“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.
Sustainable fashion brands - a token gesture masking clever marketing strategies or an ethically sound way of protecting our environment? You decide. Here's my favourite eco-friendly fashion brands for you to feast your moral gaze over.
SIZE MATTERS! Forget the bottomless pit that is your handbag. It's time to stop rummaging through the equivalent of Pompeii, get these cheap-as-chips minituare handbags and forgo the rummage.
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.
Ruffled trousers - the signature piece with oodles of personality and a jaunty attitude to boot. Forget your digits - let your legs do the talking - and they're delivering the keynote speech. Channel the trend in three easy steps.
Disenfranchisement and identity seem to be the recurring themes in the best of this year's new releases in literary fiction. From Jason Donald's Dalila to Alison Jameson’s This Family of Things and today's release Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah, read on for my top ten reads of the year.
There's something strange in the neighbourhood (sunshine). Who you gonna call? Maxi dresses (don't be monogamous, flirt with multiple versions). When it comes to the rare occasion of sunshine in Ireland, maxi dresses carry an allure no other one-piece can boast. Here's five reasons why maxi dresses are an Irish girl's best friend and some of the best…
If you can't glance at yourself in the bathroom mirror and think 'Dayum, GIRL', you are rocking tropical prints like a BOSS, then are you really living? I wear a jazzy outfit, therefore I am. Jazz it up - you might just meet your Ryan Gosling. Disclaimer: you will never, ever meet anyone as beautiful as Ryan Gosling.
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