Sunday, 23 February 2014

Highstreet Edit

Oh I wish I had an unlimited clothing allowance. I would always be seen wearing designer clothes. Until that day comes I shall continue to do my best to look designer in clothing from the highstreet. So with that in mind, here are the highstreet finds I'm lusting after at the moment. (And it's no co-incidence my birthday is only a month away *hinty hint hint*)

H&M  - Black Bomber Jacket, Coated Denim Shirt, Longline Cardigan, Camo Burnout Tee, Leather Biker Jacket
That coated denim shirt is amazing - it looks like leather but is far more comfortable and fitted than an actual faux leather shirt. I'm also loving longer length at the moment, and that cardigan would be perfect layered under a biker jacket for a slouchy, grungy look.

River Island - Navy Textured Inverted Collar Blazer, Black Sketchy Print Short Sleeve Shirt, Light Acid Wash Sid Stretch Skinny Jeans, Navy 2 in 1 Smart Biker Coat, Navy Monk Strap Round Toe Shoes, Light Wash Two Tone Denim Shirt
The biker coat reminds me of a Philip Lim one we had in work, and I love the navy and black combo. The sketchy print shirt is made from a gorgeously soft fabric, and would look great with a leather trouser and statement necklace.

Zara - Mesh Blazer, Poplin Shirt With Floral Embroidery, Lime Open-Knit Sweater, Poplin Longline Shirt, White Faux Leather Biker Jacket, Structured Open-work jumper
How cool is that mesh jacket?! It's made from a neoprene mesh, something that has popped up in so many designer collections of late. Yet another longer length item in the form of the Black poplin shirt, and the white biker is such a nice alternative to my usual black leather biker - and very Kenzo-esque

Topman - Black Knitted Laddered Jumper, Light Acid Washed Blue Ripped Stretch Skinny Jeans, Black Bandana Print Long Sleeve Shirt, Black Suede Biker Jacket, Monochrome Grid Checked Jumper, Black Biker Stretch Skinny Jeans
Last, but not least, Topman. I have far too many Topman clothes, but they keep making pieces I love! The bandana print shirt could easily be dressed up with a smart black blazer and clean jeans, or paired down with a beanie, slouchy vest and ripped denim jacket. Tartan is still a massive trend, and I love the sports-luxe edge of the monochrome jumper.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Pastel Makes Perfect - Part 2

Shirt - Sam Greenberg Vintage, Trousers - Topman, Brogues - Office, Necklace - Topshop

For my second Pastel post I have gone for a smarter look with bit of a 70's vibe. The pastel pink suit trousers were a steal in the Topman sale, and they are a really nice dusty pink - not too bright and girly. I knew I wanted to pair them with something that picked out the dusty pink colour, and so when I found this amazing paisley pastel shirt online I had to get it. Sam Greenberg vintage have a wonderful vintage fashion store on Asos Marketplace, I highly recommend you check it out. I finished the look with my silver brogues and a silver statement necklace. To make this more wearable for the day I would wear a bleached denim jacket or gilet with this look, but I decided for this post I would keep it smart and simple.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

London Fashion Week

Trousers - Gareth Pugh, Shirt - Topman, Blazer - (Customised) Topman, Creepers - Underground, Clutch - Zara

Ahhhhh I had such fun at LFW today! I went with my very good friends (and very gorgeous friends) Sinead, of and Charlotte (who has not yet started her blog, but totally needs to because she is a purple haired BEAUTY). While there we bumped into another good friend, Naomi from . It was so fantastic to see so many amazingly dressed people in one place, and even more fantastic getting photographed by some of these people - including iD. Yes thats right, I FRICKING D PHOTOGRAPHED ME. Having a total fan-boy moment about that one! Ha! Anyway, I wore the Gareth Pugh trousers that I splurged on during the Christmas sale. I knew when I bought them I needed to wear them for something special, and so London Fashion Week was the perfect opportunity to get those bad boys out. The weather at the moment is horrendous, but I knew that if I wore a coat I would lose all the detail from the back of the trousers, so I took a scissors and my sewing machine to an old blazer and cut the back out, allowing me to show off the detail of the trousers, while keeping myself slightly warmer than I would have been without it. I kept the rest of the outfit slick with a clean white shirt, pony hair black creepers and my studded Zara clutch. I wish every week was Fashion Week! Below are a couple of photos I found of us on Instagram.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Pastel Makes Perfect - Part 1

Shirt - East End Thrift Store, Jumper - Topman, Jeans - River Island, Brogues - Office

Pastels were a huge trend for Autumn/Winter, and they are set to carry on being a massive trend this spring summer too. For inspiration look to the collections of Burberry, Jil Sander and Lou Dalton. My first pastel post is a smart/casual look, perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon. I kept the look clean, my only accessory a statement shoe. And what a shoe. I am obsessed with these sliver metallic brogues. They are BEAUTIFUL, and perfectly compliment the soft pink of the jumper. I paired this with a clean white shirt and a dirty light wash jean - to give the look a bit more edge. My next post will be a smarter take on pastel menswear.

Monday, 10 February 2014

An Eye For An Eye

Jeans - Kenzo, Roll Neck Top - H&M, Coat - Topman, Necklace - Topshop, Clutch - Topman, Creepers - Underground

I love a bit of Kenzo, so when I managed to find these Kenzo eye print jeans on sale in work I knew I had to have them. The strong graphic is awesome, and even though these are part of the Autumn/Winter collection, they are an excellent transitional piece to take me through to Spring/Summer. As they are such a statement piece, I kept the rest of the outfit fairly plain, styling them with a plain black roll neck top and black wool over coat. I accessorized with black patent creepers and clutch, and a statement necklace that reflects the patterns in the jeans. Pairing a statement piece with all black keeps the look chic, and modern.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Designer Knock-offs

Top Row: Versus, Marcelo Burlon, J.W.Anderson for Topshop, Givenchy, Versace for H&M
Bottom Row: Choies

Don't get me wrong, everybody loves it when the highstreet produces a good designer 'inspired' piece at an affordable price, but it's one thing to be inspired by designers, it's completely another to be blatently ripping them off. Until recently, I had never heard of the brand Choies, but I saw it popping up on a few different blogs and thought I'd check it out. At first I thought it was pretty cool, some nice printed shirts and sweats, but then I started to find some pieces that looked far too familiar. I know many highstreet brands have found themselves in trouble for referencing a designer a bit too closely, so I am truly amazed that this website is still trading! As if the designer rip-offs weren't bad enough, I then found this........

Left: American Apparel, Right: Choies

This T-shirt is produced by American Apparel and 15% of the proceeds go towards GLAAD. GLAAD is an organsiation that amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. How much of the proceeds from the Choies version do you think goes towards a worthy cause?

Sunday, 2 February 2014

He Was a Skater Boy

Gilet - Hyena, T-shirt - Long Clothing, Dungarees - Topshop, Shirt - River Island, Beanie - Topman, Boots - Aldo, Leather Jacket - Topshop

The 90's grunge revival is back again, but this time it references the laid-back cool of the skaters. Skate wear has massively influenced the Spring/Summer collections and is a massive trend across both designer and highstreet fashion this season. I always enjoy rocking a grungier look on my days off, and I fell in love with this gilet by Hyena when I saw it in work. I think I have had this on mannequins more times than I can count! As soon as it went into sale I knew I had to have one. At a first glance it looks like it's covered in rock band cloth badges, but on closer inspection you can see it's actually the likes of Aaliyah, TLC and Madonna. Brilliant. Inspired by the gilet, I kept the look to monochrome and denim. Keeping true to the skaters I wore my dungarees with a flannel shirt tied around my waist. It's really cold at the moment, so to keep it practical I threw my leather jacket over the top. Now I can't get 'heaven is a halfpipe' out of my head.....