Hang out with your Wang out

One sad solitary outfit photo for you this working week. Yesterday I was too busy and today I woke 20 mins before I and two toddlers had to be out the door and on the bus. Let’s just say the results were not impressive! So I bring you Tuesday’s outfit:

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I bought this T by Alexander Wang skirt last week. I had liked it for ages then, having seen a very glamourous friend wearing hers, was on the brink of paying full whack when up it popped on my favourite website EVER, The Outnet, at half price. Don’t mind if I do!

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As it is rather longer on me than on the NAP model, I thought I’d be daring and try it for work. I kept the rest of the outfit quite prim with a white shirt and flats. I added a dash of colour with my new favourite bracelet:

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Outfit:

Shirt – Gerard Darel
Skirt – T by Alexander Wang
Shoes – Jemima Vine
Bracelet – Boden
Earrings – MFP

Monday Morning Lust List – Monochrome Stripes

After a week of patchy blogging, I’m hitting the ground running today. A slightly different sort of lust list today as I am focussing not on a single store, but on a particular trend that is really tickling my fancy at the moment. Monochrome was all over the S/S13 catwalks and this has naturally filtered down onto the high street, but I particularly love it in stripe format. Maybe it’s my inner burglar, I don’t know. Anyway, luckily for me, I’m spoilt for choice!

Prom Skirt, £22 - Dorothy Perkins

Prom Skirt, £22 – Dorothy Perkins

I love the slight volume to this skirt, and the fact that it is 98% cotton is a real selling point – it is so hard to find natural fibres at a reasonable price! I have just ordered this with code DPVC20 (valid until 19 May) giving 20% off. I will report back.

Trench coat, £99.99 - Banana Republic

Trench coat, £99.99 – Banana Republic

I have liked this trench for a while, and it’s now on sale, but of course it has sold out in my size. I will have to do a trawl of the London stores. I’ve not had a Banana Republic trench before but, as I understand it, the quality and cut are among the best on the high street.

Striped knit blazer, £49.99 - Banana Republic

Striped knit blazer, £49.99 – Banana Republic

While I’m on the subject of Banana Republic, here’s another stripey little bargain. I think this would definitely need to be a try on in-store enterprise as I’m not sure the cut would work on me, but I can see it being a really verstaile office cover up.

Striped dress, £39 – Kaleidoscope

I’ve never bought from, or even really ever looked at, Kaleidoscope before, but I LOVE this dress. I think I’m going to have to order it because it ticks all my boxes; crew neckline, slimming side panels and cinching waist band. Click on the pic and check it out on the model, because I’m not sure this shot does it justice!

Cotton striped T-shirt, £22.99 - Mango

Cotton striped T-shirt, £22.99 – Mango

For a more casual take on the trend, how about this tee from Mango. I like the slight twist on the stereotypical Breton top, and I think the relaxed shape makes it really easy to wear.

Tibi Camisole, £195 - Net-A-Porter

Tibi Camisole, £195 – Net-A-Porter

I have my heart set on this cute cami by Tibi. It will have to go into the sale, because even I draw the line at spending the best part £200 on a vest, but I’m pretty sure it would be something I could bring out year after year, and as we only get about 6 days of camisole worthy weather a year in this country it would probably last me into my dotage…

T by Alexander Wang tank, £80 - Harvey Nichols

T by Alexander Wang tank, £80 – Harvey Nichols

A still pricey but slightly less absurd option would be this T by Alexander Wang tank. I’m a big fan of the brand and am building a bit of a collection, but the thing that puts me off here is the ‘off-white’ description. I’d have to see it in the flesh to determine just how far from white it really is.

 

Stripe patent court, £85 - Dune

Stripe patent court, £85 – Dune

Ok, so these aren’t quite black and white, but aren’t they fab? I’ve seen these pop up in a lot of fashion shoots, alongside some real big-hitters. I think the blush/black combo just about edges it for me, but it’s close! They’d dress up a simple shift a treat, or look great with jeans.

So, are do stripes do it for you? Or are you more into florals or colour-blocking? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I love hearing your comments, so do let me know what you think!

Twi-hard

Today I’m channelling one of my style favourites, Kristen Stewart.

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I know she’s not everyone’s cup of tea, style-wise or otherwise, but I love the way she can switch from uber-grungey off duty to high-octane red carpet glamour, without losing herself. You’re never going to see K-Stew picking up an Oscar in a pastel tulle confection, though I appreciate there is more to do with that than her inner-emo.
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Before you all write me off as some weird, style-stalking saddo, when I put this outfit on it was not with the intention of emulating Kristen. This T by Alexander Wang muscle tank is a size bigger than I normally wear and was looking worryingly tunic like over my skinnies. Rather than consign it to the mistakes pile, I thought I’d try tying a knot in it to shorten it, a la Miss Stewart, and hey presto, I had a wearable top. Then I thought I might as well go the whole hog and wear a biker too. Sadly mine is from Oasis and not a Balenciaga freebie, but you can’t have it all.

However, you can rest assured I won’t be wearing a backwards snap-back cap any time soon. No-one is so young, beautiful or famous that they can do so without looking like a total tool. Just sayin’.

Outfit:

Jacket – Oasis (similar here)
Top – T by Alexander Wang (similar here)
Jeans – Goldsign
Trainers – New Balance

Hanging out

Feeling a little fragile today after a night on the sauce for Mr TMT’s birthday. I’ll spare you the details but suffice to say I ended up belting out Cher in a karaoke bar. Needless to say, comfort was definitely the order of the day when I crawled out of bed this morning.

This is about as close to a pretty pastel ensemble as you’ll find me in. I don’t really do ‘girly’, which I think of as synonymous with pastels, but I spotted this tee while browsing the Outnet, and as I love these muscle tees, I couldn’t resist.

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I’ve paired it with another great Outnet find, Zoe Karssen leopard-print track pants, a pair of pale pink Superga, and possible the oldest item in my wardrobe; my trusty denim jacket. Bought from Calvin Klein in Los Angeles over 10 years ago, it has been serving me faithfully every summer since. I think it has aged pretty well, and now has a great beaten-up (think the technical term is distressed) look to it.

Another quality shot taken by my husband, nicely grazing the top of my head, and believe me, this was the best of a very bad lot, where i looked by turns smug and mentally subnormal.

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Outfit:
Top – T by Alexander Wang via the Outnet
Track pants – Zoe Karssen via the Outnet
Trainers – Superga
Jacket – Calvin Klein
Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco

So, what are you planning on wearing tomorrow, possibly the hottest day of the year (I’d say so far, but the way things have been I might be tempting fate…)?

Go out in a blazer glory

I genuinely believe a jersey blazer is a staple everyone’s wardrobe can benefit from. As comfortable as a cardigan but a bit sharper (and is it only me who looks like anyone’s grandmother in a crew neck cardigan?), they are great for Spring. And it’s March now, so I’m ignoring the single degree temperatures and declaring it Spring. I have a few of these handy articles, but this is my favourite. Bought from the Outnet, it was good value, and unlike many of its kind, is 100% cotton. The sleeves are a little long, but I will get them altered eventually.

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20130302-132838.jpgI loved this top so much I bought both the camel and black/white colour ways, and though they were quite expensive, they have served me well.

Outfit:
Blazer – T by Alexander Wang (Taupe here)
T-shirt – Maje
Jeans – Goldisign Virtual high-rise
Boots – Aldo
Watch – Michael Kors