Style Notebook: Get the look - Sarah Morrissey
Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30
Obviously model Sarah Morrissey is ahead of the pack when it comes to an ability to carry off a belly top, but there's more than an impeccably toned stomach going on here. There's the fact that she's kept the actual amount of stomach on show relatively modest-as these things go- and gone for a top with a high neck; abs and cleavage together would be too much.
The skirt is a great shape for summer and will carry through to winter, expect this just below the knee length to be huge, The Duchess wore it practically constantly on her New Zealand/Australia tour. Sarah's jacket is an oldie but a goody from All Saints- it's so worth investing in a not too cheap, not too covered in brass studs, leather jacket. And the rather stark backdrop of white and black takes the Barbie out of the hot pink accessories.
We've never really got behind the thinking that a purpose bought for the beach caftan is something worth spending money on. A, it's not the kind of thing one would, or at least should, be wearing anywhere bar the beach. And how much time does any Irish person really spend on a warm beach? B, they're generally not actually that flattering. C, you don't want to be on the beach worrying about not getting your incredibly expensive wisp of chiffony silk getting wrecked by sea, salt or sand. This little number from Penneys is the perfect thing. When buying your caftan, err on the side of Kate Moss, rather than the lurid bright pink numbers favoured by the yummy mummies in white jeans brigade.
News One- Tiffany Atlas Collection
Tiffany & Co have just launched the second collection of their Atlas line. Inspired by the clock outside the iconic Tiffany's Fifth Avenue store, this is a good day to day range, if such a thing can be said about Tiffany's jewellery. The line comprises of bangles, earrings, medallions, band rings and wide cuffs. The collection uses 18 carat yellow, white and rose gold, as well as sterling silver and titanium. The simple, linear designs work well worn stacked so if you want to create an ongoing gifting situation with a loved one, presenting them with a piece on special occasions, this might be something to start investing in.
Bangles, from €550, at Tiffany & co, Brown Thomas Dublin.
News Two - Something For Himself
Next Sunday is Father's Day. So if the husband/boyfriend is deserving of something particularly special this year, this Prada shoulder bag might be just the thing. It's simple and classic enough that he'll like it, but not so obviously male that you won't want to borrow it. If the kids are young enough, tell him it's actually a shared nappy bag, and that he's lucky you didn't invest in something in plastic floral and then make him carry it around the place with baby.
Shoulder bag €1,190, Prada, Brown Thomas Dublin
So Over- Being a Hipster Cliche
Paul Griffin, father of one of Ireland's top models Ruth Griffin until her recent retirement, is seen here at the recent LIFE magazine 10th anniversary party with his lovely daughter. And frankly, to all the aspiring hipsters out there, this is a master class in how to do hipster style.
Smart, but not ironically so. Rather nicely old school. Just the right level of whimsical accessorising, and even that is balanced out by the perfect levels of grooming going on. No annoying bears or overgrown Fructis ad type hairstyles here. And finishing off the whole thing with slacks and a good pair of classic shoes, as opposed to trainers worn with skinny jeans, is the grown ups option.
I am reluctantly coming to the conclusion that it is time to get out of the opaque tights.
I would like your advice on a good option for summer wear. I am quite self conscious about my legs and wouldn't go bare legged. Is it necessary to spend money on expensive sheer tights in order to avoid air hostess shades? And bar flesh coloured tights, any other suggestions to avoid actually baring the legs?
While it is absolutely not necessary to spend Wolford type money on nude tights, not all nude tights were created equal. We did a quick try on survey and found Marks & Spencers to be by far the best on the highs street, both in terms of sturdiness and for being the most natural, non ice skatery looking. Avoid avoid avoid- all leggings that are not plain black. If you are layering leggings under a dress, make sure they come down to just above the ankle, or over the ankle. No lace trims, no full lace leggings, nothing cropped to mid calf.
Stylewatch- Lucinda Creighton
We're loath to use the phrase bounced back in relation to a woman who recently gave birth, having as it does all sorts of both patronising undertones, not to mention encouraging that annoying celeb habit of appearing mere days after giving birth skinnier than ever. Which makes everyone else feel a bit meh. But Lucinda Creighton, who did recently have a little girl, Gwendolyn at the end of March, does look particularly amazing these days. And post baby talk aside, this is a great look for any female politician; we get that it can be tricky to find a happy, professional medium that lies somewhere between completely boring darks, and over the top brights. The jacket, from Maje, one of your favourite labels (BT2) is just the right balance classic and professional whilst the kicky shape of the skirt prevents things from becoming too conservative.
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