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If Only: Outfit of the Day 28#

While I think there are certain limits between men and women sharing wardrobes – walking in to find any boyfriend of mine wearing my bra, for example, will never be taken lightly by me – I think there are a few staple pieces that every woman should pinch from her man’s wardrobe. Men’s shirts being the big must-have. They just look so sexy and chic with anything, be it tucked into an old pair of baggy chinos on a lazy day, dressed up with a midi-skirt an a waist belt, or tied at the waist with a pair of leather hotpants, we wear them better than any man, and we have so much more freedom to experiment! I feel for guys, I really do, their fashion trends are so much more restrictive than ours..

7-sep

1. Burton Black Shirt with Tipping. £22 £10. Available here.

2. NastyGal Fleur Bustier in Black. £23.29. Available here.

3. ASOS Premium Full Midi Skirt in Bonded Crepe. £75 £52. Available here.

4. Michael Michael Kors Selma Leather Tote. £315. Available here.

5. River Island Black Lace Up Chunky Heel Platform Shoes. £35 £20. Available here.

6. Rachel Entwistle Large Gold Cross Pendant. £165. Available here.

7. Misselfridge Burgundy Sock with Black Lace. £3.50. Available here.

8. My Flash Trash Double Pearl Ring. £20 £14.50. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 17#

Forget the all black attire (more or less) of yesterday, today, I want colour, and florals, and a phone case that looks like an ice lolly! Today’s styled outfit also totals to considerably less than usual… no designer required. Jewellery is kept to a minimum, allowing that loud playsuit to speak for itself, while the blazer gives a pop of colour that breaks up the whole look. I love it.

27-Aug

1. Warehouse Leafy Floral Print Jumpsuit. £58. Available here.

2. Oasis Ponte Jacket in Yellow. £40. Available here.

3. Topshop Snaffle Loafers. £58. Available here.

4. Topshop Hinge Plate Holdall. £40. Available here.

5. Miss Selfridge Flower Multi Row Necklace. £10. Available here.

6. ASOS Stone Headband in Blue. £8. Available here.

7. ASOS Love Rocks Bracelet. £18. Available here.

8. Marmalade Moon ‘Dreamsicle’ IPhone/IPod case. £25.54. Available here.

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Not the best wardrobe for backpacking…

When it comes to fashion, I think the 1950s were the best time for travelling. How on earth they managed to so perfectly pack those huge Grace Kelly skirts without completely ruining them, I’ll never know… how they managed to find the space to pack anything other than those space-hogging petticoats and skirts, I have no idea. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve tried in the past to be ‘sensible’ in what I pack for my travels. Jeans were banned (in the summer, anyway), my love for big midi-skirts was ignored, and I’d stick to a boho, mix and match, Free People-esque capsule wardrobe; lightweight, fold-resistant fabrics that take up minimal suitcase space . You’re mocked if you’re a girl with a big suitcase (especially one like these), full of the latest trends, which is definitely flared or pencil midi skirts right now. People – guys especially – roll their eyes out if they catch you applying lippy, or straightening your hair (though that last ‘backpacking offence, I am entirely innocent of, despite the cowlicks). You’re supposed to wander around with a grubby backpack (been there) – something ‘serious‘ (aka, ugly), or if you’re fashion conscience, vintage and canvas, which therefore feels like a bag of bricks hanging from your shoulder blades (done that).

I prefer to step off every plane, train and bus like this:

Minus the pin-perfect curls. I really don’t care that certain people who I meet on my travels openly presume that I am a) rich b) spoilt c) a bimbo and/or d) ignorant to the reality of backpacking. I’m not about to climb mountains in a pair of stilettos! Especially as I can barely walk down a perfectly flat and even pavement in stilettos without falling flat on my face… needless to say, while stilettos are pretty to look at, I never take anything higher than kittens abroad.

Fashion and travel don’t always work well together, of course… take the second Sex and The City movie. There were some great outfits in that film – I love the Dior tshirt-and-big-skirt combo. But equally, sometimes it was like a car crash headfirst into the wardrobe department. For example:

Personally, I think people have become lazy when it comes to fashion when travelling. I get that when travelling, people don’t want to spend hours and hours getting ready each morning. It takes me half an hour. Bam.

I think this is an expansion on my RSS… my fashion style is definitely ‘settled and working in the big city’, while my passion is to keep on moving, moving, moving. I’m molding the two tough, into something that works well for me.

Now days, besides making sure that I have one or two practical outfits for things like rock climbing, long, long, long walks or anything else that can’t be done in ballet pumps and kitten heels, I pack whatever I want, and just keep my fingers crossed that it will all fall naturally into a perfect capsule wardrobe. I seem to repeat the same go-to fashion habits again and again when it comes to colours and patterns, so generally, my entire wardrobe works well together. I guess in a way, I’m not particularly imaginative.

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Bottega Vetena

Rochas

Fashion week still fresh in my mind, I’ve been thinking about my packing wardrobe of the season… Yes, the skirts are staying, along with tuxedo jackets – buttoned and bra-less… or maybe a cute lace bustier…hmm…), big petticoats beneath midi-skirts, patterned pencil skirts and amazing shoes.

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Look One: BlazerPetticoatSkirt. Shoes. Bag.

Look Two: BustierTrouser. Bag. Shoes. Belt. Necklace.

Look Three: Top. Skirt. Shoes. Bag.

Look Four: TopSkirt. Shoes. Bag.

Basically, I travel Audrey and Grace style.

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