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.

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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).

Style Post: Spring Bloom

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Fashion shifts as the seasons do, and Stilettos and Substance is making its first foray into spring style!

The possibilities of spring dressing are virtually endless; layers and neutrals have been replaced with lashings of bright shades that span the colour wheel, fun prints that make a big statement, and a sunny style outlook to match the warmer weather.

Get inspired for the new season with these fun, spring-ready looks that experiment with a variety of colours, textures and patterns. The models were styled using a mix of different prints, materials and colours to create vibrant, youthful looks that are fresh and perfect for spring.

Along with your wardrobe, spring is also a great time to get creative with your makeup bag and create fun beauty looks. Big beauty statements such as the big lashes, bold eye looks, bright lips, and colourful nail art seen here can bring an element of fun to your look and are the perfect fun accompaniments to spring dressing. 

Reem Buhazza

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Styling by Mona Hamid

Modeling by Johannah Zacharer & Charibel Jimenez

Makeup by Tai Charles

Photographys by Carolyn McMorran

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.