Boys in Crop tops…

So summer is approaching and usually this is a season where women ‘bare it all’ but now with our, ‘DIY Vintage fashion’ guys are starting to be more daring with their outfits and are starting to adopt fashion trends that girls usually follow!

We are seeing more colour in mens clothing, more embroidery and decorative fashion, some even opt to just wearing female clothing all together!

So it’s becoming more and more mainstream for guys to dress more adventurous, but something that is starting to make an appearance is crop tops!!

I myself have always wanted to walk around in a crop top day after day but have never felt confident enough to do so, but now that I’m starting to be more myself and I’m starting to care less and less about the opinions of others I’ve decided to try it out momentarily.

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Men in crop tops isn’t a new thing as most of us will know, this is something that has been around since before the 90s and most of us will remember things like Will Smith in Fresh Prince wearing crop tops to play ball or around the house.

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Men in crop tops is also something that we have seen in ‘High Fashion’ in shows such as the Calvin Klein Collection Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Collection (above) and in an Astrid Anderson show (below), where the looks were more ‘extreme’

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Hopefully we will see more and more of this!!! Show off that sexy mid-drift!!!

Fashion week!

I MADE IT!!!

I actually managed to attend fashion week in February, never would I miss this especially since I missed LCM in January.

The only problem was that with a week left for fashion week I completely forgot, and hadn’t planned any outfits, but I quickly realised that the outfit I wore didn’t matter, I was there to hang out with friends and make new ones.

The first day I went very simple (all black), at first I was quite nervous but I quickly got into the flow of things and started to bump into people I knew from the previous year.

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For the first time ever I managed to get into shows!! I actually managed to do at least one/two shows a day in fact; I honestly still can’t believe it.

Day two was the day of the #Skwad, since it was Saturday this was by far the busiest day and probably the most fun! It was nice to just be surrounded by creative people, who love fashion and to play around with clothing it was truly inspiring.

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The third day I done all black (again!), it was a quieter day compared to Saturday but it was still nice as some people still came over just to say hi and hit a few shows.

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Monday was like the deadest day! Haha you could slowly see the crowds dwindling down, for most part of the day I just wandered around, once it hit around 4pm it got busier and more people showed up.

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Tuesday was by far the most pointless day, and this point no-one was there and in fact me and my friend need up going to a gallery and just had a regular day out!

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Becoming a designer…

Hey! So I’ve finally started to make my garment!!

It was really fun to mess around with a fabric I had never worked with/used before (tulle), I chose to do this because I keep finding myself being inspired by ballet imagery and dancers.

Fashion design is completely new to me and I have no idea what I’m doing but strangely enough I’m not filled with fear and doubt the way I was when I started my foundation, when I’m zoned in pinning the fabric and dragging it around I feel like my whole self and I feel like this is who I am as a person and what I’m meant to be doing…

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I started with a “structure” I made using my leftover calico from a previous project and I feel that this in turn inspired the tulle version, the original idea I had was to make a cute Channel / Audrey Hepburn inspired tulip skirt, but I made something a lot more energetic and “angry”!

I wanted the woman who wore it to look beautiful and “pretty” but still powerful and assertive, and I checked to see if I achieved this by asking people what their opinion would be if they saw a woman wearing it and to my surprise they all said things around the same line!

Fashion design is truly where I shine and feel comfortable/confident, and I will hopefully just get better and better…

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Wonderland…

Hey boo!

So this past week I discovered the Wonderland Shop that they have in London (for those of you who don’t know Wonderland is a fashion magazine).

From the outside it looked like a mermaid “wonderland” and that’s why it caught my eye, once we got inside it had a very cool laid back vibe and every inch of that place is just aesthetically pleasing, from magazine covered changing rooms, to photography studio lights on the white walls.

And obviously you can’t go to a store like that without leaving with something and I am the last person to come up with an excuse why not to spend money or to turn down a fashion magazine… EVER!!!

I’m keeping my looks very stripped back and keeping them to their bare essentials, this look is very simple but with the addition of the jewelry and of course the hair, it gives you a little something to look at, this is a simple yet striking look, proving that you don’t always have to do the most!

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T-shirt: River Island   Trousers: UniPlay   Shoes: Nike   Jewellery: Topman + River Island

Monochromatic simplicity…

So I recently cut my hair! In a slightly different way than I’m used to, I’m enjoying being a bit more daring and it has given me a new sort of confidence, I feel more comfortable making big decisions and being ambitious, its funny how much power a little hair cut can have!

Since I’ve been focused on my Instagram and making sure its looking right, I’ve extended that to myself (hence the haircut) I’ve decided that no matter what you won’t find me half way dressed or ill represented, I want to treat each individual day like its fashion week! I slay all day err day!

This is quite a simple one but I feel with the new hair less definitely is more, even though I’m literally only wearing one color (black), the outfit is well put together and I look sharp yet comfortable and casual!

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Jumper: Pull & Bear   Trousers: UniPlay   Shoes: Nike

Re-starting the monochrome theme…

Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while but I am planning on getting back to this blog on a weekly basis!! I have recently learnt (once more) that I really can’t handle not having things to do, and I only work well when working under pressure or when I’m doing 3 projects at once!

So even though this may sound a bit mundane I have started to focus on my Instagram again! With fashion week coming up in less than a month I really need to make sure it accurately represents me as a person and honestly it was looking neglected and messy!

So the easiest way to clean your feed up and organize it is to strip it back! I try to have some pictures that are close up and others that are more distant and have more empty space in them, but the most important factor is that they all follow the same color scheme.

Every picture I post has an element of black or white, the reason for doing this is because no matter what I post as long as I have at least one of the colors in the picture, it will match the rest, because the worst thing is when you take amazing pictures but when you add it to your feed it looks messy and not as great!

Here are a few examples of what I’ve posted!!

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LCM…

So unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to go to London Fashion Week Men’s like I planned but a lot of my friends did get to go.

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Image from @joeylondonstyle

Even though I didn’t get to see the amazing outfits in person I did get to see them hours later once the pictures were being uploaded onto social media, you could tell from the pictures that the men’s collection are a lot more laid back and calm, not like women where everyone is running around crazy, trying to get a picture.

The guys wore outfits that were well put together with small elements that popped, whereas women usually go above and beyond, wearing large pink furs, stripped bags and making sure that they stand out from the crowd.

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The general “theme” for the men was casual sophistication, many dressed in casual suits and others embraced more of a street wear look.

Overall it looked classy af, and it sucks that I didn’t have the opportunity to see it all in person and experience the vibe for myself. Hopefully I can make it next time!

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image from @a.ux