This weekend was an exciting one full of celebrations.
It was my Dad’s 73rd birthday and after several years of ill health, it was wonderful to just celebrate and enjoy this occasion with all the family.
We ventured to Buckinghamshire where my brother, his wife and divine Baby George live and had a lovely long Birthday lunch at The Bedford Arms Hotel http://www.bedfordarms.co.uk/ full of multiple bottles of wine and lots of giggles.
I’m not great at dressing casually.
I’ve always been an over-dresser because my motto is it’s better to dress up than to dress down. One designer that matches my ethos is Balmain;a designer that I am utterly obsessed with.
Pierre Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, is an inspiration to me – his vision, understanding of women’s bodies and designs surpass all other designers in my opinion; his designs nail glamour each and every time. And anyone who knows me knows I love glamour. Whether it be gold hardware on a jacket to add a touch of luxe or a satin material for a boyfriend blazer rather than cotton or crepe, to me these little touches are what dresses up casual dressing…if that makes sense!
So anyway, I can’t afford Balmain.
BUT it’s an absolute fashion goal of mine to own a Balmain blazer and I vow to work hard to achieve that goal. So, in the mean time, I’m replicating the look I love from Balmain’s collections by looking to the top end of the high street for help. And that’s where my favourite high street store, Reiss, comes in.
I searched high and low for a Balmain blazer replica and Reiss nailed it.The luxe nature of the fabric and the addition of gold hardware make it as close to Balmain’s style as you could possibly get. I styled the blazer with my blue Zara ripped jeans, a black silk Zara vest which I tucked in to the jeans for a sleeker silhouette and then my camel scarf from Joshua Ellis. I started out wearing my flat black leather Kurt Geiger ankle riding boots and then switched to Michael Kors bronze court shoes for a smarter lunch look. And of course, my trusty Prada tote which is the bread and butter of my wardrobe!
My second look was the same blue Zara ripped jeans styled with my over the knee grey suede Carvela for Kurt Geiger boots (reduced in the sale now if you want them!) and then my Vince silky striped shirt from Harvey Nichols.
Vince is actually another brand I’m loving at the moment – a USA classic contemporary designer clothing line with the concept of luxury basics, that are casual and made of high-end fabrics, but moderately priced.
As a design concept, Vince could be described as a fashion equivalent of good old comfort food. Dedicated to true basics, such as plain cotton tees, striped sailor tops and khaki shorts, Vince is a beloved staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe and has established a huge celebrity following.
I picked up my shirt in the Harvey Nichols sale recently for £55 – a sophisticated bargain, bebe. Again, I added my Joshua Ellis camel scarf and my classic Barbour jacket when I hit the outdoors post full English breakfast!
Do you prefer to dress up rather than dress down? What are your go-to high street stores to replicate high end designer? I’d love to know! I’ve included the links to the brands from this post, below.