How many times has your style changed? For myself personally, I have lost count. At twelve I rocked the sock sleeve inspired by Avril Lavigne. Then there was the era from of Abercrombie & Fitch. At college, I think there was some confusion as I would wear river island sandals in the midst of winter with jeans and leather jacket. I know what was I thinking. But there was one thing that I have loved to wear continuously from the early age of twelve and that has been a puffer jacket.
Since my teens, the puffer jacket has evolved from a causal dual coat to wear while walking to becoming a fashion statement of its own. Designers like Moschino have taken a basic fabrication and made it into something that is memorable for all the right reasons. But no one embraces daring designs like the high street and let’s be honest they always get it right. Dunnes Stores is renowned in Ireland as the no. 1 grocery store however that will soon change. If you haven’t noticed Dunnes Store has reinvented its business. Instead of picking up Brennan’s bread you are now greeted by designs from Irish designers such as Paul Costello and my personal favorite Joanne Hynes.
This seasons A/W 2017 collection Dunnes Stores have embraced a vibrant palette which mostly consists of pinks. Last winter we seen pink frequently used by many designers. Jcrew set the tone with there faux fir pink coat with oversized lapels which I proudly own. But I am getting a little off point here, just so you know pink has been in for the last year and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
I have picked out a selection of fashionable yet practical puffer coats that I think you ladies and possibly gents will love. At the end of the day, the lovely thing about puffer coats is that they are unisex. In relation to style, I wore my Savida coat with jeans and a cardigan/top. My jeans are from Free People and I am ashamed to admit these are the first pair that I have bought in five years. Terrible but true, having bad skin I found a lot of denim irritated my skin and I always felt more comfortable in skirts, until now. For the last year I have searched high and low for bell bottom jeans and finally found a pair that I love. The denim is soft with a little stretch which is always welcome in my book. I have picked out other jean styles in case bell bottoms is not your thing. My top is a lace cardigan that I purchased from Primark this summer and I embellished it with my favorite brooch from Jenny Vander Vintage. If you click on the looks below you will find a direct link to the product. So happy shopping ladies and of course…..
(Photography by Yong, Instagram Smashnj)
Have you ever experienced a day were you don’t want to be in anything other than your pjs or gym gear? I’ve had many! Yet, what happens when you feel this way and need to look presentable? It’s honestly the worst feeling and a struggle to say the least. Although gym gear is the new craze that doesn’t mean we need to adopt it into every day life when we’re out and about.
I personally love to wear midi skirts, wrap skirts to be precise. You may be asking why? Well the truth is, no matter what size you think you are, a skirt that holds in your waist will always be flattering.
We’ve all had a day were the thought of wearing a body con exterior freaks us out. Am I right? Well, no matter what your size, a ladies waist should be are main focus. Playing with feminine shapes is easy achieved with wrap skirts. I have selected several from ASOS, which you can dress from casual (as you see above) or perhaps formal. No matter how you style your wrap skirt, self-consciousness and discomfort will be the last thing on your mind.
I purchased this amazing skirt from ASOS. What’s more, IT’S STILL AVAILABLE! I bought my skirt in a size 12 and there was not much to alter. However, the contrast of blue, white and brown may not be for everyone so I have picked some similar shapes with subtle fabrics and color choices. Hope you love my selections and perhaps consider one of these looks for yourself. To purchase my sunglasses visit instagram @myannies. Photography by Kristen Walker
The best part about the changing seasons I feel is the need to buy a new bag, that is my excuse and I am sticking to it ! Anyway it is the one thing in our daily lives we really use non stop and of course following a winter of rain and snow, its hard to imagine any bag looking fit for the summer season. Some ladies like to stick to a yearly bag either black, burgundy or perhaps a musky green. All are easy to match and carry through the year but for me, I love to add more colors into the mix. It is the only time of year you can explore different colors and textures without the worry of them being ruined. I am a lover of anything suede, so I decided to pick out a selection of my favorite bags which I think you ladies will love for this summer. Enjoy.
Winter is a wonderful season. And when it comes to fashion, indulgence is what comes to mind. My favorite indulgences are accessories; preferably snug ones. One thing about winter fashion is that vibrant and colorful slip from our minds when we look in our wardrobes. I love this fun hat, which I found on Asos. Designers are now taking on the common hat and threading it with a variety of embellishments and fabrics. And I LOVE it. This particular hat is veiled with small white pearl and delicate netting. In a dream world, it would stay in place but with the windy winter season upon us it’s best to pin it. Anthropologie has also become one of my favorite NY brands. They are known for their household trinkets but I personally love their accessories. Which is why I paired the Asos hat with one of their vibrant citrus yellow scarves. I wouldn’t normally buy such a brightly colored scarf but there was something special about this one. The two accessories complimented each other perfectly.
There are so many hidden rules in fashion, such as “No white after labor day”, “Dress for your age”, “Red heads should not wear pink”. Rules can be good and are in place for a reason, but I believe it is dated to adhere to these boundaries in fashion. One can make sophisticated choices outside of these rules and look fabulous. In other words, dress to impress. Photography by Gemma Friary