Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – Lingerie & Accessories

Bordelle Angela Cage Dress StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas StyleOnTheCouch

Fleet Ilya Suspender Leg Harness StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Stella McCartney Lingerie StyleOnTheCouch

It is, Blog Reader, a few days until Valentine’s Day.  Since I regularly feature lingerie and accessories on StyleOnTheCouch I wanted to give  a little round-up of some of my favourite ideas if you’re looking for a gift – to self or other! – this week.  Happy shopping!

Red Light Lingerie:

Kallisti by Marios Schwab for ASOS Inc. Bardot Body (second image, right)

Lascivious Helena Bra and Brief, and black tee from their Luxury Basics collection (second image, left)

Also: Between The Sheets Arabesque lace soft bralette and brief

Delicately Gifted:

Marks and Spencer Rosie for Autograph pure silk French Teddy

Love Ophelia ‘To Have And To Hold’ set

Ayten Gasson Silk Bed Jacket

Fiercely Yours:

Fleet Ilya Suspender Leg Harness (third image, above)

Bordelle Angela Dress (image top)

Love Story:

Zinke Daisy Jumper

Stella McCartney Smooth Supernatural Bra (final image, above)

Be Bold, Be Different:

Murmur Harness Bra from Mise En Cage

Fraulein Kink mask

Fifi‘ fragrance by Fifi Chachnil.

 For more last-minute gift ideas, you might also turn to Journelle, Faire Frou Frou and ASOS Lingerie.

Photos of me by William Williams.

This post was also submitted to Independent Fashion Bloggers project ‘The Season Of Love

Femme Noir: T by Alexander Wang Little Black Dress

T by Alexander Wang Black Dress StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

T by Alexander Wang Dress StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

T by Alexander Wang Little black Dress StyleOnTheCouc William Williams Photography

Little Black dress shapes

Black yamamoto

I started off this year with a clothing resolution to keep things simple, Blog Reader.  I am discovering, however, that this maxim is not always easy to live by.  My difficulty?  That in keeping things simple I appear somewhat boring and repetitive with my style choices. Hmm indeed (and much flicking through old issues of Vogue magazine).

What is going to help me with my simple-and-chic over somewhat-stuffy-and-staid goals?  Finding the right silhouette in which to make simple eye-catchingly so.  For this post I’m focussing again on the ‘Little Black Dress’ – black being the colour that permeates about 80% of my wardrobe and one I could happily dress every day in.

There are some wonderful dress shapes in the shops currently, a mix of structured forms and flowing designs.  In my collage, clockwise from top left: Stella McCartney Milly dress in the sale at Browns Fashion; Nasty Gal’s Under Control DressASOS T-Shirt Dress with dipped hem; Preen Taylor Cotton-Blend Brocade Dress from The Outnet and T by Alexander Wang Jersey Dress available at Selfridges.  Dresses are short or flowing in the current season; I say embrace this with knit tights and high-heeled booties, throw on your coat and get moving*.  ’Short’ will continue into spring / summer, with the addition of splits and asymmetric hemlines so go with the flow now.

Wearing: T by Alexander Wang Cut-out Crepe and Jersey Dress (available here in white; midi version here also) and leather cuff by Fleet Ilya.

Photos: William Williams. Yamamoto quote here.

*Written before the snow in London this week.  Eek sorry, European Blog Reader.

Style OCD: Obsessively Coveting Disorder

Masks and Headpieces

Killer black dress simple fashion styleonthecouch

Masks and Headwear Current style inspiration styleonthecouch

Obsession: An obsession is the inability of a person to stop thinking about a particular topic or feeling a certain emotion without a high amount of anxiety. When obsessed, an individual continues the obsession in order to avoid the consequent anxiety.  (Source: Psychology Glossary).

Two different themes have permeated my pinterest this week.  The two styles and objects that I have been obsessing over / coveting / seeking out / trying to recreate are: fantastic head wear and simple, monochromatic drama.

I have found some amazing head pieces recently.  Eugenia Kim who I stumbled upon at Liberty London has collaborated with many fashion designers (DvF, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren) and her hats are lovable, quirky and wonderfully chic.  Fleet Ilya‘s leather visors are the epitome of cool and Tamzin Lillywhite‘s series of handmade masks and crowns are fun, sexy and unique.  You’ll see styles from these last two designers on the blog very soon.

When I say ‘simple drama’ I mean beautifully clean and streamlined silhouettes that pack a dramatic punch despite their obvious simplicity. The classic but killer little black dress; the plunge neckline unadorned by accessories – the unassuming but style savvy dresser has many of these pieces in his or her wardrobe.

We shall see how my current inspirations translate into my personal style over the next few months, Blog Reader!  (All pictures shown here can be found on my pinterest boards.)