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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

Stella McCartney: Bag or Fruit Bowl???

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Just flicking through the Lakeland catalogue (yes, I might pretend to be a fashionista but deep down I’m also a geek who enjoys a good kitchen utensil), and I stumble across this familiar looking fruit bowl.  I wonder if Stella McCartney really did take her inspiration from the kitchen for this bag.  I’d like to think so.

 

Bag by Stella McCartney

 

Fruit Bowl by Lakeland

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March 15, 2010 at 8:40 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…

Alice in Wonderland: Curious style

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Totally cannot wait for the release of Alice in Wonderland on Friday. The 1951 animated version was my favourite Disney picture as a child.  I would play it on a Sunday afternoon while my mom was in the kitchen baking the cupcakes I’d convinced her that I would make/cook/clean up from. I must have seen it in excess of 50 times.

Looking back I can’t help wondering if there are small influences of Alice’s look in my own wardrobe – classic black ‘Alice’ bands, white tights – well dove grey or cream, Mary Jane shoes.

And I’m not the only one by the looks of things. Disney Couture have released a new Alice jewellery collection which includes quirky pieces by Tom Binns like the ‘Drink Me’ pendant .  Stella McCartney has also created these gorgeous limited edition charm bracelets with Swarovski crystals.

Finally, the beauty industry has not escaped this film’s curious (sorry)  influence either. Urban Decay’s book of shadows is almost a works of art. My money is going on one these Alice sets for Paul & Joe.  Each one includes a Lipstick, Blotting papers and refill all in the cutest of tins…

Disney Couture jewellery available at Zentosa.com & asos.com

Dresses: Romantics

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I’m currently on the hunt for a suitable dress for my sister’s wedding party in April.  Shouldn’t be too difficult given the runways were awash with whites, nudes, pastels – or a pop of coral at Stella McCartney – all in deluxe knots, ruffles and drapes.

My budget will push me to make my purchase from the high street, but I can’t decide on my favourite from these for inspiration.  I wonder what my sis would have to say if I turned up in something like the Viktor & Rolf illusion?

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March 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm