Girl in Menswear

Not just for girls. Not just about menswear.

Thursday

24

April 2014

T is for TOMBOY

VictoriaStillwell-GirlsinMensWear10VictoriaStillwell-GirlsinMensWear9Regular readers of the blog will be all too familiar with my love of tomboy label Wildfang. Since their launch last year, I have been closely following the meteoric rise to success of co-founders Emma Mcilroy and Julia Parsley. Kitting out ladies with everything from ties to tanks, the brand is perfect for girls who want the aesthetics of menswear in sizes that fit just right. I’m wearing one of their limited edition TOMBOY tees with my favourite tracksuit jacket of the moment. Yep, these winged dollar signs are courtesy  of Jeremy Scott’s SS14 menswear collaboration with adidas, and I can’t get enough of it. I haven’t saved up enough pennies for his Maccy Dee themed Moschino pieces, but in the meantime his adidas arsenal is more than freshening up my wardrobe. Also in the picture are my vintage Levi’s shorts – a summer staple if ever there was one!

Photos are by Victoria Stillwell.

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Monday

21

April 2014

A forest hymn

VictoriaStillwell-GirlinMensWear14VictoriaStillwell-GirlinMensWear20It’s not every day that you get to shoot with a professional photographer, but if anyone was going to have me smizing with the best of them it was Victoria Stillwell. Fresh off the boat from New York, I met the Stockholm native at Fashion Week earlier this year and was blown away by her nifty skills with a camera and her infectious lust for life. Over the next week or so, you can see the fruit of our outings as we explore Stockholm armed with some of my favourite pieces of clothing from some need-to-know Scandi design talent, and international labels too.

Today’s look features a shirt, jeans and pale pink bomber by Scandi brand Tiger of Sweden. On my feet I’m wearing a pair of metallic pumps by footwear label Jemima Vine - girls who favour flat shoes, you should check out this brand pronto!

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Sunday

20

April 2014

Happy Easter

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 Hey everyone, just a quick note from Stockholm to wish everyone the happiest of Easters! May your bellies be full with chocolate Easter eggs (preferably of the Lindt variety) and may you be surrounded by those you love! I’m wearing shirt by & Other Stories (it’s on sale at the moment if interested) and some awesome Wildfox sunglasses that you may have seen doing the rounds at Coachella last weekend – I love ‘em.

xxx

 

 

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Friday

18

April 2014

The girl with the pearl earring

sophie-bille-brahe-pearl-earringThere’s this super cool girl at an agency I’ve started freelancing at, she rocks vintage Kenzo trousers and has a pair of THOSE Celine black and gold brogues, and the other day she was wearing the most perfect single ear ring. A stunning pearl perched on the bottom of what looked like a belly button ring in one ear. I sat all through our meeting gawping at the right side of her face, so much so, that I’m pretty sure she must think I have a lazy eye. I cycled home that night and went straight to my lap top to try to find this pearly perfection online so I too could look so effortlessly hip. Of course, “one pearl and gold”, “Scandinavian designer pearls”, “pearl ear bar” did not yield a relevant result, but luckily I have a friend who knows a thing or two about jewellery and in a perfectly formulated text message she wrote me “You’re looking for: Sophie Bille Brahe.” And yes, I was. I definitely was.

The Danish designer creates simple pieces from 14karat cold and above and this particular ear ring that caught my attention is part of her “Perles” collection. All her Look Books are brimming with classic pieces with an avant-garde twist. Check out her “gold collection” featuring a double ring with a city skyline constructed from gold and diamonds that sits below your knuckles. Of course at circa €400 a pop they are a bit dear on the wallet, but for the quality and originality they are well worth the price. Sophie Bille Brahe has also collaborated with Swedish high street collective WEEKDAY offering a more affordable alternative to her precious pieces. I however will be saving my pennies so I too can be a Girl with a Pearl Earring.

 

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Thursday

17

April 2014

Peak Beard

Lightness-of-Dressing_fy2 Lightness-of-Dressing_fy7Lightness-of-Dressing_fy4Isn’t this the most beautiful manspiration? This porcelain faced, well-dressed gent immersed in a vibrant and exotic location has me wanting to a) book a holiday to SE Asia b) buy an ivory coloured suit and sling some marigolds around my neck.

I stumbled across these images whilst imbibing my usual morning bout of menswear literature. Today, I was looking for some shots of clean shaven faces rather than my usual grizzly faced guys, the reason being that I had just read an article in The Guardian warning “fashion conscious men”  that we have reached “peak beard”.

Yep the bearded fitties of yester-post are no longer en vogue. Girls, we have binge-bearded so much, that we have in fact overdosed on facial fuzz and it’s been SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN (it’s on the internet therefore its true) that we are now more attracted to squeaky clean faces than ever before. In the words of the Spice Girls (it is Vicky B’s birthday after all) “Too much of something is bad (enough)”

Its worth taking note that said research has taken place in New South Wales, a fair distance from my native Europe, so I have decided to conduct my own counter research in Stockholm. If you would like to contribute, please join me! I will be on a bench in SoFo playing a barber themed game of Hot or Not. My findings will be hosted here in a few weeks – who’s with me?

Model Dominik Bauer, with not a hint of hair on his face, shot by Giovanni Squatriti for the latest issue of Essential Homme magazine.

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Wednesday

16

April 2014

Mary Katrantzou for Adidas

img-maryk_085530875346Needless to say, I am counting down the days until the Alexander Wang for H&M launch date, but I am equally awaiting the Mary Katrantzou for adidas collaboration. Launching in November (the same month as AW for H&M) the collection will comprise of both footwear and clothing. Katrantzou told Vogue, “I’m really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear. I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand. They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market.”

Adidas has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion including Jeremy Scott, Stella McCartney and Raf Simons. Let’s hope the collection is full of the designer’s signature applique detailing, vibrant colours and breathtaking silhouettes – November  pay day should be interesting!

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Wednesday

16

April 2014

Drop it like its hot.

NLST-SS-14-6I am a wee bit obsessed with drop-crotch pants. The spacious trouser shape should be so wrong, and yet looking like you’ve pooped your pants has never looked so right. For ages, the crotch-camp has been owned by the Ninja Warriors of the East. You know the ones, Japanese by origin and swathed in layer upon layer of Comme des Garcons fabrics and armed with yet to be released Samsung gadgets. I have tried my hand at the look, but I just look like a gap year wash up – or worse, Justin Bieber.

I have spent the last few days in a Pinterest black hole, under the umbrella of “blogger research” I have been browsing e-stores in pursuit of the perfect pair, jotting down notes and styling tips as I go along. On my sartorial sabbatical I discovered some common themes amongst the Celine wearing street stylers, and those in The Row, so like the Baz Luhrmann of the cropped trouser world “I will dispense my advice now”…

THE GOLDEN RULES OF DROPPING IT LIKES ITS HOT

1. Skin: Show some. I highly encourage you to flash some serious ankle and shin flesh. None of this hi top sneaker blurring into your trouser leg malarkey. To master the art of dropping le crotch, you need to get a wee bit of skin out.dropcrotch

2. (not so) Strictly monochrome: Purple leopard print is a no-no, as is rainbow coloured vertical stripes and anything that resembles gaudy pajama pastels -sleek and chic is achieved with a muted colour palette. If you want to look karate kid cool you need to keep it to black, white and grey (oooh and beige, beige is ok too).pants

3. The Law of Distribution: Wear a crisp white shirt, or a tee and tailored blazer, with your cropped low risers to balance proportion. It’s important that your hemlines cascade in straight lines, so get your steamer out to keep it vertical. You might look like you’re smuggling goods between your who-ha and your knee caps, but if you’re shirting is worn skinny, the look is dapper not diaper.

pants4. Le feet, c’est chic: Brogues, boots, slip ons (slip offs), plimsolls and pool slides are all perfectly acceptable accessories, but the pants are the focus so don’t distract with attention craving hi tops, or fluffy boots.dd6a7134051e3e08c2f518c8cdc577d0

5. Fabrications: Wool for winter and loose and languid linen for summer. Fabrics associated with tailoring = good. Sparkly, spangly and stretchy = bad.pants

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Tuesday

15

April 2014

The lazy girls guide to downtime dressing

You know those days that you can’t necessarily be bothered? When you want to wear something comfortable, but still look effortlessly cool? Those bleary-eyed Sundays, (and yes, they are usually Sundays) are the days when a love of menswear really comes into its own. These are the Sundays when I most appreciate a slightly looser waistband and unrestrictive pant shape, a flat sole, and a cap to shade my puffy face.

My new sartorial arsenal for said days are courtesy of the menswear brand Publish. Utilitarian, classic shapes are available in super small sizing so they are perfect for us girls too. I’m wearing their Tillary joggers with my Uniqlo turtleneck (ideal for hiding your faces when your friends recount last nights shenanigans), and my new favorite cardi-coat by Weekday. The cardi-coat is the my transeasonal staple when the weather refuses to play ball, and I have acquired this pale pink one in black as well. Shoes are by Marc Jacobs (similar here) and the cap is also by Publish.

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Monday

14

April 2014

NIKE x Liberty

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I am seriously crushing on all things Liberty London at the moment. They’ve got an impressive back catalogue of collaborations, but their recent partnership with ACNE Studios and now Nike has put them firmly in my most coveted camp.

For the collaboration, Nike’s most popular sneaker styles have been reinvigorated with Liberty’s iconic floral prints and canvas panelling – I have a bit of a revulsion for trainers with platforms, but the Internationalists are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

For you sporty types you can also get some pretty cool running gear on the Liberty site at the moment, but unfortunately they’ve sold out of a lot of the sneaker styles already with only the dark blue Roshe run trainers and the light blue Roshes still available – surprising because these models are some of my favourites. If you can hold out a bit you will be able to buy them on the Nike site from May 7th…outfit post by yours truly coming soon!Nike_x_Liberty_SU14_Collection_original

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Sunday

13

April 2014

Three bags full

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It’s kind of typical really that around the same time that I get a phone the size of my forearm, bags the size of my pinkie simultaneously come into fashion.For a girl who stuffs the contents of her life into the bottomless pit of an oversized backpack on a daily basis (hey, they are on trend too don’t cha know!), the teeny, tiny trend feels rather daunting.

No jks, I currently have an apple, a bottle of water, a copy of LOVE magazine, a notebook, four pens, my phone, my keys, my wallet, headphones, hand cream, lip balm, a crusty packet of Haribo, two Oyster cards (errrr I’ve lived in Sweden for 8months now) and my phone charger  in my bag right now – I mean seriously!?

The thing is, I feel like I neeeeed all these things, ok maybe not the Oyster cards, but definitely everything else. I want to downsize, really I do, but where would I put all my stuff?

Are you doing the pocket-rocket bag trend? If so, please impart your storage wisdom on me.

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