Winter Shades: Set the Bar High

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Martha Graeff is wearing a vest from H&M a Guess jumpsuit a Alexander Wang bag , Asos sunglasses and shoes from Schutz on the Streets of Manhattan on September 6, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
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Winter Shades: Set the Bar High

The beach may not be beckoning nor are we basking in the summer sun, however this doesn’t mean you can’t step out in a pair of funky shades. Sunglasses are a perennial fashion accessory and this autumn is the perfect time to elevate your look by accessorizing with a cool pair of retro frames.

Pioneering this trend in high brow eyewear is the covetable Dior So Real sunglasses, showcasing a juxtaposition of futuristic and retro design elements.

This season’s retro styles are a rework of the iconic Clubmaster style that have been updated with modern architectural elements such as the brow bar, which is the defining piece of this season’s must-have collection. A noteworthy mention goes to neon nose pads and of course, the reflective lenses.

Upgrade your winter style with this round up of retro specs:Metal high Bar Sunglasses

Round Frames
Dior So Real Aviators $678
Taylor Morris Roll Right $375
Super Giaguaro $299
Jeepers Peepers Round Mirror Sunglasses $35
ASOS Round Sunglasses With Metal Bridge High Bar & Flash Lens $24

Square Frames
Céline Geometric $555
Prada Cinema Geometric Sunglasses $410
PARED Camels & Caravans Sunglasses $280
Carrera 6002 Wayfarers $157
Boohoo Janet Double Bar Sunglasses $12

Image Credit
Pinterest
 www.intothegloss.com via getty images
www.tuulvavintage.com

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Mood Board: Winter 2015

Berry Tone Mood Board
Punctuate your look with rich, opulent tones of deep red and purple.

Best worn: lips, nails and accessories.

Grey tone Mood Board

Step out in haze of smokey greys.

Best worn: coats, knitwear, accessories.

camel Mood Board

Indulge in this classic caramel hue.

Best worn: coats, knitwear and accessories.

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Denim: Rip It Good

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Denim: Rip it Good

Blue denim may be rooted in practicality and work-wear, however, this season the off-duty fabric has undergone some re-engineering to give this versatile staple some deliberate designer wear & tear. With the unwavering pursuit of effortless style, ironically, the style statement of ripped denim has become de rigueur.

Less is more when it comes to torn denim.  Don’t fall victim to the Kim Kardashian distressed look (ripped jeans double timing as a hot pant)  – pick your rips wisely.  The slash on the knee is the most flattering style and resembles a more realistic notion of worn down denim; this style is also more workable with your winter wardrobe.

Polish your ripped denim look with a tailored coat, a silk shirt and classic pumps to keep the balance between sophistication and edge.
For more distressed denim inspiration, look to long time style crush and denim devotee, Sincerely Jules, who champions this trend in denim, pairing her ripped skinnys and boyfriend jeans with her signature look of lightweight floaty shirts and dressed up footwear.

 Here’s my pick of the crop:

Ripped Denim Selection

Skinny: Current Elliot, J Brand, Frame Denim,  Ksubi, Joe’s Jeans 
Boyfriend: Current Elliot,  AG Adriano Goldschmied,  Madewell, Citizens of Humanity

*images via Pinterest & Sincerely Jules

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Winter Hats: Brim with Confidence

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Winter Hats: Brim with Confidence

Keep your winter wardrobe in check with a felt fedora perched stylishly atop your head.  Head wear accessories are a significant piece to accent your cool-girl chic, pared-back winter look. Be it for functional reasons (masking a bad hair day or to keep warm) or as a calculated style statement, the felt hat is a winter accessory must-have this season.

Embrace old style glamour and step out in a classic fedora, perfectly paired with menswear inspired separates or add some bohemian flair with a floppy felt hat and a breezy winter sundress.

Rejecting the designation of “hat people”, I say anyone one can wear a hat –  it is just about finding a style that suits you.  The trick is to opt for a classic style that isn’t over-worked. Hats are about adding that finishing touch to polish your look – so, wear it, own it, and you’ll work it.

Take cover this winter in these crowning glories:

Winter Hats

Fedora
Ace of Something
Aspen Fedora ($59.99)
Lack of Color The Midnight Muse ($45)
My Red Lippy Jersey Caramel Wool Fedora ($140)
Rag & Bone Navy Hat ($267)

Floppy
Kookai Olivia Hat ($70)
Topshop Felt Hat ($50)
Miss Selfridge Floppy Hat  ($54)
Ace of Something Idaho Wine ($59.95)

*Images via Pinterest

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The Bucket List: Mansur Gavriel

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The Bucket List

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The IT bag of the season which has garnered unparalleled desirability, with fashionistas clambering to get their names on the ever-growing wait list for the next drop of bags, cue eponymous label, Mansur Gavriel.

At the helm of the label are New York designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, whose penchant for classic structured handbags have catapulted them into the realm of must-have designer handbags with a demand that has reached fever pitch.

If you’re jumping on the bandwagon now, you’ll be waiting a while…

 If you’re not so keen on the agonizing 6+month wait to only attempt to get your hands on the elusive vege-tan MG bucket bags, well, there are plenty of other stylish bags on offer, right now.

Bucket bags are this season’s biggest trend in handbag silhouette. Equal parts form and function,  the roomy carry all fits all your handbag essentials. Just sling over your shoulder and you’re ready to go.

The Bucket List

Tory Burch Toggle Drawstring Bucket Bag ($652)
Michael Kors Miranda Large Bucket Bag ($1100)
Sophie Hulme Drawstring Bucket Bag ($1300)
Kookai Krishna Bucket Bag ($180) 

*images via Pinteret

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