Thursday, 31 July 2014

DIY : RIPPED JEANS

Ripped Jeans have been seen everywhere recently from the high street shops, such as Topshop and H&M to worldwide designers being seen on D&G and Ralph Lauren catwalk shows.  Its all about the tear, rip and ruin with jeans recently, and I've been loving it!  I've toyed with the idea a lot recently trying to find a pair of old jeans that I dont wear and ripping them up to be worn more - sounds weird doesn't it?! Being the first installment of a DIY series, I thought a simple and no-sew feature would be appropriate...



  1. Take any pair of old jeans - whether they have been collecting dust at the back of your wardrobe or nipped to the local charity shop to buy a pair for £2.50. The first thing you will need to do is make sure they fit; if they are a bit baggy, it doesn't matter - just means you're opting for the 'boyfriend' look.
  2. Take your pencil and mark on where you want the rips to be placed.  For this step I put my jeans on and stood in front of a mirror with multiple photos for inspiration and drew on faint lines.  I marked over them in a black biro just to make it clear where I was cutting .
  3. Cut.  Cut.  Cut. Make small snip on the lines previously made and rip to desired length.  Ripping at this stage provides a more 'authentic' look compared to cutting along the whole line.
  4. Now its time to pull the threads, so take your tweezers and begin to pull individual threads.  Pulling the horizontal lines (usually white threads) will create the frayed edge of the rip, whereas pulling at the vertical threads (blue) will create the white threads draping across the hole.
  5. Shake the jeans - preferably outside, to remove any loose threads that may appear to be attached, and your DIY ripped jeans are now complete!

Send photos of your DIY ripped jeans to the hashtag #inspirefashion01 on instagram, so I can see your designs.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

STYLE STEAL : KYLIE JENNER

I admit I am completely in love with the Kardashians, I mean who isn't - right?! They're constant Instagram uploads and TV show have got me completely hooked, and their individual styles are just so chic.  In this I have taken Kylie's icon style and made a look which i have created from clothes I already own.


images taken from google images, getty and instagram


 sorry for the such bad quality - need to teach my brothers how to use a camera properly!

Kylie's street style is very casual and laid back which usually consists of a graphic tee, denim and checked shirt, paired with some chunky army or leather boots.  In my outfit I wore a Guns & Roses muscle tank tee, some denim burgandy acid wash shorts and a plaid shirt tied around my waist.  I chose the graphic tee of Guns & Roses as they are a rock band, which reflect Kylie's style quite well as she has been seen in graphic tops of wolves, skulls, other band tees and even supporting Kanye in multiple Yeezus merchandise tops.  The shirt i tied around my waist represents her laid back style and reflects her true street style as is quite popular in the fashion at the moment.  I accessorized this look with lots of rings, and my knock-off timberland boots.

Do you like Kylie's style?  Or are you team Kendall?

Monday, 28 July 2014

PEPPERMAYO WISHLIST

Since I started up my instagram account for my blog (link here) I have found more and more individual clothing brands that before I had not heard of.  PepperMayo is one of them.  They post the most gorgeous clothes on their insta account so when I took a look at their website I just created a basket that total at way tooo much - eeek! Below are some of my favourites on my wishlist which hopefully I may purchase soon...

clockwise from top left hand corner
tropical print skort
halter-neck bodycon dress
monochrome check co-ordinate
water-coloured blue mini skirt
palm leaf playsuit
nude ankle cuff heel
long-sleeved mini black dress

Which garment do you love the most? Are you obsessed with tropical print as well?



Sunday, 27 July 2014

SUMMER HAUL

Recently I've realised my bank account is quite empty - oops *secretly cries*, but then I came to the conclusion that I've done a bit of shopping within the past month or so.  Below are some of my favourite items that I've bought, which have been shown a lot of love as well! I will have links to the sites if available.

black gingham printed skinny trousers - primark - £13.00


new balance 574 - urban outfitters - sale £40.00

printed shift dress - select - £12.99
white lace bodycon dress - select - £16.00

lace/crochet detail along hem of the dress

  blue floral printed chiffon shirt - primark - about £12.00

print changes at sleeves to a smaller/more detailed print

red floral a-line shift dress - primark - £13.00

I am thinking about doing some fashion DIY projects to blog about soon, so fire your ideas at me! I have also just set up a new instagram account for this blog, so be sure to follow it @inspirefashion01 to see daily fashion posts and outfits.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

STYLE STEAL : OLIVIA PALERMO


Olivia Palermo is undoubtedly one of my favourite style icons, who's outfits are always so on point.  Her classic, and simple style is very well known to her, as she pairs an everyday pair of jeans with a timeless tailored blazer with an absolutely heavenly designer bag!  After recently discovering her style blog (yes, I know I'm behind!) its now suddenly so much easier to depict her style by finding much affordable alternatives on the high street.

Below are some of my favourite outfits from her in 2014...






... and not to forget her recent wedding pictures, i mean, who else could make a pastel jumper and lace detailed skirt look so stylish, especially in replacement for a conventional wedding dress, so chic!


I created this set on Polyvore to show how easy it is to recreate Olivia's outfits by disassembling each outfit to garments.  

STYLE STEAL : OLIVIA PALERMO





Sondra roberts clutch
nordstrom.com


op.7 Berlin
westwardleaning.com


Westward leaning
westwardleaning.com



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Friday, 11 July 2014

PARIS HAUTE COUTURE FASHION WEEK

I have been oogling (think that is a word) over many designers haute couture collections this week, and thought it would only be appropriate to share my favourites with you lot.  Firstly, I think Paris looks like one of the most elegant and couture places where fashion week is held; which makes me want to visit there even more!

CHANEL:


Lagerfield demonstrated a great range within this collection, ranging from structured bold, woven blazers with boxy skirts, to bejewelled clean cut pure white dresses of many styles; shift, maxi, skater inspired, with baroque embellished designs.  The all white runway emphasised the elegance and simplicity of the collection, whilst small details helped build the over-riding image of Chanel.  The models wore summer appropriate sandals tied with satin ribbon, contrasting with the idea for Fall/Winter 2014, with whispy up-do's; occasionally held together by bedazzled caps and the outfits completed with co-ordinating cross-body bags.  I love the crisp white embellished dresses due to the simplicity of the silhouette of the garment, but the detail into the unique jewelled designs.

ELIE SAAB:


This is by far my favourite show from the Paris Week and have absolutely fallen in LOVE with all the dresses! The silhouette of the collection is gorgeous and so figure flattering.  The fluidity of the trains and skirt parts appear to be very lightweight and move so fluently on the catwalk.  Saab used a range of colours, from jewel colours such as royal blue, emerald green, to black, nude, white and pastels.The use of chiffon and silk based fabrics with fur wraps (i hope faux fur) appeals to the winter/autumn collections and the exquisite embellishments are just stunning!  Will someone please marry me just so i can wear a dress from this collection?!?

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI:


There is a huge variety in this collection as well, by Giambattista Valli, which personally I think is more suited towards spring/summer, but must be the new trend and definatley follows the style of blending from one season to another.   The majority of these floral printed garments would be ideal to be layered with knitted jumpers and overcoats, worn with the warmer colours like burgundy and army green's.  The Op Art trend is begining to make its apperance this season so is bound to take the high street by a storm; so get purchasing all the stripes, checks, and monochrome garments you wardrobe - and bank account can take!


I'll hope to be posting more soon, so it would be great to hear what fashion based posts you would be interested to see! I have also just set up a new instagram account for this blog, so be sure to follow it @inspirefashion01 to see daily fashion posts and outfits.