Call it free speech, passive aggression or just simply DIY gone awry, the humble button, badge, pin is the latest favoured accessory to adorn. Like tattoos but without the commitment, the enamel pin and its siblings, the brooch and the badge, are the accessible, affordable and playful way to express your individual style and opinions.
Paired with the also-ubiquitous classic sweatshirt or denim jacket, how do you see yourself in this sartorial relationship?
You’re opinionated, judgemental and super knowledgeable. You have a lot on your mind and you’re not afraid of letting everyone know it but hey, you do have a point there, so tell me more…
The Vocalist: Can Pep Rey Oversized Sweatshirt £213, Naps Before Chaps Pin £7.50, Middle Finger Pin $10, Not You Pin £7.50, Depressed AF Pin $12, Erase You Pin $9, Hollyweird Pin $12, Troll Doll Trump Pin $10, Nasty Woman Pin $10
You’re championing all that happened yesteryear cos frankly the 00s just doesn’t cut it for you like the feel-good 80s or the mostly-melancholy 90s do. You miss cassette tapes, your blazer sleeves are rolled, you geeked out with the re-release of the Nokia 3310 because snake, and that’s OK!
The Nostalgist: Acne Studios Blå Konst Denim Jacket £320, Slide Me In Disk Pin $12, Date With Zack Pin $7.50, Convergence Badge $2.40, Golden Girls Blanche Pin $12, Trivial Pursuit Pin £6, Paper Origami Fortune Teller Pin £6, Synth Keyboard Pin £7.50
Wes Anderson is your hero, High Fidelity is your favourite film and you subscribe to Vice Magazine. You’re effortlessly clued in to the latest meme, hashtag and viral so naturally your badge game is on point too.
The Culturalist: Pull&Bear Hooded Sweatshirt £18, She’s My Rushmore Pin £8, RipNDip Falling For Nermal Pin $10, Drake Hotline Bling Pin £6.80, Fuck Jerry Pin $12, RipNDip Wart Pin $10, Invader Emoji Pin $12, Obey Andre The Giant Badge £7, Stranger Things Dustin Pin £6
I’m in love with fashion right now. SS17 is blooming with florals, entwined in bows and ruffles, off the grid with gingham and awash in pale pinks. It’s unashamedly feminine but not overtly girly. That’s because this season ruffles are folded into shredded denim, bows are knotted onto skate style trainers and florals, they repeat and play all over everything. Go bold or go home, it’s girl gang season and these are the pieces to wear now.
Left to right: Caroline Constas Gabriella Off The Shoulder Top £364, New Look Gingham Floral Bandana £8, Sandy Liang Accord Gingham & Lace Dress £625, Sonia Rykiel Cropped Gingham Trousers £570, Christopher Kane Gingham Shirt £475, Marques Almeida Wraparound Gingham Sandals £250
Left to right: Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Cropped Ruffled Denim Top £315, J.W. Anderson Ruffled Suede Boots £655, Isa Arfen Amazon Stripe Knot Top £445, Topshop Flute Sleeve Lace Dress £38, No.21 Satin Knot Bag £380, Pull&Bear Frill Sweatshirt £26
Left to right: Topshop Embroidered & Floral Print Jumpsuit £49, Pull&Bear Floral Print Halter Top £13, Marni Embellished Floral Earrings £390, Zara Floral Print Gingham Tunic £40, Fendi Strap You Bag Strap £780, Topshop Embroidered Knot Front T-shirt £36, Zara Floral Fabric High Heel Ankle Boots £60
Who run the world? Girls, obvs.
With 8th March celebrating International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day just round the corner (in the UK), it’s the perfect time to give a shout out to my favourite females be it in music, film or fashion. These are just some of the leading ladies who I look to for a daily dose of style inspo.
Creative Director & President of J.Crew
What successful, aspirational and influential looks like, not to mention super style icon. Jenna’s career ascent is one every budding fashion careerist should read up about. My favourite article on Jenna is this one from Fast Company written in 2013.
Model and Singer
The enfant terrible of the modelling world, I adore Sky’s multi-faceted looks going from goth to grunge to glam and back round again – she pulls it off every time, and brings her savvy style to the music world too.
Singer & Songwriter
Lights’ many solo albums are a shining example of her wonderful songwriting, synth and guitar abilities, but it was her haunting support vocals featured on British metalcore band, Bring Me The Horizon’s 2010 release, There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven Let’s Keep It A Secret. for their track, “Don’t Go”, that has got me absolutely hooked. She’s got an angelic voice that lends itself perfectly to her own brand of edgy pop down to the heaviest of heavy metal tunes.
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Just in time for London Fashion Week, Warehouse has launched this year’s winning designer collection in collaboration with the British Fashion Council, once again setting the stage for emerging design talent. This year’s winner is De Montfort University graduate, Christiana Hadjipapa who wowed the judges with her unique digital prints and showstopping colour combinations.
After spending six months at Warehouse HQ honing her debut collection for the High Street brand and learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry, the strong five piece collection features a neon and floral dip dye crop top with matching joggers, ripped mom jeans, floral jogger shorts and the hero piece – a longline bomber jacket with PVC overlay complete with Christiana’s trademark tiger print across the front.
Printed Compact Knit Top £48, Ripped Mom Jeans £50
Tie Side Printed Shorts £38
Printed Bomber Jacket £120
You can shop the collection exclusively at warehouse.co.uk or at Warehouse Argyll Street. Limited stock available.
Images source: warehouse.co.uk
Two parts wardrobe winner, one part Fifty Shades of Grey – the cage bra is just too cool to cover up. Who knew an extra piece of elastic (or two, or three…) would move the humble bra into a full fashion frenzy?
Paired with the softest of jersey tops, it’s off duty with a very desirable twist. It may still be cold outside but your lingerie doesn’t have to be…
Topshop Balconette Bra £20, Agent Provocateur Alina Bra £110, Charlotte Rouge Cross Over Bra $50, Kiki De Montparnasse Cage Bra £272, H&M Lace Bustier £20
Lonely Lulu Strap Bra £65, Topshop Underwire Bra £20
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Whether you’ve got a punk rock attitude or a rose tinted view when it comes to Cupid’s Day, there’s no shame in dropping very obvious hints to your S.O.!
Clockwise from top left: Yazbukey Le Live Fast Clutch Bag £550, Charlotte Rouge Ornament Bra $49.50, Bijules Black Onyx Heart Midi Ring £310, Alina And T Black Feather & Skull Earcuff Earring £18, Michael Kors Gold Plated Chronograph Watch £229, Nicholas Kirkwood Pearl Embellished Wedge Sandal Shoes £525, Saint Laurent Monogram Leather Clutch £710, Coast Avis Bracelet £15, Warehouse Sparkle Cube Stud Earrings £6, Sophie Hulme Monster Keyring £115
Clockwise from top left: Cleo B Rabbit Fur Pom Pom Shoe Clips £52, Maria Francesca Pepe Heart Earcuff £43, House of Holland Mr Men Mr Messy Clutch £180, Maria Francesca Pepe Kiss Me Drop Earrings £220, Topshop PU Scrunchie £4, Dirty GRL Valentines Heart Soaps $30, Aamaya By Priyanka Pearl Bunny Earrings £195, Maria Black Rose Gold Hero Midi Ring £60, Wunderkind Cat-Eye Sunglasses £280, Topshop Mermaid Bodysuit £35
Now that the social display of outblinging everyone during Christmas and New Year’s is over, I’m trading in my statement necklaces and cocktail rings for something more refined and discreet. Worn back with oversized sweatshirts, maxi mohair cardigans and the softest of soft jersey tshirts, my January bling will be minimalist but pack a maximalist punch.
When it comes to jewellery, there are only three types I like to wear – fine chain necklaces, midi rings and ear cuffs. Necklaces, I like to wear up to three at a time, and am always on the lookout for unique pendants, designed to invite you in and take a closer look. Midi rings, I like them pared back but with plenty of attitude! And my favourite type of jewellery of all, the ear cuff, small in stature but deliver such a bold statement – for me, its for the right ear only.
Uber-urban High Street brand Warehouse held their SS15 Press Day this month at the iconic Victoria House in Holborn, which provided the perfect backdrop to showcase their upcoming Spring/Summer collection and where Work, Play, Style and Relationships – the premise behind Warehouse’s Tales of the City philosophy, remained as the underlying theme throughout.
Guests were treated to bespoke goody bags where you were encouraged to pick up “free stuff” off the shelves as you wandered in and out of the curated rooms, DIY printed tshirts with YRStore and a sneak peek at the most exciting Warehouse collection to date!
Suede and leather, 70s fringing, Scandi styling all represented, as did palm prints, leaf motifs and the hero of the show – a real leather Western jacket dipped in pale pink and cream tones. Sat alongside the plywood fixings, the whole event was one concise, well thought out and expertly curated preview. Onwards to Spring Summer 2015!
Images source: Blogger’s own
OMG! It’s Mid Season Sale time yet again, the newest trends and how to wear them are fully ingrained in our minds and the guilt felt from spending full price on “autumnal essentials” has faded.
Just when we thought we couldn’t spend anymore, mid season kicks in. What I love most are the second chances. What you didn’t want to pay full price for at the start of the season just might still be available, but at a much friendlier cost. Here are my top picks from the latest Mid Season Sales to buy now and wear for the season ahead, get it soon though before someone else does!
Dust off that pink coat from last winter because sugary shades are back this season and sweeter than ever.
Clockwise from top left: Urban Outfitters PU Scrunchie £2 (Was £4), Warehouse Leather Pelmet Skirt £40 (Was £60), Tatty Devine Fried Egg Necklace £18.90 (Was £21), H&M Sweatshirt Top £15 (Was £25), Kurt Geiger Gabby Heeled Boots £79 (Was £120), Kimchi Blue Dylan Shirt Dress £40 (Was £65), H&M Clutch Bag £15 (Was £25)
Say what!? Get the gift of the gab with these conversation starters.
Clockwise from top left: H&M Printed Sweatshirt £15 (Was £20), House of Holland Letters Sweatshirt £80 (Was £165), H&M Beaded Sweatshirt £30 (Was £40)
Why match it when you can clash it? This season, go graphic or go home!
Clockwise from top left: Mink Pink Lost In Space Jumper £35 (Was £70), Vans Era Snakeskin Trainers £53 (Was £75), Miss Selfridge Scribble Print Jeans £18 (Was £36), New Look Stripe Phone Case £2 (Was £5), Oasis Pink Ponyskin Watch £18 (Was £25)
October kicks off with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help raise awareness and funds for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, designers and high street favourites alike have created limited edition pink products for sale, proceeds of which go towards helping aid cancer research and patient care. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with around 50,000 women and around 400 men diagnosed each year. This month, fashion favourites such as Stella & Dot, Stella McCartney, GHD, Warehouse and plenty more give you the chance to help and support this very worthwhile cause. Get a sneak peek at what’s in store this month…
Kate Moss for Stella McCartney
Clockwise from top right: Stella McCartney Gemma Bra £50, Stella McCartney Gemma Briefs £27, Stella & Dot Hope necklace £32, Stella & Dot Inspire Bracelet £35, GHD Pink Coral Styler £129, Warehouse Hairy Pom Pom Jumper £38, Kat & Bee Flore 14ct Gold Ring £205, Avon Lip Gloss in Pink Watermelon £3.50, Laura Ashley Darcey Cosmetic Bag £15
For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit the official website here.
Images source: Kate Moss – stellamccartney.com