Budget Frumps

There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a finding bargain, this 70s vintage dress was £10 on Ebay and I’m thrilled  with it. I like clothes that are just on the right side of frumpy; I love the pie-crust collar and the feather print. I’ve worn it with a pair of Mary Janes by Joanne Stoker.    

Golden Girls

I often like to dress like an old lady; pussy bows, long sleeved vintage dresses and demure skirts in loud colours are right up my street. I think that when I hit my golden years, my style will really come into its own. I love the brazen flamboyance of style mavens like Iris Apfel, and the other venerable birds of paradise featured on Advanced Style, which is one of my favourite blogs. The influence of Alessandro Michelle at Gucci means that Granny Chic is having a bit of a moment, but I’ll be wearing this look long after the trend dissipates. I bought the blouse from Reformation last year (similar here), the skirt is 50s vintage from Etsy, and my shoes are by Joanne Stoker.

Tightly Bound

Years ago, I used to dress in skin tight, body-con clothes. My 80s inspired look consisted of short dresses worn with thigh-high, stretch boots, topped off with a shoulder-padded, vintage jacket. When I look back on pictures now I cringe, but I enjoyed it at the time and I didn’t care what anyone had to say. Minus the man-repelling jacket, it was an overtly sexy look. These days, I don’t feel comfortable in super-tight clothes that make me feel restricted and self-conscious. I don’t find that look particularly attractive in others; I like a more understated, subtle expression of sexuality. But I’m not here to judge and if bandaged dresses with super high heels float your boat, go forth with pride. I’ve had my eye on this dress from Topshop Unique since I saw it on the SS16 runway last September. […]

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.

Block Party: Joanne Stoker SS16

I’ve always favoured chunky heels over spiky stilettos. I prefer a vintage inspired, Mary Poppins vibe, which Joanne Stoker executes with skilful aplomb. Her SS16 collection passed the baton from her previous work, developing and perfecting Stoker’s charming, nouveau-retro look. Named 1981, it celebrated the strength and chutzpah of the 80’s power woman. Divided into lifestyle sections of work, holiday, pleasure and dancing, there was something for everyone. In amongst the shoes were sinewy ‘Voga’ dancers, throwing some classic 80’s shapes. ‘Voga’ is the next big thing in fitness – a happy marriage between dance and yoga. As well chunky lace-ups and cute sandals, the collection included orthopedically sound flats in an array of juicy colours. But the stars of the show were the Mary Janes with heels at the perfect height, the straps delicately placed under the ankle and the toes rounded […]

Frumps

I’m enjoying the geeky, pseudo-frumpy vibe that’s knocking around right now. Pussy bows, chunky shoes, bobble hats and vintage inspired coats are the cornerstones of this look. It can be created with second hand finds and old bits and bobs that might be lurking in your closet. I bought this ASOS dress years ago and this season has given it a new lease of life. I’ve paired it with my favourite Joanne Stoker boots and a vintage belt.

Camel Lights

This autumn there’s an eclectic, vintage vibe that’s permeated many of the trends. Much of it involves clashing colours, loud prints and layers of contrasting textures; I love this look, but it needs to be carefully styled. Sticking to one colour in different tones is a foolproof way to wear the new-old. Camel shades will be everywhere, a classic colour that’s always worth investing in. I bought this coat from French Connection years ago and it comes in handy every season. The blouse is from The Reformation, the skirt is from Zara and my sunglasses are by Karen Walker. My towering platforms are by Joanne Stoker, they add a little edge to an otherwise safe outfit. I’m very happy about this move towards the new-oldness, I’ve been rocking it for a long time and I’ll still be wearing it long […]

Cheap Treasures

I sometimes ask myself why I have such a soft spot for vintage clothes. This isn’t to say that I don’t love designer and high street fare, especially the brilliant Brit designers that I have got to know and love over the past few years. But there’s something about vintage that pulls me back every time. It’s partly because vintage clothes fit me better; historically women had smaller waists, it’s only in recent decades that the average woman is more straight up and down. On the high street, I often find that things are too baggy on the waist and too tight everywhere else. However, there’s something more seductive about vintage that has me clamouring for more. The thrill of finding something unique and exclusive, the satisfaction of unearthing a bargain treasure. I like to […]

Casual Tuesday

I have a hard time dressing casually, jeans and t-shirts just aren’t my thing. It’s not that I don’t want to be easygoing; I’m envious of my friends who can throw on an informal outfit and look the business.  Perhaps it’s my insecurity talking, but I always feel rubbish in jeans. A vintage denim skirt is the closest I get to sartorial nonchalance. This skirt is from Peekaboo Vintage, the blouse is from The Reformation and the shoes are by Joanne Stoker. The shorter necklace is from a new jewellery brand that I’m loving right now, Fred Loves Ginger – all their pieces are handwoven from precious beads. This necklace is feather-light, perfect for balmy summer days.  

Ekaterina Kukhareva: Fruits of the Loom

I recently had the good fortune to visit Ekaterina Kukhareva in her London Studio. The Ukrainian knitwear designer studied textiles at Central Saint Martins and worked at Temperly London before launching her own label. Her SS13 collection hit the ground running with vibrant colours and textures, which have since become Kukhareva’s calling card. This dress from her AW15 collection is a great example of Ekaterina’s use of colour, texture and structure. The softly padded skirt gives the knitwear shape and elevates the dress into a potential evening dress. What I find extraordinary about Kukhareva is that she manufactures her own textiles. She has an industrial loom in her studio that she uses to produce her designs. Along with the structured knitwear, Ekaterina makes flowing gowns and skirts that are as light as chiffon. Because she is […]