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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


Current Musings – A good start to 2011

OR: First week back to reality… 7 things that kept me sane over the last 7 days!

– Without which I could easily have drowned in a blue-mood lagoon.

  1. Movies at the IFI. I watched and loved Catfish, and I EDIT: intend to watch and love also watched and loved The Kings Speech. If not just to drool over the wardrobe of (the magnificent) Helena Bonham-Carter, as the Queen mum in her youth.

2. Vintage Window-Shopping: Dublin is becoming a feast of vintage shopping. I inadvertently discovered two new shops – 9 Crow Street and Horse & June – this week. (More on these later in the week)

3. New Music: Both British Sea Power and White Lies have new albums out this month. The anticipation of which has me all of a dither.

4. New Shoe Style: Platform, suede, colour block – Because of dreams of shoes like this; I’m saving up now. (

5. New season Fashion: The previews are go. I’m thinking floral embroidery detailing, and 70’s, Riviera chic – just get me out of black. – See Christopher Kane (below left) and Marc Jacobs (below right), respectively. (images via

6. Food: Bad, bad, bad but oh-so-good food at that: Mooz, 3 Angier Street, D2. Pick your favourite chocolate bar and they’ll blend it into a milk-shake… they do hot ones too, if the weather’s doing your head in.

7. Prudence Magazine: Included musings from yours truly in their vintage directory this month. I am honoured, and just a little proud to be included!


“Fashion blogger Laura Whiston of Whisty feels the same: “Being fashionable is one thing but turning up to a party in the same high-street dress as three of your friends really will make you feel like a fashion victim” she says.

“The great thing about vintage is the history behind it. When I put on a dress or coat that was made 60 years ago, I immediately wonder about the woman who owned it before me.”

…”From a moral point of view it’s [vintage] very appealing because people are genuinely horrified by reports of sweat-shop working conditions. Many fast-fashion, high-street shops have been the subject of revealing documentaries exposing child labour and poor pay.”

Here’s to a fantastic 2011!


Whisty Xx


Window shopping that wasn’t.

OR, In your face Whisty, what do you know anyway…

Hey all,

Confession time; I don’t shop in TK  Maxx. I first went into one in the US and I was actually horrified. It was the place where good clothes went to die and the shoppers were like vultures picking at the tattered remains…

So when my friend suggested we go in yesterday, I did all but flat refuse. She was on a mission, someone in her work had told her that she’d found a Chloe Paddington bag (oh hello 2005) for a steal. I wasn’t allowed not to go in; after all she pointed out, how could I be a Dublin fashion blogger and refuse to go into shops that sell fashion… My argument about fashion being of the moment etc, fell on deaf ears.

I sulked (think Kevin the teenager, in tighter trousers) and followed her in exclaiming how unfair it all was. And then came the egg… all over my face. From one rail and one shelf, I pulled this little lot:

That right there is what you may call a pretty beefy fashion mix of D&G, See By Chloe, Jasmine di Milo, Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Versace, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Galliano… Cue, dress up session and tw@tting about in the changing rooms, with the actual possibility of being able to afford at least one of the designer pieces I was about to try on.

D&G dress, Marc Jacobs shoes – (Dress €179.99 Shoes €439 now €219)

Emilio Pucci jacket & blouse, Jasmine di Milo skirt, D&G high heeled loafers – (Jacket €1133, now €699.99, Blouse €1002 now €229.99, Skirt €201 now €49, Loafers €179.99)

See by Chloe Jumper, Jasmine di Milo leather leggings, (my KG shoes) – (Jumper €69.99, Leather leggings €229.99)

Calvin Klein top with leather shoulder detail, See by Chloe jeans, D&G loafers, Fendi bag – (Top €520 now €399.99, Jeans €49.99, Loafers as before, Bag €549.99)

D&G Tuxedo jacket, Valentino chiffon vest, Jasmine di Milo leather leggings, D&G loafers, Versace clutch – (Jacket €269.99, Vest €49.99, Leather leggings as before, Loafers as before, Clutch €549.99)

Galliano gown. – (Gown was €990 now €349.99)

Galliano gown (back).

What’s that, See by Chloe red jeans? You wanna come home with me? Oh go on then.  By the way, if you’re thinking about shopping in TK Maxx, when I bought these jeans the woman behind the cash desk let me in on a little secret. The Carrickmines store has way more in the ‘Gold Label’ range, which is aparently where all these pieces are from. I guess we just look for this label then…

NB: Only if the original prices were listed have I added them to the list above.



70’s Inspired Outfit Post

Inspired by 70’s fashion and the military nod on the Marc Jacobs SS10 runway I mixed vintage fur and wooden platforms with a military shirt and neutral dress for a shopping trip this weekend.

Both the shirt and dress are quite slouchy so I pulled in the waist with an old Girl-Guides belt. When I first put on the military shirt I looked a bit too heavy so I broke up the green with the leopard-print scarf. I’m also getting a little bored with wearing black opaque tights so I went for woollen, over-the-knee socks instead. Left is the look without the vintage fur coat, scroll-down for photo with it on, over the shirt.

I’m reading the Philip Norman biography on the Rolling Stones and it’s keeping my obsession with their style and that of their girlfriends’ in the 60’s, piqued to say the least. This coat was my mother’s and she wore it to a Rolling Stones gig in America when it was new. The shoes are a little later and are nearly impossible to walk in but if I keep to the flat pavements and stay away from the cobbles I can just about manage!

More pictures and full outfit details on


Coveted by Many, Owned by You… Now

There are loads of reasons why most of us don’t by a designer gown for every special occasion… Ah who am I kidding, we all would if only we could afford it. That’s why when the Covet boutique opened in The Powerscourt Centre this august it gave us all a more realistic chance of wearing a designer gown for any special occasion. Covet basically allows you to hire a designer dress or accessories for 3 days. With prices ranging from €30 to €300, that is a relatively small amount compared to buying the same.

This weekend however Covet are hosting a sample sale of these same dresses. I.e. for this weekend only, dresses that have previously been hired out can be bought to keep. With a 95% discount, I reckon you could overlook the fact that other people have ‘enjoyed’ them. Designer dresses in the sample sale include, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs as well as a huge collection of vintage pieces. Opening times Sat: 10-6pm and Sun 12-6pm. Not long after Covet opened photographer Barry McCall and styllist Niamh O’Rourke created this gorgeous shoot. More pics after the jump. Continue reading ‘Coveted by Many, Owned by You… Now’


How to wear… Thigh-High Boots.

AW09 Catwalk Trends Thigh High Boots

AW09 Ready To Wear Catwalk images, clockwise from top right: Yigal Azrouel, Gucci, Rodart, Marc Jacobs, Halston, Alexander McQueen.

How to wear…

The dilemma with this season’s thigh-high boot trend is that if you go with the high-heeled version, your risking looking like you may charge by the hour; a flat version, you’re risking looking like the stand-in for Dick Whittington at the Gaiety Christmas Panto. Needless to say, neither of these are good looks. When I saw the pictures of Kelly Rowland in Dublin last week, the last thing I thought was that the boots looked wrong, in fact they looked incredible, but they were Gucci and she is stunning. It convinced me however that thigh high boots with high heels can create looks that are chic and if I am going to go thigh highs the heels would have to be high too.

Continue reading ‘How to wear… Thigh-High Boots.’

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