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Hanging out is harder when you don’t even want to go outside!

posted by the hanging out team - Tuesday, December 18, 2012
How horrendous is it to fall so quickly out of love with the changing season?
It feels as though the winter months are dragging along but they’ve barely even started. There is an upside! The longer the weather sucks, the longer you enjoy the infinite fluffiness of your favourite jumper. Hanging out is harder when you don’t even want to go outside. Christmas shopping is more painful, the commute to school/college/work is harrowing enough without the harsh wind and rain. But remember, remember what comes in December comes coupled with good food, good cheer and the stylish warmth that come with it.

Here are some of my favourite examples from this season. Grab a mug of cocoa, curl up in you’re onesie and enjoy a few of my favourite jumpers!

This is a beautiful Fairisle jumper from Topshop. Fairisle is a printing technique that originates from a tiny island off the coast of Scotland of the same name. It’s traditional but was made popular when soon to be King Edward the Eighth wore Fairisle tank tops in public. We have the regal trendsetter to thank for the reappearance of Fairisle this winter.

From Scotland to Mexico, I love this Aztec jumper from New Look. Aztec prints have been knocking about for the past couple of seasons but I am still a big fan. During the Aztec era, women who weaved colourful textiles were highly respected and had control over their work process and their income. Each region had its own unique textile specialty: some weaved animals, some plants from region to region. The dyes varied from blue from clay, yellow from ochres and red from insects (yum).

Last but not least this lovely nautical number from Zara, I have always loved nautical fashion. It probably stems from my fascination with Japanese school uniforms (I blame anime). Albeit the Japanese have taken the nautical uniform thing to heart, love of nautical fashion dates way back, back in the late 1800’s in women’s yachting clothing and filtered into swimwear. Ever since sailor stripes have made reappearances throughout the Twentieth century the First World War, thirties and all the way up to now. In the navy!

However you choose to spend the bitter months of winter, wrap up warm as no one wants to hang out with someone with the flu.

Happy Christmas!

by Natasha Dujon, Hanging Out Fashion/Beauty Editor

Party Pieces

posted by the hanging out team - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Party season approaches! Bring out the killer heels, the sequins and the door-brush eyelashes. Christmas work do’s can get pretty competitive. Your colleagues always promise to come smart/casual and scoff the occasion off as not a big deal, but when the night rolls round it looks like you’re all about to grace the red carpet. The key is in the outfit. From that piece springs inspiration for the hair, the shoes and the make-up.

I had a little look around the fabulousness of Topshop to nab 3 of my personal favourites that bring about a delicious wave of nostalgia as these pieces echo hints of a golden age.

Peplums are fabulous for accentuating the hips and hiding our so-called sins, lumps or bumps that make us more nervous. Beautifully, they can be worn with both a fitted skirt and a pair of leggings or skinnies. Fun fact- the peplum originated in the nineteen forties and was introduced by Christian Dior in 1947 as the ‘calyx’ line. It was a more structured look than the tops seen in a/w 2012. The peplum re-emerged in the eighties, feminizing the broad shouldered dresses of the period with pretty florals. This fashion statement can be seen in motion throughout happy, fuzzy comedy Troop Beverly Hills (1989).

Topshop @ 25.00

Everyone loves a bit of a boogie! And if you’re like me and tend to get a bit over zealous on the dance floor, what better way to keep one’s dignity than in a playsuit? What I love about this playsuit is it’s in keeping with the forties but with a modern twist. The plunging neckline reminds me of that iconic evening dress worn by Lauran Bacall in ‘To Have and Have Not’ (1944) or a shorter cuter version of something Bette Davis would wear.

And to top it off you look stunning in this seasons shade- Oxblood! The plunging neckline welcomes the use of a statement necklace, so be daring!

What party season would be complete without the LBD! Take a look at this sultry midi dress in crushed velvet, perfect for a sophisticated look. Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) . Bare calves and simple heels with a sophisticated up hair do, don’t forget the pearls!

Topshop @ 34.00

So it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the pressure needn’t be on to look awesome as the archives of the past makes it very easy for you. Take a quick voyage to the past with a vintage flick for some inspiration; get out there and shop for your yuletide best! Ho, ho, ho and happy hanging out this Christmas! Xoxo

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