Alexa Chung Style Steal!

Effortlessly cool but yet a style that is easy to recreate for the everyday girl with a simple wardrobe.

Skirt outfitThis look incorporates a feminine floral skirt but with a masculine touch. An easy way to dress down a pretty skirt.

I have taken inspiration in this outfit:

Plain black jumper with Vans and a floral skirt or dress.

Dress: Nasty Gal Wrap Floral Dress

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Next Up, a super easy combination of black and white. A great transitional outfit or a British summer outfit.

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Now whilst my recreation is not exactly the same, I have taken inspiration from Alexa’s and recreated it using items I already had in my wardrobe.

Bralette: Bralette

White jumper with a black denim skirt and black boots.

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Finally, another casual outfit that could be wore from day to night.

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My Outfit:

Green Jacket

Then I went for a white t-shirt and a denim skirt with black boots.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and gained some Alexa Chung Style inspiration! Whilst these outfits are not exactly the same, they still work but incorporate items I already had in my wardrobe.

Eleanor Elizabeth x

How To Party Like An It Girl…

To party like an ‘it’ girl, you need to put in as little effort as possible but still look and be the life of the party. Think London, New York and Paris in the evening, you just casually find yourself at some party in an expensive venue, with a drink in your hand whilst you talk to a friend of a friend. These rules should assist you in this difficult craft.

1. Rules are more like suggestions.
You probably decided to go to the party last minute on your way home from your evening activities and so did not have time to comply with the all black dress code as you turn up in a red cocktail dress. Woops. Sometimes black jeans a white t-shirt and heals does the trick. Image-1.png.jpg

2. Arive late and leave early, even to your own party.

3. It’s all about the after party.
There are a few events, such as work party’s where you have to restrain yourself. Your main priority is alays the after party. Surrounded by your closest friends and at one of their houses, there you can really let your hair down.

4. You are not afraid to dance. If there is a disco ball you are under it.
5.. Remember the sexiest parts are your smile, hair and a little declatage.
Messy hair, make up with a killer smile and a hint of perfume will keep them wanting more.

6. Do get pictured drinking but you can handle your drink.

7.Don’t spend your night in the toilets.

8.You never take the selefie but somehow you end up being tagged in others.
Don’t spend your night stairing at your screen, talk to people.

9.Make an impression on everyone.
Even if you don’t speak to everyone, eye contact with a smirk can shout lounder.

10. It’s okay to wear the same hair, make up and outfit the next day.
Who said the party was over?

There you go, some rather easy rules for you to ace a party. Make it spontaneous, effortless and as long as you are having fun, others will follow.

 

Eleanor Elizabeth x

Black Fashion In The Slave Trade.

The term ‘fashion’ seems inappropriate in the context of slavery, rather than a carefully crafted piece of clothing, slaves during the 1800s wore very basic and very demeaning clothing. This blog post will explore the oppressive nature of black ‘fashion’ within the American slave trade and will demonstrate how through fashion, African Americans were stripped of their African culture without being assimilated into the American. In other words, black fashion during this period can be summarised by the nature of slavery.

Like many African tribes today, the fashion involved modification of the body and hair, as well as supplementation through beads, jewellery, hair and colour. Tribes used these as symbols of community and status. However, once kidnapped by slave traders, men and women were physically and symbolically stripped of their culture. Naked and cramped on boast rotting of disease and torture, the knocked bodies of the slaves represents slavery. Having no clothes, accessories etc represents the lack of cultural identity, lack of processions and self expression that fashion can be used for. There is no doubt that fashion can be used as a form of class identity, especially in this period, hence without any the slaves became property.

Upon arrival in America, those who had not committed suicide were sold to slave owners and split up from family members to work on mostly cotton and later tobacco farms in the southern states of America. For male slaves in cotton farms, they wore simple trousers and shirts perhaps with breeches. For women, simple dresses, some with stripes. Slave owners claimed the dress code ensured maximum work efficiency rather than segregate the slaves from American culture. The lack of choice in their fashion highlights the enforced practice of slavery, as well as the controlling nature.

Significantly however, slave fashion can also be used to demonstrate how slaves used fashion to resist slavery. For example, maintaining their nature hair, braiding each others hair whilst singing and telling folklore. Often advertisements for runaway slaves would involve specific hairstyles due to the lack of distinctive clothing.

Black fashion during the slave trade in America had one sole purpose and that was not to maximise work efficiency but to segregate African Americans. They no longer fit into their African culture, yet whilst they were westernised, they were not allowed to become compatible with American citizens. They were slaves and in a way they made it their own through their resistance.

Get To Know Me…

Welcome to my blog! At the moment my plan is to use this as a creative outlet whilst I am at university. I am hoping to combine my degree, history, with my love of fashion, film, media etc. Just because a girl likes fashion and make up, it certainly does not mean she is shallow and self centred! I hope to show that there is more to fashion than the models and high price tags. I am interested in exploring the politics of fashion from different socio-economic and political perspectives.

I hope you learn with me along the way!

  1. Name? Basic I know but I’m Eleanor Elizabeth which is shortened to Lenie.
  2. Age? I have just turned 19.
  3. Occupation? History student at Durham University.
  4. Birth Location? Greater Manchester
  5. Favourite songs? Fallen Angel by Frankie Valley. A New York state of mind by Billie Joel. Down in Mexico by The Coasters. I don’t want to hear it anymore by Dusty Springfield.
  6. Style Icons? This is a question I could spend all day answering but I always include Keith Richards, Jane Birkin and Anita Pallenberg and Kate Moss.
  7. Favourite fashion era? Again tough question but I always go back to the 60s!
  8. Favourite Films? Some old school favourites, Peter Pan and Madeline.
  9. Pets? Yes, Doodle the toy poodle. I’ve had a cat, and several fish, including a fish with one eye and fin.
  10. Favourite shop? At the moment I am really enjoying Nasty Gal and Sagittarius.

That was harder than it should have been to come with 10 facts!

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Thanks for reading! Eleanor x