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Writer Janina Mathewson explains the rules of wearing something that has been loved before, and how a girl on a budget can avoid growing weary of the nearly new…
Sometimes in our lives we find it hard to stretch to a new pair of jeans. Sometimes we find it hard to stretch to a replacement pair of three pound sneakers. Sometimes we’re startled awake by the realisation that we don’t own a single piece of your own clothing that’s newer than three years old. That you have more hand me downs than you do clothes you’ve actually bought.
Once you start accruing hand me down clothes it can be difficult to stop. There are two reasons for this. The first is because if you’re going through a time where you know you may not be able to have a decent shop for a while, you start losing the ability to turn down free things. Someone might offer you a dress in just not at all your colour, and you’ll take it because you’re not sure when you’re going to manage to buy a dress yourself. The second reason is that once people realise that you’re open to receiving their leftovers, they start running them all by you before they take them to the charity shop.
This is obviously lovely; it’s splendid to be able to sit back and reflect on the fact that your friends won’t let you go completely naked, but there is a difficulty to be overcome. Because when you’re trying to choose something to wear, you want something that feels like you. Something that shows the most and best of you. And it’s really hard to achieve that with a wardrobe stocked with other people’s leavings.
This is easiest combated with the smaller items. Your skirts and shirts and cardies. In this case, it’s like mixing paint – you think yellow is too jaunty? Mix in some blue for a vintage pea-green. Think that shirt is a bit too prim and businessy for you? Chuck an old belt over it and wear it with a chunky necklace.
Dresses and such like are harder, as they’re kind of like a full outfit, but choice of boots and jackets can do a lot. It’ s all in what you do with it.
Yes, there will be some things that will always feel a little strange; like those boots you have to wear more than you want to because they’re the only footwear you own that keep out water, but you can still have a strong effect on the overall look. And if nothing else, you’ll learn more about what you don’t like to wear, for when your ship comes in and you can foist the whole lot off on someone else.
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As we see it, the ultimate, tricksy, brow furrowing, chin stroking, difficult to solve 21st century dilemma is this: What’s a lady supposed to wear for weekend brunch?
Obviously there are proper dilemmas about wars and poverty and the disintegrating moral fabric of society, but we don’t have a hope in hell of solving those. The brunch one is like Sudoku – if we really put our minds to it, we can probably work it out with a pencil.
The thing is, unless you’re weepingly hungover and need someone to pour you into your tracksuit bottoms and lead you to McDonalds, brunch is a stealth formal affair. You’re still eating fried mushrooms smothered in ketchup, but the mushrooms were probably foraged by an artistic intern curating a Vine feed, and the ketchup has a bechamel quail base tempered with locally sourced botanicals. You need the outfit to match – something that’s all “threw this on AND WHAT?” but also something smoking enough to get the flat white and organic cupcake guy to give you the eye. And something that can stand a little quail ketchup spillage. Also, you’re going to want sleeves. You probably had your arms out last night – come the morning after, the standard practice is that you put the guns back in their holsters.
Where do you go for such a number? One of the Spitalfields boutiques staffed by ‘resting’ actresses who hand stitch wonky hems? Anthropologie, who have many brilliant brunch options for a mere three hundred quid a pop? The situation is frustrating enough to make you turn to gin, stained tracksuits and McDonalds, but all you need is this BRILLIANT M&S denim shirt dress that can be accessorised six ways ‘til Sunday and costs less than fifty quid. As it gets lighter and brighter, your hair can get bigger, your wedges will get fiercer and you can pop the buttons open until the flat white guy’s eyes pop out. On chilly, less reliable days, brogues, bright opaques and a snuggly knit will transform it faster than Madonna was transformed from garter flashing sex lady to Scottish Widow. If anyone feels like thanking Shiny Style for this invaluable wardrobe suggestion, we accept gifts of Anthropologie vouchers and organic cupcakes.
The falling leaves and rainy days mean winter is finally here and we’re extremely excited about finally being able to wear our AW wardrobe.
If you haven’t yet stocked up on this seasons’ style then Primark may just prove to be your new BFF, once again offering a range of high fashion daytime and evening looks at their trademark bargain prices.
We heart the range of boyfriend jeans and denim shirts, while mesh skirts, metallic dresses and sequined tops are a great option for those nights out.
See the gallery below for our top five looks.
We’ve always loved Michelle Obama’s sense of style and with the US political world hotting up over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot more of her fashion.
Yesterday the First Lady looked amaze in a stunning sleeveless Tracy Reese frock with a deep pink, printed bodice that gave way to silver at the skirt hem, while making a speech backing her husband, President Barack Obama, for another four-year White House term.
She finished the look with a set of matching J.Crew rose pumps.
However, this isn’t the first time she’s blown us away with her campaign style, opting for a range of patterned statement shift dresses to make her point.
See her campaign style below.
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Just when we thought the 50 Shades of Grey film rumours had calmed down, more whisperings of who will play Anastasia Steele have surfaced.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, author E.L James has hinted that she’d like Shailene Woodley to play the innocent Ana, quashing previous rumours that Emma Watson was the hot favourite.
Although Shailene isn’t as popular as the Harry Potter star, we think this would work in her favour- we admit we had a few reservations about watching Emma in this role after her stint in the wizard films.
And of course Shailene is no stranger to the acting world. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role as George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendants, and has appeared on numerous sitcoms.
We also think her style reflects Ana’s perfectly.
She the gallery below and let us know if you agree.
Earlier this year Keri-Anne Payne bagged herself the new face of Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Gold mascara title.
The Olympic swimmer, who we doubt will be wearing the product in the pool, gained the position at the make up brand after marketing top dogs spotted her feisty style, and we can see why.
In sporty mode Keri-Anne wears her swimming costume with style, as well as rocking the tailor made tracksuits.
However, away from the pool her style is more feminine consisting of long dresses for a special occasion, and jeans for a causal look.
See the gallery below for Keri-Anne’s style.
Track cyclist Victoria Pendleton has been one to watch both on and off the track.
As well as proving to be a top competitor at London 2012, the starlet has signed a deal with
Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek. She claims that the hair product is the secret to her swooshy, frizz-free locks, claiming: “Training outside everyday means the elements can play havoc with my hair, however the Smooth & Sleek range helps fight frizz and keeps my hair looking and feeling the healthiest it’s been.”
And it’s not just her hair that’s making waves, with Victoria’s style being a huge hit with us here at Shiny Towers.
A fan of red, the cyclist has been spotted in a range of frocks ranging from long to 50s short in this hue.
And whilst her fellow GB star Jessica Ennis hides her figure, Victoria isn’t afraid to flaunt it with a range of slinky bodycon dresses, tight skirts and cute blazers.
Great sportswoman, great style and great hair…is there anything Victoria doesn’t have?
See the gallery below for Victoria’s style file.
With the Olympics dominating our TV screens, and causing a buzz around Britain, we thought it only fair that we paid tribute to some of our country’s young athletes.
And what better way than to look at their style – we are after all a fashion site.
To kick start this mini series we’ve decided today to focus on Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis.
Modelling the official team GB Adidas kit designed by Stella McCartney, it’s easy to see why Jessica was chosen as the ambassador for Olay earlier this year.
On the track Jessica wears what you’d expect, but away from the sporting spotlight her style emulates elegance.
Keeping to a classic look Jessica opts for below the knee to tea length frocks, while daring slinky dresses are given sleeves to keep in with this trend.
In our opinion this look may be a little old for Jess whose stunning figure lends itself to shorter and high fashion trends, however, it seems to be perfect for keeping it with Olay’s target audience.
See the gallery below for Jessica’s style file.
Katie Holmes has shuffled in and out of the style spotlight ever since her partnership with Tom Cruise.
However, after filing for divorce from the Mission Impossible actor last week, the actress’s style has never been in so much demand.
And it seems she’s quite aware of the media storm she’s created, ensuring she always looks polished.
On the day the divorce filing was announced, Katie was spotted in a simple navy blue blouse. However, as the days progressed she stepped up her style. White shorts and a red top, were the order of the second day, while a cute on-trend polka dot halterneck and skinny jeans made her stand out over the weekend.
A yellow summer dress teamed with a denim jacket also ensured the actress wasn’t missed on a day at her lawyers office.
Could this be the start of a new fashion era for the starlet? Only time will tell.
See the gallery below for Katie’s five days of post divorce announcement style.
Vanessa Paradis has made headlines this week over her split with Johnny Depp.
The pair are said to have separated on friendly terms after drifting apart.
Sources are citing the split on Johnny’s workload, as well as linking him to co-star Amber Heard. There are also claims that Vanessa felt overshadowed with her beau’s work life, while hers had taken a tumble.
However we don’t agree with the latter for one second with Vanessa being a hit on the fashion scene.
The actress/model/singer’s gap teeth made her a unique model for a range of high profile designers, while she was a muse of Karl Lagerfeld.
Therefore it’s no surprise that she’s a popular face on the Chanel catwalk and at events.
And let’s face it, any friend and inspiration of Karl Lagerfeld, is more than good enough for us.
See Vanessa’s style in the gallery below.
A listers have been out and about this week, showing off all their latest styles.
First on our spotted list is Victoria Beckham who was spotted in a striped frock from her own line at the dVb fashion show in China.
Also caught on style camera was Rihanna who looked hot in a pink frock on a night out on the tiles, while Mila Kunis went for silver hotpants and a black blazer – we know it shouldn’t work but it does – at the Disney Dreamworks Marvel & Pixar presentation.
She was joined by new mum Jennifer Garner who looked cute in a pale pink lace tunic. Over in the LA hills Sandra Bullock was caught on camera in a casual cardi and jeans for the school run.
See all the pictures below.