Introducing The Elevator Item: How To Lift Your Look With One Killer Piece

All you need is one kerpow piece to turn your look into street-style gold

Fashion Elevator street style group picture

by Funmi Fetto |
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IRL, it’s not quite spring. In the world of fashion however, we are heralding in a new season. With this comes a flurry of shiny new things on every shop floor. And so the temptation to give our wardrobes a top-to-toe overhaul, maxing out every credit card in the process, is all too real.

But here’s the thing; right now, the trick to actually looking on point in this transitionary period is not about a complete, spendthrift inspired style revamp. Instead, it’s all about that one thing. THE ELEVATOR.

As any streetstyler worth their salts will tell you, a single, well-judged piece will immediately, quite magically, lift your entire look.

A brightly coloured puffa jacket is a one-stop shop upgrade; the bigger, the puffier, the better because, thankfully, the catwalks have killed off any Michelin Man/15 tog duvet connotations. If you prefer to make a more understated statement, simply accessorise. This is the season of the earring; shoulder grazing tassels, architectural cuts, 90’s style hoops… whatever you do, just make it count. The once tricky-to-wear white shoe is now a directional classic that, yes, you can actually wear with anything, Gucci’s double-G belt, a nod to our newly revived love for logos will upgrade anything from a chic black dress to a lived-in pair of jeans.

The ultimate elevator this season is arguably Dior’s J’ADIOR slingbacks; never has a kitten heel elicited such covetousness. An elevator, however, needn’t cost a month’s rent. In homage to Gucci, we are all now wearing socks with our open toe shoes. So ignore the urge to splurge; for now at least, it’s all about the power of one.

Click through our gallery below to check out where you can buy your fashion elevator:


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Blue puffer jacket, New Look1 of 10

Blue puffer jacket, New Look

Blue puffer jacket, £29.99, New Look

Multi-sphere earrings, J.W. Anderson2 of 10

Multi-sphere earrings, J.W. Anderson

Multi-sphere drop earrings, £295, J.W. Anderson at

Satin mules, Miu Miu3 of 10

Satin mules, Miu Miu

Crystal and pearl embellished satin mules, £615, Miu Miu at

Patent wrap coat4 of 10

Patent wrap coat

Patent wrap coat, £1,215, Attico at

Leather belt, Gucci5 of 10

Leather belt, Gucci

Leather belt, £405, Gucci at

Shoes, Dior6 of 10

Shoes, Dior

Shoes, £650, Dior

Hammock leather totw7 of 10

Hammock leather totw

Hammock leather tote, £1,675, Loewe at

Bonsai bag8 of 10

Bonsai bag

Bonsai bag, £320, Simon Miller at

Mother Denim socks9 of 10

Mother Denim socks

Socks, £32, Mother Denim

Leather white pumps10 of 10

Leather white pumps

Leather pumps, £410, Acne

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