Monday, 13 March 2017

Dressing for a Formal Event Without Having to Buy a New Outfit

Have you ever experienced sheer panic at the thought that you will have to buy a brand new outfit for a formal event? If you have, welcome to the club.

My yearly formal event participation ranges between 1 to 0 really, so understandably, I don’t own many formal dresses. I only have one long dress in my wardrobe and that is currently packed tightly at home, 2,000 kilometres away. Add the fact that 9/10 times you’ll see me wearing flats and jeans to that, and you have a very reluctant formal dresser having to dish out the cash for an outfit they will, in the best scenario, only wear once a year.

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However, if it weren’t for the whole outfit debacle, I would love going to formal events. That’s why I thought I would create my own formal(ish) outfit, with things I already own, that are not too hard to find on the high street. I started off with jeans and a t-shirt – my favourite and most basic outfit. Then I added my beloved silk skirt on top, a leather jacket and a pair of patent brogues to top it all off. For a formal event I would definitely advise heels, whichever colour or model would work. I thought of wearing them in the photos but realised they wouldn’t work well with cobblestone and thought I would let practicality win this time. As you would have seen if you’ve read one of my latest posts, I don’t do great with abiding by dress codes.
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If a skirt over jeans combo isn’t your thing, think about the following outfit options (thanks to Alessmoda for the infinite inspiration):
a) Prom dresses over t-shirts, paired with sparkly loafers. You’ll be able to dance all night, and won’t have to worry about your strapless dress falling off.
b) Wedding dresses over jeans, paired with pointy toed mules (if possible, Chanel ones). I know this is a bit of an outlandish one and not every wedding dress can be paired with jeans, but just how cool would that be? If going for the wedding dress is too much you can also try wedding party dresses.
c) Bridesmaid dresses under oversized denim jackets, worn with Stan Smiths and sparkly socks. Forget about the ugly bridesmaid dress and just put your own spin on things; you might end up looking like an 80s ice skater but it’s worth a try.

I’m sure most of us would still have our homecoming dresses tucked away in our wardrobes most likely gathering dust (I know I do!), so why not revive them?

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a few other dress options you could switch around and update as you wish – just make sure to show me how you did it!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Going Nano

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When I was young, my mother used to have this huge Jimmy Choo hobo bag that I was fascinated by. It probably weighed 3kgs in itself and took up more space than any bag ever should, but I remember it was nothing short of fabulous. What is more, despite that bag being able to fit about half our household, my mother still managed to leave the house having to hold something in her hand.

Throughout my childhood, it seemed like there was no other way for a bag to be but large. Where else would you fit your large wallet, planner, phone, laptop, dog and kitchen sink? Even as a young girl I don’t remember ever having a small day-to-day bag, although I really did not have anything else to carry apart from the book I was reading at the time and maybe a Nivea lip balm of some sorts.

To culminate, 2010 marked the year the Celine Luggage Tote came to life. By 2014 it had already become the bag everyone and their mother wanted. It was definitely the bag I wanted. It weighed a ton and was pretty large, but that’s what bags were supposed to be like, right? Where else would you fit all the useless things accumulated in your previous bags otherwise? We were all in the huge bag bubble.
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Just after the 2014 Celine Luggage Tote madness, I think someone caught on to the fact that the same bag also came in much smaller sizes, and those started popping up everywhere. The Celine Nano Luggage was starting to gain ground, alongside many other, much smaller and practical bags. The perfect size to fit in your daily essentials, just right to wear crossbody, the likes of the Celine Nano Luggage bag, CelineBox bag or the Gucci Disco bag took the place of the large totes that had been until then everyone’s favourites.

I have briefly wondered whether that was the manifestation of women being increasingly busy and on the go, unwilling and lacking the patience to deal with large heavy bags - a move towards pragmatism. That thought has made me both roll my eyes at myself and wonder whether societal change can actually be reflected in as simple a thing as bag choices. Yes, I know how pretentious that last sentence sounds, give me a break.

              Fast-forward to today and all I can see is small bags, small wallets, small jewellery. Even Kylie Jenner is said to now prefer smaller lips. Tote bags have been reduced to crossbody bags, to clutches, to card holders. We’ve taken a 180 degree turn towards the smaller the bag, the better. I guess size does matter after all.

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It's not just about small bags, it's about small jewellery too.
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Photos courtesy of: ManRepeller and British Vogue
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