Early Autumn

Despite its slow start, this summer has been rather glorious. However, when the temperature goes above 28°C in London, the heat becomes uncomfortable; you feel simultaneously sticky and dusty. I shouldn’t complain about the weather, given that we get so little sunshine. But I can’t help looking forward to the new season, even though we’re likely to have a few more weeks of lovely warmth. This dress from Zara (similar here) is a good transitional piece as it’s light enough to wear now, but has a few nods to AW16. The shoes are old, also from Zara – similar here and here. My sunglasses are by Versace.

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 […]

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.

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

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.

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  

Victoria Forever

I’ve been enjoying the recent incarnation of Victoriana: the Alexander McQueen and Chloe collections were steeped in turn-of-the-century references and the look is all over the high street. When worn head to toe, modern Victorian is rather dramatic, of which I’m a fan. However, draping oneself in velvet and lace could be considered too flamboyant for every day. To avoid looking like an extra in a costume drama, keep it soft and subtle. This 70s vintage, handkerchief hem dress was an Ebay find and I’ve updated it with a coat from Zara. I like the military details and gently puffed shoulders. The boots are really old from Kurt Geiger and the scarves are vintage and borrowed from my husband’s tie draw.   

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 […]

Autumn Leaves

I’ve have a bit of a thing about autumnal shades of burnt orange, brown and maroon. My style is inadvertently influenced by the changing seasons and my clothes reflect my surroundings. I don’t do it on purpose, but I find myself dressing in sync with trees on my street. This skirt is really old, I bought it from Whistles years ago (similar here). This turtleneck is a new purchase from Zara and the colours of the skirt and top are a close match – which I’m rather pleased about. The shoes are also very old – I bought them in the january sales in Topshop a long time ago (similar here). This jacket is from ASOS. My lipstick is by Lipstick Queen, in shade Entourage.

Rodarte SS16

London fashion week kicks off in a couple of days in its new Soho home – the car park on Brewer Street to be precise. Although I like the absurd juxtaposition of humdrum concrete playing host to the fashion circus, I’m concerned Soho will jam to a halt. I presume there’ll be some traffic contingency plan set in motion to cope with the massive influx. If not the place will be chaos. Setting aside my prosaic traffic worries and looking accross the pond to New York, I’m rather taken with the latest collection by Rodarte.  Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind the brand, presented their version of unabashed romanticism for SS16, citing Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson and Leonard Cohen as their inspiration. Added to the blend was 70s glam rock and a generous dose of Stevie Nicks. […]

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