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.
Dress: H&M, Boots: H&M, Coat: Vintage, Necklace: Mirina Collections, Bag: Chanel
Images by Agata Bosak
Goodness, that necklace looks heavy – is what you are probably saying to yourself. And you are right, it is. I am pretty sure I have developed extra strong neck muscles from all the jewellery I have worn throughout the years. I’d champion any neck-heavy-lifting tournament at this point. Let me know if are aware of any.
This particular neck adornment is by Mirina Collections. If you are into Bedouin inspired pieces, this should be on your go-to list. Their prices are quite reasonable for the items offered – the weight is really and truly no joke.
The stunning surroundings of Hampton Court added to the very John Snow vibe of this shoot. This wasn’t initially planned, but you know… Winter is coming.