I love a good pair of boots, especially ones with a heel. My wardrobe is literally adorned with every heel height, colour and pattern; from floral embroidery to faux snakeskin, you can never go wrong with a statement boot.
This season, the high-street is laden with affordable boots that are guaranteed to stand out when paired with all black or simple parred down tones, so instead of breaking the bank by reaching for Gucci, opt for more affordable options from Topshop or ASOS.
Far left: Miss Selfridge Embroidered Boots – £85
Middle: Dune Oxford Floral Boots – £115
Far Right: ASOS Jacquard Boots – £38
Androgynous: Partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.
Since I was little, I have naturally gravitated towards clothes that would be considered slightly more “boyish” than “girly.” As a child, I would opt for a football top and shorts instead of a frilly dress. As I’ve gotten older, this habit has stuck with me and I am often (to their dismay) found rummaging through the wardrobes of my dad and my boyfriend, searching for a T-shirt or baggy jumper to wear. I have absolutely no problem shopping in the men’s section of a shop, because in my eyes it just isn’t the men’s section; clothes are clothes. This doesn’t even just apply to girls, how many skaters have shopped in the women’s jeans section trying to find the skinniest jeans possible?
Some companies have begun to release unisex collections and A-listers from Sofia Richie to the Olsen twins have made androgynous dressing a trend that is definitely here to stay. Often sporting masculine-style suits, the Olsen twins epitomise shabby-chic on their days off, and literally give me casual dressing goals in loose-fitting comfies. Sofia Richie, rebelling against traditional ideas of “feminine” dressing, shows how easy it is to take a piece that is designed for a menswear collection (like the Givenchy oversized Rotweiler print tee, below) and turn it into an enviable weekend outfit by simply wearing is as a T-shirt dress.
East London born brand A.D.Y.N is spearheading the movement, crafting genderless basics that are perfect for any essentials collection. Longline and baggy pieces dominate their collection – easy to wear with jeans and court shoes for simple and effective dressing, the brand bridges the gap between high-street and high-end.
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So here’s hoping that more brand’s venture out into the big bad world of androgyny, because tbh, I need more baggy jumpers in my life.
The sky is officially greying here in London and quite frankly, I could not be happier. It is time to put away the floral dresses and thigh-skimming mini skirts, and look towards longer silhouettes. A hero on the AW16 runway, velvet can not be ignored. Whether in the form of figure-hugging leggings, midi-dresses or seductive camisole tops, literally nothing screams statement like all velvet errrrything.
If your budget allows, then look to Fendi or Valentino for your staple velvet piece, but if like me, your budget definitely does not allow, then Zara and ASOS will be your saviour. Take one key piece and pair it with a metallic skirt for maximum effect, or keep things simple with jeans and a leather jacket for evening drinks.
Playsuit – asos.com: £32
Leggings – Zara: £15.99
Boots – Topshop: £65
Dress – Mango: £59.99