Plaid Shirts & Dresses for Fall

I LOVE a bit of plaid and I think that a shirt. dress or duster is the perfect layer for fall…

 

Another photo shoot in Puerto Banus with my friend Iza on camera, she is a star!

 

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Here I’m wearing the newest addition to my collection of plaid.  THe long shirt style dress is perfect for wearing over a tee and jeans as I’ve done here.  This dress is from Essentiel Antwerp + https://www.essentiel-antwerp.com/eu/women/winter-collection/repoux-shirt-r1fo it is a relaxed fit and long for me at almost 6 feet tall so others that might be more suitable and that I like are…here and here and you will also find similar in Zara, Topshop and Urban Outfitters.  I’ll put some links in lower down.

 

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I’m wearing with cowboy style boots, I’ve been livin in these ones from Massimo Dutti but I LOVE these here and also these beauties here :0 and here The jeans are old ones from Anine Bing, similar here and I like these ones from Topshop here The Vogue Espana tee is beyond price, lucky me, but any tee would look cool layered like this.  I’ve gussied up the look a bit with a belt from last year’s Zadig collection which was worn as a 3x around belt…I’ve done 2x tied it and left a long tail.  There were lots of looks like this in several recent Runway shows so look out for extra long belts hitting the stores soon if you like the look.

 

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Here I’ve discarded the jeans but, by now we were being followed around by interested tourists  ;O, so I kept on the tee to avoid embarassing moments!

 

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This close up shot shows my Ilinit bracelet and ring, a perfect combo for this look, https://www.ilanitjewelry.com/collections/timeless-bracelet-collection take a look at the hand crafted glass, leather and silver pieces ….GORGEOUS!!!  You can also benefit from a discount if you apply BADASS25 at the checkout.  The bag is Zadig here and the guitar strap is an old one that I’ve added.

 

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Below is anther look that I’ve styled with a very old plaid shirt, similar here and here

 

 

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This look shows how versatile is the plaid, first layered over a pretty blouse and pants and then over a leopard shirt.

 

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The leopard shirt was from Zara similar here and in fact all over the place!!!

 

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Another way to wear a shirt!

 

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So there you have it folks, a few different ways to rock a plaid shirt.  I hope that these ideas will inspire you to take a fresh look at what you already have in your wardrobe before you bust your budget on a fall shopping spree.  Remember Cost per Wear, buy less but stuff that you will wear over and over again.  That’s it for now.  My apologies for a long absence during the holidays.  Back soon with more strategic buying tips.  Thanks for your support my lovelies, Hugs, Sarah X

Styling Tips – Bag Straps

 

 

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So, minor detail I know, but I like to buy bags that I can wear in different ways, and it is because of this peccadillo (amongst others ;O) that I like my Zadig bags!  I go for the models that have a D ring and Dog clip as it makes the handles interchangeable.  I especially love the proliferation of guitar style straps as additional accessories…perfect for the job!  The Boxy bag that I’m wearing above is an old one but Zadig produces one or two versions of the same every year, similar here  I’ve changed the strap over from another bag, similar here (Perfect for now as its snake print!)

 

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In the following pic I’ve swapped the handle again for a guitar strap style, no longer available but some others that would do the job are here and here or a full on designer job here or, love this one ;O here

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I also like to leave an extra strap trailing to rock up the look a bit, but I guess that’s my idiosyncratic style.

 

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So I suppose that the message is to think outside of the box, especially when you’re weary of a particular outfit.  It’s surprising how a little tweak can refresh your look, and with a minor investment you can get a whole lot of extra mileage out of something that seemed a bit tired.

That’s it for now my friends.  Many thanks for stopping by, Hugs, Sarah x

 

I should’ve been a cowgal and other stories ;)

 

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Another trend that is pretty difficult to ignore this season is the All American Girl meets Cowboy story.  I have, unsurprisingly, reappraised this look multiple times in my fashion career!  The elements that you need to get the flavor of this fashion story without buying in to it big time are:  Cowboy boots, anything blue denim (not that difficult ;)), a belt with stud or conch decoration, skirt or jeans, plaid or frilly blouse.  The hat is optional, as is the horse!

 

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In the above pics I’m wearing a patterned silk blouse from several season ago, I like these options, the white to wear with a print skirt or jeans, and the print to wear with a white skirt like mine:  here  and here and here and here or with jeans, which you already have.

The belt is pretty crucial to finish this look and will always look great with jeans, this is my fav and also the cheapest that I found doing a quick search for you here I also liked this beauty here and this one here

 

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Moving on down… I’m wearing a summer skirt and transitioning into fall.  Here are some options if you would like to reappraise this look, again pair print skirt with plain top or vice versa, here and here and here or the look for less, here Alternatively pair any of these blouses with jeans or a denim skirt.

 

The key element of this look, and practically every other style that is hitting the shopfloor this season is the boots.  Clearly I have already invested in this trend as I’ve been wearing these Chloe boots on repeat since last summer, the same here I know, I know…but cost per wear and all that 😉  There are a lot of midcalf and long styles in the shops this year too, or you may already own a pair.  A few I like here and here and here or these ones are more reasonable here or these ones are statement boots here

 

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If you want to go the full hog a hat is the way to go!  A couple of options here and here  Silver and turquise jewelery is also perfect for the style, a couple of ideas here and here and here

 

When the temperatures cool I will be wearing a  plaid jacket belted over this look, like these here and here and here

 

Thats all for now folks.  Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving such encouraging comments, I really appreciate your feedback.  Hugs, Sarah X

 

Animal Print Goes Wild!

None of us can fail to see that animal and reptile prints are having a MOMENT!!  All the shops and websites are awash with the stuff.  But the new slant seems to be mixing it up.  Here are some tips for pattern making with confidence.

 

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In the first two shots I’m wearing a pair of ancient cheetah print pants which I drag out of the back of my closet every summer as the light weight silk is cool and comfortable to wear.  With the pants I’ve paired a snake print blazer which I had forgotten about…I was just about to hit the buy button when a little voice prompted me to instigate a search.  RESULT this blazer is a gem from my fav Zadig brand that hasn’t had an airing for a year or several.  With a simple plain blouse to break up the pattern the result is pretty eye-catching I think.  Here are a few suggestions of tops and bottoms with which you could create this look.  Top here with skirt here top here and pants here

For a less in your face combination you could try the look below:

 

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Here I’m wearing the same pants with a white blazer, similar here and add a print bag here and here and here or you could push the boat out with this one here

 

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The easy way to integrate a little wild into your look is to just select one showstopper item and keep the rest plain, these are a few of the items that I liked when I browsed the internet for this post:  Blazers here and here and here and here or you could go for a blouse like this one here

 

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Above is a look I put together a few weeks ago using a shirt and bag from the_bias_cutcom and I have to admit I have my eye on these sneaks here My justification being that I haven’t got a zebra in my zoo, er I mean closet ;D

 

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Above I’m wearing top to toe leopard, its a cami and pants not a jumpsuit, the addition of the white blazer serves to tame the look a little!  here  and  here  A few more pieces that you might like are this amazingly gorgeous sweater from Zadig  here and I also like this way cheaper version here Adding a touch of print in the form of a scarf, bag or shoes is another easy way of getting the look.  Click on the link below to see some scarf options.

 

That’s it for now folks, many thanks for dropping by, Hugs Sarah X

 

 

 

Transitional Dressing

 

Now you may have already read the post on the new season’s must haves (If not click on Menu, My Wish List) where I talk about ubiquitous animal print.  Well you either love it or hate it, so if you’re in the later camp there are plenty of other wearable themes that will be populating our high streets for the next few months.

 

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I started to change-up my closet with the addition of a pair of waisted, tailored pants, above.  I bought these on sale, similar here here here and here I won’t be giving up my jeans or my leather pants but I do think that the tailored cropped pant is looking modern again…or perhaps I just stopped wearing as I don’t go into an office on a regular basis 😉  This style of pants suits a belt to maximize your waist, if you’re lucky enough to have one, I’m wearing a plain black one, similar here but clearly there are many cheaper options readily available.

 

For this look I’ve paired the pants with a patterned silk blouse, from Zadig but from eons ago.  This season’s version here  Any kind of blouse will work, but I chose a feminine style to off-set the masculine cut of the pants.  Clearly I’m still in sandals but as soon as the temperatures drop a little I’ll be digging out my boots!

 

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My bag is a classic from Zadig et Voltaire, this time I’ve picked a bigger model, exact here as I needed the space for travel documents etc.  The trend is definately towards bigger bags.  I’ll be topping this look off with a blazer, I like these here and here and here or a biker style leather here  I have these styles already, and I expect that you have too.  My tip for buying leather is to get the best that you can afford.  I soft leather Perfecto will serve you for all your adult life.

 

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For my second look I’ve switched the blouse for a more structured shirt style, this one is old, but the same style in a  similar animal print is available this season here  I’ve used a leopard print to demonstrate that you should not be afraid of mixing grey and black with brown and tan.  In my opinion the mix is effective and breaths understated style.  To emphasise the point I’ve added a tan belt here and here  and I will do the same with boots soon.

 

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My gladiator sandals are my go to footwear for a few more weeks, these ones are from Valentiono, scored in the sale YAY!!!, I like these ones here

The message not to forget is to look at what you have in your closet first and then hit the shops, or the keyboard, with a list of the items that you need to refresh what you already have.

That’s it for now folks, thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Sarah x

Rockin’ Zadig & Voltaire

For those of you who have been following my blog you will know of my dangerous DNA match with the Parisienne brand Zadig et Voltaire!  Now I’m not wealthy, and I do not buy mountains of clothes every season.  What I do do is buy carefully pieces that will live alongside my existing wardrobe items.  Hence the Zadig addiction.  Why?  Because I love the attention to detail, the quality, and each season key pieces are reworked a little without making older pieces look irrelevant.  The colors are consistant from year to year, and, frankly some of the older pieces that I own look as cool if not cooler than the new.  :O!!!

My photographer friend Iza Jarcyn are both fans of the brand and as such are very welcome in our local downtown concession to play around with the new season stock to feature here and on Instagram.  We do NOT (unfortunatey) have a paid relationship with the brand!

Here I’m showing some of the pieces that I like to transition from summer to fall.  Above I’m wearing a studded, red cashmere sweater here and scull scarf  (perennial must have for me…but clearly I already have it) here

 

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Above I’m in my own pants and tee (both Zadig) the tee is still available here and the pants have been reworked for this season in tiger print ;O here  The bag is an old fav produced every year, but I loved this one with the studded details…no surprises there then 😉 here

 

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Here I’m wearing this season jeans which are the same as I already have, with the tee, ditto!  The patchwork scarf has not yet appeared on line but you may find it in your local store.

 

 

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Unusually for me I picked out a skirt to show you here  It’s beautifully light and airy for now and I’d wear with a shirt or tee.  Come fall I would style it with the sweater here and a leather jacket, and my Joe combat boots here  The bag is a new design here

 

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Loved this Rock clutch in red too ;P  here

 

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Loved the skirt with a jacket too here I have similar in my closet from a couple of years ago YAY!

 

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So in summary…yes these pieces are expensive BUT they do not go out of style.  I buy a couple of key pieces each season and I still wear stuff that is 7 or 8 years old, and I still love it!  Sometimes I stop wearing something because I’ve got bored with it, but not often.  When I do, I sell it to a new good home!  I sell through Vestiaire Collective because it has a good European coverage and my Zadig pieces always sell well. All round result.  Happiness when you wear lovey pieces, and no guilty landfill excesses.

 

Thats it for now folks.  Many thanks for dropping by. Hugs, Sarah x

 

 

More Leopard Looks

 

I’m lovin this saphire-blue leopard lovely, again from http://www.the-bias-cut.com , and from the same label as the pants I wore earlier in the week, Fabienne Chapot.  I’ve styled it with lightweight cotton coated pants which give the effect of leather, and a studded crossbody bag from my fav Zadig.  I think this look is classic and chic but with a dash of rock and roll.

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Amongst my parcel of goodies on loan from the-bias-cut I also received this gorgeous little zebra bag (below)

 

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How cute is this little beauty?!  It’s a lovely quality, versatile little number that can be used as a clutch, or worn with the chain as a shoulder or cross-body bag, and the tassel can be removed to create a different look…a win win in my opinion!

 

Thats it for now folks, thanks for dropping by!  Hugs, Sarah X