Waistcoats are the thing in my wardrobe that have the worst cost per wear record. They appeal to me and I’m forever buying them and cutting them up into pieces or having them tailored to be more fitted, but rarely so they seem to work for me. Not really. So if you have a good look with a waistcoat, I’d love to see it.

You don’t get the whole effect here, this lady was super cool but I just didn’t get the shot. That happens – and with it comes a sinking feeling of disappointment, lost opportunity, something fleeting that will now never be captured. Okay okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but you get my drift…

So, waistcoats. Tricky to get right, believe me I’ve had my fair share of waistcoat disasters. Waistcoats, I’ve found, only really work with a big dose of style humour, or a big dose of cool. Think Mossy in her waistcoat and either 70s flares or skinny jeans. Strictly monochrome and rock and roll. Think Trinny playing with proportions; little cropped furry coloured waistcoats with the rest of the outfit sleek – a slim fitting long dress or some fitted flares and a fitted overlong-sleeved plain top. It works. Or think of the arty type, a ‘formal’ suit type waistcoat with boyfriend jeans and not much else – or just a thin white t-shirt. Style humour, mixing it up. Waistcoats can bulk you out, and they can look really straight (bad, in my book) if worn the wrong way. You need to find another way through, to get the waistcoat to work. Am not totally convinced it’s working for me, but am trying – will post a few pictures on here soon and you can judge for yourself.



Summer styled chinos

Let’s face it, chinos are pretty boring and usually consigned to the ranks of off duty corporate types (male), worn with ‘boat shoes’ and some awful generic polo shirt. A uniform of sorts, but not an inspired one if you ask me.  Now chinos on a girl can look a little bit, dare i say it… butch. So, in my opinion, you’ve just got to team them with something pretty. For me, high heels are pretty much a no go area (not that they’d go with chinos anyway), but platform sandals kind of work. I have to confess that I didn’t make this up (ahem, I’m not called Thief for nothing) – I first saw this look at a friend’s wedding (thank you, Eleanor Taylor). The something else pretty is beads. Oh, and take care to show your ankles and to keep the top half cropped / not too bulky. Tada! (Denim jacket from Burberry, beads from Mistral, chinos from Gap, sandals from M&S.)

This was the sunset that night – and the photo hasn’t been enhanced in any way. Beautiful, huh?