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Westfield’s AW11 style challenge: The heritage trend

5 Oct

Recently, I popped over to Westfield to do some hardcore retail therapy. No really, it was hard work not just a jolly! Let me explain. Their AW11 campaign is based on five key trends for this season: sequins, mod, heritage, faux fur and coats. I’ve got to admit, it can be a little daunting to go to Westfield with a specific item or trend in mind, the choice of stores is a little overwhelming and they all have their own trends going on. On the upside though, if you can’t find what you’re looking in Westfield then it probably doesn’t exist anywhere! To tie in with their offline campaign, they bought in four  bloggers including yours truly to take each trend and shop it til we drop! I had a choice of sequins or heritage, sequins was the obvious choice given that I’m a fashion magpie so I chose heritage to give myself a bit of a challenge. 

Elements of the heritage trend have been around for a few seasons now; think Hunter wellies, cable knits, riding boots, tartan and tweed. Tartan always features at Vivienne Westwood and iconic British fashion houses Daks, Burberry and Mulberry are the epitome of heritage. An entire heritage look can be a little much but it’s easy to give a nod to the look without going OTT, autumnal colours like mustard yellow, forest green, deep blues and rusty browns give a hint of heritage to an outfit, as well as faux fur and thick wool. You can also accessorise with a pretty brooch or plaid scarf with a knee length skirt and pussy-bow blouse. Easy peasy.

With about an hour and a half to go, I headed straight to Topshop which turned out to be heritage heaven. I wanted to go for a more subtle take on the trend and was in my element with burgundy wide leg trousers, chunky cable knit cardis, quilted coats and an abundance of heritage colours. 

This faux fur collared, oversized rust coloured boyfriend coat
is an unassuming piece which epitomises and it formed the basis of my outfit.
Everything I paired it with automatically looked heritage. I initially tried it
on with burgundy wide leg trousers but the colours were so similar it just didn’t
look right; the oversized jacket also didn’t work with the wide leg fit of the
trousers. I opted for a pair of blue tapered trousers, the jewel toned hue
worked well with the coat and they came with a camel coloured belt with equestrian-inspired
buckle details which lent itself well to the trend. 

Here’s a video of me shopping my trend! 


The skinny on wide leg trousers

3 Mar
I remember the dawn of the skinny era, there was one prevalent emotion – fear. The shape was a huge departure from the previous trouser shape du jour, the flattering bootcut. Skinnys were radical and it took a little coaxing for people to warm up to them. For me, the skinny hallelujah moment came when I spied a pair of Sass & Bide’s iconic frayed misfits in their store in Sydney. After shimmying into them, I felt like a newer, sexier, more kick ass version of myself. What’s not to love about that?! Fast forward a couple of years and skinny trousers, jeans and even the dreaded jeggings are a wardrobe staple. For the record, please note that I’d rather go out without any trousers on at all than wear the latter.

For a couple of seasons now, the easy, breezy flares/wide legs/palazzo pants have tried to topple the skinny style crown, to no avail. But this season the tide is turning. The SS11 catwalks were full of an assortment of wide leg shapes flattering enough to tempt even the most devoted skinny lover.

Aren’t they beautiful? This season is about channeling the laidback 70s silhouette, the new trouser shape is so effortless, long and languid. Unfortunately, the high-street hasn’t quite caught up and it was a bit of a struggle to find nice wide leg trousers. Asos and Zara were definite winners though. I can’t wait to wear palazzo pants with platforms and a blouse!
Zara culottes – £69.99

Autumn/Winter trend – Classic Camel

6 Oct

Like most of you, I’m a street style addict. Sometimes it inspires me much more than shows, editorials and campaigns put together. There’s just something a lot more real and tangible about seeing real people wear things their way. If any of you have seen my sporadic outfit posts or seen me in person, you will know that I’m very much in the ‘more is more’ camp especially when it comes to jewellery and I don’t really do classic pieces. However, I feel like doing an about turn just for a change. I’ve stopped piling on the jewellery and it’s quite liberating, not to mention makes writing up posts a hell of a lot easier! I already love navy for winter and I’ve been inspired to dabble in camel because of these amazing looks caqptured by Face Hunter

I love the gorgeous fluffy texture of this jumper, the oversize er size and how it’s been accessorised with animal print. Unusual but it works.

Maybe not appropriate for the current weather, but I still love this look. The cinched in paperbag waist, battered wedges and thrown on men’s tee make this look just effortlessly chic.

Here are my top picks from the high street: 

H&M Smock dress – £24.99

The Search for Longline Bras and Bralets

30 Jan
My post on Underwear as Outerwear has been niggling away at me. I have this sudden interest in bras which are too pretty/hot/interesting to be kept under covers. I managed to grab this one in pink in the Topshop sale, and have worn it a couple of times, mostly under lace tops or low cut tshirts. 

It’s really, really hard to find bras which you can wear out of the house without fear of getting arrested. Topshop have a little selection and there are a couple of viable options from the Sonia Rykiel for H&M collection, but I’ve fallen head over heels for the Alexander Wang bralet.

* Source, Alexander Wang