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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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If Only: Outfit of the Day 25#

I think today’s styled outfit is inspired by London’s art galleries, many of which I have today frequented on a grand artistic tour of idea fuel. From the colours, the painterly skirt and the vintage-print blossom top, I’ve mellowed the mass of patterns and brights with Burberry’s beige trench cape; a modern twist on their classic, reliable beige trench that works so well to balance a busy outfit. The boots and crochet are probably considered an unusual choice with the skirt and top, but I think it would work really well.

4-sep

1. MSGM Printed Satin Midi Skirt. £325. Available here.

2. Warehouse Blossom Print Tee. £15 £10. Available here.

3. Jigsaw Soho Leather Lace Up Boots in Cream. £169. Available here.

4. Chloé Medium Marcie Cross Body Bag in Blue. £789.63. Available here.

5. Burberry Gabardine Trench Cape. £795. Available here.

6. Reiss Belluci Hammered Metal Belt. £69. Available here.

7. Oasis Crochet Trim Sock in Grey. £3. Available here.

8. Ben-a-Mun Gold-Tone Bead and Tassel Necklace. £122.50. Available here.

9. Zalando House of Harlow Bracelet. £44. Available here.

10. Astley Clarke Halcyon Days Bracelet Stack. £525. Available here.

11. Maison Martin Margiela Four Finger Cuff Rings. £280. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 23#

Today’s styled outfit is definitely bracing that age-old rule of ‘less is more’. Pastels, florals, peep-toe.. it may be more suited to spring, but what’s wrong with that?

2-Sep

1. Malene Birger Synna Printed Satin-Jersey Sweatshirt. £165. Available here.

2. Ecru Striped Anita Trousers £190 £76. Available here.

3. Tibi Silk Crepe de Chine Camisole £150. Available here.

4. Aruna Seth Pointy Toe Butterfly Suede Flat. £600. Available here.

5. Giani Bernini Handbag. £79.40 £47.05. Available here.

6. Zara Rhinestone Necklace. £29.99. Available here.

7. New Look Zip Edge Skinny Belts 2 Pack. £9.99. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 22#

Give me drama today – in the best possible way – in my wardrobe. So often, I’ve pined over the beautiful gowns that hit the runways and red carpets, but of course, when would I wear them? Well sometimes, I think I’d just head straight out on my daily errands in a big, puffy ball-skirt or a dressed down gown. Why not? It’d be such a waste, otherwise. This Alberta Ferretti maxi skirt is the perfect example of wearable drama – being a skirt, it can be teamed with something casual; a crop top, a tucked-in slogan t-shirt, a boyfriend-fit jumper or a leather jacket. It hangs just high enough off the ground not to be ruined by the grime of the city streets.

1-Sep

1. Alberta Ferretti Pleated Wrap-Effect Taffeta Maxi-Skirt. £1335. Available here.

2. Balmain Cropped Knitted Top. £1125. Available here.

3. Saint Laurent Oversized Tartan Mohair-Blend Cardigan. £880. Available here.

4. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Large Textured-Leather Tote in Black. £310. Available here.

5. Jimmy Choo Wheel Suede Slippers. £350. Available here.

6. Valentino Printed Silk-Chiffon Scarf. £220. Available here.

7. Finds Lockhart & Co. Hatters Embroidered Wool-Blend Felt Cap. £70. Available here.

8. Kenneth Jay Lane Hammered Gold-Plated. £125. Available here. x2.

9. Iam by Ileana Makri Chantilly Gold-Plated Necklace. £615. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 1#

Like most girls, I have for years enjoyed wasting hours of precious time on various Fashion blogs, or perusing Lookbook.nu, perusing with green-eyed envy the carefully styled outfits of the globe’s most glamorous bloggers, photographers, models, students, graduates, interns and general ‘average Joe-anne’s; those in the same boat, it seems on the surface, as myself, (recent graduate, recently moved to London, pushing, like everyone else, for that big career break), and yet they are magically able to somehow afford what constantly appears to be immaculately designed, sweeping white-walled apartments and bottomless Narnia wardrobes.

I know that bloggers carefully design their public persona. Some may spend a week completely redesigning their entire work area simple for a quick ‘what’s on my desk’ post, while others swap and borrow from a long list of friend and family members’ wardrobes in order to constantly appear to have been on the shopping spree of the century. The more well-known bloggers may get sent free stuff, or take home goodie-bags from a range of events that their magical spot of the internet grants them access to.

These past few months, I’ve fallen in love with blogging, in the same way that I love my photography. It’s become very much a part of who I want to be, professionally… though I’m still figuring out the logistics of that. However, I do not have an immaculately designed, sweeping white-walled apartments, nor do I have bottomless Narnia wardrobes. I moved here to London in June, with one 10KG, carry-on sized suitcase… partly because I did not realise at the time that I would actually be moving to London, rather than simply passing through on my travels… that decision rather hit me like a ton of bricks. Therefore, 90% of my wardrobe remains locked away in my Dad’s spare bedroom in Derbyshire, waiting for my return. Not to mention that last summer, I decided in a stubborn fit of nomadic wanderlust that I would be living indefinitely out of that same suitcase, and so I had the clear out to end all clear outs. Yes, yes, I know. Silly, silly me. My wardrobe is calling to be built back up to its former glory of all colours, all fabrics, all designers.

Hard to do when you find that you’ve suddenly (a madly, willingly) gone from the luxury of nomadic travel, in all of its rent-free, bill-free, other-‘settler’-related-bills-and-taxes-free glory, to… rent, bills, other-‘settler’-related-bills-and-taxes. I find myself constantly asking where my money has disappeared to, checking my bank statements in a panic, convinced that I’ve been robbed, only to realise, ah, of course… it was rent day yesterday.

It’s been a shock to the system, to say the least. The past twelve months have spoiled me. However, from this came the ‘If Only’ series; an insight into my personal fantasy land, where I can live a-la-Sabrina-the-teenage-witch (you remember? She wore a completely fresh outfit everyday with a zap of her finger, because she could), and wear whatever I want; a completely fresh outfit everyday. Go on, indulge me. It will be so much more interesting than anything in my actual wardrobe.

11-Aug

1. Kate Moss for Topshop Jumpsuit. £90 £50. Available here.

2. Valentino Embellished Suede Cape. £10,440 £6264 . Available here.

3. Guiseppe Zanotti Fish Embellished Sandals. £640. Available here.

4. Reed Krakoff ‘Mini’ Atlantique Tote. Available here.

5. Love Moi Black Gold Triangle Statement Necklace. £17. Available here.

6. Links of London Diamond-cut chain necklace. £110. Available here.

7. Assad Mounser Swarovski Crystal Chain Necklace. £400. Available here.

8. Venna Crystal Pendant Spike Chain Necklace. £485. Available here.

9. Venna Crystal Spike Pearl Necklace. £435. Available here.

(7, 8 and 9 twisted, twined, quite possible taken apart entirely and worn, reassembled, as bracelets)

10. My Flash Trash Bronze Six Grill Ring. £48. Available here.

11. Saint Laurent D-Frame Acetate Mirror Sunglasses. £195. Available here.

12. Alexander McQueen Resin Skull-Handle Collapsible Umbrella. £330. Available here.

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