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.

Fleet Ilya Corset Belt: Still The Dark Side Of The Force

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FleetIlya-leatherbelt-4I love a mix of hard and soft textures within an outfit.  A crisp white shirt and a soft, flowing leather jacket; a fluffy cropped Angora sweater and a sharp cashmere blend A line skirt (and so on, and so forth.)  If you haven’t got the right mixture of fabrics and textures to complete this type of look, I suggest turning to your accessories to mix things up a little.

I have several Fleet Ilya pieces in my wardrobe, with this large point cut out corset belt being my newest accessory from the brand.  A wonderfully webbed show piece – reminiscent of the armour of Batman with a modern Spiderman aesthetic – it’s a very slim fitting, waist nipping style I’ve worn in many different ways.  In summer, when wearing black, navy, or entirely ‘dark’ colours is typically frowned upon (for more of my thoughts on this topic, see here) I’ll still be aligned with the dark side of the force, but I will roll out the lighter fabrics.  Here I thought the combination of the corset belt and this flowing summer dress was a great dichotomy between textures.

Wearing: Heels, Zara. Belt: Fleet Ilya.  Dress: Bought in NYC (unknown Soho boutique, if I ever find it again I will tell you!). Nude slip: Flexees.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography