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What I wore this week: the white polo neck

Le 16 janvier 2017, 11:01 dans Humeurs 0

 

Time for a recap, post-party frock and novelty sweater season, of where we are vis-a-vis normal clothes. The shortcut to looking chic in an unfussy way was, for a long time, a white shirt. Then it was a dark polo neck, worn on its own or layered under anything and everything. The second half of last year was a blue-and-white-striped shirt moment.

The new look is the high-rise white collar. This can be a pie-crust blouse, or a white polo neck knit such as the one I’m wearing here. Its references include Alexa Chung, possibly photographed en route to a Chanel catwalk show, probably in a loafer; Jude Law in The Young Pope, drinking Cherry Coke Zero for breakfast in the Vatican; there is a dash of ironic 70s skiwear. In other words, for all its simplicity, it’s a lot more luxe, more high-rolling, than the standard flat-white shirt collar.

The first excellent thing about making your neckline the focal point is that it is unmissable. The rest of what you are wearing can be quiet, even a bit blah. You’ve made your point, sartorially speaking, which is why shirt-collar-based looks are proven to work for work, because you can get dressed with minimum fuss. The second advantage is that if, like me, you are self-conscious about looking short and stumpy in outfits that draw attention to your legs, something that draws the arrow to collar level means you don’t feel the need to stilt up on mega heels. This makes your entire day so much more relaxing.

If you choose a white polo neck knit, the challenge is to avoid the orange-casserole-dish retro associations. So keep the silhouette loose, because we are thinking hygge, not Milk Tray man. With a white piecrust, on the other hand, the challenge is to keep it the right side of prissy. Add big earrings, maybe. The aforementioned flat shoes. And think about your hair: straight and shiny is a bit choir-stall here, so go with a textured wave or a messy up-do. Romantic is good; ethereal and/or pious less so. It’s January, remember? Back to reality, folks.

From Tinashe to Soap Co: this week’s fashion trends

Le 17 décembre 2016, 10:22 dans Humeurs 0

Going up

Corner-liner Singer Jhené Aiko has a giant upside-down triangle shaded in the inner corner of her eye. Completely works.

Soap Co Super-chic packaging for gift sets made by a workforce of disabled people, and less than £40. Tick, tick and tick.

Chandeliers The bigger and more ostentatious, the better. See Alexander McQueen’s London apartment, which is for sale.

Topman x Nicce Because it’s always cheering to see a big player work with a small one.

Tinashe Our Britney Spears-collaborating, “Bae watch”-inventing singer has dropped Nightride, a great surprise album in a year of great surprise albums.

Bleached braids Zoë Kravitz’s hair is an example of how to do statuesque and effortlessly cool.

Going down

Guns on the catwalk Tatiana Efremova’s show featured models brandishing massive firearms. In a post-Trump world, this is too real for us.

Drake’s style Pink fur jacket, skull tattoo: R U OK, Drizzy hun?

Cropped trenchcoats On men. See Sickboy in the new Trainspotting.

Mannequin challenge Not that we’re pooh-poohing a Destiny’s Child reunion, but isn’t this just grownup musical statues?

Post-election panic It’s now about the chill. Vigils in New York. Yoga classes on the rise.

Baby bucket bags Mansur Gavriel’s tiny bucket bag: cute, but room for only a Nokia and a travel toothbrush.

Five Of The Must-Know Do’s And Don’ts In Fashion When Travelling

Le 9 décembre 2016, 10:29 dans Mode 0

Safety should be a key consideration no matter where you travel, and part of staying safe in an unfamiliar place is dressing to blend in. Before you get out your suitcase, here are five things you may wish to leave in your closet as you pack for your next trip abroad.

Flashy Jewelry- Never wear expensive, flashy jewelry abroad, unless you want your diamond rings, pearls and pricey watches to be tagged for someone else's collection. Since there's probably no need to impress anyone that much on your trip abroad, leave the valuables at home.

Strong fragrance- Traveling is NOT the time to be experimenting with cologne or perfume. Be respectful of the other passengers on board-they might have scent allergies or maybe are not a fan of your new favorite scent du jour. This rule also applies to bringing food on the plane.

Religious Imagery, Curse Words or National Flags- Avoid clothing sporting religious or military symbols, swear words, national flags and any words or symbols written in a language you cannot translate. There's no need to unintentionally spark an emotional debate while on vacation. It's also not a bad idea to leave religious jewelry, even cross necklaces, at home. If you must, wear them under your clothes so they're not visible to anyone.

Complicated shoes- The more complicated a shoe is to take off, the longer the passengers behind you have to wait in security. Also, airports are large places that sometimes require a lot of walking and/or running to gates says Town and Country Mag. Skip the stilettos and reach for a comfortable pair of loafers or fashion-forward sneakers.

Religiously Immodest Clothing- It's wise to dress conservatively in any country holding deeply religious views, such as those in the Middle East. Women in particular should avoid miniskirts, tank tops, bra tops, short-sleeved shirts, shorts, revealing dresses and cleavage-bearing necklines and sometimes even capri pants. According to The Independent Traveler, Men should avoid shorts and sleeveless tops in many Middle Eastern countries or when entering a church or other holy place.

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