Fashion editor Jayne Pickering on her ageless style signatures 

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Jayne Pickering wears a printed dress by Celine Credit: Andrew Crowley

Jayne Pickering, fashion director at Marie Claire, shares her wardrobe secrets...

Q. Has your style changed over the years?

A. In my 20s when I worked at Vogue it was Azzedine Alaïa: always super-tight clothes and very high heels. Now I’m the complete opposite, and comfort and simplicity are my main aim. But throughout, my style has been minimal with carefully selected pieces; less has always been more for me!

Q. What’s your personal uniform?

A. A blue or white shirt is definitely one of my staples. I always like a coat with a hood, usually wear trousers or jeans, and always wear trainers. I have to travel quite far to my office at Marie Claire and spend a good amount of my day walking. I’m always in search of “The Perfect Dress” and think I’ve found it in the one I’m wearing here from Celine.

Q. Do you experiment with new trends?

A. I don’t buy into trends and prefer to buy something that I love that will last. I like a variation on a theme, which some people would find boring, but it works for me; I’m still wearing coats from Prada and Marni that I bought 20 years ago and people are still asking me where they’re from. I know some say that if you haven’t worn something in your cupboard for a year you should throw it out, but I don’t agree with that. I often come back to jackets or shirts that I haven’t worn for a while: it’s like shopping in your own wardrobe.

Oversized shirt, £69, Arket; Straight jeans, £59, & Other Stories; Celine earrings, £345 ,24 Sevres; Veja trainers, £110, Net-a-Porter

Q. What are your go-to brands?

A. I was a huge fan of Phoebe Philo at Céline and have also always been a big Hedi Slimane fan. Their aesthetics are poles apart but they work for me! I have a 21-year-old daughter so we do spend time in Topshop, & Other Stories and Cos, but my high street staples are Arket and Uniqlo.

Q. What’s your beauty routine?

A. Getting older, looking after your skin is essential. I have regular facials with Lisa Franklin, who is brilliant with skin, use Alumier skin care products and have always been a fan of Dr Sebagh. I couldn’t live without a really good moisturiser as I fly a lot for my work and get very dehydrated. I drink plenty of water and try to have four nights a week with no alcohol as I sleep better, and I regularly do Pilates.

As my hair texture has changed, getting a blow dry makes a huge difference – I see Adam Embleton at Josh Wood. The lovely Joel Goncalves at Nicola Clarke has been cutting my hair for 30 years and I’ve pretty much stuck to the same style.