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Top of the Socks

I have a confession to make; My last post featured very little menswear. Hell, I wore two skirts and a tiara - it couldn't have been further from dickie bows and whistles and flutes. Rightly so, someone called me up on my lack of menswear via instagram, which made me step back and reflect on the essence...

Proud to be part of PRIDE

I am proud to live in a city that embraces PRIDE week like the Stockholmers do. All over town buses are donning rainbow coloured flags, fashion brands are supporting the event with bespoke collections, and even my local church is hosting a PRIDE event for families. Stockholm is one of the most accepting and equalitarian...

The Scandinavian Golden Era

I have spent the last year in Stockholm discovering the Scandinavian ready-to-wear labels that have propelled the region to the forefront of fashion – ACNE, Dagmar, HOPE and Designers Remix are names you may well have seen featured on these pages. However, it was only when I caught up with LoveGold a few months back that my attention...

Top of the Socks

I have a confession to make; My last post featured very little menswear. Hell, I wore two skirts and a tiara - it couldn't have been further from dickie bows and whistles and flutes. Rightly so, someone called me up on my lack of menswear via instagram, which made me step back and reflect on the essence of Girl in Menswear. Yes, it's "not just for girls, and not just about menswear", but...

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Gemma Boner of WHISTLES Menswear

There are some people that you meet and instantly warm to - Gemma Boner is one of these people. The PR Manager at Whistles Menswear is the lady responsible for ensuring that the brand's inaugural menswear collection receives fanfare in keeping with its impeccable design - so far so good, if you're anything like me, you've been gorging sneak peaks of the collection since Spring. And what a collection it's...

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Proud to be part of PRIDE

I am proud to live in a city that embraces PRIDE week like the Stockholmers do. All over town buses are donning rainbow coloured flags, fashion brands are supporting the event with bespoke collections, and even my local church is hosting a PRIDE event for families. Stockholm is one of the most accepting and equalitarian cities that I have ever lived in - #proud. From today until Sunday I will...

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The Scandinavian Golden Era

I have spent the last year in Stockholm discovering the Scandinavian ready-to-wear labels that have propelled the region to the forefront of fashion – ACNE, Dagmar, HOPE and Designers Remix are names you may well have seen featured on these pages. However, it was only when I caught up with LoveGold a few months back that my attention was drawn to another area of exceptional Nordic design – jewellery. Not any jewellery either, that...

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The sandal worth selling your soul for

Chloé conjures up ideas of romanticism and of paired back femininity. The label responsible for propelling Lagerfeld into the spotlight has given us whisper weighted fabrics a plenty, but it's the shoes (oh the shoes!) that lend a utilitarian feel to the label's easy breezy, flowing aesthetic. Chloé makes me feel nostalgic for eras I was never a part of - the seventies for example, which serve as inspiration for...

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Touchdown London Town.

So I am late with this look - sorry about that! This image was taken a few months back when I was in London hanging with my one of my favourite blogging pals - Julia from Stylonylon. On our way to chat and make merry over some cocktails we stumbled across this little road near Waterloo Station. You don't get more archetypally English in my eyes; brick walls, whitewashed front...

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It’s fun to stay at the…

It's always exciting when one of your favourite menswear labels reinvigorates their womenswear line. You Must Create (YMC) has long been one of my preferred brands for quality, durable men's clothing that transcends trends, it's only recently however that I've been drawn to their womenswear too. The aesthetic is utilitarian and easy to wear. It's designed for the kind of woman that makes the quietest entrance at the party, but...

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A week in the life: Stockholm

For many, keeping a blog is a bit like keeping a journal. We document what we did, where we went and who we saw. I am sure you are not interested in the ins and outs of my every day life, but if you are anything like me, you may just be interested in learning of a few hidden gems around Stockholm which I frequented this past week. Often people...

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Sporticus

My friend Samantha has a crush on her Ballates instructor.  Yep that's right Ballates - ballet and pilates fused into an hour long work out in Peckham - she can't get enough of it. My other friend does a yoga and song class - no jokes they chanted the Black Eyed Peas "Where is the Love" last week whilst doing downward facing dog. Meanwhile I live next door to a...

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Just one of the guys

See that baby? Yeah you do. That baby is how I feel right about now about Jenny Lewis' music video entitled "Just one of the guys." Haven't seen it? Then check it out here: Now let's discuss. Ok, I'm pretty non fussed about the song. The lyrics are great, but I like to shake my "big fat butt" to more upbeat tunes - that is not to say I don't...

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A creature of habit

From January until June this year my monochrome Nike runners were to my feet what bacon is to syrup - a match made in oh-so-good heaven. My trainers were my significant other - I could take them anywhere and loved showing them off. They were as happy going to the movies as they were to a meeting, I knew they would beguile crowds at formal functions as quickly as they...

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Caraoke

Question: If an Oompa Loompa and Lucky the Leprechaun were to have a love child what would it look like? Answer: Cara Delevingne in LOVE's spoof of LL Cool J ft J Lo's "Control Myself" I highly encourage Lucky Box, Little Voice and all other dingy karaoke bars with sticky plastic sofas and dimly lit corners to purchase the Caraoke set pronto.  

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Enough with the Blogger bashing

"From models to bloggers to It Girls, the constant stream of gifted shoes, bags and sun-soaked, carefree faces clogging up your Instagram feed can sometimes make you (if you are not a model/blogger/It Girl) forget why it is you work crazy hours for tuppence in an industry that, at least on the outside, appears to only favour the famous." The aforementioned extract is taken from a recent article published on I-D online...

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Work it to work.

Hey there team, I'm back again and not budging for a while. After a wonderful week on the White Isle and another spent in the UK, I am now back to Stockholm where summer seems to have arrived and it's as glorious as everyone promised. Long days are spent strolling along the water front, taking boat rides out to the archipelago to sip rose at sunset and cycling around a...

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It’s more than just a suit

So I've been a bit rubbish haven't I? Sorry about that. A week in Ibiza meant I disconnected from the online world for a bit in favour of sunning myself and dancing in the sand - I'm sure you would have done the same in my position! I am now back to fully functioning wifi and temperatures that permit sleeves and collars - I'm sorry but when it's 32 degrees...

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Fashion East SS15

Fashion East epitomizes why London is one of the most exciting capitals for nurturing new design talent.  Every season the intimate menswear installation invites guests to interact with the designers and their collections, offering a sneak peak to the headlines of Collections to come. Edward Crutchley  You're not really supposed to pick favourites, but I'm afraid Edward Crutchley stole the show for me in his East meets West fusion of...

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WIN a pair of Ray Bans with Sunglasses Shop

OK it's official. It's summer. I know this because instagram is now an endless stream of sickeningly bronzed legs, shots of sunsets and tropical fruit - loads of it. I'm off to Ibiza this Saturday (whoop whoop - cue Vengaboys and incessant twerking!) to clutter my instagram account with equally seasonal shots. So to celebrate the arrival of the sun I've teamed up with Sungalsseeshop.com  to giveaway a pair of Ray...

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Scandinavia represents in London for SS15

Scandinavian designers are having a bit of a moment on the London scene, with Tiger of Sweden departing from the Stockholm Fashion Week calendar to find it's place in the British capital. There were three Scandi designers on the schedule for LCM SS15, but they could not have presented aesthetics that were more different. Astrid Andersen who hails from Denmark showcased her signature streetwear aesthetic, whilst COMMON channeled a refined...

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Where have all the Groupies gone?

No but seriously, where? There are several shows on the Collections calendar that pull in a serious fan base. No queue (other than Burberry) makes for this ilk of street style fodder. Key designers who traditionally draw an entourage of die hard groupies are KTZ and Nasir Mazhar, but this season the streets of The Old Sorting Office and Victoria House respectively were left somewhat barren - so where did...

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Matthew Miller SS15

There was a whimsical undercurrent at several of the LCM shows this season, with Matthew Miller and Craig Green leading the way in sombre romanticism.  Miller is no stranger to collections with a political agenda, but this season the designer's "Anti War", "Anti Social" and "Anti You" collection departed from the angry skinheads we saw at AW14 and channeled a subtler message to his audience. The theme for SS15 was...

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Jonathan Saunders SS15 and Resort

A quiet romanticism descended upon the warehouse space above The Old Sorting Office where earlier during Day 1 of London Collections: Men we heard pulsating music for the likes of Topman Design. Jonathan Saunders needs no fanfare, his golden touch is applied with a subtlety that best suits an intimate presentation setting where attendees can admire his attention to detail and intricate graphic prints. Saunders showcased his SS15 menswear collection...

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London Collections Men: What I Wore

Fellow GiM, Lizzie, has been doing a great job at keeping you updated with what the Collections attendees were wearing on the streets of London. Fashion Weeks always draw out the best (and most eccentrically) dressed from the wood works and LCM was no exception. So now that you know what everyone else looked like, here's a quick post about what I wore. Day 1: As Reiss' instagram representative on...

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LC:M – DAY THREE

[slideshow_deploy id='5197'] And for the final time (well, from LC:M, anyway), it's Lizzie for Girl in Menswear. It's been a real trip, and I've loved every second. I hope my pictures have given you some insight on the crazy, creative, colour-saturated world that is fashion week. Before I get on to today's pics, a quick run down of the catwalks I was lucky enough to see. Check out my Instagram for...

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LC:M – DAY TWO

[slideshow_deploy id='5168'] Lizzie again, and Urban and Casual is the name of the game today. Day 2 at London Collections: Men's has proven to be just as eclectic and inspiring as Day 1, with shows including KTZ, Huntergather, Duchamps, Kit Neale and John Smedley, to name but a few. Full disclosure; the clientele in attendance were as disparate of dress as the themes of the shows. So, yes, I did see David...

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LC:M – DAY ONE

[slideshow_deploy id='5141'] Well, fancy seeing you here?! Lizzie Nash here, acting as unofficial streetstyle photographer and cultural commentator for Girl in Menswear at London Collections: Mens this week, while Sophia schmoozes all the bigwigs and sinks champers at the shows. Day one went off with as much style, swagger and attitude as you'd expect from any fashion event held in London. For continuity, each day I'm focussing on a particular...

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Follow me at LCM with Reiss

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The World Cup Kicks Off in Brazil!

And to celebrate here's a little samba dance... well something like that. Wearing: Toucan silk shirt by Silken Favours, cropped chinos by WILDFANG and shoes by Kurt Geiger.

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Christopher Shannon wins the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund

British menswear is the current talk of the town, with London Collections Men kickstarting this weekend. The UK menswear market has grown by 12% in the last five years and continues to rise at an astonishing rate. Traditionally British womenswear brands are capitalizing on this growth by expanding into the men's market, with the likes of Whistles and Joseph launching robust men's collections this season. London is intent on being...

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You’re gonna hear me ROOOOOOAR!

I don't normally feature two outfit posts in a row, but I couldn't hold off writing about this particular look. See I'm a tad obsessed with a new collection of silk shirts I have acquired from a new British brand called Silken Favours. I was caught in an instagram black hole, (as often happens) when I stumbled across a photo of a mint green cowboy shirt adorned with tassels, pink...

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A case for the Maxi dress

It is highly unusual for me to look pretty. Oh no, I'm not fishing for compliments or anything, it's just that "pretty" and menswear don't tend to go hand in hand. I prefer "sharp", "sleek", maybe even "dapper", but pretty isn't usually it. It's funny then that I should find an unlikely lover in a very pretty maxi dress by French Connection. I've spent summers smugly observing my female friends...

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The Scrunch Bunch

My 9year old self idolized Kelly Kapowski's style. She was pure, squeaky clean perfection. I would love to cite Madonna's look in Desperately Seeking Susan as further inspiration, but sadly the film was marked PG-13, and to my horror my parents abided by the MPAA guidelines. Inspired by Kelly's voluminous locks, I would badger my mother into braiding my hair into teeny tiny plaits before bed so I too could...

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Espadrilles by Lika Mimika

Europeans amongst you, let's be honest. This summer the weather has been distinctly average to say the least. All those trendy pool slides I invested in have been renegaded to the back of my shoe closet where they are gathering cobwebs until I migrate further south. In these transeasonal times it's virtually impossible to appropriately style your feet. It's too cold for sandals, but too depressing to be donning your...

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Say something good yeah

[show_shopthepost_widget id="82478"] The slogan trend is a God's given gift to the non-confrontational amongst us. I mean, there is literally a tee or knit that states just about everything and anything. Want to ask a boy for his number but can't muster the courage to tell him so? Then shop Ashish for Topshop and observe your prospective beau scribble his digits across your bosom. My first taste for the trend...

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall..

If you are toying with parting with cash to watch Maleficent in the cinema, don't bother. It's pants. Watch the trailer, oggle over Angelina Jolie's red carpet looks, but in this instance, you're better off saving your change for church. In fact there is a far better way for you to get your Disney Princess fix this week, and that is by calling in to designer Hannah Beth Fincham's site. Based...

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Wedding Dressing

If, like yours truly, you are of a slightly more (ahem) mature age, then your summer diary is most likely to be peppered with weekends at weddings. For some of you this might equate to low key affairs a short train ride away from home, and for others, this might mean outings to stately homes for a grandiose showdown to rival the likes of KimYe and Poppy Delevingne's recent matrimonies....

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Craig Green AW14

[slideshow_deploy id='4926'] It's that time of the year again folks! Yep, in less than a month London Collections Men will kick off the SS15 show season, sending us all into a flurry of street style images, blurry instagram finale videos and trend reports galore. It is around this time that I tend to swot up on what my favourite British menswear designers that presented last season, as it preps me...

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There’s a new gang in town

  [caption id="attachment_5010" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Aurelie and Jade at the Wool and the Gang HQ[/caption] Since I discovered Wool and the Gang back in January this year, the posse of knitters seem to be cropping up all over the shop; A feature in the sidebar of The Sunday Times Style section, a link from one of my favourite bloggers and a celebrity collaboration with some of my favourite British designers...

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A walk that’s worth it

[caption id="attachment_4991" align="aligncenter" width="750"] On 1st June, 10% of all sales made at Kurt Geiger's Covent Garden store will go to the Hope and Homes for Children Charity. Featured Image: NOLA sandals by Kurt Geiger £70.[/caption] Although at times I resent being accosted by charitable workers outside tube stations in London, and being badgered to give to causes when I already donate to organisations I follow and support, I do...

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Ways to wear a white shirt

My good friend Julia, from the blog Stylonylon, informed me the other day that she has never owned a white shirt - I know, crazy right? It's hardly a secret that a white shirt is my style staple and I have an extensive collection that I treasure. So when she received this beautiful one from Dawson D Rose, we chatted through how she would style it for various occasions and concluded...

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Give a little Whistle

With the meteoric rise in popularity of mens fashion, it would seem all our favourite womenswear labels are keen to get in on the action. Whistles, of course is one of them. OR A 35year old label, that since the appointment of Jane Sheperdson as CEO in 2008, has become the exemplary of high-end, high street women’s wear - always with a tailored (or whistled if you will) edge. This month,...

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