Post London Fashion Week: Sporty Lounging

Skinny Jeans Nike Tee StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Nike Tee Skinny Jeans Cup of Tea StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Nike Sweater Skinny Denim StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

StyleOnTheCouch in Nike Sweater Skinny Jeans by William Williams Photography

Skinny Denim Nike Tee StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Nike Tee and Denin Jeans StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

I left LFW yesterday, Blog Reader, having attended the Holly Fulton show at ME London and catching up with the lovely Notting Hill Girl and South Molton Street Style.  It was so interesting being at London Fashion Week rather than New York this season – London has multiple show venues which seems to bring a unique and exciting energy to the proceedings, yet as a result it doesn’t quite feel as polished at the events at the Lincoln Center.  There certainly feels like more individuality on the streets however; a greater display of colour and mixing of trends in attendees in contrast to the uniform sleekness of Manhattan (which, I must say, I love the place for!)

After a few days running around London in heels, seeing both new and established designer collections emerge, meeting some of my favourite blogger friends and arranging other catch-ups then stolen over coffee, I find myself with a few days to relax.  In between fashion week and moving home for a new job I’m all about lounging.  I’ve even hung up my harnesses for a while, Blog Reader :)

This is where sporty sweaters and skinny jeans come in, and a cup of Earl Grey at that.  Here are more of my blogger off duty favourites:

Reiss Lupo Apricot Neon Trim Jumper, 89 GBP

Ash Wedge Trainers, 185 GBP

Lounge Lover Asymmetric Trouser, 119 GBP

Anything by Zoe Karssen….

Paige Denim boyfriend jeans and

Mango basic tees, from 14.99 GBP

With thanks to William Williams for the photos.  ’Normal’ fashion blogger service will resume on Thursday!

Alice Yim Raina Dress & Autumn Winter 2012 Collection

Hot on the heels of Peter Pilotto’s spring prints yesterday comes today’s outfit post showing Alice Yim’s Raina dress.  One of the few designers I take a break from my monochromatic norm for, Yim’s Raina dress (featured before on the blog in black, image below) also comes in a delicate dragonfly print, a theme running through her spring collection this year.

The Raina dress is a beautifully classic design in the onyx (black) colour yet the print version transports the dress into the romantic and ethereal category.  This is a perfect dress for the end of summer – the last rays of warmth, the last crisp but sunny evenings outside…

As we move towards autumn, Alice Yim’s collection for winter 2012/13 provides some good transitional options.  A palette of neutral tones, rusty browns, navy and black is broken up by the melancholia print – circular swirls set amongst a fabric dreamscape.  (Click on the image below to enlarge.)  My favourite pieces are the Pia wool and leather vest and the Lucia blouse - a long-sleeved silk Georgette top with lace shoulders.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

A high quality collection of leather, wool and lace with masculine overtones – I’m ready to step out of silky Raina and into autumn textures already.  Another lovely collection from Alice Yim NYC.

Wearing: Raina dress in dragonfly print, Alice Yim.  Belt, COS.  Heels, Mango.

Graphic Tees, Fashion Blogging, Passions & Friendships

I have to credit this blog for two key things.  First of all this blog is a wonderful hobby, a base from which I can research and live my passion for fashion and style.  I remain a Psychologist and doctor first and foremost (a side of me you don’t often see here because the blog’s purpose was to give me an interest away from this other great love of mine).  The second is friendships.  As StyleOnTheCouch has grown I’ve been fortunate to make new friends not just in England and the US but across the world.  Amazing.

In this feature I’m joined by my blogger friend the lovely Christina of Profresh Style.  Christina’s blog is full of personality and colour.  She’s one of my favourite examples of a writer who puts her heart and soul into her blog – check out her recent post on her changing attitudes to fashion blogging here.  We worked independently at styling graphic tees for this and came out interestingly coordinated as a result! I wish I could claim credit for my own styling however my tee is borrowed from our photographer the lovely Lydia Hudgens.

Whilst I’ve often thought my blog could easily be named ‘Sarah’s Dresses’* I realize that I feel just as at home in my staple of skinny jeans and a tee.  As my wardrobe moves further towards being entirely that of black, white and denim, these photos are a nice reminder to me to explore my casual side more, here.

Image immediately above: Profresh Style putting me to shame in the smile stakes.  Image top: Oh yeah Christina I have your moves down girlfriend.

I’m heading back to NYC tomorrow for a visit, Blog Reader.  You can follow my antics on Twitter (@StyleOnTheCouch) and Instagram (same name) but you can also check back for my September fashion week series which will continue whilst I’m in Manhattan.

Thank you to Christina for joining me in this post, to Lydia Hudgens for the photos and as always, thank you, Blog Reader, for stopping by.

Wearing: Jeans, a sample from Artistic Denim Mills; heels, Mango. Tee. Lydia Hudgens.

*Okay okay you know I missed out the vast lingerie section there.  ’Sarah’s Smalls’ then.