style / the new neutrals

Sunday, 14 December 2014

h&m jacket (similar), monki jumper, lavish alice trousers*, filling pieces trainers*.

Just a quick one today featuring a colour palette which has been clogging up my Tumblr feed recently.

style / wearable party wear

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

rare london jumpsuit*, missguided leather jacket (similar), adidas superstars ii.

It may come as no surprise that my first instinct when picking out this strapless jumpsuit was to dress it down. There's something charming about a party ready piece paired with scruffy trainers and ankle socks, right? Christmas and New Years may be approaching, and fast, but during the party season especially it's important to pick pieces that won't quickly become resigned to the depths of your wardrobe as you question, 'will I ever wear this?' As a casual convert on the never ending edit of a 'wearable wardrobe', making party wear functional is a challenge that I accept. Here are a few tips I've discovered along the way...

01. Find Your Feet
A change of footwear is key when it comes to dressing down party wear. Where I may choose to opt for trainers, a brogue or loafer has the same effect and can be worn alone or with a simple ankle sock.

02. Character Building
Whilst you may prefer the term 'well loved' worn in pieces work well whilst avoiding an 'overdressed' look. This Missguided jacket is my go to cover up and has almost merged itself into a second skin over time (which I'm sure you'd know if you follow me over on Instagram).

03. Base Layers
Layering lightweight items can add a new dimension to an outfit whilst shielding you from a chill or two. Layer turtleneck jerseys underneath sleeveless items like this Rare London Jumpsuit* or contrast textures by adding thicker knits on top.

style / winter whites

Sunday, 7 December 2014

h&m coat, h&m jumper, missguided trousers*, golden lane bag*, adidas superstar ii.

During my 2 years at college studying fashion, admittedly, I spent a lot of (read: considerably too much) time flicking through glossy magazines whilst scoffing over the occasional drab 'style rules' and uninspiring 'do's and don'ts' of everyday style. It was out of boredom I read them and out of exasperation I questioned whether anybody actually paid attention to them. Amidst some painful advice regarding horizontal stripes and some tips on how to co-ordinate accessories I came face-to-face with a warning for our American friends that, under no circumstance, must one ever 'wear white after labour day'. The concept that a colour had an annual 'best before date' perplexed me as did the thought of some poor sod somewhere concerned whether it was appropriate to wear an 'eggshell' shade blouse for fear of being shunned from society forever more. Well, no thank you. You're right, it may not be the most practical of colours but it's nothing that a 30° wash can't get out.

details / the two daniels

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

daniel wellington watch*, daniel footwear shoes*, monki trousers, rimmel soul session nail varnish.

It's time to welcome two timeless (pardon the pun) pieces to my wardrobe. Step forward Daniel Footwear and Daniel Wellington, my two new favourite men that my boyfriend needn't worry about. After the ladies counterpart served a hefty three year sentence on my wrist this menswear piece provides a sturdy alternative without swamping the wrist. I have a sneaky suspicion you may be seeing a lot of these two pieces in the future.

The team at Daniel Wellington have been kind enough to offer 15% off their full collection when you use the code 'iamcharlottemartin' at checkout up until November 30th.

style / introducing white dirt

Sunday, 16 November 2014

h&m jacket (similar), monki shirt, house of sunny trousers via white dirt*, adidas stan smiths, daniel wellington watch*.

Not long ago I was happy to be contacted by new Essex based brand, White Dirt. A fresh take on mixing minimal style and bold pieces White Dirt aim to offer 'approachable, affordable and admirable apparel, without the ego trip'. Perfect. Housing a curated blend of upcoming and established brands including House of Sunny, Cheap Monday and Illustrated People, White Dirt is definitely one to watch. You can visit White Dirt in-store at their Colchester boutique, online here or alternatively, see what they're up over on Twitter and Instagram.