StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Hampden Clothing

Let’s take a moment to read the list of brands on Hampden Clothing‘s front window, Blog Reader.  Alexander Wang? Check.  Helmut Lang? Check.  Opening Ceremony? Check check.  Yigal Azrouel? Check.  Ah I believe Hampden Clothing is my idea of shopping heaven.  This lovely boutique on King Street, Charleston was a must-visit on my recent trip to the city.  Owner Stacy Smallwood showed me around the boutique, a mix of contemporary womenswear and accessories perfectly grouped for outfit inspiration.

My favourite part of the store was the wall of ‘Stylist Picks’ from Stacy and her team – a beautiful array of autumnal colours with a standout sleeveless leather dress from HANii Y. The team at Hampden Clothing make the place something special too, offering personalised service to their clients as well as running some incredibly fun and unique events in store.  Rag & Bone once held a fashion show at Hampden and tomorrow night (Thursday 9th August) Timo Weiland and the girls from Lizzie Fortunato are around for a meet and greet.

Above: The boutique space at Hampden Clothing.  Below: Lizzie Fortunato Jewels clutch.
Photos by the amazing William Williams.

I also came away from Hampden with a little something of my own, this gorgeous Lily Pad Pleated Skirt by by Timo Weiland. An absolute bargain at $85 in the sale, selected for me by Stacy.  I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have looked twice at this piece if she hadn’t suggested it, but a perfect fit for me it is:

If I lived in Charleston, I’d be in Hampden Clothing on a regular basis.  Actually, I just might move in.  Thankfully for those of us not in the area, we can also shop online as well as receive styling advice via the website.  Their summer sale is still on too – some fabulous bargains to be had.

Hampden Clothing can be found at 314 King Street, Charleston.

Alice Yim New York: Chiffon and Lace

Alice Yim remains one of my favourite New York designers.  She recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of her namesake label at a rooftop bar in Manhattan, a super stylish event (naturally!) and an opportunity for me to thank Alice for designing clothes that are fabulous to look at and that I feel wonderful wearing.

This outfit from Alice’s spring summer collection - the Sparrow skirt in sapphire blue and the Sierra top in onyx – is a delightful combination of sheer lace and floaty chiffon layers.  It’s an outfit I want to dance and sing in (evidenced by the photoshoot, yes Lydia Hudgens can probably confirm I was a little loopy this day…)

The Sierra top is a gorgeous off the shoulder lace design, falling just at the right place on the waist to go with high-rise styles (I wore it with some high-waisted skinny jeans and high heels too and loved the look).  The bustier underneath is an old style from Reiss – there is a challenge to find the perfect under garment for this top but I think lace/sheer is super glamorous when done right. Just remember that less is more Blog Reader, less is more.

Photos: The awesomeness that is Lydia Hudgens.

I have half an eye on this outfit for dancing in Charleston, where I am heading this weekend.  I wanted to ask – what do you wear to go dancing in, Blog Reader?

My trusty Zara basic sandals come out again to complete this outfit.

Stay tuned for a feature on Alice Yim’s autumn winter collection, coming soon.

Wearing: Zara sandals; Sparrow skirt and Sierra top from Alice Yim; Reiss bustier (just seen).

*May I suggest you browse some of my Friday Lingerie features for ideas, Blog Reader?