An Un-Mumsy Pregnancy

My mission to dress my bump without submitting to maternity wear continues with this blouse by Teatum Jones. I didn’t go to a lot of events at London Fashion Week, primarily because I’m six months pregnant and in no mood to waddle around the shows. Also, I don’t really have enough fashion week appropriate outfits to wear,  but I felt confident in this top from TJ’s SS17 collection. I wore it with a pleated skirt from ASOS, which isn’t from their maternity range, but has a forgiving elasticated waist. I picked up these shoes from Topshop and they are neither practical or mumsy, which may make them an imprudent purchase. But just because I’m pregnant I don’t see why I should surrender my identity. I anticipate being the sort of mum who’ll rock up to the school gates in pink […]

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a lovely festive break. I had a quiet celebration with my family and was in bed by 11pm on New Year’s Eve. Gone are the days when I’d stay up well into the small hours of January 1st, but that’s fine by me. I’m now 20 weeks pregnant and my growing bump is limiting my sartorial choices. There were lots of lovely clothes in the shops in the run up to Christmas but I couldn’t wear any of them, which is probably for the best as it stopped me buying stuff I don’t need. Being pregnant makes me think more carefully about what I spend money on; clothes have to not only be comfortable but be guaranteed to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve accepted that the next five months won’t be my most stylish and that’s […]

No-go Logos

I went to a school with no uniform, one might have thought that this would have cultivated sartorial creativity, but we all wore more or less the same thing. It was the late 90s/early 00s, and logos were king. Levis jeans, Nike trainers and sweatshirts emblazoned with Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein were highly sought after. Although only the kids from the wealthiest families could afford to wear them. I spent my teenage years feeling like I should conform, but I knew that crass logos were not for me. I found my look when I discovered vintage and I spent many a happy hour rummaging around Camden and Portobello markets. The cool kids thought my enthusiasm for old clothes was weird, but I didn’t care. I never wanted to fit in with them anyway. I’ve been looking for a vintage […]

Velvet Underground

Years ago, I saw a beautiful 1930s vintage, midnight blue velvet dress on Ebay. I lost the ensuing bidding war, much to my disappointment. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect velvet dress, and at last I’ve found it. This frock by Katya Dobryakova is from The Place London, a brilliant boutique on Connaught Street. I love the classic Stevie Nicks vibe, and the sumptuous fabric is very comfortable. I’ve styled the look with a vintage belt and an old pair of boots from Topshop (similar here and here). The Place London is my favourite new shop, I’ll be writing more about this later in the week.

Wishy Washy

I like to make recommendations on this blog, and I would have happily endorsed this dress from Topshop. However, it shrank in the washing machine; the instructions said to wash at 40°C, I washed it at 30°C. This was a shame, as I loved the ruffles and the gold thread running through the fabric. The folks at Topshop refunded my money without question and apologised for the inconvenience. The dress is featured in their AW16 campaign and it’s already sold out. To anyone who owns this frock, I suggest hand-washing in tepid water with a delicate detergent.

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).  

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 […]

Spring Awakening

It appears that Spring is finally here and I am very relieved; bobbly knitwear and heavy coats in May are depressing. I find dressing for spring/summer easier than the colder months, my hyper-feminine look is better suited for this time of year. My coat is from Zara (similar here), skirt and blouse are from Topshop, bag is by the Cambridge Satchel Company, sunglasses are from Karen Walker and shoes are by Castañer.

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.  

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