Tent Dress

As my pregnancy progresses, I’ve realised that my style hasn’t changed that much. Apart from my cinched waist skirts, my look is pretty much the same. At first glance, one would think the uniform for pregnant women is skin-tight Bretton stripes, which wouldn’t my choice, even when not pregnant. However, with a bit of imagination, there’s no reason to be shackled by boring maternity wear. This dress from Zara isn’t maternity, but it’s really comfy and skims over my bump. I love the ruffles and flared sleeves, which is a nod towards Chloé’s  romantic AW16 collection. It’s also voluminous enough to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve styled it with an old coat from Acne (similar here and here ) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

In the Navy

I’ve recently developed a taste for navy blue. I’ve always liked the colour, but it’s only recently that I’ve started wearing it in regularly. In fact, I like to wear one shade head to toe in contrasting textures. I’ve paired this Teatum Jones SS15 shirt with a Max&Co skirt, an Acne coat I bought a couple of years ago (similar here and here) and my favourite David Bowie style velvet boots that I picked up in Oxfam. The belt is an old favourite from &Other Stories (similar here).

Tartan Army

As much as I love the thrill of new clothes, I think it’s important to know how to re-wear old stuff. This skirt is a charity shop find that I unearthed on a random trip to Parsons Green in West London. Tartan usually comes around every winter and I like to style it with an oversized, masculine coat. This one is from Acne and it was a big investment piece. I bought it last year and I’ll be wearing it for many years to come.  

The pleated Stalwart

There are certain standby looks that I know work for me, a pleated midi-skirt and a cropped-top are pretty much failsafe. Sometimes I get a little bored with this outfit, I have it replicated in my wardrobe in multiple colours and incarnations. I long for sleek, masculine tailoring, or skinny leather trousers, but I’ve come to accept that these pieces are never going to work for me. I fear I would look like a butch black pudding in the aforementioned ensemble. Things that ain’t broke need not be fixed. From my midi-skirt/cropped-top base look I can add more masculine pieces, like my coat from Acne (worn in the feature image) or edgy accessories. I love this colour block skirt from Whistles, it’s got a touch of Celine SS14 about it and is a […]

Welcoming 2014 with Teatum Jones and Acne

Happy New Year! Usually I avoid the use of exclamation marks in my work – they’re the literary equivalent of laughing at your own joke. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule that cannot be avoided; welcoming the dawn of a new year is one such exception. I’m delighted to bid farewell to 2013 and usher in the next 365 days – there’s some glorious fashion on the horizon and the Spring/Summer collections are particularly lovely. As well as the usual florals, pastels and whites that are standard fare for warmer months, 90’s inspired clean lines that ooze easy going sophistication are calling my name. Dropped waist silhouettes, painterly splashes of colour and re-imagined button down shirts are amongst the most exciting up-coming trends. There are some beautiful clothes to look forward […]

For the love of Shoes

Women love shoes. Well, that’s not entirely true – most women are at least very fond of shoes. It’s a lazy stereotype that I had hoped to avoid, but most cliches are rooted in a grain of truth. In this instance it’s not so much a grain as a whole granary of truth. The reason women love beautiful shoes is regardless of how self-conscious she’s feeling about her body or the relative plainness of her outfit, a killer pair of shoes immediately elevate the look to something special. Speaking for myself, wearing heels never fails to make me feel confident, which is ironic seeing as I frequently stack it in my stillies. However, I’ve been known to trip over my own feet in flats and unimpeded by obstacles of any kind. In short, […]

Cool Yule: Christmas in Bloom

It’s an boring and unoriginal cliche, but Christmas has come round really quickly this year.  I’m well aware that I’m grumbling like a puritanical miserablist, but it seems that  saccharine TV commercials peddling tidings of comfort and joy appear on our screens way before the trees have shed their summer leaves. Despite my dismay at festive advertising shooting its load too early, I’m actually rather fond of Christmas. Hanging out with my family, cooking, decorating the house with twinkling lights are activities that make me very happy indeed.  Added to that is the pleasure of getting to dress up for parties; any excuse for a fancy frock and a cocktail. What I don’t so enjoy so much about christmas dressing how homogenised the ‘Christmas party look’ has become. The afore mentioned cursed festive […]