Thursday, 7 June 2018

Styled by Helen: The Emperor's Old Clothes

Surprise, surprise - it's another red outfit from me! This time around at least I mixed it up with some white and some florals. What can I say, when find a colour I love I just roll with it/ become obsessed.

Turns out The Emperor's Old Clothes is helping to feed that obsession with this fab skirt. Kim and I had a lovely day on Saturday dressing up in a load of different pieces from this indie brand to create some fun images. I definitely confused my neighbours by leaving the house several times over the space of three hours, each time wearing something completely different! Sadly these items were only borrowed and had to be sent back ,but with good reason - the brand launch their new website today! Take a look here, and if you fancy treating yourself, you can get 15% off ready to wear clothing between 7th - 21st June with code EMPERORSW15.

Based in Brighton, this indie brand creates one-of-a-kind handmade clothing using vintage fabrics and end of roll remnants. They have some seriously kick-ass patterns and colours and all of their pieces are beautifully made. This skirt was definitely the piece that felt the most me - the colour and print are both totally up my street. I've obviously gotten used to wearing midi skirts though because this mini felt super short! I don't think it looks that short in the photos but I definitely felt conscious of my legs being on show. I think that's a sign that I need to get them out more often and re-introduce this skirt shape into my wardrobe because it looks pretty cute.

Top | H&M
Patch | Tate Modern
Skirt | The Emperor's New Clothes (borrowed)
Boots | Topshop
Bag | Play Purse
Earrings | Accessorize
Glasses | c/o Spex Pistols

I paired this floral number with a simple white tee. Well, simple for me. The ruffle sleeves make me feel very flamenco dancer and the David Shrigley patch I added make it way more fun. I'm sure I'll embrace wardrobe basics at some point but this point is not it. I have a bunch of patches just waiting for the right items to come along. Adding an iron-on patch is one of the easiest ways to customise clothes and there so many great designs out there to choose from. I quite like just adding one or two so they remain the focus but I've also seen some awesome denim jackets that people have covered in cool patches.

As well as more cool patches, I'm also on the look out for interesting hoop earrings. I really love these ones I picked up at Accessorize because they're the perfect size (and also red) but if you know of any indie designers or shops with similar sized hoops do give me a shout.

My plan is to try and wear some different colours in my next outfit post but I ain't making any promises.

Cheers to The Emperor's Old Clothes for this special discount code for our lovely readers. If you do treat yourself to something nice from their new online store we'd love to see - tag us on Instagram @wardrobeconversations so we can have a nosey.

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