MIDI SKIRTS VS MEN – THERE’S NO COMPETITION Ah, midi skirts. The medium-sized woman’s holy grail. The waxen faced wench’s cheat to showing a bit of leg without blinding the masses with the most pallid of pins. A great way to show some ankle without having to shave the entire leg. An all-round winner. Wear with a bodysuit,…
Not so many half moons ago, I worked in a lovely department store. Much to my chagrin/amusement every Thursday without fail I was visited by a small woman with big demands. The diminutive regular with a spiky hairstyle to rival Sonic’s would come to the only department that stocked size 50, requesting a size 6 ‘set’. As if in…
Google ‘what is the whitest thing in the world’ and the first thing that comes up is an entry on Quora from a man named Raaj Bansal who studied at Times World School (is that the Internet equivalent of ‘School of Hard Knocks/The University of Life in one’s Tinder bio?). The whitest thing, according to Mr Bansal, is not…
The ubiquitous cardigan has long been associated with the nonagenarian set, along with Jameson whiskey parties (all day erryday), politically incorrect phrases like ‘coloured people’ and big girl’s panties where literally all areas are covered. No more. Along came Alessandro Michele for Gucci, resurrecting exiled pieces like the twin set, flamboyant embellishment and now, the sartorial item most…
WORLD WAR WENCH AND HER DECENT EXPOSURE Off-white cropped flares, a lacquered trench coat, pointy-toed pewter ankle boots, a SLIVER OF LEG…..it’s as if I had the equivalent of a sartorial lobotomy. You heard it here first; the part of my brain that collates a stylish outfit has been surgically removed resulting in a markedly less complex psychic life. But,…
The Perennial Winter Wardrobe Staples You Need in Your Life Winter wardrobe staples might appear to be diametrically opposed to everything I stand for as the Fashion Horn but hear me out, OK? Wardrobe Wars – Style Staple or Red Herring? Who was it that said dress for the job you want? I often find myself dressing on a…
“I used to tell my clients, ‘I don’t care what your husband does from the neck down, but I don’t want them to touch you from the neck up.'" Fierce words from Margaret Vinci Heldt, creator of the beehive. The 1960s had many fashion icons whose enduring style still holds appeal. Here's my homage to 60s fashion.
The wrap top has finally been resurrected and it's had a major facelift. Think flamin' Nora pink, leg o'mutton sleeves, a fierce back story and you're halfway there. Find out why this humble garment is my new sartorial go-to.
Brigitte Bardot is not dead. Want to swell the coffers of your sex appeal? Of course you do. Bare that clavicle, girl, and show your pound of flesh. The off-the-shoulder trend is going nowhere so here's how to wear it for any occasion.
Serpents, sabre-toothed tigers and sylvan-inspired prints, Gucci's romanticism and intricate Italian craftsmanship means it is the most sought-after ready-to-wear brand for any bona fide style maven. Here's how to channel the Gucci look for less than a night out. You're welcome.
Verging on middle age; not quite sea hag, not yet swan, Mary Cate (AKA me) is a self-professed kook with a love of man-repelling outfits, raging feminist outbursts and high brow cultural escapades. Has no access to the top shelf (5' 2"). Expect hair. Lots of hair.
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September 12, 2018
By Mary Cate Smith