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Dress – Topshop
Kimono – Marks and Spencer

Shoes – Boohoo

Hairband – American Apparel

Hello everyone, another day another outfit.  For these pictures I was inspired by the fashion photographs of the nineties and early 2000s as on my CSM course I had access to all back issues from magazines such as Nylon, Love, Dazed and Confused and i-D which I normally never read due to them pretty expensive.  I noticed that images with a flash and lots of contrast were popular and as this worked best at this time of night, decided to take and edit my pictures for this outfit in a similar way, especially as it was quite nineties-inspired.  This was due to the small hoops and hair band as well as the t-shirt style dress, chunky shoes and minimal makeup.

Here are some of examples of the sort of images I had in mind

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Kate Moss by Corinne Day for i-D Magazine, December 1993.

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Shirley Manson by Ross Halfin, Nylon Magazine, April 1999

The outfit initially began as it is in the first pictures, with the kimono (who am I kidding, it’s a dressing gown) worn as such.  However, when I was trying on some tops and realised that I didn’t have any trousers to wear them with, I wrapped the kimono round me as a skirt and the kimono skirt/double layered dress was born with the sleeves serving as a makeshift belt.

I hope you liked this super speedy outfit du jour, a bientot!

Caped Crusader

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Sunglasses – Camden Market

Top – Part of a pyjama set :)

Skirt – Vintage

Waistcoat/jacket – Vintage

Trainers – Nike Air Max

This is what I wore for a family day out to a National Trust owned English country home, complete with a quaint tea room and delicious cakes and scones.  Although I can’t say it was right up my street (too many grey hairs and not enough clothes) the gardens were beautiful and so provided the perfect opportunity for a mini photoshoot.  The weather was also a lot colder than had been predicted so I can hardly pretend this was my most practical outfit however I really wanted to give this waistcoat/jacket/cape (I felt like Superwoman when the wind blew) an outing. It actually used to be a dress but was clearly made (by hand) for a midget as I could barely do it up.  Yet I was determined to do something with it as the fabric is so striking and the collar so perfectly retro that with the employment of my needle-savvy grandma, it was transformed and now is much more wearable.

I hope you enjoyed and tomorrow I’ll be posting another mini clothes DIY.

The Writing’s On the Wall

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T-shirt – The Almeida Theatre as part of their Merchant of Venice mercandise

Jeans – 2nd hand Levis

Jacket – 2nd hand

Necklace – 2nd hand

Bag – V&A

Earrings – 2nd hand

Shoes – Nike Air Max

So the whole a-post-a-day-keeps-social-media-oblivion-at-bay thing sort of failed. However, surprise surprise, I have an amazing excuse. Last week I was lucky enough to get a very last minute place on one of Central St Martins Short Courses that they run throughout the summer about fashion styling. It was such a different and fun experience and I can’t wait to feature the work I did here on the blog. But first I thought I’d ease you into the coming onslaught of posts about the course by showing you what I wore the day we went to the exhibition ‘One Nation Under a Groove’ at the Southbank Centre (more on that to come).  It was nothing special and quite casual, as I’m now confined to wearing trainers after having had the world’s biggest blisters (Tmi? probably) but I thought that worked well against the background.  Credits to Molly Clark (follow her on instagram guy, her name is mollymayclark and check out her blog http://www.mollymayclark.blogspot.co.uk/) a girl from the course with some serious photography skilz for the pictures.

Suited and Booted

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Top – 2nd hand from my mum

Skirt – M&S

Shoes – Vintage from a car boot sale

Sunglasses – ALDO

    As promised, my customary retro outfits are back and this time hopefully with a bang thanks to these beautiful boots.  I scored them at a car boot sale in France and couldn’t believe my luck when the lady said they were only 3 euros. These are the sort of thing you’d find at a carefully curated vintage shop in a trendy neighbourhood.   Ugly but sexy, wrong but right, they’re full of contradictions and so definitely not the easiest to style. I think they’d probably go best with a midi skirt, of which I have plenty yet, same old story, none are in the exactly shade.  Only recently have I started to introduce colours such a brown, burnt orange and even dirty greens.  So I had to opt for a mini-skirt yet I still think it works with the co-coordinating colours which pick up on the browns and light pink in the boots.  As things were pretty busy on the bottom half, no innuendo intended, I decided to keep things plain up top with a white polo neck to stick with the late 60s/early 70s vibe.

Hopefully these boots will feature again as I’m sure there are many more ways I could style them.

Cool Tones

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Jumper – Secondhand, from my mum

Trousers – H&M

Shoes – Topshop

Lipstick – Topshop’s ‘Straight Ace’

Hola everyone! Behold, here is an outfit that is only vaguely reminiscent of the 60s/70s, I just can’t help get even a little retro clearly.  However, it’s still inspired by past decades as the look is quite 90s I feel with the hoops, hair, flatforms and plainly cut jumper. I love how the colours of the jumper and trousers compliment each other but don’t match, the same being the case for the shoes and lipstick.  Just a quick ramble from me today and don’t worry, tomorrow I’ll be back to my retro ways.

A bientot!