With the new year upon us, Emily Mullen attempts to set a few things straight with your shoddy shoddy lives. What was in last year could be in a bin now, so sort it out Continue reading
With Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations around the corner, there is that burning desire to stock up on that overpriced American Apparel LBD. This token addition that at least one other girl in nightclub is going to be wearing should be warning enough for you to see that it’s time to try another option.
This season has some exciting alternatives to offer. Wide-legged jumpsuits, unstructured silhouettes and avant-garde (body) jewellery will certainly ensure that you’re not caught wearing the same generic look during that tense midnight countdown.
The 70s-inspired flared jumpsuit is certainly taking runways by storm this season, as seen on DVF catwalks as well as front lining Topshop Boutique shows. The jumpsuit offers the convenience of being a one-piece, ready-made outfit in itself, whilst being really easy to wear.
Unless you’ve been living the life of a hermit crab these past few years, then you’ll undoubtedly know that the Christmas party season isn’t fulfilled unless that one sequined piece of clothing makes an appearance out of your wardrobe, even if it is solely in the name of festivity.
Fear not, sequins don’t always look tacky and distasteful. For all you vintage-hoarders out there, you’ll already know that Shutterbug vintage offer a beautifully eclectic array of unique one-off pieces, such as this art-deco inspired sequinned piece featured in the shoot.
By taking centre stage of any outfit through its bespoke and aesthetic design along with magnificent colours, any sequinned beauty like this can easily be paired with a simple neutral-coloured pair of tailored shorts, fitted trouser or a simple midi skirt, as shown here from ASOS.
The sheer paneling of the skirt offers a lustful edge to an otherwise modest outfit, making it perfect for Christmas work parties this season. The fitted nature of this skirt contrasted with the loose and unstructured fit of the sequinned top encompasses a sublimely unconventional look that is suited to those looking for a slightly more subversive get-up this party season.
Surely, an outfit isn’t complete without some subtle (or maybe outlandish) accessorising, right? Maybe you only want the bare necessity of a clutch bag during a festive night out, or maybe it’s something more eye-catching; like this gold River Island body harness to hone all the attention.
Either way, neither option means you have to break the bank. This feathered clutch bag from Penneys will set you back less than a Long Island Ice Tea and this body harness will surely fulfill its cost-per-wear ideals as it is an endlessly versatile accessory.
This piece can easily be layered over bodycon dresses, slinky playsuits, cropped jumpers and even over fitted blazers for something a little more unexpected.
Sequins and shiny gold body jewellery are the essential additions for this festive period. Don’t be afraid to try something alternative and ditch the safe look to ensure you’re looking more vogue than vixen this festive Christmas season.
Beaded bag – Penneys – €15.00
Heels – Penneys – €22.00
Midi skirt – Asos – €33.00
Top – Shutterbug – €39.00
Bracelet – Penneys – €6.00
Vintage belt – Shotsy – €30.00
Bag – River Island – €25.00
Wedges – River Island – €75.00
Earrings-River Island – €13.00
Jumpsuit – Dublin Vintage Factory – €22.00
Necklace – Dublin Vintage Factory – €25.00
Belt – Shotsy – €40.00
Top – River Island – €60.00
Trousers – River Island – €45.00
Heels – River Island – €45.00
Gold earrings – Aldo – €9.00
Feather bag – Penneys – €9.00
Models: Sinead Quigley & Christine Mangan
Photographer: James Healy
Make-up Artist: Alex Valentine & Ciara Hyland “Make Up by Ciara”
Chief Stylist: Christin McWeeney
Fashion Editor: Emily Mullen
Words: Sarah O’Shea
The jewellery and makeup trends this season emphasises the va-va-voom factor of a long-gone world of glitter and glamour. A matt foundation, bold lip and a subtle-yet-defined eye serve to complement the three looks. The way in which makeup and accessories compliment and tie in with one another is of the utmost importance with any look. Continue reading
Worn strictly in the ironic sense of course. The jumper must be vintage, circa 1990s sardonic Santa phase, worn whilst pushing a retro bike, en route to a vinyl flea market, accompanied by at least six Instagram uploads using the 1977 filter, for that old timey vibe. #soindividualithurts
The best new accessory yet and revolutionary in design and functionality. Try using one, those sniffly snot mounds under your nose and the charming rhythmic snuffling that follows the snot are trés #binning #yeahimtalkingtoyou
These are God’s brand new disciple on earth. Bang on underneath any summer dress or skirt and bish, bash, bosh; you’re #winning. N.B. Don’t you dare go near shorts with these bad boys, don’t mess with the system. #choochootiktikshorttrain
So warm in fact it allows us to wear summer clothes inside and then winter clothes outside. Fascinating. It makes for interesting viewing as people exit the building, observe the t-shirt being adorned with a sheepskin coat, hat, scarf and waterproof trousers. #whoneedsasociallifewhenyouhavesomebinoculars
Boys, why? Why would you even put that thing over your head, and let that flappy bit of material just lie there? Whoever informed you that this was fashionable should rightfully be hung, drawn and quartered publicly. #kantevenstart
Last year’s cardigans
The wool bobbles from over-wearing and a whole year in the cupboard without mothballs are frankly offensive. #franklymisterShanklybuyyourselfanewjumper
Slovenly dress code
Ssrly, it’s bad and there is no sign of improvement ether. Plz for the sake of The Aesthetic stop dressing so shit. Although it’s cold and the assignments are eating away at your soul like a nasty strain of venereal disease, stop putting your hair in greasy, greasy, #greeeezy buns and wearing skaghag trackies, there is literally no excuse for this reckless behaviour. #sortyizlivesouvih #getoutohthelibraryandintoTopshop4Christsakes
Selfies in any form should not be tolerated. Unless you don’t have a mirror and have a fear that your make-up is taking a trip in the southerly direction, or you’ve just eaten a protein shake and you worry some of the chemicals are stuck in your teeth, then don’t. #keeptheducksinthelakeplz
Baton down the hatches as Emily Mullen Goes on the rampage, presenting what is #winning and what is most definitely #binning
The waging battle between the smart-casual partitions is what can make this particular approach to dressing a constant 8:00am Monday through Friday battle with oneself. Continue reading
Can the cliché get any more… clichéed? A college newspaper printing a shoot about preppy style. But cast those assertions into the stinky lake in front of the library, and read on. Preppy is a style that we college-goers have perfected; clean, utilitarian and functional. It’s a student’s bread and butter. Continue reading
Degree Programme Jumpers
Naffness? Check. Terrible pun? Check. Eye-watering colour? Check. Warmness? Triple check. It’s not summer anymore peeps. Time to replace fashionable semi-nudity with warmth and cosiness #butthejokeisolderthanthatprofessor
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman have started a trend. Get yourself kitted out with a full length, baggy ensemble before they head out of fashion #dontforgetthegasmask
Gals how have you not spotted this yet? Dangly neon skeleton earrings are ALL the rage right now. Don’t get left behind and end up in D|two’s on All Hallow’s Eve wearing studs #scarlehforyergrannyforhavinyerma
Break out your inner pornstar with those thigh highs you found in the bargain bin in Guineys #thosearewellieshon #agriculturalbasedeconomiesmehole
So comfy. So stylish. Look at those elegantly designed curves and overlarge soles. No wardrobe is complete without them #getwiththeprogramme
Eos lip balm
Evolution of smooth? If you need an egg that Miley Cyrus abused with her face to feel like your lips are smooth, you need help. And a list of the stuffs ingredients #fullytraceablemearse
Off the shoulder jumpers
The bed sheet was the attire of Ancient Rome. Stop trying to resurrect dead trends. They’re dead for a reason. #Romosexual
There once was a time when a fisherman draped his nets over his shoulder after a hard day’s work, and a young indie kid spotted him from afar and decided he was hip. So now it’s “cool” to wear nets. Are you going fishing? No? Then change #nobodywantstoseeyournips
It is impossible to see the lecture slides with your enormous hairdo. Buns exist to be eaten, nothing more #onegirlhadapineapple #justwashyourdamnhair
What part of this is good? Looking like you had a fight with permanent marker makes you come across like a junkie from South William Street on a Tuesday night #lostfromsocietyorwha
Denim, leather, suede, cotton; when it comes to grunge, there is no fabric that won’t work when tossed together. Autumn tartan motifs play against the crisp, cool feel of summer denim, while leopard print coats swing from hangers across the nation in post-1960’s glamour. Continue reading
Fashionistas have been crying from the rooftops about tartan this season. Find Paddington Bear and steal his scarf, breathe new life into those tartan shoelaces circa your emo phase or spend your pay-cheque in American Apparel. Do whatever it takes, coz tartan is happening, so deal with it.
Praise Jebus, for cardigans, coatigans and long tees. Top-notch work.
Winter is coming, get the cows in already, and get that jumper on.
Attempting to look like fourth Haim sister, is a full time job. Attempted by many, accomplished by none.