LFW IN DENIM

I’ve spent my afternoon selecting my LFW outfits at the Jacob Cohen showroom in Mayfair (Yes! I am the last minute type!!). 
I am so excited to share the collaboration with a brand I’ve been loving for a long time and reflects my personal style. The Italian premium brand Jacob Cohen UK is going to dress me for London Fashion Week! 
You can find them in London in Harrods and Harvey Nichols, or online here.

Follow my #LFWinDenim on Instagram @nickyinsideout

Inside Out the Look:

Denim: Jacob Cohen (here) | Leather Espadrilles: Chanel (similar here) | 
Faux Leather leggings: Zara (similar here
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SHIRT DELUXE

The ones who has been reading me for a while now, know I am not a full time blogger – just yet. I work as retail manager for a french brand based in Mayfair .. and already for almost a month now, I am surrounded by beautiful AW collections in store. 
This time of year I always struggle between loving the summer weather and wanting to start wearing the winter layers. With my 2 weeks of summer leave coming up in a few days, I am reviewing my outfit summer options and got to this conclusion: 

Is the statement shirt this SS14’s champion piece?

Same as the sweatshirt last year, this closet essential has touched resolutely the reality of high fashion. This summer season we have seen many designers creating their own embroidered, embellished, oversized, as dresses and in luxe materials.

Demanding a late summer styling proposal? Pairing a tasty bold colour shirt into a pleated skirt is the baking hot trade on the streets at the moment. Or, for a city-to-beach edition, witness Alexander Wang, who expressed shirts unbuttoned from the waist up – It worked for me on the streets of East London, without the need of a bikini underneath. 

I am off to start packing .. shirts and slides mainly!

Shorts: Maje (many sales options here) | 
Shirt: Stolen from my family menswear closet (try this one) | 
Shoes: Zara (try this) | Bag: LV Eva Clutch (here) | Sunglasses: Celine (more here) | 
Rings: HM (similar here)

SLIDING AROUND ITALY

We took these photos last week during my holiday in Italy. 
This being my summer’s answer to the cool-girl sandals and culottes. 
Sliding around in my slip-on slides.

Culottes: Zara (more here in black) | Top: Intimissimi (here) | Slides: Nike (here in pink) | Bag: Louis Vuitton (more clutch bags here) | Sunglasses: Celine (more here) | 
Bracelets: Tiffany&co (more summer versions here) Zadig & Voltaire (here) UrbanOutfitters (more here) American Apparel (here)

ANIMAL PRINT LOVE

Apology for being away from the blogsphere for the last week. Too long. I know. I enjoyed myself on the italian riviera so no chance to bring along my mac since my feet were constantly in the water. 
At the same time I hope you enjoyed my little break if you already follow me on Instagram (If not @nickyinsideout is the destination since I am going back to Italy in a couple of weeks).
On a different note, back to the city, back in the game. 
I have been invited to show my #animalprintlove, so I take the opportunity to show you how I include the feline print in my outfit staying chic yet effortless. I like to mix animal prints together such as leopard and python or zebra and python but I always keep it a max of 2 prints war.
I select the animal print pieces in a mixture of fabrics: silk, cotton, lurex, pony skin or leather .. But never wear 2 of the same together. 
Animal prints could easily degenerate to flashy by bringing the look to an exaggerate sexy level .. So I dressed it down with birks slides.
Finally I sported a python print accessory with my red DVF which breaks the colour palette.

Top: Zara (try this one in blue) | Leather shorts: Object Fashion (more summer shorts here) | 
Sandals: Birkenstock Arizona (here) | Sunglasses: Celine (more here) | 

MY 6 STYLE TIPS

Same as most people, my taste develops perpetually, but I believe over time I evolved my own style. 
Today I came up with my personal style tips:
1. For day-to-day it’s about ease while still merging trends. 
2. I like to be inspired by the catwalks – I like adopting pieces from here and there and then making  my own expression. 
3. Accessories are really important to me. I suppose they truly create the outfit and support the definition of your personal style, more than clothes. 
4. Dress for yourself first, you have to feel good in your outfit to genuinely look good. 
5. Do not be timid to attempt something unusual for you. Like I did with this new DVF splash of red! 
6. Finally, you don’t have to deplete your credit card. It’s about key pieces, fashion sense and express yourself through your looks.
What are your style rules?

Bag: DVF (try this colour as well) | Shoes: Zara (here) | Shorts: Tucker (more here) | 
Sweater: Claudie Pierlot (more here) | Denim Jacket: Benetton (here)

DENIM SHORTS

I like to consider denim shorts an investment to treasure for years. 
Casual, Easy & Versatile, they just improve in the long time. 
It’s a twenty-four hours piece which you can wear day to night and here is how I styled it for you this time.

Ripped Denim Shorts: Zara (other option here) | Shoes: Converse All Star (here) | 
T-Shirt: Zadig et Voltaire (more options here) | Leather Jacjet: Maje (similar here) | 
Bag: Ralph Lauren (here) | Sunglasses: Celine (here)

LITTLE STYLE LESSON ABOUT CULOTTES

I styled my new culottes with a crop top. If the occasion doesn’t allow you to wear a short statement top  or you do not like the see through effect, it would work well also layered over a long shirt. I would choose a light blue one for this colour palette. For an extra style tip I feel culottes look champion when the top half is wholly covered, way up to the neck. (I am not going to complain the weather did not allow me to wear it this way). Culottes function with heels or flats, reckon how elegant you want to be.
 There is something masculine about this trend affirmation and I always like the idea of girls suiting menswear for their own. 

Culottes: Zara (more here
Cropped top: Maje (more here
Shoes: Adidas Originals Stan Smith (here)