The Fashion Formula

Fashion is one of the most accessible and expressive art forms around, and yet most of us still have a distinctive style which guides everything we wear. There is a multitude of options when it comes to fashion, but we all have specific likes and dislikes which we tend to stick to. The term “fashion rut” might apply– but I’d rather call it a fashion formula!
The Fashion Formula

 

I certainly have a very distinct fashion formula; which pretty much stays the same except for subtle variations and details. For me the details are what matter and make fashion interesting. I’d rather wear simple pieces and eye-catching accessories than anything inordinately bold. The above outfit keeps to my fashion formula– jeans, a simple classic top (often black), and something military; in this case, a gorgeous double-breasted olive blazer. I like to keep my shoes practical with either block heels or flats, because you never know what weather or obstacles may get in your way! Finally, I always wear jewellery, preferably vintage, and of course my beloved aviators. I have a habit of breaking sunglasses, but thankfully I haven’t broken my aviators yet! This outfit demonstrates that even when sticking to a formula, fashion can be distinctive, unique, and fun– as it’s meant to be!
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The Voguish Adventurer

When I was little, one of my dreams was to be an explorer like David Livingstone or Ernest Shackleton. The world seems very big and strange to a child, and I wanted the excitement of travelling and discovering new places and people. As a child, I thought that there were still islands and continents to discover; and that I could buy an old wooden ship and maybe a flying boat and find them all. Needless to say, that was a very antiquated, romanticised view! I’m much more informed nowadays, but I still love the intrigue of the days when the world was more unknown. Stories such as Howard Carter finding Tutankhamen’s tomb, Franklin’s doomed expedition in northern Canada, and even fictional ones like Indiana Jones captivate me.The Voguish Adventurer

 


I watched the 1999 film The Mummy last week, and although it hasn’t got the most realistic plot, I enjoyed it for what it was. Its theme of ancient Egypt and era of the 1920s inspired me to create this outfit; albeit a 1940s one! The Chanel shirt is smart yet relaxed, and combines well with the practical teal trousers and safari jacket. An alligator handbag and black pumps are ladylike but still sensible. The jewellery, with its pink gemstones, livens up the pastel tones of the Valentino scarf; and this is all topped off with a shot of red nail polish. I can easily imagine a well-heeled 1940s adventurer exploring the ruins of Egypt in this outfit!

Glam for the Holidays

For me, Christmas fashion should be cosy, full of life and joy, and a little bit nostalgic– just like the holiday season itself. For years, dressing up for Christmas and my family’s annual Boxing Day celebration has been my fashion highlight of the year. I always try to wear something comfy and warm, with plenty of sparkling accessories as well!
Glam for the Holidays

 


This look encompasses everything I love about Christmas fashion. It has small reminders of years past, thanks to the ’40s style pleated skirt and peep-toe sandals. The jacquard purse and mink cape add a touch of richness and luxury, and the nude nail polish and red lipstick keep the look classic. However, Christmas is also about looking ahead and hope for the future; so I updated this outfit with a very modern white jumper. Finally, gold and ruby jewellery gives the holiday panache that is so important in Christmas dressing! Fashion at Christmastime should make one feel warm, contented, and hopeful, and I hope that this look does just that.

Celebration Wear

In September of this year, I fulfilled a long-held wish; and attended my first wedding! One of my older cousins was getting married, and I was delighted to be attending her wedding. There had never been any family or friends’ weddings for me to attend before, and ever since I was a preteen I’d always wanted to be invited to one of these momentous and celebratory occasions. My cousin’s wedding was really special and emotional for me. Perhaps it affected me so much because it was the first wedding I’d been to, but I was really struck by the significance of the proceedings and the love and happiness I could see between my cousin and her new husband. That, and the circumstances of my own life, meant that I was in happy and conflicted tears by the time the dancing began. Anyway, although my face got red and puffy, at least I had put a lot of thought into what I was wearing!Celebration Wear

 

Part of why I so wanted to go to a wedding was because it was a chance to dress up. Usually when I dress up it’s to go to the movies or church, and nobody else generally takes those opportunities in the way I do. It was exciting to be going somewhere that I knew everyone was going to be looking fancy. The above is a representation of my wedding outfit. I had an emerald dress with a tulip skirt, and floral gold jewellery which really popped against the green. My makeup and nail polish were in a vintage rose colour, and I stuck with classic black for my shoes and handbag. I felt great in my outfit, but what I will remember most are the emotions of the night. It was truly a beautiful evening, and I am really grateful that I was invited to be a part of it. To my cousin and her husband, you had a wonderful wedding, and I hope that your life together will be many times as wonderful!

Old Hollywood

It’s no secret that the fashions of the past captivate me much more than the fashions of today! I must admit that I don’t understand many current trends– crop tops and jeans that look like they’ve been attacked by a wolverine just do not appeal to me. I believe that fashion should make an impression in ways other than by simply showing a lot of skin; and past eras serve this aesthetic much better than today’s does.
Old Hollywood

 

Old Hollywood by adairjacobs on Polyvore
Looking at today’s runways and red carpets, every other outfit seems to be either sheer or full of cut-outs… or both. Some of these dresses can be very tastefully worn, but most are things I would never be comfortable wearing. This evening look is an Old Hollywood-inspired alternative; which I think is far more stunning than any 21st century look! A gorgeous pale pink satin dress paired with a grey fur coat defines this outfit as the ultimate in luxury. Jewellery featuring emeralds and diamonds adds visual sparkle and interest, and contributes to the 1930s feel. More modern-looking sandals from Vivienne Westwood update the look, while an unusual Art Deco clutch is a memorable accessory. Finally, red nail polish and lipstick add a timeless makeup look which ensures that an ensemble like this will be remembered for all the right reasons!

An Everyday Flair

I’m fortunate– dressing for work is never much of a problem for me. Since I work in an automotive shop, I have no choice but to wear work boots and grubby clothes. Even if I don’t look grubby when I arrive at work in the morning, I’m basically guaranteed to by the time I leave at 5 pm! This makes my non-work fashion choices much more interesting. Once at home, it’s often straight into athletic clothes or pajamas; but on the weekends and when I go out I value dressing up even more than I used to.An Everyday Flair

 

This look completely adheres to my fashion formula! I like unfussy separates, like the skinny jeans, basic tank top, and olive green blazer seen here. Most of my outfits have some sort of military or 1940s inspiration; and this ensemble is no different thanks to the red nail polish, leather lace-up booties, and classic Hermes scarf. Aviators are my go-to sunglasses and they go with everything, while gemstone jewellery and a crocodile handbag add a luxurious touch. Wearing outfits like this, I almost forget that most of the time I’m in old t-shirts covered in grease and dust!

Echoes of Africa

If I’ve learned anything over the past week, it’s that working in 40 C humidity is not an enjoyable thing to do. I usually hate the idea of a desk job, but this week sitting idle in an air-conditioned room would have been much nicer than moving a trailer full of cumbersome parts and washing cars like I was doing. But, my fellow suffering shop-workers and I made the best of it– living on freezies and huddling near the desk fans whenever we had a moment to spare. We managed, it’s just a shame that this coming week is going to be just as hot and sticky… Anyway, at least the heat inspired my latest post. Hot climates have a certain allure to them, and today I was inspired by the bright colours and rich history of Africa.Echoes of Africa

 

I began with traditional safari-style separates; in this case, a vintage safari jacket and chic green trousers. A camel-coloured tank top continues the colourway, inspired by the vast expanses of the Serengeti. The Salvatore Ferragamo scarf adds a classic touch of animal print, while aviators protect against the glaring African sun. Shoes by Christian Louboutin pick up on the yellow in the stand-out tribal-inspired handbag; and fiery red lipstick adds the vintage glamour I always strive for. Finally, the colours in the citrine jewellery recall the brilliance of an African sunset. I’ve never been to Africa, but thanks to this outfit (and the infernal heat of this week) I feel pretty close to it right now!