Wednesday, July 27, 2016

There are Nina Proudman clothes EVERYWHERE!


SIA did a quick lap in Zara & came up with the following loot for Nina (or Billie or Zara).... 
Current Zara

Scotch & Soda (Myer) - Nina style
Current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

Current Zara but more Billie style

current Zara - these colours are too harsh
for Nina's complexion
but in softer colours, this is Nina style

current Zara - front



current Zara - back

current Zara - definitely Billie style



current Zara - I see Billie wearing this

current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

current Zara - a Billie frock

current Zara - Nina, perhaps Zara style

current Zara - Zara style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style


current Zara lace bell bottoms - Billie style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - perhaps Zara style?

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style

Please dont forget:

1. If you dont have Nina's height, body shape & colouring, you may look scarily different to her if you are hunting down her wardrobe pieces.

2. There are MANY more sources of Nina STYLE than just the clothes on the show. 

3. Alof of the actual items on the show are now not available anyway.

4. You'll feel better (& look more confident) if you do your interpretation of Nina style rather than just wear what's show on the show.  

There are Nina Proudman clothes EVERYWHERE!




SIA did a quick lap in Zara & came up with the following loot for Nina (or Billie or Zara).... 
Current Zara

Scotch & Soda (Myer) - Nina style
Current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

Current Zara but more Billie style

current Zara - these colours are too harsh
for Nina's complexion
but in softer colours, this is Nina style

current Zara - front



current Zara - back

current Zara - definitely Billie style



current Zara - I see Billie wearing this

current Zara - the bomber is Billie style

current Zara - a Billie frock

current Zara - Nina, perhaps Zara style

current Zara - Zara style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style


current Zara lace bell bottoms - Billie style

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - perhaps Zara style?

current Zara - Nina style


current Zara - Nina style

Please dont forget:

1. If you dont have Nina's height, body shape & colouring, you may look scarily different to her if you are hunting down her wardrobe pieces.

2. There are MANY more sources of Nina STYLE than just the clothes on the show. 

3. Alof of the actual items on the show are now not available anyway.

4. You'll feel better (& look more confident) if you do your interpretation of Nina style rather than just wear what's show on the show.  

Sunday, July 3, 2016

How to win Nina Proudman's white embroidered top

Hello lovelies,

Remember Nina's top in season 6, episode 1?



Well I found it at Zara in Sydney's Pitt St mall yesterday!

Exactly the same top.
I was in the queue for the change room & there it was on a rack. Pounce. It was a SS 2015 issue (southern hemisphere SS 2015/16).



Does it fit me?

Size on label: Medium
True size: Closer to the small side of medium
Pit to pit: 49 cm
Front length from centre top to centre of hem: 43 cm
Upper sleeve width: 14 cm
Measurements are laid flat, unstretched.

What brand is it?

First let's deal with the rumours about the brand of Nina's top.
Fellow blogger from Styling You claims it is an Isabel Marant - gorgeous French boho design. Their information comes from the wardrobe department of Offspring. 

With all due respect, their information is wrong. 
I have gone through almost 10 years of Marant runway and the top didn't do the walk. 

Yes, it's Marant-ish, but it's not an original by any means. It doesnt have the finesse & quality hallmarks of a runway garment (see below). 

I have also poured over the Nina photos & compared them to the top I have in my hand. The two look identical. Zara isn't in the business of creating identical. It waters down design, trim & especially fabric to make the loot cheap & saleable. So if they are identical, they can only be Zara. Both of them. 

Nina has worn Zara over many episodes - this top coming from Zara is nothing new for Nina wardrobe wise.

What label is it?

You know from my previous quality rants that the Zara brand consists of a number of labels which vary between them in quality (& hence price). The best quality is Zara Woman, the middle child is Zara Basic & the worst quality is Trafaluc or TRF. TRF is aimed at a younger market; a market which has less money to spend so its prices are low and the fabrics, trims & stylings are the cheapest of the bunch.

This top is actually TRF.  In particular, the quality hallmarks which give it away as TRF are threefold. First the mesh on the upper part is not as smooth & soft as I would like. Secondly, the fabrication is 100% modal which is code for rayon which is code for viscose. Yes, more environmentally friendly than say cotton or linen but weak when wet & likely to break down quite easily. The fabric feels thin & cheap. Thirdly & most importantly, the embroidery is made up entirely of satin stitching but it was very widely spaced. So it would be faster to make that way. Unfortunately, widely spaced means the threads will pull & snag easily. I'd be surprised if it lasts more than one summer without looking ratty. 

Do you still want it?

If so, keep reading. 

What body shapes does it suit?

All the basic rules apply here. 

1. Light colours make things look larger than they are.
If you are top heavy, not the best idea especially with a dark bottom. 

2. High necklines do not flatter big busts. If you have a large bust you will always look better with a lower neckline (think decolletage not cleavage). The see through mesh look generally doesn't do alot to counteract this. 

3. If you have cool undertones in your skin, cream will rarely suit you. Hopefully you already know whether cream is a good colour for you. Note also that the top is cream and not off white. Also if you wear a scarf in your good colours, it may be too busy with a top which has such detailed embroidery.
You may want to try a contrast colour cami underneath but that is unlikely to counteract the extensive creaminess.

4. If you have a tummy, raising your arms slightly will cause that tummy to be exposed. This goes hand in hand with the fact that the top is from the TRF label - think youth market, think cropped style tops.  

Do you still want it?

OK then, keep reading. 

SIA isn't a big famous blogger so she doesn't have alliances with retailers/manufacturers etc. In fact, alliances may be sexy but they impair your independence. That means that if they give you freebies you are obligated to spruik them & the brand. All of a sudden you reduce your spruiking of labels you genuinely like because they dont give you an income stream.

This means that SIA had to did deep to buy this top. Really deep. It was $A35.95. Reduced from $A49.95. SIA's generosity knows no bounds, eh? 

Did you also know that the top is on ebay at the moment? I think the bidding is at $A250 odd. Crazy people? You decide. 

Despite the fact that SIA couuld make a small fortune selling the top on ebay, she chooses to offer it to her lovely readers instead. 

Do you still want it?

Lordy me, keep reading. 

What do you have to do to WIN it?

If you would like to win the top, then tell SIA how you would style it. Is there something you would team with it or a bunch of things? What? How? Do tell. 

You do not have to style it in a Nina way to win this - after all, I dont want you to be a copy of a fictional character. 

Instead, SIA wants to enjoy how your vibe & personality will work with the top. Yes, how your personality is vibing with the top as Jimmy would say.

Place your response as a comment on this blog post or on any Style into Action Facebook post about the top. No private answers please.  

Any questions?

Just ask.








Saturday, July 2, 2016

Up for grabs: Nina Proudman embroidered top


Look at what's on my dining room floor (carpet, clean carpet):




Does it look familiar?

Think back to this week's episode of Offspring, season 6, episode 1. 



Since cream makes me look positively ill and Nina's style isnt my thing, I am going to put this top up for grabs. 

If I had any sense, I'd sell it to the highest bidder (there is one on ebay atm where bids are at $250!).

Over the next couple of days I will post the size & measurements as well as what body shapes it suits & doesn't suit. 

What you need to do:

In the mean time, start thinking about how you would wear this; how you would make it your own. What other clothes would you wear with it or what accessories would finish it off. It's all up to you.  

Forget how a fictional character wears this & think about how YOU would wear it. 

Then wait for the next installment......it won't be long.......




Monday, February 8, 2016

10 Ways with Ponchos & Capes

Not a winter goes by when capes & ponchos aren't the business.

Here are 10 ways to wear them:


Neat & clean cut





Luxe



Edgy 




 Aztec, tribal




Soft & sporty








Menswear, plaid





 Textural




Leather



Pastels


Designer grade