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Category: Fashion & Inspiration

That Perfect Summer Dress.

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For me summer wardrobe is all about that perfect summer dress, feminine, simple and of course made of lace. Among other items Sandro Paris has some beautiful models in their recent collection, they understand well how a summer dress should look like.

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Photos: us.sandro-paris.com

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Summer Resort.

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At last the long and exhausting winter is gone, the summer came almost overnight, bringing much awaited change. With bright, sunny days I look forward to wearing simple, uncomplicated outfits like those presented by Protagonist in their resort lookbook.

Photos: protagonist.com

Paris, Paris…

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It seems there is a French theme continuing over the past few weeks, which is not coincidental, because I look for an inspiration on how to refine my style and make it more colourful and exciting. Sandro Paris is one of those brands that I look at, their designs are intriguing and feminine, at the same time uncomplicated and with a classic cut. After this long and quite exhausting winter I look forward to chances of showing more individuality and most of all – wearing high heels again. While waiting for the snow to melt, some looks from Sandro Paris lookbook to bring an air of spring.

Photos: us.sandro-paris.com

Isabel Marant This, Isabel Marant That…

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There are few brands better associated with Parisian style than Isabel Marant is. Praised and admired for her designs, she makes clothes for women who want to be alluring, bohemian and youthful no matter the age or status. This uncomplicated style appeals to both women and men, combining feminine and sexy with nonchalant and simple. Perhaps the key to her success is designing for real women living real lives rather than focusing on an imaginary “la femme”. Whatever it is, Isabel Marant knows how and does it well.

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Parisian Chic with Sandro.

I believe that being Parisian and living the Parisian look is one of the most common fashion fantasies that women from all around the world share. It is no wonder – French women inspire and impress with their sense of style, poise, allure, elegance and that special “something” that is difficult to define, but nonetheless noticeable. Some call it nonchalance, some call it effortlessness, but the fact remains – they are almost born with it, while the less fortunate not native to the City of Lights have yet to discover it. Some French brands have the inimitable French chic and can help with a quest on becoming more Parisian than… here you can supplement with words that come to mind when you think about yourself – Scandinavian, sensible, business like, grey, careful, …

Let’s take a look at Sandro Paris, an intriguing brand with a truly Parisian DNA. Their lookbook is almost a guidebook on how to dress in a Parisian way, being chic, modern and feminine, doing so in a comfortable and youthful way.

Photos: us.sandro-paris.com

Inspired by His Closet. Officine Générale.

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Officine Générale started as a brand for men, but recently established a line dedicated to women in response to a growing number of female customers who regularly purchased clothes designed for the opposite sex. It is no secret that men fashion is appealing for women who value clean lines, comfort and simplicity, but due to differences in sizes and cuts, it is not always possible to borrow from husband’s closet or shop in the same stores that he does. Officine Générale makes is much simpler, offering a line inspired by what is “his” and transforming it into “hers”. Judging by the first collection, they did so successfully.

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Photos: officinegenerale.com

Timeless Fashion, an Urban Legend or Reality?

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Sometimes I wonder whether a timeless fashion is just another urban legend that some people are desperate to believe in. With my conviction that some classic pieces and styles never age, I definitely belong to this group of “believers”. Looking at fashion magazines from yesteryears, it is pretty obvious that most outfits featured in editorials would never make it back to glossy pages today. All crazy accessories, revivals of fashions inspired by popular TV series (does “Madman” and “Boardwalk Empire” still ring a bell?), long forgotten it-bags, odd looking sunglasses that were just the thing back in 2015… I remember buying a lovely 20ties inspired dress at Zara, it had fringe, sequins and was so “in” around the time when “The Great Gatsby” movie was released, but will I surprise anyone saying that I never wore it and donated it to charity with a price tag still on, doubting that anyone would buy that dress again…

Nowadays fashion is a spending game, not to call it a loosing game, if you want to be in it, get your credit card ready and make some extra space in your wardrobe by letting go of what you purchased the last season. Does this sound scary? To me it does, this vicious circle of buying and tossing, tossing and buying, fuelled by fashion magazines, blogs and social media. I was really stunned to read recent articles praising H&M and presenting it’s history, no wonder – the concern is in some trouble as the revenue drops, more publicity is a matter of need to boost sales. It is no secret that most fashion magazines and successful blogs will write such pieces to please their major advertisers, in the fashion world this is a common practice.

On the other hand, there still are clothing brands and manufacturers that do not subscribe to this, making collections that age gracefully and are not destined to be forgotten when the new season comes. Beautiful pictures from this post come from Protagonist lookbook. It wouldn’t be any unusual, if not for a fact that this is 2014 collection, yet it looks as great as designed today. This is what I mean by timeless fashion, immune to passing trends and as classic and elegant in 2014 as in 2017 and beyond.

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Photo: protagonist.com

Totême Top Styles.

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I wouldn’t call myself a gifted stylist, to the contrary, I feel that too often I tend to go on repeat when it comes to clothes. For this reason I like to look up ways of styling one piece by placing it in different outfit contexts, like here at Toteme where a simple pair of black leggings goes a long way when styled with some imagination.

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Photos: toteme-nyc.com/

#NotThatComplicated

 

Ever since I started my blog, Filippa K was featured on several occasions and over the time this brand became one of my favourite. I was almost proud to see the launch of their new campaign called #NotThatComplicated and simply have to write about it. The idea of #NotThatComplicated is based on a philosophy in which simplicity is the purest form of luxury and the guiding principle is to shop less but with greater consciousness and care. Once you do, the way is to own fewer items and use them in rotation, being creative and true to your own sense of style.

My adventure with less is more began in 2013, when I had a period of being out of work with a limited budget and an increasing frustration of having a closet full of clothes and very little to wear. With an extra time on my hands, I started reading more on the quality vs quantity, as well as on how to get more with less. This in turn lead to a major wardrobe clean up and revisiting my whole idea about style and fashion. What I like the most about Filippa K’s initiative is that a clothing brand tells its customers they do not need to buy so much, that in fact they should purchase and own less remembering that basic pieces and a capsule wardrobe can go a long way, if all of them are of the best quality and mixed with some imagination.

It seems that there is an increasing number of people tired with the constant urge to get more and ready for owning less. The growing number of publications on the subject of becoming a minimalist, documentaries, blogs and interviews is a sign that an extensive consumption is not for everyone. Hopefully more brands will pick the initiative and start educating consumers on responsibility and moderation.

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Coat Check.

Max Mara 1You might have heard that fall is a sweater weather, but for me it is first and foremost a coat weather. A fine coat is a staple that no wardrobe is complete without, and a great coat is not easy to come by. I like a lot this lookbook from Max Mara Atelier, with coats so lovely a fall can easily become the favourite season.Max Mara 2Max Mara 3Max Mara 4Max Mara 5Max Mara 6Max Mara 7

Photos: vogue.ru