Saturday 25 October 2014

Stylewatch: Alison Doody exudes Scandinavian cool

Published 04/05/2014 | 02:30

Alison Doody
Liz Quin dress

Alison Doody deserves an Oscar – if only for managing to exude Scandinavian cool, while being an Irish person. Face it, the best most Irish people can pull off is looking well-put-together in a pencil dress.

Alison is always well dressed in a non-try-hard sort of way, whether it's out and about shopping on Grafton Street, or for an opening night at the theatre. It's a laid-back, relaxed, tailored look with a bit of high-street chic, which she has introduced here by way of a sort of biker jacket; a new Helmut Lang purchase from Brown Thomas. The other items are old favourites – her trousers by Gucci, her top is from Zara and her shoes are by Jimmy Choo – it's the sort of stuff Swedish street-style blog stars are made of. Apart from all the aforementioned, Alison is also a great road map for dressing well in your 40s. Her style is timeless in a modern sort of way, rather than classic in a boring (and maybe slightly ageing?) way. Her favourite stores are Brown Thomas, Havana, Harvey Nichols and Zara – the perfect high-low mix.

Stylemma

Dear Stylemma,

I'm trying to find an outfit for my daughter's christening. Ideally, I'd like something that I could comfortably nurse her in, and that isn't too fitted as I still have a bit of a mummy tummy. I'm quite petite at 5 foot, and a size 8, but I'm top heavy (32G) . . . Help!

Check out www.mamalicious.com. Presumably, you don't want to spend crazy money on this outfit, and this website has a lovely selection of nursing dresses around the €50 mark. There are options with full sleeves, no sleeves, and in between. Irish online maternity boutique, www.stylemama.ie, has a lovely nursing dress that comes in black, green, pink or purple. It's €79, and it would work dressed up for a christening, but also for more casual wear afterwards.

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Liz Quin launches her first solo clothing line

Irish designer, Liz Quin, formerly of Quin and Donnelly, has just launched her first solo collection at BT2 and Brown Thomas Limerick. The 50-piece line is aimed at the professional market that still wants to look feminine; good tailoring and bright colours are Liz's hallmarks.

This season includes pinks, oranges, reds, blues and purples against a neutral palette of white, sand and navy. There are some great coats, cute white tops, and pretty summer dresses – including this one, left, €175. The collection has a slight Fifties feel, and features textured fabrics: crepes, Jacquards, embossed fabrics, and brocades. The Liz Quin collection is now available in Brown Thomas Limerick, BT2 Grafton St, and BT2 Blanchardstown

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