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


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


Get Carried Away

With New York Fashion Week only a few days away, I took it upon myself to get inspired and challenge my wardrobe. I attempted to pull my own version of the “Carrie Bradshaw” by putting together pieces that I would not naturally gravitate towards pairing together, but somehow just come together in an unconventional manner.

I am wearing a mustard heavy weight metallic Gilet with puffy sleeves. I pair it in an alternative manner with a cream pleated high waist A-line skirt and suede peep-toe booties creating an effortless easy day or night-out-in-town look.

The luminous metallic fabric of the Gilet definitely makes it the statement piece and ideal to pair with my ethnic ‘Lapiz Lazuli’, semi-precious, blue stone necklace from Afghanistan. The vibrant colors all compliment each other dreamily in addition to the pop of scarlet red lipstick – Mac’s renowned “Ruby Woo”. I finish off the look with a straw weaved messenger bag to play off the semi organic feel of the look.

 Mona Hamid


Photography by Kornelija Slunjski

Styling, Editing and Writing by Mona Hamid

Outfit Details:- 

Mustard Gilet: French Connection.

Pleated White Skirt: Aqua, similar here.

Suede Booties: Steve Madden, available here.

‘Lapiz Lazuli’ Ethnic Afghani Necklace: Antique Store, Abu Dhabi.

Long Chain Clock Necklace: ATL 5 point vintage store.

Straw Messenger Bag : Vintage.


Grandma Chic

www.stilettosandsubstance.comHere I decided to do a style post where I create an outfit from bits and pieces of items that I already own – an exercise we sometimes get lazy to preform. However when doing so, we ultimately uncover hidden gems we already own in our closets.

I am wearing a vintage dress that I bought a year ago from a store in Boston called the Garment District. It is a 50’s era pastel floral printed long sleeved A-line midi. I decided to give the dress a little twist when styling to make it more attainable to our modern era via accessorizing. I am wearing a black chiffon bow belt from H&M to add that definition at the waist and to give the dress some color- blocking and character. I decided to wear my hair in a French braid, which is my go to hairstyle in humid weather and gives the look a fun new edge. I finish off with silver metallic pumps from Karen Millen and black clutch and sunglasses.

Mona Hamid
Photography by Ines Gameiro

Writing, Styling and Modeling by Mona Hamid

Oufit Details:-

Vintage Floral Dress: Garment District, Boston, MA.

Bow Belt: H&M.

Shoes: Karen Millen.