Theresa May A-Z: S is for Small Business

23.5.17


Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy, and the Prime Minister is a fierce champion of entrepreneurs in all industries.

May is a staunch supporter of small fashion brands, and has regularly worn items by forward-thinking designers during her time as Prime Minister.

Two notable examples are Pazuki and Louison d’or. May has worn their respectively gorgeous scarves on many foreign trips. Taking its inspiration from nature, Pazuki’s range of designs are delicately intricate, and the PM owns several scarves from this London based brand. (You can read my full post with Pazuki’s founder here.)

The Mesh scarf by Pazuki

Louison d’or really appeals to Theresa May’s quirky side. Who else could wear a faux fur collar with two flashes of orange and purple to the World Economic Forum?

And it is not just on professional trips where the PM champions our small businesses. On a recent holiday and election-deciding trip to North Wales, May visited a craft centre in the village of Dollegau. Purchasing a set of Welsh slate coasters and two handmade silver rings by Anna at Celtic Treasure, May reinvested in the small community she was visiting- boosting visitor numbers and sales in the process.

Swirl Ring by Celtic Treasure
It’s perhaps more important than ever to shop local, and with so many fantastic small businesses making their mark on our high streets, it is fantastic to see the Prime Minister practicing what she preaches.

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Theresa May A-Z: R is for Russell & Bromley

22.5.17


Think Theresa May and you think of Russell & Bromley. Synonymous with the PM’s public image, the legendary retailer has been a much-loved shoe source of Theresa May for many years. It’s hard to determine just how many pairs of Russell & Bromley shoes May owns, but there are at least 50 pairs that I have recognized!

Studded loafers, patent croc over-the-knee boots, embellished block heels, bows on toes, multi-pattern kitten heels and sparkly flats - Theresa May owns them all.

Here’s a breakdown of some of Theresa May’s latest Russell & Bromley purchases…



The Link Up slingbacks: perhaps the Prime Minister’s Easter treat to herself, these quirky cool red and pink block heel slingbacks have a striking monochrome trim and snaffle bar detailing. May wore them to the Easter Day service at her local church, freshening up one of her coolest grey tweed skirt suits.



The Delicious flats: a new addition to her stash of beloved leopard print shoes, May wore these grosgrain bow adorned flats on her March trip to the Gulf.

And my predictions for the next new shoe debut? I’m hoping for Tiara or Classique!

I’ve always said that a good pair of shoes makes a good woman, and with Russell & Bromley as her sole provider, Theresa May won’t put a foot wrong.

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Peston, Manifesto Launch and Edinburgh: Theresa May's Week

21.5.17


The campaigning continued this week as Theresa May travelled around the country as part of the fight for Downing Street.

On Monday, Theresa May visited Tech Pixies in Oxford, social enterprise foundation aiming to return mothers to work.





She then returned to London to take part in a live Facebook Q&A with ITV's Robert Peston and answer questions from viewers. It was pretty exciting to hear the Prime Minister answer my question about fashion!


For these two appearances, May wore black trousers, the Liberty tartan jacket from Vivienne Westwood and the leopard Cocktail loafers from Russell & Bromley.


On Tuesday, May headed to Stoke on Trent, visiting workers at a Screw Fix premises. May also visited a Birmingham school and took part in a live town hall phone in.



May wore the Samira blue wool jacket from DvF, teamed with a white shirt, black trousers and the Frame leopard flats from Russell & Bromley. She accessorised with an oversized plastic chain necklace and a plastic bangle.


On Wednesday, Theresa May held a press conference in London with Chancellor Philip Hammond. May wore a black skirt suit, silk shirt, oversized chain bracelet and necklace from Amanda Wakeley and the Issa x LK Bennett kitten heels.




Thursday was the big day- the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto. Held in Halifax, May wore our favourite navy round silk collar suit to the launch, accessorising with a string of pearls and the Twister gold block heels from Russell & Bromley. You can read the manifesto here.



May then visited the MBDA factory in Bolton.




On Friday, the Prime Minister as in Edinburgh for the launch of the Scottish Conservative manifesto. Her customary Blackwatch tartan jacket from Vivienne Westwood made a reappearance, along with a white shirt, black trousers and our new favourite plastic chain necklace. May's studded loafers from Russell & Bromley made a welcome return!



Later in the day, May visited Andrew Black Haulage.




And on Saturday, May was campaigning in her own constituency of Maidenhead before heading to Ealing and Acton to campaign with candidate Joy Morrissey. May wore a red dress, oatmeal jacket and leopard flats from Russell & Bromley for her visit to Ealing and Acton.


Theresa May A-Z: Q is for Quality over Quantity

20.5.17


A mantra that fits many of May’s opinions, you won’t see fast fashion in Number 10 Downing Street. Rarely wearing a barrage of pieces all at once, May relies on tried and tested fashion favourites to go about her daily business.

The blazer is a staple in Theresa May’s wardrobe. Owning several in a range of grey, brown and neutral hues, May mixes up her blazer stash, teaming them with dark trousers and a blouse, or opting for a classic white shirt and jeans. She has tweed jackets, boiled wool and cotton, and braided fabric versions, all adding variety and style for her working wardrobe.

Similarly, May knows that a good coat will last for years. A navy number with bell shaped sleeves served May well during her time as Home Secretary, and has made a few reappearances since she became Prime Minister. Similarly, a bright red wool coat has also been teamed with a classic navy trouser suit, most recently to the launch of the Conservatives local election campaign.

The Camel Coat

Two recent, quality additions to May’s coat wardrobe are a custom number from Daniel Blake and a camel piece from Amanda Wakeley. Military inspired, the former is a sophisticated black coat with an oversized collar and sophisticated sweeping cut. It’s gorgeous! The Wakeley camel coat is cut from a luxe wool blend, with slim pockets and dart detailing, and an invisible fastening. It’s the ultimate in meta-luxury.

Turning to accessories, May has a set of quality handbags that she uses on rotation. Totes from Anya Hindmarch and LK Bennett as well as clutches from Amanda Wakeley are some of May’s tried and tested designers.

Theresa May A-Z: P is for Paule Ka

19.5.17


Theresa May knows the benefit of a good tailored piece, and Parisian brand Paule Ka is helping her achieve her super chic look.

Celebrating thirty years of business, this brand knows how to design classic pieces with a twist. The French ready-to-wear brand takes its inspiration from the grace and elegance of 50s and 60s style icons like Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, spotlighting strong tailoring and glamorous pieces perfect for the workplace.

Whilst May reinvents British politics, she turns to a new take on familiar pieces for her wardrobe. Think the two-piece suit reimagined- a switch from traditional Tory blue to statement violet, a cute back bow detail and oversized buttons. Right up the PM’s street!

May also turns to Paule Ka for wildcard items. Opening the Conservative Party conference in October 2016, May looked like a superhero. A sharp black tunic was teamed with trousers- and a canary yellow utilitarian style ottoman belt the sole pop of colour. This striking look was thanks to Paule Ka, and it’s up the top of my list as one of the boldest and fierce pieces May has worn during her time as Prime Minister. Saving political style one-step at a time, Paule Ka is a fantastic example of Theresa May’s fashion forward thinking and her keen eye for a strong piece.

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Theresa May A-Z: O is for Oversized Accessories

18.5.17


Go big or go home! Theresa May is a pro at rocking an oversized accessory.

With an impressive collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, the PM mixes up her work wear look with many statement, oversized pieces.

Jazzing up an every day navy suit, Theresa May usually sports a bubblegum sized string of oversized pearls, wearing them to PMQs and official functions. Similarly, the PM wears a gorgeous strand of mixed coloured pearls, all slightly large in size.

Two of May’s most popular and most worn oversized accessories are necklaces. The chunky silver chain and matching bracelet from Amanda Wakeley sold out soon after May wore them on the steps of Downing Street in July 2016. Repeat performances at PMQs and foreign visits made the set a must-own item – and they’re back in stock! May’s other oversized necklace is the blue Balls piece from Mirta Bijoux. The star of the Cabinet’s official photo, the necklace is often worn by May with a sky blue coat and navy shift.

A friend recently met the Prime Minister and helpfully studied her jewellery for me! May’s large, rectangular bangles, depicting famous art prints and abstract patterns appear to be made of Bakelite or a similar material. These appear to be one of her favourite accessories, wearing a patterned bracelet in her official Prime Ministerial portrait and on numerous public appearances.

Not many people could wear such striking jewellery in a confident and chic way, but I could think of no one else who could carry off oversized pieces so well!

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Theresa May A-Z: N is for Neutral Look

17.5.17


Very much a black and white person, Theresa May also favours netural tones in her working wardrobe. Not content with just wearing neutral garments in the summer months, the PM has an impressive range of taupe, ecru and oatmeal hues in her wardrobe.

Think chunky grain blazers, their construction taking their cue from nature’s most natural tones. Tailored, knitted cardigans, perfect to be teamed with a jersey dress or a pair of well-constructed trousers. Or a linen dress and matching jacket from Amanda Wakeley- perfect for those hot, sticky summer months in London.

May often turns to nature for fashion inspiration. Snakeskin kitten heels from Russell & Bromley and of course, a range of leopard print shoes can all be classed as neutral accessories, working with a cross-wardrobe repertoire. Similarly, May’s jewellery isn’t overly flashy, and like her other pieces, complements her whole look.

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May’s focus on quality basics, tailored items and simple pieces makes her a great champion of the neutral look.

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Theresa May A-Z: M is for Maidenhead Coop

16.5.17


Nestled in her constituency, the Maidenhead Coop is a hidden gem. Stocking many pieces from quirky small businesses, Theresa May is a staunch supporter of this local cooperative and the entrepreneurs who sell their wares through this location.


Interviewed by Peston in Davos in January, we were all intrigued by the glamorous faux fur collar adorning the Prime Minister’s neck. The designer? London based Emilie Lhoste, the brains behind and owner of Louison d’or. Specializing in handmade scarves, bags and accessories, the PM picked up this black, purple and hot orange faux fur collar from the Maidenhead Coop.

An affordable price and perfect for keeping warm in the harsh temperatures of Switzerland, May’s choice of collar demonstrated her commitment to small businesses and her love of shopping local.


Political Style reader and Maidenhead Mum blogger Jodie recently met the Prime Minister, and presented her with a 2017 calendar full to the brim of photos of her Maidenhead constituency. Thanks to Jodie for these great photos of the Coop and the PM!

Wearing the scarf brought great publicity for both Louison d’or and the Maidenhead Coop- the question is, which small designers will Theresa May support next?!

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Theresa May A-Z: L is for LK Bennett

15.5.17


LK Bennett is a familiar staple in the Prime Minister’s wardrobe. Striding down Downing Street in July 2016, May chose a well worn, and well-loved pair of leopard print Marie Antoinette cut kitten heels for her first speech as the country’s new leader.

This British brand is a classically cool choice for politicians. Turn on BBC Parliament and you’ll see many female MPs wearing a dress from this high street luxury brand, usually opting for one in a bright shade or an intricate pattern. You’ll see an array of well-cut jackets, and patent heels the colour of the rainbow. Like her Parliamentary counterparts, May knows she can rely on LK Bennett for a classic staple piece that brings elegance to her wardrobe.

Perhaps May’s most famous LK Bennett moment was choosing to wear two pieces in her Annie Leibovitz photoshoot for Vogue. Selecting the navy Fran coat and Saskia dress, May was photographed by Leibovitz in one of the reception rooms at Chequers, the official country residence of the British Prime Minister. It was an achingly cool shot, the strong tailoring of the two LK Bennett pieces making the images timeless and aspirational.

The Saskia dress
Expect to see May wear more LK Bennett pieces, particularly those that flatter and accentuate her tall, slim figure. Amber Rudd, her successor at the Home Office has been seen wearing a few LK Bennett outerwear pieces- no doubt taking inspiration from her very stylish predecessor…!

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On the campaign trail... Theresa May's Week

13.5.17


A strong and stable week on the campaign trail saw Theresa May in all areas of the country. Here's her week in review!

On Monday, the PM was in Harrow, holding an event with candidates and speaking to the press. Here May wore a brown tweed woven jacket, black trousers, an oversized Bakelite chain necklace and the Charlize loafers from Russell & Bromley.

The PM also visited the National Aviation Academy in Norfolk.




On Tuesday, Theresa May was in Yorkshire with candidates and meeting voters. She wore an exact repeat of the outfit she wore to Bridgend two weeks previously- click here for a recap of that event!


It was then back to London where May appeared on The One Show with her husband Philip. May wore her familiar DvF tweed jacket, black trousers and the Cocktail loafers from Russell & Bromley.


Catch up with the great interview below!



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On Wednesday, May welcomed the General Secretary of NATO to Downing Street. May wore the blackwatch Vivienne Westwood blazer, a white shirt, black trousers and the leopard Frame flats from Russell & Bromley. She accessorised with an oversized plastic chain necklace.


Later in the day, May headed to Scunthorpe, campaigning and meeting local businesses.

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On Thursday, May hosted the Somalia conference at Lancaster House and was joined by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. May wore a black suit, white cami and the oversized chunky silver chain necklace and bracelet from Amanda Wakeley. Her shoes were the Divine flats from Russell & Bromley. She also campaigned in Southampton.






May also visited a mental health charity in Bermondsey and was interviewed on LBC.


On Friday, May launched her battle bus in North Tyneside. Wearing navy and the Cocktail loafers from Russell & Bromley, May accessorised with the crater necklace from Caroline Johnson.


And on Saturday, Theresa May was in Northern Ireland. Here she wore a familiar campaigning outfit- jeans, white cami, grey blazer and leopard ankle boots.

Theresa May A-Z: K is for Kitten Heels

13.5.17


Synonymous with her public image, Theresa May has an extensive collection of kitten heels. The first thing that many of us associate with the Prime Minister (and absolutely mentioned in every article about her,) kitten heels are a regular choice for May. You only have to trawl back through archive pictures to see what a fan she is- and how over time, her tastes in design have subtly changed.

Our favourite and most loved kitten heel has to be the leopard print pair she wore on her maiden speech as Prime Minister on the steps of Number 10. Purchased from LK Bennett, the heel has become synonymous with May’s chic sense of style, and in a recent school visit she named this pair as her absolute favourite. Great minds think alike!

May’s other kitten heels include flashes of leopard, and a patent red pair makes regular appearances alongside her red Amanda Wakeley suit and many of her navy workwear sets. Another chic number is the black kitten heels with detailed neon embroidery from the Issa x LK Bennett collaboration. This is another pair that is hard to source- I’m always on the lookout!

The Issa x LK Bennett kitten heel
Why might Theresa May love her kitten heels? Less painful than a higher shoe, a 2-3 inch heel is the perfect height for May, and they provide the right amount of lift and comfort for a politician who never stands still. Westminster’s hallowed halls (and floors) can prove deadly for tender tootsies – so much so that I used to carry a pair of flats with me when I worked in Parliament. Cobbles and heels are not a good mix!

In recent years, the kitten heel seemed to have been replaced by the higher platform shoe, creating a new trend for women to invest in. May’s love of the kitten heel shoes that she won’t abandon something that works well for her, and how she won’t get on board with the latest trend of the moment.

Her reasoning is sound, and many retailers have reported higher sales of lower shoes since she took office in July 2016.

Keep your eyes open for any new kitten heel deliveries over the coming months- Russell & Bromley has some fantastic new arrivals!

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Theresa May A-Z: J is for Jaunty Hats

12.5.17


Theresa May makes a bold style statement with her love of jaunty headgear. May favours millinery from designer Liz Felix, whose boutique is based in Henley in Thames. The PM has been known to regularly pop into Felix’s boutique to select hats for official functions, and her husband also accompanies her on this most important style mission!

Theresa May has worn hats from Felix for several years. The first documented Felix hat was to a ceremony at Horse Guards Parade welcoming the Chinese Premier in 2015. The red piece has an upwards sweep, framing the PM’s face and a bow twist on the right hand side.

May also wore this stylish red piece to the Sovereign’s Day Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in April 2017.

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Other hats from Liz Felix include a navy blue number complete with a sparkly sunburst pin for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey and a large sunhat style piece topped with an oversized orange flower.

A recent Felix creation for Theresa May was the hat she wore for the Remembrance Day commemorations in November 2016. As Felix said to the Henley Herald: “I made the hat with Theresa in mind, I had no idea whether she would return after becoming Prime Minister.  It was a felt hat with a sinamay brim, a slanted crown and a turn up on the left side.  On the side it had highly trimmed duck feathers with a triangle felt piece to give the hat clean lines.  I only put it on the model in the window on Friday and on Saturday morning when I was in the back workshop clearing up for a fascinator workshop I was running the afternoon I heard the shop bell ring and went out to discover that Theresa was in the shop looking at hats.  She tried the hat on and after asking her husband Philip his opinion, he said, “it looks fabulous, why try anything else on?” Hear, hear!

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Theresa May A-Z: I is for Italian Fashion

11.5.17


Grande! Theresa May is no stranger to looking at Italy for a little style inspiration. One of her most striking pieces- the blue Balls necklace is by the Italian accessories brand Mirta Bijoux. This oversized design is one of Mirta Bijoux’s signature styles, and the PM regularly wears her necklace with a baby blue coat and navy shift dress. She also teamed it with her DvF jacket and jeans for her Conservative Party conference arrival.

The Mirta Bijoux necklace was Theresa May’s statement accessory for her first day as Prime Minister, and it also made a reappearance in the official Cabinet photograph. May last wore the necklace in February 2017 for a summit of EU leaders in Valetta, Malta.



Mirta Bijoux’s creations are dedicated to an audience who choose quality and innovation. As the brand itself says, ‘Our accessory is the wearer: her passions, her creativity and her joy.’ All these characteristics certainly ring true for Theresa May, and her Mirta Bijoux accessory is the ultimate style statement.

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Theresa May A-Z: H is for Hermes

10.5.17


Like many female politicians and members of royal families, Theresa May is a devotee of the classically elegant Hermes scarf. I’m still learning about the Hermes scarf repertoire, and I have no better subject to study than our Prime Minister.

Theresa May has an impressive range of Hermes silk scarves. Favouring the 90x90 size, May has accessorized with this timeless piece for many years. Regularly teaming the scarves with one of her super sharp suits, May opts for bold, multi-colour designs to shake up her workwear.

Helen, a fabulous Political Style reader, has helped me identify some of Theresa May’s Hermes scarves- there are so many amazing designs to feature!


One of May’s oldest designs is the Charmes des Plages Normandes. A playful take on the beach, this orange hued scarf works particularly well in the summer. May has been snapped wearing hers with an oatmeal coloured suit.


Reves d’Escargot is another timeless design, with playful swirled snail shells in a beautiful green, yellow and orange colour pattern. May wore this on a This Morning appearance and often teams it with a dark trouser suit as seen below.

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Coup de Fouet is a bold equestrian based pattern that has made several appearances this year, the most recent to an EU Council meeting in Brussels. May teamed the scarf with a grey Escada blazer and navy dress.

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Quite possibly my favourite of the lot, Les Legendes de l’Arbre Coloriage is a gorgeous mix of purples, blues and deep reds. May was snapped wearing this scarf at a Remembrance Day reception at Downing Street. Paired with a grey blazer, white cami and navy skirt, the scarf was undoubtedly the star of the show.

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Fantasies Indiennes is a lighter design, featuring elephants and an exotic tree. May has worn this on several occasions, most recently on her visit to Cardiff and Dublin in February 2017. May colour clashed on this occasion, wearing it with her midnight and neon lime Amanda Wakeley coat.

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The Vue du Carosse La Galere La Reale is the boldest design out of May’s collection, and May wore this primary coloured scarf to welcome the Polish Prime Minister to Downing Street in November 2016. May wore this in a different way to her other 90x90 scarves, maxing out its width, draping it over her shoulders with a firm knot.

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And Helen’s favourite, the L’Ivresse d’Infini is firmly attached to May’s red Amanda Wakeley suit. The detailed pattern is enhanced by the red, white and blue hues, and is the perfect accompaniment for May’s fierce, lucky outfit.

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We’re still on the hunt for the scarf worn by May to welcome Donald Tusk to Downing Street in April 2017. If you have any ideas then send me an email!

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