4or Ways To Wear

I've been meaning to get back into styling (my first love) for a year now, but my creative direction has taken different paths...

I get a lot of reader emails about styling and comments like 'I could never pull that off' and 'I'm not sure I'd suit that trend'.

In essence the 4or Ways To Wear concept is me showing you four ways to wear trends and mini trends... or more to the point four ways I'd wear them. 

Fashion can be intimidating, and whilst some things do look better on others, generally I'm not a fan of that rule. Without sounding like Gokky, all a piece needs is simple styling and a bit of confidence.

So the gig is, starting at the end of April, each month I'll be styling a different trend or statement piece and asking for your feedback. PLEASE feel free to submit suggestions for my next '4or Ways trend'.

4 Ways To Wear is a/one of my creative outlet of sorts, in the nature of fun, so let me be your guinea pig!


Reader Suggestions: platformprincess1@gmail.com

*PR note: For reader integrity reasons, please note this is not an advertising or promotional opp. Items will be given BASIC reviews, in terms of wearability; please only contact me if you have trend-driven pieces that you wish me to style.


And we're off!
Introducing '4or Ways To Wear' my new monthly feature, where I style a current trend and generally show you the ways in which I'd wear it. Simple.
 In no way am I preaching to you about what you should be wearing... this is purely to give you inspiration on how you can wear a piece you may be having trouble styling or be desperate to try.
I also want it to be as interactive as possible, so if there's something YOU want me to try, gimme a holla and I'll be your guinea pig!
Ok? Good.
Here you go loves:

1. The Blazer (OTT Print)
Blazer: Paul & Joe via H.PR, Trousers: Zara, Tee: AA, Shoes: Prada, Necklace: Margiela

2. The Shirt (Animal Print)
Jacket: Topshop Boutique, Shirt: Equipment & Shorts: Iro via My-Wardrobe, Shoes: Docs

3. The Shorts (Chic Print)
Blazer & Shorts: Paul & Joe via H.PR, Cardigan (backwards) Sonia Rykiel via My-Wardrobe, Shoes: Zara

4. The Dress (Classic Print)
Blazer: Paul & Joe via H.PR, Dress: Topshop, Sandals: Ann Demulmeester, Necklace: Margiela

Look 1 (OTT Print):

- I love this quirky blazer from Paul & Joe; the colours are so perfect for summer. An easy way to wear 'in your face' print without looking OTT (because it is!) is to extract one of it's main colours (I chose pink) and incorporate it somewhere else within an outfit. I chose to colour-block these amazing pink Zara trousers (but I think it would also look amazing with these babies). 

Look 2 (Animal Print):

- Equipment shirts are sooooo good! I'm particularly in love with this one and generally anything animal print! Animal print is generally an acquired taste (no-one wants to look like Rick James!) but anyone can work it, as long as it's toned down. I chose to work the masculine look here- no fuss docs and slouchy shorts. A snakeskin/leopard print shirt also works really well with coloured trousers (like the pink Zara pair) and simple flats for an updated summer look.

Look 3 (Chic Print):

- I wore these shorts a LFW and fell in love with them!  Because of their muted print, these work particularly well with smarter looks. I love pairing black and navy and these work really well with the monochrome dotted cardie and fitted cropped blazer. I don't believe that you should always pair shorts with oversized blazers- fitted blazers also work really well when aiming for smarter looks, creating a slimline silhouette.

Look 4 (Classic Print):

I think people forget that polka dots are actually classed as print, because they're almost their own entity. I adore them; they're classic and work with everything. Dots work really well with other dots (shapes and sizes up to you). I paired this cut-on-the-bias Topshop dress with a fitted white and navy spot blazer and sandals, for a simple summer look.

Thanks to the readers who have emailed/sent ideas over for this project. I'd love your feedback and/or suggestions on this and future '4or Ways To Wear' trends!

-Special thanks to Clara for all photos, Harriet at H.PR and Susie at My-Wardrobe!


JUNE 2011: My Wardrobe- Top 5 SS11 Sale Picks

As sale season is now amongst us, '4or Ways To Wear' will be on hiatus for a month *sob sob*.

Who am I kidding... who doesn't love a sale?!

Ok, so I'll be back bringing you all the AW11 trends and ways to style them in July. But for now, I've decided to pick my Top 5 items from online shopping mecca (and one of my fave places to shop) My-wardrobe's SS11 sale.

Disclaimer. Do not blame me if your credit card miraculously leaps out of your wallet after reading this. I did not make your favourite items up to 50% off. Just saying.

1. Acne Poppy Red Moorea Maxi Dress

Sexy as hell! With a long hemline, as well as being bold and bright, it ticks all the right boxes this season. When layered it also doubles up perfectly as a skirt- meaning double your money's worth!

2. Sportmax Jonny Silk Wide Leg Trousers

These trousers are amazing. Fact. Continuing the colour trend from this years catwalk favourites Jil Sander and Prada, these block-coloured-beauties, will give a zesty kick to dreary summer wardrobes.

3. Equipment Python Signature Shirt

Equipment shirts are the epitome of luxury. Every woman should own one. I'm a HUGE fan of animal print (another one of this seasons big trends) and snake print in particular- the trick is not to go OTT! How amazing would this shirt look with the Sportmax trousers? *dies*

4. Phillip Lim K C Top Handle Satchel

Hello, I love you! This Phillip Lim bag is a chic, grown-up take on the timeless satchel. When it comes to bags, there are way too many faddy shapes and sizes. Stick to a classic style like this and never go wrong.

5. Acne Darling Dress

An edgy take on the classic LBD. This lightly draped, slit-back, fun little number is perfect for summer. Wear it during the day with flats and a skinny leather belt (but I'll be wearing it at night with my highest heels)!

-All Items are available (well these probably won't be if I have anything to do with it) now at http://www.my-wardrobe.com/.