Oh trends, trends, trends. I have a love/hate relationship with trends. I love the inspiration the trends on the catwalk can bring, but I hate how easy it can be to get swept up in a trend and forget to make it 'you'. I wouldn't describe my style as trend led, but it's inevitable that some aspects trickle through. That being said, some seasons I manage to be 'on trend' without even trying, as it just so happens my favourite style is the big thing - result! The main time this happens is when Menswear has a moment, and I am always right there with it. I love the effortless look of menswear on women, the play with silhouettes, the different ways of introducing a feminine edge. And so I thought I would share two different looks based on that trend, with some feminine touches from PANDORA'S beautiful A/W collection, which I have just gone crazy for, as you will see by all the stacking we have going on here!
Shot in two spots in Manchester, a city I love more and more everyday, I wanted to share the edge this city has. From its grungy streets carved from its industrial history, to incredible architecture and historic buildings - Manchester has got it all going on, and I stumble across more incredible locations almost daily! Which is definitely a good thing to have going on when you're a blogger - so thank you, Manchester! Anyways... onto the outfits...
I think the key to mastering any trend is to make sure you find a way to make it your own. And while that may sound like a difficult task, I think it's the small touches that make this happen. Even something as simple as wearing an item you have worn countless times, and really love, and updating it to play into that trend will introduce your own take on something. For me, that item was this wool blazer, which as been lurking in my wardrobe for over a year. But, for the first time ever, I cinched in the waist with a belt to play with the sillouhette of the look and add in new proportions. My favourite aspect of the menswear trend whenever it comes around is always suiting - I LOVE a good suit! But, not always a matching two piece, sometimes the combination of a blazer and tailored trousers can be way more exciting when you don't restrict yourself to matchy-matchy. But as the suit is the ultimate masculine piece, especially when you have a penchant for oversized items like I do, it's important to add a little bit of a feminine juxtaposition in there. Here comes the jewellery. And lots of it. If you are going to use jewellery to add the girly touch, then go for it. One bracelet isn't going to do the trick, you need to stack, stack and stack. What I love about stacking, and why it is so perfect for this trend, is when it takes the daintiness away. You still have gorgeously delicate bracelets and rings, but when they are all stacked together, the overall look is much heavier and noticeable. As I didn't want the pieces to get lost under my jacket, I popped a couple over the cuff, which balanced really nicely with the belted jacket too - I loved how this looked, it's a great way to show off your bracelets - and it stopped the other ones from disappearing under my sleeve too!
MOMENTS TWO TONED BRACELET WITH SIGNATURE CLASP c/o PANDORA (I am wearing two of these here, one with the PANDORA FLOATING LOCKET PENDANT CHARM) | MOMENT CHARM BRACELET WITH TWO TONE CLASP: c/o PANDORA | SIGNATURE OPEN BANGLE c/o PANDORA | ALLURING CUSHION RING: c/o PANDORA | ENTWINED RING: c/o PANDORA
For the second look we moved away from the grungy streets, and onto the architectural feats (oh I am a poet, and I did know it because I did that on purpose). Manchester's incredible town hall, located right next to the equally incredible Central Library, it's just endless treats and more architectural feats (ok, I'll stop with this now). This look was based around the ultimate androgynous piece - culottes - that are always so architectural and they are so fun to style, and not as daunting as they sometimes look.
While they are a great day-to-day piece, I felt like going for something a little smarter. If I worked in an office this would 100% be my kinda work look too, the culottes are the perfect update on a classic white shirt and blazer combination that will never not be chic. Although it's the ultimate classic, a white shirt does not have to be boring. I love to go for big cuffs, which not only adds another aspect and structure to an outfit, but draws attention to any bracelets and rings you might be rocking that day. Of which I happened to be wearing a lot, again! Still using stacking jewellery to make a statement with classic pieces, this time I went with rings... and bracelets... and also a necklace. I really meant it when I said I loved this PANDORA collection! The rings are probably my favourite aspect here, they are so intricately detailed (I mean, just look at the detailing on the Shimmering Leaves Ring) yet so chunky and almost heavy looking - I love that juxtaposition and it perfectly complimented my outfit which was also based on a balance of oversized and tailoring.
Head over to PANDORA’s incredible hub full of inspiration for A/W, where I also made a video all about the collection and how I have styled it, which you can see here. Plus, it gets even better, there is loads more inspiration from other bloggers sharing how they have styled PANDORA’s A/W collection too.
MOMENT CHARM BRACELET WITH TWO TONE CLASP: c/o PANDORA | SIGNATURE OPEN BANGLE c/o PANDORA | ALLURING CUSHION RING: c/o PANDORA | SHIMMERING LEAVES RING c/o PANDORA | ENTWINED RING: c/o PANDORA | VINTAGE ALLURE NECKLACE: c/o PANDORA