Trench (Worn As Dress): H&M, Heels: Boohoo, Bag: Chanel
Images by Ming Chan
To describe my personal style, I’d like to put a picture in your head. Have you watched a cartoon called Dexter’s Laboratory
as a kid? Remember that episode called Lab of the Lost
where Dee Dee and Dexter venture out to the “old part of the lab
In that particular episode, you may recall seeing some of Dexter’s first ever inventions, those that were flawed and forgotten. These were the ones that forced the boy genius to improve and achieve more. I see my personal style and this blog just like Dexter’s secret laboratory; most recent posts being “my greatest creations“, while the first outfits merely a synonym to the “old part of the lab”, where I rarely venture to – I think I may need a Dee Dee myself to help me go there. Yikes!
My personal style is always evolving, it’s much braver and more daring than it used to be when I just started archiving my outfits. It’s a daily experiment. In fact, it scares me to think that this article in two or three years’ time too will end up along with the “old inventions“.
But we’ve got plenty of time still, so let’s talk about it. This is my attempt to nail the minimalist trend. Can you think of an outfit more minimal than just some shoes and a trench coat? This silky H&M piece made me feel that it would be genuinely rude to add anything else. And goodness me, I wouldn’t want to be rude!
The final question is: Can this look be recreated for a person who is less keen on being described by a 2003 Britney Spears lyric to the song Outrageous: “Trench coat and my underwear / Let’s go with this freak show“?
The answer is, yes it can. Take Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine’s recent look for example here (she is wearing clothes underneath as a reasonable human being should), Chiara Ferragni’s of The Blonde Salad pink Sonia Rykiel coat or indeed Mira Duma’s fabulous Valentino coat-dress outfit (I will leave it to your imaginations to establish if they Britney’ed it or not).
Whatever trench-as-dress style you end up going for, it seems that you are in epic fashion company. Plus, you’ve always got me and I come with cookies. Or kookiness… And a box set of Cartoon Network series.
White Shirt: Boohoo, Pumps: BCBG, Trousers: Lipsy, Bag: Chanel, Cuffs and Earrings: H&M, Vest/Cape: Vintage, Ring: Lulu Frost
Images by Maheen
I love mixing and clashing, juxtapositioning and surprising. This outfit may seem complicated at first, but when you deconstruct this look, you come to the shocking conclusion – it’s a white shirt, skinny trousers and a throw on top. It could have been a leather jacket, it could have been a trench, a parka or a coat, but instead it’s something much more theatrical, traditional and unexpected. This look doesn’t change the rules, it abides by them completely.
This is how I see East x West outfits: Glamorous, functional and unapologetic. I am often told that I need to be brave to wear the styles I wear, but really I disagree. What is so controversial in wearing clothes that are not like everyone else’s? Why do I even need to explain myself to those who “don’t get it” and insist that I need courage and confidence to pull those off? I have never realised that having fun required bravery. I am happy to be the swan in a flock of pigeons. I know that this will always mean that I am looked at, but as long as I know that I am also looked up to by a mere few, it is all worth it.
So to all fellow bloggers who have been whistled at from passing cars, made to feel uncomfortable or given unnecessary attention for wearing what you genuinely love, just remember who’s the pigeon and who’s the swan.
Dress: Biba (c/o House of Fraser), Jacket: Vero Milano, Bag: Chanel
Images: Dee Ulusoy
Evening wear can be tricky AF: So tight you can hardly move, so long you can trip and fall or so loose that one false move and you are completely exposed. This is where the double sided tape comes in, followed closely by the the stick-on bras, the spandex, extra pads and slimming mattifying tights. All of these sound like you are actually mummifying your own body. Ugh, not nice. Imagine remembering to do all of the above before actually putting that damn dress on? You’d be excused if you just decide to stick to your PJs, a warm duvet, a pizza delivery and a quiet night in.
This is precisely why this dress was such a godsend. I had to do virtually nothing. I put on make up, lazily curled my hair and slipped this dress on. That’s all there was to my very Veronica Lake look. I officially christen this dress to be my sloth-to-siren frock. If you find a dress that makes you feel wonderful without any sticky tape or chicken fillets, make sure it ends up in your wardrobe. The event that requires it to be worn will naturally follow, promise.
Coat: c/o Biba via House of Fraser (similar here), Shoes: KIO, Bag: Chanel, Hair Accessory: c/o Irresistible Me
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Biba’s decadent Art Deco style truly speaks to me: it’s grand, oozes elegance and instantly makes you look as if you’ve just stepped out of a VIP soirée. All this, and you are just wearing a coat! The rumours are true, I’ve morphed into the ultimate Biba girl.
I wanted to take this look up one level. Irresistible Me, a one stop online shop for all things hair, has recently sent me some truly fabulous hair accessories to add to my styling. I no longer wonder why royalty dons crowns and tiaras. Wearing hair jewellery added a head-turning accent to my overall look, and the details of this piece made my outfit pretty unique.
To sum up, the only things I am wearing are a coat and a hair pin. But these two things made me feel as if I am wearing the most luxurious of couture gowns. This goes to show that it’s definitely not what you wear that counts, it’s how an outfit makes you feel. And I felt sensational.
Coat: c/o SheIn, Turtleneck Jumper: Boohoo, Jeans: H&M, Bag and Earrings: Chanel, Boots: Skechers
Images by Ahmed Fayed
What’s more glamorous yet casual than Parisian nonchalance? Probably nothing. The messy hair, the black turtleneck and the camel coat – all are plans of what I’d wear if I visited Paris. Hopefully one day soon.
These images turned out to be unbelievably raw, looking at them almost feels like an outer body experience. Maybe it’s because I am wearing a smaller number of embellishments than usual, or maybe it’s because this minimal style brings me to the centre of the stage rather than the outfit. It’s a strange place, I haven’t been here before.