In the ‘coldest’ winter, we braved the below negative 1 wind and icy side walks of West End Glasgow for our final ‘Oeuvre ‘ street fashion photo shoot of 2012. It was without a doubt that Christmas was on the horizon as the crowded streets of Byres road was filled with shoppers and some of the city’s most charming citizens. We encountered individuals who displayed a great balance of taste and comfort in the heart of winter. Enjoy, share and be inspired.
As much as we all adore a festive flavoured Starbucks latte in a red cup, the twinkling canopy of lights adorning Royal Exchange Square and hearing Mariah Carey bursting about what she wants for Christmas a dozen times a day – as well as being a delightful time of year, the holiday season can also be the most stressful few weeks on the calendar.
Panic present buying and Scotland’s harsh winter weather, mixed with a diary bursting with social engagements and those last university deadlines to meet, can bring even the most confident epicurean into a panic. But dressing yourself and staying stylish doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are two things which will always save you during the winter months, allowing you to cruise through the holiday period: glitter and fur.
There are few things more classic nor more perfect for frosty Winter nights than a fur coat. Whether fake or the real deal, a fur coat can be thrown on top of anything to keep you snug and looking stylish. Vintage Guru on Byre’s Rd has an excellent collection of pre-loved, affordable furs starting at just £25. Alternatively, animal lovers should hit the high street to find a faux fur, like this plush number from Mango (£69.99). Either paired with some black boots and black skinny jeans for daytime or thrown over your favourite party dress in the evening, a classic fur coat always looks cool whilst keeping you warm.
The second ingredient to your winter wardrobe has to be a touch of sparkle. All year designers have bombarded us with glitter, studs, metallics and every other type of embellishment imaginable, and if you haven’t succumbed to this trend yet, the weeks leading up to Christmas has to be the time to do it! The key is to focus on accessories and instantly your trusty little black dress will be transformed into a fashionably festive ensemble. Sparkly shoes either with a killer heel or sensible flats will make you feel like Cinderella and will brighten up any outfit. Or go all out with a show stopping dress like this one from French Connection (£230), guaranteed to get you that kiss under the mistletoe!
Of course, dressing well will not guarantee to solve all of your Winter problems (that flight home might still get delayed due to snow, your family will probably drive you mad and shopping has never been such a stress) but at least you’ll still look fabulous with some fur on your back and some glitter on your heels. Happy Christmas!
The tee shirt is one of the simplest items of clothing – a practical and reliable canvas for your individuality. This most simple garment first found fame when James Dean rocked a plain, white tee in the film which equally made him legendary, Rebel Without A Cause. Thanks to Dean, the white tee shirt is still a wardrobe staple however, today it is difficult to find a tee which carries the same allusions of rebellion whilst looking effortlessly stylish. But just launched clothing line Duttybreed is the modern day answer to nonchalant urban swag.
Founded in Sheffield but now based in London, Duttybreed was set up by a group of friends with backgrounds in menswear. The stand out brand name derives from the West Indian slang for dirty, ‘dutty’ being the alleged phrase of choice the company’s founders would shout out in appreciation of a heavy bass line.
Having just launched this Autumn, Duttybreed is still finding its feet in the world of stylish street wear, but already seems like a vision that will gain fast popularity. Eight different styles are available to purchase from the online shop (http://www.duttybreed.com/) but the collection will be expanding and developing in the new year. The quality of the cotton is both soft and durable and the bold logos are guaranteed to garner attention.
Being such an over-crowded market, it isn’t easy for a new-born tee shirt company to swim above the big fish, equally for the consumer, it isn’t easy to find something unique, individual and of good quality to adorn your torso but if simplistic, stylish street wear is what you need, Duttybreed is the new brand to snap up.