Summer Bummer

This post is on request of a good friend.

What is it appropriate to wear in the office during summer?

This doesn’t really cause me a problem because I like to dress for the winter at all times of the year; tights are mandatory, I may have them tattooed on to my legs. I went on holiday recently and returned quite proud of a ‘tan’. Sadly, when I got back someone asked where my tan was.

Unfortunately, some people haven’t got the hang of dressing for summer. I think this title should change to just ‘what is it appropriate to wear during summer’. I don’t want to see someone’s actual bum when I’m on my way to work, I have to get up at 6am and I’m still extremely fragile. Granted, it was an accidental bum shot, the dress got caught in a rucksack and exposed pure cheek, but it was only a matter of time before an errant breeze swept it up.

Equally, I can sympathise with those who haven’t realised its summer and worn something which can only be described as a winter gaberdine. I seem to have seen out some of the hottest days of the year wearing black pleather and sweating profusely. NB. This is not a substitute for exercise.

I’ve done a straw poll of about two people, anyway here’s a list of things not to wear, even in the summer:

1) Those shorts that look like a dog went mental and ate, then spat out/paedo pants (no suitable image found)

2) Flimsy bum skirt that blows up constantly and gets stuck under backpacks and attached to velcro

3) Summer Goth, no objection just avoid due to excess sweating

4) No bra. Just because its hot we don’t want to see that

5) Men in cargo shorts. Seriously upsetting, if you can’t buy the recommended skinny three quarter length trousers then you will need to remain suffering in skinny jeans until the end of the summer; it isn’t exactly that long. Short shorts for men may be acceptable depending on style.

Why do they always seem to come in groups when they wear these shorts?

Anyway, that really meant nothing but it made us feel good about ourselves briefly.

Le freak, c’est chic.

Whilst some of us are sitting in our bedrooms thinking about doing something meaningful with our lives, others are busy making hay while the sun shines; my friend Pam is one of them. We all like to think we could turn our hand to something creative; photography, fashion or entrepreneurship, but Pam has poured her talent in to the fantastic project ‘Accessory Freaks‘ and is starting to see the fruits of her labour pay off big time. Pam was recently named Designer of the Month by Seven Halos magazine, and she’s clearly got far to go promoting her ‘Street Chic’ products.

The custom made jewellery on the site is right up my street. Statement necklaces, rings, earrings, buttons and cufflinks are being snapped up from every angle and have garnered quite the celebrity following. Most recently a bespoke ‘OMG’ necklace was worn by up and coming singer Rye Rye in her video for a collaboration with edgy songstress Robyn. Exciting times over at the AF camp.

Hurry over to the site and grab some investment pieces whilst they’re fresh and follow on Twitter for the latest and best accessory news.

Repellent Fashion?

Image: The Man Repeller

One of my favourite blogs is The Man Repeller – not because I want to repel any men, but because it just rings true. High fashion and ‘trendy’ clothes are often completely opposite to what the opposite sex want to see. If you want to know what a man repeller is, the site gives quite the description:

MAN·RE·PELL·ER1  [MAHN-REE-PELLER]
–noun
outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing to the party?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants!
Girl 1: Oh, so we’re man repelling tonight?
*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation is not a dramatization, took place in this room 5 minutes ago.

Researching this piece leads me to the conclusion that men hate any of the following:
– Clogs or wooden based shoes
– Grandad cardigans
– Flowery jumpsuits
– Oversized flowered headbands
– Socks and heels
– Ridiculous prints (cat print, dog print, horse print)
– Red lipstick (I read one man’s most unpleasant account of his hatred for red lippie…why!?)

All the things that I want to wear.

So, what would the media have us believe that men would like us to wear? Experience tells me that they would like us to wear no make-up whatsoever. Unfortunately this is very unrealistic as they would never be attracted to us in the first place. Do they realise how much effort it takes even to look like you aren’t wearing any make-up? They would like us to wear ‘form fitting’ clothing- read cheap, 90’s nylon tops, belted cardigans and Kate Middleton-esque knee boots. Obviously this is a huge generalisation but the media would like us to believe they prefer a more ‘wholesome’ look; don’t ask me, I’m asking you.

These were all looks explored by Bridget Jones and she remained single, so I’m not convinced.

Palladium Boots

One of my good friends has just moved to L.A. and I’m massively jealous. I looked into it a couple of years back but being Welsh doesn’t help. Instead I have resigned myself to watching videos and imagining L.A life.

Palladium boots have released their latest video. Running off the back of their previous activity with Alice Dellal and Daisy Lowe exploring London, they now show us around the hidden treasures of L.A. as well as the more well-known spots. You can almost smell the American air!

Check out the video here

CK ya later

CK are everywhere at the moment. They recently utilised the digital screen at my bus stop for their campaign and I was mesmerised by the skinny boys and beautiful moving girls. Nearly missed the bus. CK reminds me of being 12 years old, it sits with Tommy Girl in a distinct place deep in the archives of memory; nevertheless it is a constant presence in fragrance and fashion markets and has recently started creating a bang with its media.

They are holding an exclusive party tomorrow with MTV Push feat. Lara Stone, Alice Dellal, the East London types and that boy you were eyeing up recently. I feel like this is the part where I mention how to attend the party but the guest-list has closed (unlucky). Professor Green, Alexis Jordan and Katy B, among others are playing at the exclusive do, so it’s bound to be a good night.

Keep an eye out for CK’s marketing for the new line and for a chance to feature on the site from the comfort of your own home see here

Brandy?

I’m working on a project with my old friend Jennie. Jennie studies fashion at Nottingham Trent, dresses models at London Fashion Week and does internships with Mary Portas…Jeals?

As a social experiment, I’m wearing a pair of New Balance trainers as much as possible for three weeks, recording comments and acting as a ‘connector’. I’m not sure how much influence I’m having on people walking around central London but I guess we’ll see in a few months… I’m not much of a trainer wearer, and I thought NB were all about sports runners but I picked out a pair of amazing hi-tops which I am genuinely in love with. I’ll be posting a picture of them soon, let’s just say they have sparked comments of ‘awesome’ and ‘fit’ around the office and flat.

One part of the project is recording every brand I use, every day. I have never really thought about how many brands I interact with on a daily basis and chronicling them has been quite an eye-opener. By the time I’ve reached work in the morning I have already raced through Colgate, Twinings, GHD, not to mention the plethora of cosmetics- I almost felt ashamed- then I remembered I don’t wear half as much make-up as I probably should. Then I’m off again, using Oyster (is that a brand?) my iPod, chatting on my Blackberry, stopping off for breakfast at Pret and starting up my computer. I’ve only been recording this for three days and I’m already wondering…am I stuck in a rut? Perhaps I should start mixing things up a bit? Drink a different brand of tea? Is this really living?

It’s an interesting proposition- do the brands we use begin to define us, slowly and surely? One thing I can say is that every day, something on my list is guaranteed to be from Topshop but I have never considered myself a New Balance girl, so perhaps I’ve introduced a bit of flavour into my wardrobe…

Baby Steps.