Blazer: Hush, Trousers: Alice by Temperley, Harness: Boohoo, Heels: BCBG
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Wearing a trouser suit is really liberating. I don’t know why we don’t do it more often. Dresses can be enormously annoying: Too tight, too loose, too much, too little, and of course some are just too damn complicated to put on and take off. A blazer and trouser suit however is something else. Here are 5 things I have noticed noticed about myself when I wear a suit:
- The complements are suddenly “I love the look” rather than “I love your dress”, which is a bonus in my opinion. The hair, the lipstick, the accessories are all part of the end product and singling out the dress has always made me feel devalued. I see the look-loving complement is one that is directed at me, but the dress-loving one, not so much. I even feel awkward saying “thank you”, as I can’t claim credit for the dress. What should I respond? I’ll pass your comments to Cavalli?
- Confidence overflow. It’s like knowing how Bond feels when he’s at the bar. I honestly think that the LBD was invented only because the CS (classic-suit, pay attention) was not an appropriate option for a lady. However now that androgyny is finally okay with the jury, I say the CS is just the LBD that couldn’t happen because of how slow we were as the human race. I mean Marlene Dietrich wore a tuxedo/suit and people still can’t get over the shock factor and cult status of a woman wearing nothing more than classic attire. Apparently we weren’t ready, which underlines my point – we were pretty slow.
- Ultimate comfort physically and mentally. Physically because I can move around as if I am in my gym gear, and mentally because I know there isn’t a complex putting on and taking off process before or after my soirée.
- Minimalism has never looked so damn good. No shirt? No problem. No bra? No problem. No pants? Also most often not a problem.
- Selective audience. If I wear a suit, I can guarantee you that no one who can’t hold an interesting conversation is going to approach me. It’s one of my favourite perks of wearing a classic black suit. That segment of the population will be busy chasing leopard-print polyester skirts, giving you peace, harmony and opportunities to meet new like-minded folks. After all, you are what you wear.
Coat: c/o Louche from Joy, Boots: Prada, Scarf: Valentino, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Fedora: Primark
Images by Ahmed Fayed
I’ve been wearing very tomboyish outfits to work lately and I felt I needed an extremely ladylike look to balance it all out.
So this is it. Don’t you just want to go out for high tea with me?
This grey coat from Joy Clothing is the perfect capsule wardrobe staple. It’s like clay – you can shape it any way you like. I chose to look like Poirot’s unsung hero lady sidekick, but I could have just worn sneakers with jeans and this coat still would have worked perfectly.
How to Add a Quick Ladylike👸 Touch to Your Look:
- Floral silk scarf. All woman, zero effort.
- Soft curls. If you have long, heavy hair like I do, it’s a time consuming step. However, not much comes close to walking around while your hair bounces as if it’s the main character in a glossy advert.
- A hard leather medium-sized bag. All the cult ladylike bags are rather compact – Chanel 2.55, Lady Dior, Le Boy or in my case the Louis Vuitton Eclipse. I don’t know what is it about this particular bag that makes me feel so feminine. Perhaps it is its uncompromising size and shape? If it doesn’t fit it, it doesn’t come with. Girls don’t carry what boys can carry for them. Or something like that.
- A romantic hat or fedora. Bonus points if the summery version has flowers on it.
- Focus on the waist. Anything that defines that hourglass shape instantly feminises the look.
Skirt: Karen Millen, Jumper: George, Boots: H&M, Coat: Zara, Glasses: c/o GlassesShop.com
Images by Ahmed Fayed
The first look of 2017 simply had to POP
. I chose huge glasses online
from Glasses Shop with a red motif along with a Karen Millen wool skirt that I have been wearing for years. I needed an eye-catching jumper to bring the two reds closer together. What can pop more than a huge, in-your-face popcorn cartoon appliqué? I can almost hear the popping sound, and smell the buttery, salty goodness. 🍿
But what foods can be fashion statements and which ones probably would never make it on to any list other than a menu? Let’s explore.
Tasty and Trendy 🍰:
- Bananas. Absolutely true. Who can forget the Prada earrings we all wanted (ahem, still want) the moment they appeared on the catwalk?
- Strawberry cheesecake. Or any cheesecake. If anyone ever says they aren’t that keen on wearing a jumper with a cheesecake on it, they are telling a malicious lie.
- French Fries. Hello Moschino bags and phone cases!
- Lemons, oranges and limes. Hello freshness, hello zest, hello summer.
- Chocolate spread. A top or jumper with a big, juicy jar of Nutella? That almost makes January a bearable month.
Tasty But You Won’t Want To Wear It 🍜:
- Crisps. So good for munching, not that appealing when you imagine them on a tee.
- Haggis. Some love it, some hate it. No one wants a T-shirt.
- Ginger. Chop it up and pop it into a stew or curry and we’re friends. It just doesn’t have that fashion je ne sais quoi when you picture it on an item of clothing.
- Lasagne. It’s SO good. As a print on a hoodie? SO bad.
- Soup. I just consulted my crystal ball. I can assure you, soup won’t be breaking into fashion any time soon.
Do you agree? Let me know what food prints or accessories you’ve worn.
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What a colourful year it has been! Here’s to an even more vibrant 2017! Thank you for being here. Thank you for loving it, thank you for hating it.
See how Pret-a-Reporter evolved through the years:
Dress: Modanisa, Vest: Vero Milano, Boots: Toga, Hamsa Bracelet: c/o ChloBo, Watch: c/o Jord Watches
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Back to my folkloric roots, this outfit is a warm embrace while being surrounded by the cold December air.
It’s interesting to realise that my hair looks both modern and medieval. This just goes to show that braids will forever be a good idea.
It’s the little details that bring this look to life: the folk florals, the red fur vest, the silver and gold plated bracelet with an adorable hamsa charm from ChloBo and of course the deep burgundy wood watch from Jord Watches.
Wood in design – much like braids within the hair styling world – is having a renaissance. Move over the questionable 70s chunks, sleek wooden accessories are slowly becoming the new pieces to lust over.
Jord Watches has definitely remastered the material and made me a fan of their uniquely irresistible watch line. With wood especially, there’s always a risk that the piece may end up looking clunky, toy-like and not serious at all. However, the brand avoided this by developing an advanced watch face that makes me feel like Chronos himself every time I glance to see what time it is.
If you’d like to join me and feel like the master (or mistress) of time, feel free to enter this giveaway from Jord Watches where EVERYONE wins. The winner will get a $75 e-voucher, and everyone who enters gets a $20.00 e-gift card excluding the winner! Enter here.
Luxury Wood Watch