Style Build: Winter Capule, Grown Up Goth

Hello Lovelies,

Today I bring you a super quick style post. I was day dreaming about my ideal city chic Gothic winter wardrobe and decided to put it together on Polyvore. I love black, I wear it a lot, from head to toe. It makes me feel tough, sexy and chic. I can relate to Gareth Pugh when he said ‘I think in Black’. It’s not so much the colour as how you wear it. To keep things grown up, opt for elegant items in classic silhouettes. To keep things interesting and to stop it looking flat, play with detail and texture. Leather look trims, wet look fabrics, lace, velvet, zippers and beautiful draping.

Winter Capsule: Grown Up Goth

Winter Capsule: Grown Up Goth by misshoneybare featuring black boots

I managed to come up with at least 50 outfit options with just these few pieces, proving you really can buy less and wear more (as Gok always says). I’ll always advocate quality over quantity, it’s better for your wallet, the environment and your sense of style. Are you a lover of black clothing too? Would you say you have a Gothic streak or do you wear black because it feels safe? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading.

MHB

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Style Build: Style 101 (Homme)

Dapper Dog

Pug in a Pea Coat – By The Rover Boutique

Hello Lovelies,

Earlier in the week I brought you the ultimate basic wardrobe for women. 101 mix and match pieces to keep you looking chic all year round, as well as a 15 piece capsule with outfit ideas. Today I bring you the men’s version. 101 basic staple pieces, including accessories, to help make being stylish easier. Click here to see the Pinterest board (until I work ut how to embed it in this post).

Style Build: 15 Basic Items to Fast Track Style!

Style Build: 15 Basic Items to Fast Track Style! by misshoneybare featuring a leather laptop bag

Again, I have put together a 15 piece capsule of essential items, with outfit ideas for those of you who really want the super quick and easy way to look instantly pulled together. It’s the no brainer way of looking like a dapper dog, rather than a scruffy mutt. Again, these are not hard and fast rules, just suggestions to help you on your way. Instead of a navy three piece suit, you may prefer a grey one. Instead of Chelsea boots, you might like something a little tougher and hard wearing.

Style Buld: Fast Track Style

Style Buld: Fast Track Style by misshoneybare featuring Vans sneakers

Take your lifestyle and personal style when making purchases. Always buy the best you can afford (especially when it comes to tailoring, knit wear and shoes), rather than throw away stuff. If you care for your items properly, they will last you years. On that note, make sure you’re going for classic cuts and details to ensure your wardrobe basics don’t date too quickly. Many of you will probably have a few of these items in your closet already, just fill in the gaps in your closet as and when you can. There’s certainly no need to rush out and buy everything all at once (unless you want to of course). I hope you find this post useful. I’ll be posting more in the style build series, including closet organising, how to care for your clothes and accessories, as well as picking colours and styles that flatter. That’s all for today though, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Style Build: Style 101 (Femme)

The French Series - "Très chic" by Ambrette

The French Series – “Très chic” by Ambrette

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s post is all about style. Style 101. That is, 101 items of clothing, accessories and jewellery that will see you looking super stylish 24/7. Now, I’m not suggesting that you run out and buy everything on the list, it’s just a guide for you to work out what goes well together and what looks effortlessly chic. Most of the items are neutrals though there are some brights and prints in there too. This is because neutrals are easier to mix and match with one another and also with more colourful or patterned items. Many of you will already have a few of these pieces in your closet, some of you might have nearly all of them (you lucky thing!). Pick colours and shapes that suit you (if you find yourself unsure about what that is, I’ll have more posts on that at a later date) and that reflect your personal style. For example, I have a black blazer but it’s cut in the shape of a riding jacket. It just makes it a little different. I have a black pencil skirt but it has a pleather panel on the centre front and centre back making it a little edgier and sexier. When choosing classic pieces (and I class every item on this list a classic), buy the best you can afford rather than throw away stuff. They will last you longer, some a lifetime. Less is more. Build slowly and consciously. Sew things yourself if you can. Search thrift shops and vintage stores. It’s not a race. To see the Pinterest board, click here. Ideally I wanted to embed the board in this post but after about three hours of trying to figure it out I thought my head was going to explode, any advice on embedding boards in WordPress are most welcome!

If you want a fast track way to style, I also have a Polyvore set of only 15 mix and match items that will work with whatever else you may have in your wardrobe.

Style Build: 15 Basic Items to Fast Track Chic!

Style Build: 15 Basic Items to Fast Track Chic! by misshoneybare featuring pink tops

Most of us have a pair of jeans, some flats, some sunglasses and a scarf. You’re already part way there in that case. I chose tortoiseshell sunglasses as they are more versatile. Also, most essential items lists include a nude and black ballet flat and a nude and black pair of heels. By choosing a pair of each that includes both nude and black, I’ve eliminated the need for two extra pairs of shoes. Much easier on the budget! The dress is an infinity dress and can be tied in about 100 variations, you could go for a flared skirt instead of the tulip shape of the one in my set if you prefer. The bag is casual smart and is also convertible, it has three different straps, go for black, chocolate, grey or taupe. I’ve chosen a tailored skirt but you could go for a stretchy version for comfort instead, or even a leopard print one, or a nude tone. Here are some outfit Options using only the 15 pieces. Think how many you could make when you add in other things from your wardrobe.

 

Style Build: Fast Track Chic

Style Build: Fast Track Chic by misshoneybare featuring a beige blouse

What do you think? I’m sure you could start creating a little capsule wardrobe of simple, mix and match items from your closet right away if you wanted. Of course, this is a very basic and chic set. You can go as bold and colourful as you like and I will show you how to do that in future posts but that’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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