Get Smart: Theory, River Island & Fortnight Lingerie

I’m on a really smart, simple and classic clothing kick right now.  Likely influenced by the streamlined looks at DKNY and Saint Laurent Paris during the recent fashion weeks, I’ve been wearing my River Island blazer non stop (when Austin weather permits it) and I’ve dug out my smart trousers too.

A couple of weekends ago in Texas I travelled to Lake Buchanan and the weather was cool enough for this outfit, mixing a little lingerie as outerwear with some tailoring. This bralette is from Fortnight who you might remember from one of my Friday lingerie features (here).  I’ll bring you their new collection soon –  I swoon over their bodysuits and slips.

These low slung pants were one of my sample sale finds from New York City.  Oh how I miss those sales – bargains galore.  I find Theory a great place to shop for simple and sophisticated pants and sweaters – these Max C Wool Blend Pants are so flattering because the fabric has a little stretch and the slight flare / great length makes my legs look like they go on for miles.  One potential downside is that I need a very high heel for wearing them.  You could get them taken up if that worries you (watch that this doesn’t affect their perfect flare, mind you).

When I was trying to think of a name for this post I toyed with the idea of ‘smart is sexy’ because I’m really into masculine tailoring with a feminine twist at the moment.  In the end (as you can see) I went with ‘get smart’ – because I don’t think we should ever forget, Blog Reader, the impact of well fitted, tailored clothes.

Wearing: Theory pants; River Island blazer; Bralette, Fortnight Lingerie.

Fleet Ilya Diamond Body Piece: Harness Style

A body harness is a key theme for spring summer 2013 according to the recent fashion weeks.  Jason Wu, Herve Leger and BCBGMaxAzria (image far below) all featured such looks within their collection, much to my joy having been a fan of accessorizing this way for a while now.  In this post I’m wearing my new diamond body piece by Fleet Ilya, who have a wide range of harnesses from a simple, thin leather style that sits around the waist and crosses at the back, to a more complicated ‘web’ design that buckles around the neck, waist and ribcage (here) and everything in between.

Below: some of Fleet Ilya’s designs from the web and in the press

I’ve spoken on the blog before about how Fleet Ilya blur the line between leather bondage and fashion accessories with their collection.  I think the harnesses and are a wonderful way to add interest, power and sex appeal to a look.

My favourite way of wearing this body piece right now is with a tailored jacket and a simple white blouse and skinny jeans; and with this white dress from COS.  Since the black tuxedo jacket was another big trend on the catwalk recently, I’d say I’m getting a head start on SS13 too!

There is also something a little equestrian about this look which I love.  It’s smart and not overtly sexual but understated, which I think is the key to incorporating these pieces as outerwear.

This is probably one of my favourite StyleOnTheCouch looks to date – monochrome, tailoring and a harness.

Wearing: River Island blazer, COS shirtdress, Fleet Ilya Diamond Body Piece.

Black, White & Denim: Blazer, Shirt & Jeans

On my travels around Texas this weekend I opted for one of my favourite classic looks – a black blazer paired with a silk shirt (from Reiss, old season) and my Levi’s jeans.  I’ve been on a real mission lately to streamline my wardrobe and pull together those ‘classic’ pieces that I wear again and again.  What I have ended up with is two-thirds of a closet that is made up of black, white and denim, hence taking the advice of Jo Davies, the founder and owner of one of my favourite English boutiques of the same name:  ”Get the three essential building blocks of black, white and denim right and everything else will fall into place.” (Jo Davies, Black White Denim.)

Quality is paramount in building a wardrobe of classic pieces and there are a handful of brands I feel are excellent for these essentials.  Reiss (of course!) and Helmut Lang for jackets, shirts and tees.  J brand and Levi’s for denim:

Look one (image above, left) Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt; Helmut Lang Sugar Cropped Jacket and J brand Jeans.
Look two (image above, right) Reiss Ella Jacket; Helmut Lang Threadbare Cowl Back Tee and Levi’s Low Rise Demi Curve Skinny Jeans.

An effortless way of looking good, pieces like these are a great way to begin structuring your wardrobe.  I’m focussing on more of my black, white and denim classics over the next few months Blog Reader, so I’d love to hear your thoughts below on the wardrobe staples you can’t live without, too.

Wearing: Blazer, River Island. Jeans: Levi’s.  Shirt, Reiss. Sandals, ALDO.