In My Field of Dreams: ASOS Leather Baseball Cap

Leather Baseball Cap ASOS StyleOnTheCouch Paige Denim William Williams Photography-11

Leather Baseball Cap ASOS StyleOnTheCouch Paige Denim William Williams William Williams Photography

Leather Baseball Cap StyleOnTheCouch ASOS William Williams Photography

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ASOS Leather cap StyleOnTheCouch Paige Denim William Williams Photography

I am, Blog Reader, incredibly happy to have broadband back in my flat and to feel connected again.  That not having internet gives me an end-of-the-world feeling has been an important lesson to me in how I am socially.  I don’t think I’ve written a letter to a friend in months (I still have a penpal in Italy, I miss our written thoughts!) and I’m becoming one of those phone ‘checkers’ who look at their screen out of habit rather than when I hear it ring.  Gah.

Although I am relieved to be able to write my blog regularly again and on my own time as opposed to in the gym bar* or local Starbucks, I realise I really have gone back to basics** with many of my outfits recently.  More denim like my favourite Paige jeans here, more simplicity in shapes, more quality in brands and fabrics. I recently invested in the fabulous DKNY silk cashmere cozy and I adore it and the last pair of trousers I bought for work were largely purchased because of the wonderfully soft royal blue crepe they were made from.

This leather baseball cap (a faux-leather version is also available, click here) from ASOS was inspired by the sportswear spirit of Herve Leger‘s autumn winter collection. Vogue called the baseball cap ‘fashion’s latest accessory’ and I’m now all over this trend, helped tremendously by American-boyfriend’s modeling of said trend (to him not a trend – me: “So, American-boyfriend, why do you wear baseball caps?” Him: “Because I like them.”)

Baseball caps require a relaxed look to accompany them.  I love the short sleeved boxy sweater I’m wearing here, also from ASOS, now reduced to 16 GBP in the sale.  Laid back jersey and denim is a great weekend look to go with the new cap.  Just remember, Blog Reader, if you build it, they will come.

Photos: William Williams.

*yes of course my bar has a gym. Obviously.

**Not totally back to basics. I wore my very pretty Lover The Label lace dress this weekend, a style you can see here on my instagram feed.

 

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Vestiaire Collective

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Vestiaire Collective StyleOnTheCouch Handbags

It is, Blog Reader, that time of the year where I pack for Fashion Week.  I will be in a largely monochrome wardrobe, accessorized with a few of my favourite things – a bag big enough for my Canon, heels that I feel comfortable and fabulous in and the old harness body piece and leather visor here and there…

Vestiaire Collective is a luxuy re-sale store that been providing me with a lot of inspiration (case in point: Le Journal) and some key pieces for my fashion week wardrobe.  I met the team at Vestiaire back in December, at their party to celebrate the appointment of Bay Garnett as style advisor for the site.  Garnett is a valuable addition to Vestiaire (anyone who has read Cheap Date magazine will understand why!) whose mini series collection curated by fashion editors and overall approach to supplying authentic, quality pre-owned fashion is a big hit with me.

Vestiaire works like this: the team select clothing and accessories from their international community.  Items for sale are from current or recent seasons only, which keeps the site fresh and contemporary.  Brand new and slightly worn pieces sell at between 30-70% of their original retail prices, and with some highly sought after items on the site you can find yourself with the pick of some very fashionable bargains indeed.  Vestiaire inspect all the pieces sold through their site before it reaches the new owner – a lovely quality control process that gave me a lot of reassurance about what I was purchasing.

The buying process is a simple one. The site is easy to navigate – by brands, clothing item, size, colour etc – and I found that I relied on the expertise of the team a lot, their ‘We Love‘ section is one of my favourites.

Vestiaire Ash Footwear

Thinking ahead to Fashion Week, I purchased another pair of ASH wedge sneakers (Yes-My-Name-Is-Sarah-And-I-Am-An-Ash-Addict) from the site, perfect with my leather leggings and boxy sweater.  After a few negotiations about the quality of the item – the final price was actually reduced slightly after Vestiaire confirmed a little more wear on the soles than expected, to me it was hardly noticeable but I was glad of this part of the process! – the sneakers arrived promptly.

If you don’t already know about Vestiaire – be sure to give the site a try.  I bet you will return again and again!