Bond Girl: Tom Ford Aviators & ASOS Swim

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Style on the couch canary islands gran canaria maspaloma holiday sun beach pool bikini swim swimsuit sexy palm tree tropical paradise panama hat tom ford sunglasses asos bikini-3548

Style on the couch canary islands gran canaria maspaloma holiday sun beach pool bikini swim swimsuit sexy palm tree tropical paradise panama hat tom ford sunglasses asos bikini-3597Whilst New York Fashion Week has been and gone (I hope you caught my series for Spring Summer 2015, if not scroll down after this post!) I’ve been having a wonderful break in The Canary Islands.  I’m flying home this weekend, and before London Fashion Week kicks off I wanted to post the second of my beach outfits from the vacation (I have mostly been living in swimsuits and bikinis, which has considerably lightened my suitcase – good news for me since I am usually the one bemoaning the extra kilograms of luggage charges at the airport).

I think it is increasingly acceptable, in fact encouraged these days, to mix ‘high’ and ‘low’ fashion.  My new rose gold Tom Ford Marko Aviators have been a great asset this trip. Since the lenses are polarized, they eliminate reflections and glare (great if you are spending a lot of time near the sea, or perhaps on a boat).  They also offer some additional protection from the harmful UV rays, not to mention they look pretty damn chic.

The shiny rose gold frames really stood out when I wore the aviators with my black cross front wrap halter bikini from ASOS.  As bikinis go this is a great sporty style though probably for smaller bust sizes only – I find the halter neck style really flattering for my shape (a swimsuit version also exists, click HERE.) A Bond Girl moment for me on my trip! To quote the memorable scene from Dr No. where Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder) emerged from the sea in her bikini:  ’Honey: Are you looking for shells?;  007: No, I’m just looking.’

Wearing: sunglasses from smartbuyglasses.  Bikini, ASOS. Photos: with thanks to @Societemember.

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.

Collections: Whistles Autumn Winter 2014

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whistles_womens_aw14_look14Shot on location at The Barbican, the creative heartbeat of London’s financial district, Whistles Autumn Winter 2014 collection is full of minimalistic elegance with comforting textural accents (leather, faux fur, sequins, knits). You may even be welcoming the end of summer when you glance upon the full range (savvy shoppers will already have placed their orders – whilst they are not fast fashion, Whistles don’t seem to do huge runs of any styles, so don’t be caught out!)

With a beautiful colour palette close to my own heart: black, navy, and pale lavender, a collection of streamlined yet drape-y jumpsuits, skirts and tops (one is also reminded of the aesthetic of Ellery here,) furry coats and cocktail party dresses is waiting for you.

Lilac is a colour that was really important – it has such connotations of twinset and pearls so making it modern feels exciting. Oversized coats were the perfect shape, as if borrowed from your boyfriend. We love the contrast between the volume of a coat like this and a party dress worn underneath… {It is} A playful collection, shaking off sculptural silhouettes and embracing fluid pieces and fabrics that move. Confidence, comfort and chic come together here – we think you’ll find it’s a desirable combination.”

Whistles is one of those brands who provide middle market store offerings but place an emphasis on real, ‘high’ fashion.  From what I remember as being quite a whimsical, girly offering in my younger years, Whistles appears to be growing into an interesting and contemporary brand.  Cool not conventional is how I prefer you, Whistles, and I’m sending you much love for your stunning AW14 line.

To see more of Whistles AW14 click HERE.