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Style Files: Solange Knowles Best

26 Nov

1  I. Can’t. Even.

Seriously though, I don’t even know where to start with this style file.

Solange, girl, you NAILED IT.  (Yeah, we’re on first name terms, and what!?)

All white errthang (bridal party, guests, bikes… Literally everything!), more outfit changes than the cast of a Westend musical, striking gold accents and pretty much just bustin’ wedding tradition in favour of something alternative. Needless to say, we LOVED IT.

Just incase your eyes are yet to see the beauty of this wedding, prepare yourself for sheer class…

3 Image by Rog Walker 8 4 11 9 Image by Rog Walker 5 Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson - Rehearsal Dinner So, capes are clearly  a seriously good move for brides right now, hey?!

Almost all of Solange’s outfits featured either a cape of a flared sleeve. From the floor length caped Humberto Leon for Kenzo dress she wore to the ceremony (ja-freakin’-dore!) to her asymmetric Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture jumpsuit for the pre-wedding festivities…

Man I wish I’d hit up a cape or a jumpsuit for my wedding…

That’s excuse enough to renew your vows, right?!

Of course, we haven’t even touched on the stylish guests (definitely not to be overlooked!)…

7 10 Statement gold pedicures, bright crimson lips, a floor length feathered skirt (Oh hey, Jenna Lyons, you’re my new style icon!) and a faux fur slung over one’s shoulders (the only way to don your jacket this season).

The details were everything and Solange was delivering some major inspiration on that front too…

14 Image by Rog Walker 6  The gypsophilia, the wide gold cuffs, THAT RING… OH, the ring!

So, how do you get yourself some of this serious style? Well, we’ve pulled some of our favourite pieces together for you while chanting our new style mantra on repeat…

‘Solange Knowles Best. Solange Knowles Best.’

28 First up, THAT RING.

Who else would we look to?! Artemer always delivers the goods. (Yes, y’all know I’m biased, but you can’t deny it!)

This ring is totally next on my wishlist…

30 29 31 Or, if you fancy a diamond alternative, maybe something rough cut, take a look at the work of Point No Point Studio on Etsy.

This rose gold cuff ring features one natural black rose cut diamond and one white rough diamond.

Gorgeous, hey?

15 16 And those simply striking gold cuffs Solange owned? Yah, we got you covered!

I wore a super wide cuff on my wedding day and I have to say never did it cross my mind to wear identical cuffs on each arm (I wore a delicate bangle and stringed bracelet on the opposite wrist), but I am SO in love with this concept; it makes for such a beautifully balanced look!

Bold, simple, statements…

34 35 Now, let’s talk dresses or jumpsuits, as may be the case!

Loved Solange’s ever-changing silhouette, but thinking it’s not feasible or maybe a little beyond the constraints of your budget? Well, you’re gonna just ADORE the shifting shape of this jumpsuit by Daniela Tabois on Etsy…

36 37 39 38 We just LOVE how the jumpsuit transforms from ceremony-perfect to evening-reception-chic with the loss of the peplum skirt.

I’m pretty sure your guests:

a) Won’t see the jumpsuit thing coming

and

b) Will find the evening transformation equally stunning!

Want something equally gorgoeus, a little more androgynous (major trend, we’re hooked!) and featuring a jaw-dropping plunge neckline? (Thanks for encouraging this daring trend again, Solange!)

Russian based Etsy shop, Baby Doll, have seriously killed it with these clean lines…

33 32 OK lady, so you’ve already bought your dress, but have just fallen head-over-heels for the cape trend…

This delicate, sheer cape accessory is totally for you. A slightly more effeminate take on the trend with a boho edge that we’re swooning for.

22 23 24 Or how about a reception dress?

An asymmetrical flared sleeve (a subtle nod to the cape) coupled with a simple, chic tulip skirt and curved hem…

Understated drama; our favourite oxymoron right now!

25 26 27 Of course, with a super chic bride, you couldn’t have anything other than a crazy stylish flower girl or little maid!

We’re going totally CRAY-CRAY over the amazingly sophisticated mini pieces by designer Catteliya.

Clean lines, simple and non-cutesy designs make for one seriously cool little maid!

17 18 Clearly, leopard print Docs are the only shoes your flower girl should be donning!

  19 Take a seriously elegant cue from Solange and her beau and own the white-on-white-on-a-little-bit-more-white trend.

I’m gonna put this out there and say this may be one of my favourite celebrity weddings ever…

What do y’all think? Do you feel you could pull off this trend?

Holla at me!

Peace + Love

Clare X

No Can Do, Up Do……………… Hair trends for the Anti-Bride

5 Nov

11 What up, dolls!

Before we kick off anythang else, can we just take a moment to appreciate the sheer INSANITY of that opening photo?

I MEAN:

Wide brimmed black wool hat, on a sweet little tilt-back angle? CHECK.

Totes gorgeous bell-sleeved boho goddess gown? Errrr CHECK!

Otherwise nude face with show-stopper cool white eyeliner? HOLY CRAP, YES.

Throw in a RADICULOUSLY luscious teased-out plait just for good measure? HELL YEAH SHE DID!

Ok, so now I’ve got over that (never, I’ll never get over that look!), on our agenda today? Hair styles for the anti-bride! Yes, you heard, every style you’d think wouldn’t be “wedding appropriate” (like, what does that phrase even mean?!) we’re giving you permission to consider TOTALLY appropriate.

So, open that beautiful mind of yours, let your free-spirited gut be your guide and rock one of these insanely good, off the cuff styles!

Hats off to her

Never seen a bride wear a wool hat before? Yah, me neither. But every time this happens to me, either I can’t find images for a concept I want to write about for y’all on Pinterest, or a little doubt creeps into my mind, like ‘there’s probably a reason why it hasn’t been done, Clare’, I have a mantra, courtesy of Lynn Dell, that goes a lil’ something like this:

Fashion says: “Me too”. Style says, “Only me”.

…If it hasn’t been done before, it’s a good thing and this little concept is on the very (and super stylish) edges of the bridal fashion world, a.k.a. Daughters of Simone. Their latest look book, The Mad Ones, will literally blow your mind. No seriously, don’t look if you can’t afford your entire day dreamin’ on it!

And, of course, it features one incredible little hat, which got me dreamin’…

30 31 and 3  Left: Bloom  Right: Daughters of Simone

32 13  What an incredible way to flick two Vs to a perfectly neat, traditional up do. No can do, we’d much rather rock a hat!

Bold + Blunt

OK, so I’m a huge advocate of the blunt cut. I don one myself, have done for about 3 years and although my length may be ever-changing, I get it blunt cut errrrrry damn time!

What am I chatting on about? By blunt cut, I simply mean no layers, nada, nothing! All my hair is the same length and is cut straight across to give it a super thick ‘just-cut’ feel.

Par exemple…

19 Hot right?! (That’s not me, just FYI. I wish!)

So, take this to a whole new level, and why not go a little shorter and get a freshly cut ‘lob’ just before your wedding?

Nothing says ‘edgy’ like a fresh, crisp blunt cut at that super-flattering, ever-cool ‘lob’ length.

(Flower crown’s totally optional, we love the lob as a stand alone piece!)

1 and 21  Left: Lolita Fantome  Right: A Minute Away From Snowing

25 24 2 and 4 Left: If You Seek Style  Right: Backspace Forward

And if you really want to go there, and surprise all your guests with a totally new look, either add a slightly too long fringe or, and I’m SERIOUSLY tempting myself as I type this, you could always go platinum blonde…

This crisp, insanely rock n’ roll colour is a major hit this autumn, paired with a faux fur over-coat, and you will be the epitome of free-spirited bride and TOTALLY owning it!

14 15

Minimal Effort Cool

So right about about now, I’d imagine your brain is being bombarded with thoughts.

First, there are the ‘Hell yeah, girl’ moments, where your free-spirited gut takes control and you’re all like ‘Eff yeah! I can be that effortlessly cool “I-just-rocked-up-like-this” bride’.

Then, yup here they are, then come the doubts, the ‘But I might regret it in 20 years time’ followed by a rather lengthy chorus of: ‘His great aunt Myrtle be all like “oh dear god, Dan’s marrying some dishevelled hippy!”…Maybe I should just go for a Plastics-esq loose curl, like all the other brides I’ve seen’.

…Well girl, I’m here to tell you you need to listen to that gut of yours! If you like it, if your man digs it, if you’re comfortable and you feel like a freakin’ rockstar, who CARES whether you’re gonna still like it in 20 years when you look back at the photographs! Do you love it now? Well then, you better live for now!

And right now, we LOVE a messy half up top-knot! Exposing your radiant, wait no, your GLORIOUS face, whilst still maintaining that super underdone look and hitting a whole new edgy note, it’s the ultimate statement look for a bride.

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Brush it out, Honey

OK, so toning it down a little, I’ve been a little out there today hey?! Ha, well y’all probably expect that by now! This is  a more subtly unusual look, but we’re so enamoured by it: brushed out waves.

I’d convinced myself that this look was a little too old school hollywood glamour for my boho tastes, but increasingly I’m convinced that this look can be totally ‘I-woke-up-like-this’ undone; worlds apart from the overly groomed image that pops up in my head when any one comes near me with a brush!

In fact, paired with a strong brow and dark dramatic eyes, it actually creates this beautiful wild woman quality that we’re totally obsessed with!

22 29 23 26 and 28  Left: Shop Hers  Right: My FDB

The Dishevelled Pixie

Now, if you’ve been taking a read and found yourself nodding along enthusiastically (I like you, you can come again!) but have realised that your hair is never gonna be long enough to rock a hat or a lob in time for your wedding, have no fear!

May I introduce you to the grown-out, dishevelled pixie! With its boyish charm and its ‘devil-may-care’ attitude, this slightly longer crop pairs beautifully with a minimal dress a beautiful smile.

Don’t take my word for it though…

17 18 27 There’s something a bit French about it, non? I love how the style exposes the nape of the neck, undeniably one of a woman’s sexiest angles, working beautifully with a scooped back to lengthen the neck and back. Sheer elegance – we love!

And if non of the above tickle your fancy, we remain huge advocates of the fringe this autumn, as we mentioned here. It’s an easy way to add that quirky edge to your bridal look. So Bridget Bardot, right?

5 After all, who’d want to do something conventional on their wedding day?! COME ON, double dare ya!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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