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Exposure

 

A months or so ago, Fashionista.com published an article entitled “Free the Nipple: How the NSFW Runway Trend Translates to Retail”, a story about how nipples are prominent on the runway, often exposed through sheer fabrics or implied via the whole no-bra look, and how this movement has now reached fast-fashion stores and mass-acceptance. I’d agree with this. Perhaps it’s just living in New York and attending a very liberal school, but I’d say this is definitely the case. Most people aren’t afraid to go braless anymore, something that was frowned upon just a few years ago, and some people go even further. I remember watching a Seinfeld episode where Elaine buys her friend a bra as a gift because her friend always goes braless and gets so much attention. In turn, her friend then wears just the bra and no shirt to make a point. It was funny and classed as totally scandalous at the time, yet nowadays it is totally normal.

I created a few looks on Polyvore, as shown above, which feature either bras as shirts, bralets, mesh shirts, or lacy sheer bodysuits. I wanted to show the various different ways you could style this look for different occasions. I find myself wearing similar outfits on the regular and not feeling risque in the slightest. It’s funny how quickly things become norms.

The Fashionista article was particularly interesting because it was in the long form, something that they don’t do too often, and featured an interview with a trend forecaster who offered further insight into the matter. I’m always interested in what trend forecasting agencies have to say because they are meant to be the people who know what is happening in fashion before it even happens. At my school, we have access to databases like WGSN where we can see trend forecasts for the upcoming seasons, the same level of access that brands and other organizations can pay for. I find it fascinating to see if they are actually right or not. Often they are.

Read the article that I linked above and let me know what you think about this “trend”, if you can even call women’s body parts a trend (which is a whole other talking point).

Further reading

“Free the Nipple” – information from the organization pioneering the current version of the movement

“Free the Nipple founder Lina Esco on fighting the fight for gender equality” – i-D magazine

Corsetry

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Restrictive is the best way to describe a corset. With the lingerie market trending towards lacy bralets and relaxed styles, why are these old-fashioned contraptions so appealing? Seen at Dior, labelled a “boob cage” by many critics, corsets represent females dressing in a way that does not allow movement and activity. A lady of leisure. Not a worker. Therefore, does the new corset, heralded by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior, mean something different given that this is the same woman who is now selling t-shirts with feminist slogans for hundreds of dollars a pop? Does it represent the unrealistic body standards young women are trying to conform to now, a teeny tiny waist with big hips and breasts (often achieved through surgical augmentations)? Or is it merely a corset? Something pretty to look at? You decide.

Coachella Capsule Wardrobe – 2017

COACHELLA WARDROBE

 

On the back of my previous post about Coachella and the influence that the festival is having on retailers, I decided to style a set of what, in my mind, would be a perfect Coachella wardrobe. I tried to have as few pieces as possible, especially ones that I thought were interchangeable but still looked good as when you’re at a festival you don’t want to take your entire wardrobe. Some of the items I included were high-end (which is not uncommon at festivals nowadays) but they are also substitutable for fast-fashion pieces as well.
The first look is a lace bralet with lightweight flowly culottes and Puma sneakers. I could actually wear this look as I have most of the elements at home (besides these exact sneakers). My reasoning behind this was that you could wear the sneakers on all three days so your feet stay covered (no open-toe sandals at festivals), and the other elements were so you didn’t get too warm. Coachella is held in the desert and it seemingly gets crazy hot. I added bangles and a watch to this look because your arms would be on display so it added something fun. Finally, the crossbody bag is so you can be handsfree. The second look consists of the same shoes and accessories (minus the bangle) but this time with a mesh top and denim cut-offs. The same denim cut-offs would be worn the following day, this time with a spaghetti strap bodysuit (or tank). The final look has the matching kimono for the culottes from the first look.
Let me know what you think? Who could you picture in these looks?
Looks I liked from previous years

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When styling this look I imagined a cocktail party on a week night, say you’re heading there straight from the office. Take off the white shirt you had on underneath the blazer, swap the tote bag for a small cross-body style and wear stilettos. A true day-to-night look, office-to-evening concept.
I particularly like the peplum style of the blazer. I am yet to find a suitable alternative on the high street. A good pair of black pants is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. I actually have many different styles of black pants but I’m still looking for the perfect cigarette pant. Is there a brand you would suggest?

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I can’t make up my mind on outfit blogging. On one hand, I hate it. I really don’t care to look on a blog to see somebody’s outfit, unless they’ve practically made an editorial (in which case, I could never do it because I don’t look like a model, nor could I pretend to). I’d rather look on Instagram for that. On the other hand, I love it. I love clothes and seeing how different people wear them. How I’d style something is so different than how others would and vice versa.
Recently I’ve started watching a lot more YouTube channels that cater towards fashion. It has taken me literally years to find channels like this (they all seem to be make-up ones) but once I’ve found a few, YouTube recommends others. I love watching people’s videos, especially outfit videos but I hate the long, drawn out posing that people do. I suppose you have to do this to show off the clothes but I can’t help but picture myself doing it and just cringing.

I want to showcase my outfits somewhere. I think it’d be fun. However, I know that I’d never have the confidence to do anything like that. For one, I hate getting my photo taken. I am not in the least bit photogenic. How come bloggers and vloggers always are?

For now I think I’ll stick to Polyvore but in the future maybe I’ll branch out. We shall see what happens.

Animal Print Evening Look

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If you ever look at my Polyvore, you’ll probably notice how often I use this Saint Laurent bag. It, along with its nude counterpart, is one of my all time favourite bags. I think they go with almost every look, hence why I use it with so many. I actually think that it would be a worthwhile bag to invest in because you could get so much use out of it, and I know it would be at the top of my list (or maybe second to a classic Prada) if I had the money to buy an expensive bag.
As for these asymmetric strappy shoes, I love that style. I own several pairs of flats in this style but not any heels and I think I’d buy a pair like this, perhaps in a suede. When I originally seen shoes like this I loved them because they reminded me of the neckline of Marilyn Monroe’s pink dress in How To Marry a Millionaire – one of my favourite films.
The crop top reminded me slightly of Nicki Minaj’s Mugler look at the 2015 BET Awards, perhaps my all time favourite look of hers. I think it is a top that I’d wear myself, although you’d have to wear a pesky strapless bra.
Finally, the Altuzarra skirt is a classic. The style is wearable for anyone and the print is one that can look glamorous if done right. Leopard print is tricky but as long as you’re not vulgar with it, it can look great.

End of Summer Look

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Derek Lam jacket
£1,290 – intermixonline.com

Hermès short shorts
£1,395 – 1stdibs.com

TOMS flat shoes
£56 – yoox.com

Mansur Gavriel accessories handbag
£450 – barneys.com

Whilst a lot of the looks that I create on Polyvore can be worn in any season, I feel like this one truly is a summer look. However, I say end of summer as the jacket is cosy enough to keep you warm when the nights begin to cool down.
I’ve been consulting the weather app on my phone and it assures me that in New York, it is still 26 degrees plus. In Edinburgh, it has been about 10. As soon as it hit September, our minimal summer was over. However, I know that a lot of my readers are from the States so I’m hoping you have better weather than I do!
This look is a mix of high and low, with TOMS espadrilles. You can also find non-branded versions of these shoes in most high street shops – I’ve seen a near identical pair in Primark. As for the two-piece, this one is vintage Hermes but the basic style can be found on websites like Missguided and Boohoo. I’ve noticed a few cropped coats popping up on runways so I’m thinking that it won’t be too long until they trickle down into fast fashion stores. In the meantime, you could switch it out for a denim jacket or a western style jacket.