Theresa May A-Z: R is for Russell & Bromley


Think Theresa May and you think of Russell & Bromley. Synonymous with the PM’s public image, the legendary retailer has been a much-loved shoe source of Theresa May for many years. It’s hard to determine just how many pairs of Russell & Bromley shoes May owns, but there are at least 50 pairs that I have recognized!

Studded loafers, patent croc over-the-knee boots, embellished block heels, bows on toes, multi-pattern kitten heels and sparkly flats - Theresa May owns them all.

Here’s a breakdown of some of Theresa May’s latest Russell & Bromley purchases…

The Link Up slingbacks: perhaps the Prime Minister’s Easter treat to herself, these quirky cool red and pink block heel slingbacks have a striking monochrome trim and snaffle bar detailing. May wore them to the Easter Day service at her local church, freshening up one of her coolest grey tweed skirt suits.

The Delicious flats: a new addition to her stash of beloved leopard print shoes, May wore these grosgrain bow adorned flats on her March trip to the Gulf.

And my predictions for the next new shoe debut? I’m hoping for Tiara or Classique!

I’ve always said that a good pair of shoes makes a good woman, and with Russell & Bromley as her sole provider, Theresa May won’t put a foot wrong.

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Peston, Manifesto Launch and Edinburgh: Theresa May's Week


The campaigning continued this week as Theresa May travelled around the country as part of the fight for Downing Street.

On Monday, Theresa May visited Tech Pixies in Oxford, social enterprise foundation aiming to return mothers to work.

She then returned to London to take part in a live Facebook Q&A with ITV's Robert Peston and answer questions from viewers. It was pretty exciting to hear the Prime Minister answer my question about fashion!

For these two appearances, May wore black trousers, the Liberty tartan jacket from Vivienne Westwood and the leopard Cocktail loafers from Russell & Bromley.

On Tuesday, May headed to Stoke on Trent, visiting workers at a Screw Fix premises. May also visited a Birmingham school and took part in a live town hall phone in.

May wore the Samira blue wool jacket from DvF, teamed with a white shirt, black trousers and the Frame leopard flats from Russell & Bromley. She accessorised with an oversized plastic chain necklace and a plastic bangle.

On Wednesday, Theresa May held a press conference in London with Chancellor Philip Hammond. May wore a black skirt suit, silk shirt, oversized chain bracelet and necklace from Amanda Wakeley and the Issa x LK Bennett kitten heels.

Thursday was the big day- the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto. Held in Halifax, May wore our favourite navy round silk collar suit to the launch, accessorising with a string of pearls and the Twister gold block heels from Russell & Bromley. You can read the manifesto here.

May then visited the MBDA factory in Bolton.

On Friday, the Prime Minister as in Edinburgh for the launch of the Scottish Conservative manifesto. Her customary Blackwatch tartan jacket from Vivienne Westwood made a reappearance, along with a white shirt, black trousers and our new favourite plastic chain necklace. May's studded loafers from Russell & Bromley made a welcome return!

Later in the day, May visited Andrew Black Haulage.

And on Saturday, May was campaigning in her own constituency of Maidenhead before heading to Ealing and Acton to campaign with candidate Joy Morrissey. May wore a red dress, oatmeal jacket and leopard flats from Russell & Bromley for her visit to Ealing and Acton.

Theresa May A-Z: Q is for Quality over Quantity


A mantra that fits many of May’s opinions, you won’t see fast fashion in Number 10 Downing Street. Rarely wearing a barrage of pieces all at once, May relies on tried and tested fashion favourites to go about her daily business.

The blazer is a staple in Theresa May’s wardrobe. Owning several in a range of grey, brown and neutral hues, May mixes up her blazer stash, teaming them with dark trousers and a blouse, or opting for a classic white shirt and jeans. She has tweed jackets, boiled wool and cotton, and braided fabric versions, all adding variety and style for her working wardrobe.

Similarly, May knows that a good coat will last for years. A navy number with bell shaped sleeves served May well during her time as Home Secretary, and has made a few reappearances since she became Prime Minister. Similarly, a bright red wool coat has also been teamed with a classic navy trouser suit, most recently to the launch of the Conservatives local election campaign.

The Camel Coat

Two recent, quality additions to May’s coat wardrobe are a custom number from Daniel Blake and a camel piece from Amanda Wakeley. Military inspired, the former is a sophisticated black coat with an oversized collar and sophisticated sweeping cut. It’s gorgeous! The Wakeley camel coat is cut from a luxe wool blend, with slim pockets and dart detailing, and an invisible fastening. It’s the ultimate in meta-luxury.

Turning to accessories, May has a set of quality handbags that she uses on rotation. Totes from Anya Hindmarch and LK Bennett as well as clutches from Amanda Wakeley are some of May’s tried and tested designers.

Theresa May A-Z: P is for Paule Ka


Theresa May knows the benefit of a good tailored piece, and Parisian brand Paule Ka is helping her achieve her super chic look.

Celebrating thirty years of business, this brand knows how to design classic pieces with a twist. The French ready-to-wear brand takes its inspiration from the grace and elegance of 50s and 60s style icons like Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, spotlighting strong tailoring and glamorous pieces perfect for the workplace.

Whilst May reinvents British politics, she turns to a new take on familiar pieces for her wardrobe. Think the two-piece suit reimagined- a switch from traditional Tory blue to statement violet, a cute back bow detail and oversized buttons. Right up the PM’s street!

May also turns to Paule Ka for wildcard items. Opening the Conservative Party conference in October 2016, May looked like a superhero. A sharp black tunic was teamed with trousers- and a canary yellow utilitarian style ottoman belt the sole pop of colour. This striking look was thanks to Paule Ka, and it’s up the top of my list as one of the boldest and fierce pieces May has worn during her time as Prime Minister. Saving political style one-step at a time, Paule Ka is a fantastic example of Theresa May’s fashion forward thinking and her keen eye for a strong piece.

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Theresa May A-Z: O is for Oversized Accessories


Go big or go home! Theresa May is a pro at rocking an oversized accessory.

With an impressive collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, the PM mixes up her work wear look with many statement, oversized pieces.

Jazzing up an every day navy suit, Theresa May usually sports a bubblegum sized string of oversized pearls, wearing them to PMQs and official functions. Similarly, the PM wears a gorgeous strand of mixed coloured pearls, all slightly large in size.

Two of May’s most popular and most worn oversized accessories are necklaces. The chunky silver chain and matching bracelet from Amanda Wakeley sold out soon after May wore them on the steps of Downing Street in July 2016. Repeat performances at PMQs and foreign visits made the set a must-own item – and they’re back in stock! May’s other oversized necklace is the blue Balls piece from Mirta Bijoux. The star of the Cabinet’s official photo, the necklace is often worn by May with a sky blue coat and navy shift.

A friend recently met the Prime Minister and helpfully studied her jewellery for me! May’s large, rectangular bangles, depicting famous art prints and abstract patterns appear to be made of Bakelite or a similar material. These appear to be one of her favourite accessories, wearing a patterned bracelet in her official Prime Ministerial portrait and on numerous public appearances.

Not many people could wear such striking jewellery in a confident and chic way, but I could think of no one else who could carry off oversized pieces so well!

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Theresa May A-Z: N is for Neutral Look


Very much a black and white person, Theresa May also favours netural tones in her working wardrobe. Not content with just wearing neutral garments in the summer months, the PM has an impressive range of taupe, ecru and oatmeal hues in her wardrobe.

Think chunky grain blazers, their construction taking their cue from nature’s most natural tones. Tailored, knitted cardigans, perfect to be teamed with a jersey dress or a pair of well-constructed trousers. Or a linen dress and matching jacket from Amanda Wakeley- perfect for those hot, sticky summer months in London.

May often turns to nature for fashion inspiration. Snakeskin kitten heels from Russell & Bromley and of course, a range of leopard print shoes can all be classed as neutral accessories, working with a cross-wardrobe repertoire. Similarly, May’s jewellery isn’t overly flashy, and like her other pieces, complements her whole look.

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May’s focus on quality basics, tailored items and simple pieces makes her a great champion of the neutral look.

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Theresa May A-Z: M is for Maidenhead Coop


Nestled in her constituency, the Maidenhead Coop is a hidden gem. Stocking many pieces from quirky small businesses, Theresa May is a staunch supporter of this local cooperative and the entrepreneurs who sell their wares through this location.

Interviewed by Peston in Davos in January, we were all intrigued by the glamorous faux fur collar adorning the Prime Minister’s neck. The designer? London based Emilie Lhoste, the brains behind and owner of Louison d’or. Specializing in handmade scarves, bags and accessories, the PM picked up this black, purple and hot orange faux fur collar from the Maidenhead Coop.

An affordable price and perfect for keeping warm in the harsh temperatures of Switzerland, May’s choice of collar demonstrated her commitment to small businesses and her love of shopping local.

Political Style reader and Maidenhead Mum blogger Jodie recently met the Prime Minister, and presented her with a 2017 calendar full to the brim of photos of her Maidenhead constituency. Thanks to Jodie for these great photos of the Coop and the PM!

Wearing the scarf brought great publicity for both Louison d’or and the Maidenhead Coop- the question is, which small designers will Theresa May support next?!

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