Monochrome Me: Zara Cropped Top & Uniform Union Pants

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William Williams Photographer for Uniform Union Uniform Union Pants and Zara cropped tee StyleOnTheCouch

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Cropped Tops Summer 2013

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Zara‘s summer lookbooks have been filled with the top of the crops – a wonderful selection of white cropped tees worn with high waist skirts and pants (which makes sense: as waistlines on skirts and trousers get higher, the cropped top is the perfect match). I’ve written about cropped tops before, Blog Reader, but you’ll have to bear with me again whilst I make the case for cropped tops being for everyone, not just the gym-committed.  For summer 2013 (go look at Balenciga to view my case in point) the upper end of your middle is the focus, not your stomach.

Tiffany Hsu, womenswear buyer at Selfridges, in an interview with The Guardian on summer trends, had this to say;  ”It’s not your tummy, but where your ribs end.  It’s a part of the body that doesn’t really get fat – I think that’s why designers are focusing on it.”

The Guardian’s point, which I agree with, was this:  ”In other words, flashing this higher-midriff zone is a good way to create the suggestion of a toned stomach without revealing much at all.”

Et voila, Blog Reader. Don’t let your self-esteem or perception of your shape or size stop you from wearing a style you love.  I present to you here my top picks for cropped tops this summer.  Last image, left to right: Bri Arrin cropped tee and TopShop Mesh Cropped Vest. Image second to last: Left; Mango Bandeau Top and right; TopShop Leather Look Cropped Tee.

If you are feeling brave with your midriff, you can choose to go low slung. Here I’m wearing my cropped tee with a fabulous pair of tailored pants from Uniform Union, a brand known for their couture-like collections (over 40 hours of hand sewing goes into many of their designs) but here demonstrating they have simple, smart tailoring down perfectly too.

Are you going for the crop, BlogReader?

Photos of me: William Williams.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Edina Ronay

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Edina Ronay Fashion

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Edina Ronay Jacket Tresco Isles of Scilly

Edina Ronay jacket blue jacket styleonthecouchThese pictures were taken just outside the Ruin Beach Cafe on Tresco Island, Isles of Scilly. You can see more holiday snaps here.   The day these images were taken I was very content to be hanging out in the sunshine and taking in the view at Raven’s Porth, Old Grimsby from the cafe over to St Martins island.  Clearly influenced by my beach and sea surroundings I went for a nautically-themed outfit; wearing my Edina Ronay Sailor Jacket, Mango white tee and ASOS jeans.  The Christy’s hat was loaned from American Boyfriend – it’s amazing how many clothes I steal from him these days :)

Edina Ronay has a fascinating history as a designer. Born in Budapest, Ronay moved to London with her family and studied fashion design at Central St Martins before moving on to RADA to work on her acting career.  She was somewhat of an ‘It Girl’ in England in the 60s, then decided to travel to Ibiza, Formenterra and Morocco before returning to London in the 70s to start her vintage lace and clothing shop on the wonderful Kings Road.  She began to design again, after being inspired by the vintage pieces she was selling, especially the knitwear for which Edina is most often known.  In 2012 Ronay launched her Red Label collection – a limited edition, luxury heritage collection designed and produced exclusively in Britain.  The sailor jacket is a lovely style, part of Spring Summer 13, of which Edina tells us:

“For Spring Summer I created timeless, flattering pieces which will take anyone effortlessly from desk to dinner. My trademark knitwear is inspired by the 40s and 50s and made with the highest quality British mercerised cotton, adorned with details such as mother of pearl buttons and lacy knit stitches and French couture lace trimmings.  Continuing to design and produce my collections in Britain is extremely important to me and I consider that nurturing and supporting British talent and workmanship is more vital now than ever.”

To view more of Edina Ronay’s collection click HERE.  Be sure to check out the Live to Love silk summer print dress, as with every purchase Ronay will donate 50% of the price to Druk White Lotus School in the Himalayas, a charity aimed at providing students from the area with an excellent education as well as teaching them social and life skills.  A worthy cause indeed!

Little Black Dress: Nasty Gal

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I had to take a little hiatus from StyleOnTheCouch last week, Blog Reader, as both moving and starting a new job required my full attention…. When I return after a break I tend to choose things to write about that I love and I’m familiar with, hence another in my series of ‘Little Black Dress’ posts.

Nasty Gal aren’t a brand I look at often.  They have such a colourful, cheery and youthful West-Coast style I can admire but that doesn’t work for me.  I’m waaayy too Vampiric-ly pale for that (darn it).  This little black number from the Nasty Gal Fall 2012 collection however, I make an exception for.  The neckline did it for me, the ‘peaked’ front style and the bodice detailing on the back of the dress won me over. I wore it to countless parties and drinks events over the Christmas and New Year holidays – it looks great with my Helmut Lang leather jacket and my new metallic clutch from Kzeniya.

Current Nasty Gal favourites:

Jet Romper

Kick Push Dress

Harness Bodysuit

I should also start a campaign to get them to restock this stunning little black number (as seen here on The Londoner) that I had on my wish list for ages…

Wearing: Dress from Nasty Gal. Heels, Mango ’Fetish’ sandal.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens. (Images were taken by Lydia back in November before I moved home from NYC. So many goosebumps ee! Miss you Lydia!)