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12
Nov
13

November Metro Fashion Column: Maximise your Midi-Skirt

Above Average… Maximise your Midi-Length

Hello all,

The midi-length skirt trend often eludes me. I think it’s partly to do with my trouble deciding how to wear it. This AW’13 I was determined to get to grips with it and bought two midi-length skirts; a fitted one in grey jersey and a full, voluminous one in soft black leather.

My initial attempts at styling the full midi skirt had me looking like a lumpy, frumpy granny; missing only a knitting bag and a set of rollers. After a bit of trial and error, however, I established what actually works – for me at least. Balancing out the volume of fabric below the waist was the key. A full midi skirt needs a loose yet tailored blouse, in a pale, silky (not shiny) fabric. Best worn with sleeves rolled up and top button undone, just to show a bit of skin. Topshop.com has this polka dot print shirt (pictured £38.00), which is a great alternative to the Mulberry heart print phenomenon. Heels are a must too, unless you’re lucky enough to be over 5’11” that is; flats found me channelling Little Bo Peep or one of those extras in Grease with no date at the prom.

Getting the jersey tube skirt to look OK on me took a bit more practise; I was hoping for Molly Ringwald circa The Breakfast Club style…

Though substantially less than the full midi skirt, the tube skirt still has a lot of fabric, and worn with long tops I looked strange and misshapen. Shoulders/lower arms/décolletage, and if you’re 17 (or Nicole Scherzinger) midriffs, need to be flaunted with the midi-length tube skirt. Inspired by Louis Vuitton AW’13, I chose this this lace camisole by Zara (pictured €69.95) and wore it tucked in; with hair up it actually looked quite dressy.

By happy chance I also discovered that a fitted cashmere polo neck looks good with both skirts too. Pushing the sleeves of this Bottega Veneta (pictured £728.90 farfetch.com) up past my elbows, I’d be happy to say the midi is all mine this season.Laura Whiston Fashion Column Nov 2013

Yours,

Whisty Xx

06
Mar
13

Striped Up, Hyped Up, Ready for Wilin’

Hello.

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 Vogue.co.uk

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

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Inspired by… perhaps?

peggy-moffitt-60s-eye-stripes

Yours,

Whisty Xx

28
Jun
12

Brilliant White: How to Wear it Right – Whisty’s Metro Column

Hello!

For those of us who don’t commute first thing in the morning in Dublin, here’s the latest Metro Herald column, How to Wear all-White, right.

Irish summer fashion tends to be a tale of two extremes, half of us are pulling on wellies, denim shorts and Parkas, while the other half are matching fascinators and clutches to Duchess satin dresses. However, in creating all-white ensembles for their S/S’12 collections, designers like Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith and Stella McCartney (pictured, available at Brown Thomas) have inspired a fresh summer look.

For most of us the wearing of head-to-to white is usually the preserve of sacrament and ceremony. Thankfully this season’s all-white look is more classic-chic and elegance, than pure, unspoilt innocence. We’re not talking about pretty white dresses here, this fashion statement focuses on carefully chosen separates, like tailored trousers and city shorts, (pictured Hobbs €125) loosely-structured blazers and tuxes. (pictured Warehouse €78).

It is about balancing out the girlishness of white with fine, natural fabrics like silk, cotton, leather and Bouclé Tweed. It’s about keeping your silhouette sleek, simple and grown up.

You’re not aiming for a precious princess communion look. NB: Frills and ruffles must be worn with care, if at all. But on the other hand, don’t go for tight-fitting pieces either, choose well-tailored separates to flatter your figure; this look is laid-back, not try-hard.

Choosing simple accessories; plain white fedoras, (pictured River Island €20) flats (pictured Dune €180) and subtle shades are casually summery; if you wear a watch make it white or gold, and masculine (pictured €335 Certina at Brown Thomas), leave the sparkles at home.

If you’re going for all-white then it has to be pristine as do your hair and tan, wearing all-white means you will get noticed. Finally, the right underwear is essential, white shows through almost as much as black so your only option is skin-coloured underwear, under white.

The optimist in me still believes that we’ll get our week or two of summer so I can indulge in this trend. Can you remember a summer day where the threat of being splashed by a dirty puddle didn’t exist? Yeah, me too… Sigh…

Yours,

Whisty Xx

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