TSM Answered: How to wear Boyfriend Jeans

Kallopi Asked

Hi Tien, I’m 32 years old and I’m from Greece and a teacher. I really like your work and style and was wondering if you could give some advice on how to wear boyfriend jeans. Looking forward to hearing from you!

T-Styled Me Answered

Hi Kallopi! Thanks for your message and can I just say, totally off topic, that I absolutely love holidaying in Greece, especially the Greek Islands and Kefalonia remains one of my top three destination highlights of my entire European experiences over the past few years!

Boyfriend jeans. Your question could not have come at a better time because I’ve been personally shopping around for a pair recently and I’m ready to start experimenting with them in preparation for Spring. I think that the great thing about Boyfriend jeans are that they are affordable and easily obtainable (consider your high street stores like Zara, H&M, local department stores but don’t forget your local thrift/vintage store, your bf’s or dare I say, your parents’ closet too!). Boyfriend jeans aren’t going out of fashion any time soon and effortly exude a cool, comfortable casual look that can be dressed up to suit your style and personality.

I’d say there are two main ways you can wear your boyfriend jeans :

1. BOYFRIEND JEANS FOR A CASUAL TOMBOY LOOK

This style is suitable for weekend wear, casual dates with friends and in my mind, perfect for early morning trips to the farmer’s market or short flights when travelling. It’s all about effortless comfort. Here are some suggestions of what I would try for this look:

A. DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND JEAN + TEE (GRAPHIC OR PLAIN) + BLAZER

SHOES: Oxfords, ballet flats, flat boots

OPTIONAL ACCESORIES: Long necklace, sunglasses and an oversized bag and scarf

T-Styled me Tips: (1) For a more feminine look, roll your boyfriend jeans just above your ankles but be cautious about entering the capri zone which can cut off your legs and (2) If you’re short, avoid dark flat shoes and opt for light and netural shades with the lighter coloured denim

B. DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND JEAN + SLOUCHY TEXTURED KNIT OR  A SHIRT

SHOES: Sneakers (flat or wedged), and casual heel boots or Wedges

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES : Hat, Statement Jewellery and Winter Coat

2. BOYFRIEND JEANS FOR A DRESSIER CASUAL LUXE LOOK

This style is perfect for going out while keeping it low-key. It’s an effortly chic look that can easily be put together. It’s all about the shoes and accessories dressing up the jeans.

A. DARKER BOYFRIEND JEANS + NEUTRAL TEE + FITTED JACKET

SHOES: Heels (a must!) or heeled boots

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES: Trilby, Clutch and Sunglasses for Summer

 B. BOYFRIEND JEAN + PRETTY / BRIGHT / GRAPHIC TOP

SHOES: Heels with detailing / colour / texture

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES: Minimal Jewellery. Let the the shoes do the talking!

All photos sourced from Pinterest

T-Styled Me Tips on Finding the right pair of Boyfriend Jeans

  • Always try the jeans on and bring a pair of heels to get a feel for how you’d dress up the jeans.
  • Contrary to popular belief, boyfriend jeans don’t make you look larger than you are. You really only need to go 1-2 (at most) sizes up on your usual size.
  • If your conscious of your bottom half, opt for a darker hue and emphasise the detailing of your belt or the shoes/shirt.

I hope this was helpful Kallopi. Good luck and when I find my perfect pair of boyfriend jeans I’ll be sure to do a styling post on them too!

TSM Outfit Post: Wedding love in BCBGMAXAZRIA Aqua Karey Lace Dress

I had forgotten what it felt like to have the strong Australian sun rays beam down against my pasty Britain-ised skin and being back in Melbourne for a very quick trip I took full advantage of the sun, prancing around in shorts and tank tops at every opportunity to ensure that every inch of my body including my toes could boast a shade greater than ‘stark white’ upon my return to a freezing snowy London.

Back for a brief trip to settle plans and visit my family, the timing was on our side for once and we had the pleasure of attending my friend Poosilla’s wedding (You may remember the gorgeous Poosilla from a styling session I posted a little while back here). Living overseas over the past few years, we’ve missed so many of our close friends’ weddings with much regret and it felt really great that were able to attend a wedding this visit around.  Weather wise, you could not have asked for a perfect day; the sun shone (perhaps a little too strongly I retrospectively say with newly sunburnt shoulders) which led to a perfect evening sunset backdrop by the water overlooking St Kilda beach for the reception. The bride and groom are  now celebrating on their very well deserved honeymoon after a very stressful lead up the wedding, moreso than your average wedding after the groom took ill a few days before the wedding and was only released from hospital on the morning to attend the wedding.

The last wedding I attended was in Melbourne 2.5 years ago when I was a bridesmaid for my friend and so I was kind of excited about getting dressed up for a wedding. I am a huge romantic at heart and love weddings; there’s something really special and joyous about witnessing two people you know publicly celebrate their commitment to one another. Whether the wedding reminds attendees of what’s to come or what they themselves have also committed to, weddings are a great opportunity to let loose and just have some fun!

I decided to wear a long dress for the wedding; something light and comfortable that would hide a potential food baby and the fact that I had quite pasty white legs. I saw this BCBG dress in John Lewis a few months back and thought it would be a perfect evening gown but with a price tag of £300+ I hastily put it back down. Continue reading

T-Styled Me’s Best and Worst Styled Picks: The Golden Globes 2013

Perhaps it’s because I was blown away by the vocal strength of the performers from the original Les Miserables musical (more than any other show I’ve watched in the West End) and that I had set such high expectations for the movie that I was pleasantly surprised by the musical’s successful translation into film and moreso the live vocal performace of all concerned star characters (Hmm ok, Russell Crowe – not so much) that I now have greater respect for Anne Hathaway as an actress. She seldom puts a foot wrong on the red carpet (hard not to with Rachel Zoe as your stylist!) and this time was no exception.

T-Styled Me’s Vote for Best Styled goes to …

  • Anne Hathaway in Couture Chanel

Why?

With her slightly slimmer frame (after losing 12kgs to play the role of Fantine) and refreshing cropped locks, Anne oozed classic romantic elegance in this Couture Chanel  White Peplum gown. The overall look had a both a timeless and feminine feel mixed with a subtle modern and edgey tone. The simple structure of her fishtail gown, with just the right hint of shimmer, juxtaposed against her stylish dark pixie haircut and minimal accessories, drew the right amount of attention to beautiful facial features. The light make up (a perfect hint of pink on the lips) further emphasised her stylish hair and kept the focus on her face and the stunning gown. Despite her flawless alabaster skin, Anne doesn’t looked washed out against the white fabric and it’s really refreshing to see the disregard for fake tan that so often accompanies a white dress and red carpet.

I love the timeless look she’s achieved by dressing in gown that clings to her curves modestly and sits well on her new frame and shape. Her overall style and look is elegant and modern and commands attention without being OTT and loud. In my opinion, perfection on the carpet!

T Styled Me’s Vote for Worst Styled goes to …

Sienna Miller in Erdem 

Why?

Sienna is usually one you look to for style inspiration, especially being renowned for her signature boho-chic streetwear so it’s disappointing to see this new mum choose an unflattering, slightly bizarre print of a gown at the Golden Globes this year. Erdem, a British designer, has a multitude of faboulous gowns (I know, I wonder in a daze through this section at Selfridges to then steer myself into a more realistically affordable level)  so I’m curious about the thinking behind choosing this particular Erdem dress. The two piece sillouhette is modern but the fit around the waistline is unflattering on Sienna leaving her looking slightly akward and frumpy. The fabric and print, I’m not going to lie, looks dated and tacky. If they had perhaps altered the neckline, changed the colour of the dress and removed the applique perhaps it could have been salvaged?! Sorry Sienna!

T-Styled me other stand outs on the night were:

  • Miranda Kerr in a Zuhair Murad Burgundy Gown

 

– #Mirandakerrenvy much? I’m in love with burgundy this season and this particular hue coupled with the silk chiffon and daring plunges and splits looks like it was made for the supermodel’s enviable figure. I love the matching make up and the sky high heels and her ultimate accessory: Orlando Bloom.

  • Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

– What can I say? I’m  cearly partial to burgundy. I love the fit and flare of this Modern Zac Posen gown that skims Naomi’s figure and the subtle hint of back sexy against the modest and elegant long sleeves. Looking amazing in her mid forties!

  • Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

– Don’t love the hair but quite like the unique design of this Alexander McQueen creation. It’s elegant and edgy.

  • Jessica Alba in Oscar De La Renta

– The colour of the dress is refreshing against the pastel pinks and black on the red carpet and I like the complementary make up. Her hair, soft old school Hollywood waves perfectly match the overall starlet’s look. You had me at Harry Winston’s $5.8m diamond necklace…

  • Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan

– I absolutely love the colour, detailing and sleeves on this dress but feel Nicole’s darker tan and icy blue make up don’t do the dress justice. It’s important, when planning a look to get all elements right: hair, make up and gown. I think if she had kept her signature fringe and bun with a lick of bright lippie a more standout look would have been created.

  • Kristen Wiig in Michael Kors

 – Sexy subtle and relatable

Photos: from fabsugar/dailymail/getty images

What was your favourite look of the night?

I hope you enjoyed my review of the gowns from this year’s Golden Globes and if you’re a fan of musicals and have say 3 hrs to spare, watch Les Miserables but I must warn you, it’s a long movie and they sing every song from the original score …

And just because I’m a bit of a nerd, here are my favourite Trivia Les Mis Movie facts (from IMDB):

  • The soundtrack for a movie musical is usually recorded several months in advance, however in Les MIs, every single song was recorded live on set to capture the spontaneity of the performance.
  • Anne Hathaway’s ‘I dream a dream’ song took 8 hours to film.
  • Anne Hathaway’s mother, Kate McCauley Hathway, played the role of Fantine in 1987 in the US version of the musical.
  • Amanda Seyfried, who auditioned for Fantine but was cast as Cosette, played the young Cosette as a 7y.0 in a concert.
  • Samantha Barks, who plays Eponine, played this role in the West End and in the 25th Anniversary show.
  • Most of the cast of Les Mis in London played extras in the movie.
  • Hugh Jackman personally lobbied for Anne Hathaway after the two performed together at the Academy Awards. She blew away everyone at her auditions, reducing everyone to tears.
  • Hugh Jackman went without water for close to 36 hrs to lose water weight around his cheeks and eye to achieve the prisoner look.
  • Anne Hathaway lived on two slices of oatmeal paste a day  to lose weight for her character role.

T-Styled Me’s Weekly Insta-Tumblr Round Up: New Year Resolutions

New Years resolutions are often made with honest intentions; it’s a new year and a good a time as any to reflect on our achievements or transgressions over the past 12 months and appease our conscience with focused promises for the year ahead. Looking back at my new years’ resolutions for 2012 I probably only kept 1/4 of these yet remember feeling equally strong about all four of them in the beginning. This year, I’m keeping it simple and sticking to three main resolutions: 1) Spend less and save more 2) Continue pursing my love for personal styling and shopping and 3) I’ll keep that one a personal one 😛 I find it helpful to have these goals written and displayed somewhere (fridge, whiteboard or bathroom door – Whatever works for you) as a reminder throughout the year.

I gave into temptation a bit too much in 2012 by splurging (even though I did spend more on affordable high street brands) so this year’s focus is to not to completely stop shopping (what kind of blog would this be?!) but to continue to focus on affordable investment buys and to elimiate impulse shopping.

Step 1: I spent 45 mins (yes, sadly this is how long it took) unsubscribing to all my shopping emails. You know the story, browse, click click, type in memorised card number while bf is asleep, send pkg to work and add three new dresses to the wardrobe (whilst practicing in a high pitched voice ‘Oh, this old thing?!’). I swear I never signed up to half these emails but by golly, it felt empowering to get rid of them and I would highly recommend it to anyone going through a similar shopping detox! Will you lose your bargain/shopping edge I hear you ask? No. That’s what the retailers want you to think but trust me, you’ll be fine.

There have been 7 days in January and so far so good #nojudgementpleaseitssaletime. I’ve just come back from a quick week’s Christmas holiday to California and actually managed to keep shopping to minimum. I was spoilt for Christmas anyway and I focused on shopping for one of my clients which was a lot of fun and kept my shopping energies directed on her and doing what I love. Here are some instagram (@tstyledme) happy snaps of my trip …

1. Out at a bar in Hollywood with my fam fam. 2. On the set of War of the Worlds @ Universal Studios 3. Gorgeous Mugs from Anthropologie and 4. TSM on the job putting together an outfit for my client

1. Enternity friendship bracelet received from a friend for Xmas and the Michael Kors watch I’d been eyeing for a while (def cheaper in the USA!) 2. Trying on Manolo Blahniks in SAKS for fun 3. Cheap(er) MAC make up in the US and 3. Duty Free purchases/spoils for Christmas

1. Watching NBA in San Fran (they serve Rice Vermcelli at the game!) 2. Union Square in San Fran – View from the Cheesecake Factory 3. Vitamin D Fix outside the Farmers Market – Ferry Building in SF and 4. Being a tourist with the Powell St trams.

A few outfits and accessories I picked up for my client on the personal shopping trip in LA.

OOTD: Picked up this gorgeous Camilla & Marc Dress up in the USA and while it was too cold to wear it in London this weekend, I layered it under a chunky Topshop knit and All Saints Leather Jacket with my fav Rag & Bone Harrow Boots to Yauatcha (Michelin Starred Dim Sum). Can’t wait do my Summer post on this dress!

What are your new years resolutions and do you have any additional tips or milestones you put in place to ensure you can look back in 365 days time and say you’ve achieved these goals? Here’s to 2013!

Thanks for reading, Tien xo

TSM Outfit Post: Barcelona Travel Diary – H&M Silk Graphic Skirt Pt. 2

I was meant to post this up just before Christmas after Part 1 but in my wind-down get out of the office and onto the plane mode I didn’t quite manage to do this (or answer some last minute work queries, oopsie) so just to jog your memory, this is an outfit post (worn at Ticketsbar): Part 2 of my Barcelona travel diary.

I picked this entire outfit up while shopping in Barcelona that very day (minus my trusty black patent pumps). I remember seeing a top very similar to this in a tumblr picture I’d reblogged and being a total sucker for creams and white and romantic prints, tried it on and convinced myself that I didn’t have anything similar in my wardrobe already (a criteria often used when I can’t quite to decide to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ because I don’t see the point in wasting money on similar styled pieces unless they are basics or casual essentials (tees, work skirts etc). This top has a lovely feminine beaded neckline, perfect for tucking into skirts and trousers and caters for the current cooler (ok, freezing cold) London weather. A top like this would work well on you if you have a boy-ish or pear shape but try to avoid high neckline numbers if you you are top heavy and conscious of creating a bulkier upper half.

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