Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour

Winter coats take centre stage in our seasonal wardrobe, so its essential that we find one that not only looks good but keeps us warm on those long cold winter nights. When I first came across my now favourite yellow coat, it broke all of my usual rules. I normally go for something versatile, warm and snug, and something that can be used as a transitional piece for the next season.

We are often told that pastels and bright colours are meant for the warmer months. So my challenge in buying this coat was to make it as versatile and season appropriate as possible. I was about to find out exactly how to make yellow work in the coldest of seasons.

As you may or may not know I try not to let trends dictate what I wear. However I like to keep my eye on the radar for special trends such as the ‘Sweet and Sour’ trend which was featured in some of the shows this season.

The ’Sweet and Sour trend is a colour clash of pastels and vivid bright colours alongside a masculine cut or a 1960s detailing.  In my opinion Prada, and Christian Dior demonstrated this very well this season so I decided to take some inspiration from this.

In keeping with the look I styled the yellow coat with a baby pink cashmere turtle neck, grey high waisted skinny jeans and a gladiator- esque high heeled shoes, and not forgetting the shades. The colour combinations reminded me of bubble gum and lemons, you can’t get anymore sweet and sour than that.

I paid homage to 1960s styling by making use of the turtle neck and round shaped sunglasses and kept it modern with the use of skinny jeans and the heels.

That’s all for now guys but look out for my next post. I’ll be showing you how accessories can be added to this coat to create a very different look altogether.

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Coat - Zara | Cashmere Polo neck - Brora | Skinny Jeans - All Saints | Shoes - Zara | Sunglasses - Other Stories | Bag - Zara |
Photos by CANO

My favourite ‘Fashion Faux Pas’

My favourite ‘Fashion Faux Pas’

Socks and sandals are having a comeback, however for me, it never really went out of style. I’ve always worn socks with sandals (with high heels of course) for practical reasons, transitioning my favourite pair from summer into autumn winter.

Before writing this post I wanted to see the historical background behind this phenomenon.
The earliest evidence of wearing socks with sandals was by the Romans documented about 2000 years ago in Yorkshire. Lol

Although it was the Romans that first introduced the idea it’s, in fact, the Germans that have held the torch for the trend followed by the English.

It is by far my favourite ‘Fashion Faux Pas’, it always makes me laugh the extreme reactions it causes. You either love it or hate it, a bit like marmite. Lol

I want to hear from you. Socks with Sandals Yay or Nay…

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Rita x

Catwalk show @StylistLive 2015

Catwalk show @StylistLive 2015

Pop socks - H&M | Shoes - Chloe | Sandals - Zara |
Photos by Cuts For Him

Fur – ‘Faux’ it or against it

Fur – ‘Faux it or against it’

Whether you’re ‘faux’ it or against it, fur always makes a bold fashion statement. With the rapid change in weather, there’s nothing like a bit of fur to update your look and get you warm and cozy for the cold weather ahead.

What’s that one piece of clothing that’s going to take you through the autumn into winter? What item will enable you to smoothly merge your current wardrobe with the cold season ahead? Which item can you dress up or down without it becoming repetitive? If you have not considered it as an option before, it’s about time you invest in a fur stole/bolero. I think this is undoubtedly the new investment piece of the season. I promise you won’t regret it.

The piece I’m wearing here is a 1930’s (real) fur bolero, a timeless piece that has seen me through many winters. It’s also a great throw on piece for formal or casual wear.

On this occasion, I’m wearing it with my trusted H&M double-breasted navy jacket with skinny jeans, for a dressed down casual look.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t ditch that practical boring winter coat just yet. Why not simply add a bit of glam and accessorize with a faux fur/vintage stole.

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Fur Bolero - Portobello Market | Jacket - Gap | Photos by Mista skee

Vintage Scarf, Kitty Hat, and a Fedora

Vintage Scarf, Kitty Hat, and a Fedora

One of the many things I look forward to during the winter seasons is wearing hats and scarves for those cold early mornings and bad hair days. A stylish headscarf or hat can make all the difference to an outfit. It can make you wish the cold weather would last a little longer. Ok, I’m exaggerating, well it makes it bearable that’s for sure.

Whether you favour a beanie hat, kitty hat, beret, headscarf or a fedora there’s no denying that the hat can make a persuasive or regrettable impression so it’s important to get it right. Though the hat or scarf covers the head it reveals the wearer’s character based on the type of hat they’re wearing.

When it comes to my favourite style it would have to be men’s fedora hat. I prefer the men’s because of the clean lines and often the use of colour blocking.

Try these on for size, how do you style yours?

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Rita x

Fedora Hat - Menswear H&M | Kitty Hat - Zara | Vintage Scarf - Portobello Market | Necklace - Portobello Market |
Photos by Cuts For Him

Vintage Special – 1920s Fur Jacket

Vintage Special – 1920s Fur Jacket

I’m a big fan of vintage clothes. I especially love the 1920’s, 30’s fur jackets and stoles. I have also been known to occasional buy 1950’s, 60’s sunglasses.

However, I am always very cautious about not looking like I’m wearing a costume, believe me, it’s a very thin line so easily crossed. Here’s my guide to avoiding looking like you’ve just stepped out of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Lol

I remember I was on my way to buy milk, let’s just say I got home with a lovely vintage piece and no milk..

When styling an item of vintage clothing, it’s important to team it up with something modern and contemporary. This could be in the style of the cut, the colour or the fabric, as demonstrated in these images.

I bought this 1920’s fur Jacket from Portobello market about 3 years ago. I remember I was on my way to Tesco to buy milk, let’s just say I returned home with a lovely vintage piece and no milk.
One of my best vintage purchases to date. It was in great condition, the colour, the shape and most of all for £110 I had to get it. This jacket is best styled casual smart. It’s great with skinny jeans and a favourite old t-shirt with knee high boots, for that dressed down casual smart look. It’s definitely my go to favourite item of clothing, you’ll be seeing more of it in my posts.

Quick question before I sign out …when is it ok to refer to an item of clothing as vintage? I still find it very difficult referring to 90s clothing as vintage. Can you relate? I want to hear from you…

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Rita x

1920 Fur Jacket - Portobello Market | Sunglasses - Other Stories | Skinny Jeans - Zara | Bag - Zara |
Photos by Cuts For Him