TSM Outfit Post: 1960s Inspired Modern Spring Work Wear from COS

Bridgette Bardot, Barbie and by way of a somewhat embarrassing admission, Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson. I wanted big blonde hair and blue eyes like these women and I would have easily traded in my ethnic features to look more like the kids did at school growing up. It’s funny to think about those thoughts now, having grown up to happily embrace my heritage and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of women of all nationalities.

When I picked up this shift dress from COS recently, it instantly resonated a 1960s vibe within me. Despite not having the trademark blonde Bardot-esque tresses and baby blues reminscent of this era, I wanted to create a fun fresh 1960s inspired look for Spring for the modern woman adaptable for today’s work hard play hard culture …

Celine red trio

modern 60s inspired looks cos work dress

CELINE TRIO MAGENTA RED PRADA SUNGLASSES60s inspired sunglasses PradaZARA PATENT SANDALS WITH ANKLE STRAP ROSE GOLD HEELS

I picked up this dress for £35 (50% off, woot!), ready for Spring (any day now London, any day now …) and it is my very first purchase from COS having previously been a bit daunted by the multitude of colour co-ordinated racks. While I’m used to more fitted clothing, COS’s minimalist concept and designs (think Scandinavian Country Road) means none of their pieces are overfly fitted, sometimes borderline shapeless, but always very comfortable.

Colour blocking is an easy way of introducing colour into your wardrobe for work if you’re inclined to go for black all the time. A nude coloured neckline like this dress elongates the upper torso and is really great for you if you have a full bust/figure. The dress was actually quite a bit longer so I had the hem and sleeves altered to fit my shorter frame but dresses like these will really suit you if you have an inverted triangle, hourglass and apple shape figure (body shape post here).

CELINE TRIO MAGENTA RED COS DRESS ZARA PATENT HEELS 60s inspired fashion

60s inspired modern fashion dress

COS Nude two tone Dressvintage inspired earings belle noel60S INSPIRED FASHION

modern 60s inspired looks

department of coffee and social affairs farringdon 60s shoot

 Outfit Details

  • COS Dress (in stores) (similar )
  • Celine Trio Bag (in Magenta, Similar )
  •  (flats )
  • Old Zara Cream Jacket (similar )
  • Old Belle Noel Earrings

Photos by Anna from  taken at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (really decent coffee there Londoners!) Thank you for making me feel beautiful through your lens x

TSM Review: Newly launched ‘& other Stories’ boutique in London

& other stories is basically the middle sister store of H&M and COS; three years in the making and much anticipated hype to live up to around the collection that debuted on Regent Street, London last weekend. I wasn’t brave enough to visit on opening weekend; I didn’t want claustrophobia to taint my first experience of the 1200 sq feet boutique which would no doubt have been full overly ‘focused’ fashionistas and media a rife so I managed to pop in this weekend to check it out.

And-Other-Stories London

& other stories HM

And-Other-Stories-store-london regent street

My initial verdict? I am a fan and my wallet has an unhappy feeling that I’m going to be a big fan. I’d personally describe & other stories as the adoptive child of design led COS (ok so it’s getting incestuous) – due to the clean lines and minimalist shapes and Topshop Boutique - driven by the edgier fashion forward shoes, accessories, patterns and feminine prints. Now I say ‘adoptive’ child because the concept of & other stories is meant to be like no other: It is not inspired by the latest catwalk inspired trends but rather influenced by the notion of personal style of everyday individuals (like us), bloggers and women who create their spontaneous ‘thrown together’ individual looks through multiple avenues (thrift stores, online shops, eBay, vintage stores etc). For three years, 70 designers were split between Stockholm and Paris (including designers from ACNE) to create ‘stories’ for the collections and the influence is highly visible in store by both the indoor merchandising and clothing designs.

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What I loved about the concept of the store was that there seemed to be a subliminal stylist following you around everywhere. The pictures of coordinated outfits were surrounded by a series of subtly suggestive edits which encouraged you to compile a thrown together look, very much popularised by bloggers and street style you see today.

Styling is about expressing personality from head to toe so I love that the wide rimmed racks (spacious finger spacing) and suggestive accessories help customers to experience mixing and matching pieces with make up to create a look of their own.

& other stories 2013 london

& other stories London & other stories Regent street

& other stories 2013These are the items I picked up in store and tried on. I suspect due to the mad Saturday rush and the fact that it was only the second weekend since opening, there weren’t any small sizes available to try on so I left empty handed. The size ranges from 34-44 (UK6-UK16 equivalent) and the pricing is fairly reasonable but on the pricier side compared to what we high street shoppers are used to.

& other Stories London changing room

Pictures from there current collection& other stories London Regent street Summer Spring

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& other stories London Regent street ss2013

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I personally loved the shoe and accessories in store more than clothes but that’s just me in general. It’s difficult to tell how comfortable the leather of the shoes are but I definitely like the metallic cut out sandals and heeled brogues. I can see the heels being a hit in London as well with the younger crowd however the prices are definitely premium compared to younger sister H&M.

Best buys &Other Stories

& other stories leather ballerinas

& other stories shoes

& other stories gold heel pumps

If you’re lucky enough to live in a city where one of these stores will open, I’d highly recommend you visit for a browse (There are stores opening in Paris and Copenhagen). The stores have a cool Scandavian feel to them and there’s an eclectic mix of vintage tones, clean silhouettes and retro styles that will strike a cord with everyone and especially if you, like me, love blogger fashion! Check out their and find yourself browsing for hours just like I did in the actual store on weekend.

Thanks for reading – Have a great week!

Tien xo