Posts Tagged ‘Asos


Striped Up, Hyped Up, Ready for Wilin’


If you haven’t already sussed it yet, the S/S’13 trend most heavily represented so far on the high street is inches-wide stripes.

Stripes make regular appearances year after year, but something about this season’s stripes feels fresh and unique. Their width definitely feels new, the fact that the pieces are tailored yet loose feels new, but mostly I think it’s the way that the stripes clash. By that I mean they’re worn going in different directions. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal stripes meet and twist and repel each other on dresses, separates and suits. See Marc Jacobs and PPQ, Jonathan Saunders and Acne

SS 2013 Striped Trend PPQ Marc JacobsTop Row: Jonathan Saunders, Acne, PPQ

Bottom Row: Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders

Images via

Here’s my take on it in this month’s Metro Herald column

At the first spring/summer fashion preview I attended last autumn, a single trend got me immediately; bold, brilliant, black and white stripes.  Inches wide and perfectly defined these stripes are inspired by Marc Jacobs’ bold, multi-directional black and white pieces, PPQ’s nautical inspired, off the shoulder dress, and the way Acne and Jonathan Saunders mixed perfect banded tops with plain white trousers. Graphic, monochromatic stripes are here in a big way for SS’13.

Not only are they unique and current, these stripes are definite and dramatic; not pretty, not fine and definitely not subtle. Too fine and from a distance your stripes merge into a dirty shade of grey, but you’re making a monochrome statement everywhere with this season’s take on stripes. Forget school-days, grunge-inspired faded stripes, these are well-defined lines to be worn with cool confidence, not scuffed-up Doc Martens.

Don’t believe that stripes aren’t flattering either; loose fitting dresses, separates and jackets, skim off shoulders and hips. These stripes don’t cling to your shape they merely highlight your angles. They’re easier to wear than you think; team vertical striped trousers with horizontal striped tops, and plain white or black outerwear. Mix up your stripes with accessories in neutral leather, bright patents, and top off the look with luscious red lips.

A key way that stripes were worn on the catwalk was with a flash of flesh, at midriffs, ankles and scoop necklines. These Warehouse trousers (pictured €63) combine this season’s stripes with an ankle-grazing length – a glimpse of flesh makes the stripes less aggressive. This New Look thick stripe jumper (pictured €29.99) is a casual way to combine horizontal stripes with plain white trousers. The chicest way to rock bold spring summer stripes is to team this high waisted ASOS skirt (pictured £40) with 1940’s inspired make up. If you didn’t do your fashion homework, then you’ve got detention, and you’re doing lines.

Monochroms Wide Stripes Trend SS 2013 WhistyTop Row: Topshop, New Look. Middle: Warehouse. Bottom: ASOS, Penney‘s/Primark


Inspired by… perhaps?



Whisty Xx


A Style Post: Christmas Sparkle at Dublin Castle

Hey All,

When I first saw Dublin Castle, I was disappointed. The 70’s Brutalist civic offices distract and detract from the towers, and there are better examples of Georgian Dublin around – Henrietta Street is a particular favourite. But having spent more time there, I now appreciate the quiet grandeur of the turret and the church, the huge cobbled courtyard and on a sunny day, I love sitting on the grass in the garden outside the library. I like walking there, as I did today…

I haven’t posted a street-style post for months… But I booked the day off after going to watch Richard Hawley at Vicar Street and spent the day wandering around my favourite parts of the city – hence the non-heeled styling today. These riding boots are a rare pair of non-heels in my wardrobe; I walk in and out of the city as much as I can, and so they’re great for both wet and chilly weather… I wear it so much but this dress was once owned by my Mum, and I found the velvet kimono in a vintage store. I’ve never worn the two together, I love that some elements of style and fashion transcend generations.  Lastly, I finally bought a cheap ‘gold’ watch to match my chunky ‘gold’ chain, probably should have waited till Christmas to wear it but, pah! yeah right!

Whisty Dublin Castle Blogger Street Style

Whisty Dublin Castle Blogger Street Style 1

Whisty Dublin Castle Blogger Street Style detail

Whisty Dublin Castle Blogger Street Style 2

I love the light in Dublin, the clear crisp skies in winter allow that light to infiltrate and reflect into streets that would normally not be in direct sunlight… The sunshine is reflected onto me and the Castle pavement, from the windows on the buildings opposite on Dame Street.

Whisty Dublin Castle Blogger Street Style tongue

Dress, Vintage Jeff Banks

Velvet & Glitter Kimono/Cape ORVintage

‘Gold’ Boyfriend Watch, ASOS

Boots, Ted Baker

Accessories, Thrifted


Whisty Xx


Trend Stalker: Statement Trousers

Hello all,

Here’s this month’s Metro Herald column…

Tip Top Trousers

Bold, brash and in a myriad of prints, this month’s trend focus is the statement trouser. All about shape, colour and prints, it’s the most exciting way to bring your wardrobe into the new season. Prada and Miu Miu, Balmain and Prabal Gurung, all featured printed trousers in their A/W’12 collections.

Statement trousers may look a bit intimidating but they will be your best friend this season.

Clockwise from top left, Prada, Balmain, Prabal Gurung, Miu Miu

If pastel florals and earthy tribal prints are great for spring and summer, mild September needs something more vibrant. Indeed, the trick to wearing this season’s statement trousers is about being bold. Choose paisley, damask, Art Nouveau or geo-print, just make sure your choice can be seen. No wishy washy pastels here please and definitely no leggings. Slim fit, cigarette pants, or wide-leg palazzo styles give you plenty of alternative options. Not only are the print and shape of your trousers key, but the colours and fabric are even more so; deep purple, bright green or rich blue; wool, silk or brocade will ensure your pins make the perfect on-trend statement.

The high street has great budget-friendly versions. River Island’s cigarette pant (pictured left £35/€47) will give you an abstract paisley print, in metallic Jacquard. There’s a bit of last minute S/S’12 bargain hunting online at ASOS with these oriental print, acid yellow, palazzo pants (pictured middle now £17.50/€24.88). However if you like your prints of the more traditional floral nature, choose this tapered-leg trouser at Warehouse in a midnight-blue and purple floral print (pictured right £50/€65).

Perfect for autumnal days, but teamed up with a fitted cashmere polo neck and a pair of Kurt Geiger’s Lady Bell patent flats, any of these trousers will provide a perfect look for winter too. No one will be saying you are lacking in the trouser department this September, that’s for sure.


Whisty Xx


Juno Temple for ASOS Magazine

Hello all,

I hope you’re good!

Juno Temple is on the cover of this month’s ASOS magazine. In a mix of winter coats; a fur-trimmed oversized hooded Parka, Marni‘s Houndstooth crombi-style coat with jewelled collars and a longline brown military maxi coat, styled up with sharp leather and cool prints. The cover shot in the House of Holland striped Raglan dress being particularly special.

Juno Temple gives an positive, breezy insight into how a girl from Somerset manages to make Hollywood feel like home. ‘It was an adventure. I’ve always thought that an adventure is something that, if it tickles your toes a little bit, then you should go with it. And I like it out here… I never thought I’d say this, because I love rain, but actually waking up to sunshine does wonders for your brain.”

Her attitude to shopping is pretty rad to; “I’m a really good shopper, I don’t question things, If I like something, then I’m taking it home. It just come to a moment where it’s 20 bucks in a thrift store for a one-of-a-kind thing. You should relish those moments of finding amazing pieces. I just don’t think people should walk away from those things.

But, as far as her career is concerned, whether she’s playing the flirtatious Lola Quincey opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, in Atonement, or starring as the ‘Dirty Girl’ in the film of the same name, it is this she is most passionate about. “I love it, I don’t want to stop, ever. I’m going to fight for it as long as possible”.

If you haven’t seen Dirty Girl yet, it’s worth a watch if you like a quirky, independent movies that are coming of age, road movies set in the 80’s. Clip…


Whisty Xx


This Month’s Metro Herald Style Column


In case you missed it, here’s this month’s Metro Herald style column.

Metro Life is taking style advice from the people who really know their stuff, with a rotating panel of bloggers giving their top style tips. This week style connoisseur Whisty of returns

“ONE of the most interesting things about fashion blogging is getting to see clothing collections before they’re released into stores. Shops like Oasis, Penneys / Primark and River Island get in touch twice a year and invite bloggers, fashion editors and stylists to view their collections for the coming season.

If you’ve ever watched The Devil Wears Prada, you will know the cerulean speech – when magazine boss Miranda Priestly tells assistant Andy exactly how it was that she came to wear a blue sweater that day. The gist of it being, that although Andy thinks she has made a sartorial choice that separates her from her fashion mag colleagues, as Miranda explains, she is in fact, very much a part of the fashion chain, albeit the weakest link.

Another point about the speech is how trends filter down from designers to the high street and so on. Collections are shown at international fashion weeks about six months in advance of the season. From there you can see how trends, styles and colours have all been translated from the designer collections to the high street a month or two later.

For example, one trend that was big on the catwalks for SS2012 was the peplum; a kind of mini frill attached to a top or a skirt that sits on the hips. Designers like Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Nina Ricci and Jason Wu all did versions of the peplum.

By the time the high street collections were launched, just about  every shop had a version in their collections.

Clockwise from top left; AWear, Dorothy Perkins, ASOS, Topshop


Whisty Xx


The Invasion of Whisty… North London

Hello, ‘Wish you were here’,

Postcards from London…

The City of London, from Highgate Bridge, London N6 – The invasion began, my mates room, trashed as soon as my bag landed. So out we go and straight into town

First stop was, lunch at Sketch with Sophie from ASOS… Mine was the black bread Croque Monsieur

If portaloos were like this… the bathrooms at Sketch, Conduit Street, London WC1 W1S

Evening drinks with Amy and DSThe Boogaloo, Highgate, London N6

The Boogaloo Moggy… How much do I want that to be a G’n’T…?

Feeling nostalgic for the ’50’s at the ‘World Famous Boogaloo Juke’

The Notting Hill Carnival, 2011Passes for the fabulous Wrangler Carnival Party, at Bumpkin, London W11

Our welcome party at Westbourne Park Tube station

Our talented and incredibly down to earth entertainment for the evening, Maverick Sabre. In case you’ve ever wondered, being half cockney (he was born in Hackney) half culchie, (raised in New Ross, Co. Wexford) gives you one hell of a mad accent. Even so, he played a bloody beautiful acoustic set. Image via

Post Party; neon specs and pints at The Good Mixer, Camden Town, London NW1

Hair of the Dog…

Whisky Cider = Whisty Heaven

Getting my tourist on. Note actual rucksack.At Highgate Cemetery, armed with map and nerves of steel. This is one atmospheric graveyard.

The gigantic stone head of Karl Marx on his Tombstone at Highgate Cemetery

Angel tombstones

Peaceful in the woods

And back to the land of the living…A rainbow at Aces & Eights Saloon Bar, Tufnell Park, London NW5

Curry heaven, London E1

Back to Highgate Village, and one for the road


Whisty Xx

Massive thanks to DS, Amy, Sophie, Holly at Wrangler, and Ashley, for graciously returning a favour. Xxx

Shop Once Removed Vintage

Who Was Here?

  • 2,433,937 hits

Subscribe to Whisty’s Blog

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,411 other followers

Follow Whisy in Instagram

I found way to beat #winterblues in the #cityoflondon. Wandering under the #canopies of the #tropicalplants and #palmtrees🌴 in the #barbicanconservatory. A beautiful #secretgarden #oasis in the heart of the #magnificent #barbicanestate. . . . #plants#tropical#exotic#nature#urbangarden#london#city#architecture#brutalist#skyscraper#style#williammorris#hat
One thing about staying near a #volcano is when the #mist rolls down you know about it! #sicily is beautiful even in the fog. 🇮🇹 🌋 . . . #volcano#etna#taormina#islandlife#umbrellaweather#rain#mist#fog#publicgarden#verdent#camelcoat#style#travel#backpacking#traveleurope
On a rock in an #oldplace. Getting my hike on to go back to 430 BC at the #valleyofthetemples in #agrigento, #sicily. . . . #vallideitempli#travel#europetravel#europe#italy🇮🇹#ancient#history#greek#temple#columns#architecture#backpacking#hikingboots#windyhair
Embracing the #longshadows of #autumn and strolling along this pretty i#sland #beach 🏝 #isolabella on #sicily🇮🇹 . . . #seaside#shadows#beach#italian#autumnsun#travelling#backpacking#europetravel#taormina#waves#islandlife🌴
The last hurrah for warm weather? Where better to spend the day than on #richmondhill looking at the view of the #Thames before going #onsafari in #richmondpark? . . . #london#surrey#richmond#autumn🍁🍂 #trees#river#riverthames#sky#sunset#leaves#turningleaves#style#polkasots#blondehair
Walking along the #regentscanal is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. . . . #london#northlondon#kingscross#canallock#bridge#waterways#reflections#mulberrybag#style#leopardprintskirt#shades#architecture#stpancraslock#leatherjacket#towpath
Apocalyptic #skies in #muswellhill? There’s only one thing for it grab some #chippy chips from @toffsfish and hide under the #bridge ‘til it all goes away! . . . #sunset#shadows#london#northlondon#architecture#railways#takeaway
#polkadots and #hotspots This weather is a dream, it’s so nice to take five on the banks of the #riverthames and embrace its #coolbreeze . . . #summerinthecity#london#riverside#shorts#tan#shades#chilling😎
Follow whistyblogs on Twitter

Follow Whisty on Twitter

LaWhisty on Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest

Flickr Photos

Latest Visitors

January 2019
« Dec    



Stats 01/06/11 – Now

wordpress visitors

%d bloggers like this: