May 31st, 2011
Hello all! Just a quick note to remind you to tune in this week to to watch me make over ‘The Queen of Comfort’ Jessica in a BRAND NEW episode of ‘How Do I Look?’ on the Style Network. In their words ’30-year-old Jessica thinks her confident personality is off-putting to guys- but, in truth, she’s looking for love in a style that says she doesn’t love herself’ And this could not be more true! For this episodes air times this week just click this link http://www.mystyle.com/mystyle/shows/howdoilook/schedule/index.jsp Make sure to tune in and let me know what you think!
May 26th, 2011
Mischa, you used to be such a fashion maven, what happened? I confess, I used to pore over pictures of Mischa circa The OC days, I coveted her endless collection of Chanel flats and 2.55′s and thought she was a true beauty. Sadly her fashion successes are now few and far between and she seems to have hit an all time low with this comical red/white/black get up, accessorized with the most horrendously cartoonish pair of specs I have ever set my eyes on. MISCHA! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!
May 24th, 2011
Gents, the chambray shirt is fast becoming a fashion classic for men. It will be an ever reliable addition to your closet and I promise you will live in yours. Wear to the office with a navy blue slim suit and brown brogues, sport it at the weekend with some flat fronted khaki’s and desert boots and on a date wear it with a black cotton slim pant and A.P.C. boots. Please keep your chambray shirt slim cut, lightweight and devoid of any Western ‘cowboy-esque’ details. If on a budget head to www.jcrew.com, if you can spend a little more take a look at Rag and Bone’s interpretation www.mrporter.com
May 23rd, 2011
It is not often that I am rendered speechless but when I first set eyes on this photograph of Mary Kate Olsen I was simply stunned. I feel it is my duty to inform her that ‘Grandma Chic’ should only be utilized in very small does. The fur hat, shapeless calf length dress, floral shawl and lady like handbag is geriatric fashion overkill. The correct way to incorporate a little chic inspired by your Grandmother is with subtlety. Make sure you mix this look up with more modern pieces; think a round neck silk blouse paired with a tailored short or a cashmere cardigan over a floral mini dress. Be warned!
May 20th, 2011
I first spotted Alexa Chung wearing THAT Carven dress, you know, the black one with the teeny white collar. Then Kate Bosworth popped up on the cover of Lucky magazine wearing the same dress. When I saw Alexa sporting this Phillip Lim blouse, I had no choice but to announce that this is the ‘Year Of The Collar’! Even I have taken to buttoning up my blouses up to the top or throwing on a round neck sweater over them just so I can pull out the collar. Alexa’s Phillip Lim blouse can be easily replicated, just run to your local arts and crafts store, buy some stud’s, locate an off white cotton button down and embellish the collar to your hearts content! xo
May 17th, 2011
Rosie’s outfit is pure fashion perfection whilst out and about in the Big Apple. Clearly inspired by Parisian style, Huntingdon Whitely is wearing her blue jeans, felt fedora and Isabel Marant boucle jacket and boot with such ease. Be inspired by her combination of soft neutrals, light denim and careful selection of accessories.
May 13th, 2011
Ladies have you tried the new mid length skirt? If not then I urge you to give it a go. This Madewell number in the picture above is a great color that can go with everything (don’t you just love that girls!?) just replace your mid blue denim jeans with this very skirt! Tee’s, button downs, brogues, ballet flats etc will all look great with it. However if you are vertically challenged such as myself then I think it can only be worn with a high heel and a top that has a very slim silhouette. Find this one at www.madewell.com
May 10th, 2011
To wear an over-sized red pant suit when you are 5ft tall is a risky move but I think if anyone can pull this off its the diminutive Miss Olsen. I would never dream of wearing this myself but I think she looks effortless and reminiscent of one of my most treasured fashion icons, Lauren Hutton. I love how she breaks up the powerful red suit with the graphic simplicity of the black and white stripes. The flat sandals and bulky sunglasses complete the look making it fashion perfection!
May 5th, 2011
Chaps, yes it is that dreaded time of year again, the time to bare your legs! Now I know a lot of my male friends are terrified of shorts, preferring to risk heat exhaustion by wearing their heavy denim jeans throughout the summer. Well have no fear, Clare is here! Firstly I suggest you avoid shorts that hit you below the knee, stick to on the knee or just above. If you are a young hot young thing then go for as short as you want (see second guy on the left in above photo). Stick to flat fronted simple shorts (no pockets, no hint of combat/military style!) in neutral colors such as navy, khaki and dark green. In regards to which shoes to sport, unless you are heading to the gym please no sneakers, and if not at the beach or poolside avoid flip flops at all costs! Stick to a boat shoe such as the Sperry Topsider (see above) a lightweight plimsoll (Superga’s are great), or an espadrille inspired shoe (think TOMS or the multiple replications that are out there). To top off your slim cut shorts grab a form fitting (but not tight) shirt, polo or tee in a similarly neutral hue. You can never go wrong with a chambray shirt, just roll up the sleeves put on your pair of classic tortoiseshell sunglasses (see my previous sunglasses post) and GO! For further help gents, you can ask me any sartorial questions in the ‘ASK CLARE’ section. Don’t be scared, I am here to help!
May 4th, 2011
Noted as a muse by designers of all generations (from Mr Armani to the Olsen’s), at 67 Lauren Hutton is showing no signs of slowing down. Not only is she the face of J Crew’s latest collection and The Row, you can also regularly find her toting her wares on HSN (laurenhutton.com). For me Lauren is an inspiration as her main preoccupation when getting dressed is comfort; you will never see her tottering around on a pair of vertiginous heels or being rushed to the ER a la Joan Collins because ‘her corset is too tight’. You are much more likely to find Ms Hutton in a beautifully cut pantsuit, a white tee and a pair of pristine plimsolls or flats. Ms Hutton, you are my kind of gal. x