Nostalgia of the 90s

Good day to you my reminiscent readers,

It has always amazed me how a certain scent, item of clothing or hair style (Kenzo flower, a multi coloured corduroy miss sixty skirt and who can forget the “Rachel hairstyle for me) can bring back thoughts of your younger years in an instant. For this months post, I wanted to delve into the world of nostalgia; and in my case the 90s and 00s and how style has evolved over the decades.

(Images courtesy of google images)

I have such fond memories of where my foray into the fashion world began. I always loved pouring over fashion magazines and influences for me as a teenager were from Top of the Pops on a Friday night and the annual Oscars ceremony from Hollywood where I looked on in wonder at the cutting edge creations which adorned the movie stars.

Although I admired the body con style of dresses that girls from my school would wear when we were old enough to go out, with my swimmers shoulders and tomboy, athletic build that look was not for me. As soon as I saw Kate Moss however, I knew that I had found my muse. With her understated hair, bare faced beauty and bohemian style I was hooked. I was the only one out of my group of friends who would wear an ankle grazing skirt, plain vest and flip flops to a club and some of the looks from the glamorous girls in the bars were to be desired but I have always been comfortable in the fact that I know what suits my body and confidence comes from being unequivocally YOU.

Growing up I remember the excitement of going to the Brand Centre which was a huge clothing store near to where I live at the weekend. With every designer from high street to high end there really was something for anyone there and I would be so excited if I managed to bag a steal in the bargain corner! Haha. From Evisu denim bomber jackets to Maharishi embroidered cargo trousers I loved the versatility of teaming these incredible one off pieces with a simple top and accessories or over a evening dress and heels – the key was mixing and matching.

As I’ve got older, my style is a lot more paired back now as my 9 to 5 is in the Corporate world. Weekdays are filled with fitted dresses, suit jackets and court shoes, although I still love the thrill of purchasing classic, timeless pieces which will stand the test of the relentless fashion cycle – you seriously cannot beat a well made, elegant overcoat or a silky soft pair of leather boots. Although the cost may be slightly higher than the high street, I still have a leather jacket which I’ve had since my 16th birthday which comes out every year – believe me the cost per wear is incredible.

Sometimes in these cold winter months when we feel like we are habitual night creatures going to and coming home from work in the dark, sometimes seeing a certain brand on someone you walk past in the street or seeing a pop of colour in a colleagues umbrella can transport you to those heady days of school holidays and planning an outfit for your prom and you just cannot help but smile.

Besides, who doesn’t like to feel young every once in a while hey! Pull out those retro Moschino trousers, pair them with an oversized knit and you are winter 2019 ready.

Until next time,

Take care, Keya x

Where my fashion obsession began…

Good afternoon my beguiling beauties,

For this post I am going to delve back into my own archives revealing how my fashion journey started and my main style influences.

From a very young age I was lucky enough to own beautiful, hand made French clothes – suede dresses paired with floral Dr Marten boots, or polka dot, pleated skirts with stripey tights as seen below 

  

When I became a teenager, my parents encouraged me to express myself through my outfit choices and I was always the funky girl at school who would scour shops like TK Maxx or the Brand Centre (those from school you must remember how cool that shop was) spending my wages from my part time job on Moschino jeans and Evisu jackets. 

  

As I’ve matured into a woman, I love investing in timeless pieces – mixing a classic Burberry trench with Mango or Uniqlo separates. For nights out I am partial to fitted, A-line dresses worn with my beloved Valentino or Jimmy Choo shoes.

  

My fashion influences growing up have always been my parents and younger brother who are the most stylish, elegant people I know and in the public eye I have always loved the style of the 50s era in particular my idols Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Marilyn’s effortless flapper dress and fur coat in the film Some Like it Hot and Audrey’s little black dress and wide brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s filled me with excited glee. 

The most important lesson I learnt from these screen icons was that you didn’t need to show too much skin to be deemed elegant and beautiful. To this day, I do not feel comfortable in short dresses or tops that are low cut. Many top fashion designers have conveyed the message the models in their catwalk shows are like human clothes hangers for their creations – after all the best weapon a woman can possess is leaving the female shape to one’s imagination. 

Until next week take care

Keya x