Double denim is having a major moment again. Its a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it! I find it to be quite masculine sometimes, so if you are like me and… More
This happens to me, I wake up and all of a sudden have an urgency to write about something that has been pulling on my heart strings (without having realised it). The upside is I get so excited I don’t waste timing putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), the downside is, I don’t plan the post, which means you lot could end up reading a lot of babble…
Over my years of styling various people in various careers and walks of life, as well as following my own journey of ups and downs, one thing I have come to realise is that no matter where you are at or what you are doing we all benefit from feeling good. Ive been through periods of feeling great, possibly because Im fit and healthy, and other times of feeling really miserable about myself, probably because Im going through a slump, not keeping up with exercise and poor diet. That’s step one, feeling good from within. Following closely on the heels of step one is looking good, dressing well! Whether I’m fit or not I need to maintain a level of style in my life otherwise I begin to feel even worse. Ive noticed when I have let myself go a little on the dressing front I really do feel awful. I totally can see how I’ve let this slide over the last couple of years and I’ve decided this year, whilst I certainly don’t have a new wardrobe to parade, I’m going to try and be clever and think out the box, whilst Ive adapted to a more classical look (for simplicity) I will try to add a (teeny tiny) edge to give it a touch of “me”, and these small efforts, I know will boost my happiness. I will be trying my best to get fit and eat cleaner (mental note to self – stop eating children’s leftovers). Ive seen it through so many women, how taking care of appearances boosts confidence and happiness. Everyone has their own level of standards and they know when they are at their best or worst. I could feel amazing in myself but to others out there look very average (hopefully nobody would tell me that – haha) and visa versa, but if you’re healthy and fresh faced then you should shine from the inside out and that counts for everything. Once you’ve started with your body and mind you then move onto wardrobe and dressing well, present yourself well to show you care. So that rounds up the bit about confidence and serotonin.
Next up is style. Style is a very personal thing, Im sure everyone knows that. Everyone has their own style and way of expressing this. Style is not stepping out in the latest Zara/Topshop/Country Road and H&M haul, very far from it. It is a slow and progressive collection of pieces that build up a wardrobe of pieces that you should always love. They should be able to be worn with confidence and ease, if you ever feel uncomfortable in something, it’s not you, take it off and get rid of it. Sell it, pass it on, alter it. Being trendy is not stylish! Dressing to suit your character is a good start although there are many women and men out there who battle with what works for them and will seek advice which is a great start. I certainly don’t try and do my accounts, Im hopeless, so somebody else does that bit. I do the parts I love and feel capable of doing and that is what we should all be doing. Seek advice or help in the areas where you lack the ability to do it yourself. My aim this year is to feel like Im trying my best from a wardrobe front (next mental note to self, try ditch all my t-shirt wearing and certainly NO more Havaianas every day)… if I want to wear a t-shirt, Im going to put it with something really striking at the bottom (haha lets see how this unfolds). A friend popped in yesterday and said, wow look at you, is this just you strolling around in your best. I have been “trying” a little harder this week, wearing bits that haven’t had a look-in in forever! So Im pleased to to say it never went unnoticed. I’ve often had compliments on pieces that I’ve worn that are really old, but that’s where choosing a timeless shape helps as it doesn’t look outdated in 3 years. That’s the bit about Style…
Now onto sustainability. Like many others that share the same values out there, Ive become extremely conscious of our human footprint on this planet and Im desperate to be less of a consumer and more of a recycler. We can all do little bits which will add up to a lot. My goals for this year are to grow as many of my own veg as possible, buy less plastic, not purchase one plastic water bottle, I will continue to recycle all my rubbish as we have done for years and use earth friendly cleaning products (in fact vinegar is best, but Im not quite there yet). Being fully sustainable is quite a task and can be very overwhelming when thinking about absolutely everything we can and cant do, so baby steps makes me feel better and less stressed by it all. Whilst there’s no way I will never ever buy another item from a high street store again, I am taking the saying “Buy Less. Choose well. Make it last.” literally. (Thanks Viveinne Westwood). When buying a dress for a wedding or special occasion, choose something that really suits you and that you absolutely LOVE so you will want to wear it for years to come. Choose classic tailoring, simple sneakers, coats and jackets that suit your frame as well as being timeless. AND if you can buy from small business’s that are using sustainable practices & fabrics as well as having ethical values. Choose raffia, straw, cotton or vegan material handbags over leather.
So how do these three topics all roll into one another? Well its simple. Feel good, care about yourself, increase your serotonin levels by starting with the your health and fitness. Style in turn makes you feel better, care about your appearance and I can promise you, the amount of people that I have seen transform in front of my eyes has been extremely gratifying. Do good for your planet where you can and feel better about making a difference. Transform yourself but be sustainable at the same time, choose carefully and don’t get sucked into consumerism, chasing the next trend. Sure, from year to year you may want to update your wardrobe from the chunky knit to the twin set but generally trends like that last at least two seasons (so two years) before feeling the need to switch things around. Small updates can make all the difference and if you choose the classic version of a trend it’s likely to go the distance. Keep it Simple! But hey, this is nothing you haven’t heard before, right 😉
I leave you with some of my favourite classic looks (most have been on my Pinterest boards for years, at least 3-4, and I still love them), so it shows, choose well, it lasts.
Have a fabulous week ahead everyone.
It’s been forever, and I had no intention of posting until earlier today when I fancied sharing some of my takeaways from all the streetsyle photography from the various SS20 fashion weeks around Europe and NYC. I then realized I had too much to share on IG stories (which is where I was going to post it) that I thought I may as well sum it up here. This is by no means a full round up but just my identification of what was on repeat. Fashion today is such a vast term, as really, there is so much under the trend umbrella, there are so many silhouettes and fabrics being covered at once with the style influencers putting it all together with their own personal style stamp.
Some clear shoe shapes, fabrics and silhouettes shone through. For me some of the incredibly obvious ones were: square toed shoes (all shoes from sandals to boots) , kitten heels, flip flops and chunky sneakers. Mainly dresses and skirts being worn, and when it came to trousers and jeans, they were always oversized, wide leg, high waisted or straight, absolutely not a skinny pant in sight! Beautiful prints, from floral, to check, tartan and granny’s curtains to lots of monotone and tonal dressing. Floaty oversized, puffy sleeved and tier skirted dresses. Big! Leather …. lots and lots of leather. 80’s blazers, longer in length, oversized and shoulder pads (not always all rolled into one). Trench coats for days. Although I think it’s actually compulsory to wear a trench coat in September in the northern hemisphere because that’s probably the only month of the year you are able to wear it, so in order for it to not be made redundant, it must be worn. Not too many jeans around unless in the way of knee length shorts which were everywhere in all fabrics from leather to denim. Denim shirts (never really went out) but are back in a big way. Part of the western style that’s making a comeback too, western boots it is for the upcoming winter in the northern hemisphere (if not square toed or pointed kitten heel – you see what I’m talking about). I took some snaps from various sources (Popsugar and Style Dun Monde mainly) to round up the above in a visual for you. Oh and pastels too. You get it. A little bit of everything and the kitchen sink. It’s certainly awoken the fashion fire that’s been buried deep in my belly and I’m itching for a small splurge on some big trend items (even though I’m trying to be more classic and simplistic (think clean, understated and natural, thanks to my current geographical location), and of course consumerism….and the fact that if you wear anything out of the ordinary in my home town you may be eyeballed the entire day.
Enjoy the visuals.
Let’s start with the leathers as there’s lots of it.
Leather pinafore dress and the white boots still hanging around and no sign of going anywhere
TRENCHES IN THEIR DROVES:
Loved this trench and the print on print
TIERED SKIRTS AND BIG SLEEVES
WIDE, OVERSIZED OR STRAIGHT TROUSERS AND JEANS
KNEE LENGTH SHORTS
And lastly I wanted to end with this image, a great depiction of many of the trends all summed up.
I hope you’re all having a great weekend and let’s hope it’s not another half a year until I post again.
I love winter and the opportunity to layer up, wear beautiful jackets and coats, and snuggle up in gloves and beanies. I LOVE a beanie!
A jacket or coat is not something to be taken lightly, when purchasing this item it should be properly considered, things to take into account. Does the cut suit your figure, the colour your skin tone, does it work for your wardrobe and lifestyle. Do you need to wear formal coats for work or are you a stay at home mom and need something more relaxed and casual. Most of us will have a few options in the wardrobe for various occasions.
My picks for jackets and coats this winter are below. Remembering here in the Southern Hemisphere our climate is mostly very mild. The opportunity to actually wear thick socks, boots, and beanies are few and far between. So I bare this in mind when selecting my pieces.
The double breasted jacket
This chic item is so versatile. It can be used in varying climates and worn over anything from tailored pants and jeans to silk dresses and skirts. Layer this style over a fitted polo neck jumper to warm up or for milder weather over a t-shirt and jeans.
Double breasted blazer Witchery
Ways to wear it
There’s no better way to create a cinched waist and a feminine look than with a belted jacket. Whether you do this with a military style jacket, blazer or coat, there are many options and you don’t need to buy one with a belt, you can simply add your own to get the look.
Utility Jacket H&M
Ways to belt your jacket or coat
Relaxed fit coat H&M
Ways to wear the relaxed fit coat
And that’s my round up. Hope you find some inspiration here to head out and get the look that works best for you and your lifestyle.
Happy Sunday x
I hope there are still some of you out there after my radio silence. I’ve been missing my styling work and inspirational outfit posts (I use the word inspirational for myself), I felt a craving to slowly get into it again. And what is inspiring me at the moment is silk. I don’t get much opportunity to wear it with three little boys to ferry about all day but I do enjoy playing around with ideas, and should the opportunity arise to leave the house without sticky hands in tow to something fun then I would grab it and wear silk!
I love the versatility of the fabric. The softness against the skin is an obvious attraction, but the floaty and weightless feel is heavenly. I also find that the illuminating sheen of the fabric can make dull skin look radiant and bright. Thanks to the “anything goes trends” of the last couple of years, whilst there certainly are trends to follow, it really is anyone’s game as to what you do with that trending item. Silk is being paired with anything from chunky knits and blazers to sneakers and sandals and that’s how we can bring it into our daily wardrobe when there isn’t a heap up of fancy invitations filling up our inboxes.
My photos (as always) have a long way to go (as does my writing), but I am totally out of practice, photos are less than average (apologies) not to mention I am on serious time constraints these days when I do anything, so the quicker I can get something done the better, the idea of perfecting anything goes out the window. These poor photos are just to show you what I have done with some of the silk pieces in my wardrobe to dress them down. I sadly didn’t have time to do shoes and accessories but I will add notes below to advise what I would have done, followed by more professional and aesthetically pleasing shots taken from various sources.
In the first two images I am wearing a metallic leather dress which I also LOVE and never get a chance to wear. Metallic, plunging necklines (back and front) and leather are all prominent features that you would normally only have one of per garment, so throwing three into the mix means I have to tone it down. Ive popped a charcoal silk blouse on underneath, I am wearing it back to front to give me a higher neckline with a bit of a frill for an added touch of femininity to an otherwise slightly grungy look. Whilst I wouldn’t wear this for the school run I would wear it to a special birthday lunch or an upmarket restaurant during the day. Depending on the venue I would either wear plain leather pumps, espadrilles or an understated pair of biker boots to finish this look off with a very simple and small bag.
Here I am wearing silk on silk, mixing pink tones together. I love wearing the same colour in different tones as an outfit. This raspberry or watermelon pink blouse is the same style as the charcoal one above. (It also looks beautiful with blue denim jeans). Ive put it together with this pale pink skirt that I bought from Jigsaw about 5 or 6 years ago and still love it just as much, it was such a great purchase and I sometimes wear it during the day with a t-shirt and sneakers. This outfit I would again wear to a smart lunch with flat sandals or converse to dress it down and to keep it simple I would add a neutral or tan coloured bag. To dress this look up I would wear pointed flats or heeled sandals and I love the idea of bringing teal into the equation. So I would either look for a colourful printed shoe or a patterned bag combining at least one of the pinks with teal or ochre for a fun contrast.
I adore these earrings that I thought would be fabulous with this outfit to add a bit of contrast.
Next up is a fluffy jumper worn over a silk dress in the same colour. The picture of my fluffy knit really didn’t come out well but this is a silk dress that I would only really have the chance to wear to a wedding or a formal evening function, so to give me another opportunity to wear it, I recently wore this chunky knit over the dress to a friends birthday drinks with casual tan coloured slides and a leopard print clutch. I would also wear sneakers with this look and an informal style raffia bag such as the one below. I love the exact colour match of the two garments here but different textures. To keep it all matchy matchy I would wear the teal earrings above with this outfit too. This beautiful green can also be seen coming through in some of the raffia tassels on the bag below.
Lastly I love this slightly rock ‘n roll look below. Here I have worn the silk dress again with a leather biker jacket on top. This would definitely work in cooler weather so I would put high top sneakers or ankle boots with this combo to round it off perfectly. A small black bag or something vibrant from Missibaba would be my choice of accessory depending on the day.
And now for the professional pictures to give you much improved visuals of how to do silk.
That’s it for now friends and followers, hope you have a fabulous Sunday evening and week ahead, hopefully I will be back again soon!
Like everything when you start reading up about a topic there’s always so much more to it than you think. I’m going to explain the benefits of linen over other fabrics and why its such a great choice of fabric (especially in warm climates).
Linen has been around for a VERY long time. There is evidence to suggest that a linen manufacturing industry was in operation in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Linen is a natural fibre made from the stalks of the flax plant Linum usitatissimum.
Bed Linen was coveted by the upper classes for its cool and soft feeling against the skin, becoming a mark of wealth and social standing. These days, textiles account for the majority of linen grown, with clothing forming only a very small percentage, making a well-sourced and cared for linen shirt an all the more valuable addition to your wardrobe.
Linen vs Cotton
Linen is highly breathable, much more so than cotton due to its lower thread counts. For example, a fine Egyptian cotton bed sheet will start at about 200 thread count, while a similar quality linen sheet will have a thread count of between 80 and 150, meaning fewer fibres and more breathability when the temp rises. Although Linen can feel rough at first, with time and washing it becomes incredibly soft, unlike cotton, which can get coarser over time. When cotton is new its incredibly soft to touch, linen really starts coming into its own after about 3 to 5 years of wear, accounting for its longevity too.
Because of Linens very high absorbency rate, it is the ideal summer fabric. Its also hypoallergenic, which means sweat is less likely to break down its fibres. Combined with its lack of elasticity, this ability to quickly absorb and wick away moisture from the body accounts for the ease with which linen can crease.
Whilst linen to most is thought of as a more informal fabric (probably due to it’s ability to crease so easily) I think that wearing a linen garment can enhance the quality of the outfit making it appear not as informal and rather classy. Perhaps more than any other fabric, you truly get what you pay for with linen and linen-blends. The best harvests and the most expert milling practices will be reflected in the price, so try not to skimp. I always advise my clients to invest in linen t-shirts over cotton. The longevity of the t-shirt will be quite remarkable especially if a more premium linen is bought. A T-shirt from even a mid priced brand such as J.Crew over a pinch priced T-shirt from H&M or Zara. Whilst buying linen from the high street wont be a complete waste, it wont last quite as long as it would from a better quality store.
Caring for Linen
A lukewarm hand or machine wash is best. Air dry and a quick iron when damp is a better option than waiting until the fabric is bone dry. Avoid over-ironing the crease of the collar as this can damage the fibres.
So that was the text book stuff for those out there that like the detail.
Having always been a big fan of linen (even though I have never owned heaps of it myself) other than t-shirts and the odd shirt or trousers which have been a linen blend, its always been a fabric that I love the ruffled look it gives and the way linen clothes hang. Woven Green are excited to be launching a range of Linen clothing in the next month. Here are a couple of pics and style tips on wearing linen.
We hope to see you over on WG soon for a sneak peak of what’s to come! To keep updated follow us on Instagram @woven_green