AN AWKWARD MINK MATCH

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There is something about an awkward pairing, a match that is not quite harmonious in tone that gives rise to an ensemble not of obvious construction. Take the pointed velvet shoes for example, singularly they already posses an unusual texture and iridescent sheen of coffee-coloured kind yet pair them with multi-striped trousers of billowing form and such stand-out factor is magnified. You could say that the mink shimmer of the monk shoe is not in coordination with the rest of the outfit but I think it is that aspect which adds a little interest to the attire, after all the cami and roll neck combination is another which evades ordinary practice, even if such is inspired by my fashion favourites of late.

The most prominent and favoured item of this outfit has to be the Zara striped trousers, a victorious sale find if any - the multi-colour stripes it boasts is just one of the many features the dream pants retain. The cropped cut and high-waist tie-up appeal makes for not only a providing match but a perfect fit, there is no wonder then, why Zara has avidly become my go-to shop when in search those items which are striking and dissimilar from offerings elsewhere on the high street. I do adore Zara for its path of fashion diversity when it comes to the (majority) of their designs however, I am forced to include the word majority due to their penchant for seemingly copying many a design from famous designer brands, although arguably, this may be the very reason that Zara's apparel is more forward than most fashion retailers. Whether this is a form of copying or merely inspiration? Well, that renders to personal opinion. 

Wearing: Jacket - Topshop | Roll Neck - Primark | Cami Top - H&M | Trousers - Zara | Shoes - Topshop | Bag - Monki via ASOS | Pom Pom (on bag) - Primark |

FLARE, FRAYED AND FREE


Flared Jeans

The return of real denim - as cited by Julia Hobbs in the current edition of British Vogue - proclaims the rise of the vintage fit feel, a form which was long lost to the dominance of the effortless skinny jean, that true blue rinse faded beside the boldness of black ripped skinnies, only to be resurrected in throwback pictures and vintage levi 501s, until now. 

Think flare, frayed and that all important high-waist and you're set on the denim delivery of revival form - although tough in layer and of wear-in kind, there is something quite freeing about the unbound fit of the flare - the mom jean, even. While the formation of anything but a tight fit spray-on may be daunting, ease yourself to the idea of the flare and frayed with a high rise crop: if one thing is uniform throughout the denim dictionary it is that a high waist measure is eternally flattering. Pair a high-waist cut with a roll neck (my go-to) or a simple white t-shirt a la Chloe Sevigny and Alexa Chung for simple yet effortless appeal, or rather, go all out and layer your roll neck jumper with a striking vintage shirt of 60s pattern for stand-out effect. The frayed format may seem like a wardrobe one hit wonder, destined to only unite with one particular item and with it ultimately forcing upon a sempiternal sartorial ensemble in its minor variations. Fear not however, devotion to the sleek skinny may have left you in trepidation to try a jean of alternating fit, but trial and error of the entirety of your wardrobe should suffice in curbing your free form fear - you will be surprised to find that a loose fit does not mean that it serves a singular role in your attire - why else would such denim be on the rise in popularity stakes? 

It is all in that frayed effect, the crop pleat - the little details that make a flared jean, even a straight leg - so much more interesting and intricate that your average skinny jean, the form allows for such style to sway away from the predictable. The richness of the denim, whether it be a traditional blue or a faded light look, gives for a look of expense, whether it be well cut designer glory of Vetements standard or a vintage pair of Levi high-rise jeans, there is something about true denim which stands bold and strong, withstanding and unapologetic. A denim piece of akin description will definitely stand the testament of time, being built to be worn in - no stretching shall apply here, instead a moulding of figure form shall occur, ensuring that the fit is not only of comfort and custom tailoring but of sartorially striking standard too.

While it is the flare that I covet currently, if there's one thing the skinny won't fall short on in my sartorial choices, it is the dependency I bestow upon it during the night shift, although seemingly stale for daywear, casual attire and so on - the iconic black ripped skinny is still a perfect fit for the going out-out attire. Although the rise of the frayed, flare and crop is somewhat heralding the fall of the skintight, spray on faux jean, its sucked in approach and barely there material is certainly still and will, eternally be a match made for occasions where more sleek and streamlined tailoring is needed. Think nights out, events were the specific category of 'going out-out attire' is unfolded: a metallic lamé top paired with a well worn ripped high-waist (one thing never changes, high waist or nothing) black skinny jean and you're good to go - an ensemble which is forever simple, effortless yet striking and seductive. So, while I am no doubt revelling in the delight that is the free forming of the frayed flare and so on, I shall not hang up my go-to skinnies in their entirety, do not fear, bin or bid farewell with bated breath to your well worns either. Instead, certainly adjust your use of the spray on street-wear, after all, there's more than enough room for all of the denim - faux or vintage, frayed or cropped - have it all I say, yet knowing when, where, wear and what is what counts in the denim game now: embrace the free and the high-waist and widen your denim desires to more than the just the much proliferated, ever so common skinny jean. You'll be amazed what a little fraying can do for your ensembles, day to day denim just got more exciting, and free.

All images from Pinterest


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While anything but a streamlined approach to denim is on the rise among fashions favourites, the high street has yet to deliver in full-fledged glory, for now, take inspiration from Marques Almeida and Vetements and DIY yourself a cropped frayed frill. Alternatively, take the plunge and splurge out on designer denim, MSGM are your go-to for embroidered crops. A notable mention goes to THESE Storets cut up frayed flares, unfortunately I am not entirely sure their clothing ships to the UK.

Although noted in stylistic history that trends come and go - whether it be the skinny or flare, both will undoubtedly fade and rise again - it is that nostalgic nod to the decades past, the 70s and 90s even, that allows for such style to regain notoriety once again. A proven formula is retried and tested and it seems that this time around it fits yet again - only slight modification is needed for it to fit modern stakes, and it seems the cropped effect is the chop and change which has been added to the vintage denim in modern terms - that and a little accoutrement of the frayed kind, after all, why stop when you can go all out and add flair to the flare?

WISHLIST AND WISHIN'

60s moodboard

It is an undeniable fact when presented with the pairings of dull and dreary weather, a general sombre atmosphere and the sudden influx of bad news that the bleakest month of the year surrounds us, January. While such may be a cause for many a moping and the lacklustre leaching of moods, I instead turned my desires in search of inspiration - there may be an air of scarcity looming but if one thing is for sure it is that my sartorial stimulus is refreshed and ready to breathe a new lease of life into my wardrobe and ensembles alike.

Never being one to devote to a lifestyle of minimalist monochrome in its all black and white entirety, with the new year afoot a tipping of scales to the other extreme has occurred - I have been induced to a roaring penchant for colour. In particular, the combination of simple, childlike pairings catch my eye - primary colours of yellow, red and blue - the likes captured in the kite-like essence of Sienna Miller's flowing dress, a firm favourite of mine in the frock game. Yet, almost opposingly to the free-spirited fun that such childhood tones ensue, rich iridescent hues of fruitful brightness captured in a sleek swish of silk or satin shine have too sparked my interest. There is something about the illuminating fabric that just oozes opulence and bold elegance while simultaneously managing to radiate an effortless air of cool. Look to Bella Hadid for apt inspiration on that part or alternatively, metallic lame is your second point of call to emulate such an ensemble.

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Lace up longing and a foray of fringing in high-waist and cropped flare form is all but a wardrobe dream for 2016, matched with a 60s essence and florescent light feel, delicate details and subtle but standout accruements is the vibe I aim to adhere to. Take to pairing a striking metallic top with a roll-neck layered underneath for a casual sartorial statement, or make it like Chung and take the metallic midi of the moment and confuse the shine with a stripped jumper of standout stakes - either way, I am certain on changing up my approach to attire.

THREE STRAP STRIPES

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Rather casual sartorial choices arose on the day I wore said outfit above, much to the surprise of myself as often, I opt for a higher heel, a fussier ensemble - something that I would adhere to be more striking than your average t shirt and jeans. However, contrary to usual occurrence, such was the uniform I chose to attach myself to for the day and so, a change was at hand - and foot too - with  the Topshop sale providing its usual trove of treasure, this time in the form of a much coveted shoe of delight (for me, at least) - the three strap flat, akin to Alexa Chung's much loved Vivienne Westwood pair - if only. In my case, just add a pair of well worn sparkly socks and you're good to go - daring to go bare may be best left for the fairer months with sunny skies (the summer crave has indeed begun). With a price of greatly reduced glory (£25.00 down from £62.00 FYI) I could not click 'add to bag' quick enough, somehow the sales just keep on getting better for me - unplanned sale purchases somehow end up as some of the most favoured items in my wardrobe. Take the part black, part vinyl harrington jacket for example - another Topshop sale gem - no surprise then that it is not unlike the strappy black flats in that said jacket had too only existed within the fabrication of my mind, any search for such jacket in material form turned no glory, until the ever-giving wonder that is the Topshop sale made such imagination a reality. 

I feel it is due to the sales of late that I entered the new year feeling somewhat refreshed in the wardrobe-worry department, while I spent much of the latter months of 2015 feeling dull and uninspired when it came to my clothing choices, I now feel slightly overwhelmed when it comes to tackling that ever looming question of 'What should I wear today?'. Although daunting, said question now fills me with excitement, and it is a resolution of mine to get more wear out of the items in my wardrobe that I proclaim to love yet never see the light of day, I always remind myself that for most clothing, there is always more than one way you can style it - and, most importantly - you never know how something will look with that skirt, or those trousers - unless you try it on. I've found that my most favourite ensembles were born through what first seemed like odd pairings, thrown together in a spontaneous rush of inspiration - and that is what I want to achieve more of in 2016, after all, with a good outfit, you feel you can conquer anything - and that is the foundation for a good day ahead.

Wearing: Jacket - Topshop | Ringer Tee - Urban Outfitters | Jeans - Topshop via Depop | Shoes - Topshop | Bag - Primark | Sparkly Socks - Topshop | Pom Pom (On bag) - Primark |