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If Only: Outfit of the Day 26#

Today, I’m going for vintage (I blame my binge-reading #GIRLBOSS yesterday afternoon), and so a bit more imagination than usual will probably be required to see this outfit in quite the same way that I do. That’s the great thing about vintage; rarely does it appear before you, a bright, sparkling gem of a find. Usually, you have to be willing to painstakingly rake through every corner of every charity/thrift shop in town to find that diamond in the rough, and even then, it takes oodles of imagination to see what it could be, because in that moment, the sad little thing hanging limp in the hanger in your grip is nothing more than an ill fitting, tattered bit of rag. But once you’re smothered it in some TLC and added a personal touch, voila, you find yourself with a completely unique look, rather than simply being another fashionista in Topshop and Urban Outfitters (not that there is anything wrong with that either, of course).

PS. My use of the term ‘vintage’ is very lax… anything from the twentieth century is classed as vintage, in my opinion. Hell, anything pre-2010 is vintage, to me! Such as, you know.. these circa 1990s shorts…

Also, this is probably my most experimental outfit yet, and just goes to show that while this OOTD project started very much with myself in mind, sometimes my mind will stay into photo shoot territory, and I’ll find myself beginning my day by styling imaginary models. I find that it’s a great way to prepare myself for a day of fashion-driven productivity, like a morning exercise. But never, in all my years, have I ever pieced together plaid and tweed – or any outfit, for that matter, and thought, ‘you know what this needs? A sequined turtleneck. I can’t even stand the feel of a turtleneck’s high collar against the skin of my neck… my neck needs it’s space. I’m more surprised than anyone by today’s look… nevertheless, I love it.

5-sep

1. Beyond Retro Vintage Casual Shorts. £18. Available here.

2. Malene Birger Zio Sequined Turtleneck Top. £325. Available here.

3. Burberry Brit Plaid Cotton Shirt. £250. Available here.

4. River Island Black Metal Trim Platform Ankle Boots. £50. Available here.

5. Michael Michael Kors Jet Set Textured-Leather Tote in Burnt Orange. £220. Available here.

6. American Apparel Ribbed Modal Over-the-Knee Socks in Navy. £11. Available here.

7. My Flash Trash Dipped Amber Necklace. £15. Available here

8. Forever 21 Antiqued Faux Stone Ring Set. £2.50. Available here.

9. Forever 21 Stacked Midi Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

10. Forever 21 Etched Faux Stone Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

11. Dorothy Perkins Black Casual Skinny Belt. £4. Available here.

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AW14: How to wear… Folk Fairy Chic

You don’t have to look hard at this season’s runways to the heavily layered influences of folk and fairy tales. From romantically dark, Grimms brother-esque graphics to sheer, floating florals, woodland decals and Germanic prints, all __ atop a deep pallet of emeralds, navy’s, rubies and deep golds. This trend compliments the overruling trend of statement coats, capes and ponchos perfectly, combining to create a romantic, whimsical look which will send us all harking back to those childhood days of playing make-believe as our favourite fairy tale characters.

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

D&G

Dolce & Gabbana

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

etro

Etro

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Temperley London

Temperley London

valentino 1

Valentino

valentino 2

Valentino

Get the look…

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1. Traffic People. £100 £58. Available here. 2. Topshop. £55. Available here. 3. Topshop. £55. Available here. 4. Free People. £58. Available here. 5. ASOS. £38 £15. Available here.

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1. Mata Traders. $79.99 $55.99. Available here. 2. ModCloth. $59.99. Available here. 3. American Apparel. £12. Available here. 4. Mantaray. £29. Available here. 5. ASOS. £60 £30. Available here. 6. Topshop. £14.50. Available here. 7. My Flash Trash. £22.50. Available here. 8. River Island. £8. Available here. 9. River Island. £3. Available here.

To recreate this look this winter, opt for keeping warm with thick tights, rather than packing away your dresses and skirts; have you ever seen a fairy tale princess in trousers, after all? As the air chills, swap light, floating fabrics for thicker fabrics like velvet, wool or flannel; brocade, embroidery and gemstone shades are all in. Team with leather accessories, and keep yourself snug in a thigh-skimming cape. If you find one with a hood, even better, but if not, pinning a fur collar will complete the look.

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If you’re a fashion minimalist and so not a fan of the woodland-animal themed motifs and extravagant florals that have flocked to the runway, you can still inject some folk influences into your look. Stick with block colours as your base; such as this dress or this skirt and top combination, teamed with folk tale themed jewellery such as this or this and a laser-cut leather handbag, such as here or here. Keep yourself with a blanket cardigan such as this or this coat, while this scarf would look great tied in a bow around the handle of a leather tote. A cute pair of leather boots, and of course, don’t forget those thick winter tights (or socks, if you’re feel you can brave the icy winds), and your look is complete.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 10#

When I was at school, I used to worry about how depressing it must be to wear office attire – a limited variation between black, navy or grey, pinstriped or plain, suit trousers or pencil skirt. I was convinced that, if I ever found myself working in an office rather than living the dream as my own boss (*touch wood and hope that it’s a dream that I can continue forever*), how would I be able to find a reason to keep a smile on myself if I could not experiment? Yes, these were the sorts of things which concerned sixteen-year-old me, and yes, I got over it, partly because I learnt the joy of experimenting with business attire and finding ways to express myself through my wardrobe, while not looking inappropriate during meetings. Today I shall be speaking with stylists, designers, MUAs and hair stylists, brainstorming with them and we put together the first of my personal Sleeping Maidens project, and therefore while it’s not a serious work-related meeting, it will hopefully lead to some amazing opportunities, and so if I could raid any shop in the world, taking what I choose free-of-charge, I would choose something playful; a colourful bow tie and a bright, floral skirt.

20-Aug

1. Warehouse Floral Brushstroke Pencil Skirt. £30. Available here.

2. Nasty Gal Cut Class Top. £28.70. Available here.

3. Charlotte Olympia Kitty Embroidered Velvet Slippers. £365. Available here.

4. Zara Two-Tone Leather Tote in Yellow. £99.99. Available here.

5. American Apparel Sheer Patterned Socks.$12. Available here.

6. American Apparel Unisex Silk Bow Tie in ‘Gregory’. $36. Available here.

7. ASOS Fine Multi-Row Bead Necklace. £8. Available here.

8. Whistles Necter Pyramid Cord Bracelet. £20. Available here.

9. ASOS V Stacked Rings. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 4#

What sort of day is it today? An overcast one. Today’s outfit began with the gorgeous Zara skirt that I happened to stumble across while wandering through the realms of the internet. It’s so quirky and different and yet fits with all of the trends perfectly, and I love that. Lately (and by ‘lately’, I mean about a year) my ‘style’ has been to add a touch of the suggestive to my outfit; an extra flash of leg here, a visible lace bra under a low cut top, teamed with something modest, but glamorous, like a kimono. It’s all quite dark and moody really, isn’t it? Boho femme fatale?14-Aug

1. Zara Asymmetric sarong skirt. £39.99. Available here.

2. Topshop scuba plunging V body in white. £32. Available here.

3. Topshop triangle cup bra. £20. Available here.

4. River Island black floral fringe kimono. £40. Available here.

5. Chloe heeled leather oxfords. £772 £386. Available here.

6. Alexander Wang ‘The Rocco’ textured leather tote. £775. Available here.

7. Topshop big felt floppy hat in black. £28. Available here.

8. River Island mixed metal long necklace. £15. Available here.

9. American Apparel girly lace ankle socks in black. £10. Available here.

10. Guiseppe Zanotti eagle bracelet. £495. Available here.

11. Boohoo Laylah multi ring pack. £5. Available here.

12. Boohoo Laura multi ring pack. £5. Available here.

13. Aurelie Bidermann ginko feather ring. £197. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 3#

Today I’m feeling very English country, because what’s that saying? You can take the girl out of the [tiny Derby-skirting village/series of European hostels], but you can’t take the [country/wanderer] out of the girl? Something like that. Of course, I had my exact outfit of the day in mind… only to realise that all of my wonderful baggy jumpers are still locked away in my Dad’s spare room, waiting for me… so instead… if only. Besides, it’s too early to tell yet which way the weather will turn. You just never know. Sunny sundress or farmer chic?13-Aug

1. John Lewis Ghost Keira Tea Dress in Blush. £60. Available here.

2. Stella McCartney Faux Leather Wedge Ankle Boots. £355. Available here.

3. American Apparel Sheer Luxe Shapes Over-the-Knee Socks. $15. Available here.

4. Burberry Medium Grainy Leather Bowling back. £1350. Available here.

5. Topshop Acid Wash Jumper in Khaki. £40. Available here.

6. Topshop Assorted Bead Necklace. £18.50. Available here.

7. My Flash Trash Gold Chain Green Stone Bracelet. £20. Available here.

8. My Flash Trash Gold Chain Turquoise Stone Bracelet. £20. Available here.

9. Topshop Enamel Arrow Finger and Midi Ring. £6.50. Available here.

10. Asos Felt Floppy Hat in Camel. £20. Available here.

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