The Handkerchief Hem- A Metaphor for Current Affairs?

         Coco Chanel once stated :

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

The idea makes sense, a lot of us use the way we dress to convey how we are feeling, without even realising it. The ‘ so-called’ Hemline theory goes back decades. Pre 1920’s when women were merely treated as a belonging of the husband, their rights limited and therefore their confidence most likely was also, skirt lengths conformed to one length: long. Contrast with more prosperous times of the 1920’s and 1960’s when skirt lengths got shorter with social progression and enhanced freedom. It could be said that this theory has somewhat fallen apart in recent decades, as one can buy any length or style of skirt just about anywhere- never mind that the idea that a woman skirt length demonstrates the state of the financial world, is profoundly unfeminist.

Despite this, it is hard to believe that the higgledy piggledy hemline of this season is a mere coincidence. The world has arguably been shaken more in the past year than ever before. In November, the world gasped as Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become US President, prior to that we were hit with Brexit, which as of last week has forced the UK out of Europe, and as all this has been going on the pound continues to depreciate as inflation continues to rise. 

All these startling news stories do have one thing in common: uncertainty. No one from politicians to academics to us ordinary folk know what the future holds, the media fills us with so many conflicting opinions that it makes it difficult to ever fully understand what the hell is going on. Thus in true form fashion designers have demonstrated this notion of uneasiness through their collections that march down catwalks and end up reflected in the pieces we purchase from high street moguls- all hail the handkerchief hemline. 

From shirts to dresses, to even tops and shirts this uneven hem line has dominated trends this season and will continue to do so next season also. Aside from the embodiment of this trend it also stands out as being practical, fashionable and suitable for all body types-  in fact this may be the most transferable hem to ever grace the catwalk. I happen to love this hemline, its cool but it alludes grace and class- rather than walk you glide, with your skirt swishing behind you. I like this style worn oversized as long as you work with proportions, for example for a dress or skirt need the waist nipped in to enhance your shape and to work with the fluidity of the hemline.

A look I am particularly fond of if the handkerchief shirt, especially when the hem is asymmetrical. it is best paired with slimline cigarette trousers, and heeled stilettos or pointed flats. Keep the rest of your hems sharp to let the shirt do all the talking. 

This lumberjack style dress is my favourite purchase in a long time. Not only is it incredibly on trend but it is also so comfortable and versatile. I have worn it with roughed up, laced flat boots for a daytime look and then vamped it up with these silver boots for a transition into the evening. I am still waiting on the arrival of my Gucci belt, but I plan on wearing it with this dress (and everything else) to fully nip in the waist. It already has a drawstring waist which is perfect for keeping it casual but if like me you prefer a more defined waist then definitely belt it up.

This style of skirt or dress allows us to focus on the clinched areas of our bodies. Think sculptural accessories, such as chunky bangles, jeweled earrings, a statement necklace or a fabulous shoe.

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Is the Trainer really dead?

  This blog post is inspired by an article written by the brilliant Pandora Sykes in last weeks Sunday Times Style magazine . This was an article which actually made me smile and say “thank the Lord!!” . Let me tell you I am not a shallow individual who cares only about clothes and trends. Of course I care about many more important social issues but fashion is an interest of mine- and just as some write about their delight when their favourite football team wins the premier league I will express my joy at one of my most hated trends coming to an end – HALLELUJAH !

I have always been open minded to trying new styles or trends, however looking back this was not always a good thing. I have been the most tango individual to grace Northern Ireland, I have coated my eyes in thick blue eyeliner and I have persisted to try and wear yellow denim shorts (D I S A S T E R). Despite my love for toying with new trends there are two things I will never ever warm too: knee length denim and trainers. Now don’t get me wrong I love my Superga’s, I have four pair and combined I probably wear them more than any other shoes in my wardrobe, but these are not trainers, goodness no I refuse to believe these are trainers, rather they are tennis shoes, plimsoles, sneakers- take your pick I have no preference just do not call them trainers. Somewhere along the line it became acceptable (and fashionable) to wear big clumpy trainers pretty much anywhere. Ninety pounds for trainers to wear in the gym? Do not be so ridiculous, one would never spend so much on a shoe to wear to only wear it to a spin class, oh no this is an ‘everyday shoe’. Trainers in the office? Why of course, there is a trainer for that .. blah blah blah trainers trainers EVERYWHERE!

As Pandora rightfully noted “great seductions have never taken place while wearing a pair of Air Max”- this could not be more true. Seduction may not be at the forefront of every womans mind-I gather that it is not the concern of the majority of women when they get dressed in the morning – nevertheless everybody wants to feel good in their outfit don’t they? As a woman they do nothing for your shape or posture, they are simply a practical shoe made for exercise, that . is . it. View Full Post

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London: A Royal Beauty

I have traveled to many special places in the world, but London holds a special place in my heart. I could happily spend every weekend in London, browsing around with no itinerary and not a care in the world. Everytime I leave this vibrant city, I feel a pull on my heart strings which reminds me that I will definitely be back soon.

Outfit Details: Maxi Dress- All Saints ; Cropped Leather Jacket- H&M ; Biker Boots- Office : Bag- JW Anderson 

London has something to offer for everybody, in terms or restaurants, events or things to do. I spent a week in London during fashion week: spending the first half with my parents and the second half with my best friend. I feel that I know London as well as I know my home city, therefore I am going to give a little run down on my London trip, and my recommendations for anyone going to visit.

*RESTAURANTS*

SKETCH LONDON

Located in the heart of Mayfair, this restaurant is the most aesthetically beautiful place I have ever dined. I am sure everyone has seen at least one picture of the candy pink dining area, pop up on their instagram feed and think  ‘where on earth is that?’.  Dinner at Sketch has been on my bucket list for quite some time , but it was only on my most recent trip did I actually get to go, and oh my goodness it was so unbelievably worth the wait. Hidden behind the plush velvet certain which graces the entry is the powder pink, restaurant: The Gallery. Decorated with scalloped,  pink booths, a vast copper bar and wall to wall David Shrigley drawings, this place is deliciously bonkers. The food is equally fantastic also, I dined on the vialone risotto with green curry and prune marmalade, sounds strange – looked even stranger (it was a vivid bright green!) but it was absolutely amazing. It was so good I wish I could have licked the plate and asked for a second helping! View Full Post

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The JW Anderson Pierce Bag

They say you should always wait at least 24 hours before buying a designer piece. The test being if you sleep on it (aka wait 24 hours) and still feel that unrelenting, butterflies in the stomach feeling then you have a keeper. That is exactly how I felt about this JW Anderson beauty, it popped up on my instagram feed at least once a day for about three weeks – surely that is a sign no?  When I finally plucked up the courage to spend the $$ the Pierce bag, in devine black leather.. was sold out. However, as my friends and family know all too well, when I really want something my determination is fierce- of course this is a quality that should be reflected in my strive to establish my career- but really I am most determined when I see the words “OUT OF STOCK”.

My love for JW goes way back to his first collaboration with Topshop, when I spent all my birthday money on a twin piece from the collection. It was a t-shirt and jeans combo, with a white backdrop and covered in primary coloured shapes; I thought it was genius. Now I am a little older (and hopefully wiser) I still appreciate the design, however white jeans in general are a massive ‘no’ on me, I dont need any help accentuating my thighs thank you very much! Nevertheless my fascination for JW Anderson has grown and intensified alongside his career, with each collection he brings something new to the season and as a fashion hopeful I feel lucky to have his collections to aspire to.

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New York Style

Traveling to New York in December or January, you can can predict rain, hail or snow. We were lucky with the weather when we were there, we had two days of rain but other than that we had blue skies and crisp cool air. The best tip I could give is: LAYERS! I brought an extra top or jumper in my handbag every day because one moment it was nice and warm and the next we were battling the elements- better to be prepared after all.

My top 5 picks would be:

1.Camel coat – because it goes with everything and is classic

2. Cashmere.

3. Fur Scarf- because everyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with fur (faux) and it dresses up everything

4. Boots- comfort comfort comfort

5. Hats- berets, beanies, fedora

The most important thing is to stock up on the basics, such as long sleeved tops and cashmere jumpers, then you can plan what statement pieces you want to bring to dress up outfits and add that stylish edge. I’ll let you in on a sly tip: when I buy long sleeved tops I buy them from the kids section. There is method behind the madness I can assure you- they are always more fitted, they sit perfectly around waist height without having to be tucked in, the neckline is higher and the sleeves sit a tad too short (just how I like them).

This photo was taken in Little Italy, outside the most beautiful interior design store. I’m wearing my Topshop camel coat and office lace up boots which were originally black leather until I took sandpaper to them to ‘roughen’ them up. Along with my trusty Zara stole, this was one of my favourite outfits of the trip.

Recently I’ve become a bit on a hat fanatic; It started with a beret and before you knew it I had a hat for every day of the week. New York was no exception, I packed all my hats and wore one every day, totally practical and a great accessory. This hat is from a little independent store in Harrogate town, where my parents live.

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