Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Monday, 29 December 2008
Oh it's that time of year again, when women start wrestling each other in the name of heavily discounted fashion.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
I find these features, especially in credit crunch times, both exciting and also very depressing. Being told lace is now out cuts to the quick when you have just days ago spent £60 on a lace edged shift dress.
However, they can bring some delight... for example, the obi belt will be big next year. Oooh, I already own a black leather obi belt.
For academic reasons I have picked a particular 'buy/chuck out' feature from weekly shopping bible Look magazine and decided to rip the baby apart with my own opinions.
80's bodycon - I sooo want a bandage dress.
Oriental Print - not really my thing.
Drop waisted - yuk!
Oil slick dresses - leather look works for me, very sexy.
One shouldered - who apart from very thin women can get away with such a thing?
Bow details - awwww!
Animal print - always love the animal print
Sheer shirts - I would say would work very well with a pussy bow but apparently they are out.
Western Fringed - yuk yuk yuk.
Pleated - very cute and have already got one, yay!
High-waisted Pencil - Always looks good to me!
Graphic florals - yuk.
Playsuits - Would work on my skinny housemate, not on me.
Wide leg - already got two, very flattering.
Silk - on trousers?
Sporty jackets - no way.
Kimono - only as a sexy dressing gown.
Power shoulders - the eighties revival gone too far.
Faux skin bags - loooooove faux crocodile skins on bags, lovely, lovely, lovely.
big earrings - Don't suit my hairstyle.
Pearls - been a big fan of the Chanel look for a long time.
Sporty bags - Would only ever use on the way to the gym.
40's - Nooooo! but it really suits me!
Tartan - Honestly, I think the Vivienne Westwood thing has a lot more milage.
Smock - Never suited me anyway.
Ruffles - Nooooo, I love my ruffled dress!
Embellishment - Was never into that anyway.
Applique - Phew, thought it looked naff.
Gothic - If Daisy Lowe continues this look, the look will continue.
Tiered - but no, it's so cute, I loved my tiered sailor dress!
Netted - Too old for netted anyway.
Ditsy florals - But if it's good enough for Alexa?
Boiler suits - surely this is just a long version of the playsuit?
Skinny - rubbish, long may the skinny jean continue.
Leather - not if the tube is anything to go by.
Military - this upsets my military styled housemate immensely.
Cropped - bog off, I love my little cropped jacket.
Biker - this look is never going to go out, no matter what a mag says.
Metallics - This will be back next christmas party season.
Corsages - No, the Carrie Bradshaw in me will never die!
Studded belts - well chavvy look anyway. I agree, so over.
Pendants - No, no no!
Structured bags - I am actually having a tantrum now.
As all fashion savvy ladies know, it is always good to keep abreast of the upcoming fashions and an easy to follow pictorial guide is always useful.
But the only reasons you should ever chuck out clothing are a) because it no longer fits, b) it's so old it's falling apart and can no longer be fixed. c) it doesn't make you feel good when you wear it anymore.
True style is about being yourself. Trendsetters never care about what is in or out, they make a look all of their own. So I will keep my 'out' clothes and wear them with pride. Because a) I love them and b) don't have the cash to keep replacing my clothes.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
As much as I want to be the next Kate Moss and wear the divine all over lace mini dress creation from Oasis featured below, sadly my body shape, not to mention my bank balance, can't quite hack it. At £100 and generally crafted for skinny women, all this twenties style flapper dress does for me is make me look like a sack of very poor potatoes.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Friday, 12 December 2008
I don't know about other women out there. But does anyone else feel terribly annoyed/depressed when they read 'credit crunch' or 'budget' features which include clothes that are generally at the expensive end of their budget?
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Hip-length faux fur coats can work on the ultra prim and the ultra skinny. They must have a high neck and a button on the collar. But I am neither ultra prim or ultra skinny, in fact I don't know many women who are, so I'm simply not interested.
But the knee-length faux fur coat, now that works. And in so many ways. It doesn't matter on the colour; white, brown, leopard print... They all have their place.
A luscious fluffy coat open to reveal a tiny sparkly dress underneath will make quite an impact. And they are becoming very affordable on the high street. I saw one for just 80 quid from Miss Selfridge.
Even so, it's like the ultimate in luxury. Big hair, big make up, just big and out there. Bare legs and big big heels are also a must. If you're going to make the style statement of wearing a fur coat, you have to go all out.
Never do your fur coat up, for a start, all that fluff is just going to make you look fat. But mainly, fur coats are all about unnecessary wealth. They are not meant to actually keep you warm. A fur coat done up with blue jeans? So chavvy.
As are the fur coats in H&M, which are essentially fluffy bomber jackets. So nineties, so hilarious for my mum and sister when I tried one on with a leather mini skirt. The word hooker was used.
If you are going to try and rock out your fur coat, it again has to be knee-length and go for leather trousers rather than a leather skirt. Black skinny jeans with big buckled boots also works - Kurt Geiger have a fantastic pair, but at £220, I'm hunting for a high street alternative.
Another addition which always suits a fur coat, a gold necklace.
I adore the new fascination with gold necklaces, especially the Heartfelt range at Urban Outfitters, including a beautiful and unique adaptation of the locket.
I snapped up the 'envelope' necklace immediately (or the 'I Love U Tiny Locket' as the shop calls it). A tiny little gold envelope perched daintily at the bottom of a gold chain. You can open this envelope to reveal a tiny little plaque that reads 'I love you' in italics. How unbelievably sweet?! I don't care that surely a man should buy this necklace for me. I love me and that is quite simply enough to shell out £14.
Never one to be beaten, Accessorise have some beautiful gold necklaces, including Eiffel tower and anchor pendants at very reasonable prices.
In fact, I may pay them a visit and buy the lot... what's that noise? Oh, my bank manager is wailing again.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
After buying an exquisite pair of pink T-bar style forties stiletto heels, I've fallen back in love with the colour pink.
As a teenager, I adored all things pink. Especially if they had cherries on them.
But then I grew up and got a job. My colour of choice became flame red - to suit my new grown up sexually dominant personality (that's what I like to tell myself anyway.)
A male friend was once very surprised when I told him I didn't own a pair of pink shoes, despite owning at least five red pairs. But at the time I told him pink was 'out.' I wasn't in the mindset for lovey dovey pink. I was all about world domination.
But these shoes, oh, the shoes. With a red sole but the beautiful faded pink leather and cutesy bow they perfectly mesh my inner girlieness with my grown up self. For the first time in months I found myself pulling out my very sweet pink gingham underwear set. Lacy balconette bra, little lacy shorts. People, this is as sweet as sexy goes. It's like Little House on the Prairie for hot people. (Especially if added with above mentioned heels and red lipstick.)
I'm a girl falling in love again, I'm 13 going on 30... loving the pink.
Maybe Katy Perry is to blame for the new apparent obsession with a more girlie way of dressing, her 1950's style is so sweet you could vomit on her cherry flavoured chapstick. She's all about the glitter, cute motifs and pin curled hair.
And the shops are certainly copying her vibe. As proof, Faith has a pair of peep toe courts, entirely covered in cherry print. What to make of this? Are we to be confronted with a parade of retro throwbacks come Spring?
Don't get me wrong - I love the retro. I love the seamed tights and the red lipstick and the pink shoes. I love the waist cinching and the big bosoms. However, despite my current love affair with pink and kitsh, I'm not sure I can quite go the whole way. I'm too old and too much of a feminist. I prefer to look like a woman with a bit of edge than a pretty little girl.
So how to do the pink loving without being too sickly sweet? How do we combine the loved up girl with the tough-talking, boardroom-owning woman? Obviously the shoes do it well. Another example is my newly acquired pink checked shirt from River Island.
This I believe, is not all sweetness and light. This shirt, despite it's cute little ruffles and randomly placed sequins, can be punked up - thanks to it's low, low neckline, this shirt teamed with skin tight black jeans, and black Carrie Bradshaw Dior heels (If you've watched the film, you know what I'm talking about, if you haven't watched the film, you are so obviously lost in Blogland - get out of my site) is pure raucous, nasty sex on a stick. And yet it's still pink! And you can get away with wearing it down the local pub. Yay for overdressing.