Sometimes it’s just worth it to travel around London just to get that perfect dress and that was the case with this one. In four days it basically disappeared from all Topshop stores including online. Luckily,one was waiting just me.
As you may notice this dress looks similar to Revolve red dress with small stars, seen on many bloggers this summer, which is probably why this cheaper model from Topshop gained so much popularity . I simply fell in love with this dress! Maybe the reason is that is so easy to wear, no need for much accessories or maybe because wrap gave me so much desired waist.
I’ve used the opportunity of few days of summer in London to make most of it.
On this Sunday I met my friend for brunch. We chose Refinery Southwark, a retro-chic cafe and cocktail bar just the short walk from Tate Moder. Once inside you will see the funky decor with industrial lighting, the bar on the one side and restaurant like area on the other side. From the big list of cocktails and food, I chose classics mojito, chicken and kale caesar and for dessert Raspberry Panna Cotta which all was delicious and worth coming back
Bold, colourful,rebellious, elegant, with a dash of retro, and the most popular pattern of the moment -stripes
Almost every season we see stripes on the runway and the Spring Summer 16 collections are no different, but it w
asn’t always like this. Stripes have come a long way from being the most unpopular to the most loved pattern.
The first mention of stripes was in the 13th century. During the Middle Ages stripes were mostly horizontal, and mainly worn by prostitutes, jugglers, clowns, hangmen and prisoners. The pattern was seen as evil, especially ones in bright colours and they were often referred to as “devil’s cloth”. Striped clothing was really rare until the 18th century but then during the American revolution stripes were everywhere, but not just on clothes.
The real breakthrough happened during 19th Century, when Queen Victoria dressed her son in a sailor suit to go on a yacht and also in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s painting which depicted a boy wearing a marine jacket. After that, in 1858, French sailors embraced the white and blue knit shirt as their uniform with 21 stripes (each one symbolising Napoleon’s victories). Later that type of striped shirt would get the name Breton from the Breton Movement in Brittany, France.
Stripes got into high-fashion when Coco Chanel saw a Breton striped shirt during her trip to the French riviera and started selling them in her shop. After this point stripes became in vogue amongst different groups from artists, and movie stars to musicians.
During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s stripes became a rebellious and hipster pattern and were worn by the Beat Generation, musicians like The Beatles, Bob Marley, actors James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and everyone else who questioned authority.
Over the course of time stripes evolved and now it’s not just about Breton.Nowadays we can see several types of stripes on skirts, dresses, coats and trousers. Nautical stripes, as the most popular, are associated with Breton and seaside and we can see them on sailors or Venetian gondoliers, rugby stripes-wide and usually brightly coloured, originally used in sports, chevron – zigzag, military inspired stripes and candy stripes just to name a few.
Many designers featured this popular pattern in their SS 16 Collections including Dolce and Gabbana’s 40’s , Marc Jacobs’s American and Ralph Lauren’s sailors inspired pieces. Everyone agrees that stripes are big now.
One of the many designers to adopt stripes is Tommy Hilfiger. He was inspired by the beaches and crystal blue seas of the caribbean using a palette of colours inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley. Coral red, emerald
green, yellow and blue inspired by the beaches and the 70’s look noticeable in
using crochet fabric. The most recognisable Marley pieces were stripy knitted bucket hats in rainbow colours accompanied by stripy net vests made to look like long beach coverups.Collection was a mix of boho, young and sporty with horizontal and vertical colourful stripes in dresses, bikinis, skirts and shorts.
Another designer who featured stripes was Elie Saab. Still keeping his well known feminine silhouette, he gave a young vibe to his new collection by using bold stripes and 70’s inspired garments such as bow ties, balloon sleeves and disco jumpsuits.
He used horizontal wide stripes in bold and bright colours including purple, pink, red and deep green in dresses,shirts and a bomber jacket. But he also used a more conventional vertical design with thin black and white stripes pairing them with floral patterns in long dresses, jumpsuits and capes.
Missoni,known for knitwear design in brightly coloured and chevron-stripes this season also stayed faithful to the house’s trademark.Inspired by the Maasai tribe of Africa, Angela Missoni presented a sporty and jet set, breezy look by using vibrant stripes on almost every piece, including Converse and making the runway into carousel of colour.
Chaos in the form of stripes in all directions and dimensions and flowy garments made the silhouette look long and slim.
It is for sure that stripes are a pervasive pattern in fashion and part of every woman’s wardrobe. Even though stripes can be hard to wear, in most cases they can be used for flattering the figure. Stripes can make you look skinnier, taller, give you waist or add curves to your body. Stripes are probably the only pattern accepted by both men and women, young and old because of their ability to comprehend with every style and print. This is the main reason why they have been popular in the fashion world for more than 100 years and will continue to be for many more.
Kingston is that part of London that isn’t really London but it’s is because it’s apparently Zone 6…Never mind,it’s still great.It has river walks with amazing views, Ancient Market which is there for last 800 years,lots of shops and restaurants and…this unique phone boots.
Last weekend I went to my first Indian wedding and it was so nice and different.Venue and the weather were amazing and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I didn’t wear sari but I fell in love with this dress.
I’m tapas monster 🙂 Even in London I want to have tapas every week. So first thing I did when we arrived to Barcelona was to ask our hosts were is the best tapas place. They recommended La Pepita ,small but lovely restaurant and bar in Gràcia. It was the best tapas I ever had! From patatas bravas,croquettes to Spanish ham and even fried egg with crisps…everything was amazing.
After delicious dinner we ordered dessert which was definitely something that I didn’t know it exist – Corn Ice Cream with Popcorns and Raspberries. Surprisingly it was delicious just like everything .Good thing is it not too busy and guest are mostly Spanish so you can be sure it’s good 🙂 I would recommend everyone to go there when they visiting Barcelona
I was already writing about this outfit and my first day in Barcelona but here it is again. I was feeling so comfy and good and this and I’m sorry that I can’t really wear it more often because you know… London
Trendy Taste -Natalia Cabezas
One of my favourite bloggers is Spanish and is from Barcelona. So this is opportunity to introduce her . Her style is mostly bohemian and inspiring .
Barcelona is now definitely my favourite city and everything is so nice there but the most amazing thing is Montjuic. I can’t even decide when it’s better ,during the day when the view is amazing or during the night when the lights and colours of fountain are amazing. And it’s so romantic
Like a real Zara fan only thing I was thinking is Zara. And I have to say it’s much better than London Zara. It’s much bigger with much more choice(they say better quality as well). Mango,Stradivarius,Pull&Bear and Bershka are everywhere. Literally everywhere. Best part for shopping spree is Passeig de Gràcia where you can choose from high street brand to exclusive designer stores.
If you are weird and you are not into clothes 😉 there is a amazing colour coordinated market ,famous La Boqueria . Everything is fresh and delicious . It’s good that I had breakfast before,otherwise I would buy everything 🙂
Welcome back to The Fashion Mannequin Blog on Men’s Fashion from the perspective of all of you long suffering girlfriends, in this guide we are continuing to talk about all aspects of Men’s Fashion from ensuring that you boyfriend wears perfectly fitting men’s clothes to getting him looking his sexiest in a suit.
So what have we learned so far?:
If you read Part 1 of our guide to Men’s fashion we talked about how important it is to get the right fit on men’s clothing and we also talked about the importance of brands when it comes to dressing your boyfriend. Now that we have covered off these really important points, we can start to focus on the best ways to get your boyfriend looking his best in any men’s style and look at what he should be wearing. But…
There is so much to cover, where are we going to start?…..
Every girl knows the secret to a man looking stylish is in a good foundation. So in today’s guide we are going to start at the bottom, looking at shoes, that’s right, dress shoes, formal shoes, sneakers, trainers, casual shoes and colours, and how to make sure they are comfortable.
Right now you might be thinking:
How can I afford everything that you will recommend? Well I’ll also give you some men’s fashion buying tips so you can find a deal or two when shopping for these items and make some great savings.
How to buy men’s shoes that will make you weak at the knees
You know how it is, you always see a well-dressed man on a night out only to look at his feet to discover that he’s wearing the most hideous pair of shoes you have ever seen in your entire life, you shake your head in horror.
But, you should know one thing:
It doesn’t have to be this way, look at our top tips in this section on men’s shoes which you can start to use right now to buy your next pair of shoes, and it applies to all shoe styles all the way from men’s casual shoes to men’s formal shoes.
However, first things first:
If you don’t get the fitting right, then you will never get a pair of comfortable men’s shoes. A guy can only look his best if he’s comfortable and confident in his stride, so he needs a pair of comfortable men’s shoes, and in order to do that you must must must get the fitting right. We spoke about this a little in part 1 in our guide to men’s fashion.
Seeing as this is so important, I’m going to give you some amazing tricks on getting the right shoe fit that you can use right away.
Tip 1: Get help from a salesperson. Sorry ladies, but if you want your partner to look his best, he needs professional help and if he wants a pair of comfortable shoes, that means he should get his feet measured properly. It’s not difficult to do, simply pop into a shoe shop like Clarks and speak to the sales assistants, they will be happy to measure your feet properly. If your boyfriend is a keen running enthusiast/sportsman, try going to a branch of Runners World and they’ll also be able to measure him up.
Tip 2: Measure both feet! Men’s feet (like any other feet) aren’t the same size, so make sure to measure both feet for the most accurate measurement and try on both shoes!! This will ensure that he always buys the most comfortable men’s shoes.
Tip 3: Comfortable shoes are in the heels, get him to use his index finger and slide it down between his heel and the heel of the shoe, if it can fit without having to force it, CONGRATULATIONS! You are on the way to finding a comfortable pair of shoes. If the finger doesn’t fit, then his shoes are too tight, and if it goes in too easily, then the shoes are too loose.
Tip 4: Wiggle wiggle wiggle. His toes should be able to move around freely in his new shoes, and if he presses on the toe with his thumb, then he should be able to easily feel a space between his toe and the front of the shoe. Using force to feel the gap? Sorry, he needs another better fitting pair!
Tip 5: The most important tip is about the arches of his feet. He can’t do much about these as he’s born with them, but it doesn’t have to mean that he won’t have comfortable shoes. If he has odd sized feet (see tip 2) then buy a slightly bigger size and buy an insole, these are inexpensive and can be bought from most high street shops like Boots, and Superdrug.
So now you’ve got the fitting right, what shoes should you buy?
There are a range of different options, so I’ve put together a couple of recommendations for shoes that I think are great for different occasions, and some ideas of where you can buy these from and for how much so you should be able to find a pair you like at a great price.
How to get him looking his best in some formal men’s dress shoes
Brogues are the classic men’s formal shoe, they are great on casual garments such as smart jeans, or go all out on a formal suit. Either way, in black or tan, your boyfriend will look great in these affordable dress shoes.
Leather Derby Shoe – From H&M
Rubber soled and 100% leather, in a tan colour these are the perfect formal shoe which can be used for any occasion, and cheap at just £19.99!
Take a look at our perfect classics which can be worn on any day out together
Classics are fantastic when you both want a day out together in town. Perfect on virtually anything – they offer a comfortable choice of shoe which can be worn in any way. Some styles can even be worn out in the evening if you both decide to hit the bar together.
Converse Star Player Trainers
Lace ups with a textile upper and the iconic chevron, these are the classic men’s casual shoe. Available from £45 at ASOS.
Great boots for the rugged outdoors and perfect also for the city
These boots are fantastic for those who don’t want to buy a formal men’s shoe as they can double up for this purpose. These great boots can be worn on any occasion and on any style which makes them totally versatile.
Black 6 inch premium boots – from Timberland
A classic style from Timberland in all black colour, ideal on any outfit whether it’s jeans or formal trousers. From £160.
So now we’ve covered off shoes in the second part of our guide to men’s fashion. Join us again next week for part 3 of our series into men’s fashion where we’ll be talking about trousers. I’ll tell you what works well depending on style and the look you are going for, and again I’ll show you the top tricks to finding the right pair of trousers at the right price.
Almost every week I find new great place for coffee ,tea and cake so this week I found cute little place just 5 min walking form Clapham Junction station- 2 Love Coffee and Tea House
They have wide selection of teas and they are serving famous manmouth coffee,fresh orange juice and all kinds of pastries and cakes
Zara is that kind of store that when you get in you can’t get out empty handed. Clothes is great,and shoes…oh shoes. Zara always has amazing shoes,all off them.But here are my favourites for spring/summer
Even though it’s still windy and cold in London my mind is somewhere warmer. I like to browse through this bloggers outfits. Her name is Jessie Chanes and she’s from Malaga,Spain. Because they are blessed with warm weather her clothes is always summerly
One of the most unusual fragrances I’ve ever tried . The top notes are Sicilian bergamot, mandarin oil and liqueur de Cassis, so that’s where the citrus smell comes from. The heart notes are Rose de Mai, Neroli and Egyptian Jasmine, which gives it a bit of a floral component. The base notes are Patchouli Oil, Blond Woods, Amber, Orcanox and Vanille Absolute, and that is what gives this fragrance a sweet woody warmth.
Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat
The book about Karl Lagerfeld beloved cat. She has it all, from her own iPad to private jet. here, for the first time, she shares her complete lifestyle guide. Humorously themed chapters cover diet, beauty, healthcare, fashion tips, secret loves along with observations and advice from Madame Horn (her vet), and Madame Françoise (her lady’s maid) . I’m sure cat fans will love this book but also Karl’s fans 🙂