Lydia Elise Millen

My Style: Lydia Millen

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Lydia Millen on timeless style and a royal sartorial crush

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Influencer Lydia Millen has over 10 years of experience documenting her life, from early beginnings with an online diary to a growing social media empire spanning Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. We sat down with Lydia to talk about her style staples for the upcoming season…

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Daily uniform?

This season it’s tan leather accessories, offset by a clean crisp cotton-poplin dress or some neutral linens. It always looks completely timeless.

Karen Millen sleeveless jacket

Karen Millen Sleeveless Jacket, £179. karenmillen.com

Style crush?

I look to the Duchess of Cambridge for sophisticated style with a focus on British heritage brands. For everyday style I admire digital creators such as Ashley Brooke, Rosie ‘The Londoner’ and Melissa’s Wardrobe.

Kate Middleton

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What makes you feel your best self?

A pair of high waisted, double pleat linen trousers and a linen shirt. It looks totally effortless, but also smart while remaining comfortable and lightweight given the ever changeable weather in the UK. The cinched waist of the double pleats helps to create a truly flattering silhouette.

 Max Mara pinstripe linen trousers

Max Mara Pinstripe Linen Trousers, £360. maxmara.com

Holiday wardrobe?

I’m currently reading A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, and dreaming of being in Provence, drinking wine, reading books and snoozing under olive trees. I’d take loads of linen dresses and separates from brands such Vita Grace, Dissh, Zimmermann and Faithfull The Brand.

Power dressing?

A great pair of sunglasses, perfect for dressing up no make-up days, and some gladiator sandals that really elevate summer outfits.

Hermès Oran sandal

Hermès Oran Sandal, £510. hermes.com

Wardrobe failsafes?

Hermès Oran sliders, a good tote bag to throw all my essentials in (books, battery packs, a cardigan for when the temperature drops), a cute wicker basket bag and an Hermès Kelly belt.

Hermès Birkin 30 in tan leather

Hermès Birkin 30 in Tan Leather, £8,240. hermes.com

Favourite online shops?

I love H&M for timeless basics that can easily be elevated with luxe accessories, Karen Millen for premium high-street pieces and Farfetch and Mytheresa for luxury shopping and niche brands.

Country walk?

Country walks are part of everyday life in our house, whether it’s a hike across the fields or my walks with our mini dachshund, Porter. I love nothing more than throwing on a pair of Dubarry boots with Tala leggings and a Schöffel wool fleece.

Dubarry Longford boot

Dubarry Longford Boot, £379. dubarry.com

Favourite under-the-radar labels?

Vita Grace and Dissh.

What will you be wearing to your next big event?

It’s going to be hard to choose as I’ve compiled quite a wardrobe over lockdown but I wore a beautiful five-year-old Zimmermann dress to a wedding the other day. It made me realise how much I enjoy wearing the pieces that have stood the test of time but still make me feel incredible no matter how many times I wear them.

Lounge lizard?

A fresh pair of Intimissimi silk pyjamas. It does the best selection of elegant pyjama sets; I feel put together despite being on the way to bed.

Intimissimi lace and silk top and shorts

Intimissimi Lace and Silk Top, £49; Intimissimi Lace and Silk Shorts, £39. intimissimi.com

Style cheats?

I always aim to add a little luxury touch to all my outfits. I love vintage Hermès Twilly scarves for attaching to handbags, wrists, or incorporating into hairstyles for a pop of colour that’s elevated by the silk fabric.

Finishing touches?

This is my favourite element of outfit planning, because you can take the most simple look and elevate it to something that looks and feels super expensive. A unique fragrance tailored to the season from Aerin also makes the perfect finishing spritz.

AERIN Amber Musk_Bottle

Aerin Amber Musk, £145 for 100ml. esteelauder.co.uk

You can follow Lydia on Instagram (@lydiamillen) and subscribe to her YouTube channel (Lydia Elise Millen)

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