Personal Style: The Female Karl

Winter layering doesn’t have to be frumpy and shapeless when it’s done right. When you put thought into how you layer your clothes in the colder months, you can ensure that you will look just as chic out and about as you do when you peel off your layers indoors.  This Karl Lagerfeld inspired outfit illustrates how you can layer stylishly and smartly (and still keep toasty while you’re at it!). This ensemble is a sartorial fusion of the antique and the contemporary, and a stylish juxtaposition of masculine and feminine.

The ruffled collar of the white blouse is a contemporary nod to the menswear of the 1800’s. Along with adding a facet of drama to the otherwise basic white shirt, the high neck is also a practical aspect as it keeps your neck shielded from the cold. The androgyny continues with the addition of the vintage embroidered waistcoat over the shirt, which compliments the white with its muted shades of cream and grey. The light grey military coat is the perfect topper to this winter outfit, as its neutral colour is a refreshing substitute to winter’s default black.

Black leggings are a trans-seasonal wardrobe staple that never goes out of style and can be teamed with virtually anything. Here, they balance out the heaviness of the multiple top layers and cut a fashion-forward sleek silhouette. The black patent riding boots are the ideal choice of footwear for wet and snowy climes as they are waterproof and comfortable. The burgundy gloves, maroon brooch and purple bag are finishing touches that add a rich a pop of colour to this otherwise neutral ensemble. These standout accessories also balance out the masculine elements by adding a distinctly feminine feel to the look.

Reem Buhazza

Photographs by Azza Gadir

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

1. Military Coat: Sisley.

2. Collared Blouse: Zara.

3. Waistcoat: Mom’s Closet (vintage).

4. Horse Riding Leggings: Zara.

5. Jelly Bag: Furla, available here.

6. Patent Boots: Burberry.

7. Blue Shades: Camden Market, similar here.

8. Suede Gloves: Primemark.


Personal Style: Goth Chic

Combining complimentary separates in different textures and fabrics can help you create a striking custom-made evening look that you wont find on the rack. Experimentalism is the key to creating a high-impact look, as this darkly glamorous look illustrates.

Collar necklaces are an easy way to instantly transform the mood and tone of any outfit. This yellow and black baroque print top is given a Victorian-esque feel and an additional element of interest and with the detachable black and white lace collar accessory.

This theatrical maxi-length skirt is embellished with rhinestones and provides a goth contrast to the girlie top. The dark tulle functions as the focal point of this outfit, injecting additional drama into this ensemble.

A strong look such as this calls for minimal accessories as to not overpower the theme or make it seem contrived. The small black clutch and pointy black pumps are the perfect choices to top off this girlie-goth look; their colour ties in with the look’s dark undertones, and the clutch’s velvet material keeps things texturally interesting. Additionally, the dark lipstick is a great example of how you can include your makeup look in your sartorial endeavours.

Reem Buhazza

Photographs by Mona Al-Marzoqi Jones

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

1. Lace Printed Top: Karen Millen.

2. Tulle Skirt: France Haneva (via Green Bird Boutique, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E).

3. Embellished Collar: Global Village, Dubai, U.A.E (Chinese Market).

4. Shoes: Dune.

5. Velvet Clutch: Banana Republic (Style: Anna Karenina jasmine box clutch).

6. Bracelet: Karen Millen.

Beauty: Our Makeup Bag Essentials

We Stilettos and Substance girls aren’t just obsessed with style – we love beauty too! For our first ever beauty post, we’ve each compiled a list of 5 favourite beauty products from our makeup bags that we just can’t live without.



1. Clinique Intense Eyeliner in Instense Midnight 
“This is my favorite black eyeliner at the moment! I love that it’s long lasting so I never need to re-apply.”

2. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC45
 “I needed a concealer that was long lasting and didn’t look cakey. This does the job – it’s a new favorite.”

3. L’Oreal True Match Compact Makeup in Soft Sable 
“Perfect for when I am on-the-go and I don’t want to carry too much makeup in a cute tiny purse.”

4. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm
 “I rock this all day, every day. My favorite product of all time – I cant live without it!”

5. Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple
 “This beautiful mint colour surprisingly compliments of all my outfits and is and great option for all seasons.”



1. Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded
“I’m a huge fan of bronzer, and I love the golden shimmer in this one. I use it as a highlighter too!”

2. Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk
“I’m obsessed with lipgloss, and this one is my favourite right now. The nude colour is gorgeous and it has a minty tingle to it.”

3. MAC blush in I’m The One
“I can never seem to find a shade of pink blush that suits me, but this one does.”

4. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep
“I cant live without powder. I really love this one because its lightweight and the minerals in it are good for your skin.”

5. Sephora Liquid Eyeliner in Black
“I’ve been wearing liquid eyeliner every single day for years! This one is really easy to apply and it stays on all day.”