There’s not many brands that hold my attention quite like COS does. Season after season it delivers a collection of pure, understated brilliance. The Swedish brand masters the minimalist aesthetic that is at the core of its designs. COS recently got in touch to ask me to come in to store and choose a couple of items from their spring/summer collection. I was so thrilled when a brand that I feel really reflects my personal style was interested in working with me.
On visiting the store to get a feel for the spring/summer collection I noted a lot of longer lengths; midi skirts, floor-skimming duster coats, and ankle length dresses/trousers. A colour palette of neutrals is juxtaposed with blue denim and crisp whites throughout. COS is renowned for taking the simple white shirt and making it anything but average- think wide sleeves, tie-details and unusual collars. The introduction of denim this season is something that really caught my eye. Denim is not something I would normally look for in COS, but ss16 saw the designers playing with contemporary shapes and styles in different shades of the durable fabric. From deep indigo to powder blue, these shades of denim are striking and unusual, and the soft cotton denim material used makes them even more appealing. The denim pieces also have a Japanese, workwear inspired feel to them making them quite unique for a middle-market high street brand. The other aspect that is notable in this collection is the organic, natural feel of the clothes. The collection was apparently inspired by the shifting forms of the natural landscape, and the earthy tones and fluid silhouettes that are present throughout assert to this.
Overall it is an extremely wearable collection, based around a lot of separates to mix and match. I went for two such items, pieces that I know will get a lot of love within my wardrobe. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a penchant for wearing cropped trousers regardless of the season. And while these grey linen trousers maybe aren’t the smartest choice for changeable March weather, I am as usual dead set on wearing them regardless of freezing ankle syndrome. However, once (read: if!) the weather starts warming up and we enter into longer, sunnier days I can picture myself wearing them with great ease all summer long. Paired with Birkenstocks and a white oversized shirt, I have a feeling these trousers will be a key player in my summer wardrobe. The longline v-neck denim coat is something that’s already making its way into my outfits everyday. I’ve been wearing it over my levi jeans for a denim on denim look during the weekends, and also over cropped trousers with a polo neck underneath for everyday office wear. Another thing that I love about COS clothes is the comfort. I’ve never found myself in something stiff or restricting by COS. There is always a sense of freedom and movement about their clothes, while they still manage to maintain a sharp and crisp look.
A big thank you to COS and Baluba for this wonderful opportunity.
Photographs by Liadh Connolly.