Today I have my final instalment of the little white denim edit. I loved creating these posts with Paul, and setting myself a brief just for the fun of it - and these photos are my favourite yet. I have also saved the fanciest jeans until last. I say fanciest because they cost me an arm and a leg, but I wouldn't say they are too much better than the previous two pairs. The reason I decided to get them was because I have been on the hunt for some trousers in this style for quite some time - and after no luck on the high street I broadened my horizons to Matches Fashion. They are by Rachael Comey, and it turns out I love everything by her, I could have gone wild!!! But, I showed some restraint and just went for these jeans. They're also available in blue and black, but in all honesty I can't see myself repurchasing these again. They are so high waisted, which is what I wanted, but I have actually been struggling to wear them because of that. I have a short body anyway, and these do nothing to make that any longer - if you were more of the long body/shorter leg proportions then I think they would look a little better! The other downside to the high waist is how much the denim creases over the crotch. It's a very lightweight denim which I think contributes to how much it does crease (I can't say I have ever noticed any other jeans doing this?!)
Negatives aside, there are some aspects to these jeans that I love. The fit down the leg is amazing, the perfect width that moves them more into the realm of culottes then jeans. I am not sure how well you can see but there is a slight crease a few inches above the hem of the jeans, such a subtle detail but one that I really loved. I decided to embrace the high waist and say goodbye to my torso and go for a tucked in look, but I have since styled these up with a longer top which I loved even more. I am thinking of these with a big white shirt and some slides would be an incredible combination for Summer? Lets hope so, because right now I am not feeling like I invested wisely in these ones! I promise to get some more posts featuring these trousers up throughout Spring to see just how versatile they manage to be.
Can we also just end this post with a little moment of appreciation for these photos? All of the ones Paul took as part of these series have been incredible, but these one have to by favourite from them all. Thank you SO much, Paul!
JEANS: RACHAEL COMEY | SHIRT: & OTHER STORIES | SHOES: GUCCI
PHOTOS BY PAUL T JAMES
So I wore this outfit on Saturday, the day before I did a video on how not to wear denim quite so much... clearly I am listening to my own advice very well. This outfit came about from two things; a bad mood, and this denim trench.
I had planned to wear my new and gorgeous Toteme trousers for fashion week, but when the day came I was in a massive grump and did not feel up to wearing something that wasn't denim, my ultimate pick-me-up item! And thankfully I had the ultimate denim item.. this incredible coat from Nanushka.
Until now I have never really liked the double denim look, it always feels like wayyyy too much blue and feels so casual no matter what I do to dress it up. This coat is changing all of that too me, and I can't quite put my finger on why. It's definitely partly down to what a gorgeous piece it is, worn without or without a denim bottom half. It's pretty thick, especially around the shoulders giving it a just the right amount of structure, and stopping it from looking too slouchy, I also love how it has a few belts and buttons here and there, but not too many. Trench coats can often be too minimal and basic, or too fussy for the sake of adding on unnecessary hard wear.
The rest of my outfit is full of pieces you guys know well already; my La Redoute cashmere knit that still reigns supreme as my favourite cashmere jumper. These old Levi's 501s, and my croc Dear Frances spirit boots which are the perfect shade for all the blue going on here.
All in all a pretty lazy look, considering it was for fashion week too, but it did make me feel 100000x better on the day, which certainly makes the whole thing worthwhile in my books.
This post is sponsored by hub by Premier Inn.
As I imagine most of you now know, I was in London for Fashion Week over the weekend, and I thought I would share all the details with you in one giant post of all the film images I acquired from the my time there. Along side a little bit of insight from the whole experience; from where I stayed, to how I find the whole experience, and what goes into the outfit planning.
I began my stay in London at hub Hotels, which is Premier Inn's new very budget friendly hotels. You can see all of the locations they have here, all of which are super central. I stayed in the Westminster branch, which was about a 10 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus. I literally walked everywhere which was such a treat because I got to really see London (despite being there almost weekly I have never properly taken in the sights of Westminster), and the hotel was in walking distance of all the spots I needed to visit. But, even more importantly, their hotels are super affordable (from £69 per night). I spend most of my time in London for work, it's about 2 hours on the train to Manchester which isn't bad at all, but the train prices can be extortionate. I cannot express how happy I am to have discovered these hotels and their amazing locations because it will be cheaper for me to stay over in London at hub hotels than it is to buy a peak time train return ticket. I am definitely going to be taking advantage on this in the future so I can extend my stay and see friends, rather than travel for 4 hours to just be in London for one meeting.
Finding somewhere to stay is half the battle when it comes to planning London Fashion Week.. where most of it comes down to just that; lots of planning. Having some central to head back to made my life so much easier to attempt to keep up with my work... and also accidentally have an afternoon nap on the giant bed and also accidentally watch Bridget Jones Baby when I should have been working. But these things can't be helped.
As I had said, LFW is very much in the planning, which goes beyond finding where to stay. One of the biggest jobs is requesting your tickets, while understanding you might not get many of the ones you want. It's just the way it goes and there is no point beating yourself up over it, but I do find myself often wandering about feeling like I don't really belong there. But that's to be expected when you do something out of your comfort zone, and I think LFW will always feel like that for me, not matter how many times I attend.
A bit part of tackling that feeling is trying to keep your confidence up. If I let myself feel too uncomfortable there then I sort of retreat into myself, and make the whole situation worse. And a big part of keeping that confidence up is wearing an outfit you love; which is another aspect of the planning! Of course LFW is literally a fashion parade, and you really do see some sights. For every amazing outfit you see, there are ten OTT ones grabbing attention from the photographers - but it's all part of the spectacle and I do enjoy seeing them all! When I plan my outfits I always remind myself to go for something I feel comfortable in, but to maybe try a little harder with my styling than I normally would (i.e step awayyyy from the jeans and a knit tucked in at the front). I still have three more LFW outfits to share with you in the next week, but as a rule I stick to what feels most 'me', but just a better version of that.
So, without any further rambling, I have lots of photos for you here. From the shows and presentations I saw, snaps of my outfits and a look inside hub at Westminster, I hope you enjoy this hefty post!