Big Cats

Leopard print is an enduring classic which is always in style. However, there are some seasons when animal print is more in vogue, and this fall it’s everywhere. I love a bit of leopard, but it can easily look a little Bet Lynch – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As Diana Vreeland once said, too much good taste can be boring. I like to wear it with simple accessories and minimal makeup – just a slash of kitten-flick eyeliner. But I also like it when leopard is mixed with other clashing prints, or bright jewel colours.  

Happy Feet

I’ve always been fond of a good boot, this season there’s a plethora of great ones to choose from. The jazzy ankle boot is a huge trend for AW16 and it’s a simple way to update a classic outfit. My personal favourite are the opulent, floral brocade beauties that are abundant right now. Feature image: TheNewPotato.com  

Summer on Sale

Now the weather has finally warmed up, I fancy wearing hyper-romantic clothes. The sales are on and thanks to the soggy summer, there’s loads of good stuff up for grabs. Modern Romance is one of the key trends this season, but it can be tricky to pull off. I like to wear ruffles and floral motifs with minimalist jewellery and tough boots or sandals. This is a sponsored post.

Stop…Nanna time!

At the moment, I fancy dressing like an eccentric old woman. Perhaps it’s the influence of Alessandro Michele‘s quirky aesthetic at Gucci, which has me hankering for peculiar, old world looks. Yesterday’s AW16 show in Milan continued to celebrate the proverbial oddball with colourful, vintage inspired clothes. I’ve never favoured minimalism, and Alessandro Michele’s look is right up my street. While Gucci is way out of my budget, it’s possible to achieve a similar look with high street and second hand finds. This dress from Topshop is high on my spring wish-list, I’d wear it with a slash of bright lipstick and a coat that could belong to a flamboyant, elderly lady. Sooner or later I will become a kooky old woman, flouncing around in all manner of brightly coloured outfits. I often think older people have an inspiring propensity not to […]

Cold Shoulder

Some trends hang around for more than one season and this spring, the off-the-shoulder trend is still going strong. This time round, OTS tops have bold details, such as cascading ruffles at the sleeve or loud stripes. It can be a tricky look to pull off, especially for those with a generous bust or broad shoulders. I have the latter, but I think it works nicely tucked into a flared skirt to emphasise a small waist. Styling it this way has a vintage inspired Bridgette Bardot feel, which I like very much. Here are some of the best OTS tops around right now.   Feature image Ellery SS16, courtesy of Vogue.com

Christmas Jumpers Shopping Guide

Over the last few years, the Christmas jumper has lost its tongue-in-cheek irony and is now a legitimate piece in the winter wardrobe. The look is more paired back and chic, and has lost the garish novelty factor, a very good thing in my book. Matches have collaborated with Save The Children, producing a line of festive knitwear by Christopher Kane, Charlotte Olympia, Henry Holland, Giles Deacon and Bella Freud. £100 from the sale of each jumper goes to the charity. Matches is on the expensive end of the scale, but there are plenty of affordable options around. I think Christmas jumpers look great with a pleated midi-skirt or skinny leather pants.   Photos courtesy of www.fashiongonerogue.com

Saturday night to Sunday Morning

I’ve got a few events lined up this holiday season and I’ve already planned my outfit for each party. I’m not particularly organised as a rule, but I always decide what I’m wearing well in advance. I guess it’s because I enjoy dressing up, almost more than the party itself. I have rather untraditional notions of evening wear, I think it’s nice to mix it up. But when it comes to shoes I’m drawn to classically festive maroon and metallic tones. These are some of my favourites around right now. As much as I like going out, I’m also quite a homebody. Cushiony slippers and cosy lounge-wear are fail-safe Christmas gifts and make coming in from the cold very appealing indeed.   Feature image courtesy of uptempomag.com  

Blue Velvet

I really into velvet right now, it can be tricky but when styled right, it’s perfect for winter parties. Givenchy, Alexander Wang,  and Christopher Kane used velvet in their AW15 collections. I love the old school opulence and glamour associated with the luxurious fabric, the key to keeping it modern and chic is to choose clean shapes and great tailoring. I fancy wearing a velvet skirt during the day, paired with a sporty T or a denim shirt, but that’s just me. Feature image Christopher Kane AW15, courtesy of cnn.com  

Forever Coats

My style is cyclical; I’d like to say that it’s independent of trends but that would be untrue. I’m influenced by the zeitgeist, however I won’t wear something just because it’s fashionable. I know what suits me and I’ll stick to that regardless. The current boho mood is right up my street, however I know that this is a phase and I’ll move on sooner or later. The floaty bohemian vibe calls for something chic and tailored to ground the look. A classic coat is particularly handy for this, but it’s also a sound investment that will look good for years to come. I bought the coat in the image above from French Connection many years ago, and every fall it comes in useful. These are my current favourites available in stores now.  

The new eccentrics

After years of clean minimalism, a mood of vintage inspired romance has swept the new season. Alessandro Michele’s first collection for Gucci led the way for the new nostalgia. In the past, Gucci has been a by word for all things expensive, sexy and polished. Michele’s influence has rippled from the catwalk down the high street. The new poster girl is Margot Tenenbaum, whose appeal is quirky, eccentric and covered up. This look is all about the mix and can be achieved with vintage, high street and heritage designer pieces infused into one glorious muddle.

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