Balloon Sleeved Shirt

Balloon Sleeved Shirt

 

There’s no better time to invest in some new tops than the start of the summer. After a long winter of burying ourselves in layers, all that ‘us’ stylish girls want to do is wear a good statement top.

Now 2016 was all about the ‘cold shoulder’ ‘off-the-shoulder’ trend. 2017 is showing us an eclectic mix of shirts. The shirt mania is definitely the ‘must have’ for the season and I’m loving it!! No matter what your budget is, whether you’re a larger size or petite like me there’s something for everyone.

This is definitely the trend of Summer 2017. Every retailer from fast fashion to high-end is in on the statement shirt mania. Let’s look at the ballooned sleeves, what’s the best way to style this look?

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar

Boots - Zara (old) Similar

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar | Trousers - H&M  | Boots - Zara (old) Similar

 

Collaboration – Cuts For Him and Her

Collaboration – Cuts For Him and Her

It’s been awhile since my last post exactly 10 days, that’s equivalent to 10 months in the blogging world. How are you doing, what’s been happening? It’s officially spring I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been cooking up especially for the season… *giggles*

As many of you may know I love menswear and I’m not ‘shy’ to go to the mens section of any store to ask for the smallest sizes.. The conversation often goes like this, whilst holding a ton of clothing..

Me:  Do you have this in the smallest size?

Sales person: Errrrrr what’s his neck size?

Me:  Neck size, errrrr the same size as mine, small..?!

Sales person:  Ok…how about the sleeve length?

Me:  The same as mine?!.. *giggling at this point*

Sales person:  Huh?.. :-/

Me:  Okay, okay It’s for me just give me the smallest size you have in all of these please..lol

 

This has happened so many times that my local menswear stores now know me very well. I’m glad to say I didn’t have to go through that again when preparing for this shoot.

So last year I collaborated with menswear blogger Cuts for Him on a shoot where I styled model Jenny Kay in one of his suits.
‘What had happen was’ the original plan of the shoot had backfired so we had to improvise, I suggested menswear on women and ‘voila’ here are the results.

Captured by Mista Skee on camera the clothes, the colours, textures and decor of the hip West Thirty Six was just gorgeous.

The trick to making menswear work on a woman is having the balance between masculine and feminine. Masculine being the shape, cut and clean lines of the suit, the feminine being the colour, the accessories, shoes, bags and earrings these add the feminine touch. However do not over do it as less is more when it comes to this look.

‘Burrowing from the boys’ ‘Menswear on Women’ all of these can be fun and super stylish however can also look a little too much if its not styled right. If ever in doubt go for a tailored blazer that can be worn with your favourite pair of skinny jeans as demonstrated in my post ‘Oh Boy’.

 

* Check out the write up on the men’s version of this post on Cuts For Him

 

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Jenny | Suit - FCUK | Shirt - TM Lewin | Shoes - Kurt Gieger | Bow Tie (vintage) - Portobello Market |
Photos by Mista Skee

* The Team *

Oh Boy!

Oh Boy!

I’m a big fan of men’s clothing, and I often incorporate menswear pieces into my outfits. For example items like hats, jumpers, and t-shirts, I always opt for the men’s for the simplicity in shape and cut. It is often less ‘fiddly’ and more streamlined.
However, I have never purposely put an outfit together with the aim of reflecting a ‘man’s look’.

Last month I collaborated with an amazing photographer by the name of Malachi Ajose, I presented the idea of menswear on a woman to him and in true collaboration spirit, he suggested the location and the different shots.
Now, this is not an idea that has never been done, in fact, I did a similar photo shoot last year with Menswear lifestyle blogger Cuts For Him which will be coming out later in the year.
However, this is the first time I have ever styled myself in this way. Bearing in my mind I am a petite frame of 5.1 so I was very cautious in making sure I didn’t look like a 13-year-old boy dressing up in a suit for the first time, (lol) so that was my challenge.

How do I incorporate a suit jacket and tie and still retain an ‘air’ of femininity?

Here’s how I achieved the look, by keeping everything streamlined and boxy I was able to add a feminine touch by wearing a fur hat. This created lovely textures, mixing tweed with cotton, fur, and leather. To finish the whole look I decided to add my favourite pair of skinny jeans instead of smart trousers to give it a less formal feel.

The Struggle

The real struggle came when tying the tie. The last time I wore a tie was in high school and as many teenagers will tell you it’s uncool to wear a tie the correct way, no one ever wears a tie the right way. Lol
Let’s just say I channeled a little of that high school rebellion in this shoot as the tie looks ‘dodgy’ and the shirt a little big… but ‘what the heck’ I had soO much fun playing dress up..lol
I was very happy at the end with the shots, Malachi has a great eye and was able to capture more than just the clothes, a true artist.
I’ll stop for now and allow you to take a look for yourself. Let me know what you think. I really want to hear from you.

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Vintage Fur Hat - Portobello Market | Shades - Chloe | Tie - Primark | Shirt - Next | Jacket - 80s Marks and Spencer | Coat - TopShop | Waistcoat - Marks and Spencer | Skinny Jeans - Zara | Ankle Boots - Kurt Geiger |
Photos by Malachi Ajose