All posts tagged: Summer

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Autumn in July

Before I moved to London, my father told me the Dad Joke to end all Dad Jokes: “You’re moving to London, eh? Did you know that summer there last year fell on a Wednesday afternoon?” he chuckled, merrily. I dismissed him, of course, and in the 9 summers since my arrival I have genuinely had a jolly good time in the mild and pleasant English Summers. Apart from this year, my dad’s prophetic Dad Joke came true….we have virtually only had a couple of days of warm weather and yesterday I actually wore BOOTS and a COAT to work. It’s kinda cold, a bit rainy and it feels more like October than July- and I blame you dad! Laughing at my meteorological predicament! Don’t be fooled by the shiny sun-like icon on Friday- all week, any glimmer of sunshine has rapidly given way to shower and gusts of wind. I am not best pleased. I do advise you continue to carry your brolly around, and do keep a light jumper in your bag because the …

Interview: The Beach People

If you like the beach, are a follower of fashion and are an Instagram enthusiast, than chances are that you have come across The Original Roundie. You know! Those beautiful round beach throws that are as useful as they are photogenic have been spotted adorning the Instagram of some major fashion bloggers and stylists. With their beautiful ethnic prints, The Original Roundie really stands out as the most stylish beach or poolside accessory you can have. It’s no surprise that suddenly the roundie has been omnipresent in social media. Made by The Beach People sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattle, their first summer in production saw their flagship product sell out completely in their native Australia. Now the sisters are on a mission to build a “community of like-minded sea lovers” around the world. “Emma and I come from a long line of sea lovers. We grew up around the ocean,” Victoria told me over e-mail. “Sitting at the beach one day we looked at all the things that we love to bring on our sea …

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Sunshine & Showers

Just like Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky‘ is the sound of the summer (yes every summer!), Sunshine and Showers is the story of every summer in London. I listen to the radio a lot, and I sort of feel bad for the weather reporters who just have to repeat the same forecast every hour for three whole months. The upside, of course, is that I honestly believe that clothes are much more interesting in the summer. It may be because I was born in the Tropics, but winter clothes, even the most glamorous are always a bit utilitarian for simple virtue of the fact that they are primarily intended to keep us warm. I actually think the fashion world agrees with me. We all noticed the open toe sandals and bare legs on display last February in New York Fashion Week, even as Manhattan was ravished by a super snow-storm. That’s because summer clothes are much cooler, even if they leave us feeling much colder. But looking cool is the name of the game at NYFW …

A quick guide to Classic Summer

There are a few outfit combinations that are flawless, flattering and effortlessly chic. In the summer these staples should constitute a fundamental part of any wardrobe. A Breton top, khakis, a white Broderie Anglaise dress,espadrilles etc etc. In fact, with just a few classic pieces, a summer wardrobe can be born, no muss, no fuss. However- NOTHING is more important than individual style, and I would never suggest that we should just unquestioningly buy stripy tops and expect to look Parisian chic. What I am suggesting is that we take inspiration from these delightfully classic combinations and reinvent these pieces and add your own flair and personal signature. I have taken some inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers- Leandra, Chiara, Aimee and Julia- in order to see how they have riffed on these classic and what lessons you can learn from these pros. Khakis as worn by Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) Leandra Medine is just a wonderful human, she is full of style and flare. But most importantly, she is not afraid to look completely bonkers …

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Summer Rain

Rain is just a fact of life- and nowhere more so than in London. It rains a lot….and by a lot I mean A LOT. I think that’s why in the summer where it rains slightly less everyone gets over excited and goes outside. Pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops all migrate to the sidewalks or pop-up in parks when the weather is fair. This week however, the rain will be back. It will still fee fairly hot, and London does get muggy and humid, so I recommend a light trench- the most classic and chic of all rain clothes. Leather shoes keep feet dry and a hat protects the hair- but I wouldn’t be a Londoner if I didn’t carry a brolly with me (that’s an umbrella for all you foreigners and Americans). The other thing that I would certainly recommend is to keep a light cardigan in your bag, because as soon as night hits, the temperature drops. I like grey cashmere- just sayin’. This is what I’ll be wearing this week: Hat, Rag & Bone, …

Weekly Weather Forecast- hella hot LDN

Guys. It’s gonna be HELLA hot in London this week. It’s going to be so hot the Daily Mail will publish headlines like “UK Hotter than THE SAHARA desert this week!!” accompanied by pictures of babes in bikinis lounging on the pebbles of Brighton Beach. Yes, that hot… So, I have helpfully put together a style guide on how to look cool and stay cool when the weather outside is punishingly hot. Some people favour shorts or culottes when it is that warm because skirts/dresses are very conducive to the dreaded chub rub, but a little talcum powder can solve that straight up, and a dress will keep you feeling cooler. In the heat, I like to keep it simple. And by simple I obviously mean I like to pretend I’m on the Riviera instead of the Underground, so I wear blue, white and sunglasses. And you should too, because the Riviera will always beat the Underground. This embroidered dress from Madewell, paired with your favourite espadrilles simply scream Santorini. Incidentally, espadrilles are the hit of …