2 Sisters, 6 Outfits and Proof That Style Might Be Genetic

In today’s edition of What to Wear This Week, London-based twin sisters and co-founders of coat brand PER/se London break down the mechanics of what they wear and why.

What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?

Mandeep: I consider what is going to reflect my mood best and make me feel good.

Hardeep: I dress in whatever will make me walk taller and think with clarity. And no black.

Do you start from the shoes and then work your way up, or the clothes and then down?

Mandeep: It varies. Sometimes I’m obsessed with one thing that I have to wear that day and the rest of my outfit fits around it, or I decide I want to wear a particular color or piece of jewelry and let that dictate my choices.

Hardeep: The clothes. I wear the same shoes nearly every day.

How does living in London influence your style? What about where you’re from or where you grow up? 

Mandeep: We are based in London but our parents are originally from North India. London encourages people to experiment and our Indian heritage emphasizes good fit, bold color and stunning fabrics.

Hardeep: In London all things are possible and there’s a freedom to dress exactly as you please. Our love of color, texture and quality comes from our Indian — specifically Punjabi — heritage.

Help! One transition-weather dressing tip:

Mandeep: Shawls! Wear one over your shoulders when it’s colder and then belted around your neck when it gets warmer for a splash of color. I have SO many from India.

Hardeep: Layer! Trousers beneath dresses, shirts beneath sweaters…and when it gets warmer, edit out the layers. This also means you get much more utility per piece and frees up time you can dedicate to other equally important decisions that will dictate the direction of your day.

What do you like your outfits to say about you?

Mandeep: That I have independent taste and dress to make myself feel good.

Hardeep: That I turned up.

What’s your foolproof styling trick?

Mandeep: Layering.

Hardeep: A base of a single color but in different textures, with one “pop” — a piece of outerwear, lipstick or earrings.

The one garment that never lets you down?

Mandeep: One of our coats.

Hardeep: A good sweater.

What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself? Why?

Mandeep: A classic Yves Saint Laurent smoking jacket. It was my first designer RTW pieces and it captured me finding my personal style.

Hardeep: A well-cut, considered piece of outerwear. It’s my everyday armor.

At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own in terms of personal style?

Mandeep: I’d say during university, when I took the time to experiment. But I’ve always liked putting together a look — that’s never changed.

Hardeep: The formative spark was at university, when I was liberated from 12 years of a daily school uniform. I reveled in my new identity through my wardrobe and my studies!

How do accessories change an outfit?

Mandeep: They either punctuate a look to stop it from becoming monotone or add a subtle accent which brings it together.

Hardeep: They’re like anecdotes in a conversation. They add variation, impact and occasionally, humor.

How does working in fashion influence your daily style?

Mandeep: It doesn’t literally. I have quite a fixed view of what I want to wear, which depends on my mood and not external factors. But the right fashion image can help my imagination take off!

Hardeep: Our broader ethos centers on conscious living — making intentional decisions that make us more ourselves and less like others. Working in this context means that style and how we dress must equally play in this arena.

What are your favorite three places on the Internet to get inspired?

Mandeep: Only Man Repeller, of course!

Hardeep:; the Aspen Institute and the Instagram feed of Alice Rawsthorn, Design Editor at INYT.

What about three favorite places in London (or the world) to get inspired?

Mandeep: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; St Mark’s Square, Venice and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.

Hardeep: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; any park, any where; the night sky, any where.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in the last week?

Mandeep: That scientists hit a literal wall in outer space, though they know there’s something behind it!

Hardeep: That there are different levels of infinity…!

Best song to get dressed to?

Both: Any old-school hip-hop or R&B.

Check out the PER/se London and follow them on Instagram Photos by Annie Jones.

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman is the Features Director at Man Repeller.

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