Too hot for jeans? Make like a silk pyjama!

I love jeans but trying to peel off a pair of skinny jeans on a hot day is not one of life’s most pleasant experiences. So, if you are like me and can only take super-girly frocks in small doses and don’t fancy an entire Summer in denim cut-offs, say hello to your new wardrobe BFF: Summer trousers.

They come in a variety of fabrics (I have both silk and polyester numbers) and styles (pyjama, palazzo, track, harem). I tend to go for a relaxed “boyfriend” cut as they suit my body shape best. They are also extremely versatile and can be casually chic with trainers and flats or oomphed-up with heels. I like to pair mine with a shirt however vests, T-shirts and blouses work just as well. Tip: Keep the chic factor high by pairing your Summer trousers with a top in a similar fabric (silk or polyester) although not necessarily in the same colour or pattern.

This black silk number is from All Saints but most brands (high-end and high street) have a version.  For my other summer wardrobe “essential” – oversized shirts – see my previous post Get Your (Oversized) Cotton Shirt On.

Bring on the Summer!

Addie x

I’m wearing:

Silk trousers (All Saints)| Shirt (Primark)| Trainers (Isabel Marant)| Clutch (Alexander McQueen)| Sunglasses (&other stories)

First outings: Large Kenzo X H&M Shopper. (An instant classic but not for all seasons)

My Kenzo x H&M shopper FINALLY got its first outing last weekend. I’ve had it for seven months (the collection landed last November!) but this just isn’t a Winter bag – the colour and style are not for soggy conditions. Happily, Saturday was gloriously sunny. And with a bulky gift to carry to a 6 year old’s birthday party, it seemed the ideal opportunity to give it a spin.

Verdict? It did well. Obviously, the colour meant I had to be careful where I put it down. But, I’m usually – and possibly irritatingly(!) –  precious about my bags anyway 🙂 so this wasn’t a problem. It’s large enough to take quite a lot – it managed the gift plus the usual baggage that comes along with a 6 year old – without feeling too bulky. Meaning it fits comfortably under the arm as well. My only quibble is with the straps which are a little “shallow” (not sewn deep enough into the body of the bag) for its size. So, if you’ve got one, be careful not to over load it with heavy items as I’m not convinced those straps can take it. And avoid extremely wet days obvs! Otherwise, another H&M collaboration gem. See Hello my name is Addie and I’m a brand collaboration addict for my other very happy H&M collaboration purchases. And if you would like a piece of the action from the next one, stay tuned to yours truly as I will be tracking events very closely……. 🙂

Addie x

 

It was a sunny Sunday in London!

 

My last post Hi-Lo Pick ‘n’ Mix was all about how I love to mix it up! I wore this outfit on Sunday and received so many compliments but no-one would believe that the main ensemble (the sweat shirt and culottes) came from the high street. 🙂  So, as this perfectly illustrates a few of my tips from the last post: luxing-up a high street outfit with high-end accessories and going understated around a statement designer piece (the boots),  I thought it deserved a mini post of its own!  Details: Sweat shirt and culottes – COS; clutch – Victoria Beckham; boots – Isabel Marant.

Addie x

Photos: U.W

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Hi-Lo Pick ‘n’ Mix. I like a bit of everything!

 

I love my high-end pieces obviously but, they are a special treat.  And actually if I could, I’m not sure that I would go designer all the wayFor one thing, I have certain limits  – ok there aren’t many(!) but there are some. Paying more than £100 for a plain cotton t-shirt* for example. (This is based on nothing other than my utter conviction that the quality achievable by cotton is finite. Perhaps I’ll change my mind if they start making them laced with platinum). I also much prefer to mix things up. That way I can experiment and throw my own spin on things. Much more fun! Not that there’s anything wrong with going top-to-toe designer – we just need to be mindful about how we put it all together. Because, there’s always the risk of over-styling or looking OTT with statement or super-embellished designer pieces (great for the catwalk and editorials but not so much for the every day).  Worse, you could actually come off as lacking in personal style!  So how then to get the best of both worlds?

#1. LUXE IT UP. High street outfit with high-end accessories

Elevate a high street outfit with high-end accessories: bag, belt, shoes, sunglasses or scarf. Be careful not to overdo it though, the aim is understated chic!

#2. TONE IT DOWN. High-end statement outfit with low-key (but excellent quality) high street accessories OR no accessories

If the main event is a statement designer piece turn down the volume with excellent quality but understated high street accessories. And if in doubt, go without  – you’ll want to avoid letting down the whole look by a poor choice of accessories.

#3. QUALITY QUALITY QUALITY. Cheap ain’t always about the price tag

True, some high street pieces can look and feel cheap. Equally, some high-end pieces can look tacky and gaudy. Try and avoid both types of cheap if you can! For me it comes down to this: if something is well made, looks great and is good value for money –  whether it’s high-end or high street –  I will get it.

#4. AVOID LOGO OVERLOAD. One is enough

I’m a fan of a logo’d t-shirt or sweat shirt but I know it’s not for everyone. If you are like me, then I recommend investing in a high-end one (my £100 limit only applies to plain T-shirts!). You’ve got to be very careful though, too many designer logos and you risk looking like a billboard. With the exception of bags, my general rule of thumb is to rock only one obvious designer logo at a time.

In the end, it’s each to their own and whatever makes you happy. But if you needed some pointers then I hope you’ve found this post useful!

Style it. Love it. And bloody own it.

Addie x

High street main (Zara sweatshirt, Very leather skirt) with high-end accessories (Acne scarf, Victoria Beckham clutch and Isabel Marant trainers)

The Acne scarf, Isabel Marant jacket and Givenchy bag take these Primark leather trousers to another level. (But the trainers had to be Adidas – obvious designer trainers would’ve been a step too far!)

Same Givenchy bag, this time with a Victoria Beckham shirt and H&M jeans. And the slip-on loafers? Primark!

Another high street main (top and culottes from Cos) with luxe accessories (Isabel Marant boots and Victoria Beckham clutch)

*Look out for my dedicated post on t-shirts coming soon with tips on how to find your ideal fit and where to nab the best ones.