Friday, 27 January 2012

Eye Spy, a Vintage Buy!

If you read my blog frequently, you most probably know I can’t help but sing praises to Urban Outfitters already. Well this post is no different.
However, I am only talking about one section today and that is their vintage range. Lately, I myself just can’t get enough and can’t help but spend money I don’t really have in there. Now, you must have been living in a black hole for the last few years if you don’t own or know about the Levi cut off shorts they do. I recently purchased a pair after about a year (and I am not over exaggerating) of looking for the perfect pair. They were so popular they never had my size, but luckily, I stumbled across a pair a few weeks ago and snapped those bad boys right up! They are o of my favourite pieces and I can’t stress how much I think everyone should own a pair of denim shorts let alone a vintage Levis pair.
Which leads me on to why I love it; even though they are all denim shorts, every pair is different. That’s the beauty of vintage – it’s very rare to get the same thing twice. They have similar items, but none are exactly the same. Perfect! I can’t think of anything worse than having the same things as someone else – you need to embrace your own style not somebody else’s.
Please excuse the chinese takeaway menus!
Enough of me babbling now, the reason for this post was to show off my new cardigan: a vintage grey cardigan with the letter K on it. I already have a ‘Kate’ jumper, so I thought I might as well get a cardigan to add to the collection! I absolutely love it, it’s so preppy as well as vintage and I can’t wait to wear it with skinny jeans and a white tee.

Though, to be fair, I think it would be really easy to buy a letter in a haberdashery shop and iron it on yourself, but I was feeling lazy and can’t resist a bit of Urban Outfitters! I couldn’t be happier with it!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Collar Craze

It seems to me that everyone is going back to school and are on a craze for collars, don’t you agree? I can’t help but be part of this fashion revolution; as a top button girl myself I can’t resist a collar with a bit of attitude and think accessorizing them is a big thumbs up. However, it all depends on the type of collar (who knew a collar on a shirt could have so many different styles and names ay?)
First of all, if you have a Peter Pan collar, you don’t really have to do much to it. But ALWAYS have the top button done up, as it’s not as easy to pull off the open collar look with these. Although, if you want to jazz it up a bit maybe adding some studs to toughen the look could work wonders, as collars are quite feminine and preppy. Or, if you want to continue the trend, maybe try pearls, it’s not hard to do it yourself.
I think my all-time favourite collar is the standard turned-down collar. It works well in so many ways, and can be accessorised really well- which of course is what fashion is all about. A turned down collar on a crisp white shirt is always a winner, and I like to wear mine with either a bow tie or a crossed over piece of material. They are also easy to get away with having the top button loose but I personally choose not to. Another one of my favourites is my black sheer shirt with the studded collar from Zara, it couldn’t be more on trend.
I recently bought a shirt from Urban Outfitters and the collar is beautiful. Right at the point of the shirt it has metal bits which really add to the shirt. It makes it so much more different which I find Urban outfitters do quite a lot with their clothes, you should keep a look out for interesting collar designs.

Another collar that is making its way on to the catwalk is the sailor collar. Traditionally witnessed on sailor’s uniforms (hence the name) it consists of a deep V at the front. I have come across quite a few of these in Primark but haven’t seen one I would like to purchase yet.

One for the men out there is the granddad collar, which in fact is no collar at all, as seen on Olly Murs with his very tight trousers. He pulls it off really well but I think you need quite a relaxed style, and they need to be worn with skinny light jeans to be at their best.
Continuing with this collar debate, you can now wear collars without even wearing a shirt. If you haven’t come across them already you can now buy a collar by itself. I have been looking for one for ages, and have only found them in Miss Selfridges for about £16 but I still haven’t found ‘the one’. They look really good with a high neck jumper if you want the prim and proper look. Or to embrace the messy-cool look, wear it with a baggy top to juxtapose the styles. However, I feel studs would be more appropriate for the second look and pearls for the first.

Take it back to the school days, but this time do your top button up willingly. The more accessories the better and let’s just hope I actually find the collar I’ve desperately been looking for. This is not a trend to be missed!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Steal Molly King's Statement Jeans

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend clearly couldn’t find the right fitting jeans, as we all know that once you’ve found that pair, you wear them until their last thread. But for this season your best friend is getting a makeover- it’s all about the coloured jeans!

They’ve been in the fashion scene for a while now, and they’re not budging anytime soon. For winter, deep shades like navy, mustard, bottle green and red are perfect to team with a cosy jumper or cardigan; whereas for summer spring 2012 you could invest in a bright turquoise pair to keep on the fashion radar and are perfect for summer evenings with a cute vest top.
Take Molly King from The Saturdays as your muse; she’s the gorgeous po star every girl aspires to be, with her amazing expensive dresses on stage you can’t help but envy her look. But being the natural beauty she is, you can’t help but desire her look off stage too.
Her winter look can be fast-forwarded into spring with her plum coloured jeans which brighten up the outfit instantly. This is reinforced by her on-trend striped cardigan with short sleeves and casual vest top which is the perfect off stage cosy comfortable look, especially with her buckled sheep skin boots we can’t help but want.
In order to copy this look you can get her Firetrap Evelyn jeans for just £55, which is a steal! But to get the rest of her look for less try this beautiful cardigan that’s just like Molly’s from Newlook for just £14, along with a white vest top which is £6 from Topshop. Then slip on these fabulous brown fur trimmed boots which rival the singer’s and you’re nearly good to go.
However the look isn’t complete yet, you need a large bag like Molly’s and what more could you want but this beauty from; the ‘soft red leather bag with padlock’ is enough to finish any outfit and contrast with your bold jeans.
So be brave and make a statement in your jeans.