Kimono Joe 2.0

I’ve always loved Kimonos and I found an amazing one on Ebay, a couple of years ago. I wore it to a bohemian summer wedding and it went down a treat. I’ve been waiting for a chance to wear it again, but the occasion has yet to present itself. I like this dress by ASOS because it has elements of the kimono, but it’s slightly more wearable.

The Ruffle Shuffle

I’m rather fond of the romantic trend this season, although I find that as I get older I can’t get away with as many girly frills as I would like. I recently ordered a pretty Vilshenko skirt from The Outnet, which I loved. However, when I tried it on I realised that, on me, it looked like a little girl’s tutu, so I sent it back. I was never a fan of Carrie Bradshaw’s look in the opening credits of Sex and the City, and I think that tutu’s are best left for toddlers and ballerinas. I like this dress because it has a few artfully placed ruffles, whilst remaining age appropriate. Having said that, if you like wearing fancy frills in pastels and pinks, don’t worry about your age and just go for it. I’ve never been one to […]

Light and White

I’ve never been one to worry too much about practicality. This dress from Needle and Thread isn’t well suited for the soggy summer we’re currently experiencing, but it’s so lovely that I don’t mind. It comes with a full length slip, but I think it would look nice without the slip and worn over a bikini for a holiday.

Wedge Salad

It will be no surprise to anyone who’s followed my blog that I have a rather extensive wardrobe. Most of the things hanging in my closet are cheap vintage and high-street finds. I need to clear out the extraneous clutter and utilise the stuff I already have. I’m not a hoarder as a general rule, but I find it difficult to part with clothes. I remember who I was with, where I was and what I was doing with pretty much everything I own. I found these wedges (similar here) lurking under a pile of old stuff and I’d forgotten how much I liked them. They elevate me to over six feet tall, but I don’t mind being a giantess. I’ve worn them with a top and skirt from Zara, which are perfect for the muggy weather we’re having […]

Posing up a storm

My husband and I usually shoot in the streets around our house. Our neighbours are having their roof fixed so there were 10 builders lined up along the scaffolding, staring at me as I posed for today’s post. We often attract curious looks from people passing by, but it’s unusual to have a larger, stationary audience. Someone with a more appropriate amount of shame might have felt embarrassed, but it takes more than that too make me blush. I’m so clumsy that I humiliate myself on a near daily basis, so a bunch of builders thinking I’m a poser doesn’t bother me one bit. I’m glad that summer seems to have finally got it’s act together, partly because I like to wear pale colours in warm weather. I feel that wearing light shades on a soggy, overcast day looks a little […]

Precious Metals

I’ve always found shiny things irresistible, my magpie tenancies have recently been expressed through my makeup. I’ve been dusting my face with masses of Champagne Pop highlighter from Becca. One should be light handed with super shimmery makeup, but I can’t leave well enough alone and my look has veered into Jennifer Lopez circa 1999 territory. Which is no bad thing, in my book. I like wearing lustrous clothes, but I think it’s important to keep accessories to a minimum. I like the combination of these tan platforms (similar here) with the clashing metallic textures. I bought this skirt from Whistles a couple of years ago (similar here), and the top is from Topshop (similar here).  

The perfect dress

Some women have a thing for handbags and will spend thousands on the latest ‘It’ bag. Others have a weakness for shoes, and stockpile dozens of pairs in every colour. While I’m fond of a beautiful shoe or bag, I’ve always loved dresses. I suppose it started when I was a little girl when my grandmother made me heaps of fancy-dress costumes, which included superhero outfits, a poodle costume and a fire fighter’s uniform. While I loved everything she made, the dresses were my favourites. She was a brilliant seamstress and I still have some of the princess frocks she made for me. I sometimes take them out and admire her work; every stitch, ruffle and hem is exquisitely finished. If I have a daughter one day, I’ll pass them on to her. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit my Nan’s skill for sewing, […]

Sartorial Snafus

My style is carefully chosen via a process of trial and error. I should add that the errors have been pretty spectacular. I went through a phase of wearing bright, lurid clashing colours. One of my favourite outfits featured a sculptural, lime green dress from AQ/AQ (formally known as Aqua), a pair of hot-pink tights and blue plastic shoes with a red bow at the toe, by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa. To top it off I had a hairdresser friend tease my hair in a Lady Gaga inspired bow on the top of my head. I was going out to a gay club, so my look was appropriate for the setting. I wince when I think of that get-up, but I felt great at the time, and that’s what counts. Although I feel confident that I know what suits me, I still like to […]

Style vs Fashion

A few years ago, I worked at a personal styling company. My boss and I would often debate on the difference between style and fashion. She insisted they are different entities; my argument is the two cannot be separated. Of course, there are people whose classic style endures, regardless of passing trends. But I would argue that the truly stylish adapt their look to stay contemporary. Inevitably, what was considered chic and classic 30 years ago, would now look dated. Also, style has to evolve with age. My look has always been feminine, but with the passing of time, fussy lace and ruffles have stopped looking good on me. I’m still drawn to frills and I find myself trying on fripperies, only for me to throw them off in disgust, realising that I can’t dress like an antimacassar anymore. Style should be guided by […]

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking

My criteria for clothes used to be dictated by appearing outré, but I don’t care about being fashion-forward anymore. At the moment I’m into floral prints, it’s not particularly original or edgy and it bothers me not. I like the ‘business in the front; party in the back’ cut out details of this dress. When the weather heats up I’ll wear it with flats during the day, and high-heeled sandals for night. The dress is from Zara and the shoes are from Aldo.  

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