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 […]

White Pearl

I wear pleated skirts like other people wear jeans. It’s perhaps a little impractical, but I feel good in a skirt. I think it’s important to wear things that make you feel comfortable, regardless of what other people consider appropriate. This guy is from Topshop, and has a slight pearlescent sheen that should be tacky – and perhaps it is. But I love it and I’ve never concerned myself with traditional notions of good taste. If you like something, and it makes you feel good, then wear it without fear of rebuke or reproach – life is too short to worry about the trifling opinions of others. My shirt is from ASOS (similar here), sunglasses are by Tom Ford (similar here) and shoes are from Castañer.  

Modern Retro

I’ve always been passionate about vintage fashion, however I haven’t bought any vintage for a long time. These days I don’t have the time to rummage through Ebay, Etsy or the second hand shops that used to be my regular haunts. However, old school style still influences the way I dress; my favourite 20th century decades are the 50s and 70s. I’m continually drawn to billowing sleeves, voluminous skirts and nipped in waists. I bought this dress from ASOS the year before last and even thought it’s made from thick scuba fabric, the cut is a direct lift from the 1950s. I’ve styled the look with a pair of retro-inspired shoes from the marvellous Joanne Stoker, a woman who really understands the charm of bygone eras.

Fugly

I used to try hard to be edgy; I’d add a clunky shoe or a boxy, menswear jacket to any look to prove my fashion stripes. The operative words in the last sentence are ‘try hard’. With age, I think it becomes more difficult to include something fugly for the sake of being  sartorially otré. You also see the folly of attempting to look cool for the benefit of others. These days, I dress to please myself and if I feel like wearing shamelessly pretty clothes, then so be it. This shirt is from Neue London, a new label who’s SS16 collection is peppered with lovely pastels and delicate florals prints. The skirt is an old favourite from ASOS (similar) and the shoes are from Lucy Choi.

All Brights

I tend to avoid wearing black because I find it depressing; this is a hangover from my time working as a dresser in the West End theatres. People who work backstage are expected to wear all black, which I hated. As soon as the curtain went down, I couldn’t wait to tear off my drab uniform and put on something colourful. A good way to wear bright colours is to choose classic shapes that last beyond one season. This dress is from Teatum Jones‘ SS16 collection, the African inspired print cheers me up no end. I’ve styled it with these exotic heels by Lucy Choi, who creates classic shoes in vivid colours and contrasting materials. Lucy is brilliant at creating beautiful shoes, that work hard for the money and are comfortable. I can stroll around in a pair of Lucy Chois all […]

Super Sale

I recently went to a Roksanda sample sale, I was struck by the broad cross section of women who were eager to grab a bit of Roksanda. The Serbian born designer specialises in bold yet wearable clothes that flatter women of all shapes and ages. I find it hard to restrain myself at sample sales, lovely frocks that go for many hundreds, if not thousands, sold for £75 are very tempting. This dress is from the pre-fall 2013 collection, I have no problem wearing clothes that are a few seasons old. I like the vintage vibe of this dress, I’ve styled it with a coat from Zara, a faux fur tippet from ASOS (similar here) and brogues from Miista (similar here).  

Brownstone

There are certain items that make up the bed rock of a wardrobe, for most women the key pieces are jeans. For me, it’s pleated-skirts and chunky-heeled boots. Every season for the past four or five years, the midi pleated-skirt has been my go to item. This season, thanks to Alessandro Michele’s recent tour de force collections at Gucci, metallic pleated skirts are everywhere. I’ve been enjoying this gold number skirt from Topshop. I especially like mixing metallics with chunky knitwear. This  tweed cape is a vintage score from ebay and my boots are from Carvella, I’ve had my eye on them for ages, I love a Stevie Nicks vibe.

In the Pink

I’ve yet to master the art of dressing down. My version of casual is slinging beaten up leather jackets, or chunky knitwear, over pieces most people save for special occasions. This dress is from Teatum Jones’ SS13 collection, I’ve layered it under a cosy jumper from ASOS (similar here). I like to combine contrasting textures within the same colour family. Although this dress is a few seasons old, it has a timeless quality that won’t date and I’ll be overdressing in it for years to come.

Lilac Ice

I’ve always been fond of winter florals, especially when combined with delicate pastels and a lilac lip. I know that purple shades are technically not the most flattering, but I’m rather taken with this pretty lipstick from Topshop. It looks more mauve in the pictures, but in the flesh it’s a colour of a dainty lilac petal. I’ve been trying to buy less and wear more of the clothes that are already in my wardrobe. I bought this shirt dress from ASOS last year, and the skirt is an old favourite by Cédric Charlier. The boots are a well loved pair from Topshop. I picked up this Holly Fulton furry clutch bag in a sample sale, it reminds me of a bejewelled muppets monster, which makes me smile whenever I take it out with me.