Exaggerated silhouettes and playful proportions endow Seventies' style with a transformative power
You may have noticed the slight refresh my site has undergone since I last posted. In keeping with my simple and understated approach to life, I thought I'd do an audit of the site and let go of everything unnecessary. Those huge comment boxes at the bottom of posts? Gone! All the unnecessary links to social media in both the main and secondary navigation bars? Goodbye! I even undertook a complete declutter of my mailboxes (both work and personal) – they're now completely empty from Sent items to Inbox – and rid myself of the once-trendy but now obsolete apps I never use on my phone (but that chows my data like no one's business!).
Simplifying my online life came as such a relief (I'm now able to tackle the tasks at hand deliberately and without wading through a ton of other unnecessary crap) that I took the philosophy a step further for this shoot: simple, understated fashion for those of us too busy to jump on the bandwagon of every trend.
Notice how I said 'fashion' and not 'style' there? That was completely deliberate too. For me, style has always referred to the essence of a look while fashion often incorporates a few trends. And the current fashion dispels all notions of wearing a particular trend for a specific occasion (think of the red carpet awesomeness we wish we could don in everyday life but will never buy into because our office environment is way too conservative for that look!). What I'm particularly loving is all the exaggerated silhouettes that hark back to the Seventies – bell sleeves, wide-legged trousers, tasselled details and the playful proportions of batwing sleeves on a shift dress. When shot in direct sunlight and against a stark background, the shapes these silhouettes create are truly one of a kind – and they're totally okay to don to that next big client presentation too.
Image 1: The Bridal Edit top, Topshop jeans, Zara heels, Country Road hat, AB by Aretha Bouwens handbag
Image 2: The Bridal Edit top, Country Road hat
Images 3 and 4: The Bridal Edit dress
Images 5 and 6: The Bridal Edit dress, Kate Moss x Topshop leather jacket
Image 7: Witchery knit, The Bridal Edit trousers, Zara heels, AB by Aretha Bouwens handbag
Image 8: Witchery knit, The Bridal Edit trousers, Zara heels
Photography: Samantha Pinto
Beauty: Megan Wridgway