Joggers and ugly trainers. Sports-luxe or 90’s cringe?

I am old enough to remember shell suits and Juicy Couture velvet track suits. So, it’s fair to say that I was a little bit skeptical as work-out gear-based fashion (aka “athleisure”) started to gain traction a few years ago. Same goes for the recently re-surfaced ugly trainers trend. 

Athleisure? It’s sports-luxe darling. 

So what’s changed my mind? Well, the progression from lycra to a more style-focused look has definitely helped. And I was already a stickler for comfort and function in everything I wear anyway. The quality and variety of styles on offer has also been surprisingly good (not a shell suit in sight) with all the major high street brands stocking a decent range to suit all budgets. These striped retro track pants are by British label Être Cécile. Famed for cheeky franglais-slogans and punchy prints on classic t-shirts, sweats and denim, I especially like their retro track wear. 

But I’m not completely there yet with ugly kicks.* 

I’ve found ugly trainers a harder sell. Partly because it’s such an obvious trend, so the risk of ending up with something with a short shelf life is high. They don’t come cheap either. At the high-end, Balenciaga’s Triple S trainers range – arguably the most sought after – starts from around £615. Praise the fashion gods yet again for the British High Street. If, like me, you are not yet totally convinced but wouldn’t mind a little dabble in the trend anyway there is very decent fare on offer by most High Street brands. This excellent version by Primark which, dare I say it, I might even prefer to the Triple S thanks to it’s minimalist take on the look – and at a fraction of the cost (under £40) – is ideal for tapping into the trend as I wait for the Triple S to land in the sales. (Given their instant cult status, this won’t be happening any time soon. Sigh.)

So all in all, I’d say not quite 90s cringe.  Like this look and want to shop it? Scroll down. Coming up soon: “How to style your ugly trainers”! 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Addie x

*Insert – clockwise from l-r: Acne Studios; Zara; Mango; Balenciaga

I am wearing:

Track pants (Être Cécile)| Trainers (Primark)| Jumper (H&M)| Scarf (Acne Studios)| Sunglasses (Celine)

Shop this look (or similar):

Joggers: Être Cécile Casual track pants  (or similar: Whistles Eylse side stripe trouser)

Trainers:  Sold out. (Shop similar*:Zara Sneakers With Contrasting Seams;  Topshop Chicago Lace-up Trainers)

Oversized Jumper: Sold out.  (Shop similar: Cos Oversized Wook-knit Jumper; Acne Studios  Oversized Sweater)

Scarf: Acne Studios: Canada Fringed Scarf Grey Melange.

*Topshop and Zara both have a decent range with prices from £40 – £85. These two are closest to the ones I’m wearing but you can of course opt for something else!

 

Cosy (and very smug) in my H&M Oversized Puffer Jacket

Introducing my best buy of the season! With its oversized proportions and architectural silhouette you might think this stylish puffer jacket is Comme des Garcons? Martin Margiela? ACNE Studios? Well, you’d be wrong. It’s H&M and the best part? It costs less than £40. It’s THIS season (so I’m not just blogging it to be smug😌) and also comes in red and khaki. It’s out of stock online unfortunately but still available in many stores (on sale for £31.99 reduced from £39.99) so it’s not too late to bag one for yourself. I would suggest doing this if you can, even if you already have a puffer coat. The proportions and minimalist finish make this jacket a bit special* – a chic and more polished alternative to your every day puffer – and a definite forever buy.

Here I’ve styled it with an oversized sweatshirt and boots but you can also go super casual with a jumper and trainers. Here are other fun facts about this fab jacket:

#1. The hood can be flattened and turned into a wide collar for a different look.
#2. You can have fun with the silhouette thanks to the proportions which you can exaggerate by leaving the bottom half press studs undone.
#3. It’s light, super warm and water proof.
#4. It’s £31.99!

Convinced yet? Thanks so much for reading!

Addie x

*There’s also a coat version but it just doesn’t pack the same punch as the jacket.

I am wearing:

Coat (H&M)|

Photos: U.W. Ugbenne

Black Against The Wall. A Jumper Over A Dress.

I wore this a couple of weeks ago when we were still basking in all that glorious Autumn sunshine. I’m blogging it because it’s a super easy transitional outfit – a jumper over a cotton tunic with sturdy boots (simples!) – plus, if you’ve read Hi-Lo Pick ‘n’ Mix. I like a bit of everything you’ll know how I love a high street/high-end combo.

It was a busy Saturday and I needed something suitable for a swanky brunch but comfortable enough for the usual weekend errands afterwards.  You can achieve this look with any dress and “statement jumper” combination. Colour doesn’t have to be black but for a polished look I’ll keep it muted, sticking to the same tones for the jumper and dress.  Understated colours like camel, any type of grey or even blush pink will work fabulously even with black accessories.

So here’s the breakdown of this Hi-Lo mix and match:

# Black tunic – several years old (GAP);  # Jumper with fabulous sleeve detail – this season’s purchase (Primark); # Kick-ass boots – going into it’s second Winter (Primark. Yes, believe it); # Bag – can we take a moment to adore please? Also a couple of years old (Givenchy and worth every hard-earned penny); # Sunglasses, my absolute favourite that go with everything I own – also a couple of years old (Céline). 

Thanks to nifty accessorising, my fairly basic outfit is chic’ed up for zhu-zhu brunch but not too precious for the Saturday shop.  Hurrah.

Thanks for reading.

Addie x

Brave the chill in a kilt.

Worn right a kilt can be very flattering and chic – the ultimate trans-season piece. However, it’s easy to be put off by the quality on offer on the high street which isn’t always great. Then there’s all that tartan! Still, if you are prepared to channel your inner Braveheart, scroll down for tips on how to nail the look.

Kilts are traditionally made to measure however most kilt makers will also offer a limited range of ready-to-wear. While it’ll be more expensive, I would suggest going for the made to measure option if possible. My gorgeous skirt is by London-based label Susy Harper. It was made to measure so it fits perfectly and I got to choose the fabric (an added benefit for those not so keen on tartan!). 

Nailing the look:

#1.  We are aiming for chic and prim not skater girl so avoid the mini versions. Knee length or thereabouts is ideal.

#2. Traditional fabrics for kilts like wool or tweed are best for this look.  Whether or not they are in tartan is up to you!

#3. Girls, this look calls for bare legs. Add thick socks (or fake tan!) if you must but absolutely no tights.

#4.  Going casual? Pair with a chunky knit and some stomping (ankle) boots. If you need an extra layer add a chunky scarf or a leather jacket.

#5. For a more polished looked or for work, swap the chunky knit for a slim-fitted polo neck and the ankle boots for heeled pumps or Mary Janes (heels or flats).  Slim-fitting knee-high boots will work well too. For an extra layer add a tailored knee length coat.

#6. Be prepared to invest* a little for quality, it is totally worth it.

*What you end up paying for a made to measure piece will ultimately depend on your choice of fabric, style, etc. but you should be able to get a premium quality kilted skirt at around the £150-£200 mark.  The price range for men starts from around £300.  There are also high end ready to wear options for those really looking to splash out (Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Opening Ceremony have all featured kilts in recent collections and fashionistas’ favourite Le Kilt has them all year round) but I don’t much see the point. Given the choice, I’ll go for a made to measure artisanal piece every time!

Need help sourcing good kilt makers? Drop me a comment and I’ll be happy to help you out with some names!

Thanks for reading.

Addie x

 

 

 

 

 

I am wearing:

Skirt (Suzy Harper)| Jumper (H&M)| Boots (Primark)| Bag (Givenchy) |Sunglasses (Céline)