Zara does it again. Saved by a sale piece. These absolute fit-like-a-dream red flared culottes were a last minute lunch time purchase in the sale. After seeing them hanging looking somewhat lonely on the rail – the last pair and in my size… How could you not feel sorry for them and want to take them home with you like a new adorable red puppy? So glad I did as they have the most gorgeous silhouette with the high waist and exaggerated kicked out flare. They look great with a plain white t shirt or a floral vintage shirt tucked in with boots (a look I’m yet to try). Perfect for Summer, they’re definitely a bold statement piece in both shape and colour.
T shirt – Reiss Vest – River Island Culottes – Zara – Boots – Vintage Bow – Vintage
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Photos by Will Millar
So, Ganni. A brand I have long admired from afar (and on Instagram) for some time now. The sultry silhouettes, easy to wear and effortless pieces from their collections, have been on my wish list for too long. Not surprising with the relaxed Scandinavian influence, that they are being donned by the top bloggers and Instagram stars right now.
This navy ‘Philips Cotton Onepiece’ was right up my strasse. Jumpsuits I adore anyway, and should really invest in more. Being quite tall, they can be pretty flattering with a pair of heels or even flats for the day. What got me was the unique frill detail on the straps and the low back (I just love a low back!) A bit tricky with nothing worn underneath and I probably wouldn’t wear it out like that due to hazardous mishaps, as that inevitable side boob is fully out on display, even more so if you have huge wammers. So I would advise tit tape to keep it in place for those risk takers, or try a simple strappy top so the chest and sides are covered up. Or for winter, a white silk shirt or black knitted polo neck will look gorgeous. (Literally can’t wait to try this look).
The divine finish with white visible stitching I think is just absolutely wonderful and ties the navy dream piece together so well.
Wearing – Ganni – Phillips Cotton Onepice
Espadrilles – Castaner
Bag – Jane Birkin Bag from Paris
Sadly, I am not in Paris or perusing the Parisian streets and cafe’s for this latest blog post. The cloudy streets of central London had to suffice for this looks backdrop. So its a good thing there are pops of colour to bring it to life! Like this vintage brown suede bag with thick fringe detail that I found in a charity shop for £17 a few weeks back on Portobello Road, which wouldn’t have been out of place on one of the many vintage stalls they have there, either. My trusty Topshop skinny jeans never fail me, and gave the look a touch of dressed down simplicity. The vibrant red Talbots shirt was also charity sourced for a few pounds and had such wonderful structure and shape that I knew it would tie this look together wonderfully. And of course, not forgetting, those Castaner espadrilles, which seem to be in every single blog post and photo of mine at the moment! Hey, if it ain’t broke…!
Bag – Vintage – Shirt – Talbots/2nd hand – Jeans, Topshop – Espadrilles – Castaner
The espadrille, Castaner – Try mixing second hand with new –
Believe it or not but sometimes, on occasion, I like to mix it up a little (gasp!) and take to the high street to see what there is on offer in the way of high street fashion and spy the current trends. Heck, sometimes, I even like to explore the online shopping vortex and see what the fashion world is telling us all to buy next via the inter web.
But I do think it’s important to mix second hand with high street and/or designer, because I find it to be a refreshing way to bring elements together from different decades. And one brand new item can be worn in so many ways with your pre-existing second hand wardrobe.
Aaaaand, cue my new obsession!
When I noticed (how could you not?) the espadrille trend growing ever more apparent on my Instagram feed and usual online haunts, I started to explore where to source the best pair I could. My research took me to the world of online Spanish shoe Goddesses, Castaner. Worn by the likes of a la mode French fashion bloggers, Jeanne Damas, Adenorah and Camille Charriere, of course I had to have a pair. The epitome of french cool, not only are they some of the comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned, they are perfect for the inevitable transition from relaxed day time attire of cropped denim jeans and t shirt, to partying the night away in, without the risk of blisters!
Go check out Castaner here – https://www.castaner.com
I’m wearing: Blue Carina espadrilles in Marino Navy – Shirt: Oxfam – Jeans: Vintage Levi’s.
All photo’s by Alex Amoros
Chloe for Everybody: How Charity Shops Make Designer Accessible to All
Written for Oxfam – http://www.oxfam.org.uk/fashion-blog/2017/05/chloe-for-everybody
It’s extremely rare for me to go on too much about my favourite designers or brands, but Chloe is one of the few fashion houses with the ability to make me go weak at the knees and definitely knows how to get my overtly sentimental heart racing, every damn time.
So when I clamped my peepers on these black Chloe trews a few weeks ago for a mere £20 in the Drury Lane Oxfam, I knew they were coming home with me. With an almost satiny shine to the exterior, they encapsulate just the right balance of smart/casual and would be equally well paired with ballet flats and a plain white tee (whatever happened to that band?! *sigh*). I teamed them with a pale grey Gant knit jumper and Zara blazer (both charity shops finds), to keep the outfit conducive with my typical go to uniform – Parisian wannabe (!)
Thank you again to Oxfam charity shops all over, for making high end brands accessible to everyone, not just the minted.
Thank you again to charity shops all over, for making high end brands accessible to everyone, not just the minted.
Wearing: Blazer, Zara. Grey jumper, Gant. Trousers, Chloe.
Elizabeth Miles @elizabethmiles_
Photos by David Jarre
Elizabeth Miles @elizabethmiles_
All photos by David Jarre.
I have been living in pretty much nothing else but these jeans for months. I wore my favourite Topshop steals turned up for a time, then having the brainwave that chopping off the bottoms would be the best way to birth them in to the cropped jean trend happened and I couldn’t adore them any more than I do right now. Teamed with my favourite Uniqlo polo neck and the most babley pair of Mango boots I have ever purchased, make for a simple and understated outfit that I hope pops with the red lippie.
Mango boots. Uniqlo polo (charity shop), Jeans Topshop (charity shop).
Jeans: Originally Zara but second hand brand new from Oxfam.
Grey chunky knit: Charity shop
Tan jacket: Grandpa’s (vintage).
Wearing: Hat; Camden market, Orange turtle: Urban Outfitters, Bell bottoms: Pylo, Leather: Vintage. Shoes: H&M
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