How to master laid-back luxe
With Christmas and New Year behind us, the desire to make a sartorial effort wanes. After weeks of endless parties, indulging and being consistently stressed about presents and planning, by January you have earned the right to enjoy lounging in comfort. That doesn’t mean that comfort and style have to be mutually exclusive: we all like to look grown-up and like we’ve made an effort when we absolutely haven’t. In The Times, Anna Murphy breaks down how you can achieve the look with our carefully-considered designs and intelligent fabrics.
All about the base layer
“ME+EM has conjured up a clever new category called “layering shirts”. These are soft crepe or jersey styles that are specifically designed to be worn under fine knits and have interest-endowing detail at the neck and/or wrist. Take the blush lace trim collar style, or the pleated collar and fluted version, available in black or white.”
Our iconic Layering Shirt was born out of a style dilemma that we’re all familiar with: the awkward bulking and visible seams that you get when you layer a knit over a shirt. To solve the problem, we created this lightweight top as a cross between a t-shirt in a comfortable fabric and a more sophisticated top that works on its own and as a base layer under knitwear. By avoiding any detail on the body, keeping on-trend notes to the collar and cuffs, this intelligent piece is does so much in your wardrobe.
“And ME+EM does the knits to go with, including a cashmere box hoodie, which comes in four colours.”
All our Layering Shirts are specifically designed to be worn under Knitwear (although we always ensure they’re crafted from the right material so they work on their own too, without being too transparent). Our hoodies, crafted from the softest cashmere, create perfect high-low style when layered over a Layering Shirt.
If you want to opt for something that is comfortable enough for the sofa yet cool enough if you find yourself forced to leave the house, try a Perfect Button Cuff Crew jumper. The sleeves are finished with a button fastening that can be undone to reveal the cuff detail on a Layering Shirt for extra flare. The seams on both the Layering Shirt and Perfect Button Cuff Crew are meticulously designed to exactly match each other, for a truly perfect fit.
“ME+EM has trackpants galore too”
Our signature Double Stripe Jogger is our go-to for relaxing in. The elasticated waist is benevolently forgiving, whilst the super-soft jersey is non-creasing, meaning the fabric won’t give away how long you’ve been curled up watching box sets for. With full-length and cropped palazzo pants too, there’s a variety of equally flattering styles to suit your preference for laid-back luxe.