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For me the whole summer dressing style relies on flowy fabrics, dreamy prints and perhaps some ruffles here and there. When it comes to prints, somehow I always pick stripes, no matter the season (writing this I’m wearing a stripy T-shirt), and I have one best friend that does that too. One day when we were out shopping, we saw this absolute gorgeous stripped jumper… we looked at it, we looked at each other and she said ‘I think we’re good with stripes’ and none of us got it in the end. That was one thing, but I didn’t have anything with stripes for summer. I saw this pair in Zara in the beginning of May, haven’t planned on buying more stripes and decided they would look wonderful with wedges by the Sicilian sea shore. I was so right! Let’s style this outfit together, shall we?

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Styling stripy pants

I’m super aware that fashion magazines encourage us to mix patterns with other patterns. Well, unless they’re Dolce Gabbana pants with other Dolce Gabbana tops, I don’t feel it’s safe.  Yes, I don’t like when I see too many patterns in an outfit and yes, I don’t encourage it. I am never afraid to ‘take sides’, but this doesn’t mean I have something against it. I know you know that, I just felt the need to say it, because things are taken way too personal these days.

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I always say that a super cool outfit has something interesting about both (top and bottom items). You’ll notice this from the outfits that I’m posting. Here, I am wearing a bra having 2 stripes in front – which you can’t really see because of the big chain necklace. Then, I have chosen a simple loose T-shirt on top. I have found this shirt a while back in a charity shop I believe – it’s just from Zara but it’s made out of this knit fabric that I really like. So, the both make a really interesting top to go with the pants.

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Tricks for baggy T-shirts?

My trick for a baggy shirt is making a knot on a side to give it a casual look, but also in this case I needed something less baggy as the pants are baggy enough. Do you know what I mean? Same goes for wearing cloche dresses – you just want to wear them with something slim fit on top.

Keep your colour palette to B&W

I like to wear black and white completely when I wear stripes. It just feels right. It makes me laugh now because I wish I could show you my outfit now when writing this post from Bella Italia in the airport – stripy T-shirt and black leather skirt. All Black and White.

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TIP: Create a story for your outfit

This outfit takes me to the flower power times. It has that bohemian vibe. Don’t you reckon? That’s why I love fashion so much. You can get inspired by any look or age and transform it into an outfit. Someone in the agency once told me that everyday I look so different, and now I understand why. I like to play around with different looks and just have fun with it. For me, there’s really little rules to fashion (but I have some rigid ones), it’s more about being able to express myself and feel confident.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a new idea for an end of summer outfit.  How do you like to wear your stripes? Let me know in the comments below!

Love,

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Putting together outfits can be both a pleasure, but also a tremendous task if left last minute. Browsing through your wardrobe when the least thing you have is time, can be a daunting activity to start your day with. In case you don’t find time to plan your weekly wardrobe as recommended in The Mindset of High Achievers & Habits for Achieving your Desired Fashion Style or you forgot to plan for that day, this article will help you get ready fast. Let’s reveal some top tips for a more fashionable you!

Pick dresses over trousers and tops

Not only dresses are easy to wear, but they can instantly make you look fabulous. I would suggest keeping your dresses (in both causal and smart style) on hangers, so anything you would pick can be suitable for what you might have planed for the day ahead: important meeting in the office / casual day. I unconsciously timed myself lately, as I keep on wearing dresses. It takes me about 5 minutes to pick up my dress and shoes! I’m seriously thinking to do a closet tour for you so it would be better to capture the way my wardrobe is organised, so let me know if you would like to see that in future posts?

What goes on top?

If I have a meeting, then I will wear a smart blazer on top of my office dress. If I have to spend the day in the office, I will swap that for my leather jacket. I keep a blazer and a leather jacket on the hanger near my front door. In that way, I just grab my top layer and leave!

Outfit Option One: The Head Turner

No lie, I have turned to many heads with this outfit. And so many random compliments (not only the ‘hey, beautiful’ ones, but genuine ones too). I really believe that a bright colour can make you look super put together and adds that glow on you as well!

Shoes wise, the perfect shoe for me are combat boots. They go with everything. I love the effect they have on my legs when I’m wearing a dress or shorts. Summer, autumn, winter – no matter the season, I’ll be wearing them. And you should too! What’s not to love about them?

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Outfit Option Two: Office Confidence Boost

Lately I’ve been having meetings with important clients in central London (I also work in digital marketing), so under no circumstance I could be wearing my combat boots there.

For these type of meetings, I no longer plan my outfits ahead, but just open up my wardrobe since I have so well organised. One morning, I tried this dress and picked up a nicely cut blazer. Done! Without the fuss of choosing three different items. You can do it too.

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To wrap things up, having dresses on the hanger and shoes ready saves up precious time in the morning. You’d feel more organised and instantly more fashionable! When something becomes our second nature, inevitably we feel successful. Ready to feel successful? Try out my tips!

Top Time Saving Style Tip: If you have to wear make-up that day (I don’t wear make-up on a day to day basis as I often go to the gym), take it with you and just apply it at some point during the day. Least thing you want is waking up 40 minutes earlier to do your make-up. Time waste!

Accessorise with sunglasses and you’re set to go! What are you tips for feeling more fashionable on a daily basis?

Love,

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Do you love black leather jackets? Me too! Although I didn’t wear one in three years now,  I find leather jackets to be perfect for the transition between spring and summer. Finding the perfect one might be a challenge, so get browsing and follow my tips to choose your own.

History of the leather jacket

You might not know this, but the first leather jacket was created for fighter pilots in the first World War! It only made it in fashion in the 90’s and it remained at the cool item of a wardrobe.

How to choose your leather jacket

Look at the leather’s quality 

That’s a pretty straight forward advice, but do look out for the leather’s quality. Signs of early damage while it’s already on the store’s hanger has to make you forget about it. Just imagine how many damages it will suffer from while you’re wearing it. If it’s NOT super soft, then the leather will pass the test of time and look its best after you’ve worn it for a while.

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Check the interior fabric

Assuming you’re buying it for Spring, you still want to check its interior. If it looks that it will keep you warm enough for chilly afternoons, then it will make a really good buy. The last thing you want is to freeze in it while sipping cocktails on a rooftop.

Select the right length

I love it when its length is just above my waist. If it’s longer than that, there are chances for me to not like it just as much. That length makes you look taller and goes with pretty much any style: worn with a jumper, over a dress or over a short top.

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Look out for quality zippers

The zippers have to be of good quality because you want your jacket to look on point. Zippers can both ruin and lift up a jacket, so stay close to the quality ones.

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Get the right fit

I can’t stand leather jackets that are baggy and loose. For me, the right fit is the one that stays tight to your body. It makes you look uber chic and ah did I mention you can wear it with a dress in spring?

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Clean it regularly

There are different special cleaning solutions you can use for its maintenance. The leather can break, so in order to prevent this from happening you might want to give it a rigorous clean once in a while.

Convinced? Then go ahead and find your perfect one ☺️tag me in your posts and ask me any questions related to your search below!

Shop my leather jacket here:

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Zara Leather Jacket

Until next time,

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The 2018 Way to Effectively Layer Your Clothes

Hello there,

If you’re in the hunt for really warm clothes and you believe puffer jackets are the only solution to the current situation, layering can really come in handy if you don’t like feeling wrapped up every single day. There are no big news here as you probably layer your outfits already without necessarily realising you do so. Keen to switch the usual ‘winter jacket’ for a cooler alternative, I began researching ways of dressing appropriately for winter. What can I do differently to change the way I’m creating my outfits to fit my current needs? Today, I’m happy to share with you my proved and effective layering strategy for the coldest months of the year.

First step: Tops tops tops

Mention the word basic top and I will be the first one to say: I need more! As basic as they are and as easy to find they are, I am currently having only six or seven to use for layering. I found it really useful to own basic tops in different colours based on the shirt colour to be added to it. I feel that a black top should not be mixed with a white shirt as it will look really tacky – it’s similar to matching the underwear to the clothes you’re wearing. There’s nothing more disgraceful than a black bra underneath a white shirt. I like my tops in black, white, pale pink, and nude as I have quite a lot of shirts / blouses from that colour palette. Add as many different colours as you like based on your wardrobe colour range. You will instantly see the difference in the final look.

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Hot Tip: So, as you probably guessed, the first step is getting your tops to match the shirts’ colours.

Second step: Shirts & Bottoms

Depending on the outside temperature, you can choose between a full-length arm shirt or a T-shirt. The beauty of layering is that you don’t have to pack your wardrobe with jumpers as a top and a shirt will do the job if the third layer is done right.

You can choose between a pair of pants or a skirt. If you choose a skirt, pick a pair of winter tights. I usually wear pants, but there are some exceptions of course.

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Hot Tip: Go for cool designs in your tops. A printed logo T-shirt, a lace blouse or a stripped shirt will do miracles to your outfit. Details always make the difference between a boring and a “wow” outfit. Bring your inner artist to the game!

Step number three: Blazers and Cardigans

If there are two things I LOVE to have in my wardrobe, they would be blazers and fellow cardigans. I call them fellow as they’re comfy and always there to help you feel warm & ready to fight the cold weather. After all, they are probably the most important layer of all (closely competing with tops). Be consistent with your colour scheme: three or four colours per outfit should be enough to create a well put-together outfit. Any outfit made out of more than four colours will make you look sloppy.

The 2018 Way to Effectively Layer Your Clothes

Hot Tip: Choose a wool blended cardigan / winter blazer to go on top of your shirts. Be careful not to use more than three – four colours overall when putting together the outfit.

Step Four: The Winter Jacket

An ultimate layer to your outfit would be the beloved (or not) winter jacket. Make sure it has a wool blend to keep you warm. There’s no harm in having two or three winter jackets in different styles and colours to complement your outfits.

Hot Tip: Choose wool blended jackets that come in different lengths & styles. You can adjust one winter coat to the length of your skirt, so the latter is not longer than the former. 

Optional Step for BOLD girls: Statement Accessory 

An accessory won’t make you bolder but it can help you express your strong personality. As  designer Michael Halpern said Right now, people need fantasy from fashion. I believe his remark is 100% true as it perhaps relates to the concept of people loving story telling. The more you create stories around your outfit, the more empowered you will feel. My go-to accessory for the month is this green beret that I’ve been wearing quite a lot.

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Hot Tip: Embrace statement accessories and wear them with the confidence you have in you.

Psst: Don’t forget about your winter boots.

 

Close-up & Portrait Photography by Graham Wills (www.buckinghamcameraclub.co.uk)

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Until next time,

MISSANDRADA

Hi girls,

It’s Autumn already – that great transition between summer and winter that always gets us questioning what would be the perfect items to wear. Don’t let yourself too influenced by the ‘latest’ trends that try to make you run to the shops and buy all the ‘new-in’ items. Evaluate really well whether you need THAT or not. Let’s say the new item consists of a ripped T-shirt. Chances are that you will only wear it once or twice. So, why invest in something that will only occupy space in your wardrobe? Today we’ll talk about the five items you need to conquer the autumn fashion.

First of all, a wardrobe is really complete if you own basics, but know how to match them with different accessories / clothes. Why should you have basics? Simply because you can also wear them on their own, but it would be really easy for you in the future to assign the basics to different styles to create great outfits. However, let’s talk about the basics now –a mix and match blog post is coming up soon.

It’s important to have your essentials in black or white so when you add other clothes, you will keep the chromatic balance – as you should never wear more than 3 colours at once.

A Black Body Top

The black body top is a must in every woman’s wardrobe.  It looks amazing underneath a cool jumper or shirt and it will keep you warm during those rainy days.

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A minimalist white button-down shirt

There is no need to tell you about the wonders a white shirt can do an outfit. You can knot it in front or tuck it in. I wouldn’t wear it untucked (at least in front) or unknotted, just because I believe it can make the body look big and bulky, unless I wear it on top.

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A pair of black faux leather pants

Ah, how much I love these! Faux leather pants can spice up an outfit and make you feel like you’ve just walked out from a rock music video.

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 Black Heel Boots

A pair of heel boots can make any outfit look super stylish. I feel they can look so cool with pants or with a short-knitted dress.

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A black hat

This is a basic (from my point of view) but also a statement item to wear in autumn and winter. Take my word for it and go get a good quality hat to wear this season.

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I am wearing:

Zara Black Lace Body Top

Hugo Boss White Shirt

H&M Black Faux-Leather Pants

Miss Guided Boots

Zara Hat

Note: If leather pants are not for you, you can add a black pair of skinny jeans for your essentials – the effect will be quite similar. Also, if you prefer dresses to pants, a little black dress can for sure be included in your list. A great alternative for basics instead of a pair of heels can be a pair of army boots (I AM A HUGE FAN); just please do not consider trainers as essentials or basics – they look good only when you work out.

 

What items do you have in your essentials? Scarves? T-shirts? Please let me know in the comment sections, so I can find out other opinions and add some more on my list. I really value your comments!

Until next time,

MISSANDRADA