What: Style Stalker tank top (click here to buy), Baukjen leather pencil skirt (new season update here, similar here & here), DSquared2 sunglasses, Mulberry Willow tote (click here to buy) Agent Provocateur Connie bra (click here to buy) (all c/o) & Whistles sandals (similar here) with Dior Bonheur mani pedi.
Where: Afternoon cocktails at The London EDITION
Personal style is a funny thing. I’m the first to admit that a lot of the pieces in my wardrobe look a lot like each other. There are certain styles, brands, colours and details I gravitate to. Rarely does a week go by without someone telling me that they saw something and just knew I’d love it… and inevitably I do. Try as I might, I just can’t shake my affinity for anything pink, polkadot, preppy and that could have conceivably been purchased at Bonpoint. But predictable though my tastes may often be – aren’t everyone’s? – now and again there are few things more enjoyable than shaking it up. That’s why I love working with brand like Diesel who somehow manage to persuade me to trade in my usual Blair Waldorf (season one, duh) inspired fare for say, a bodycon leather minidress. Since that particular project I’ve been pushing my sartorial boundaries without being prompted by an Italian under brand a little more frequently. Last week’s silver slip top for instance. What with those slinky straps and it’s potential for nipple free-wheelage, I think it’s safe to say it had sass. Perhaps not quite as much sass as this outfit however. Divine though this wear-forever ballerina leather pencil skirt is, I feared that paired with a blouse it may age me beyond my years. As opposed to making me resemble an overgrown nursery school child which apparently is a look I’m fine with. On this occasion I was about to embark on a weekend of over indulgence at the fabulously debauched London EDITION Hotel (more on that soon) so I didn’t want to look like I just took a wrong turn en route to a ladies luncheon or the first day of kindergarten. So how to sass up a luxuriously sensible pencil skirt? I ummmed and ahhhhed and tried on umpteen options and then it hit me; a Beyonce inspired ‘beater and Agent Provocateur underwear… Obviously.
What do you reckon, did I sass up my pencil skirt successfully?
Love Ella. X
Images by Michaela Peker
What: Whistles silver slip top (available here) (c/o) & personalised bomber jacket with Paige Denim jeans (available here), Guess clutch bag (similar here), Kite sunglasses, Next silver stilettos (similar here), Dior “Bonheur” nail polish (available here) (all c/o) and MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick (available here)
Where: Dinner & drinks in London.
I’ve been scheming this look for some time now but never actually got around to shooting or indeed wearing it because I was every so slightly dubious about whether it would work. I may be a child of the 90′s – 1991 to be precise – but as a sartorial decade it’s never really floated my boat. Or, more precisely, the elements of 90′s fashion that have been everywhere from ASOS to Alexander Wang to Armani these past few seasons haven’t. Don’t get me wrong, I think luxed up streetwear and pared back minimalism can look awesome. But for me, the only element of 90′s chic I wanted in on was of the Clueless variety; Cher Horowitz’ mini kilt collection still leaves me weak at the knees. One particular style that’s refused to budge is the slip top. When these first appeared on the catwalks and in the trend edits they put the fear of God in me. You can’t wear a bra with them, unless it’s of the deliberately exposed and highly expensive variety, won’t ones nips be freewheeling all over town? Well, yes of course they will. But who actually cares? You know, within reason. I’m not advocating rocking one to your aged Grandmother’s birthday party or to a job interview, the abundance of blindingly bright pink involved in this particular ensemble probably wouldn’t be well suited to such an occasion either. It took me absolutely ages to drum up the courage to risk slipping a nip by taking my silver slip top out on the town – I’ve had it since February – but when I finally decided to throw caution to the winds and leave the house in an outfit that would potentially result in flashing half of West London it was actually kind of liberating, not to mention seriously comfortable. Sometimes forcing yourself to wear something out of your comfort zone definitely pays off. Other times, as in the case of my teenage dalliance with knee high stripy socks and Vans (it was the Avril Levigne era) it doesn’t.
Have you embraced slip tops this season?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn
1) Topshop lace trim crop top, 28, click here to buy
2) Whistles Limited Edition stretch-knit skater skirt, 115, click here to buy
3) LK Bennett Aisha kid leather sandals, 225, click here to buy
4) Chloe Baylee Medium Leather Tote, 1325, click here to buy
5) Edie Parker Jean Toucan box clutch, 1050, click here to buy
6) PRISM Capri cat eye acetate sunglasses, 255, click here to buy
7) J.Crew Showater reversible bandeau bikini top, 50, click here to buy
8_ J.Crew Showater reversible bikini briefs, 45, click here to buy
9) Tory Buch Calita dress, REDUCED from 285 to 142.50, click here to buy
10) ASOS Madhouse pointed shoes, 35, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
What: Club Monaco blue biker jacket (c/o), Whistles shirt, Tibi embossed leather shorts (c/o), Paul & Joe Sister orange satchel (c/o), Markus Lupfer glitter brogues (c/o) & Cutler and Gross sunglasses (c/o)
Where: Meetings in London
Why is there something so incredible satisfying about wearing an outfit that you know will send the majority of (straight) men running for the hills? Blame it on Leandra Medine maybe but manrepelling has never been more tempting. Between the buttoned up shirt and its tutti frutti print, the slightly nappy esque embossed leather shorts – a tailoring accident – and the potentially confusing glitter/mannish hybrid that are these glorious shoes, this would perhaps be an unwise ensemble to don for a first date or going out on the pull. Throw a clashing cobalt blue biker jacket into the mix – because why wouldn’t you? – and you’ll be terrifying fellas at 20 paces… Result! Between looks like these, and my ongoing obsession with dressing like a primary school child slash cartoon character it’s maybe not entirely surprising I’m single. But then, I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever the hell makes YOU feel fabulous regardless of whether that’s a bodycon party frock, Nike Air Max or a clown costume. Any paramour you have to change your personal style more is frankly not worth the bother.
Thinking more on this subject, I’d probably say I dress firstly for myself and secondly for other women/gay men. Attracting the opposite sex doesn’t usually factor into it, something I’m not entirely sure is healthy. What about you guys, who you do dress for?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn
1) Carven tweed stich cropped sweater, 320, click here to buy
2) Whistles Agnes fit n’ flare skirt, 125, click here to buy
3) Roger Vivier Belle Vivier ballerina pumps, 427, click here to buy
4) Roger Vivier Mis Viv handbag, 1634, click here to buy
5) Topshop Stand Out flower prom dress, 68, click here to buy
6) ASOS cat eye sunglasses, 12, click here to buy
7) Tory Burch Brynn gold plated resin necklace, 520, click here to buy
8) J.Crew x Sophia Webster cutout leather & printed twill pumps, 520, click here to buy
9) Reiss Olivia print floral trousers, 95, click here to buy
10) Diane Von Furstenberg Niseko sweater, 179, click here to buy
Love Ella. X