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
Elizabeth Miles @elizabethmiles_
All photos by David Jarre.
LOVE IS THE DRUG
Evidently, I’m still more than capable of chanelling my inner got. These images were shot almost a year ago. March to be exact. I’m somewhat ashamed they’ve taken me so long to post, but sometimes pictures get lost in the ehter and rediscovering them is always a joyous moment for me. I had been bloody excited about them and wanted to submit them somewhere as I was obsessed with the lighting and feel to the pictures, but it just never happened. Looking back at them, it’s funny (and sometimes cringe), the phases of makeup donning we go through. I can’t quite fathom the amount of makeup that is spread all over my visage in these images, comparably to how much I wear now. (basically none). Hey ho, we live and we learn. Thank you pale goth woman for teaching me a year on, that less, is definitely more.
Shot at Holborn Grind.
Photographed by Will Millar.
I’m wearing: Black Topshop skinnies, Office suede Chelsea boots, Cos white tee, Zara denim shirt and vintage tan suede tassel jacket from Hanks Vintage on eBay.
From the whimsical 1920’s flappers dresses, to the 50’s Rock and Roll revolution, prompted by none other than the King himself, native American fringe-wearing wanderers, and the 70’s Woodstock boho beauties – the tassel trend has been dinging high on the fashion radar for over a century, and for good reason, too.
It’s really important to keep these wearable and diverse trends relevant and alive, not only because they look effing awesome, but because it makes it that much more alluring when you uncover a gem, (like this little tan beauty I’m wearing from an eBay vintage store) from an era that precedes a current trend mania – Which then means we don’t have to bop along to the high street and attempt to replicate an original trend, by buying new.
It can be tricky to be a curator of quality and style in a somewhat disposable world. A lot of clothes being made on the hight street right now are, unfortunately, not constructed with durability in mind – And in fear of sounding like someone’s monotonous Grandmother, they just don’t make clothes like they used to.
It’s always worth going down the vintage route for investment pieces such as jackets, as they’ve undoubtedly been made with love and care and designed to last a lifetime. From generation X, to bikers, to aged rockers – the perennial fringe et tassel are a staple statement, and, I hope, will continue to be so for many generations to come.
The positives of recycling trends:
1. You’ll look far more unique and inspiring than anyone else wearing the current high street ‘trend’, if you nab something of the same trend, but from way back when.
2. Anything vintage always looks effortlessly cool regardless of era.
3. Buying investment pieces that have already stood the test of time, and continue to stand a lot longer, will keep the pennies safe.
4. Being a purveyor of quality and vintage is a positive for the environment and you know you’re contributing, even on a smaller scale – it all counts.
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