A New Perspective

stilettosandsubstance.comThis week’s style post highlights the idea of mixing and matching your previously owned fashion pieces. Dedicating a few extra minutes to our daily outfit choosing routine can go a long way resulting in fun new outfit combos. We all have that specific top and pants that we religiously pair together that we now can approach with a fresh new styling perspective.

Here I am rocking a grey peter pan collared button up top that I purchased from Asos a while back. I am pairing it alternatively with silky harem black and beige striped pants from American Apparel. This new outfit combo created a new day-to-night look mostly with the addition of the harem pants to a top that I usually wear with my black high waisted skinny pants as corporate attire.

With a neutral toned outfit there’s nothing better than to compliment it by adding a pop of colorful accessorizing. I accessorize the neutral grays and yellows with a scarlet red statement shoe by Marc by Marc. The statement show consists of golden buttons and chunky gold and red striped heel, which is my favorite element of the shoe.

I accessorize adventurously by layering many necklaces of different textures, lengths and shades for no reason whatsoever. Lastly I throw on my trademark Marc by Marc “clearly” bag, which has a vinyl panel on the front exposing the inner leather compartments of the bag. There’s an element of excitement that comes with rocking vinyl clear bags and exposing the inner workings of your life– an amusement i attained at a very early age ever since my first clear vinyl backpack with the legendary purple zippers… in Kindergarten.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by Nelly Karim (Mummy)

Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Peter Pan Collared Button Up : Asos.

Silky Striped Harem Pants: American Apparel.

Shoes: Marc by Marc.

Clearly Bag: Marc by Marc.

 

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Shift Dress Ready

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This week features a day-to-night-look. A simple outfit of the day that can be carried forth to summer night-time endeavors.

I am wearing a purple v-neck kimono-sleeved shift dress from Asos. This piece is an easy comfortable throw on and constitutes a silhouette that is flattering to many different female forms. I accessorize with a chunky necklace that put together a few years back. I bought the fluffy wool pendant from a jewelry booth during London Fashion Weekend and found beads to pair it with from the Boston bead factory.

Simplicity is the key with this look as the dress color is the main visual stimulant. The remaining accessorizing process is remained at a minimal with white a white leather Messenger from Ted Baker and white wedges from Kurt Geiger.

Mona Hamid

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Writing, Styling and Editing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Purple Dress: Asos.

Wedge Shoes: Kurt Geiger, available here.

White Messenger Bag: Ted Baker, available here.

 

Tie Dye Sunsets and Flatforms

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This week’s outfit post emits an element of childhood nostalgia as I dress for an American style family-embraced poolside barbeque away from the city. With vast amount of grass field to play in, childhood acrobatic jumping aspirations come to mind.

I am wearing a sunset tie dye top with magenta and blue hues from Ted Baker. The Ted baker spring/summer sale was ideal to stock up on fun tops and blouses that always come in handy for everyday work/fun attire. The prints say it all and make it easy to pair with casual solids. I pair it with white jeans– an item of clothing I have not owned for many years. Finding the right pair of white jeans may be a difficult process especially for us curvy types. The stretch factor and thickness of white jeans is critical. They ought to be thick enough to avoid looking like Jeggings, and they must have a good stretch factor to mold into le body shape. I found my perfect pair also at the Ted Baker summer sale. I pair it with my current favorite cloud pendant by Kirsteen Stewart that complements the sunset shirt dreamily.

Last but not least- Flatforms are created so usefully for the purpose of achieving extra height in combination with the comfort factor. Flatforms are an acquired taste and may take some of us a while to accept their existence to then possible invest in a pair and stare at them aimlessly in our wardrobe during outfit building. But once that day comes when you throw them on without the dilemma, a milestone is overcome and suddenly they are cute and make you happy.

Mona Hamid

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Styling, Writing and Editing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:-

Sunset Tie Dye Top: Ted Baker, available here.

White Pants: Ted Baker, available here.

Flatforms: Parfois.

Cloud Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

The Skies Collection

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This week’s post celebrates one of my favorite hobbies as a cloud enthusiast- sky watching. Cumulus, Stratocumulus, Cumulonimbus and the list continues. The sky has an art of its own and it is rather stimulating to deviate from out daily tasks to give nature’s gigantic cotton balls some undivided attention and appreciation. “ London based Designer Kirsteen Stewart shares my enthusiasm for clouds in her latest “Skies Collection”.

Kirsteen had created rich graphic prints for the “Skies Collection” from pictures she had taken herself of the Scottish skies at sunrise and sunset. She designed a series of structured dresses to flatter the female form. Here I am rocking the Nimbus Dress with a bold monochrome print of the Scottish skies as rain clouds begin to build on the horizon. I styled the Nimbus dress with the Cloud Pendant – also designed by Kirsteen, to play off the theme. The cloud necklace is my latest accessory amusement and had proved to be a very good conversation starter in many of my outings! I finish off my look with a scooped high bun and suede, leather, bow-string court shoes from Zara.

My lovely accomplice Arianna Miskel is rocking the Floccus Dress with a bold print inspired by the Scottish sunset. She accessorizes with the silver Mini Smile Necklace also designed by Kirsteen Stewart. Arianna finishes off the look with the Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar, Sephora’s latest long lasting lippy.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by Amanda Schulman

Writing, Editing and Styling by Mona Hamid

Modeling by Mona Hamid and Arianna Miskel

Outfit Details:-

Nimbus Dress: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Floccus Sunset Dress: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Mini Smile Necklace: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Cloud Pendant: Kirsteen Stewart, available here.

Leather Bow-tie Court Shoes: Zara, available here.

 

Chunky Delicacies

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Over the past two weeks I came across two eye-catching neutral-toned statement necklace pieces that I thought needed to be photographed together in a duet styled summer shoot. Hence this lovely weekend pre-beach/brunch duet shoot by the pier in Dubai with one of my childhood besties Ines Gameiro.

Here I am wearing a clear crystal floral chunky necklace by Coast that I styled with a simple yet fun layered summer outfit. I layered a nude pink, leveled waistcoat with a zipper trim from Designer Circus over a pleated collar white sleeveless top from H&M. I finished off the look with loose fitting denim shorts and brown structured sunnies by Cole Haan.

Ines is rocking an exquisite feminine floral delicacy from a jewelry line I recently learnt about and quickly treasured – Lenora Dame. This Necklace was composed of grey and brown pastel flowers in combination with pearls, crystals and ribbon. Ines wears the Lenora Dame necklace effortlessly with a simple cheerful little white dress, and accessorizes with bold sunglasses by Michael Kors. Both of us are wearing the same shade of pink lipstick by Mac (up the amp) that fantastically composes a complementing distinctive shade on varying skin tones.

Mona Hamid

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Outfit Details:-

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Crystal Necklace: CoastRuffled Top: H&M. Layered Waistcoat: Designer Circus, Boston. Denim Shorts: Vintage. Sunglasses: Cole Haan.

Ines

Floral Necklace: Lenore Dame. White dress: Stradivarius. Sunglasses: Michael Kors.

Personal Style: Ruffles and Romance

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Wearing lace, ruffles and pastel shades all at once might seem like a recipe for sickly-sweet fashion disaster – but as we always say here on Stilettos and Substance, you can pull off virtually anything if you style it correctly. As this look illustrates, wearing a girly childhood-inspired ensemble doesn’t have to make you look like a walking confection.

This powder blue Alice + Olivia dress strikes the perfect balance between saccharine storybook sweetness and ultra-feminine romantic sophistication. The intricately embroidered dress features a high cut neckline and dainty cap sleeves and fans out into tiers of ruffles ending just above the knee.

Don’t be afraid to play designer when it comes to your look by adding things to your clothes to customise them and add an individual touch. Here, a lace undergarment worn underneath the dress picks up on the gorgeous embroidery pattern and also covers up the peekaboo back to make it more appropriate and wearable for a formal occasion.

Styling an adorable dress like this with the right accessories is key to keep the look from treading into gimmicky territory. Black patent heels with gold detailing and a sophisticated low-bun hairstyle keep things grown up, and as this look was worn to an Indian wedding, the statement gold drop earrings and bag add the perfect luxe finishing touches.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Chandni Patel

Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:-

1. Lace Dress: Alice and Olivia.

2. Shoes: Mui Mui.

3. Bag & Earrings: Global Village ( Abu Dhabi, UAE).

Personal Style: Reinvention of the LBD

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The little black dress is a style staple that has been around forever, and for good reason. The style merits of this highly versatile wardrobe essential are endless; it is a piece that can look good on virtually anyone, and it can be transformed instantly with the help of the right styling. Here, a variety of statement pieces were used to create a look that is both chic and youthful.

When it comes to style basics like the LBD, the cut and fit is of paramount importance. This Ted Baker babydoll dress has a superior fit, and has a figure flattering fit-and-flare silhouette that is fitted on top and flared out into a pleated skirt. Its mid-thigh length elongates the leg, and the zipper detail in the back gives it some edge.

The brown and black tights give this look some visual interest by putting an unconventional colour spin on the classic houndstooth print. When it came to accessories, the ladylike look of this outfit called for the addition of something a little more unexpected to keep things interesting and unique. The Perspex neon-orange necklace is the perfect choice as it adds unexpected colour and texture and also channels this season’s futuristic trend.

The outwear you select to layer over your LBD can make or break your look, especially in the colder months. The unusual arm cutouts on this fur cape give it an elegant vintage feel that adds a luxe element to the rest of the look. A royal blue bow belt was added to cinch in the waist and give a fun pop of colour to the outfits predominantly neutral colour palette, the gloves co-ordinate with the earth tones of the outfit, and the classic black pumps echo the black of the dress and keep things simple.

 –Reem Buhazza

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Photographs by Azza Gadir

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

1. Vintage Fur Cape: King of Kensington (Kensington Market, Toronto).

2. LBD: Ted Baker Dress (Kipp), available here.

3. Blue Bow Belt: Arrogant Cat.

4. Houndstooth Brown Tights: HUE.

5. Black Patent Platforms: Kurt Geiger.

6. Neon Pink Necklace: H&M.

7. Striped Clutch: Mimco.

8. Gloves: FRATELLI FORINO.