit.

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Later in the day, May welcomed the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at 10 Downing Street.

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On Thursday, the PM and Mr May cast their vote in the Local Elections in Westminster. May's fierce Daniel Blake military navy jacket was on show, and she teamed with navy trousers and navy kitten heels from Russell & Bromley.

Later in the day, May followed up voter pledges in Wokingham.

And on Friday, May celebrated Conservative wins in Wandsworth and Barnet. The PM wore a bright white blazer from Peserico, teaming it with black trousers and the leopard Delicious flats from Russell & Bromley. 
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