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Break the Rules – Don’t Limit Yourself to Only the Womenswear Department

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It’s a bit of a standing joke that I’m so short that I can fit in children’s clothes. I no longer have my beloved grey kilt style school skirt but I know if I did I could just about still squeeze my child-bearing hips into it.  There are tangible benefits to being able to fit into children’s clothes at times.  They are cheaper.  Not just due to less fabric but there is also no VAT on children’s apparel.  Generally if you can fit into clothes made for a ten-year old you will inevitably also have small feet – added benefit of buying children’s shoes.  Well OK maybe not shoes, but you’ll save about a tenner on your converse high tops. Buy Large or age 12 boys T-shirts for the perfect fit. 

Best places to buy Childrenswear: Gap, Adidas. Great for boys T-shirts, shirts.  Try M&S for pretty cardigans and good boys shorts.

 I don’t know about you but I would geniunely wear every piece!

 

Don’t dismiss the menswear department either.  Throw a men’s shirt over a floral summer dress or team a mens blazer with some short city shorts and your favourite brogues for a relaxed work look. Leave head to toe menswear to Agnes Deyn and make sure you mix with some girly pieces, even if just a sheer blouse or some feminine jewellery.

Best places to buy Menswear: American Apparel, Gap for basic over sized shirts and sweats.  H&M and Levi’s mens jeans are always a great fit even on women.

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June 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

10 Easy Pieces to Bring You into the New Season

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OK, You want to update your tired black/grey/navy Winter wardrobe ready for Spring but haven’t got an unlimited budget? Let’s face it, not many of us have.  The secret is to carefully select key items to integrate in to the rest of your wardrobe and hunt down good high street versions.  I’ve put together a little collection of my top 10 runway inspired pieces to bring you bang up to date without leaving you penniless.  Not all of them are classics I know – a couple are pure indulgence pieces (Leather shorts spring to mind) but they should all see you through the summer and even to mix them with your Autumn clothes come October.  Some may even last years and become your new favourites, who knows…

No. 1

The party dress – Go all out innocent in ‘I’m so sweet’ Candy Cane pastels and ruffles galore. Where to buy on the high street: French Connection, Miss Selfridge

No. 2

The bra top – I know, I know it seems ridiculous for adults. More boudoir than madonna though.  Wear under a sheer blouse of the same colour. Where to buy on the high street: Urban Outfitters, Topshop

No. 3

Day dress -Denim Pinafore – Parisian chic made easy when teamed with Stripes and flats. Where to buy on the high street: French Connection, Secondhand stores

 

No. 4

Utility trousers – this is how to do military for 2010. Keep it casual but clean and wear with Tan leather accessories. Where to but on the high street: Gap, Warehouse

No. 5

Leather shorts – Short, black, acres of sun-kissed leg.  Enough said, Where to buy on the high street: Zara, Asos

No. 6

Nude Shoes – make your clothes the main event with a nude shoe.  Adds a sophisticated touch to the simplest of outfits: Office, LK Bennett

No. 7

The Satchel – Been coming around for a couple of seasons now but always a classic.  Goes with everything as it’s professional enough to hold your netbook for work yet looks great with jeans at the weekend. Where to buy on the high street: Urban Outfitters, Clarks

No. 8

Dotty Top – If you fancy a change from the Breton stripe maybe it’s time to go spotty. Where to buy on the high street: Dorothy Perkins, Next

No. 9

The suit everyone Jean

Where to buy on the high street: Gap, Levi

No. 10

A flippy skirt – this is wear you can easily be bold with colour and pattern without looking over the top.  Just tone down with neutrals or a simple white vest. Where to buy on the high street: Reiss, American Apparel

I hope you’ve enjoyed and it’s given you some inspiration…

A Day in Double Denim

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It took some nerve. Yesterday, I spent the full day in Double Denim.  Gap denim shirt and Topshop dark skinny cropped jeans were chosen as an updated version of the original jacket and jeans combo.  And the reaction was divided to say the least.

First part of the day was to brave ‘Dress down Friday’ at work.  As predicted, I got a lot of  ‘Yee Ha Cowgirl’…. Original.  Other comments included; ‘unique’ (polite way to say weird?) and one colleague declared that this look was’ not for beginners’.  Maybe the brogues didn’t help, but this definitely felt quite a masculine look – and that from someone whom 20% of their wardrobe is menswear.

On deciding to venture out after work for a drink in my head to toe denim, I exchanged my black brogues for some tan loafers and threw on a blazer.  Comments during the evening were much kinder than those I had experienced so far.  Girls seemed to really like the denim shirt, so much so, three asked me where I had bought it from while I was retouching my mascara in the ladies.

Most were in agreement that while denim was well and truly back to stay, it is much more accessible worn in just one piece. I have to agree.  The Gap denim shirt was a complete success. I’m already unsure how I ever lived without it and can’t wait to throw it over a floral playsuit come spring.

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February 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm