When it comes to the “outfit tweak” (a subtle flourish that turns an assortment of clothes into something worth being seen in), few are more accomplished in the task than Jenny Walton. Knotting a silk scarf around her ballerina bun, carrying a vintage purse that looks like it’s made from melting marshmallows, and (my personal favorite) pinning brooches around her shirt collar so it sprouts blossoms are all tricks her 190,000 Instagram followers are familiar with. If further proof is needed that her <span class=”woR”>accessories</span><span class=”woD”>A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look.</span> game is on point, note that her toothbrush, a striped design from L’Officine Universelle Buly 1803, matches her enamel Roxanne Assoulin bracelet almost perfectly.
Walton is an illustrator and fashion director at The Sartorialist, her fiancé’s street <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span> blog, where she’s frequently featured, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that the woman makes dental hygiene look chic. In all seriousness, she’s a real master of the high-low mix. Her wardrobe roughly breaks down, she tells me, into 50% vintage, 30% designer, and 20% high street.
This means one outfit could happily consist of a Zara sweater, a homemade puffball skirt, a pair of J.Crew door-knocker earrings, and a Mansur Gavriel top-handle bag. It’s a delicate balance where no element shouts louder than another, one that takes so much more skill than wearing top-to-toe designer hot off the runway presses.
“I do sometimes shop Zara and COS, but it makes me feel really great when I can buy something vintage or from a local, small designer, who is handcrafting their pieces and has a small environmental impact but a large impact on my or their local community,” says Walton.
Fe, a sustainable brand that handmakes knitwear in Brooklyn, is a recent discovery of hers. This mindful way of shopping means she’s also a great outfit recycler. Walton recently posted a video on Instagram Stories of a familiar outfit; it was the exact one she was wearing when she was first photographed by Schuman. It consisted of a gray fair-isle knit, a sweeping blue car coat, and an elegant wool skirt.
Her weaknesses are anything by Miuccia Prada and vintage earrings. She owns over 100 pairs and has amassed one of the best trinket collections on Instagram I’ve come across. A recent snap of Walton’s hotel bathroom during London Fashion Week showed a white towel covered in earrings by Wald Berlin, Annie Costello Brown, Miu Miu, and Prada and tangles of CVC Stones necklaces. Her favorite <span class=”woR”>shopping</span><span class=”woD”>Shopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the intent to purchase a suitable selection of them. In some contexts it may be considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one.</span> spots in the capital are Grays Antique Market and Dover Street Market, where she once bought a teeny-tiny cropped shirt by Maison Margiela.
If it sounds like I’m slightly overawed by Walton’s style (or like I’ve been tracking her shopping movements like a bloodhound), I’m afraid it’s guilty as charged. I love how she’ll pair a thrifted primrose-colored shift with rubber Prada flatforms or a wafty Ulla Johnson skirt with an Etsy purse and Maryam Nassir Zadeh PVC mules.
What I really want to know, though, is how does she piece each outfit together so it doesn’t look too (for lack of a better phrase) put together. Unfortunately, she hasn’t quite nailed down a fail-safe formula for the rest of us. “I’m very trial and error,” she says. “I usually start with one piece that I really love—which could be a top or a shoe—and I keep adding supporting characters to that outfit until hopefully I’m fully clothed.”