Double Denim – Gap & Urban Outfitters

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Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens 4

Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens

Gap shirt Urban Outfitters BDG denim styleonthecouch lydia hudgens 7I often find myself missing NYC.  Perhaps because the weather has been so cold in England lately, perhaps because I’m not doing as much traveling as I was doing in the time I was there… but mostly I think it’s the people, the ‘can-do,’ ‘anything-is-possible’ attitude that I miss.  There are a few outfits I wore in fall in NYC that I’m back wearing again in springtime in the UK.  This double-denim set is something of a legend to me. It was my ‘failsafe’ weekend outfit for walks in Central Park (I may have ditched the high heels for my Converse by the time I got off the 6 train on the Upper East Side) and lazy brunches at Mud Coffee House.  I used to love tying the shirt across my stomach like Daisy Duke and how the jeans made me feel all Charlie’s Angels.  My boyfriend and I argue the toss about these jeans ALL the time – they are one of my favourite styles but he does not get high-waists at all.  Anyone else experience that the man doesn’t appreciate the high-waist styles? There must be some interesting psychology here.  Please share below!

Although not technically a double-denim outfit, since the top is a Gap chambray shirt it’s still all kinds of the blue that I love.  My heels are from Nine West, the jeans BDG / Urban Outfitters. I just need a rodeo now.  Just as well I am busy planning a return trip to the US in June hey, Blog Reader?

Photos: Lydia Hudgens Photography.

 

Simple Classics: Reiss Shirt, Urban Outfitters Denim. Monochrome Me Series

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Reiss White Shirt Urban Outfittters Jeans StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

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Since arriving back in the UK, Blog Reader, life has been a whirlwind of job hunting, flat searching, catching up with family and friends and exploring my favourite places in London again.  In some ways many things have changed, in other ways I’m comforted to know that things are exactly the same, especially with my very good friends who have whisked me away for dinner parties, let me stay with them at short notice (that’s you, Ms Wonderful South Molton St Style) and generally fed me wine and cheese whilst we’ve caught up on anything and everything that’s been happening in each other’s lives.

After spending New Year in Paris I was filled with enthusiasm to hit the ground running in January.  After the inevitable anxiety of ‘am I ever going to find a new job?’ last week I was offered a fabulous new role and I’ll be relocating for work over the next few weeks.  New home, new challenge, new setting – I love change and I’m super excited about what’s to come.

On the day before my job interview I had a huge dilemma about what to wear. Several outfit changes, mirror glances and face pulling later I decided to keep things simple.  I’ve been wearing a lot of black, white and denim lately and this might be part and parcel of trying to keep things simple in some areas of my life whilst others undergo transformation (though I have a feeling Fashion Week will bring and end to this as I have a few new styles in prints that I am dying to wear!).  This safari style shirt will forever be my ‘lucky’ shirt.  I wore it on interview day – a lovely top from Reiss with epaulette detail and high neckline.  I put on my Urban Outfitters high-waisted pants, a smart jacket, black heels and My Tiffany & Co. key necklace, a gift to myself when I left NYC.  Simple, classic styles just sometimes work a treat.

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“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living” – Gail Sheehy, author.

Wearing: Shirt from Reiss.  Jeans, Urban Outfitters.

Photos of me: with thanks to the amazing William Williams.

Monochrome Twist: FYI by Dani Read Leg Harness

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FYI by Dani Read WIlliam WIlliams Photographer StyleOnTheCouch FYI by Dani Read Leg harness

These photos probably give you the best idea of how I like to have fun with a monochrome outfit.  I’m a big subscriber to the idea that simple is best, but sometimes simple can be too much so and needs a little edge to make a standout difference.  I wrote about FYI by Dani Read earlier in the year; she caught my eye with her brand statement ‘Women Are Weapons’TM.    This leg harness goes perfectly with my high-waisted jeans from Urban Outfitters.  I’m a total convert to the high waist since my thirties and even more so since seeing the wonderful post-Edwardian costumes on Downton Abbey.  I wear these jeans endlessly – with a high heel and a high waist I find I look so tall – I love it!

These photos make me smile because they represent to me a change and a new time in my life.  Now back in the UK after my adventures in the United States I’m taking stock, re-connecting with old friends, making new acquaintances and planning some exciting adventures for 2013.  This weekend I head over to France to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris!  A wonderful city of love and light, its elegance captured me completely the last time I was there.  You can follow me on instagram and twitter for updates during my travels.  Have a wonderful NYE and I’ll post my Paris photos very soon.

Wearing: FYI by Dani Read leg harness, ASOS white vestUrban Outfitters high-waisted jeans, STOP bootCarvela by Kurt Geiger.

Photos: William Williams.