Keep the lines clean and the layers neat, and your tailoring will look modern. There are boxy co-ords (Isabelle, who gets extra points for adding a blouse underneath), or a classic trouser suit and trench with added Hepburn slouch (Betsie). There are also more off-piste takes on tailoring, see Sylviane’s knitted marl shapes worn with a soft robe, or a cropped boyish suit (Pam). Even dungarees – worn with aplomb by Mecia – have their place. Throw a blazer over the top and they look unexpectedly smart. Lauren Cochrane
Photographer: David Newby for the Guardian. Stylist: Melanie Wilkinson. Fashion assistant: Hannah Davidson. Hair: Shukeel Murtaza at Phamous using Bumble bumble. Makeup: Lisa Stokes using Elizabeth Arden. Models: Pam and Sylviane at Ugly, Isabelle and Mecia at Milk and Betsie at MOT.