Sunday, 30 March 2014

Get in Loser, We're Going Shopping

Shirt - River Island, Trench - Rokit Vintage, Trousers - Topman, Sandals - Ask the Missus, Clutch - 3.1 Phillip Lim














As an extended Birthday treat, today I spent the day shopping with my housemate around East London. I wore the fantastic shirt she bought me for my birthday from River Island. The brush-stroke style painterly print really reminds me of the current season Kenzo collection, so it's no surprise that that is where I looked for inspiration for my outfit. I wanted to keep the outfit light and breezy as the weather was so warm today - a perfect day for wandering around London. I wore some navy silky suit trousers from Topman and my smart leather gladiator sandals. This was also the perfect opportunity to use my navy patent 3.1 Philip Lim clutch, as it matched the shirt and trousers perfectly! I felt the outfit needed something extra though, and while shopping I managed to find the most perfect vintage beige trench coat, for just £8! What a bargain. All in all, a lovely birthday weekend well spent.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Happy Birthday To Me

Trousers - Zara, Shirt - Topman, Coat - Topman, Harness - Topshop, Shoes - Office, Fedora - Topman














So today is my Birthday! And so its only fitting that I treat myself to a little something special. I decided upon these absolutely amazing linen trousers from Zara. With the skirt detailing, they remind me of the Yohji Yamamoto man skirt I was obsessed with just before Christmas. Such an amazing piece for the high street, so edgy! Inspired by Yohji, I kept the styling monochromatic and layered, teaming the trousers with a crisp white shirt and my faux fur collared coat. For some edgier detailing I wore my leather harness over the shirt and added an oh-so-on-trend pop of metallic in the form of my silver brogues. Finally, I topped the whole thing off with my trusty fedora. The weather has started to turn a bit sunnier, so I don't think I'll be wearing this outfit today, or if I do, I certainly won't need the wool overcoat! However, I am truly in love with the trousers, and will definitely find myself a birthday worthy outfit to wear them with!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bohemian Like You

Shirt - Sam Greenberg Vintage, Gilet - Topman, Jeans - Topman, Fedora - Topman, Necklace - Topshop, Boots - Aldo, Bootstraps - Topshop









Last weekend I spent my whole Sunday vintage shopping. First I went to the east end thrift store for their regular £1 vintage sale. Normally I get quite a few good items of clothing from this, but unfortunately I was out of luck this time - I think all the good menswear pieces must have gone on the Saturday this time. My friends, however, managed to get themselves a fair few things - check out what they got and how they styled them on their blogs 'Hackney Rose' and 'Call Me Names'. After the £1 sale, I then went to a classic car vintage carboot sale on the Southbank. So I decided I needed to have a vintage vibe to my outfit, and I'd wanted to do a second post with this shirt ever since the pastel look I posted previously. I went for a more 70's, bohemian style, layering my trusty leather gilet over the shirt. I kept my accessories black and dark, with tough metal detailing, but kept the look light with a light acid wash jean. I wish I could live the truly bohemian lifestyle, shopping in vintage markets all the time!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Shine Bright

From Left to Right: Zara, Creative Recreation, 3.1.Phillip Lim, Acne, American Apparel, Dr Martens

I have been described by some in the past as a magpie - I've always got an eye for something shiny, so it's no wonder I'm really into the whole metallic trend that's happening at the moment. Vivienne Westwood, Calvin Klein and MSGM all showed metallics on the catwalk recently, and so it's no wonder that metallics are already popping up on the high street. It is, however, one of those trends that can very easily be done wrong. I don't for one second suggest combining all of the above in one outfit, unless your aim it to look like a fancy dress space man or roll of tin foil. Instead I suggest pairing one key metallic piece into a plainer outfit for a simple pop of sparkle. It's also important to consider the colour of the metallic piece, because harsh metallic colours can end up looking cheap and tacky (like this gold gilet by Topman Design). Above are a few of my favourite metallic menswear pieces at the moment. I'm not normally a trainer fan, but I was really drawn to the gorgeous metallic copper of the Creative Recreation high tops, available at asos.com. The acne trousers would make an excellent statement piece paired with a plain black roll neck, or an over-sized tee for a more casual look. Metallic doesn't necessarily mean Silver, Gold or Copper too, check out the stunning teal metallic leather of the Phillip Lim jacket, and the American Apparel jumper has literally all the colours of the rainbow running through it's metallic threads!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Zip It Black - Part 2

Jumper - Topman, Tunic - River Island, Shorts - Rabbithole London, Meggins - Rabbithole London, Socks - H&M, Creepers - Underground, Clutch - Zara














For my second post featuring Zips I decided to go for a more androgynous look. The River Island 'tunic' is actually a dress. It has zips down each side and can be transformed from a dress to a tunic top. I saw my housemate come home one day wearing it and I knew I needed to blog about it! I felt this was the perfect piece to layer over my sheer yoke jumper, and I continued the layering with my PU shorts and meggins from Rabbithole London. For me, this is the perfect amount of androgyny - although I'm technically wearing a dress, the look still looks masculine. I finished the outfit with my favourite creepers (can you tell they are my favourite yet?!) and old faithful studded Zara clutch.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Zip It Black - Part 1

Sweater - Boohoo.com, Gilet - Topman, Jeans - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Boots - Aldo, Chain - Topshop








Black on black is always a strong menswear trend, so easy and chic to wear. Another major trend at the moment is Zip detailing, and there are so many pieces on the high street at the moment getting the zip detail spot on. Inspired by the likes of Preen, Phillip Lim and Acne, I decided to do a two part post that combines both of these trends. For my first part I have gone for a tougher, casual approach. The key piece of the outfit is the fantastic Zip Sleeve sweat from Boohoo.com. I like how you can half unzip the sleeves to show a bit of flesh. So as not to cover this up, but still include a bit of layering, I threw on my leather gilet. Continuing with zipped up theme, I wore the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jeans I purchased from the sample sale I went to, that I had to customize with zips so that I could get them over my feet! My chunky black boots keep the look tough. Keep an eye out for my second post, that will be a more androgynous take on the trends.