Hello again, 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… More
It’s Sunday night, I’m feeling pretty shattered and I’ve been trying to put this post together for a while now so please bare with me and the very weak piece that I am about to produce! I really just want to show you how awesome the double breasted blazer is and why it’s such a great investment piece (not here to sell my journalist skills, or lack of, for that matter).
An update on the oversized double breasted blazer. Its a great piece that goes with loads, from mini skirts to wide leg trousers, you name it. Its a wonderfully masculine style that looks so feminine (think subtle shoulder pads and the longer length give it the girly edge) buttoned up to show off a waistline or left undone for a more relaxed look. Keep it casual with a tee underneath. Its really an all year round piece that I’m positive you will find a go to when you’re feeling unsure. It dresses up casual to the right degree and dresses down formal to perfection especially if you push the sleeves up and let the front fall open nonchalantly.
Whilst you want to buy a relaxed fit, a blazer must fit well, even an oversized one. You want it to have a certain element of softness and to not be too stiff. Opt for the obvious grey or navy blue for longevity. Whilst plaid or houndstooth will get you all the extra style creds now! So I won’t apologise for my pathetically written post because I provide you with some awesomely inspirational pics to get your trend juices flowing!
Have a fantastic week everyone
If you haven’t noticed by now then you’re not into interiors, fashion or trends in any form, which means you wouldn’t be reading this blog. Mustard has been sneaking onto the design front for some time and as always interior and fashion trends and fabrics go hand in hand. We saw canary yellow and mustard first start trickling through via scatter cushion’s accents in art and ceramics, shoes and accessories but now now that it’s grown on the general public, you will see how its exploded onto the seen in many statement forms from velvet sofas and wall colours to coats and suits.
Ive picked out a few of my favourite mustard colour items that can be shopped around the globe.
For Subtle Accents Shop these pieces below:
For making a Mustard statement shop these pieces:
I love this rich warm colour against dark backdrops like navy, black and charcoal. The colour is equally eye catching with clashing colours like pink, red blues and teal. See some pics below for Inspiration in the home or for your closet.
Well it’s hardly brand new but it’s certainly taken some time to get us creatures of habit out of our skinnies!
Some of us would have been wearing a high rise jean for some time (a skinny high rise). But how on earth have these skinnies fill up our jean rails for the last decade + ? Not a glimmer of hope or a bat of an eyelid for any other style. A much needed change of jean silhouette was needed, and what better way to bring the denim back to life with the best authentic, lived in real jean look that the likes of Levi’s, gave everyone back in the 70’s, a real bum, and a longer leg. Be it cropped or full length you absolutely have to get real again and get your non stretch, hard wearing, straight leg, high waisted jean on!
Whilst sussing out some perfect pics to get you all onboard I came across two articles that I found highly entertaining and thought I would share a snippet of both. I have to say if you read the full article by Man Repeller, she doesn’t instil much confidence as far as the comfort levels go but believe me, mine are oh so comfy, and whilst the eating factor is absolutely true, if I eat a little I find myself with this little kangaroo type pouch between my button and my “you know what”. Regardless, Im in love!
Man Repeller wrote:
“There is nothing more enticing than the prospect of encasing my loin fruits in a suction cup of denim that fastens right below the ribcage. I pull the 11-inch zipper up slowly, relishing in the compact delight of two halves of this delicious Levi’s sandwich becoming one, circling my torso in a perfectly sized love lock. I look in the mirror. A hologram of Ryan Gosling dips a finger in the blood of my enemies and writes on the glass, “Hey girl, did you swap butts with a young Brooke Shields or are you just wearing your favorite high-waist jeans?”
“Rigid, 100 per cent cotton denim jeans – the original androgynous utility staple – have been overlooked during the decade-long rise of stretchy, spray-on skinnies. How did these clingy, wafer-thin, denim-ish imposters, which are not actually jeans, achieve world domination? They fed our weakest desires for a teenage sort of comfort and provided the illusion of a lean figure, instantly. Somehow it had become acceptable to wear a pair of mock-denim leggings with belt loops and fake rips at the knees outside the house for the sake of that streamlined silhouette. Impatience also played a part.”
Shop the High Waisted Jean
And if you can’t be forced into it all that just yet, I always swear by the high rise Jamie Jean, if you’ve been a client of mine you would of almost certainly have bought a pair on a shop!
A few weeks ago you may have read my post on a capsule wardrobe. I had mentioned that I would be testing out a small wardrobe myself by selecting a maximum of 15 items, and only wear those 15 by mixing and matching. Unfortunately due to the unpredictable climate that I live in, this didn’t work too well as I selected my 15 for the season we were in but our temps ranged from 16 to 31 degrees within a week! So I cheated by then pulling in a few winter woolies and swapping out light weight pants for warmer jeans, but having been trialling it here and there since, where I can, I have definitely found my ideal colour palette (I think I knew this all along but having been conscious of it has just reaffirmed what I always knew). Knowing your palette is probably one of the first steps to a capsule wardrobe as everything needs to be able to mix and match. Then on top of these basic items (or some of them may not be that basic, but statement) still falling within the palette. You will then have your velvet skirt, sequinned top, camo jacket, leopard print heels etc to add the fun and interest to your outfits. Sometimes you may add trend items but statement pieces aren’t necessarily always trend items. A sequin top for example is a statement piece but you can keep if for years and wear it season after season without it dating. An example of a trend now would be an off the shoulder dress, or a ruffled wrap canary yellow skirt. Trends will come and go, you will adjust your wardrobe every season to chuck out the dated or overused shoe, bring in the floral tea dress, the canary yellow skirt etc, but the base of your wardrobe will remain the same. The denim shirt, the striped t-shirt, the grey jumper will always remain (until they grow balls and develop holes 😉 )
I favour blues, whites and grey’s. I definitely wear a few shades of green, sometimes black, pinks and creams or beiges but mainly stick to my palette of blues and whites.
Here are a couple of links to some seasonal items that you would bring in as your statement or interesting items, but that would not date too fast from one season to the next and further below some inspirational pics of what basic outfits from a staple wardrobe look like and wouldn’t change too much from one year to the next.
If your’e next in line to walk down the aisle I would count yourself lucky (when it comes to the dress department). Never has there been such a wonderful array of dresses on offer from the high street. Brides on a budget have so much choice from an ever expanding bridal collection, from Topshop to Whistles, to ASOS to name only a few, you actually wonder why even those NOT on a budget would bother spending large sums of money, that is how good the options are! I have narrowed down some of my favourites (which may not be yours) but hopefully a link may open the door to your perfect dress minus the hefty price tag….
To me the fabric used to make this dress is absolutely everything, the most delicate lace that has a small foil print all over is so intricate and different. For the unconventional bride! I also think this style would suit a small bust because of the low neckline and wrap style front. Shop here
This elegant dress is a combination of romance and simplicity and would in my opinion take everyones breath away. Perhaps for the slightly taller silhouette having the empire line. Or maybe even a the perfect style for a bride who’s expecting 😉 Shop here
Having a vintage wedding? This little beauty couldn’t be a better fit for the more casual bride, one of the prettiest dresses I’ve seen. Shop here
A structured embellished gown in the most flattering style to suit any figure. Shop here
This beautifully elegant gown is modern but timeless, with its bardot style top and beautifully shaped silhouette gives it a simplicity that will never date. Shop here
Looking at all these beauties wishes I could pick my dress all over again!