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Posted on December 15, 2015

Sisters Style Staple: The French Caban Jacket

Blazer / Jackets/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel Alexa/ Romantique

Berlin Street style caban jacket pea coat

The Caban Jacket, known as a “pea coat” in English speaking countries, is a classic sailor jacket, the coat equivalent to the striped Tee. It’s a French style icon worn by the “usual suspects” – the heroines of French chic: Alexa Chung & French Vogue Editor Emannuelle Alt.

It comes in a variety of styles so there is one for every body type: From short jacket to longer hemmed coats, traditionally double breasted with gold buttons and a wide collar.

Let’s see how we style this classic in our two different styles, Romantique and Rebel:

Rebel Street Style Berlin Pea Sicily bag straw bag

Rebel:

For me, the best way to style this shorter length caban jacket is casual with skinny jeans and flats. This is my Sunday morning brunch outfit, relaxed yet still chic without looking over-engineered. A striped mariniere shirt is also one of my favourite combos. After all, I live in Hamburg, near one of Europe’s biggest ports so the sailor style is always en vogue here up north.

Rebel is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Skinny jeans by JBrand. Pointy boots by Buffalo.  Adorned straw bag by Sicily Bag.

Berlin Street Style pea coat sicily bag straw bag

Romantique:

I decided to go for a risky experiment: How about pairing the sailor pea coat with a sailor skirt? Straight cut navy twill with a double row of white buttons. At first I was afraid of the clashing buttons but it turned out well! The navy beret brings the whole outfit together, parfait!

Romantique is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Navy skirt by Claudie Pierlot. Leopard print flats by Kurt Geiger. Navy beret bought at John Lewis. Embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag. Sunglasses by Miu Miu.

Berlin Street Style pea coat caban jacket beret

Photo location: Berlin Museum Island.

Emmanuelle ALt Pea coat caban jacket

French Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt wearing a caban jacket with gold buttons.

Alexa Chung wearing a long navy pea coat

Alexa Chung wearing a long navy wool pea coat

Posted on November 27, 2015

Sisters style: One coat, two styles

Berlin/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel Alexa/ Romantique

Rebel Berlin Street Style Egg Shape Coat

Romantique and Rebel are back together again for another weekend in Berlin. This time, we replicated what we always did when we were kids: Raiding our mum’s wardrobe! Oh the perks of having a stylish mother.

We chose a chic herringbone egg-shaped coat by Max and Co and decided we would both wear it, showcasing how one piece of clothing can look different depending on how you style and pair it, all based on our different personalities.

Rebel:

To ensure a curving coat looks chic, think about what you wear underneath. It is a silhouette that works particularly well if your general way of dressing is skinny-legged, i.e. slim trousers or short skirts. I paired mine with skinny jeans and pointy boots. Pointy shoes, whether they are flats, heels or boots, always elongate the leg.

Avoid wearing knee-length skirts or wide legged trousers or you will look like a marshmallow!

Romantique egg shape coat Berlin Street Style

Romantique:

Egg-shaped coats are cleverly romantic and feminine without alluding to the traditional hourglass silhouette.

The voluminous shape of the cocoon coat lends itself to pairing it with a shorter skirt and ballet pumps.

The leopard-print pointy ballet pumps serve as an eye-catcher against the grey colour and a mini pattern clash with the herringbone coat.

Sometimes, grey can drain the complexion so I perked up my make-up with a matte, pigmented red lipstick (blue based) to pop against the coat.

Romantique Street Style Berlin Egg shape coat and BERET

I’m wearing: Coat by Max & Co. Black turtle neck jumper by Max & Co. Grey knitted pleat skirt by Stefanel. Leopard printed flats with leather bow by Kurt Geiger & navy beret by House of Fraser.

Rebel Berlin street style egg shape coat beret

Rebel Stret style Berlin Egg shaped coat beret

How would you style the egg-shaped coat? A la Romantique, with skirt and ballet pumps, or like Rebel with skinny jeans?

Romantique street style berlin egg shape coat

Posted on November 16, 2015

Romantique and Rebel’s Top 5 Timeless Statement Winter Coats

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel Alexa/ Romantique

Romantique navy blue duffle coat bogner london

Slowly but surely, stormy gales and wet, dark days will take over from golden autumn. Time for Romantique and Rebel to dig out our favourite, timeless coat favourites for inspiration and a guide to what you should buy if you’re looking to invest in a new winter coat this year.

Taa daa! The following  winter coats and shapes have stood the test of time and trends and will serve you well for years to come.

The Duffle Coat (Romantique)

Hailing from Belgium, duffle is a coarse, thick woollen material. This quintessential British wardrobe staple typically comes with signature toggle fasteners .

Romantique’ s tip: The duffle coat is a sporty, casual choice. Pair it with dainty, feminine dresses or shoes for a modern clash of styles. Best in classic colours such as navy or cream.

Above: Romantique is wearing a navy blue duffle coat by Bogner. Black doctors bag by Prada. Penny loafers by Sebago.

The Candy coloured egg shape coat (Romantique)

The egg shape coat stems from my favourite fashion era, the 60s. The voluminous shape fits best with slim silhouettes like skinny jeans, cigarette pants or short skirts. Candy colours such as powder pink, lemon yellow or mint green are the perfect companion for this kind of coat.

Romantique pink coat sicily bag notting hill london

The Parka Coat (Mummy Romantique)

The perennial parka coat is another style classic you can’t go wrong with. Made winter proof with cosy fur or fleece lining for bitterly cold January days. Similar to the duffle coat, this is an easy, cool basic, best styled with feminine hemlines and shoes for maximum effect!

Mummy Romantique is wearing: Winter parka coat by Witty Knitters Hamburg, skinny jeans by J Brand, ankle boots by Candice Cooper, cat eye glasses by Gucci.

Fur Parka Berlin street style chic at 62

The fire engine red coat (Rebel)

Red is a signal colour and a real show stopper. This colour works best with a minimalistic, straight blazer cut. Chic, sophisticated and not to be confused with Santa Claus.

Rebel is wearing a red coat by Calvin Klein. Peter Pan collar shirt by Zara. Sneakers by Converse.

Street-Style-Red-Coat

The checkered plaid coat (rebel)

Think Kurt-Cobain flannel shirts meet grown-up Parisian chic. The black and red pattern garnered a lot of interest a few seasons back when Saint Laurent created a winter collection around this theme. Plaid coats are a great statement whilst still being classic enough to integrate into a variety of outfits

Rebel is wearing a black and red plaid jacket by Cerruti, skinny jeans by Blessed & Cursed glasses by Stella McCartney.

Plaid coat street style Hamburg

Fashion inspiration by our favourite icon Alexa Chung. Whatever she throws on, she always looks pulled together, casually elegant and chic.

alexa chung plaid coat

Alexa Chung navy duffle coat

 

 

Posted on November 7, 2015

How To Dress Your Age for Autumn 2015

Blazer / Jackets/ Featured/ Rebel Alexa/ Shoes/ Wardrobe

In a world where everyone from nine to 90 wears jeans, what does “age appropriate” actually mean?

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Dressing your age means feeling comfortable in your own skin and working with what you’ve got.  In my case, now that I’m in my 40s, I find myself wanting to dress not necessarily younger but edgier. I want to push my boundaries, to find silhouettes that are modern and clean and have a twist – therefore I can not say goodbye to my Allstar Converse. I need a little funk. Not a lot. But enough to keep it all interesting.

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My beloved Allstar Converse in Black, Bag by Moschino.

The key to successfully looking age appropriate and modern is paying attention to what feels right on you – trust your instincts and don’t get distracted by 25 year old girls with 30 million followers on instagram, that’s not helpful. Take your cue from women who do it well, like Charlize Theron, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney. Age classy, not trashy and you dress your age. 

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I wore: Blazer by Tommy Hilfiger, Shirt and Flats by Jcrew

Posted on October 13, 2015

London in Autumn

Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Skirts

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 September 22, 2015

London Fashion Week Part 2

Current Affairs/ Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

London Fashion Week September 2015 Jumpsuit

Day 2 at Fashion week: Another sparkling day in London, the sun soaked Soho’s alleys in a picture perfect warm autumn light; a photographers dream! My aim for the day was to mingle and network with fellow bloggers, creative enthusiasts and designers. Every year, LFW leaves me full of ideas and inspirations, newly found contacts, sometimes even friends.

On the street style front it was yet again the men who got all my style credits. Rocking classic style staples with a twist such as turtleneck jumpers, Oxford lace-ups with cork soles, velvet slippers & lots of 70s flair, tassels & mustard yellow.

On the ladies side of the equation, I was pleased to spot several pairs of Asos Pom Pom Mary Janes with midi heel. Fashionable yet comfortable, the shoes were definitely a fave for LFW visitors this year.

Enjoy the street style inspirations from London Fashion Week September 2015. So long, until February 2016!

London Fashion Week September 2015 Jumpsuit

What I was wearing:

An understated yet elegant jumpsuit, paired with a pink Chanel-esque tweed jacket was my outfit of choice. I knew I would probably go under in this subtle ensemble, yet I felt comfortable and let the accessories do the talking.

  • Cherry earrings by Les Nereides
  • Embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag
  • Black jumpsuit by Max & Co
  • Pointy metallic strappy ballerinas by Max & Co
A common feature: Statement bag candy. Most preferred brands Saint Laurent and Chloe.

A common feature: Statement bag candy. Most preferred brands seen at LFW were  Saint Laurent and Chloe.

Little fashionistas start young in attention seeking

Little fashionistas start young in attention seeking

Glad to see the perennial winter staple, the duffle coat, at the Fashion week

Glad to see the perennial winter staple, the duffle coat, at the Fashion week

Chloe Drew bag, suede and lace.

Loving the texture clash here. Chloe Drew bag in Suede leather, suede leather skirt and lace top.

Londoners

Londoners

London Street Style Fashion Week September 2015 Golden Square

Soho’s Golden Square was the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of Brewer Street, this years fashion week venue. Visitors without tickets could still follow the shows on the live screens whilst relaxing in sun loungers.

Camilla Elphick Pez heels

London-based footwear designer Camilla Elphick is known for her quirky, creative designs. These PEZ heels are edible!

London Street Style Fashion Week September 2015

Loving the clash of sweet feminine and masculine here: The flowing silhouette of the pink culottes and the coat paired with the minimalistic, structured bag and  masculine penny loafers.

These ladies remind me of a 70s tv show...hmm which one was it..

These ladies remind me of a 70s tv show…hmm which one was it.

Relaxed elegance in glitzy boyfriend denim, grey blazer and silver Roger Vivier pumps

Relaxed elegance in glitzy boyfriend denim, grey blazer and silver Roger Vivier pumps

LFW September 2015 Asos pom pom shoes

Asos pom pom shoes: Definitely a fave for LFW visitors this year.

Photo credits: All photos taken by me.

Posted on September 15, 2015

Indian Summer at the Baltic Sea

Dresses/ Featured/ Romantique/ Travel

 

Romantique Baltic Sea Warnemuende

For the bank holiday, Mr Romantique and I packed our bags, flew to Berlin and rented a car to race down the Autobahn to Warnemünde also dubbed the “Berlin bathtub” due to its proximity to Berlin (212 km).

Most people, including Mr Romantique, don’t even know that Germany has not only one but two oceans, the North sea and the Baltic sea. I prefer the Baltic sea beaches, with their 1900 km of sugary white sand, picturesque Unesco World heritage towns, national parks and endless lakes. As children, Rebel and I would often go to the Baltic sea with our parents and spend long summer days on the coast.

altic Sea blue striped beach whicker chairs

Characteristic of the teutonic  beaches are the unique wicker beach chairs,  scattered along the wide stretches of white sand. Their blue, yellow, red or green striped design exudes maritime flair whilst they keep you sheltered from the wind and sun. You can rent these comfy wicker chairs daily or hourly.

Selfie with Mr Romantique at Warnemünde's cruise ship port

Selfie with Mr Romantique at Warnemünde’s cruise ship port

Warnemünde is great for relaxing on its wide beaches or strolling along it’s busy dock,  watching the cruise ships and ferries pass by. There are plenty of restaurants offering local sea fare. If you don’t feel like a sit down meal grab a fresh matjes (soused herring) sandwich from one of the many Backfisch stands for a delectable selection of local seafood specialities.

Baltic Sea Beac whicker chairs Warnemuende

Warnemünde has a textile beach as well as a natural beach. In Germany, this is a question of culture. While most “Ossies” (Eastern Germans) like getting naked, the more prudish West Germans prefer the bikini beaches.

I’m wearing:

  • Blue Vichy Gingham dress by Pinko – clashing picnic checks and the maritime stripes of the beach whicker baskets
  • Sicilian straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag
  • Gelato pink sunglasses by Celine
  • Sandals by AGL, Attilio Giusti Leombruni
Perch fish from the baltic sea and typical german fried potatoes.

Perch fish from the baltic sea and typical german fried potatoes.

Vichy gingham Dress. Straw bag at Baltic Sea

Posted on August 27, 2015

Simple Chic: Jumpsuit in the city

Bags/ Featured/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

There’s something about the casual wearability of the jumpsuit. Far from a romper, it’s a quick style fix that can be worn for many occasions, dressed up or down, appropriate for the beach as well as the board room.

I’m wearing a black (always slimming!) Jersey jumpsuit. The flowing material flatters the figure whilst being super comfortable. The pinnacle of relaxed, Italian chic!

Dress it down with flats for Sunday brunch, or with a sharp blazer and heels for work.

The simplicity of the jumpsuit screamed for one of my decadently adorned Sicily coffa bags. Making it the perfect canvas to showcase statement shoes & bags.

MAx and Co jumpsuit and sicily coffa bag strawbag

Street style London, Camden. I’m wearing:

  • Black jumpsuit by Max & Co
  • Sicily straw coffa bag
  • Pointy ballet flats nno name by TK Maxx
  • Sunglasses by Prada

Sicily Bag straw bag coffa

Street style Camden London jumpsuit and coffa bag

MAx and Co jumpsuit and sicily coffa bag strawbag

Posted on August 13, 2015

5 simple ways to elevate your look

Featured/ Rebel Alexa/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
So Audrey! Rebel wearing penny loafers, black skinny jeans and a simple black jumper.

So Audrey! Rebel wearing penny loafers, black skinny jeans and a simple black jumper.

You don’t need to spend a great deal of time on your outfits to make yourself look pulled together and elegant. These 5 tips will transform your style in no time!

1. Tailoring

A well-fitting outfit is the secret to looking sophisticated. Unfortunately, living in the times of mass production means we have to contend with clothes from the rack. Find a good tailor and get clothing adjusted if you feel it’s too lose / too tight.

Tailored, non-baggy wardrobe items such as blazers, pencil skirts, cigarette pants and shift dresses will make you look sharp.

Vichy Gingham trousers by GANT and white blazer by GAP.

Vichy Gingham trousers by GANT and white blazer by GAP.

 

2. Pointy Shoes

Whether you prefer flats like me or heels, pointy shoes always elongate the leg. Plus they are timelessly elegant and you can wear them even if the rest of the world are prancing around in Mary Janes.

pointy shoes

Pointy flats with ankle socks

 

3. Stick to your signature look

I often hear people complaining they are stuck in a style rut and want to break out of their routine. While it’s important to try out new wardrobe items, it’s even more important to develop and keep a signature look that you can confidently fall back on. For Rebel, that’s denim and sneakers. For me, it’s the Corolla dress and pointy flats or kitten heels.

4. Wear all black

Yes this may be a bit somber, but Parisiennes and Audrey Hepburn wear black for a reason! Always chic. Always classy. You simply cannot do wrong in black, ankle-lengths skinnies, black turtleneck sweater and black ballet pumps. See Rebel in the feature picture above.

Floral Celine pants and Adidas Gazelle Street Style

Rebel wearing floral Celine trousers and her signature look sneakers. In this case black Adidas Gazelle.

5. Maintain and look after your clothes, handbags and shoes

This may sound like a no brainer. Still, I see a lot of people who spend hundreds of pounds on a soft cashmere jumper, but ugly pilling balls can be seen when they wear it out and about.

With a few basic basic household tools you can maintain your wardrobe like new:

  • Fluff shaver / Lint remover – The fluff shaver is my weapon of choice to remove nasty pilling after wearing wool/cashmere. The lint remover deals with more superficial dust build-up.
  • Aloe Vera cream (not polish!) for shoes and bags: In much the same way as you care for your skin, shoes & handbags need nutrition too. Simply clean with a wet cloth and then moisturise the bag / shoes.
  • Iron/Steamer: A good iron and/or a steamer is a must to make your clothes look impeccable. A good steam iron will pay for itself by protecting the clothes fibres while ironing. The Philips GC9231 is a professional iron that makes tedious housework almost a pleasure!
  • Using wooden shoe trees for flats and regular cobbler visits will extend your shoes lifetime.
In my signature style: Pink 50s dress by Max & co with fitted bodice and full skirt.

In my signature style: Pink 50s dress by Max & co with fitted bodice and full skirt.

Posted on July 21, 2015

Jackie Oh 60s Dress

Dresses/ Featured/ Romantique

Jackie Kennedy 60s Dress Millie Mackintosh

Jackie Kennedy’s francophile sense of style is legendary and still being copied today! I’m not ashamed to say that I’m one of those copy cats: Monotone block colours, boxy jackets, straight shift dresses and relaxed riviera style on holiday epitomised the Jackie style and most of these items are represented in my wardrobe.

The other day, I perused TK Maxx and saw this gorgoues sixties dress which screamed “Mad Men” and Jackie. A beautifully tailored shift dress, weaved in a gorgeous emerald green and mustard yellow boucle tweed, all colours that are very much part of the new breath taking Autumn / winter 2016 collection as seen at Prada and Miu Miu.

Jackie Kennedy 60s Dress Millie Mackintosh

I’m so happy to see that the 60s fashion trend, initiated with the Mad Men series, shows no sign of abating. Seldom has fashion looked so flattering. The tailoring, the colours, the cuts, the details: Let this trend never stop!

I’m wearing:

  • Kitten heels by Logan
  • Printed boucle tweed shift dress by Millie MackIntosh at TK Maxx
  • Embroidered beige floral handbag by Dolce & Gabbana
Jackie Kennedy printed shift dress

Jackie Kennedy in one of her iconic shift dresses

Jackie Kennedy 60s Dress Millie Mackintosh Floral embroidered dolce gabbana handbag

Prada Rready-to-wear collection AW 2015/2016

Prada Rready-to-wear collection AW 2015/2016

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