‘One day maybe all these magazines will pay you back kido’…now famous fashion words from my Dad when once remarking on the stack of bibles [aka British Vogue] towering over me in my bedroom! Might I add this addiction was kicked off by said father who always had the good books floating around the house.
And he was right…little did I know that all those afternoons and evenings spent lost in the style pages was slowly paving the way for my unconventional eco styling degree. Not only did I digest the editorials and the elequantly written articles but I paid just as much attention to the advertisements…Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Chloe, their aesthetics all became a part of my DNA. I grew to know their look, their story, their style and so now I can show you how to get the look for less.
I love making collages and when I am recreating a designers aesthetic this becomes the moodboard for my thrifted replica.
Chloe is known for its diaphonous fabrics with a dreamy bohemian bent. The label is all about a latte/caramel/cream moment, delicate lace, sunglasses that need their own zip code and some seriously good mood lighting. It all subliminally sends the message of sexy 70’s chic with a heavenly high fashion and tailored edge.
All this was front of mind when I set about recreating Chloe.
My outfit was sourced from Salvos Stores
Lace Top $15
Vintage Fur Vest $35
Vintage highwaisted pants $22
Vintage Sunglasses $10
[I already had the vintage clutch and heels]
TOTAL for my look: $82
and while I don’t have the model proportions I am totally imagining I’m in their add campaign and for under $100 may I add! #HeyAGirlCanDream
Bjorks swan dress aside, most moments in style that take our breath away [for the right reasons!] have a common thread – Simplicity.
Look to any icon and you’ll see classic design, sharp details, streamline tailoring and timeless appeal.
Minimal fuss maximum impact.
As a modern digi muse I’m a total street style junkie but the other side of my brain has and always will be drawn to bygone eras and sirens – Sophia Lauren and Audrey Hepburn, the sexy 70’s rockstar and don’t get me started on art deco and nouveau…thanks Dad for the architectural addiction.
Inspiration is everywhere and this incredible building was the starting point for this story. With old hollywood singing in my head I rewrote the script.
Take the skirt – looks like it could come straight from Coco’s wardrobe no…that unmistakable Chanel tweed in a universally chic high waist pencil cut. Only mine was $20 from The Salvation Army. To make it modern I added a black men’s tee and my favorite second hand leather bomber [both thrifted too] but at the same time it has a nod to James Dean or a NYC dive bar – great pieces can absolutely appeal to many fashion personalities like that.
Now the shoes, yes let’s talk about the shoes, are you sitting down? I found these Manolo Blahniks thrifting in NYC for $25, worn once in butter soft suede with a leather bow to boot. I could totally see these on Audreys petite little feet but boy I have fun wearing them with ripped denim some days. The leather gloves – a surprise gift from the Johanna Johnson show during Sydney fashion week this year, time travelled me right back to those femme fatales of the past…a dash of drama perchance!
Take these pieces as seperates and there are so many other roles they could play.
Create your own masterpiece Miss Monroe
Thanks so the lovely Jay for the pics
Whether its a libran moment [sadly, these happen often for me] a time issue or the terrible I have nothing to wears these pieces are life savers. Like a trusty sartorial steed a stripe breton top and khaki anything on the bottom half will fast track you through the fashion fog. They are the lazy girls guide to instant chic and comfy to boot. Whenever I am sourcing, thrifting or just generally being obsessed with hunting for second hand style I always look out for good quality versions of these pieces and I keep them on file [also see my office and ok maybe my wardrobe too!] but seriously you just can’t go wrong. Mix them up, dress them up or down, just get on up and get them! They are never fail fashion
End of style sermon, class dismissed
All pieces sourced from The Salvation Army in Sydney and NYC
Thanks to Jay Lee for the pics x
The beauty of the basics, I mean…they just can’t be beaten. For days when you seriously don’t know what to wear and even when you have complete sartorial clarity these pieces are our saviors. They can take you anywhere. Just as slick with a flat sandal, cool high top or a sexy heel. A crisp white collared shirt and black pants is perfect instant chic and here’s the cool thing you don’t have to spend a fortune to channel Audrey, Coco et al. I bought these stunning wool crepe high waisted vintage Nina Ricci pants years ago from one of my favorite preloved mavens Queen Justine Vintage. I have worn them so much and they always make me feel a little 50’s movie star! The white Calvin Klein shirt is a men’s piece I found for $15 at The Salvation Army. Hit your local second hand and vintage havens and look for quality cuts and fabrics, timeless tailoring and high end brands that fall effortlessly on your body. Clothes should never wear you.
All my accessories, [minus the devine NYC native herkimer diamond from Veluna], are thrifted from the Salvos. I always look for pieces that appear as though they may be a brand…the tassle earrings reminded me of current season Dolce&Gabbana taking me to a little villa in Tuscany [hey dreams are free yo] and the little mini quilted patent clutch felt very Chanel to me but both were $10! The shades are Paul Frank and have a bit of a Tom Ford feel but for a lot less ringing in at $15.
Basic is the new black…well so are the pants but you get my drift.
#FashionHound forever affordable chic thats so easy for anyone to acheive.
Thanks to the lovely Jay Lee for the pics
Mother nature may have made me 5’4 but fashion can totally trick you into thinking I am 6 feet tall -ok maybe not that tall 😉 but picking the right pieces can certainly create glorious illusions of length. This one is for all the little ladies out there. Here’s how to be
Tip 1. The pencil skirt is your partner in crime – wear just below the knee and team it with a heel, especially a nude one does wonders for making your legs look like they may have belonged to a giraffe.
Tip 2. The other sneaky trick is the cinched in waist…see how in these pics my waist looks little, my legs are streamlined and my curves are highlighted…fashion genius!
Tip 3. Keeping everything in a subtle tonal palatte with varying textures adds to the eye trickery.
Now the other bonus here is that this entire outfit was thrifted from the Salvation army – so the skirt, belt and lace blouse are under $50
So you can look long, lean and lovely for a lot less
Image credit to the lovely Jay Lee from Runway Pooch
Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that since the inception of Kanye, Kim K’s style is K-razy good. Super slick, super classic, super chic. I’m normally such a distressed denim and rock tee kind of kid, but seeing her rock her curves in a skinny obsessed world so well has inspired me to think …why not me and why not now! So for that I really thank her. I got booty like her but not a Balmain budget just yet so I continuosly hound around for preloved pieces that fit the high end bill and look a million bucks, only they didn’t cost anywhere near that.
If you look at a lot of her outfits, the are very classic, simplistic items that are really easy to replicate. I found this timeless and might I add very comfortable jersey body con black dress for $20 at The Salvation Army. The bag was $10 and I completed it with a faux fur lagerfeld inspired bag charm [found at NYC Salvation Army for $1!]. The vintage shades I stole from my man and the shoes…let’s talk about the shoes…like lingerie for my feet am I right? Century 21 NYC.. were originally $500 – I got them for $100. Just Saying.
Slick your locks back and you’re good to go girl
Easy style, easy on the purse strings but hard out in the glamor stakes.
No matter your shape or size, one of the best soirees you can attend is your very own neck party.
Be you into pearls, diamantees or decadent tribal embellishment, stock up and pile it on thick. This is one of the easiest tricks in the book to look a million bucks in a New York minute. I source the majority of my jewels from thrift stores and vintage vendors. Starting with a choker piece, I then look for friends in longer lengths to work into a waterfall effect all the way to my navel sometimes if it takes my fancy. For this party I did a mash up of silver statement pieces and pearls. Never a gal for too much pretty in the one painting, I teamed the glitz with one of my grungy customised ripped tees – a Rags and Riches aesthetic if you will. Lazy day denim, heels and a trusty fashion hound and you’re ready for the bling ball Cinderella.
Thanks to Noodle the Poodle for the cameo and his Pappa Jay for the pics
I never imagined that offering someone the seat next to me could have turned into such a sweet friendship. Meet Karolina, a girl as cool as her Carrie Bradshaw curls. It was fashion that initially bought us together but during my time here in New York she has fast become of my favorite things about the city. Apart from the fact that every where we go people think she’s Sarah Jessica Parker, she’s always wearing something to start a conversation.Take this coat – it looks soooo expensive right but lady did me proud by sourcing it from the Salvation Army for under $20! Sure surpised the hell outta me when she told me, not to mention the sales girls in DVF! I think with this jacket alone we coverted them all to thrift shopping. No prizes for guessing she’s a stylist with swagger like this, but I love how Karolina works in pre loved pieces to stand apart from the crowd. One of a kind style, one of a kind girl
Pics by me, taken in the meat packing district NYC
Gurrrrl grey doesn’t have to mean gloomy it can warm even the coldest of fashion hearts and let me tell you in this NYC weather anything helps! I so enjoy a tone on tone moment, layering different textures and fabrics in the same hue is a hot look. It’s a sneaky way to look super expensive but if you thrift your loot you can easily bring it in for under $100, especially if you steal your sweet friends coat 😉
I looked for the jeans first which were $8. I already had a $10 thrifted Calvin Klein collared shirt, so I ploughed through my local 46th St store for the rest. A great Ralph Lauren cable knit for $10 and another Calvin Klein piece, a lovely pinstripe jacket was $15. I even found the boots at the Salvation Army for $12. I added a pop of eggplant perfection with my beloved Coach bag. The frosting on this fashion cake is of course the divine vintage jewels from Sheri at the Show Place.
This is a super easy look to achieve yourself, just follow the Fashion Hound prompts 😉
Kisses to Karolina for the pics and her glorious coat
Grey area? Clearly not in this style story
Introductions can be tricky.
Akward small talk, the anticipation of ‘will we get along’ and wondering where it could all lead. Luckily some chance meetings flow effortlessly, even perceived differences ain’t no thing. Two kids from opposing sides of town, when summer met winter it just worked.
With yours truly playing cupid, I pulled back my bow and put this vintage dress on the path of my thrifted black Levis and Leather jacket.
I adore finding new fashion beauty in the old, beaten up and discarded. I love the print of this ‘Grandma Frock’ but knew it was too pretty for me to wear on its own, I wanted to give her a little bit of grit. I kept the buttons undone to show the denim and belted her in for a dash of feminine persuasion. A modern nod to 90’s grunge and fun way to rework the seasons into one, especially when the weather here in New York City is so hot/cold.
Vintage Dress, belt and Levi’s found at Housing Works Buy the Bag in Brooklyn, leather jacket from The Salvation Army.
Photos by Jenee sais quoi