Playtime

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For this post, I was inspired by an effortless easy breezy playtime attire enabling me to accomplish freestyle happy dancing moves in the streets of Soho. I am rocking a loosely fitted button-up white shirt accompanied by silky black harem pants. The simplicity of this outfit brings us back to the basics of sporting an effortless, chic daytime look.

My new Asos cut-out party booties make the dancing commence with ease due to their perfect height of 2.5 inches. Your new moves may surprise you. You know. You may have been a sea lion in a previous lifetime.

To add some hues of color to the look, I am layering with an olive green leather jacket and my trademark purple fur muffler, and a heavy duty screw cuff bracelet from Miansai.

Mona Hamid

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Photography by Sarah Jean Fatheree

Outfit Details:

Cut-out Booties: Asos.

Silk Harem Pants: J Brand

White Shirt: Zara

Leather Jacket: Zara

Fur Muffle: Bloomingdales.

Bracelet: Miansai

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Urban Jungle

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Summertime in the city calls for easy dressing – light fabrics, a loose fit, and a kaleidoscope of colours form the perfect style trifecta in the warmer months. Throwing an on-trend jungle print into the mix doesn’t hurt either! This casual-luxe ensemble shows how you can effortlessly inject some opulence into your summer daywear.

The oversized vintage silk shirt is the undeniable focal point of this look. Its intricate jungle print, baroque gold detailing, and rich colours catch the eye and transform the shirt from a simple wardrobe basic into an eye-catching statement piece. Instant modifications like buttoning up the shirt, tucking it in to the shorts, and rolling up the sleeves give this oversized piece some much needed shape and structure.

The loose fitting silk safari-esque drawstring shorts with gold accents are the perfect neutral compliment to the vibrant shirt. A velvet navy blue turban and burgundy loafer slippers continue the regal vibe of this look, and a dash of gold accessories finish things off nicely.

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Frances Ramirez Editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Location: Central Square, Cambridge, MA

Outfit Details:

  1. Silk Parrot Print Shirt: Vintage
  2. Silk Shorts: H&M Conscious Collection
  3. Loafers: Topshop
  4. Turban: Isamarij www.everythingundertheshade.tumblr.com

 

 

 

Color Checkmate

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Much like a game of chess, great style is all about strategically making your next move and not being afraid to take a risk at times. The bright colourways, risky hemline and voluminous shape of this vibrant 1950’s inspired ensemble is a great example of how some sartorial experimentation can result in a timeless and chic look.

The focal point of this outfit is the multi-coloured vintage Balenciaga skirt that belonged to Mona’s mother back in the 1980s. Although this skirt is decades old, it still possesses an ultra-modern feel thanks to its vivid colours and unique length that hits the sweet spot between maxi and midi. Maxi skirts and dresses are timeless summer staples, and the midi length hemline made a huge resurgence on the Fall 2013 runways.

 Tucking in a top is a great way to style a voluminous skirt such as this one. Here, a bright pink Cynthia Rowley silk top that picks up on the pink lines of the skirt is tucked in to carve out a feminine silhouette.

A tricky hemline such as this one can cut off your legs and make them appear shorter, so the proper choice of footwear is vital. Nude coloured heels close to your skin tone solve this problem by creating the illusion of a longer leg. A handcrafted silver statement necklace and metallic clutch bag finish off the look and lend a contemporary touch.  

Reem Buhazza

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Photography by Chandni Patel Editing by Mona Hamid

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

  1. Silk Hot Pink Top:  Cynthia Rowley
  2. Skirt: Vintage Balenciaga
  3. Nude Pointy Pumps: Enzo Angiolini, available here
  4. Tassel Clutch: Asos