I’ll be completely honest with you, when I was asked to style a shoot based on 1920s fashion, I was a little worried. Why? Because for me, the style in the 1920s was…ugly. Styles ranged from shapeless or drop waist shift dresses that did nothing to flatter the figure, to over the top flapper dresses that were excessively decorated with sequins, beads and look-at-me embellishments. Not cute at all. The challenge for me with this shoot was to capture the essence of 1920s fashion, but to almost modernise it to make it less…ugly.
Instead of an outfit that’s adorned with sequins which can very quickly look like a costume instead of a classic evening look, I scaled back on the embellishment and limited it to the sheer capelet finished with beaded fringing and beads seen on the headband and drawstring bag. Because I focused less on all-over embellishment, I used a monochrome colour palette to ensure that the beaded touches stood out. With 1920s fashion, texture is key. The top and skirt played host to a crepe finish and were offset by a soft fur stole and hardened accessories.
I was definitely out of my comfort zone when styling this 1920s fashion shoot. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that my usual style is tailoring and cleaner looks such as my previous posts girls in suits, how to style a blue suit and how to style a brown suit.
How do you think I did with this one? Is this something that you’ll like to see more often? Let me know in the comments!
Model: Tega Akpod
Hair Styling: Jasmyne Ingleton
Photography: Jodine Williams
I promise you that my next post won’t feature suits or tailored pieces but I just had to let this one slide. This time it’s girls in suits and these suits in particular belong to the opposite sex because women and menswear are two of the greatest things invented right? I’m joking obviously but my love for tailoring and menswear is definitely growing. Women in menswear is becoming more acceptable and I’ll be the first girl to hold my hand up and say that I often wear men’s shirts, shoes and jumpers, and now I can add suits to the list.
Like I explained in my previous menswear suit post, I definitely want to work on deconstructing a refined suit and stripping it down to something more relaxed, and with these two outfits I think that I’m slowly getting there. I kept the colour palette simple and classic for both suits and disregarded the need for a smart shirt.
With the first look, the key item was the t-shirt. On first glance, with its longline fit and polka dot design, it’s an informal piece, but when teamed with a structured blazer and cropped leg, it all comes together.
I decided on a cropped leg for the second suit too because cropped trousers are life! I wanted to play around with loose, boxy shapes regarding the suit just to show that in some rare cases, suiting doesn’t have to be fitted.
To complete both outfits, I coupled the suits with a simple bag and chunky shoes. The chunkier the shoe, the better in my opinion.
Do you think we pulled it off? Which suit is your favourite and why? Drop your thoughts in the comments.
Photography: Jodine Williams
Model: Lauryn Anokye
Once you go black, you never go back right? But of course, if you’re Sid Neigum you mix the shade that’s never getting old with golden camel and charcoal grey to create an AW16 collection that stuns.
Standing tall at the Institute of Contemporary Arts were Neigum’s models in designs he describes as ‘maximal meets minimal’. Dominant and soft at the same time, the collection channels an essence of easy majesty without going overboard. Look-at-me outfits don’t have to be bright and zany, that’s just the easy way to do it. With key cuts, quality fabrics and skilled craftsmanship, reserved and refined over rules.
A chunky kimono that stood in its own right instead of looking like it was torn straight from a Jet Li film was a stand out, while long lengths, premium fabrics and choppy cuts worked their magic. Sid Neigum bought adult looks to the table all finished with patent ankle boots, a messy bun and cheek bones to die for.
- The fact that my last three posts have been on suits is definitely saying something. Clearly my love for menswear suiting is strong and I’m definitely going to be working on how I can take a suit that’s regarded as quite a refined piece and rework it into something more relaxed.
What sort of style do you guys reckon I should take on in my next post? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to check out my last men’s post on how to style a brown suit.
Tie: River Island
I’ve wanted to style men for so long and I’ve finally plucked up the courage to do it! I love menswear, I often wear men’s clothes myself so male styling just seems like the right thing to do. Anyone that knows me know that I love creams, browns and all of the shades inbetween, and I’ve extended my love for the must-have hues when styling this gorgeous model.
Of course, I had to style him in a suit. Tailoring is life! It’s definitely an item that I’m going to wear more myself this year, and every guy should too. It’s an instant way to add a touch of refinement to your look, and you can really play around with colours, cuts and making it your own.
What do you think of the outfit? I’d appreciate some feedback on my first men’s styling post so don’t be afraid to hit up the comments. Outfit details below!
Roll neck: ASOS
Watch: Tommy Hilfiger
Model: Sean McNeshie
Photography: Jodine Williams
Khaki + Suiting = LIFE!
Ever since I was young, I always wanted to own a dope suit. So much so that when asked what I wanted to do career wise, the answer was always a business woman. Why? So I could wear dope suits obviously.
Over time, the occupation goals changed but the want for the perfect suit stayed strong. I no longer needed a corporate suit but a casual one instead. Enter the khaki co-ord.
Cropped at the ankle, fitted in the leg and gorgeous all over – this khaki ASOS find was exactly what I was looking for. It can easily be dressed up or down but to keep it casual, I paired it with a loose white tee and my beloved Adidas Superstars.
The rest of the outfit details are below!
Suit – ASOS
T – Shirt – Topshop
Trainers – Adidas