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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. 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 up past my elbows, I’d be happy to say the midi is all mine this season.Laura Whiston Fashion Column Nov 2013


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September Metro Fashion Blogger Column – AW Trend Agenda Continued

Hi all,

Here is September’s Fashion Blogger column.

Autumn Winter 2013 trend agenda cont… Festival season is over people. Electric Picnic has spewed forth its sea of carefully ragged denim, Hunter wellies and fake Ramones T-shirts for another year. It’s time to concentrate on clothes that don’t suit being covered in mud and beer. Last month, ignoring the go-to ‘what to wear at a festival’ column idea, I talked about the top three trends for this season; pink coats (you don’t say), high shine loafers and leather pencil skirts.

Happily, this season’s trends don’t stop at three key pieces, so we’re adding more to the A/W’13 trend agenda list.  If you ever read my blog you’d know I was into vintage in a big way. This season rather than create a cringe-worth pastiche designers have incorporated the most appealing elements of the vintage vibe of the ultra-fem 40’s and 50’s; the full skirts, the neutral colours, the elegant, quality tailoring etc. The full skirts aren’t floral printed with voluminous netted underskirts, they’re ox-blood coloured leather, the leather gives them volume instead. Zara claims dibs on this one (pictured €159). Handbags have two handles and come in classic bowler shapes, but in buttery claret leather and have a cross-body strap for modern versatility.

I’m jumping on the M&S bandwagon, have you seen those ads? If it’s good enough for Dame Mirren… I love this one (Pictured €99). And the cable knit jumper – happily adorning every fisherman from here to Kenmare – has finally found its feminine side. Hobbs added flowers to its knitting pattern and created this Wheatsheaf cable knit (pictured €130).

These pieces are modern day classics; like the Macintosh of the 30’s, the tuxedo suit of the 20’s or the shift dress of the 60’s. We know where the style originated but we’re adopting it and taking it into our era. This style is ours and the very last thing it is, is vintage.

Whisty Metro Fashion Column Sept 2013


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Metro Fashion Column – Summer Car Coats

Hi all,

Whisty Clobber Blogger June 2013 Header

Here’s this month’s Metro Fashion Blogger Column

There’s no debate that summer coats are a necessity for our climate, so why don’t we bother? Most of the time what we wear over our summer clothes is a sartorial choice we hurriedly make just before leaving the house. When the hope that the weather will be warm enough not to wear one, finally fades we grab a jacket from behind the door; mentally aware that we daren’t leave the house in a single layer.

In SS’13, say goodbye forever to the white jacket pulled from the back of the wardrobe in May, for its annual trip to the dry cleaners. And don’t even think about wearing a Pashmina to that ‘do’ in July, just because you think it’s more appropriate than your black wool coat. A carefully chosen summer coat will stop the chilly breezes, (and accompanying Goosebumps – nice), and stylishly look the part for both afternoons in the park and evenings on the roof terrace. Best of all, chosen correctly it should look like it’s part of your whole look, not a weather-wary afterthought. This season’s ‘Car Coat’, comes loose at the waist with unstructured shoulders, has either a deep V or round neck, big low pockets and is tapered to the knee. Wear it open…

Echoing Louis Vuitton’s SS’13 triumphant yellow and white checks, this Zara coat (pictured €79.95) is perfect for this summer. If you can wear yellow that is. (Not jealous if you can at all, at all…). Team with white to keep it pretty or navy blue to add depth. At Jaeger, this Leopard vs. Dalmatian print coat (pictured €275) is great to wear over your shoulders (coats as capes, still big) with Ray Bans and cigarette pants. If you want to combine your SS’13 Car Coat with SS’13’s summer-leather trend, then (carefully) choose this Simone Rocha leather coat at Havana (pictured €3,240.00).

Whisty Clobber Blogger June 2013 Metro Newspaper


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A Style Post: Country Tweed & Urban Heels

Hello All,

You know, I was just looking back through a few past posts and I’ve only just realised how much I comment on the weather; it really is a lot.

It’s probably something to do with the fact that our Northern European climate and its unpredictable weather dictates exactly what we wear… Maybe my references to it are just an excuse when I write style posts as to why I’m wearing what I’m wearing. i.e. when I sat down to write this post, the first thing I typed was something along the lies of bright sunny autumn days. A description which easily explains why I’m wearing layers, which are necessary for those kind of days.

I love this outfit. The layers keep it fashion-forward but also wearable. The boots and coat are set to be my autumn/winter 2012 staples; the Burberry cardigan, which I have had since last year, is a really loose knit so isn’t warm enough for the depths of winter, but it’s perfect for now.

Tweed Coat Zara

Vest Top River Island

Scarf Louis Vuitton

Cardigan Burberry

Trousers Karen Millen

Bag & Boots Kurt Geiger


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A Style Post – Tropical Print Dress and two-strap shoes.

Hi All,

S/S’12 and all those great new trends and colours we’re yet to wear! I wear black and navy blue so often that I long for bright colour pops when spring comes around.

Trend-wise I love the Tropicana prints at Stella McCartney, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dior. Tropical prints featuring palm trees, parrots, surfers and even mermaids (Versace), in shades of bluem green, colablt and teal.

Colour-wise, I love the  shades of rich blues and greens; I presume that when Spring / Summer colours are presented each year very often they’re pale pastel shades so as not to alarm us? Pretty but also pretty plain. I prefer the bold strong colours that filter through as the season progresses.

And boy am I getting ready to wear them. The dress is vintage, it was knee-length and I chopped and hemmed it to mini-skirt perfectios, the pockets are awesome, more pockets in dresses please! – to anyone who’s listening…

Now I’m of the nearest Tiki bar for a piña colada, while I wait for some tropical sunshine.

Dress & Bag, ORVintage

Shoes, Zara


Whisty Xx


Zara gets Clogged up

Since the last post on clogs, I’ve been asked lots of times when clogs are landing in-store. The answer is various dates over the next two months. I was in Zara on King Street, (Dublin) yesterday, however, and it seems that the Spanish store has got there first. And with about 20 different styles in brown and black ranging from around €80 – €120. Here are a few that I managed to get snaps of. I’d probably go for one of the style that has a rubber sole, you can’t beat a bit of extra grippage!

On anther note, I reeeeealy have to have these (below). I always think compared to traditional black, brown is a more summery colour for shoes and these peep toe wedges with brogue detailing and laces will be mine!

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