How Carrie Johnson swapped her casual looks for elegant ensembles

Farewell to Carrie, the 'first lady' of fashion! Stylist reveals how Mrs Johnson graduated from 'boho chic' looks to statement suits, bold colours and Kate Middleton-inspired dresses during Boris' time in office

  • Carrie Johnson has swiftly ditched her wellies, quilted jackets and paisley prints 
  • Mother-of-two now impresses in statement suits, bold colours and elegant looks
  • Mrs Johnson opted for a 'wardrobe more appropriate to her position', says stylist

By Jessica Green For Mailonline

Published: 17:16, 5 September 2022 | Updated: 17:18, 5 September 2022

She's supported husband Boris Johnson throughout his time as Prime Minister - and we've witnessed Carrie Johnson's elegant style evolution alongside his time in the position.

Mother-of-two Carrie, 34, swiftly ditched her wellies, quilted jackets and paisley prints for statement suits, royally-inspired ensembles and bold colours.

British TV and celebrity stylist Miranda Holder told FEMAIL that Mrs Johnson has this year opted for a 'wardrobe more appropriate to her position, both as a woman in the public eye and on the arm of the Prime Minister'.

Carrie impressed with elegant garments throughout the G7 summit in Germany in 2022, and when attending Platinum Jubilee celebrations, she didn't look out of place next to the likes of Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall.

Miranda also noted how Carrie avoided new designer outfits in favour of rented pieces or bargain buys from the British High Street, including from H&M.

It comes as Carrie shared an emotional Instagram post featuring her children Wilf and Romy to mark Boris's final day in power.

She's supported husband Boris Johnson throughout his time as Prime Minister - and we've witnessed Carrie Johnson's elegant style evolution alongside his time in the position She's supported husband Boris Johnson throughout his time as Prime Minister - and we've witnessed Carrie Johnson's elegant style evolution alongside his time in the position Carrie pictured in June Carrie pictured in June

She's supported husband Boris Johnson throughout his time as Prime Minister - and we've witnessed Carrie Johnson's (pictured in June) elegant style evolution alongside his time in the position

British TV and celebrity stylist Miranda Holder told FEMAIL that Mrs Johnson (pictured in Rwanda with her husband in June) has this year opted for a 'wardrobe more appropriate to her position, both as a woman in the public eye and on the arm of the Prime Minister' British TV and celebrity stylist Miranda Holder told FEMAIL that Mrs Johnson (pictured in Rwanda with her husband in June) has this year opted for a 'wardrobe more appropriate to her position, both as a woman in the public eye and on the arm of the Prime Minister'

British TV and celebrity stylist Miranda Holder told FEMAIL that Mrs Johnson (pictured in Rwanda with her husband in June) has this year opted for a 'wardrobe more appropriate to her position, both as a woman in the public eye and on the arm of the Prime Minister'

Mother-of-two Carrie (pictured in 2019), 34, swiftly ditched her wellies, quilted jackets and paisley prints for statement suits, royally-inspired ensembles and bold colours Mother-of-two Carrie (pictured in 2019), 34, swiftly ditched her wellies, quilted jackets and paisley prints for statement suits, royally-inspired ensembles and bold colours Carrie in 2021 Carrie in 2021

Mother-of-two Carrie (pictured in 2019, left, and 2021, right), 34, swiftly ditched her wellies, quilted jackets and paisley prints for statement suits, royally-inspired ensembles and bold colours

The Prime Minister's wife posted an image online of the family entering the familiar front door of No10 'together for the last time'.

This suggests that Mr Johnson is not expecting to return to power, despite clamour from his supporters for him to run again in future. 

She also thanked staff in Downing Street and the PM's country retreat, Chequers, for their kindness, especially towards the children.

'We have witnessed Carrie Johnson's elegant style evolution, as she has slowly but surely ditched the more casual preppy and sometimes even bohemian looks in favour of a wardrobe more appropriate to her position, both as a woman in the public eye and on the arm of the Prime Minister,' said Miranda.

'She has no doubt taken several leaves out of the Royal style book, having kept her hemlines and necklines suitably demure. 

'She has favoured impactful block colour and developed her own signature style repertoire of sophisticated but feminine silhouettes with just the right touch of "no nonsense" about them.

 

It comes as Carrie shared an emotional Instagram post featuring her children Wilf and Romy to mark Boris's final day in power It comes as Carrie shared an emotional Instagram post featuring her children Wilf and Romy to mark Boris's final day in power

It comes as Carrie shared an emotional Instagram post featuring her children Wilf and Romy to mark Boris's final day in power 

'We witnessed her put rental fashion company Hurr firmly on the style savers' map, and saw her ditch high ticket designer labels for H&M this summer, indicating that the comfortable fashionista is not afraid to mix things up.

'Her new striking image has been successful in capturing our attention and indicates confidence and poise amongst the political crowd, and I've no doubt we'll continue to monitor her wardrobe post No10.'

Since she came onto the scene as Boris' girlfriend in 2018, Carrie has caught the eye of keen fashionistas across the UK for her chic and bohemian style. 

It was a period of enormous change for the mother-of-two, with the couple entering Downing Street in December 2019 after a sweeping election victory and moving into Number 11.

In February 2020, they announced they had become engaged in late 2019 and were expecting their first child together. 

When attending Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Carrie (pictured with Boris) didn't look out of place next to the likes of Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall When attending Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Carrie (pictured with Boris) didn't look out of place next to the likes of Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall

When attending Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Carrie (pictured with Boris) didn't look out of place next to the likes of Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall

Miranda also noted how Carrie (pictured attending the Trooping the Colour) avoided new designer outfits in favour of rented pieces or bargain buys from the British High Street, including from H&M Miranda also noted how Carrie (pictured attending the Trooping the Colour) avoided new designer outfits in favour of rented pieces or bargain buys from the British High Street, including from H&M

Miranda also noted how Carrie (pictured attending the Trooping the Colour) avoided new designer outfits in favour of rented pieces or bargain buys from the British High Street, including from H&M

Carrie gave birth to the couple's first son, Wilfred, at the end of April 2020, followed by their daughter Romy, now aged eight months.

Over her husband's time as Prime Minister, Carrie has swapped her puffy jackets, colourful knits and dark paisley prints for a brighter and more trend-focused look.

Feminine florals and striking patterns have been deployed with skill, creating just enough of a 'look at me' effect.  

Hemlines, by and large, have been fashionably long -- but with her slender figure, she has been unafraid to wear shorter styles occasionally. 

Mr Johnson, his third wife, their daughter Romy, now eight months, and Wilf were believed to be staying at Chequers, the country house of the PM in Buckinghamshire before the end of his premiership. 

Carrie impressed with elegant garments throughout the G7 summit in Germany in 2022 (pictured) Carrie impressed with elegant garments throughout the G7 summit in Germany in 2022 (pictured)

Carrie impressed with elegant garments throughout the G7 summit in Germany in 2022 (pictured)

The Johnsons are believed to have left Downing Street in August when removal trucks were spotted parked outside No10, aides then confirmed that work was ongoing for the 'transition' to the next leader. 

The PM is allowed to take away any of the furnishings he paid for himself as part of the controversial revamp of the residence over No11 - which could even include the GBP800-a-roll gold wallpaper.

The outgoing Prime Minister has been house-hunting for a new marital home in Dulwich Village for his family, it's been reported. 

Their house in Camberwell is now listed for sale for GBP1.6million, GBP400,000 more than they paid for it.

Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arriving at a welcome reception and state banquet hosted by the President of Rwanda on day four of the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 23 Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arriving at a welcome reception and state banquet hosted by the President of Rwanda on day four of the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 23

Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arriving at a welcome reception and state banquet hosted by the President of Rwanda on day four of the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 23

Not short of cash, the couple's reported budget of GBP3million should be more than sufficient, as properties in leafy Dulwich Village have sold GBP1,820,887 on average in the past year, according to Zoopla.

The couple bought the four-bedroom Victorian semi in Camberwell in July 2019 as Mr Johnson became Prime Minister. They made the purchase after having to leave their flat nearby when neighbours called the police after reports of explosive rows.

However, the Johnsons have spent no time in the property after moving into Downing Street.

The couple stand to make about GBP400,000 if they get the asking price for the house, bought for GBP1.2million.

They made thousands of pounds from letting the property during their time in Westminster. The register of MPs' interests says the Prime Minister enjoyed a rental income of at least GBP10,000 a year.

A source told The Sun: 'Carrie and Boris are looking for somewhere they can put down roots away from the glare of central London.

'Now they have Wilfred and Romy, a family home with a large garden is a must. That's exactly what Dulwich can offer.'

Carrie then changed into a striking yellow top from J Crew as she attended a Violence Against Women and Girls event at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, on June 23. She teamed the sleeveless polka-dot blouse with a full skirt in a playful blue and green print and simple nude court shoes Carrie then changed into a striking yellow top from J Crew as she attended a Violence Against Women and Girls event at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, on June 23. She teamed the sleeveless polka-dot blouse with a full skirt in a playful blue and green print and simple nude court shoes

Carrie then changed into a striking yellow top from J Crew as she attended a Violence Against Women and Girls event at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, on June 23. She teamed the sleeveless polka-dot blouse with a full skirt in a playful blue and green print and simple nude court shoes

Mr Johnson will travel on his last day as Prime Minister to Balmoral to official resign to the Queen after giving a farewell speech outside No10 on Tuesday at 8.30am. 

The Queen is not travelling to London to appoint the new prime minister, it was announced as she will conduct the ceremony at Balmoral - raising fresh concerns for her health.

It will be the first time in her 70-year reign that the Queen will not receive a new prime minister at Buckingham Palace.

She has appointed all 14 of her previous PMs there but her recent mobility problems mean she will remain in Aberdeenshire, where she is on her summer break.

Mr Johnson will, accompanied by senior officials, be flown to Scotland on the smaller of the Government's official planes. 

After formally tending his resignation to the Queen, earlier in the day then the new PM, he will make his own way home from Balmoral, a nine-and-a-half hour journey by car, 45 minutes by private jet or 90 minutes by scheduled British Airways service from Aberdeen. 

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