I haven’t done a “3 Ways to Wear it” post in absolute YEARS! I think two to be precise. Actually back then it was “5 Ways to Wear it” and I was so completely and utterly clueless about blogging, the internet and technology in general that the initial leather skirt snaps were all different sizes, varying shades of over exposed and largely out of focus. When I initially decided to ditch my plan of studying History at Leeds University (aside from anything else I wouldn’t have survived those cold climbs) I thought that I wanted to be a stylist. Then I discovered my love of blogging, attended fashion week a couple of times, realised that the would-be-stylist success rate was significantly less than that of an actor and forgot all about it. Well, over the past few months my passion for dressing others has been reignited in a pretty major way thanks to a couple of personal shopping projects and a styling gig for French Connection. Seeing as the chances of my getting to style a Vogue editorial for some time (slash ever) are slim, I concluded that I should just do it on here in the most fabulous manner possible! So, without further ado, I give you the first in what I hope will be a long and stylish series of “3 Ways to Wear it”.
McQ Black Double Zip Skirt, £565, click here to buy
Ok, so don’t get me wrong, this zip detailed McQ leather mini is brilliant. However no matter how obscenely cool a garment it may be, I found it an absolute b*tch to style. This is no doubt down to my penchant for pastels and prep rather than the skirt itself but I’m still pretty pleased with the results…
As you’ve no doubt realised by now, I’m not overly adept at “casual”. I find cocktail dressing an absolute doddle and my failsafe daytime formula is chiffon blouse + A Line mini, embellishment an optional extra. A leather skirt is not by nature a low key piece in the way that skinny jeans or a nice, big comfy jumper are. Out of all three looks I found this one the most troublesome and pretty much emptied the entire contents of my (HUGE) wardrobe trying to find a top to wear with it. In the end I settled on a simple striped tee by BDG at Urban Outfitters, opaque tights, flat black ankle boots from Massimo Dutti and a very old beanie. It was absolutely freezing when we took these pictures so I apologise for any strange faces I’m pulling.
Ahhh, preppy… My sartorial bread and butter. Unsurprisingly, this look took approximately 2 seconds to style and despite the fact that leather and zips don’t exactly scream Blair Waldorf, I think it works rather well. These Oliver Sweeney Monk Shoes are a new footwear favourite of mine and toughen up my Whistles boucle jacket brilliantly. I really adore this look because while it’s got the desired prep-factor (knee high socks, boucle jacket, crisp white shirt) there’s still a hint of androgyny.
I lied when I said look number 1 was the trickiest, creating an “after dark” ensemble proved just as problematic. Despite trying on approximately 100 blouses (exaggeration… just) I couldn’t find a damn thing in my wardrobe that didn’t look ridiculous with this badass biker beauty. Then I decided to see what it looked like with this scarlet Boutique by Jaeger number and added white Kurt Geiger accessories. Both I and my very patient photographer Jayne were dubious at first but when we saw the photos we decided the leather/red/white combo was kind of awesome. What do you reckon?
Love Ella. x
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