Get Over It.

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Zara Top £17.99 (slightly modified, but gorgeous)

Today’s masterclass is in jushing. (say it out loud and you’ll know what I mean). Mrs V is right old pleased about the transformer items currently available on all street corners. With the application of a Corset, Bustier, Belt  or, hello again, Boob Tube that may even be already snuggled on a shelf in your home, you can be in the group photo on the ‘What’s Hot’ list for this summer. All you have to do is find one of these articles of clothing that you feel happy to wear and then you sling it over something you currently own. It’s a wizard wheeze, the revival of something languishing in your wardrobe. Reader, I’ve bought some…

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 Bright as you like Boob Tube from Zara £3.99

Squish what you dare into this top, it’s, heads you win and tails why don’t you give it a go? As with a couple of these teasers, they are super well cut and don’t seem to head south and if they were going down Mexico way, they would definitely be doing that on me. Floral Maxi dress a wardrobe pensioner from Missguided.

H&M Silver Bandeau £8.99

How nice is this look? Where can’t I go with this combination? Who’s not letting me in? I’m wearing top stuff, Armani shirt = tick, Levis = tick, Topshop Silver Boots = tick, H&M pocket money sparkly Bandeau = tick. I’m with the Bandeau.

Zara Denim Corset £15.99  Carine Roitfeld for Uniqlo Jacket and Trousers, Brandy Melville Short Sleeved Lambswool sweater and Topshop Ankle Boots. All Mrs V’s fashion incumbents.

Corsets aren’t all slap and tickle. Variations on the theme of, are morphing into everyday, anywhere wear (had to). Due to the retail pace of life and possibly driven by both your’s and mine voracious appetite to look more and more lovely, unless I post five minutes after I’ve targeted a particular item, the item is quite often no longer available. What I will try to do is find a love match with another item, which is what has happened here.

Pulling you back to a shot from last week’s post. H&M Bra top £9.99

 Here’s the thing, as I’ve been assiduously researching, trawling and cross referencing in order to provide links to your pathways to style supremacy, I’ve now gone pea green with envy because of all the insanely gorgeous new on the scene tops in this genre that are now on offer to you.

Bloody hell. You’re all going to beat me at my own game

My Kimono Crush

Alice Archer, British Designer, Alice Archer Kimono

Channel your inner Geisha but think 2017. My message to y’all is one that Mrs V pounds on a lot about, in words of lots of syllables, always imagine more than one destination that one single item of clothing can take you to. In other words, can this item save you time and money? Can this item validate a place in your wardrobe? Kimonos can and are doing that right here, right now. Welcome to a 24 hour period in my currently trending life. Walk a mile in my Kimono with me and when you’ve fully appreciated the full gamut of my social obligations, including the one where I commune with my toothbrush, and when you’re good and ready, just before I say’ Sayonara’ I’ll be your best Shopping Buddy and reveal my source.

In the morning, super lovely… I put on my Kimono.

 

I grab Esmeralda Violet’s vintage  El Vaquero handbag. She’s really taken her eye off the ball, I’m home free! I have my next reveal stuffed ( rolled actually) in ze handbag and go all trendy to the train.

Meetings in town. Monki trousers. H&M Pinstriped corset ( I’ve linked a more summery corset belt that I totally approve of as mine was from the A/W range),Uniqlo Henley T-shirt, Mrs V’s 25 year old silver platform, gladiator sandals, cameo performance.

Hopefully you’ve suspended your disbelief as quite clearly I am demonstrating these looks and suggesting how, where and at what time you could wear them, but on this occasion never really leaving the compound.

End of frenetic day, but no stratifying style stress because I’ve essentially cut and pasted all day long. I am happily home and up for all that polite Dorset society can throw at me of an evening, that doesn’t involve a Muck Spreader. Reinforcements include Carine Roitfeld squeezy,  tight, divinely tailored, Pencil Skirt and H&M Bralet. Make up remover to manual, rinse my teeth, go to bed and repeat.

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Alice Archer Silk Kimonos

Here are other suggestions for Kimonos and their happy place in your style scrapbook. They truly can be all things to everyone. Timeless and transcendent. Truly Kimonos are utter magicians, transformers and a transcontinental treat. Thank you China and Japan, and in return please help yourselves to our traditional garb of Crinolines and Farthingales…

I’d like to thank New Look for their £27.99 properly perfect Kimono that took me from toothbrushing to Cocktail quaffing in four easy steps.

You badasses need this!

Layer It On Me

Kettlewell boyfriend Cardigan, Kettlewell colours, merino wool, wooden jacket, Zara denim culottes, Rapson De Pauley handmade suede belt

Kettlewell Merino Wool cards, £95 Rapson De Pauley belt £180 Zara denim skirt culottes £45.99

Kettlewell Merino wool jacket, Boyfriend cardigan, wool, cardigan, Wallace Sewell scarf, Denim, Jeans, RayBan sunglasses

Wallace Sewell Wrap £115    American Eagles Jeans,frayed by themodeledit

 Sweet secret for success this season is to layer and not bulk. It’s difficult to be warm and sylph-like but Kettlewell’s  merino wool jacket is one solution to this conundrum and I’m seconding it. The clue’s in the name Merino wool A light slender knit. It’s above, below and between layers, and a really useful team player. Look at what I’ve done with it;

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Kettlewell merino wool jacket £95

Zara Denim Skirt Culottes £45.99

Wallace Sewell Scarf, Vanessa Voegele-Downing, Mrs V, www.themodeledit.com, Rapson de Pauley belt, Kettlewell Colours, Merino wool, cardigan, boyfriend cardigan

Wallace Sewell Scarf £115

All of the scarves and wraps here are from Wallace Sewell. No two things are the same, all are finely nuanced and there is not an item of clothing in the world that would argue with their spectrum of colours and the integrity of the yarn used. I couldn’t feel the scarf but I could feel the warmth they provided. Light and lovely, not neck scratchy itchy.

Wallace Sewell, Carine Roitfeld, pinstriped jacket, tailored jacket, boyfriend cardigan, Kettlewell, Mrs V, Vanessa Voegele-Downing, www.themodeledit.com

Carine Roitfeld Pinstriped Jacket from last season, but you get the picture don’t you?

Mrs V has given you the skinny on this look.

Siren Call, Carine Roitfeld

 

 

Ok, gather round,this is the first, last and only call to arms (bottoms, bodies and legs too), to incite you to action, urging you to procure a piece of Carine Roitfeld, so to speak. Mme Roitfeld is essentially a very sassy  French fashion  expert/export. Her pedigree is superb a former editor of French Vogue, author and ever increasingly a style inspiration. She is looking back at us all from the dark side of sixty. She’s the beacon of light that’s going to steer us through the rocky times and have us all arrive at the party a little bit more fabulous and therefore a lot more confident. Carine Roitfeld styles herself in sharp sexy lines, with body highlighting shirts and sweaters, all of which provide unequivocal answers to ‘what shall I wear?’ and thanks to Uniqlo, pieces of La Roitfeld’s style vision are up for grabs at utterly un French fashion, prices.  themodeledit.com says yes please!

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Winding It Up

dungarees, skinny scarf, pussy bow, Prada glasses, Rolex Yachtmaster Mans Watch, long sleeved white T Shirt, bracelets.

As I scrutinised the high and mighty Streets of London last week, I came to some fashion conclusions. I am not going to trammel them all out at once as, guess what? there are many. The first item that gets me up on my Winter trend soapbox, is the Skinny Scarf, which is as usual a multi use purchase, whilst having singular price tag at the checkout. Hooray for me and my, unbeknownst to everyone ( especially to my parent’s and Mr V), penchant for fashion frugality. Thats not to say I won’t pile over the dosh for an style investment when push comes Glove etc, etc. But I do know a prime requisite when I see one, enter the must have fashion accessory of the moment, the Skinny Scarf.  I’m wearing one from  Zara. 

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Bonjour Uniqlo

panther print coat, leopard print coat, fake fur, faux fur, MiuMiu Sunglasses,long red curly hair, white Chelsea boots

 

This little missive, my friends is the ultimate in altruism. I am here in all my fake fur fabulousness, loitering in my own back garden… last Autumn. Which is all the proof you need to follow me down the garden path, into the high street, and beyond. Carine Roitfeld, formerly of French Vogue, and now Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar, sixty and sexy, has turned her fantastic style into a tangible collection available from Uniqlo, one of my go to High Street Brands.

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