Sunday, 28 July 2013

Celebrity Vintage Style Fashion on the High Street

Guest post by Sharon @ thewonderbegins.

Whilst not everyone has the bank account of a celebrity fashion icon to indulge in high end fashion, the style can easily be achieved with what the high street and thrift stores have to offer. Stars like Agyness Deyn, Lily Allen and Fearne Cotton are known for mixing their high end with their high street, creating an edgy fashion style. Show your edgy side with some leather shorts (Topshop, £30), and oversized slouchy jumper (River Island, £38) and black Chelsea ankle boots (Boohoo, £30). Complete the look with a black leather handbag (Fiorelli, £30), some 60s Round Sunglasses (Topshop, £16) and a Vintage Inspired Chiffon Scarf.

Nicole Richie, one of the many stars-turned-fashion-designer, is regularly seen in oversized shades, boho style clothes and prints, maxi dresses and an array of vintage accessories. This black maxi dress (Miss Selfridge, £45) is great for the summertime, or opt for a maxi skirt (Topshop, £48) with a vest and envelope clutch (Miss Selfridge, £16). Don't forget to layer on your jewellery! Arabella Champagne Drop Crystal Glass Pendant with Arabella Heart Locket, and Handmade Natural Shell Bracelet for arm candy.

Or if you prefer an old-school glamour look, channel your inner Dita Von Teese with curls and red lipstick. Recreate the look with an elegant dress (Miss Selfridge, £26) and beaded clutch (Miss Selfridge, £35) paired with Arabella Bianco Freshwater Pearl and Diamante Stud Earrings and the Silver Vintage Style Daisy Bracelet.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Vintage Shrewd, a glorious vintage shop, by Decades of Elegance

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Decades of Elegance owner Iida in a midnight blue evening gown from Vintage Shrewd

Vintage Shrewd shop owner Sonja, modelling a vintage 50s ensemble

Monday, 15 July 2013

More Men's Fashion ...

Wide Eyes, Tight Wallet - Doing A Lot With A Little 

I know I've been leaning a bit heavily towards WIWT posts over more specific articles, but today's outfit offered me a great chance to show you all just what you can do with a very tight budget. This whole outfit cost me easily under $100, but looks good enough for any day at the office or even a job interview (although I'd add a blazer).

This shirt is actually a recent purchase from Target of all places. I usually only go to Target for basics...I'll take a $12.00 Target V-Neck tee over basically the same thing from J. Crew for $50.00 any day. That said, I tend to steer away from pants or dress shirts, or anything that I would prefer to order in a 'slim' size. However, I was browsing the other day and noticed that their Mossimo OCBD's were labeled 'Tailored Fit,' as opposed to 'Classic Fit,' like the rest of their dress shirts. On top of a cool price point of $23.00, I couldn't resist grabbing one. Considering it was just an impulse buy (I didn't even bother trying the shirt on in the store), I'm pretty happy with the purchase. 

You do make some sacrifices for the cheaper price, but if you're just looking for a little bit of a change in your rotation and aren't ready to drop the appropriate amount on a quality shirt, this is a refreshing option. The fit is spot on while standing straight, although the shoulders bunch and pull a bit if I raise my arms (slightly weird armhole dimensions, from the looks of it). 
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Monday, 8 July 2013

I was enchanted to meet you ...

   a guest post by Sharon at heartcube

A third of the tops I own are of chiffon and sheer material, and now that it’s summer, it just feels so much more appropriate wearing them than during wintertime (even though I still wear them during winter regardless). Not one to usually dress particularly girly on a casual day (my lazy, go-to outfit consists of black leggings, a black bodycon skirt, UGGs and a shirt), but I do have a weak spot for anything white, lace or sheer.

Ruffled hems, sheer panels, lace, girly silhouettes, and floaty dresses donned the Spring/Summer 2013 catwalks at the likes of Alice Temperley, Erdem, Elie Saab and Ralph Lauren. There were a myriad of pretty dresses and chic statement hemlines, which would all be in my wardrobe if I were an Upper East Side fashionista. But alas. Instead, I have compiled a shortlist of high street wardrobe wants – that is, if British weather grants us sunshine and heat these coming months.

Pinks, blues, whites and creams are in my ideal colour palette for this season. Whilst white is a quite dangerous colour to wear, nonetheless it is just such a clean, minimalist colour and my last year’s summer wardrobe was basically 90% white. The lace shorts from New Look have nice texture and detailing, and would look great with a coloured top. I have always wanted a pair of lace shorts, so I might opt for a pair this year since they are a quite affordable price.

The Miss Selfridge skater dress in a vintage, rusty pink colour is a cute day-dress option, which would match well with the embellished sandals and simple Vintage-style Arabella Bianco bracelet and the dainty pearl necklace. The New Look dress with ruffles is the more elegant alternative. Peek-a-boo sleeves are a tasteful, yet ‘sexy’ way to show some skin, and the black blouse by Dylan & Rose and the sheer-panelled River Island bodycon dress are both something I would opt for the evening time on a night out with the girls. I love how sheer can be done as summery, daytime chic as well as night time glamour. And lastly, cobalt blue is the colour to pair with white! In love with the Topshop skirt. Must. Buy. Now.

Monday, 1 July 2013

The Beginning of Men's Fashion Magazines, a guest post by Glenn at False Image

I thank Apparel Arts for paving the way for CQ magazine.

So you ask yourself what is Apparel Arts? Between the heyday of men`s elegance in the 1920s and 1930s emerged a publication that paved the way for much later magazines such as Esquire, Men`s Health, and many more.
Apparel Arts was a mens fashion magazine aimed primarily towards wholesale buyers and retail sellers. Apparel Arts could be described as an undeniable source of information for people in general in an era where mens fashion made sense.
Esquire surfaced  two years after Apparel Arts which added to the innovative idea of a men`s fashion magazine. Apparel Arts continued to carry the torch until 1957 when it converted into a quarterly magazine operated under Esquire, Inc.
The following year the name and logo was dropped, and so was born today’s Gentleman Quarterly known as GQ. I guess you can say GQ has always held the perfect message involving fashion, and as well all the things that make up our own lifestyle.