Hello! Just when I have finally gotten over my summer shoe dilemma (I couldn’t decide on Wang or Chanel, Chanel won), Givenchy take the ‘perfect shoe’ image from my mind and create these. The coolest, sexiest and most practical shoes I have ever seen! Though at ┬ú670 they even cross my line on expensive shoes. Right then, how many months wishing these go on sale do I have?
The clever people at Givenchy didn’t stop there, oh no check out these other fabulous offerings! From perfect peeptoe ankle boots, to the chunkiest of studded wedges. I mean if you owned all these you would never need another pair of shoes right!
Or if you go for small prints.
What do I have to tell you today? The snow might be gone but it is still icy cold. Here I am wearing my ‘best’ winter coat, I love it as it looks totally different worn belted / unbelted. This is my Vivienne Westwood Pelle belt, it has to be one of my best ever buys. It is a lovely chestnut thick leather belt, but extra long so it can be tied at the front. This trend seems popular on the runways of late, but Westwood totally invented it years ago. This belt works with everything and had the ability to transform a mediocre outfit into something much more interesting.
Ah but what is this? It is Chanel’s latest nail colour in Particuliere or ‘Greige’ as it’s been tagged! Jill (http://streetstylelondon.blogspot.com/) and I have been puzzling about this!! It really is a strange colour, a brown-grey-beige I guess, the exact colour of mud! I love it and couldn’t wait to try it out, but I will be saving it for summer. It looks good with winter colours but I think will really come into it’s own with the muted summer pastels.
I was asked to write a piece for the UK dating website http://www.cosmiccupiddating.com/ something fun and upbeat but also tackling a dilemma lots of their members have. What do I wear on a first date? We got lots of great feedback for the piece so I thought I would share it with you guys here.
What to wear on your first date
Ok, well done! YouÔÇÖve got your first date lined up, how exciting! But also slightly scary!! The most important thing on a first date is to be able to relax and enjoy it. To do this you need to feel confidant and comfortable, so the first date outfit is very important. You want to look glam and attractive but not overtly sexy, you want to look smart but not like you just came from the office, pretty but not too girly ÔÇô but the best thing to aim for is to look yourself, but with added effort.
Problem 1: Full out glam outfit
Helen knew the exact thing to wear, a sequined long black cocktail gown and a killer pair of LouboutinÔÇÖs. Yep, as she twirled in front of the mirror she looked amazing. As she walked into the pub to meet Nick she started to feel uncomfortable, all eyes were on her ÔÇô mostly belonging to a bunch of builders from the site next door! Nick greeted her but it was awkward. He was dressed casual in jeans and a shirt. Though slightly awkward they both settled into a good conversation over a few drinks, then Nick announced his big plans for the rest of the date ÔÇô a hike around the local beauty spot for a picnic lunch. Needles to say Helen made her excuses and that was the first and last date.
Dita looks hot, perfect for an awards do, but perhaps a bit full on for a pub lunch!
But this could have been a perfect date with a bit of planning so listen up ladies and gents:
– Always wear something that makes you feel confident yes, but make sure it fits the location, for an afternoon in a local pub a pretty day dress or jeans and a blouse would have been much more appropriate.
– Always wear comfortable shoes ÔÇô killer heels are great if you know you can sit in a fancy restaurant for the evening. But for day try wedges or kitten heels you never know if walking will be involved. Guys a very important note, your lady will be wearing her nicest outfit so prior warning of walking far, in mud or risk of grass stains must be made!
– Ladies a lot of men are shorter than you in 5ÔÇØ heels!
– Men can be intimidated by beautiful women, save the full out glam until he is confident he can actually talk to you.
Problem 2: New outfit
ÔÇÿSally, you cannot wear one of your frumpy floral dresses on a dateÔÇÖ exclaimed Marie as she pulled her through the rails and rails of clothes in the store. Sally had nailed her look many years ago, a variation of pretty floral tea dresses which she wore with sandals in summer and boots with socks in winter. She wasn’t Kate Moss on the fashion front but she knew what suited her and what she felt comfortable in. But Marie was adamant, she would get dressed up!
Come Saturday night Sally was thrust out of her front door feeling ridiculous, in a boob-tube top and skinny jeans. By the time she got to the restaurant she had to hold the top up with one hand as it kept falling lower and lower. Josh was met not by a usually calm and cool Sally, but by a flustered one. Luckily they were both known for their outlandish sense of humour and the first conversation was more of a rant about the ridiculous top! Ever the gentleman Josh took of his jumper and gave it to Sally. They are now happily married!
But this could have gone wrong; I know I would have slunk off home having to call and say I was sick or something, as I cannot cope with being uncomfortable:
– ItÔÇÖs nice to treat yourself to a new outfit, but give it a trial run first ÔÇô someone squirming all night to keep their top up is not attractive, and you need to feel comfortable.
– New fashion is great, but a totally new look is something that needs trial and error. Always stick to what you know suits you and you feel happy in. Sally always wears tea dresses; she could have tried a new belt or necklace to glam up and old favourite.
– DonÔÇÖt try to be someone youÔÇÖre not, if you usually dress head to toe in Gothic black, wearing pink on a first date is pointless, you want your date to see YOU! Not a version of your friend Marie!
Helpful hints for girls:
-Wear a smarter version of what you usually would
-Wear something you are comfortable in
-Revealing doesnÔÇÖt necessarily mean sexy, less is more
-Most men donÔÇÖt understand high fashion ÔÇô wear something verging on this side of normal ÔÇô not full on Lady Gaga
-Men are attracted to ÔÇÿgirl-next-doorÔÇÖ types as they look approachable, go for smart casual
Helpful hints for guys:
-Have a wash ÔÇô be clean and you can get away with the rest
-Socks with sandals is not a good look for anyone
-Leave the footie shirts for the weekend
-A simple t-shirt or shirt and jeans looks smart but is comfortable too, you donÔÇÖt have to wear a suit!
I hope you liked the post, it’s always nice to do something a bit different!
I think one of my funniest is after a date the guy said to me ‘I was surprised that went well’, me ‘er why’, ‘well you hadn’t made an effort so I though you probably weren’t interested’, me ‘whahhhhhhh?!?!?!’ Turns out that wearing my hair in a pony tail (do you know how hard it is to get my hair to behave), with a jumper dress (Westwood, you fool!) and footless tights (they were NOT leggings) was obviously way to fashion for him to comprehend! Please can someone just clone me a Marc Jacobs,
This has to be one of my absolute favourite outfits! It reminds me of that old school librarian look. I also like how you can see the skirt pattern through the chiffon, it is really high waist, and looks great with tops tucked in too (though that look will have to wait until the Christmas ‘festivities’ have been taken down the gym). Luckily Lily is kindly modeling a very similar skirt, possibly from the same collection.
I wanted to keep the Jade nail colour so went for black shoes to make it more edgy, but I also love it really matchy-matchy with brown heeled brogues, grey socks and red nails. I am really into huge jewellery at the moment too, this cross was a Chrismas treat to myself. It’s a shame you can’t see the details due to the lighting, but it matches my lipstick perfectly!
(Primark shoes, Vivienne Westwood socks, Chanel nail varishes in Fire and Fantastic)
Tori Amos the original in librarin chic
This post was inspired by one of my favourite blogs ‘What Katie Wore’ if you haven’t seen it (where on earth have you been), the blog was started by Joe, Katie’s boyfriend, who pledged to post a photo of Katie’s outfit everyday for a year, as a romantic gesture! Personally, I applaud such dedication, if it was me you would have endless photos of me in disgusting hoodies as I hate getting dressed if I don’t have to leave the house. Sometimes I do like to wear over the top accessories with the hoodies just to make me feel better!
Anyway as the whole year of Katie’s outfits came to an end last week, Joe asked all the readers to send in a photo of themselves in an outfit which makes them happy! For this week we have so far had 5 days of ‘What You Wore’ and I am up there today: http://www.whatkatiewore.com/2010/01/15/what-you-wore-the-fifth-installment/comment-page-1/#comment-7292
But it was choosing a photo that really got me thinking, what do I wear? Looking through all my outfit posts, some I admit are a bit odd! So, these are a few of my favourite outfits!
This photo and the one at the top feature the absolute greatest invention ever, leather leggings! I just love them, they really are so me!
I do like shorts in the summer, but best of all I like shorts with tights! This black pair are the best ever as high waists are my thing! I also love this tee sooooo much!! Well done Chris Kane, for making my perfect tee, I love the print of course but the size, fit and fabric are spot on too. Also this shoes boot go with everything. In fact if I could only ever wear one outfit for the rest of my life, it would be this!
I love this outfit as it is just a bit odd, the top is Miu Miu and made of a really stiff kind of airtext.
Smart Casual – Peg leg pants:
Ask me to describe my perfect trousers? High waist, peg let, turn ups, black. I found these in M&S and couldn’t believe I had finally found the perfect pair of pants! Worn here with my Ann Demeulemeester boots and below with my vintage Chanel cardigan.
For the ridiculous amount of Chanel jackets I own, I realised that I hardly have any photos of me wearing them on the blog! Same can be said for Westwood, I have a lots of amazing vintage too. I love this little cream jacket, its fairly vintage, has a hole and the buttons need replacing but that kind of makes me love it more! These are one of my favourite pairs of Westwood shoes, along with my red mary janes.
These are my ‘ I am a responsible adult’ outfits, the kind of thing I wear for lecturing. I love ever piece in this outfit!
I don’t often do lady-like but I love this pretty skirt and Victorian style blouse together.
Ah, happiness is Karl Largerfeld and some fluffy Prada!
These outfits are typical of my I-am-in-a-rush wardrobe, when I am just working on the computer in my office I like to be comfy so layering things up is perfect for me.
Due to the freezing, snowy weather we are having in the UK at the the moment, my outfits are all variations on huge coats, hats and boots I can actually walk in (but are ugly). So, they aren’t very interesting to post. Here I am after venturing out this morning wearing my faithful vintage faux fur coat (are you sick of seeing it yet) and my huge Vivienne Westwood bag. I do love Viv and I have had this bag a couple of years, it’s my everyday bag I can even fit my laptop in it! I love the tartan pattern in the pastel colours as it works in winter and summer.
Judy at Atlantis home (http://atlantishome.typepad.com/my_weblog/)
This bad weather is bad for my blog! I can’t take any outfit photos because a. I will ruin my shoes, b. my camera man will not go out in the snow and c. my camera does not like to work indoors. Hence this rather dodgy looking photo, where you might mistake me for a ghost. So, until this damn snow melts please bear with me and my attempts at being arty. Oh yes, I have been messing around with photo-shop attempting to make these photos remotely acceptable – not really working though is it? Black and white – great way to hide that you couldn’t be bothered putting on make-up!
“It doesn’t go with anything, but it goes with me”
(*said wiseman was Chandler from Friends, in regards to his old armchair, but that’s not the point)