Street Style – The Trench


Dublin. Ireland. What is the story? Am I hot, am I cold, is it raining, is it sunny? Who the hell knows! All I do know is I am loving pulling out my long, vintage trench coat on the mild, wet days when winter wool just won’t cut it. The trench – or mac, as we usually say – is a style stable. An item for every wardrobe, whether you are a minimalist or maximalist – isn’t the latter more fun?!

They often come in midi lengths and sometimes feel difficult to style without looking swallowed, so here are some great street style looks to help you along your rainy way.











And don’t forget your shades, your brolly, you hat and scarf. Just in case!

B xx

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Transitional Style Staples


With the weather up and down like a yoyo – am I hot, am I cold, am I suffering from early menopause? – getting ready in the morning is becoming time consuming and a straight up pain. Maybe you are one of those super organised folks who put out your clothes the night before, but for most of us very Irish people we take a look out the window – or in 2017 check our app – to get a glimpse of the day ahead and decide last minute what to wear the office/cage.

In the morning rush – no, nobody has stuck to that ‘getting up 30 minutes early to do mediation’ new year resolution – I find myself reaching for three elements to make up an outfit. Blazer. Cropped jean – Mom or cropped flare. Court style shoe, or the 2017 variation of the court thanks to Pheobe Philo.

Why all so good? Well, a blazer can go over anything, even the most hideous or worn looking t-shirt. They are great for this weather when it gets a little hot in the office, they are comfortable, and you always look smart in a blazer. While many people cannot wear jeans to work – poor you! – the Mom jean or cropped flare seem to be the more dressy of the jean family. They can look smart – with said blazer – enough to wear to the office once paired with the right top and shoe (plenty of examples below). This brings me to the skin baring shoe. For a lot of people it is FAR too early to be showing any skin, even on your feet. But I have opted for the court shoe sans sock for some time now, given the mild January we had, and I have to say I love it! I feel I have more choice when not restricting myself to the winter boot everyday, and again, this shoe style dresses up my blazer and Mom jeans in no time – and I have no time.

Lots of inspiration for you………….

Trailing Blazers










Wear My Jeans, Mom?











The Shoe Game










So the moral of the story is; invest in black court shoes and a black blazer, and Emmanuel Alt is the High Queen of the blazer/jeans/court shoe uniform. Watch and take notes.


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Transitional Fashion – Winter to Spring Staples

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Ah, its April and the sun is FINALLY shining on our Vitamin D deprived skin. We have waited a very long, and very cold, winter to feel the warmth of the Spring sun, and while we dust off our Ray Bans and frantically remove body hair – yes, start booking those appointments now – this time of year does come with its wardrobe woes.

Its the transitional time of year where its too warm for half of your wardrobe, but not quite hot enough for the other half. So, to make life a little easier, here are some staples that will get your through the new few weeks of ‘inbetweenie’ weather – its official name!

Ankle Boots 

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We all have them, and if we don’t we should. They are perfect for this weather as you can start to wear them with your skirts/dresses, without tights, and still look warm. The removal of the opaque tights can be a difficult issue. When is the right time? Am I too early? Yesterday was a balmy sixteen degrees in County Kerry, and I worn my skirt – below the knee of course – with my black ankle boots and no tights. I was warm, and didn’t look like I was getting carried away just because I saw one beam of sun.

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Simple, but effective. Socks are your friend this time of year, worn instead of your tights with said ankle boots, or brogues and sneakers. Think cool coloured or fancy black rather than your chunky sport socks. These are part of the outfit, an accessory, and can set it off nicely while you wait patiently to wear your open toe shoes. Pairing with open toe shoes can work very nicely also.

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Trench Coat

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A classic mac or contemporary duster coat is a Spring staple. You can through it over everything, even into your bag, and it will work nicely over dresses or jeans when your winter coat becomes too much. I think your faux fur winter coat and blanket scarf deserve a break at this stage. They must be as exhausted as I am from wearing them.

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I love this time of year as I can finally start to dig out some of my summer day dresses. Dresses that don’t look as good with black tights as they do with funky socks or ankle boots. Shave your legs and get your pins out. Its not too early. (Tip: make the dresses midi, or at least below the knee, at this time of year. Its a little early for the bare legged mini)

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Cropped Trousers

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Cropped trousers or jeans are a Spring classic. If you are not yet brave enough to get your legs out, these will bring your gradually into ankle baring season. Pair with heels or flats and a bare ankle – or ‘bankles’, as we now like to call them.

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The beauty of all of these staples is that they can all be worn together, mix and match. If you are feeling exceptionally fashion forward, you can even put that dress OVER those cropped trousers and jeans. The fashion bloggers new favourite trend, and one which I tried recently and LOVED.

The only wardrobe warning in this article – IT IS TOO EARLY FOR DENIM CUT OFFS. STOP. IT. ALREADY.

Enjoy the sunshine!


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