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Posted on April 17, 2016

Casual French Girl Style

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French girl style stripes and straw bag London street style

French girl style at Sloane Square, London

Whenever I feel uninspired, bored or just not too fussed about fashion, I’ll un-dust one of my many stripey breton shirts. The quintessential Parisian style staple always delivers, looking pulled together and relaxed at the same time. Who doesn’t have at least 3 stripey shirts in their wardrobe?  The nautical stripes were made famous in 1917 by no other than Madam Coco Chanel herself, establishing the shirt mariniere as a style icon. Countless celebs followed suit, from Audrey Hepburn to French cool Girl Clemence Poesy.

My favourite look is to go all out on the sailor theme by teaming my stripey J Crew shirt (love the relaxed fit and the boat neck) with a navy straight skirt and white buttons. To finish off the French look, I add a small straw bag for the Jane Birkin flair, St Tropez circa 1967.

What’s your favourite way of styling this timeless Piece? Would love to hear from you!

I’m wearing (mostly French, bien sur):

  • Sailor shirt by J Crew
  • Navy skirt with white Buttons by Claudie Pierlot
  • Sicilian embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag – limited “Limoncello|” Edition
  • Banana earrings by N2 by Les Nereides
Breton shirt and Sicily Bag Straw bag street style London

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Street style London shirt mariniere and sicily bag straw bag

Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt. Parfait!

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt on the red carpet. Parfait!

Posted on October 13, 2015

London in Autumn

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Primrose Hill Park Sicily Bag Street style london

After an atrocious summer, London spoilt us with lots of gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatues throughout September and October. I’ve been tanning it up on our balcony and have managed to push back the un-dusting of my winter wardrobe by a few extra weeks.

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons: The warm golden light, the rich and saturated colours of the leaves fallen from the trees and the first few hot chocolates of the season.  London’s parks – Hampstead Heath and Primrose in the North, Hyde Park and Holland Park in the South – are the perfect escape to relax from the hectic pace of the city.

Wardrobe wise, , fall is the time to tone down the bright colours of the summer, seeing the return of opulent colours such as burgundy, forest greens and mustard yellow. These colours are not the most flattering on me, but I still love wearing them and like to freshen them up with a crisp white shirt.

London Street Style Sicily Bag Claudie Pierlot skirt

I’m wearing: Burgundy skirt with suspenders by Claudie Pierlot. Since my French colleague at work told me about this quintessential Gallic brand, I’m hooked! Their style is romantically French consisting of classic staples with a girly twist. Think (plenty of!) Peter Pan collars, sailor stripes, classic shapes and a calm colour palette.

Pastel coloured houses primrose hill

Love the pastel coloured houses of Primrose Hill

Sicily bag and claudie pierlot skirt CrOP Classic penny loafers by Segabo. Embellished Straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag

Posted on March 1, 2015

Best Street Style of LFW 2015

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LFW 2015 blue mirrored ray bans and pink lipstick

Oh London, you are beautiful, ugly, classy, tacky, hot, cold, conservative and crazy, all of this embodied in the audience visiting London Fashion Week. For me, the trotting around the shows is the real magnet to come to LFW: To be inspired, to soak up the creativity and to meet new interesting people. Enjoy my pictures taken of best and worst of LFW Street style.

Above: Mirrored blue aviator Ray Ban: Check. Heavily pigmented pink lipstick: Check. Must-have furry coat: Check. Effortless cool. I could never wear this combo but this stylish creative pulls it off to perfection.

LFW 2015 Street style head mask Wow, she has attitude. I love her expression while I’m pondering if the head mask it the new trend for 2015.

Street style LFW 2015 blue coat, hat, flats

I adore this look in all it’s simplicity: Snakeskin printed loafers, cream trousers, baby blue winter coat.

LFW Street Style 2015 pleated leather skirt, blue Nike LFW in February is freezing so getting a break from the chill  is essential to recharge batteries. The blue Nike trainers lend the black leather pleated skirt and the thick woolen tights some edge, while the silver puffer jacket keeps this Fashion-week-goer toasty.

 

LFW 2015 Street style blue Cos skirt

This skirt length is so difficult to pull off as it makes most people (including me!) look small and disproportionate. However this fashionista nailed it! Pointy heels elongate the leg and the ankle straps emphasise skinny ankles. Love the blue A-line skirt from COS.

 

 

Posted on October 3, 2014

Romantique – styled by Rebel

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Tulip brocade skirt london street style

When I visited Romantique in London 3 weeks ago, we did a wardrobe assessment and I ordered an injection of Rebel-ism to infuse some spice into her wardrobe. It’s easy to become stuck in style rut, choosing the same styles over and over again (in Romantique’s case: dresses, ruffles, puff sleeves, more ruffles and yet another Peter Pan collar thrown into the mix).

On first inspection of her wardrobe, we concluded that she’s lacking a few basics such as:

  1. A plain navy, black or red sweater, not too fitted
  2. A plain white Tee, not too fitted
  3. A pair of black skinny jeans by Topshop
  4. A pair of gold framed sunglasses (everyone should have two types of sunglasses: Plastic frames and metallic frames)

For our girly day out ahead of LFW, I rummaged in her cupboard to style her for the day. This is what I chose for her and why:

  • Pink brocade tulip skirt from Alberta Ferretti – Romantique is and always will be inclined to the romantic style. This dress is flattering to her figure and represents her style well
  • Black sweater by Paul Costello – The opulent embroidery of the pink skirt needs to be toned down with a simple but chic black jumper. No frills. No ruffles.
  • Pink aviator shades by Ray Ban – These iconic, slightly masculine sunglasses (borrowed from Mr Romantique) make for a great departure from Romantique’s usual plastic framed, tortoise cat eye sunnies. The matt gold frames and the pink tinted, mirrored glasses are a customised version
  • Pink cross body bag by Gharani Strok – Picking up the girly vibe with this pink, woven handbag, casually worn.
  • Leopard shoes – Flats are one of Romantique’s essentials. The pointy shape and leopard print give the classic a bit of an edge
  • Ruby Woo lipstick by MAC – Romantique never used to like bright, bold lipstick. Since I introduced her to the cult classic Ruby Woo, she’s embraced the cool effect a bold lip can have on her outfits

Tulip brocade skirt london street style

 

 

Tulip brocade skirt london street style

Posted on September 14, 2014

London Fashion Week Street Style – Edit by Romantique

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London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Les nereides alice earrings

I loved getting amongst the inspirational, stylish like-minded bloggers and designers at LFW September 2014.

Romantique’s round-up of the hottest and most romantic street styles of London Fashion Week!

Street Style 1: Tea Time in Paris

Gorgeous designer and blogger, Love, from The Girl Named Love is rocking jewellery from Les Nereides. The small Alice in Wonderland from the “Tea time in Paris” collection is to die for. Apart from her name, I also love Love’s laid back, chic style. Checkered sneakers, checked poncho and that rebel red lipstick! (Fire and Ice by Revlon).

ondon Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Les nereides alice earrings

 

London Fashion Week Sept Street style Gingham

Street style 2:  Brigitte Bardot Style in London

What’s not to love about this look? The Vichy gingham checked blouse – casually knotted, the A-Line leather skirt, the flat ballerina pumps and the natural make-up.  It’s like an excursion to the Cote d’Azur in the 50s.

London Fashion Week Sept Street style waffle coat

Street style 3: Fondant coloured Autumn Look

This sugary pastel blue, quilted waffle coat makes me long for chillier autumn days so I can wear coats again. The flat,  gold-chained slippers  mirro the gold buttons of the coat beautifully. The embroidered mini bag is the icing on the cake.

 

London Fashion Week Sept Street style lilac and purple

Street style 4: Lilac and Turqoise

In this outfit, lilac and turqoise go together like toast and Nutella! This is a romantic princess look with the little sparkly crown, embellished collar and soft dress. The clashes of the colours give it just the right amount of edge to balance the sweetness.

 

London Fashion Week Sept Street style sicilia dolce and gabbana

Street style 5: Greetings from Bella Italia

Ah Sicilia I miss you! This street style makes me reminisce about our holiday back in July. The cart wheels on the Dolce and Gabbana T-shirt look like a statement necklace.  Knitted pencil skirt from Ekaterina Kukhareva.

Posted on August 20, 2014

Fashion sisters: Floral Prints

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Floral prints fashion sisters

Floral print skirts, trousers and tops are perennial staples for summer and winter alike. As different as Rebel’s and my styles are, we both love flowerful prints; each with our own interpretation.

Romantique: True to my style, I like wearing florals with a double dose of playfulness, femininity and romanticism. For my outfit, I’ve gone all Betty-Draper in an A-Line Max Mara skirt and top, scattered with fuchsias. Powder pink cat-eye sunglasses and the obligatory 50s kitten heels are the cherry on the top of this Mad Men-esque outfit!

Rebel: When wearing florals, my first instinct is to clash the flowers with killer heels and edgy accessories to tone down the sugary sweetness as well as avoiding the middle-aged wife look. Try a mens sweater and a chunky, studded belt to inject some coolness into your outfit. Anyone can pull it off!

Max Mara Floral Skirt and top.

Romantique is wearing:

  • A Line floral skirt from Max Mara SS2014
  • Silk flowery top from Max Mara SS2014
  • Pink cat eye sunglasses from Dolce and Gabbana
  • Kitten heels from Logan
  • Pink clutch: No name brand at TK Maxx
  • Pink ballerina earrings: Les Nereides

Rebel is wearing:

  • Floral pencil skirt from Tiger of Sweden
  • Black pumps by Buffalo
  • Sweater out of my boyfriends wardrobe
  • Studded belt bought at TK Maxx

Floral pencil skirt tiger of sweden celine

 

Posted on March 26, 2014

Brocade Skirt and Bows

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Spring is in the air and I’m transitioning into the warmer season in Laduree colours: Fondant pink, nougat brown and baby blue.

If this pink brocade tulip skirt doesn’t scream romantic and girly, I don’t know what will. Rather than going for the ever popular blogger style of clashing girly with rough biker boots & studs, I decided to keep this look cutsy cute: A Bow white shirt is the perfect partner in crime for the embroidered tulip skirt. Delicate kitten heels in baby blue are the cherries on the top. The brown leather jacket provides a slight edge, but not too rock n’ roll! Now let summer commence!

I’m wearing:

  • Pink tulip skirt from Alberta Ferretti
  • Embroidered handbag from Dolce & Gabbana
  • Bow white shirt from Ralph Lauren
  • Pointy kitten heels from Logan
  • Leather jacket from Massimo Dutti
  • Pink Ballerina Earrings from Les Nereides

Pink brocade skirt Alberta Ferretti London Streetstyle Bow shirt

Thanks to Mummy Romantique and Rebel for lending this wonderful Dolce and Gabbana flower embossed handbag to me. It’s Romantique personified!

Brocade skirt street style

Posted on February 5, 2014

Cashmere and Lace Streetstyle

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Cashmere and Lace Streetstyle

Cashmere is one of the materials I feel so at home in – soft, snuggly and luxurious.  I like my cashmere chunky knit for the home or the weekend, and finer knitted for work, in the chic shapes of cardigans, twin-sets or jumpers.  casThe older I get, the more I appreciate high quality materials.

The creme cardigan I wear in the pictures is from FTC, a German label putting emphasis  on fair trade materials and humane working conditions. An important point as commercial cashmere production affects the ecology of Central Asia. The introduction of cashmere goats displaces native hoofed animals.

Black lace reminds me of Southern Italy, Dolce and Gabbana, indulgence and pure femininity. The perfect partner for cashmere.

Zara black lace skirt

I am wearing:

  • Cream cardigan from FTC
  • Black lace pencil skirt from Zara
  • Green chained cross body bag from Gianfranco Ferre
  • Bronze shoes from Max & Co
  • Jewellery from Les Nereides & N2

Cashmere is not cheap, but when looked after well it lasts a long time. Check the sales or TK Maxx for bargains!

Cashmere cardigan London street style

Handmade little Alice in wonderland doll necklace from N2. Paris earrings from Les Nereides

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Paris drop earrings from Les Nereides' new Paris Mon Amour collection 2014

Paris drop earrings from Les Nereides’ new Paris Mon Amour collection 2014

Posted on January 30, 2014

Colour block Blue and Green and How to Wear It

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Blue and Green Streetstyle Stefanel

The old-fashioned rule of “Blue and green should never been seen” was luckily thrown out of the window a time long ago.   Blue and Green have become a modern classic.

I find that this colour combination works great when you stick to darker, saturated tones of blue and green (not neon green and sky blue for example).

The fresh combination of my navy skirt and turquoise jumper reminds me of the various shades of the Mediterrenean in mid-summer, ranging from deep blue to green. Perfect for the upcoming spring season.

The long month of January can seem dull and depressing, so I tend to reach for brighter colours to compensate while I still can. I am clinging onto my last shade of Aussie tan with generous lathers of moisturising creams and oils!

With the bronze coloured shoes from Max & Co, I’m injecting some warmth into the sea shades

What do you think about this combo, do you like pairing blue and green?

Blue and green street style

Black Coat Max & Co and bronze shoes

I am wearing:

  • Navy boucle skirt with metal chain: Stefanel
  • Turqoise cashmere jumper: TK Maxx
  • Chained cross body bag: Gianfranco Ferre
  • Bronze metal sandals: Max & Co
  • Black Empire Line Coat: Max & Co
  • Mock scallop collar from COS
Posted on December 2, 2013

Fashion Sisters: Two ways to wear animal leopard print

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RR Animal leopard print streetstyle

The old cliche that leopard and animal  prints are  vulgar has been refuted by many style icons. Quite the opposite, leopard print is a timeless wardrobe staple, as referenced in my favourite style bible “Paris Street Style” by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset.

Low quality, worn out materials make leopard print look cheap, hence we like our favourite leopard pattern on cashmere jumpers, fake fur coats, trench coats, woolen or silk scarves, elegant loafers, pumps and bags.

Animal-print-street-style-jacket

Rebel: With my short animal print jacket from Maison & Scotch, I’m only wearing skinny jeans. At first I paired the jacket with boyfriend jeans but soon dismissed this ensemble as it made me look terrible. Short, boxy jackets only look good on me teamed with skinny jeans, other shapes just don’t work.

Romantique:  If you are afraid or unsure of  animal prints, try wearing animal accessorieses like a bag or scarf. Take a simple, black coat and a snake print bag and turn around your whole outfit! I only ever wear animal patterned jumpers with skirts to give it a girly twist.

My snake print bag is from Alberta Ferretti, leopard jumper and woolen skirt from Max & Co, gloves from Ugg, scallop collar from COS, ankle boots from Goertz.

Leopard animal print streestyle London

London Wimbledon Street Style

London Wimbledon Street Style

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