We may not be going out much right now, but fashion still has an important role to play in our day to day lives. One thing we learnt from spending months inside is that what we choose to put on in the morning can have a huge effect on our outlook on the day ahead. Sweater sets and workout leggings were a revelation to begin with (and, of course, still a great fallback for those days when comfort is key), but after a while we found joy in turning back to dressing up to make us feel good. That means anything from adding a jazzy top to leggings to provide an injection of productivity for a long day of Zoom meetings, or even changing into a sparkly dress to enjoy a night in front of Strictly.
Right now, then, as we head into what feels like it might be a rather long winter, turning to bright, joyful clothes, and the effect that might have on our moods, should not be underestimated. One of our favourite under-the-radar destinationsfor such pieces, is Essentiel Antwerp.
The Belgian brand has a colourful heritage, bringing personality-filled fashion to the landscape since the late 90s. The designers cite vintage-loving parents and many years spent in India for their love of textiles and prints, and it’s clear to see in their feel-good designs.
From pretty throw-on dresses that take you from sofa to dinner, to mood-enhancing knitwear, as well as classic outerwear that makes for a wise investment, the new Cruise collection stays true to this heritage. These also happen to be some of the pieces that you, our readers, are searching for and engaging with most on Who What Wear right now, so trust us when we say you won’t want to miss this drop.
Keep scrolling to shop our edit of Essentiel Antwerp’s best bits from your most-desired categories, and you can thank us later for the mood-boost.
Staying cosy doesn’t have to mean a boring wardrobe. These bright knits are the perfect addition to a pair of leggings for lockdown or jeans for wintery walks.
These throw-on dresses are comfortable enough to wear at home but classy enough to make us feel put-together. Perfect for all those digital festive drinks we’re about to have.
Essentiel Antwerp have really taken the idea of dressing for Zoom to heart with these joyful blouses. Just add sweatpants (promise we won’t tell).
Whether it’s for a glamorous stay-at-home party or a brisk walk around the park, these coats will undeniably brighten your day.