wardrobe staples

What you wear can define you as a person. Our style, whether you like it or not, tells the outside world what you are all about. It can indicate what kind of person you are, what your lifestyle is like, and even what music you’re into. Fact is, it will always be very important that you’re comfortable and confident with your clothes.

Despite all that, there are still certain items of clothing that I feel every woman should have in their wardrobe. The style and cut may vary, but these essentials are timeless, and can be relied upon in almost any situation. Don’t worry…I’m not about to force harem pants into your wardrobe.

1. Little black dress (LBD)

Every woman should have one of these – the default outfit for any dressy occasion. It could be a date, a party or even an interview – with the right accessories the LBD can cover all the bases. Get one you really like and it will provide you with years of reliable service. Not bad for one little dress, is it?

2. Black blazer

Very similar to the little black dress, the black blazer is all about versatility. It can look great as a casual or smart item. Team it with some jeans for a stylish, understated look, or with a black skirt for a smart, authoritative appearance. It doesn’t need to be expensive, just the right cut and fit. By changing accessories, you can alter its appearance to suit any situation.

3. Quality blue jeans

Denim is more or less universal. Originally made as a tough material for cowboys, it’s now the world’s bottom-half material of choice. I feel as though, with jeans, you get what you pay for. Buy cheap and they’ll look just that – probably won’t last very long either. Go with a respected brand like Firetrap and your jeans will look great with everything for years to come.

4. White, button-down shirt

A great white shirt should subtly accentuate your shape and your best features. Like so many wardrobe staples, it really works with anything – the true meaning of a ‘wardrobe essential’!

Style is all about individuality and expressing yourself through your clothes, but these items are ones that we should definitely all have in our closet. Use them as a base from which to accessorise and build up your own individual je ne sais quoi!

Perfect Body

Joan Smalls


The “major models” – Raquel Zimmermann, Joan Smalls, and Daria Werbowy – of Vogue’s Shape issue (out again this month) are apparently here to talk candidly about body, brains, and the secret to killer confidence. While these video-bytes tend to be an outlet for famous beauties to tell you how often they don’t work out, Vogue have done it a little differently.

“Women are their hardest critics, and we need to learn how to accept ourselves, how we are,” says Smalls. “Some of the models, you’d be surprised backstage, that their body isn’t perfect either. It depends also on how you dress, how you present yourself, but don’t be fooled by models being perfect specimens because we’re far from that.”

Watch below! View Post

Ugg Boots
Now that the signs of this brutal winter are fleeing (who am I kidding? I live in Bangkok), it’s time to talk Whooga boots aka Ugg boots.

I’m dodging stilettos, I’m sure. The truth is, before the fashion faux pas’ were riddled with fame and Paris Hilton-synonymity, Uggs were the love of my post-dance life. And they’re due for a comeback. Especially in the form of Whoogas.

With a pair of both at your disposal you will find that:

  • The sheepskin on Whooga ugg boots are both thicker and softer than other brands.
  • They are cheaper! More bang for your buck and almost half the standard price. (Also, they have been kind enough to give you guys 10% off this week with the discount code “1578LELA“!)
  • The shaft/height options are much more flattering for the shape of your calf. No more looking like a tantrum-stomping alien.
  • The heel has more support: the kind that curves to your foot’s contours!
  • Whooga are also running a boot giveaway to everyone that signs up to their newsletter (open worldwide)! Personal ‘winner’ wishlist? Pink ugg boots. Wait, the mini ones…and the chocolate weave…and…and…

    Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2011
    2010 Swiss Textiles Award winner Mary Katrantzou is imperative to your future fashion vocabulary. There was a welcome re-acquaintance with trompe l’oeil prints – an aspect from which things only further impressed. Built from the idea of a fabergé egg, every single print and shape was state-of-the-art, down to the Katrantzou-printed Louboutins. No-one else could construct a Swarovski encrusted skirt and make it look like a gem-covered pink flower garden of green jewels. With the addition of separates, her Fall/Winter 2011 offering was wearable without compromising the vanguard progression. See the top five looks below! View Post

    PPQ LFW Runway
    Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker do it well. Really well. PPQ has a top spot on my ‘must-sees’ every year and is always a playground for celebrity spotting. For their “Hassan” collection, everything was rock and roll in a beautiful way. There was a recurring, stunning print that was present on many pieces, as well as a lot of shape-aware cinching. This London Fashion Week, it was a sprinkling of fez hats that punctuated the collection. Paloma Faith was smirking from start to finish. Brava, guys. View Post