Guest Blogger: Alexandra Jacobs on Spring/Summer Hamptons Style
April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
A travel enthusiast Alexandra writes about tourism, beaches, food and the wonderful things in the world. In this article she describes how Hamptons style serves as her fashion inspiration for the current season. Follow her at @alexsjourneys or visit her blog alexsjourneys.wordpress.com.
Fashion during the warm months is bright and cheerful, light and carefree. When inspiration for personal style is taken from a destination like the Hamptons, it is easy to transition from the cool, fresh weather of spring to the hot and sunny days of summer. Nautical inspired fashion is practical and comfortable, as easy to carry from day to night as to adjust for temperature changes. Though comfort is the main benefit, classy style takes center stage. When you are lounging in your hamptons home in the summer, this inspired look is relaxed, chic, timeless and easy to wear.
With an atmosphere of sea breezes, bright sunshine and casual elegance to inspire a wardrobe, the result is stunning, natural and effortless. Simplicity is predominant, from the cleanly cut shapes of each garment to the dramatic colors and minimal patterns to the crisp natural fabrics like linen, cotton and silk. The shape of each outfit is an important part of nautical fashion, with a clearly defined, graceful and flattering figure. The relaxed, classy style makes the clear simplicity interesting without lots of details, and relies and dramatic color to make statements. Pure white, all shades of ocean blues, bright red, crisp black, earthy sand colors are all favorites in nautical fashion. While patterns in general don’t play a big part, stripes in all sizes and pairings of colors are stunning. Natural fabrics paired with basic elemental accessories, like leather shoes and belts and brass jewelry is one of the main charms of the Hamptons style.
Every wardrobe style needs staple pieces. Hamptons fashion is no exception. A pair of tailored, dark jeans, sleek white trousers and a couple plain pencil skirts take care of the bottom half of the staple pieces. For on top, have some basic tailored blouses and tee shirts, especially in plain colors and stripes, cardigans to make those cold weather transitions easy, a striking, fitted blazer and a classic khaki trench coat. Top it off with a couple dresses for both daytime and evening, in plain white, chambray or elegant navy and unique, personal accessories. With this basic backbone for the wardrobe; an entire look can be created by mixing and matching pieces.
Making the change from spring to summer is easy. Wear blazers and cardigans with tee shirts, blouses and dresses until the heat arrives, and then leave them behind. Change up the accessories, and the transition is complete. A good trench coat is a must when vacationing by the water or simply traveling through spring. It provides warmth when cold wind hits and can be left behind when the sun comes out.
The skeleton of a nautical wardrobe is basic, working for both casual and dressy. Whether an outfit needs to be dressed up for a business meeting or for evening, small changes are all that are needed. Sandals, jeans, a striped tee and a blazer are perfect for running errands. To dress it up for dinner out with friends, change into pumps and white trousers and switch earrings. A morning at the beach can be spent in a long sundress and just slip on a pair of heels, nice jewelry and a fancy up-do for the evening. Hamptons inspired fashion is relaxed and eternally classy on every occasion.
Outfit inspirations are taken from A Cup Of Jo, Pinterest and Emerson Fry.
Time To Catch Up
February 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
Just though its time to tell you all some news! First of all My Fashion Wish List now has a facebook page which keeps you updated with the blog post and much more: I post fashion news, topics for discussion and soon will be hosting a give away there. So if you love My Fashion Wish List get an extra dose of it on facebook by liking My Fashion Wish List!
And secondly, once again my blog post has been selected as one of the top 20 posts of the week by Independent Fashion Bloggers community. As always it is a great honour to be listed next to some amazing blog. Here are all the top posts this week for your weekend read, I am sure you will find a few to follow.
THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LINKS À LA MODE: FEBRUARY 2ND
- 40+ Style: How to Wear Orange
- Blue Perk: Stylish Packing Tips
- Chic ‘n Cheap Living: DIY Chevron Manicure
- Designed By Ann: Current Beauty Product Favorites
- Girl Loves Color: Haute Couture Color
- In Her Glam: Take Jessica Alba’s Style
- I Have a Degree in This: Halston’s Documentary
- I Want it All: Style Commandments
- Little Miss Makeup: DIY 1950s Glamour Tutorial
- Lulu Abroad: Packing Efficiently & Stylishly
- Miss Vicki Secrets: Best Dressed at the Golden Globes
- My Fashion Wish List: Karl Lagerfield’s New Line
- Pretty Passions, Fine Fashions: A Closer Look at Eyeliner
- Studded Fantasy: Backstage at Elie Saab
- Style & Delights: What to Carry in Your Handbag
- Style Pockets: Finding Fashion Inspiration
- The Fashionistyle: Kate Middleton, Style Muse
- The Sparkle: Concealing Dark Circles
- WIT & Whimsy: Spotlight on Equipment Blouses
- YCC: Spring Beauty Trends
Sponsor links: ALC, Enza Costa tops, A Peace Treaty, BB Dakota, Noir, Mania Mania, Theodora & Callum, Phillip Lim, Prism Sunglasses, Blue Life, Raoul , James Perse & Reem Acra Dresses
The outfit above is an outtake from my shoot for interview as blog of the month on The Style Mogul and it is currently perfect for this wintery weather – warm and all about comfort for leisury weekend (also a mini trend for massive hug-able fur coats has recently emerged). I am wearing French Connection Faux Fur Coat, American Apparel Denim Shirt, United Couture T-shirt, River Island Dark Blue Pants, Converse and Mulberry Oversized Alexa Bag.
Have a great weekend, keep warm – not long until summer comes to London!
My Fashion Wish List: Personal Style
January 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
Ever since The Style Mogul published my interview after winning the title Fashion Blog of the Month (if you haven’t already, read it here) I had requests to go through the outfits she posted. Indeed while identifying some of the items I was wearing was no problem as I blogged about them before, others are more tricky. Even though I have never added pictures of my own outfits to the blog, I just had to fulfill the request. Please let me know by commenting below if you like it and would like me to occasionally blog about my personal style!
On the picture above I am wearing Reiss fedora, American Apparel shirt mentioned here, Diesel leather jacket – I rolled up the sleeves, Never Fully Dressed feather waistcoat I blogged about here, Topshop wet look leggings (one of the best price-per-wear item ever: I purchased them over a year ago and despite wearing them all the time they are still in great condition, thanks to Topshop quality) and River Island flat boots with chain detail. I added more urban edge to the outfit with studded Romy Gold clutch.
My second outfit at first looks warm and comfortable but killer heels (KG by Kurt Geiger) add the essential detail to the outfit to transform it from weekend look to girl around town. I am wearing River Island faux fur waistcoat and jumper, which made it to my top 9 winter jumpers mentioned here; Paige Denim ankle jeans which are rolled up (big trend, see here) and Mulberry Oversized Alexa handbag.
This is my colour blocking outfit: Topshop aqua silk top, ASOS embellished collar which have been so popular ever since last spring and Rare cobalt pleated maxi skirt. I accessorised with Lulu Guinness lips clutch (read related blog post here), Rupert Sanderson animal print fuchsia heels and stacking black bangles of different shapes and sizes.
Above is a very studded outfit: Versace for H&M leather jacket – by far my favorite purchase from the collection as mentioned here, French Connection dress, Kandee Boots (I am in love with Kandee, a feeling apparently contagious as a few of my friends now own a pair, read more about the brand here) and Dolce and Gabbana multifunctional piece worn here as a necklace. The bag is once again Mulberry but this time it is Oversized Tillie.