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Thursday, 22 September 2011

What does a hat say about you?

Hats have been gradually seeping their way back into our wardrobes for the past few years now, the festival season really being responsible for launching them back into modern fashion. Summer has, without doubt, been the time for hats to shine, for men and women. Yet slowly we're seeing them filter through to the Autumn/Winter season, but still with some anticipation.

And so it's through this observation that I want to explore what a hat says about you, what statement do we advertise when we wear a hat? Should we be self conscious or should we stand tall?

Frank Sinatra once said, 'Cock your hat - angles are attitudes'. This sits uneasy with me because attitude can sometimes be mistaken for arrogance, and whilst we are talking fashion here, where egos and arrogance abound, I certainly do not attempt to come anywhere close to that quality or trait. That said, an attitude which speaks, 'I am me and I am happy to be me' shows strength, individuality and presence. Whilst I personally shy away from a hat because it invokes self-conscious thoughts ... 'everyone is noticing me!', if I can adopt a new personality, just for a day, what a refreshing and powerful piece of apparel it is!

I'm going to try it.... and if nothing else, simply see it, on a very base level, for exactly what it is ...a highly expressive consumer product worn as a covering for the head. Check out our beautiful Fedora's by Pachacuti before you go ... they are, I guarantee, the finest you'll find.

Monday, 19 September 2011

These boots were made for Autumn ....

Having finally accepted that summer is over (and I have to tell you, it's taken quite some time to give in to that reality) I am now focusing on allowing Autumn to move in, finding ways to make the transition a little smoother for myself. And I'm starting with my feet. Whilst we are still getting some sunshine (tees and lightweight jackets are still having their moment) we are also dealing with wind and rain which demand that flip flops and espadrilles no longer cut it. Ankle boots are what we need girls, and for me, ankle boots are Autumn's version of the flip flop; they go with any outfit, work with casual or smart, and can be worked with jeans, dresses or skirts (they look hot with bare legs) and I know I will wear them every day for the next few months, and probably beyond to next years festival season. Finding the right boot can be a feat but with so many options around this season it won't take you long to find your perfect match. Let us introduce you to Ash. Whether you're a trainer type of girl, a rock chick, or a girl who lusts after a bit of understated sophistication, you will find in Ash something for everyone and every look. Ash hi-tops are legendary, in the same vein as Converse but perhaps a little more style-conscious and smarter. Ash ankle boots are faithfully on trend and offer various 'looks' favourite this year is the Crosby, full of attitude and seriously cool. Take a look at our chosen styles from Ash's AW collection and begin to embrace the new season by kicking your heels with your first key piece!