Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Double Duty

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Aris Clothing “High Neck Cut Out Top”, Christopher Esber Skirt, APC half moon bag, Lacoste Sneakers, Triwa Watch and bracelet, Natasha Schweitzer earring

When I shop, the first thing I look for in an item is versatility.  If it cannot be easily mixed and matched with my existing wardrobe and cannot be worn in multiple situations, then it will more than likely be left in the store.

Which is why I love discovering new labels whose purpose is to deliver versatile clothing that transitions seamlessly from work to the weekend.  Aris Clothing is a perfect example – they design beautiful, quality pieces that are minimal but with a twist.  I’m wearing the “High Neck Cut Out Top” a simple design made interesting thanks to the neck detail.  By pairing this top with a mini skirt and sneakers it’s an easy weekend look.  Styling this top for work is a no brainer- simply add a high waist pencil skirt , blazer and a pair of pumps.

Buy less, buy smarter and you’ll never be left staring at a wardrobe full of clothes with “nothing to wear”.

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The next neck obsession

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66 The Label Scarf, MCQ blazer, J Brand Selena crop  jeans, Ego boots,  Mejuri ring 

With off shoulder styles dominating, and all that exposed décolletage it was no wonder that neck accessories simultaneously became one of the breakout trends. We have been adorning our necks with cotton bandannas, skinny scarves, chokers and millions of delicate layered necklaces.  But what should we be looking to next? The answer is the silk neck scarf, preferably in a paisley print (a la Ellery). Whilst not ground breaking (the silk scarf is really a classic item), it is a versatile piece that can be worn around the neck, wrist , or your bag, and importantly feels like a dream on your neck.

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How to extend your wardrobe for all seasons

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 Staple the Label dress, Ellery top (layered underneath), All Saints Live leather Jacket, Acne boots

With one more month of winter to go, it may be a bit early to break out those spring/summer dresses or purchase those new beautiful spring clothes appearing in shops.  Or is it?

Rather than impatiently waiting for warmer temperatures, why not get creative with your wardrobe and play with layers to extend the life of your wardrobe? Layering is such an effective styling technique to add interest to an outfit and also re-invigorate items which may have been relegated to the back of your closet (case in point- the zara cami worn in my previous post had been sitting in my wardrobe for a good year and half until it dawned on me to layer!)

One of the simplest tricks to wear dresses in cooler temperatures is to layer long sleeves under them. Whilst the no brainer option is to use a simple long sleeve tee, why not use something more unexpected and interesting? Shapes are quite dramatic at the moment, with flares currently trending. I’ve decided to use this as inspiration and layer this Staple the Label dress over an oversized flared shirt for a different spin on the ordinary.

Whilst I was lucky to get away with ankle boots as it was a relatively mild winter’s day (20 degrees celcius), if it is a cooler, use over the knee boots for warmth without sacrificing style. Top it off with a leather jacket for edge and you’ve successfully styled a summer dress for winter!