Edita wears | The Uniqlo Parka

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Parka and Jumper: c/o Uniqlo U, Jeans: Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren, Boots: Rag & Bone
Images by Tina Muller

5 Reasons a Parka Should be Your Autumn BFF:

  1. People can be brutal and cold. But not the parka. It will keep you nice and toasty no matter how grumpy you are.
  2. Oh, it’s raining? If your parka is waterproof like this one from the freshly launched Uniqlo U line, you might as well stand under a waterfall, you will still remain cosy and dry.
  3. Got some hiking planned? Put some boots on and let the parka give you a warm embrace as you stop to take in the scenery. Inhale, exhale.
  4. Mountain retreat planned? Well guess who’s coming with to make your airport time snug. Your boyfriend can come too if he wants.
  5. If you are keen on extra Autumn style points, make your parka an unusual colour – mine is burgundy in the images. Think about it, if I spill mulled wine all over myself, which, let’s face it, is very likely when it’s mug number 5 – who’s going to know?

Edita wears | In Flames

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Dress: Beyond Retro, Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane
Images by Dee Ulusoy
Location: Gibraltar

I know how to hurt
I know how to heal

I know what to show
And what to conceal
I know when to talk
And I know when to touch
No-one ever died from wanting to much

Garbage – The World is Not Enough

Ralph Lauren has recently contacted me with a challenge, called #projectwarehouse. The brief was to reveal how music videos or music in general inspired my style. I thought that this was the furthest from a challenge I have ever been as every item of clothing I buy/own has me thinking of music or music videos. Basically, as far as I am concerned, my life does have a soundtrack, even if I am the only one who can hear it.

When I was a kid my dad and his friend would often call me Shirley. This was not an attempt to provoke a Leslie Nielsen response, they actually were referring to Shirley Manson of Garbage, who they assumed I looked like as a pre-teen. I used to have fun with eye liner, had a bob and was totally grungey. While I to this day love listening to Push It, Milk and I think I am Paranoid, this particular outfit is a tribute to Shirley’s immaculate red dress in The World Is Not Enough video. Android Shirley has definitely brought some competition to Jessica Rabbit in the red dress style stakes. If you are looking for a red dress which is a real head turner, I advise giving Beyond Retro a go – this is where I found this red number. The most amazing thing about it is that windy weather makes it all the more fun while the punchy colour gives a car-stopping effect. In fact, it makes me look literally in flames.

Speaking of red dresses, this summer my affair with red dresses got serious. Last time I paraded in red was in Barcelona wearing Zalando’s Kiomi maxi dress. Which red dress do you like more?

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Edita wears | The Brown Blazer

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Images: Safeera Sarjoo

The colour brown is one those that does not frequent in the blogosphere or in the fashion sphere in general. Of course, I am not talking about those sandy, warm colours that you see on MaxMara wool coats or Burberry tweed jackets and trenches, nor am I talking about perfect brown leather or suede accessories. I am talking about clothing. Think brown dresses, blazers, tops, trousers, skirts and the like. The reason for this is that generally the colour brown is considered to be black’s awkward ugly sister. Because brown in not quite black and not quite dark navy. It’s somewhere in a seperate space and time. Perhaps it’s the bad choices of the 70s going on 80s when brown suits with flared bottoms were all the rave – and to many it still has that cheesy, have-we-stepped-into-a-porn-flick-set vibe.

The truth is that brown is incredibly tricky to style. Styling it with green may leave you looking like a weirdo, styling it with yellow may work well or if the shades are wrong may end up in a style suicide. Styling it with other hues, including other shades of brown itself may end up really and truly awkward. It’s just a seriously awkward and challenging shade to wear.

I’ve had this Dolce&Gabbana blazer in my wardrobe for ages – I’ve worn it casually but never on this blog in fear of making you feel that 70s porn flick vibe that I referred to before: bon-chika-wow-wow, chika-boo-ya-boogie-woogie-pow-poooow. But this particular styling; with some Ralph Lauren lace, some blush oversized trousers, a somewhat Eastside hairdo and gold jewellery convinced me that unless I mention that porn thing, no one would ever think that. But what kind of blogger would I be, having the opportunity to make you sing bow-chika-wow-wow aloud and not taking it?

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Edita wears |The Headscarf

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Coat: Yohji Yamamoto Y3, Jeans: Ralph Lauren Denim&Supply, Boots: Rag and Bone, Gloves: Orsa Couture, Scarf: Roberto Cavalli, Sunglasses: Gucci, Bag: Caracalla 1947 (sent for review)
Images: Ming Lun Chan

You order a high quality leather bag online, you get it in the mail, you open the pack, you unzip it… And you sniff it. That’s right. Snort snort. And if you don’t like sniffing new bags, you are weird and we can’t be friends. Or okay, we can. I do even weirder stuff. I literally examine the pores in the leather, look at the stitching (preferably in the sun light) and analyse the colouring technique. I like to see things I can admire, and this Caracalla 1947 weekender is one such thing.

Originally when the brand approached me, they asked if I was interested in looking at something which was not exactly what I’d normally wear… Like man-bags inspired by car races. Bah. Little did they know I have this inexplicable penchant for converting masculine things into items that look overly ladylike. Yes, friends – this was a MAN BAG before it got into my clutches. I think I just made it unisex. Or just sex. Whichever.

Onto the silk headscarf. For too long this style has been considered the grieving/matronly/are-you-still-in-the-50s look. It can look modern if you style it correctly. It helps to keep the hair in place – London’s a windy place, don’t you know. But there are rules to pulling this baby off.

First. Make sure the scarf is good quality silk unless hair static is your thing.

Second. Place it so that some hair (i.e fringe or bangs) would be noticeable, otherwise you may be mistaken for someone who wears this for religious rather than fashionable reasons. If faith comes first for you, make sure no or minimal hair is on show, this depends on religion and level of religiousness.

Third. The scarf has to blend in with the outfit as if it doesn’t, it instantly starts looking misplaced leaving the wearer to resemble the village idiot clown. Almost like man bear pig but village idiot clown. You get it, connect your styling dots.

Fourth – you should feel natural wearing something like this. If you have a hint of doubt and think that you will start questioning whether or not this was the right choice for you in the middle of the street, so will everyone else. However, providing you walk with a say-whaaaa face, there will be not further questions; not from you, not from the passersby.

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Edita wears | Kew Bridge

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Top: Ralph Lauren, Skirt: Karen Millen, Boots: Prada, Coat: Vintage Mink, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Earrings: JeannieRichard “Edyta”, Necklace: Fifth&Orient
Images by Ming Lun Chan

The sweetest feeling in the world is when a designer tells you that you inspired her or him to design a treasure – yes I am talking about these Edyta earrings. It’s like, oh good, I must be doing something right on this blog, right?
The day these images were taken was extremely lovely and serene, perfect for some shameless posing next to Kew Bridge – clearly one of my favourite activities. I fell in love with this romantic, almost fit-for-a-nymph Ralph Lauren top. It looks heavenly paired with this no less dreamy Fifth and Orient necklace and scandalously short skirt by Karen Millen. And yet, it somehow looks fashionable rather than overly provocative. All hail the just choose one: legs or décolleté rule.