Saturday, 6 September 2014

6 ways to style a roll neck this season...

I'm going to throw this out there, I LOVE a good roll neck.

Admittedly I used to hate the idea of them when I was in my teens, but now I'm all about embracing a warm neck. Plus, the layering opportunities with roll necks are endless - see this H&M pink and cream number which actually gives the appearance of two jumpers layered over one another. 

High street retailer (/ love of my life) Zara has pretty much based its ENTIRE lookbook on the classic clothing item (and has provided a wealth of inspiration about how to go about layering it), which is proof - if any is needed - that you should definitely stock up on a few turtle necks ASAP.

Where it all began.

So where does the roll neck originate? According to Mr Porter, roll necks can be traced back to the 15th century - although back then, it was more of a tall-collar garment for men than the stylish womenswear staple that it is today. The most common use for this particular style of clothing would've originally been as utility wear (for soldiers), due to its super snug nature.

15th century aside, the roll neck really came into its own in the 1920s when male creatives, such as poets, began to replace shirts with the wardrobe staple - a pretty HUGE deal as practically all men wore shirts. The garment later became a style typically worn by beatniks (cultured cool kids who hung around in coffee shops) and was hugely popular in the Fifties and early Sixties. This period was also when the roll neck cemented itself into the wardrobes of women. 

The roll neck has since been in-and-out of fashion more times than you can shake a stick at. But it's always come back with a vengeance, which is why it makes such a good wardrobe staple. 

If it's good enough for Audrey...

Just to make sure that you don't channel Will Ferrell in Anchorman this season (not ideal),
here are 6 tips to help you rock a roll neck:

1) Want to look all effortlessly chic and elegant? Tuck your hair into your roll neck. It's quite practical too as when the wind blows, your hair stays firmly in place (thus reducing potential hair-in-mouth incidents).

Image by ZARA
2) For a simple-yet-cool layered look, try popping a thin roll neck (like this one) under a crew neck jumper.

Image by ZARA
3) If you want a warm yet smart, tailored work outfit, try wearing a roll neck underneath a sleeveless tux jacket. Team with cigarette trousers or an ankle grazing skirt.

Image by Hobbs
4) Oversized roll necks + skirts = instant win.

5) For a sports-luxe take on the trend, opt for this marl sweatshirt avec roll neck from H&M.

Image by H&M
6) Style a vibrant and colourful roll neck with neutral shades, or vice versa.

Image by David Hew /
To conclude, roll necks are basically your best friend right now. Embrace the snug.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

#271 - Banana Republic x Roland Mouret

Photos by Victoria Adamson

Hello folks.

Just a quick one today to share the photographs from a street style shoot we did at ELLE the other day featuring new snippets from the Roland Mouret x Banana Republic collection. I've got to admit, after initially eyeing it with scepticism, I've now majorly fallen in love with this leopard print vest. The skirt was a TAD big, but hey ho – that'll teach me for being such a midge.

You can see the full shoot here.

Adios x x x

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Morocco Series (Part 7) - Marrakech

This has been a long time coming, but I've finally got round to writing up the seventh (and final) instalment in my Morocco series: this one is ALL about Marrakech, which is the final place we visited in Morocco. Here's a brief overview of our stay in the capital...

R I A D   R A F A E L E

We stayed in a beautiful place called Riad Rafaele which is situated in the heart of Marrakech's old medina. The decor in the Riad is spot on (rose-filled fountains? yes please), the service is excellent and their ginger cat is probably the friendliest little moggy that I've ever met. The Riad also has a built-in Hammam which is a pre-heated room where you have a full body exfoliation (which can be quite vigorous, but your skin feels great afterwards). Jack and I both opted for the traditional Hammam treatment as well as a massage and it was wonderful!

J A R D I N   M A J O R E L L E

Prior to heading over to Marrakech, I was doing a little bit of 'internet research' (aka blog reading) and I stumbled across Carrie's post about Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. From the beautiful photographs that she'd taken I knew that this place would be worth a visit, and boy was I right. I'll let the photos do the talking...

T H E   S O U K S

A maze of shops, market stalls and Moroccan wares; the souks in Marrakech medina are a site to behold. Hundreds of little alleyways filled with colourful scarves and pashminas, silver Moroccan teapots, lanterns, spices and pointed slippers. Prepare to be hassled though, each and every stall owner will try and sell you something. You have to be quite hard-nosed and try not to show too much interest.

 D J A M A A   E L   F N A

The main square 'Djamaa El Fna' is where you will find men charming snakes and holding little monkeys, veiled women drawing henna patterns onto the wrists of tourists and locals selling their wares to passersby. Slippers, tagine pots, teapots, tortoises, spices, hats, leather rucksacks and handmade carpets are just some of the things you can expect to find being sold here.

Hopefully this series of posts will come in useful to any of you who may be visiting Morocco in the near future :) and as I mentioned in my previous #travel post, if you need any further info or advice about anything feel free to just drop me an email or leave a comment below. 

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