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3 Ways To Wear It: Tory Burch Co-ord

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Left: Tory Burch Nicole Jacket, REDUCED from £595 to £297.50, click here to buy. Right: Tory Burch Nicole Shorts, REDUCED from £255 to £127.50, click here to buy.

Ah co-ords, shaping up to be a perma trend and I couldn’t be happier about it. There are few things I enjoy more than matching stuff so the fact co-ords of all descriptions now seem to be available all the time, everywhere, every season makes me want to positively sing with joy; bad news for anyone in my immediate vicinity as my singing voice has been likened to the sound of a cat being castrated. Co-ords seem like a genius recipe for easy chicness, especially during the summer months when you can literally whack on a pineapple print crop top with its matching shorts/skort/skirt accompaniment, throw in sandals and sunglasses and be good to go. However, beyond this most obvious incarnation, co-ords can be tricksy little buggers. You’ve got the full look nailed, perfectly accessorised, you feel awesome. But then, how often can you wear that full lewk without people thinking it’s the only ensemble you own? Not many, and the evidence is all over Instagram so if you really could wear said co-ord that one alone you’d be getting very little bang for your buck. That, my friends, is why I’ve decided to devote the next few editions of 3 Ways To Wear It to styling them up. This is as much for my own benefit, if not more so, than anyone else’s. Judging from the massive wardrobe organisation session I spent most of last weekend thoroughly enjoying (once I’d regained neck mobility following the muscle spasm incident) acquiring as many varieties of co-ords as humanly possible seems to have been my main mission in life for the past year. So without further ado, let’s do this…

All Together Now…

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Worn with: French Connection shirt (similar here), Alberta Ferretti bag (similar here & here) Tod’s Gommino loafers (real deal here, wallet friendlier alternative here)

You know when you have something so goddamn gorgeous you can barely bring yourself to wear it? This Tory Burch two piece was that for me. It was also rather too cold to whip it our for a while but when the sun finally made an appearance I thought to myself… THIS.IS.HAPPENING! First and foremost, the full shebang together. An embellished tweed shorts suit is programmed for prep so I went the whole hog with a buttoned up broderie shirt, classic Tod’s loafers and a pastel mini satchel. You could do something similar but a little less Gossip Girl-y with plimsolls and a plain white tee, but I wouldn’t advise it.

On The Top…

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Worn with J.Crew t-shirt (similar herehere), Hudson jeans (available here, similar here), kate spade new york bag (similar here, here,& here), shoes (similar here, here & here) and sunglasses (similar here & here)

There really are few more failsafe-ly chic formulas than a trophy jacket and casual jeans. I have never met (or read an interview with) a French woman who doesn’t advocate such a look. Admittedly a Parisienne would never dream of pairing it with multiple stripes, bows on her toes and floral embellished sunglasses but we’ve long since established I don’t possess that particular kind of je ne sais quoi. “Casual jeans” sounds like a bit of an oxymoron but of course, it isn’t. What I mean is jeans that are actually, genuinely comfortable, not too tight, don’t involve vast quantities of embellishment or treatment (a little light distressing is no bad thing though) and come in a natural, lived in shade of blue. These beauties are by Hudson who make some of the finest and most comfortable skinnies around. If, understandably, you don’t want to splash quite so much cash on your denim them my high street recommendations can be found here, here, here and here.

For Your Derrière…

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Worn with: Tory Burch top (similar here & here), Wilbur & Gussie clutch (similar here & here) and Sophia Webster shoes (similar here

As much as I adore a good frock, there’s something about city shorts for cocktail hour that always feels so right. The equivalent of an elegant evening trouser for warmer months, or for anyone who likes to get their legs out the second doing so won’t run a very real risk of frostbite. While these shorts are immaculately tailored and have a smart, pulled together tweed thing going on, I feel their lack of embellishment, brocade or other assorted sparkly stuff calls for something glam going on up top, party shoes and the kind of clutch that is really only suitable for use after dark (i.e when you don’t need to lug half your life around). I stuck to a pink-n-silvery palette here but gold or another form of bold tonal colour block would work just as well, especially if that colour is a rich blue hues. Cobalt is awesome and a nifty nod to AW14. This would work well with a simple blazer, or you don’t feel like mixing things up too much then just throw the matching co-ord jacket over the top as I did during London Collections Mens.

Having spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon playing dress up with my Tory Burch short suit, I can now think of SO many other ways to wear it! Follow my instagram for more variations and stay tuned for the next co-ord I’ll be styling up. I’ve also done a little search and here are my recommendations for similar co-ords… ASOS, Topshop, Carven and ASOS again.

Love Ella. X

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Monthly Must Haves: June 2014

Monthly Must Haves June 2014

1) J.Crew Gemstone floral printed silk top, £120, click here to buy
2) J.Crew Gemstone floral printed silk shorts, £120, click here to buy
3) LK Bennett Bess colour block sandal, REDUCED from £195 to£145, click here to buy
4) River Island white embellished clutch bag, £35, click here to buy
5) ALDO Gleliwet stone set collar necklace, £30, click here to buy
6) Karen Walker Super Duper Strength sunglasses, exclusively at Liberty London
7) Whistles Solano blotted floral bikini top, £40, click here to buy
8) Whistles Solano blotted floral bikini bottoms, £35, click here to buy
9) Chloe Marcie medium tote, 1195, click here to buy
10) Chloe Celeste block heel mules, REDUCED from £795 to £556, click here to buy
11) REISS Kaneo laser cut skirt, £125, click here to buy
12) J.W. Anderson wave print silk blouse, £575, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Neon Dreaming

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What: Warehouse shirt (c/o), J.Crew skirt & necklace, Alberta Ferretti bag (c/o) & Sophia Webster for Net-a-Porter shoes (c/o)

Where: Sophia Webster for J.Crew Launch Party, London.

If you asked me what my favourite sunny season colour palette is, answering would be very easy. It’s pastels of course, pastels plain and simple. There’s always been something about peppermint greens, butter yellows, ballerina pinks and palma violet purples that can’t fail to put a smile on my face and a spring in my step. But of late, I’ve been increasingly gravitating towards neon. Perhaps it was my beloved cerulean Kate Spade coat that swung it. After all, that’s certainly not pastel. Or perhaps I’m just feeling a little wild in my old age, 23 next month people! Whatever the reason you cannot that deny neon packs one hell of a punch. But, my friends, it can be a risky business. Too much neon and you’ll look like a nineties raver – N.B nineties Beverly Hills high school senior AKA Cher Horowitz = chic, ninties ‘beefa raver = urgh – a teenager celebrating their post GCSE summer or a human highlighter. Just the right amount, however, and you’re on the money. As a lover of all things bright, bright, BRIGHT, I have to work hard not to go overboard when I decide to rock a bit of neon. I’ve found the best way is to unashamedly combine a couple of eye popping pieces with something grounding like natural cotton, crisp shirting or that trusty staple, denim. Having toned down my yellow-on-crack J.Crew skirt with a sensible indigo shirt I then piled on some bling, hot pink lipstick and accessorised with pastels. I think this kept things just the right side of offensive. What do you reckon?

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Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Gossip Girl & Personal Style

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What: Coat, Shoes, Handbag & Glasses by Kate Spade NY (c/o), Shirt by J.Crew, Jeans by HUDSON JEANS (c/o)

Where: Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard followed by drinks at Soho House.

Good God I miss Gossip Girl. It was, and still is one of my absolute, all time favourite shows… As if you needed further confirmation that I am perhaps the least cool person on the planet. Ok, so it wasn’t exactly Breaking Bad, not that I’ve actually ever watched Breaking Bad but everyone does bloody bang on about it. GG’s plot lines may have got a little cray at times, and more than a little predictable towards the end. But the clothes, oh those clothes! Blair season 1 continues to provide sartorial inspiration some six and a bit years after I first clapped eyes on her delicious array of knee high socks, headbands, girly detailing and masterful, masterful colour coordination. This certainly isn’t a new fashion fixation for me. Not by a long shot. While writing this post, originally just titled “Gossip Girl”, I was struck with a sense of deja vu. My words seemed to be flowing a little too freely and I wondered if I’d read them elsewhere and was engaging in a little semi unintentional plagiarism. I mean come on, we’ve all done that. A quick browse through my Look Du Jour archive revealed that I had in fact written another outfit post of the same name back in December. Somewhat embarrassingly, not only was the name the same, the accompanying musings were practically identical too. This got me thinking about personal style. Of course, most of us are well aware that there are certain cuts or colours that flatter our figures and skin tones. But it’s more significant than habitually opting for A line silhouettes because they make one’s waist look smaller. After a while, the aesthetics and inspirations we go back to time and again essentially become automatic, second nature, an integral part of who we are. I’m not saying for one minute that we should be entirely defined by what we wear, but I think the role our clothes (and accessories, obvs) play in constructing, portraying and protecting our identity is fascinating and goes far beyond the realms of die hard fashion addicts, pre ordering next season Prada while the bills pile up. On an outward level, appearance is the first thing you notice about someone so deciding what sartorial uniform to adopt is effectively deciding who we want to be to the rest of the world. On a more personal and perhaps more important one, it can shape how we feel about ourselves and that in turn shapes, well, just about everything else. I know full well that when I wear an outfit like this one, bright colours, shapes I know suit my body, time tested Gossip Girl inspired girly aesthetic, I’m well within my comfort zone. Regardless of what a rubbish day I’ve been having, when I don this ensemble I feel like myself and confident enough not to give a damn about a few strange stares on the tube (seriously, what’s wrong with people!? See last week’s post). That’s not to discourage mixing things up now and again, hell no. If I’m in a good frame of mind anyway then totally stepping outside my usual repertoire in, say, a mannish trouser suit or vampy haute couture leather confection can be unbelievably liberating, all the while safe in the knowledge that you can swap it for something a little safer that makes you really look and feel like you.

What are your thoughts on this? Don’t hold back, I’d so love to know!

Love Ella x

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Craving Carven

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What: Skirt & Collar by Carven (c/0), Jumper by J.Crew, Coat by A.P.C, Shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem (cheeky sample sale purchase) and Bag by Paul & Joe Sister (c/0)

Where: Lunch date in London

I definitely don’t need to to tell you how I feel about Carven. My love for the French purveyor of perfectly playful elegance knows no bounds and certainly no notion of attempting to limit the number of times per day I think about/mention/covet its stylish fare. Not so long ago I was in the library attempting to work on my thesis and avoid the distracting allure of Instagram when I stumbled across a hefty tome all about Carven. Suffice to say, the old thesis didn’t get written but what I gained from the hour or two spent reading it was, in the long term, no doubt far more valuable than another cats-in-hats session on Buzzfeed. Or baby sloths, as I spent last Sunday staring open mouthed at. But anyway, I digress. You’re probably now busy watching said sloths as I foolishly included a hyperlink but in case you’ve found your way back to my blog then I’ll say a bit about this outfit. The skirt is one of my favourite pieces from Carven’s insanely good AW13 collection. Who would’ve thought of using deer print?! Guillaume Henry, that’s who. You should see the super soft, oversized coat that goes with it, serious sartorial heaven. There are many things about Carven I completely and utterly adore, not least is their knack for concocting perfect collars. Monsieur  Henry is clearly as savvy a businessman as he is talented a créateur and Carven now not only attach nonchalantly adorable collars to many of their garms but also sell them separately! This orange and blue number is in fact, not attached to the jumper, but a bib like design that can be paired with just about anything. I opted for my latest J.Crew acquisition with a super cute Paul & Joe Sister bag swinging over my shoulder, blue and orange is definitely one of my favourite colour combinations.

On another note, if any UK readers haven’t been to Carven’s divine flagship store at 85 Pelham Street in South Kensington you must! It’s not to be believed.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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