Silk

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 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.

Shop boots here

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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.

Shop Earrings Here

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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.

Shop bag here

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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.

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Shop bags here

 

And now for the professional pictures to give you much improved visuals of how to do silk.

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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!

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LINEN: All you need to know!

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

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Jackets to get you through Spring, Autumn & Winter

There are so many reasons to invest in jackets for your wardrobe.  Jackets like these are so good because they can be thrown over something light, something slightly warmer or worn under larger and thicker coats.  The jacket is a fast way to update your outfit or create interesting layers.  I personally love wearing a leather or smaller blazer under a coat when it’s bitterly cold and in doing so it opens up the option of taking your coat off and feeling more comfortable with just a jacket on whilst keeping the chill at bay.

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The Military Blazer here
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Leather Biker Jacket here
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Quilted Bomber here

 

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Gingham Check Jacket here

The leopard print faux fur does not exactly fall into the smaller jacket category but I thought I’d add it to this line up as it sure is versatile, brightens up any dull wardrobe and will be around for many years jazzing up your outfits.

 

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Faux Fur Coat here

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Statement Sleeves that wont land in your cereal bowl..

I do love the statement sleeves but there are so many that really look like all they are good for is an Instagram pic.  Here Im bringing you the statement without the stress. You will get the wow sleeve factor, whether it’s full, frilled or bows, but you can still eat your lunch without the stress of wondering what your sleeves might be dipping into.

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Happy Weekend to you all

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Tuesday Talk…

Having skimmed through some of the AW17 NYC & London shows its clear to see that colour colour and more colour is everywhere.  There is no real trend happening just that different fabrics from velvet, tulle, silk and lace to metallics, embellishment and prints,  and styles from decades past are all on the horizon.  I think it would be pretty accurate to say just about anything goes really. And I think that’s wonderful as that is what fashion is all about, from that, individuals can create their own styles.

One trend I am talking about today is Gingham! I do love a bit of gingham but at the same time I feel one needs to tread carefully when choosing to dress in gingham, lets remember gingham has dressed many a tea table and jam jar for decades. If the incorrect garment is chosen and styled badly then you’re not going to be doing this trend or yourself justice.  My high street hits below.

Gingham blouse with tie sleeves here

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If you know the styles I go for as often as possible you will know this style ticks all boxes, floaty, full sleeves, great length and such a cute fabric to match although it’s not a cute dress, I feel the style of the dress really balances out the fabric ensuring its not too girly. Especially worn with a pair of converse 😉 Buy here

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This shirt is great for dress up a pair of high waisted jeans and a blazer, love the ruffles in all the right places. Shop here

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This is a favourite, tried and tested I loved it on, I also felt its is such a versatile top, from wearing it with a pair of shorts to a pair of leather trousers in the evening, this top can really be casual or smart.  Shop here

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This doesn’t come cheap but this embellishment!!! Shop here

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If you’ve got a long torso, finding the right jumpsuit can be tricky, usually the Tall department is where you need to shop.  This Jumpsuit looks super cool and again could go from the office with heels and a blazer, straight to the beach with slides.  LOVE – shop here

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Styling your gingham..

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Well Tuesday Talk started yesterday and ended it this evening so I guess it’s happy hump day from me.

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