Tuesday, 18 November 2014
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Sunday, 16 November 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
01. Base Layers
Keep your base layers lightweight. I usually try to keep my base layers as loose and light as possible, adding thicker layers as I go. Perhaps most importantly, this ensures that the finished look doesn't appear 'bulky' or seem uncomfortable. Like most of my wardrobe I prefer to find base layer pieces, like this chambray shirt, at H&M.
02. Colour Palette
For me this translates easily into 'break up black'. Longer shirts teamed under shorter body knits like this turtleneck from Les Chat Perches provide good grounds to add some detail to the outfit. Whilst for some this may include incorporating print or colour, I stick to what I know with simple, muted tones.
03. Play With Shapes
My boyfriend should have known when he left this Fred Perry bomber in my possession it would be henceforth claimed mine forever more. If you're looking to play with shapes and silhouettes don't be shy of entering the menswear department every now and again. It's easy to team an exaggerated oversized fit with a simple pair of jeans from day-to-day but if you're feeling particularly repellent, release the wide leg culottes and embrace ankle liberation.
04. Mix Textures
Perhaps my favourite texture contest as evidenced here include big chunky knits and a more refined, loose trouser. It's this contrast of hard vs soft that works particularly well when layering. Pairing tougher materials including leather and denim against accents of delicate fabrics including silk or lace adds depth to an outfit without being brash.
05. Adding Accessories
Okay, maybe I'm ignoring the elephant in the room here which is this giant fucking scarf from H&M. A little out of character for me but I've wanted something similar since I first lay my very tired eyes on the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 offering (remember?). Some things are completely unexplainable and my admiration for this sort of gross skunk like piece is just that. Regardless, if you're not into looking like roadkill (why not?) you can always opt for blanket style scarves.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Sunday, 2 November 2014
look 01 / lola-may blazer and trousers*, paul hewitt watch*, adidas stan smith trainers.
look 02 / lola-may trousers*, zara boots (similar) and jumper (similar), paul hewitt watch*.
look 03 / lola-may blazer*, missguided jumper*, monki trousers, primark heels (similar), paul hewitt watch*.
01. All Together
A suit and some trainers, the commuters dream. It's a rare occasion recently that these Adidas Stan Smiths have been seen off my feet but I knew they'd be the perfect pairing for putting pinstripe together. Adding a pair of crisp white trainers against more traditional tailored menswear pieces adds both contrast and comfort to an outfit whilst avoiding any negative initial pinstripe preconceptions. Anything Pheobe Philo would do, I have time for too.
02. Dressed Down
If you're not ready to wholly embrace the pinstripe into your wardrobe then trousers are the easiest place to start. It's extremely easy to get stuck in a 'jean rut' so swap denim for a tailored trouser from time to time to change it up. A print on the bottom means not much more work is required on the top which so this surprisingly versatile piece is good to go with block coloured big knits or slouchy shirts.
03. Dressed Up
High neck knits and loose trousers call for a tailored finish from this pinstripe blazer. This is a relatively easy 'day-to-night' piece that translates well in most wardrobes. Keep it simple by adding a pair of heeled pointed toes to refine a loose silhouette and add jewellery where necessary.