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Pool Slides: Love or Loathe?

I’m all for flat shoes integrating back into the fashion loop but I am going to suggest that Pool Sliders are taking things a little too far… In life there are types of shoes that are just made for certain people. Take Manolo Blahniks and Carrie Bradshaw, for example. A beautiful match made in shoe heaven combined with a New York City sidewalk. When I imagine a Pool Slider’s match however, all that springs to mind is a balding middle aged man and white sports socks. So why and how have these ugly pieces of plastic become the It shoe of high fashion? Phoebe Philo is somewhat to blame after her ‘Firkenstock’ creation for Chloe S/S 13. Little Ailia Wang somehow looked adorable and chic all at the same time in a pair last year and, like all mini style icons, made the fashion world fierce with envy. How can someone be so small and carry off a pair of pool slides for god’s sake?! Then came the piece de resistance – Freja Erichsen for …

How to: Wear a Classic Shirt this Summer

Skirts are trending right now. Whether you keep it classy with a straight midi or liven things up with a billowy mini, opt for a vivid floral or a minimal polka, skirts can be your trusty partner in crime this summer to take you from day to night. What’s the secret you say? A classic shirt can change the way you style your skirts forever. If you’re wearing a patterned skirt, a crisp white or baby blue shirt combo creates an effortless and sophisticated look that emits a certain je ne sais quoi that you can’t quite put your finger on. Maybe it’s the nod towards powerful and professional women that it exudes or maybe it’s the seductive connotations surrounding wearing one the morning after the night before – there’s something rather empowering about wearing this basic piece. Especially when worn with a skirt, this combo is the perfect balance – a lady essential on bottom, a gentleman essential on top. There are a few rules you need to abide by to get this look …

How to: Wear Lace this Summer

I’ll be honest. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lace. I always find it’s slightly too much for the minimalism fiend within me to handle.  I do believe, however, that it looks a million times better on a person than on the hanger. It’s a fabric that needs structure to work otherwise I am reminded of the lacklustre drape of my granny’s curtains. There is one designer that keeps the ‘love’ part of my lace relationship intact though – Erdem. His somewhat habitual use of lace in his designs, especially in his SS11 collection, has kept the delicate material in the fashion game and most definitely given it a new lease of life. His lacy masterpieces are nothing less than magical and he somehow manages to maintain its pretty nature whilst creating a modern statement. My love for his work grew even deeper when the Duchess of Cornwall initiated her 2011 North American tour in an Erdem navy lace dress. The epitome of modern grace, I couldn’t think of a better muse for …

Holiday Blues

With a Greek adventure planned for the summer, I find myself drawn to blue and white when holiday shopping. Who can forget Valentino’s beautiful blue and white gowns inspired by Delft ceramics last year? Historically, blue and white porcelain was thought of as the most luxurious and lust after in the world. Its connections with China meant it was an exotic and interesting choice for Europeans and therefore well sought after. Heightening its importance, blue has been the colour of many army uniforms. It became the shade of liberty in the 18th century, developing into the colour of authority in the 19th century with the public services adopting it for their own uniforms. More simply than historical references, blue is the colour of the ocean which paints the sky a shade of blue too. It’s the colour of most humans’ eyes when they are born. It was the colour of Mother Theresa’s head scarf and the colour of the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring. Blue is a colour with multiple moods, contexts and characteristics attached …

Coachella

Whilst I’m at home practising a Fauxchella (buying a prairie dress from Topshop and listening to Arcade Fire in my car on the way to work), the social elite and a few lucky others are midway through the second weekend of the boho bash that is, Coachella. Scrolling through my Instagram on my lunch break during Coachella makes me long for a dusty field, some cuban boots and a floral headband (the bigger, the better). It’s a music festival that naturally comes with its own dress code and showcases how music and fashion can be perfectly harmonious. Coachella’s fashion DNA is a mixture of boho, safari and rock and roll. Hair is naturally tousled, plaited or brightly coloured and bodies are beautifully bronzed. Unlike Glastonbury, the Californian sunshine guarantees no mud so footwear is an endless possibility. Coachella has become the most fashionable music festival in the world and its documentation on social media has made it impossible to stay away from. For girls, it’s an opportunity to dress like a free spirited Pocahontas and …

Style Notes: Clueless

Preppy Nineties style made a comeback last year with crop tops and co-ordinates ruling the High Street rails. I needed to share (or should I say Cher) this amazing Skirt suit from Topshop which instantly reminds me of Cher’s style in the iconic Nineties chick flick, Clueless. They do say fashion goes full circle after all. Teamed with a structured white top and black heels, it’s a classic look with a fun element and a good contender to brighten up your mid-winter style. The beauty of a co-ordinate, coincidentally, is that they look just as good worn separately and styled up (or down) with the rest of your wardrobe. It’s a brave little number and one which needs a large character like Cher’s to pull off – and a love for the Nineties obviously. The scalloped edge and round neck on the jacket adds a modern edge and the A line skirt has already been a must-have for the past year. This, combined with the light pink and black plaid check makes it an updated look that will see you through the season.   

ASOS Wish List

Blouse with Ethereal Embroidery, £36; Peg Trousers in  Tartan Check Print, £22; Jacket with Floral Embroidery, £70; Full Midi Skirt with Tiered Seam Detail, £35  During Winter, I think it’s important not to get too tied down in fur, deep berry shades and sparkle. You can still wear white, bright colours, light fabrics and print and still make it work for the colder seasons. The key is to combine differing textures and fabrics to create a multi-dimensional look that doesn’t instantly appear wintry but still keeps you protected from the elements. Opt for a woolly jumper with cotton pants, a full midi skirt with a lightweight blouse or a cocktail dress with a long printed blazer. ASOS have some amazing pieces at the moment that can lighten your Winter wardrobe with intriguing colours, prints and fabrics. I like to outfit build when shopping so my four ASOS options can be styled together in various ways. It’s so important to do this if you want to save money and create more outfits out of your wardrobe. …