show skin in winter
There is a fine art to showing some skin when the temperature starts to plummet. Essentially, you have two options: 1) Stay indoors and strip it all off or 2) Take it like a man/catch the flu/die.

Unless, of course, you select your skin carefully. I recently came across these bras from Boux Avenue and started to think about the effect that a hint of a bra has on the opposite (or same, if it floats your boat) sex. This Swarovski-covered bra, in particular. Underneath a nude-coloured blazer and some colour co-ordinated panelled trousers and boots, you can feel uber-covered but look sexy as ever. As a date outfit, the ‘big reveal’ from underneath a coat and scarf will certainly set hearts racing.

Get the Look:
Silk satin crepe blazer by 3.1 Philip Lim
Burgundy panel stretch trouser by Jason Wu
Black And Tan Leather Wedge Boots by Mm6 Maison Martin Margiela
Swarovski-covered bra from Boux Avenue

pink yellow outfit
I’m not suggesting you roll up to the club in your bikinis, ladies, I simply love the idea of using cheap tankinis as layering pieces. Being a bit more tactile than your everyday cami, the look and feel really adds something unusual and sensual to a textured outfit. Because of this ensemble’s colour bomb effect, I suggest you keep accessories to a minimum and avoid overkill.

Get The Look:
ALICE + OLIVIA Storia dropped collar blazer
Mark Fast ‘Sunstroke’ pin-tuck knit skirt
Miss Selfridge 300 Denier black tights
Carvela Annabelle heels
Panache Swimwear Anna tankini

blazer outfit

Today happened to be one of those strange and wonderful days where a) the first things to fall out of my closet felt perfect as an ensemble and b) rainy bloody London managed to stay dry and light until 9pm. Recipe for an outfit post, if nothing else.

What I Wore: pastel blue blazer (similar here), a beige dress from a Thai market (similar here), costume silver rose ring (similar here), and white and cork wedges from Charlotte Russe (similar here).
blazer outfit
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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!