Outfit Ideas

Fab Finds: Patchwork Pieces

Patchwork Pieces

 

Patchwork denim will always remind me of Chloe Spring 2010 collection. So good. Nailing the chic-hobo look is no easy feat, but these shabby pieces make a misstep practically impossible.

Are you into this look? 

jeans (blue) $35.99 | shirt $135 | bag $68.06 | skirt $328 | jeans $59.99 | dress $116.83

Borrowed From The Boys: David Gandy

Borrowed From The Boys- David Gandy

 

Isn’t he lovely? Isn’t he beautiful? David Gandy is as sweet as candy, and his style ain’t too shabby either! Here he is strutting in leather and cotton.

Not too many men could pull this off, but I like this look.

Would you adapt this for your own style? 

pants $39.95 | shirt $19.95 | belt $29.95 | weekender $119.95 | sunglasses $18

Borrowed From The Boys: Nick Wooster

Borrowed From The Boys-Nick Wooster

 

Devoting an entire Men’s Style series to Nick Wooster is probably the best approach, but let’s start with a smart-casual look from him. Wooster has the ability to make even the fussiest menswear look completely modern and effortless- from prints, vests, dhotis and the-proceed-with-extreme caution short suit- there is no piece that eludes Wooster’s styling expertise.

Kayne, take note.

Do you kneel at the altar of Nick Wooster’s style shrine? 

pants $30.13 | cardigan $29 | shoes $105.87  | t-shirt $7.90 | sunglasses $26

Borrowed From The Boys: Haider Ackerman

Borrowed From The Boys- Haider Ackermann

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that there’s no style statement I love more than a great pant: printed, cuffed, high-waisted, cropped, drop-crotch, cigarette, peg-leg- there’s not too many styles I don’t appreciate, or wear on the regular. Menswear in general is a source of great inspiration to me, which is why I thought it would be fun to start a brand-new style series on FatFreeFashion: Borrowed From The Boys.

I often find myself on the Men’s side of Zara, H&M and Forever 21 simply because the slightly oversized cut, muted colours, clean prints and subtle textures really appeal to my practical sensibilities- labels be damned!

Borrowed From The Boys Menswear Muse #1? The always artfully deconstructed designer, Haider Ackermann. How cool is his look? Officially inspired.

 

Get his look: bomber $101.26 | trousers $95 | shoes $36.99 | scarf $29.95 | t-shirt $12.95 | sunglasses $6.80

5 Fab Fashion DIYs

Easy Fashion DIY #1- Chopped Blazer

 

Craving a little originality? If you spot another black and white striped Topshop dress or rhinestone statement necklace, do you feel you may potentially go postal? You’re not alone!

When the fashion blogging bandwagon becomes too much to bear, enter the Fashion DIY. Unique. Expressive. Guaranteed to garner loads of compliments from a slew of admirers.

Not crafty? Don’t despair. I use the term “DIY” very loosely: Only 1 of these 5 Fab Fashion DIYs require any skillful cutting, marking and sewing. The remaining four can easily be achieved with a pair of scissors, grommets and Krazy Glue. Basically, if you have the ability to cuff a pant or tie a knot, these DIYs are yours for the creating.

 

Fashion DIY #2- The Ribbon Tie

 

THE RIBBON TIE: Because you’re SO over the statement necklace. 

Step 1: Select boring, old dress shirt.

Step 2: Tie ribbon around neck.

Step 3: Be awesome.

 

Fashion DIY #3- Painters Worksuit

 

THE PAINTERS WORK SUIT: Have a handy man in the house? Grab their gear and get creative!

Step 1: Wash and bleach grubby work suit.

Step 2: Strap on your highest stilettos.

Step 3: Work, Bitch.

 

Easy Fashion DIY #4- Strip of Ruffle

 

STRIP OF RUFFLE: A random ruffle on an oversized shirt? Unexpected greatness! 

Step 1: Remove a garment from your “donate” pile.

Step 2: Cut a strip of fabric from it.

Step 3: Sew or glue it to the seam of your dress shirt.

Step 4: Await the influx of compliments!

 

Easy Fashion DIY #5- Ribbon Corset

 

 

RIBBON CORSET: How many black blazers and vests does a girl really need? Zzzzzz. Mama, let’s Upgrade U. 

Step 1: Select a tired black blazer or vest.

Step 2: Rip 6 holes on each side, positioned on the thinnest part of your waist.

Step 3: Add grommets.

Step 4: Cinch it!

 

Inspired? What’s your favourite look? 

Fab Finds: Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

Fashionable fruit on the style palette this summer. Whether you’ve got your eye on a pineapple camisole or lemon print bralet, these sweet pieces are ripe for the picking.

What’s your flavour?

bralet | camisole | dress | scarf  | handbag

Basic Bitch: 10 Key Wardrobe Staples

Basic Bitch Wardrobe Staples

Basic? Hell yeah. Boring? Only if YOU are! When you acquire a selection of good quality basics in timeless cuts, you’ve formed the perfect foundation for a multitude of chic looks.

So, how do you know if you dealing with a classic piece? Simple. Avoid these terms at all costs: bodycon, embellished, cut-out, cropped. Basically bitchin’ style.

 

lamb leather jacket $299 | boyfriend jeans $79.95| cotton & modal t-shirt, $55| long sleeve t-shirt $36.77| striped t-shirt $54 |  wrap sweater $19.95 | LBD $69.79 | cigarette pants $64.28| chambray $32.99 | black blazer $88.00 | trench coat $159

 

Sneak Peek: Nine West Fall 2014 Preview

Nine West-She's A Little Bit Rock n Roll

Who doesn’t love an exclusive sneak peek?

Last week the lovely ladies at Nine West and the Sherson Group invited me to their Fall/Winter 2014 Preview, and I could hardly wait to feast my eyes on the fresh crop of shoeporn. *Self-confessed shoeaholics, please raise your hand*. Nine West is my go-to store when I need a pair of high quality, affordably priced shoes, so I knew I was in for a treat.

I’m a sucker for a good theme, so moving from each table imagining how I would style each shoe was pretty much my M.O. for the event.

A black ankle boot always has a place in my wardrobe, so She’s A Little Bit Rock n’ Roll delivered on all accounts. Loving those chained boots! *Be Mine*.

Nine West-Leopard

Classic leopard print was elevated with a gorgeous calf hair finish on shoes, totes and satchels. How perfect would those heeled smoking slippers be, when paired with distressed boyfriend jeans? The vintage vibe of the shoe teamed with ultramodern denim would make a killer style combination. #ideas#ideas.

Nine West-Red All Over

I usually pass on red as it doesn’t flatter my skin tone (blue is always the answer), but I was wowed by Red All Over. Check out those knockout candy apple red pumps! Sleek shape. Killer heel. The perfect sexy stiletto for any evening engagement. What was that I said about red, again? Love this classic pump.

Nine West has listened to their customer’s feedback and their Fall collection will have considerably lower price points than past seasons. (Yay!). Entry level pricing for supple leather riding boots? $120! High quality pumps? $100 a pop. Shopping for high quality investment shoes just got a whole lot more affordable.

Which style are you most looking forward to rocking for Fall? Let fashion court officially commence in the comments!

The Look For Less: Caroline de Maigret

Caroline de Maigret’s style is my idea of Parisian perfection. Understated, a tad masculine and perfectly oversized. A woman has to have serious confidence to wear peg leg, pleated leather trousers with complete ease, wouldn’t you agree?

Love this utterly timeless, casual look.

The Look for Less-Caroline de Maigret

Topshop leather trousers $330.87 | Topshop slouchy t-shirt $22.06 | DSW pumps $44.95 | DSW BCBG clutch $49.95