The Wide Leg: ASOS Navy Trousers

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Asos-pants-ralph-lauren-topI’ve been reading lots of different fashion articles this week that foretell the end of the skinny jean.  Death to the skinny jean! RIP skinnies!  I refuse to believe any of this of course, since for me and many others I believe, skinnies are less of an active fashion choice and more of a default option.  Skinny black jeans, black heels white shirt – check! Skinny blue jeans, trainers, denim shirt – check!  I tell myself they make economic sense too – less fabric? Check! check!

Despite my love of skinnies, I have for this style post decided to take the wide legged option.

I found this pair of wide legged pants on ASOS. Absolutely perfect for work, they are soft to touch and have a high-rise waist that matches shirts that are tucked in and fitted tops and tees alike.  I did wonder if all the extra fabric would be unflattering – but I think that wearing a heel that exposes the foot is key to pulling this voluminous style off with confidence as it elongates the leg.  I really admire those who can pull off styling where the fabric on the leg almost meets the floor (in the war of fashion vs practicality / comfort etc, be sure that fashion always wins out, though admittedly the rain might have other ideas…)

Are you wearing yours wide yet, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Pants: ASOS. Shirt: Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply. Shot on location at Camyoga by Beth Morton.

Innerwear, Out-to-wear: Murmur Clothing

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Murmur Clothing 1Season after season, Murmur Clothing create a collection of lingerie inspired dresses, accessories and separates with a lot of innerwear as out-to-wear potential.  Their signature collection stay faithfully with bodysuits and sleek, ‘body conscious’ dresses designed to enhance the bust, waistline and hip. Femme fatales might be interested in these styles from their Spring Summer collection – the dramatic Dusk Dress (above, left) created in silk with bondage details is a piece truly apt for a twilight entrance; the second-skin like Figure Dress (middle image, left) carries with it a stretch lining designed to mould a flawless silhouette.

Murmur asked me to style a piece from their Spring Summer collection for StyleOnTheCouch. I chose the Tetris Skirt, in black, to show that Murmur’s designs can fit into an everyday wardrobe.  This is a very flattering figure-hugging skirt that even gives petite-moi a little shape. Available in both black and nude, you can view this piece along with the entire Murmur collection, HERE.

Wearing: Murmur Tetris Skirt. Top: Amoralle. Heels: LK Bennett.

Bradamant: Body(suit) Brilliant

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Bradamant_bodysuits-2A long term fan of the bodysuit, I was excited to hear about new brand Bradamant, and their collection of essential, fashion, and workwear bodies combining the classic style of a shirt or top with the comfort and reliability of a bodysuit.  Whilst you can’t beat a great, slim fitting blouse, I find that the tucking-in-and-dealing-with-the-shirt-fabric-underneath jeans, skirts and shorts problems are erased with the Bradamant range.

Bradamant have created ‘body blouses’ and leotards under the categories of Essentials (the building blocks to your wardrobe) Fashion, (high on style, low on maintenance) and Workwear. My favourites are The Expert; a silk Crepe de Chine style with double pocket detail and buttons along the front. It reminds me of the shirts from French brand Equipment, at half the price.

Here I am wearing ‘The Hostess‘, a bodysuit made of soft modal fabric with an asymmetrical neckline.  I pair this most often with pencil skirts for work, but I also like to style it with my slouchy boyfriend jeans on weekends.

Why Bradamant, you ask?

“Before there was Lara Croft and Buffy, there was Bradamant. She was a sword-wielding, horse-riding, machine of a woman. Bradamant (Bradamante, in the Italian version) has been branded as one of the greatest warrior heroines in literature. As a champion of several Charlemagne legends, she was also the sister of Rinaldo, the famous fictional French knight.

She was strong. Very strong. Both physically and mentally. Regarded as one of the most fearsome female knights, she was an expert fighter who brandished a magical lance that could unhorse any opposing rider. She was feared by many strong and powerful men; an impressive feat for a woman during the 16th century.  All this while being a single mom.

Yes, she was a force to be reckoned with. More than that however, she was a woman of principles. Despite being madly in love with fellow warrior Ruggiero, she refused to marry unless he would convert to her religion. She had her beliefs, and she wasn’t willing to compromise them.  What can we learn from her? Bradamant Bodysuits is more than just a line of fashion tops. We believe in the strength that lies in being female, and while at risk of sounding like a Spice Girl, we believe in Girl Power.

Bradamant is the type of role model we should all have. She’s strong, she’s a fighter and she stays true to her beliefs. We’re proud to have a woman like her as the face of our brand.”

To view the entire Bradamant collection, click HERE.  Also, be sure to read their brief ‘history of the bodysuit‘ for some interesting insights about this style. It’s not all Jane Fonda and leotards, we can thank Donna Karan for bringing the body into the fashion sphere:

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