Fashion and The Future

I wanted to write this post to not only make this site a bit more personal but to just talk about fashion in general and why it is such a big part of my life. From an early age I wasn’t always into fashion, when I was really young I just remember that my main priorities were not how I looked and how I presented myself to the world but just who was playing out today, but I suppose when you are young, people care less about appearance. I can’t really remember being that interested in fashion when I was younger, however, I remember that my parents were always both well dressed, my mum’s Versace boots seem to stick out in my mind. However, I would say that when I became a teenager, I remember being more and more fascinated by celebrity culture and this is, I suppose in a weird way, how I started taking notice of the fashion world. I remember learning designers such as Thierry Mugler, Versace and Nicola Formichetti from the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry (I had a great music taste when I was 12, as you can see). Oh, and America’s Next Top Model.

However, although in high school I do remember loving major trends such as Hollister and Jack Wills, I love how I thought this was fashion (the irony here is that the picture taken below is taken in Jack Wills, I felt nostalgic ok? And besides my polo matched the wall, so I mean it was all for the blog). Sixth form seemed to be the years when I really seemed to not only experiment with my style but I too found out that fashion really was my thing. I remember being in sixth form, people would look forward to seeing what I was wearing, because a new day in college seemed to translate in Isla’s head to a new faux fur coat each day. I feel as though this was definitely my experimenting stage, although I look back and love some of my outfits from the last three years, I now really know what I like, what I don’t and what works well. I think in high school and college I may have used fashion as a way to be more confident, however, I honestly know that it really is my passion and what I love, my parents now know that it wasn’t just a phase (I had many). Although, fashion definitely does bring confidence, I feel as though you need to create that for yourself, rather than masking  the problems with what you wear.

I also wanted to write about where I get my inspiration from, although this does change rather regularly. So firstly, and most obliviously I get my inspo from those at the top, designers and catwalk shows really are the most exciting times of the year. Inspiration then too comes from the models, especially their street style, love them or hate them Gigi and Bella Hadid seem to always have the best style off the catwalk as well as the likes of Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner and Alexa Chung, to name a few. Similarly, as a result of  designers, the high street is too a place for inspiration, not only the shops but too, to see what people are strutting down the streets. Music is such a fashion inspiration to me, not only does music make you feel or see in a different light, but it can help you gain some style. From indie, to pop or rap it can affect how you dress, for better or for worse depending on your own personal style. However, I have to say that a huge part of my inspiration comes from Instagram, I am constantly scrolling down my feed and following new fashion bloggers everyday. They seem to show me different ways to style pieces that I may have not necessarily thought of myself, instantly giving that piece a new lease of life.

In the present, fashion is one of those things in life that makes me so excited, I see new pieces on the high street or in magazines and find myself thinking of how I would style them or, this is the usual case, when can I buy them? This leads me on to my future, I don’t know exactly what I would love to do with my love for fashion, I love journalism, this blog and even personal shopping or styling. But what I do know is that fashion will most definitely be in my future. A friend told me the other day that they didn’t really understand why I am so obsessed with fashion and designers etc, but once they got to know me better, they understood that I view the clothes not as a way to show wealth or confidence, although in some cases people do view fashion as both of these factors, and I am very happy with the confidence that fashion and style gives to people, including myself. I view fashion as art, which is what fashion really is at the end of the day; walking, living and breathing art.

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Polo Shirt- not actually Jack Will’s although I look like I should work there or be at the polo it is from H&M.

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T-shirt- Tee&Cake at Topshop, Leather pants-Zara, Boots-And Other Stories, Bag- Do I need to say considering it seems to be with me everyday (YSL). I also got told that I looked like a goth in this outfit, maybe it was the Casper tee, Wednesday Addams vibes all around.

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Jacket- Vintage find and I am truly in love.

 

 

 

4 Days, 4 Outfits

I finally picked up my new camera on Wednesday (yay), so I was clearly ready to get snapping. My new baby is now with me wherever I go, including university, which is were I have been for most of the four days, so this post is dedicated to showing you what I’ve been wearing on campus and loving at the moment.  The weather this week was definitely feeling more like spring in comparison to the last couple of weeks and ‘The Beast from the East’, which caused me to be in pyjamas and ski coats for a good 80% of the time

I have a few favourite pieces from the week, the first being this oversized cardigan, it is just so beautiful for this time of year and the puffed sleeves of the cardigan are very on trend. I seem to have gathered a new obsession this week too, striped socks, or any jazzy socks in general really, they just add a whole new level to an outfit and make my normal all black or neutral outfits pop (I’m trying to limit the amount of black I wear at the concern that people think I’m a goth). Finally, BAKER BOY HATS, need I say more? I’ve owned this trend for a good few months and appreciated the masses of girls owning the trend on the streets. However, my previous baker boy was just to small for my big head, so shout out to Topshop for finally producing the baker boy that does not suck your skull and brain in. The hats just add such a cool yet chic vibe to any outfit.

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So wearing this amazing, oversized cardigan seemed like a great idea walking to uni in the sun until I came back after dark and it was absolutely freezing, but I mean it went so well with the outfit so it’s all good. Cardigan-River Island, Metal top-Mango, Polo-neck-Topshop, My over-worn boyfriend jeans- Levi, belt-Vivienne Westwood, trainers-Gucci, bag-Zara, socks-Brandy Melville.

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This outfit was chosen to go out for some food and some cocktails with the girls in the Northern Quarter. Faux fur jacket- New Look, bag-Zara, the same Levi jeans again (I’m sorry), socks- Jack Wills, (I knew that year 9 purchase of £10.00 socks would be a great buy), trainers-Gucci. Shout out to Blossoms for creating these cool posters to work as a great backdrop.

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Leather jacket-Topshop Boutique, feather gilet-River Island, polo-neck and striped jumper-both Topshop, jeans- Levi, trainers-Adidas Stan Smiths.
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I mean the sun was in my eyes so sunglasses in Afflecks goes, right? New Pieces here- Sunglasses- Vintage find, jeans- Zara (DO not recommend these beautiful jeans in the cold, the metal embellishments mean that you freeze to death).
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How extra? I changed my sunglasses, just purchased from ‘Pop Boutique’ in Afflecks.
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So this day I was home (this is today) and was going out for brunch as well as ‘running errands’ as one may say. Baker Boy- Topshop, bomber jacket/coat- Urban Outfitters, shoes-Vans, scarf and very jazzy, glitter socks-Urban Outfitters, bag- my beloved and definitely most used bag-Saint Laurent backpack.

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February Favourites

So February is over and thank goodness it did not drag like January did, February is one of the best months for anyone interested in fashion as most S/S shows are previewed, including London and Paris Fashion Week. With new seasons, come new trends which formed my basis for this post. Some months my fashion changes greatly and I think that this was one of those months, I’ve recently been feeling the sports luxe trend, which I still of course love, I have too been into more relaxed styles, however, I feel as if recently I’ve been transgressing to my more preppy and put-together vibe. Although, I’m not going to lie, I honestly just dress to how I am feeling on that day when I get changed.

The first favourite I have for February is this grey faux fur coat from Cameo Rose at New Look, I did not expect to find such a great piece in New Look, however it is literally THE perfect faux fur. I love how oversized the collar of the coat is making it have a perfect silhouette when you wear it. This coat just dresses up any outfit and is a perfect colour for spring. It looks cute with skirts and cool with jeans so it is definitely a piece worth every penny.

The second trend (which will never not be in the spotlight) I’m loving at the moment is stripes, I’ve always loved striped shirts but lately I’m really enjoying striped jumpers. I’ve had this Zara one (second picture) for a while but I have recently found new ways to style it, which I think is why I’m loving the vibes stripes bring. I love thicker stripes as I think they work better with my block colour outfits. Not going to lie I think I’m feeling my inner Megan Ellaby, release your inner tomboy and child as Megan would say. On a side note I think it is amazing how in the spotlight Manchester fashion bloggers are at the moment from bloggers like Megan to Sophia Rosemary and Hannah Whiting, it is very inspiring and exciting.

Shearling jackets, yes I gave in and jumped on the bandwagon for this the trend, some might say it’s basic and although every girl may own a Topshop faux shearling jacket, it is not given enough credit. Not only are the jackets super warm (I live in Manchester) they seem to make every outfit instantly chicer, and they are great quality, I would highly recommend you come to the dark side and purchase one!

Polo shirts, need I say more. If you know me you will know my polo shirt collection is growing out of hand and all I can say is that I blame Miss Dua Lipa. They are just so cool, either; cropped, oversized, striped, plain, logo polo’s, there are just too many options and I just can’t help myself from buying more, sorry student loan.

It is also no surprise that trainers are one of the best things in the world, it is also no surprise that I love Gucci, so when they started doing trainers, yes I was in awe and was ready to splurge, well my mum was, sorry for being a fashionable child Claire, I know you’d be way richer if I didn’t have such expensive taste, but I know where I get it from so you can’t complain. They are literally one of my favourite items in my wardrobe and they go with any outfit and instantly make it look expensive and chic. They look great during the colder months but I cannot wait to wear them in summer too. If I could I would own every single pair Gucci have made and I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve got my eye on the rainbow sneakers they do. They are truly a great investment piece and make my outfits.

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Faux Fur, New Look, one of my favourite things (unlike the animal head in the background, veggie life is the right life). I paired the statement coat with a simple nude tee from Miss Guided, my favourite Levi boyfriend jeans and the Gucci Ace trainers. This picture is taken at HomeMCR, I would highly recommend a visit and they have the best caramel lattes so go go go.

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Jacket-Topshop, tee- COW, jeans-vintage Levis, trainers-Adidas, turtle neck-Zara

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Polo shirt-Vintage Fred Perry, bracelet- Gucci, necklaces-Vivienne Westwood and Brandy Melville

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