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.
The blog has been really quite uhm in the past year or so? I’ve concentrated on other projects, mostly my degree at City University London and dabbled in some non-fashion related stuff like business reporting, PR for Frieze Art Fair and worked a bit at a major London landmark. Anyway, I haven’t lost my interest in fashion and hope to blog a bit more in the coming months. To start with: is an outfit post about a spring outfit I wore last Saturday for a little walk around Leamington Spa. It’s often hard to dress for spring as you just want to finally get on all your colourful clothes on but it’s often still a bit chilly. The solution is a floral skirt, paired with tights and a cashmere jumper in a nice colour. It keeps you warm and still looks fresh. If it gets a bit windy a trench coat solves the problem. A long necklace adds a bit of sparkle to the outfit
No series to this day, has managed to be as fashion-forward as Sex and the City. Even, long after the last series, I found myself, picking up a piece of clothing, thinking if Carrie would wear it. Time has moved on and my style has (sadly?) become down to earth and “grown-up” – and more black and grey. One of my friend recently even pointed out that I’ve become much “more elegant and far less crazy”. Gone are the days, when I spent hours going through mountains of vintage clothing and at designer markets. I still have hope that they’ll return somehow when al the essays and exams are written but until then, I thought it was time for a little collection of my best Carrie-Outfits. Which is your favourite?
1) “My boyfriend thinks” “my boyfriend says”, my boyfriend always does” – please get your own opinion.
2) Talking about what food is healthy and how much fat or calories something contains. – I don’t care and I am going to eat it anyway.
3) Talking about period symptoms – why some women think that this is even remotely interesting, will always remain a mystery to me.
4) “Unconsciously” flirting with someone else’s boyfriend and then denying it. We all know where the line between “friendly” and “flirty” is. Stay on the right side.
5) “I-am-soooo-incredibly-sexy-dressing” – Keep your pop-star-stage-outfits at home and please note that what may work for Beyonce on stage does not make you look sexier in real life. If men want to see someone dressed as a lap-dance-girl they can pay for it.
6) “You know, the girl with the red hair, who is the sister of … and went to this uni” – I don’t know her and I don’t care.
7) “Ahhh Aurelia, HOW have you been. I have not seen you in ages….” hug, kiss, kiss. let’s take a photo together – Cheeeeese. – We said “hi” in the hallway once. I. do.not. know. you.
8) Facebook pictures that are close-ups of someone’s cleavage who does not have boobs in real life.
9) Photos of girls with hashtags/tags on Instagram/Twitter that read like the description of a porn star/ lap-dancer.
10) Constant complaining about men: We all complain about the opposite sex once in a while but if there is nothing good about men, maybe you should rethink your sexual orientation.
*that I sometimes commit myself 🙂
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?
Gender-Bending is nothing new to fashion but is not always easy to pull-off and the rules change – recently against boyfriend jeans. This little shopping guide helps to find the basics for an androgynous look at House of Fraser.
Nothing is more versatile than these slimming black trousers (5) from London-based fashion label, Religion, or the black blazer from Michael Kors (2) – both shouldn’t be missing in any women’s closet. Men’s watches are great accessories (4), (3) to give outfits a masculine twist and can be combined with different styles. A true essential for a the androgynous style is a men’s shirt, which is worth spending a little bit more on. You will wear and love this for years to come, so dig deep into your wallet. Genuine men’s shirts are often of better quality than women’s, so don’t buy a shirt that was made for women with a “male cut”. Best is, to go for a traditional British clothing brand like Hackett (7) and buy a men’s shirt in the smallest size. Shirts with patterns or colour are often more versatile because they can be worn for all kinds of occasions from breakfast in bed to a walk on a beach in Italy.
Shoes are another great accessory to give outfits a new twist and an elegant replacement for pumps in the office. Shoes in a male style can be used to dress down girly dresses to make them look more grown-up and can look very sexy if matched with a figure-hugging suit for dinner. This pair from KG (8) looks good on every woman but there are plenty more good options for men’s shoes at House of Fraser. Let’s not forget a coat for winter: for coat it is often better to take a women’s coat with a masculine cut rather than a men’s coat as they are usually too big for women’s shoulders. A light colour, like this (1) coat in camel makes it look a little bit more feminine to strike an ideal gender balance.
PS: A few of these items would make great Valentine’s gifts that can easily be borrowed and re-purposed. Something to keep in mind when picking out something for the loved-one :-).
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.
Once a year the art crowd flocks to London for the ‘London Fashion Week’ for galleries, collectors, artists and nobobodies like me, who take an interest in art. This is my second year of Frieze and I already feel much more comfortable with the process that comes with it: queuing in front of the wood-box-box-office, which looks like a bad installation in itself, getting into a chat with an artist, who is disappointed that I am not a millionaire-art collector and the ridiculous bag-search to make sure you don’t carry any black paint for spontaneous vandalizations.
But once you have splurged a week’s grocery shop on a ticket and entered the holy plastic tents, the fun starts. Endless gallery stalls with important names stretch along the neon-lit corridors and display everything and everybody that matters in art at the moment. You can get into a nauseated by the observation of a photo collage about a performance featuring mustard, ketchup sausages and a human penis (not photographed, because I am nice), be impressed by a Keith Haring -esque ‘monument’ (picture 2), gain some life-guidance (3) or soothe your eyes with the bluest of blue (4 and 5).
I like lists. To-do lists, fact-lists, top-10 lists, lists of things you have to do before you die. Here are a few of my rather pointless lists.
Things I like about London
1) the pubs
2) Naan bread in supermarkets
3) the fact that they put stuffing in sandwiches
4) that you can buy a big bunch of flowers on one of the markets for less than £1.50
5) the parks (favourites: Hamsted Heath, Victoria Park, Regent’s Park, Battersea Park)
6) how London looks when the sun comes out after the rain
7)the growing coffee-shop culture (favourites: shoreditch grind, fix, coffee-cart, benugo)
8) the galleries in East London
9) Regent’s Canal
10) Cyder, Cidre, Cider or whatever you want to call it
11) the bookshop in Somerset house
Popular high street fashion stores like Mango, Zara and H&M can be found all over the world and are generally affordable. The pricing of the clothes is adapted to the country to match the competition and be in relation to what the chain store has to pay in wages and taxes. But does the management get this right?
A recent visit to the high-street within the Eurozone and the UK revealed that Mango takes advantages of the different currency in Britain. The Spanish clothing chain sells a dress for €29,99 in the Eurozone, which is £34,99 in the UK. It may have escaped the pricing managers attention: but the pound Sterling is stronger than the Euro, which means that the same garment is a hefty €43,70 in the UK (if converted back to Euros).
Is it more expensive to run the shops in the UK? No, not really: the minimum wage in the UK is £6.19 (€7.73) per hour compared to €7.89 in Germany. The taxes or electricity is about the same and there is no other reason for MANGO to make their clothes more expensive in the UK unless the clothing chain he victim of a not-know Channel mafia coup that charges €13 per item to be shipped across the Channel or maybe MANGO just wants to express their sympathy for poor Eurozone countries?
Screenshots taken from Online Stores
While MANGO is probably the most exaggerated, ZARA is less abusive towards fashion victims: a black dress with leather appliques is £39.99 and €49.95 in the UK and Austria respectively. This is pretty much accurate to the exchange rate. It seems to be one of ZARA’s policies to just take 10 off the price. A TRF Shirt is €39.95 in Austria and £29.99 (€37.49), which actually makes it cheaper in the UK than in Austria.