I’m just loving the Selected line of clothing: nearly every piece is a classic with a twist – wearable, elegant and comfortable. Perfect for building that elusive capsule wardrobe. I’m even plotting if I can make recreations of some of these pieces myself… funny how when you start sewing you want to make everything yourself from now on.
I adore these elegant monochromedresses. The first one looks like it’d be pretty easy to recreate – just a wrap with wide kimono sleeves, so no fastenings to worry about.
Little black dress made more interesting with texture and a low tied back. Again an easy elastic-waist shape to copy.
Sweatpants that are almost acceptable to wear outside – right? I definitely want to tackle sewing trousers soon, but crotches scare me.
I’m far from a girly girl in most ways: I apply the bare minimum of make-up to avoid being told I look poorly and my wardrobe consists almost entirely of cotton jersey in varying shades of ‘drab’. But I do like fancying up my nails, possibly because I am lucky to have very strong, healthy nails – all that cheese I eat, I guess. I’ve even started caring for my cuticles (Bio Oil is the bestest, as well as working wonders everywhere else) and using a top and base coat which really does make a difference. I’ve found it’s pretty easy to fit a quick polish in around working at home or reading blogs, so I’ve been repainting every other day or so recently.
I usually stick to plain colours – Butter‘s lovely low-chemical ones are my favourite; I also like Essie, Barry M, Topshop and American Apparel. But when I saw these nail stickers on The Dainty Squid I couldn’t resist the promise of recreating Kaylah’s super cool two-tone looks on the cheat, so bought a few sets too.
My first couple of attempts are a bit smudgy but with practice I’m sure they’ll neaten up. The best part is you can just apply a set of new coloured tips to some chipped days-old polish to give it a refresh without stripping and repainting. Slummy, moi?
For a more subtle look that’s more forgiving to slip-ups, try them with a mattifying top coat – I used Essie’s above left for frosted tips.
If you fancy a go, the sets are super cheap on eBay and arrive really quickly. Have fun.
I have an excuse to buy a new dress! Josh’s brother is getting married at the end of November (I designed the invitations for them), so I need a pretty cold-weather-appropriate dress. I’m hoping to find something in San Francisco, but here are a few backup options. I’m leaning towards the pretty grey number from Monsoon, teamed with a blazer and wedges for comfort. What do you think? Any tips for cover-ups and legwear?
Confession: I pinched the new Boden catalogue from my mail box even though it was addressed to an old tenant of my flat. But rather than fawn over the clothes – lovely though they are, I think just a touch too old for me – I was drawn to this little brand leaflet stuck in the middle. The lovely design team were kind enough to send me these spreads to share on here.
Impressively, all of the graphic design is done in-house, which probably explains why the tone and feel of the branding is just right and complements the clothes so well.
I love the bold colour palettes, playful yet practical tone, and the fact that they’re not afraid to throw criticism and negative comments into the mix.
I love the understated elegance of New Zealand clothing line Kowtow. Quirky printed tops mixed with unusually-cut yet classic wearable basics in a gorgeous palette – I’d love to build a complete capsule wardrobe from their range.
The clothes have fascinating stories behind them, too. For the collection ‘Grammatical Conjunctions’, graphic designers collaborated with artists with perceived learning disabilities to create artwork for printed tees. The ‘Planets’ design, above left, is based on a painting by Yaniv Janson, who has Asperger syndrome. Read their blog to find out more stories behind the clothes.
Even better, the range is organic, Fairtrade, and ethically and sustainably produced – they even followed their cotton production process from seed to garment in India and made a beautifully shot video of the journey: see it here.
I found 6itemsorless via Gemma and the idea quite intrigued me – participants must wear only 6 items of basic clothing (excluding undies, sportswear and outerwear) for a month. The site itself doesn’t operate on any kind of premise but I think this would be a good experiment to really evaluate our clothing choices, not be led by trends, and go for quality flexible basics that will last.
It made me think what I’d pick if I were to take part, and I came up with the following.
Grey leggings – American Apparel I live in leggings – perfect if you’re sitting down all day, no nasty jeans waistband digging in, and good for cycling in too. A mid-grey like this could be worn with a dark or light top half and they could be worn calf- or full-length.
Charcoal longline vest – H&M I wear a vest like this nearly every day, layered with another tee or vest. Again this would be a base for adding some interest with accessories.
White tee – H&M Essential for layering and a blank canvas for all sorts of accessories.
Pink-marl jersey dress – American Apparel I wear this all the time – it’s comfortable and adaptable, and you could create loads of looks with different tights and jewellery. I have it in black too, but I think you’d need a bit of colour in your month!
Indigo jeggings, Topshop A bit smarter than leggings but still with all-important comfort factor, these could also be worn rolled up if it’s warm.
Dusty blue cardigan, Topshop This colour goes with everything and it’s the perfect mid-weight for changeable weather.
You can tell by this list I value comfort over anything else, don’t really go anywhere smart and fortunately don’t have to dress up for work! I’d find it a lot harder if I had to consider going-out clothes, or a holiday wardrobe. What would you pick if you could only wear 6 things for a month?
Nicky (she of sock-monster-making fame) and I were emailing back and forth last week with a plethora of cool footwear – thought I’d share some of them. The ones above are my favourites from my personal collection, from a Tokyo store called Mighty Soxer (sadly not available online or over here). They even have a cat tail printed on the sole ^_^
Love these bright geometric designs from the appropriately-named Happy Socks.
Owl-, sushi- and moustache-print from Sock it to me. They also have a rolling sock-design competition where you can submit your designs and the best ones get printed – awesome, no?
If full-on Japanese cutesy is your style, check out the selection at Artbox – a bargainous £2 a pair (£5 for three in their Covent Garden store). The closest I’ve found to the wondrous Mighty Soxer over here.
All the London Fashion Week chatter must have seeped into my brain a bit this week. First off, inspired by all the gothy textured looks seen on the catwalk and on the high street, I made this fringed top for autumn. As you can plainly see, it’s just made from a basic top from H&M, some loop fringing from ebay and about half an hour of hand-sewing. Simple, cheap and effective.
Secondly, I’ve taken tentative baby steps into drawing again by doing some What I Wore Today contributions for Gemma‘s Flickr group. I’m going to aim to do one at least every other day; hopefully I will improve with the practice and find a nice drawing style of my own.
Firstly, a quick hello to new viewers/subscribers – I had an unexpected spike in traffic due to being featured on afewwebdesignblogs lately, so hello and I hope you continue to visit!
I love when different crafts collide – you usually end up with a really interesting and unique result. I stumbled across some handmade jewellery on design-inspiration site ffffound earlier which just shows that if something is creatively made, it can inspire people outside of its direct audience. The item in question was this lovely necklace with crocheted motif from from etsy seller Tree & Kimball.
In the same vein, here’s some more crochet-and-beaded necklaces from Muntedkowhai (beautiful product photography, too!).