There’s no doubt about it, winter fashion is significantly better than that of the summer season. Don’t get me wrong, there are huge elements of summer style that I can’t get enough of - floral dresses, pretty playsuits and wearing a denim jacket with everything makes my heart very content - but for the most part, I find myself struggling more than ever with what to wear. I seem to go into sheer sartorial panic on the rare occasion that we have a day full of cloud splitting sunshine and raised temperatures. Then there’s the holiday packing where I seem to pack absolutely every item of remotely summery clothing that I own in the hope that when I open the case on the other side the items will all have magically transformed themselves into complete outfits. During our most recent heatwave and gloriously lengthy 2 day summer, I found myself trying on no less than four different outfits before settling on one to sit around the house in (a slogan tee and denim shorts - hardly a masterpiece.) It was then that I realised the extent of just how much I dislike summer fashion. After an (accidentally) lengthy discussion at the dinner table with my mum and little sister, we concluded that the problem with summer fashion is the bare all approach we all seem to have adopted. We’re not the only ones to have noticed either, as confirmed by a quick scroll through the feeds of the favourite influencers and street style stars of the industry. This summer’s style squad are all about modest dressing in the height of summer.
Think high necks, long sleeves and full length dresses (not necessarily all at once), pulled together with the most delicate of sheer material, ladylike prints and looser silhouettes. It’s time to embrace more feminine and luxurious pieces, the kind that give true meaning to the term, day-to-night dressing. Translate the look into into everyday wear simply by toughening it up with leather or block heels, adding an unexpected element to do all of the talking. The best part about the trend is come winter, you'll have a perfectly curated collection dresses to layer until your heart is content. Just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to flaunt it if you don’t want to.
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I’m not entirely sure what’s going on right now but everywhere I look, people seem to be obsessing over leggings. I can count at least 4 emails off the top of my head where leggings sales were being pushed in my face. I can count at least 4 times in the last 2 weeks that I’ve left the house in leggings and I can confirm that my last purchase included leggings. To be fair, the leggings I’ve been buying and wearing are gym leggings because, drum roll please, I’m a gym girl now (cue sassy hair flick).
P.S Stay tuned to hear all about it and how patient saints of MISSFITZ that have been putting up with and training me.
The new found gym love has definitely contributed to the increased leggings to normal clothes ratio going on in my wardrobe but I’m not the only one feeling the love for leggings. I’m also definitely not complaining, not for a second. If this means that I can walk around in the comfort of leggings again without being accused of being a milly, wearing what looks like improved upon fabrics that prevent the dreaded VPL/see through situation then sign me up and make it snappy. This is one trend I can wholeheartedly commit to.
We’ve become a society obsessed with health and fitness combined with a continuous love for sports luxe fashion. Really, it’s only a matter of time before gym wear takes over our lives. While clearing out my wardrobe last week I realised that I own more trainers than I do any other kind of shoe. While I initially criticised myself for this, it’s fast become a bonus now that I actually go to the gym (would a second hair flick be too much?) and finally my trainers are getting used for their original purpose as opposed to a fashion statement. Added bonus - with my reinstated love for leggings, the trainers and leggings combos are becoming endless.
I suppose we should probably give credit where it’s due on this one. The celebrities and their stylists (more likely the latter). It only took us ordinary people about a year to catch on but last year the celebs were all about the leggings, focusing on finding ways to incorporate them into their day to day lives rather than restricting the trend to gym wear. While their thinking was probably more to do with efficiently maintaining their status on the glam radar, ours was more likely based around being lazy. They played with proportions, pairing leggings with chunky knits. They toyed with layering, throwing on a hoodie and duster coats. They weighed up their options and used their experimenting time wisely. By the time summer 2017 rolled around, they knew exactly what they were doing. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to start playing copy cat. Let the shopping commence.
Side note: The Hats Off title of choice has led to Mask Off being stuck in my head for days now. However, Future can wear a hat better than any man I know so I’m willing to accept my subconscious association.
I’ve never been a hats kind of gal but something has taken over my accessorising senses (of which I have very few to start with). During the winter I was all about the beanie and I mean, all about the beanie. When you have curly hair like mine is naturally, bad hair days occur on the daily so for the most part, you don’t mind having to deal with hat hair since you’ve already succumb to the pain of having hair that will never behave itself when you need it to. If you’re thinking this spiel sounds familiar then 10/10 to you because it was only a few months ago during the depths of winter that I dedicated an entire post to my new found love of beanies. Unfortunately for me, summer brings all sorts of new challenges for curly hair and aside from the fact that I would look like a complete idiot wearing a wooly hat during the summer, any additional warmth from a beanie would be an absolute sweaty, frizz ball disaster. Believe me when I say, no one wants to witness that.
Having just jumped onto the hat bandwagon, it seemed wrong to abandon it completely at the drop of a hat (wahey, hello cheesy pun). I’ve ditched the beanies and adopted the baseball caps. Until I saw fashion queen Rihanna wearing the beret and now I can’t stop thinking about whether or not I have the balls to wear one. Then came Alexa Chung’s cowboy moment at Glastonbury and I was sent into all sorts of a headwear tizzy.
Its no wonder that the celebs have welcomed the baseball cap trend with open arms. Serving as the perfect off-duty, “no photos, please” kind of look, it’s the perfect protection from the paps. Either that or they don’t want the world to know that they too have really bad hair days.
As for the beret, we should hardly be surprised that the piece has made a jump from the heads of stereotypical french men to those of the fashion it girls given the preference for ironic fashion that the industry is displaying. While we can thank style icon Twiggy for originally planting the “make berets cool” seed, its AW17 Runways that have well and truly announced the trend’s return. Ever the impatient crowd, fashion influencers couldn’t wait that long, proudly proving that the beret deserves to enjoy its moment starting from now.
Alexa’s cowboy moment? It’s best to trust her on this. Records show that she knows what she’s doing in the styling department.
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The Baseball Cap
Photo via InStyle
Photo via Pinterest
The Cowboy Hat
Photo via Pinterest
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Am I really the only one being driven mad by summer sales? Is that a really pretentious/selfish/annoying thing to say? Either way, it’s the truth.
I cannot stand sale season. In reality I should love it. I should be lapping up every discounted item I can get my hands on but instead I’m picking things up for the sake of saving a few pounds, only to reevaluate my selection 5 minutes later and finding that actually, no I don’t want to pay £10 for a crop top just because its £4 cheaper than it usually is. We all know that said crop top will only find itself lost at the back of a drawer, worn the odd time before being scorned as looking as cheap as it was.
I can’t help but feel paranoid during the sales. I know they’re getting rid of old stock to make way for the glorious new stock coming our way but I can’t help but look at each item and question what they did wrong to deserve to be in the sale. Surely there must be something wrong with them if their price has been slashed in half, sometimes even more and they’re left to die a death on the sales rack? Is that completely irrational? Probably. Then again, I’ve never claimed to be a rational person.
Sales are overwhelming at the best of time so when they all go live at once, it wreaks absolute havoc. Particularly when you’re 5ft. Remember that scene in Friends where Monica, Phoebe and Rachel go shopping for Monica’s wedding dress? Yep, that stampede is a very genuine fear of mine. One that could become a reality far too quickly if you ask me.
Maybe I’m feeling bitter because I haven’t got a talent for shopping the sales successfully. I just don’t have the patience to rifle through the messy racks of clothes until I find that hidden gem that people will still be complimenting in years to come because that’s how much wear I’ll get out of it. I wish I was one of those people but I’m just not. So yes, being bitter does come into the equation.
Still, I’ve never understood the Boxing Day sales phenomenon that seems to take over the nation every year. Waking up at the crack of dawn to go into town swarmed with people? Sweaty, angry, frustrated people whose determination to get a good bargain is like nothing I’ve seen before. No, thank you. Instead you’ll find me on a shopping ban until around mid-February when I know it’s safe to enter the shops and be met with perfectly put together mannequins and rails upon rails of outfit inspiration shining in all of their glory.
Interestingly, I don't have any issues with outlets. In fact, I love outlets. One of my favourite discoveries of 2017 so far is the fact that Mango have a separate website just for their online outlet. A little slice of heavenly internet where you can find up to 70% off all of the buys you missed last year. Apparently, Zara also has an outlet website lurking in the dark depths of the internet. It’s only available in certain countries and sadly, the UK is yet to receive the honour of it’s presence.
It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in some shopping and for the first time in a long time, I’m actually in the mood to spend money I don’t have on clothes I won’t regret buying. Much to my frustration I’m going to have to wait as patiently as I can until the sales blow over. Although with each passing day, as the shopping temptation gets greater and greater, I’m getting closer to caving to sale shopping. Should I cave I’ll be sticking to the online sales in an attempt to keep stress to a minimum.
In the mean time I've been obsessively refreshing the new arrivals section of my favourite online shops and these are the full price items you should definitely spend on instead of the basic sale items currently in your basket. Promise you won’t regret it.
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Until very recently, I wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of slides. Even as I bought a new pair as a present for someone a few weeks ago I caught myself turning my nose up a little. I don’t know why but they just didn't sit well with me. Like most things in life, they looked good on other people, I’d even go so far as to say they looked cool but I just couldn’t picture them on my own feet.
Maybe it’s been the sudden realisation that I seriously lack summer shoes or maybe I’m just a huge trends sheep (the latter is more likely) but as of the last 2 weeks I have been slides on the brain.
As I started researching my options, it wasn’t long before I realised that there is so much more to slides than the rubbery, heavily branded, sporty sandal I associated with the trend (although apparently these now make me weak at the purse strings too.) We have feathers and bows and embellishments. Satin and knotted and high end. We’ve got high street and patterned and hundreds of outfit options.
Why didn’t I get in on this sooner? *Probably because I was so concerned about what I would possibly wear them with. Thank god for celebrity style forums and Pinterest boards dedicated to influencer’s style.
*also very concerned about accidentally kicking them off my feet, far into the distance while attempting to walk anywhere in them - an issue I'm sure none of the below girls have to worry about.
Take note from the fashion girls and shop the trend below.
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