CROP, PLEAT AND PATENT


















Cropped, pleated, flared and high-waisted - all attributes of a certain pair of jeans that I so deeply desired after spotting them on the Topshop sale, the place in which they mysteriously disappeared and my wish to own the allusive cropped flare was laid to rest - lost and gone forever I so feared. This great loss left me longing for that perfect cropped flare and such led me on a desperate scour to the depths of Ebay and Depop - and the latter yielded triumphant treasure. Perfect sizing and a perfect fit - although bought for more than said sale price of Topshop measure, I say that without regret - with these cropped flares in my possession, I feel one step closer to complete wardrobe appease.

The high-waisted flares of dreams are met by a fine pairing in the form of a brightly toned shirt of vintage kind - its geometric pattern is an eye-catching one at that, unusual for sure and emits slight vibes of 60's futuristic kind. Armed with the evidently 60s siren patent ankle boots - the current loves of my life (although somewhat painful, but their beauty forgives for such affliction) - and the roll neck staple of the season, there you have my current favourite outfit - one which I am sure will be repeated in many variations in the coming months - equipped with a heavy frost-safe jacket no doubt.

Wearing: Roll Neck - Primark | Shirt - The Vintage Corner | Jeans - Topshop via Depop | Boots - Zara | Bag - Primark | Pom Pom - Primark |

AUTUMN ARRIVALS: THE MARY JANE SHOE


As far as the shoe game goes this Autumn/Winter - aside from the patent ankle boot - there is one certain style of leg attire that has bounced back onto the fashion radar this season which I am particularly fond of, the Mary Jane (and not for reasons that said style partially includes my name, albeit minus the y - nearly made for me perhaps?). In terms of the strapped shoe, no one designs a better mid-heel better than Miuccia Prada - for both Prada and personally favoured sister label Miu Miu.

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The appeal of the Mary Jane shoe is easy to target, with its reminiscent allure of the 60s and classic design it is no wonder the iconic shoe has rebounded - although the wearability of said mid-heel shoe is timeless, such does not render it ordinary. In fact, it is undeniable that with the Mary Jane springs originality, with each designer from Miu Miu to Gianvito Rossi, and even the high street offering - serving as evidence that the Mary Jane has been rejuvenated, and with each style comes diversity. My favourite of the batch has to be of Miu Miu offering with its unmistakeable retro stamp, the red primrose print pair of Mary Janes are standout with a childlike factor. 

With such a strong shoe game this Autumn/Winter it is obvious that the Mary Jane shoe is anything but 'plain Jane' and ordinary, and coming from a fellow Jayne myself, I can second that fact - take the Mary Jane for day or evening-wear as the style shares the common attributes of versatile and classic, yet its modern counterparts are something to be marvelled at - glitter, floral or patent - take your pick.

AUTUMN ARRIVALS: FAUX FUR


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As seen on a multitude of Autumn/Winter 15 catwalks, faux fur has been dominating the high street coat game this season. Faux fur is a material which I had approached with trepidation in the past, yet it has of late been rebranded as lust of mine - such high presence on the 'new in' lists of my most visited and the loved revival of 70s era glamour, it's hard to refuse its allure of opulence. If I had to choose a favourite amid the flurry of fur, I would have to choose the First & I cream faux fur coat - for a few short reasons - it's pleasing, pristine (as the name suggests) and best of all - affordable, the latter is certainly alluring. 

Although faux fur is a fixation for the eyes yes, it is not solely such as it is fair to say that faux fur is a topical fashion point if that - especially with Stella McCartney's creation of 'Fur Free fur' that debuted on the AW15 catwalk (pictured above) and rightly so, if I do concur. With the aid of modern technology enabling methods that give rise to the creation of materials which mimic that of animal fur so precisely that it renders people unable to distinguish between real fur and faux, it is beside me why the latter is not material of choice in all cases. Faux is cheaper, cleaner and ethical- and just as opulent as mink or fox or any other fur that is sourced from an animal - even more so in my opinion, cruelty free is something to be celebrated furthermore. The practice of real fur, not faux being used for fashion is entirely senseless and callous in the modern times we inhabit and in effect should, in its entirety become dormant. Faux fur is all the rage on the high street, and as more designers make the change and take the ethical stance - those left should follow suit, after all, it is the 21st century, and things must change; and although an argument has been thrust that faux has a more adverse impingement on the environment than real fur in terms of sustainability, it all bows down to sense - and fast fashion is a whole other frivolous issue in itself.