Monthly Archives: March 2013

Spring Fashion 2013- 5 Pretty Things To Invest In

I am feeling very frustrated. And I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling. After waiting for what seems like a decade since the designers showcased their SS13 designs, and after giving in to temptation to what all the high street shops are offering for SS13, it has transpired that the weather does NOT want to play ball and we are still very much stuck  in AW12. How last season. Literally.

But surely spring must be on its way?! It can’t rain forever can it?? It really is time to pack away the chunky knitwear and big boots and blow off the dust on our light jackets and ballet pumps. And the trends for this spring really are something to get excited about which makes the waiting all the more harder! So when the good weather FINALLY arrives, what trends should we buy into? Here are my five favourites….

A Kimono Jacket

Yes, this traditional Japanese garment has well and truly landed smack bang in the middle of spring 2013. On the catwalks we saw a modernised take on them, teamed with geometric patterning, sharp tailored pieces and killer legs of course! ZARA have an abundance of kimono-style jackets available- you can go all out with an eye-catching patterned one, or go for a understated neutral where the attractive kimono cut of the garment does all the talking. I think this is a perfect garment to dress up or down. The elegance of the sleeves would work perfectly with a demure evening dress. Failing that, teamed with a white tee (see my previous blog post ‘Ode to the humble white tee’) and some leather shorts, you could look tres fashionable in the day. So easy to wear! That’s what we like to hear.

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Open Knitwear

What the heck is open knitwear I hear you say? Well, its knitwear…which is open! By that I mean the knit is further apart giving a net-like aesthetic. So it’s a lighter, spring alternative to the chunky knit that we’ve all become accustomed to hibernating in for the last few months. A good transition from winter to spring if you will. I love this look because it’s a great garment to layer with as you can see what’s underneath. Work this look with fellow spring trends yellow and monochrome. You would have had to be living under a rock to not know that these two are in! :p

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A Leather Pencil Skirt

Most of us own a leather jacket, not so many leather trousers. Very tricky to pull off. So why not go for the middle man this spring and invest in a leather pencil skirt? Designed to create curves in all the right places, the pencil skirt is every girl’s best friend. Sophisticated and sexy.  Do smart with a sheer shirt and blazer combo or grunge it up with a band t-shirt tucked in. And if you want to score extra fashion points, go for an electric blue one. One of the colours to watch!

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Anything Orangey-red

If Victoria Beckham likes it, then I love it! Orangey-red, NOT to be confused with orange… or red, is the hottest hue this spring. Mrs Beckham used it in her SS13 collection as did Paul Smith and Sportmax, and Rosie H-W wore it to LFW,so naturally it turned to gold in the fashion world. A difficult colour to team with other colours unless you’re brave and want to colour pop, most of the designers have been using it with black or crisp white which I think makes an amazing contemporary look.

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A dress from & Other Stories

The latest thing to come from those gems that brought us H&M, & Other Stories launched its store in Regent Street recently and has received amazing reviews from critics, bloggers and shoppers alike. I love the whole concept of the brand. The website is like one big mood board and a welcome change from other clothes websites which can become a bit monotonous as you browse through them. & Other Stories is refreshingly different- its shopping pages are like Pinterest boards- so much funner! And if you’re looking for a dress for spring, this is the place to head. Classics, original, edgy, elegant, there really is something for everyone- at very respectable prices too! I am very jealous of you Londoners! First stop next time I’m in London will be here. http://www.stories.com/

So come on weather, sort it out! We have some serious catching up to do!

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Ode To The Humble White Tee

It goes with leather, print, knitwear, the lot! Yes, it’s the classic white tee, the failsafe go-to garment for letting other statement pieces shine or for a simple yet timeless look. If there was an award for the most loyal garment in fashion, the white tee would definitely be nominated!

Elle makes the white tee its cover star!

Elle makes the white tee its cover star!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get a bit tired of hearing some bloggers say that in order to make an impact you need to go for the most daring look. This being tonnes of colour and print and anything alternative to the mainstream. Whilst this works for many, if everybody did this then our fashion world would be a ‘samey’ to say the least.  Sometimes the most fashionable girl on the street can be wearing the most simple outfit combination.

Pinterest Street Style

Pinterest Street Style

Cara Delevingne in slogan tee

Cara Delevingne in slogan tee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The white tee has been knocking around for a loooong long time and many designers have used it as an underlay to define their own brands. Take Henry Holland, Chanel, Celine and Moschino Cheap & Chic for example. Chanel and Celine’s logo t-shirts are a firm favourite with fashionistas. Their simple white cuts with bold black logos are teamed with all manner of clothing, displaying their great versatility. I can’t see them losing any popularity anytime soon.

Pinterest Street Style, Celine Tee

Pinterest Street Style, Celine Tee

Chanel Tee

Chanel Tee

Rihanna in Celine Paris Tee

Rihanna in Celine Paris Tee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there’s Henry Holland whose slogan t-shirts are what found him fame. A personal favourite of mine is ‘I’ll show you who’s boss Kate Moss’. How ballsy!  They’re very reminiscent of the classic ‘Frankie Says Relax’ eighties t-shirt.

Pixie Geldof wears Henry Holland

Pixie Geldof wears Henry Holland

Moschino Cheap & Chic 'Make Up Your Life' tee.

Moschino Cheap & Chic ‘Make Up Your Life’ tee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And whilst the slogan t-shirts are still going strong, sometimes a plain t-shirt is just what the doctor ordered for an outfit. Just look how amazing Miranda Kerr looks in her white tee and leather short monochrome look. Queen Mollie King of the Saturdays looks effortlessly styled to perfection with her white tee, graphic print skirt and trench, and Lauren Conrad (what is she doing nowadays?) earns herself the title  ‘Look  Of The Day’ award for her daytime look in LA. For these girls, wearing a white tee looks stylish and also allows them to let their statement pieces for the day shine through.

Miranda Kerr wears white tee, leather and KILLER legs

Miranda Kerr wears white tee, leather and KILLER legs

Mollie King is white tee, print and trench

Mollie King in white tee, print and trench

Jessica Alba looks simply stylish

Jessica Alba looks simply stylish

Lauren Conrand in white tee and navy skirt combo

Lauren Conrad in white tee and navy skirt combo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some fabulous spring 13 looks, team a white tee with a block-coloured blazer ala Kate Moss. Or style one with sequins (see my previous blog post). Monochrome is also allll over the fashion scene at the moment. Use a slogan tee with a black and white striped pencil skirt to recreate a catwalk-esque look.

Stendal
Only great minds can afford a simple style.

Kate Moss in bold blazer and white tee

Kate Moss in bold blazer and white tee

Emerald sequins stand out against a white tee

Emerald sequins stand out against a white tee

Moschino Monochrome Look

Moschino monochrome look

Pinterest Look- white and boldly coloured jeans

Pinterest Look- white and boldly coloured jeans

Styling Sequins (NB Not a TOWIE Girl in Sight)

I have bad memories of wearing sequins. When I was younger, I used to attend a ballet school and each year would have to wear a heavily sequined costume for the annual show. Let’s just say sequins on bare skin do not mix harmoniously. Needless to say, I steered clear of them for a while.

But recently, I’ve had a real craving to embrace them once again. After all, they are so pretty! And really are eye-catchers. This could be down to the fact that sequins made an appearance at several SS13 shows. Now, I’m not talking about embracing them like the cast of TOWIE has embraced them with their tiny mini dresses and whatnot! Whilst this ultra glam look works for many a girl, it’s simply not my style.

Jenny  Packham ss13

Jenny Packham ss13

Topshop Unique ss13

Topshop Unique ss13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I got to browsing the internet for some inspiration and found countless examples of sequins looking very classy indeed. One of my style icons Olivia Palermo (who luckily for her  but not so luckily for us could pull off wearing a bin-liner), looks stunning, classy and incredibly fashionable in an outfit which comprises of  the capsule pieces of jeans and a white shirt along with this sleek silver sequined jacket. Similarly, she proves sequins are no one hit wonder, displaying more of an evening look in sleek and sophisticated black sequins, cinched in at the waist with a chunky belt and completed with a huge leather bag.

Ah my perfect outfit Olivia Palermo!

Ah my perfect outfit Olivia Palermo!

Olivia Palermo in black sequined jacket

Olivia Palermo in black sequined jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you’re looking for confirmation that wearing a sequined piece alongside classic pieces really does give you maximum fashion points, then you need only look to Kate Moss, Jessica Alba and Kristen Stewart for confirmation. If sequins came in human form, Kate Moss would snap them all up as best friends. Sequins really do come under the category ‘Statement’ so you need to put them alongside fashionable classics so to allow them their right to (literally and metaphorically) shine.

Jessica Alba in Isabel Marant

Jessica Alba in Isabel Marant

Kate Moss wears the winners' colour

Kate Moss wears the winners’ colour

Kristen Stewart in those Isabel Marant trousers

Kristen Stewart in those Isabel Marant trousers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also took to Pinterest to track down some inspiring street style where sequins are concerned and fell in love with this green sequin maxi. It looks amazing with this simple white tee and a little colour clashing with a blue clutch and pink heels. Very brave, and this risk definitely works!

Street Style. Glorious green sequins

Street Style. Glorious green sequins

Street Style. Sequin hareem-style trousers

Street Style. Sequin hareem-style trousers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently made an eBay purchase of a yellow maxi (see my previous blog post ‘yearning for yellow’), and hope to track down a sequined cardigan to team it with. Then I’ll just have to wait for the weather to turn at least bearable so I can wear it… come on weather, do it for us fashionistas!

Kate Moss dons sequins for Paris Vogue

Kate Moss dons sequins for Paris Vogue

Yearning for Yellow Part 2

Yearning for Yellow Part 2

Versace bright dress
net-a-porter.com

Alexander McQueen slip dress
$1,895 – harveynichols.com

Michael Kors scalloped lace dress
$1,705 – harrods.com

M Missoni knit dress
$980 – harveynichols.com

Yves Saint Laurent yellow high heels
$775 – montaignemarket.com

Balenciaga handbag
balenciaga.com

Juicy couture ring
$26 – sale.blueberries-online.com

Love Moschino bracelets bangle
$64 – zalando.co.uk

Spring Trend Alert- Yearning for Yellow

Today something glorious happened- I felt the sun against my face! I think we feared it may never happen again but yes, we experienced the first properly sunny day of the year! And it got me excited about what the new season has in store for my wardrobe.  And I couldn’t be happier that the colour yellow has firmly placed itself on the winner’s podium for no1 colour of the moment!

Fashion Trend SS13- Yellow

Fashion Trend SS13- Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow has always been my favourite colour, just ask my mum. And it appears it’s not only me that still loves yellow. Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Giambattista Valli to name but a few fashion houses featured it on their SS13 catwalks, Queen Cara Delevingne wore it for her most recent Vogue shoot and a quick perusal of the street style at Milan Fashion Week shows that the city of style was widely embracing the look too.

Giambattista Valli SS13 Couture

Giambattista Valli SS13 Couture

SS13 DKNY yellow dress

SS13 DKNY yellow dress

SS13 Louis Vuitton Yellow

SS13 Louis Vuitton Yellow

VOGUE Shoot with Cara Delevingne

VOGUE Shoot with Cara Delevingne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, wearing yellow can be a tad tricky. Getting the shade right is imperative and it’s all about skin tones etc. You really don’t want to end up looking like big bird or a hyper-active children’s TV presenter too.  But when done correctly, boy does it make you stand out! And its playful tone makes it a bit more fun than always wearing neutrals. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a BIG fan of wearing classic neutral tones, but sometimes teaming them with bursts of colour can really liven up my style.

Milan Fashion Week Street Style SS13

Milan Fashion Week Street Style SS13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whether its lemon, marigold or golden yellow, what’s the best way to go about wearing it?

For daytime style, why not go for some failsafe knitwear and choose a light yellow knit teamed with rolled up jeans and Converse. I would also put a statement necklace over the jumper to really bring out its colour. Light knitwear is perfect for our current climate- getting warmer but not quite there yet.  If you’re really confident with your fashion, then yellow is your new best friend! Why not combine a pair of yellow jeans with a patterned top? You could choose a monochrome checked one perhaps. And for a smarter look, you could opt for a blazer jacket teamed with a classic shirt and jeans ala Millie from MIC.

Street Style Yellow Knitwear

Street Style Yellow Knitwear

Rihanna yellow jeans

Rihanna yellow jeans

Millie Made in Chelsea in yellow jacket

Millie Made in Chelsea in yellow jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And despite what the Sugababes said, you will look cooler in a yellow dress. One of my all time favourite dresses was worn by Diane Kruger in 2010. I think this mustard coloured Jason Wu creation is so so so elegant. And remember how beautiful Michelle Williams looked in her Vera Wang Oscars gown?  Sadly, I rarely get an occasion to wear a gown of that magnitude out but Olivia Palermo shows that you can wear yellow dresses in more realistic circumstances and still look utterly amazing.

Diane Kruger wears Jason Wu yellow dress

Diane Kruger wears Jason Wu yellow dress

Michelle Williams wears Vera Wang Oscars dress

Michelle Williams wears Vera Wang Oscars dress

Olivia Palermo yellow dress

Olivia Palermo yellow dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So although the real sun may not stay out to play for too long this March, get hold of some of your very own sunshine and invest in some yellow pieces! You won’t be disappointed.

Kristen Stewart in yellow Dior Mini dress

Kristen Stewart in yellow Dior Mini dress

Cara loves yellow!

Cara loves yellow!