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You might have not known that the Trench coat was first an item of clothing designed for Army officers – It  was created prior to the war but adapted for use in the trenches of the First World War, hence its name – but you could have recognised  this “army officers” influence in its styling. Originally, the trench coat  was belted at the waist with a self-belt, as well as having straps around the wrists that also buckle. A typical trench coat was a ten-buttoned, double-breasted long coat made with tan, black, khaki, or beige fabric and often has cuff straps.

 But time has passed and trench coats have modernized and are now a must have for most wardrobes .Newer versions also come in many different patterns and colours .Which can be worn from casual to dressed up.With a denim and a tailored shirt for understated-cool or over shirts and knitwear for a colder seasons.Like in the First Look where I am channeling a Afro chic style in a vintage coat. It was the perfect piece to wear while attending a designer’s new shop opening in Portobello road.

The Second Look is very much inspired by the 40’s fashion when it was all about the hourglass shape,no cleavage was seen, blouses and jackets were fitted and little to no skin was shown.I remember wearing that look to church and got so many compliments from the older ladies…Mostly.

And the third look is a fresher and trendiest take where I wore the trench over a denim on denim look for a cooler and slicker style, during a weekend escape.

So let me know which look you will go for and how you style your trench coat.Also,I added a selection of some of my  favorites fashion ladies.

Outfit 1/Coat: Vintage(try this one)   Outfit 2/Coat:Miss Selfridge (Similar here)   /Outfit 3/Coat:Zara (Try this one)

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Black for halloween

With me being Cameroonian, there are celebrations I am not used to such as Halloween. I’m still trying to understand why people have to hang out down the streets, wearing scary costumes, which really do freak me out….

For this year celebration of Halloween, I hopped on the trend with fashion and I was in a mood for black…The color black is usually known to be elegant and easy to wear, so,  even though it is not my favorite one, I decided to build on a black color tone to create my Halloween costume. I came up with a stylish outfit version of  Dracula, that I named Blackula.

Blackula Outfit

This military style trench coat is a mix of cotton and polyester with the red satin on the reverse that adds a fresh element to the outerwear option.Underneath,I layered  a cropped tank with an oversize off shoulder cotton jumper.Paired with a Soft-touch scuba high waist skirt.Then for the shoes,I opted for a studded straps details and zipped ankle boots.

The best part is I could compose with a moderate budget and create the blackula outfit with items available on the high street:

 

  • Trench coat:Mark&Spencer
  •  Jumper:Vintage
  • Cropped tank & tights: Topshop
  • Skirt: Asos (on sale here)

I would love to know about your Halloween fashion outfits so please do not hesitate to send me pictures and describe what inspired you. Please share your views with me in the comment section below.

P.S. A great alternative to this coat will a biker jacket (like here).Or if the skirt is not for you,try a pair of distress skinny jeans

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Summer outfit

 

As we are getting into fall and its grey and darker tones, I realised how much we love Summer  because Summer is colorful. It is one of our favorite season of the year because it offers us more options in terms of clothes and styles to wear……. We are allowed to push our boundaries. Some people are scared to do so, but me I live my summers like a flower bomb. Yes, I think summers without colourful prints aren’t summers at all!!!
I wore this midi skirt and the printed shirt for a lunch, on a lovely rooftop, with a friend. It was a sunny afternoon and I wanted to feel beautiful in color. This skirt has been a favourite for years as the possibilities of styling it are endless.
The skirt is made of cotton with flower prints that remind me of the multicoloured cotton midi skirt from Prada, which sits high on the waist before falling to a voluminous hem.  The orange bright shirt is adorned with the cutest little white tea cup  and made of cotton as well.
I will admit that when it comes to style, living in London really  help me to push boundaries, without feeling Over The Top and I love it. Because I just feel ‘ME’, I feel like being a grungy biker on one day,an Afro chic video vixen on another and an electrifying pattern killer lady on most days.

Shirt – GAP (Try this) /Skirt – Market /Shoes – Guess

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Black is the ultimate colour when it comes to not being sure of what to wear. And as Karl Lagerfeld once said:One is never overdressed or under dressed with a little black dress’ View Post

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