The other day I saw this long skirt & shirt combination in Vogue and thought I’d try it. I love this sheer blue skirt from American Apparel but I have to admit that I don’t wear it too often because it’s a bit hard to find an occasion: not really practical for uni, too dressy for a casual coffee and too elegant for a bar (depends on the bar but I am not really the kind of girl who goes to swanky bars all the time). I wore it to dinner at Cay Tre, a Vietnamese Restaurant on Old Street.
The Vogue version is more bold than mine but that might not necessarily be bad thing. I think the outfit definitely needs heels unless you are very tall as long skirts make you look even shorter than you actually are. In the summer, I’ll definitely wear them with brown strappy sandals.
skirt: American Apparel
I bought this jeans-shirt last year at Spitalfield Market last year. It’s a jeans-shirt on the front with a fine knit white panel at the back, but it’s not easy to wear. The easiest option is probably to wear it with fake leather leggings and ballerina flats, or here with trousers-that-look -like-jogging-pants. I’ve accessorised it with a long pearl necklace, which works surprisingly well.
There is only one place to spend this pitch-perfect London spring: the park! For a quick post-study ( I am preparing for my final exams) visit to Bethnal Green Park, I threw a black leather jacket over my nice white dress and put on my silly white sunglasses. Leather jackets are a great addition to summer dresses as they avoid this ‘cute’ girl look.
I also wore fashion jewelry earrings from Deco Art, a little shop in Salzburg (where I am from). The FT even described it as “one of the best shops in Europe” so if you are there, have a look around. The earrings are from the 20s and are made from some kind of high quality plastic that isn’t produced anymore. The ‘pearly’ bit in the middle is actually from a shell. I think they are a great eye-catcher that can be worn casually but also to work or more formal events. Girls of our generation probably all love fashion/costume jewelry. Especially with big earrings and necklaces seen all over the place. Who would be able to afford real stones of that size? But the problem with fashion jewelry bought at H&M and Co. is that they are cheaply made. The colour comes off and sometimes the designs are extremely unoriginal.
Last Thursday it rained non-stop in London, which was – despite the stereotype- unusual for the period of good weather lately. So, what to wear?These leggings from Relax Garden, a small boutique in Shoreditch, are just amazing. They are slightly thicker than normal leggings and keep you warm. They also make an outfit instantly look better. If the sky is grey, I like to wear something colourful like this red shirt-dress and that’s also why I bought this red umbrella (from Mango).
I don’t know how you feel about American Apparel, but aside from their employee-sexually harassing CEO, their policy of selling basics and hardly changing their collections makes it harder to buy from them. I thought about buying this dress for a year before actually doing it, as I knew I could buy it any time. The good thing about this is that you have enough time to emotionally prepare yourself for their sizes. This dress is the largest size they had and as you can see it is still relatively tight. Otherwise, the quality is good, it’s versatile and of course their sweat-shop free policy is good for the conscience. It’s a great dress for going out in winter because you don’t need to wear a jacket over it inside, but it’s sexy with its figure hugging cut and showing some back.
Those who have been following this blog on and off know that I like thinking of my wardrobe in terms of price-per-wear. As a student with a tight budget and a small closet it’s a priority to invest into versatile pieces that you can wear on many occasions. This is why, pieces with a low price per wear are perfect. It means if I’s spent £25 on this top and worn it 25 times. It’s just £1 per wear. This top from H&M probably has an even lower price per wear. You can easily wear it in a professional context with smart trousers or as a more casual outfit with jeans on the weekend. Accessories make this Outfit interesting.
Skinny jeans are a misleading name for a piece of clothing that usually does not make you look skinny – unless your are one of the these “stick-women”, we all hate. The popularity of jeans was somewhat always a little bit of a mystery to me: apart from the new jeggings, they are not particularly comfortable, torturous to buy (who hasn’t despaired in front of an evil changing room mirror, floor covered in jeans that all have the wrong fit, colour or price) and compared to other trousers or skirts they are often quite expensive. Yes, they never go out of fashion but this is only because everybody wears them, which makes them probably the most boring fashion-item of the century. They are not particularly good for the environment either. The manufacturing process requires volcanic pumice stones have to be mined and shipped all over the world and hundreds of litres of water are used for the “washed out” look. Apparently, the Levi’s plant outside El Paso, TX, uses 15% of the city’s water supply and this is just one plant. As if that’s not enough the dye used for denim is also highly toxic. All of this for item of clothing that often didn’t even last me for a year?
The gem of my closet: a men’s Cerutti 1881 suit jacket that I found on a fleamarket in Paris.
Androgynous style has been there for a while. Coco Chanel already tailored men’s jackets to suit her, more recently Katie Holmes walked around with men’s jeans and even more recently unisex models like Andrej Pejic confused catwalk audiences all over the world.
My body is definitely more on the feminine side yet I often find myself drawn to wrapping it in men’s clothes. They are often of better quality and made to last longer than women’s clothes.There are more classics to choose from because men’s fashion doesn’t invent itself every two seconds like women’s fashion does.
Leather Shorts: Vintage
Boots: paul green
bag: market in Verona
It’s been a while since my last Outfit-Post but I thought I’d share this Outfit, I wore to visit a friend’s fashion boutique in Hallein – small town, just outside of Salzburg. While Salzburg is clearly the mainstream tourist magnet in the area, Hallein has an edgier feel to it and a few decent places to have a coffee and some amazing ice-cream. Check back for a full interview with the owner and much requested styling tips for men.
If you know me on facebook or have given my blog, the honour of a Like on facebook (if you haven’t like it now), you already know that I started an internship at Net Media Planet, an online marketing agency. It’s been a great experience so far and I’ve learnt all sorts of things about Google (world domination will be mine :-)), writing for the web and how to make money off websites. The internship was the first time that I was confronted with the challenge to dress for an office job. Luckily Net Media Planet does not have an overly strict dress code, but everybody pays attention to look decent.
I haven’t taken pictures every day but here are two of my Outfits.
coat: Desigual (I particularly like the buttons on this coat. I think I haven’t shown it on the blog yet)
shoes:(black ballet flats) Max shoes
shoes: Max shoes