My exercise regime typically revolves around the upper body – swimming and climbing are the sporting passions of my thirties. Show me an arm-wrestle and I’m in. Show me a lunge and I’m on the floor in agony grasping at my hamstring. The muscle tone is pretty good up top, but leaves little to be desired below the hips. As such I tend to gravitate towards the items in my wardrobe which show off my arms and shoulders rather than drawing attention to my bum and upper legs. Weirdly, this might not be the right thing to do because wearing bulkier items on top can actually achieve the desired effect of minimising, through balancing out, bum and hips.
One thing we fear when we are tall is looking wide as well as long. But don’t be afraid to get the bulky jackets out because they can actually have a very slimming effect, making your legs look longer and leaner. We found our 80’s inspired statement jackets on the high street. Zoe’s military themed jacket, with shoulder pads that wouldn’t look out of place on an American Football pitch, is from Mango. My boxy, jacquard weave number is from H&M and it’s got oodles of attitude. Or rather (I think), I have oodles of attitude in it.
There’s a lot of hype around raw hem and we have to agree, it’s pretty darn cool. The best part is it doesn’t really matter if the jeans are too short because cropped styles come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in all sorts of washes, and we would argue that pale/mid washes work better with the distressed/destroyed theme than do darker washes.
Zoe is wearing Le Original step hem jeans by Frame, the original brand designed for taller women. I am wearing my new “It Jeans” – I’m not sure if this is the right phrase but it’s the first one that springs to mind because I get asked about them a lot. They’re M.I.H Mimi high rise jeans and they make my bum look great. Nobody who knows me would believe that those words came out of my mouth. All pert and contained and, well, just great.
Now, enough about my bottom, and onto these amazing sunglasses. Launched in June 2016 by a Sussex chap called John Pritchard, Pala is an ethical sunglasses brand with a difference. Every pair of sunglasses sold by Pala (there are 5 styles in various colours) provides a pair of prescription glasses to someone who needs them. At £45 they’re about quarter of the price of most sunnies, excellent quality, bang on trend, AND they’re doing their part to alleviate poverty through funding eye care projects in Africa (read the story here). Definitely check them out – spring is the time for sunglasses shopping, so buy a pair and give someone else, somewhere else, (literally) a better view of the world.
As for the footwear, Zoe’s stolen my much loved ASOS Speaker heels. I cannot get over how flattering these shoes are – particularly on our size 9 feet. The colour and the cut go with anything. I’m wearing the new season L.K.Bennett Chloe, you know how I love a silver block heel and they look great with raw hems.
All in all we’re pretty chuffed with our 80’s inspired, big shoulder, wide jacket, raw hem, block heeled outfits with an ethical twist. We’re also pretty chuffed with this week’s backdrop, just tucked away in a mews off Ladbroke Grove. Almost enough to reinstate my deep and timeless love for London after a brief, passionate love affair with Cape Town. Although, affairs have a funny way of reigniting…
SHOP ZOE’S OUTFIT:
Just Love T-Shirt, £90, Sundry
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THIS POST IS IN COLLABORATION WITH PALA SUNGLASSES