Inspiration: Taylor Swift meets the Kennedys
By Lucie Goulet, Wandering Minds guest blogger and wise strategy advisor
What would you wear to meet the Kennedys? Holidaying in the Hyannis Port family compound with boyfriend Conor Kennedy (that’s Robert Kennedy’s grandson, JFK’s grand-nephew, and he’s got the family hair and look), Taylor Swift went for florals, polka dots and more florals with a few stripes thrown-in. Now we may not be fan of her music, but we’ve got to admit that we liked her youthful and vibrant wardrobe choices, perfect to meet the first American family and all the paps following them around. Cue to vintage-feel swimwear and dresses you could dance in. Think, since you can’t evoke the Kennedys without name dropping her, early Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, an American student at La Sorbonne, visiting Europe with her sister, winning a Vogue writer competition… Jackie with the dreams, the possibilities and none of the drama or heartbreak.
The great thing is, she never made the outfits look too girly, accessorising with Ray Bans here, flat shoes there, clashing colours and prints everywhere. In keeping with the retro vibe, we would have thrown in a casual blue and green crewneck stripe t-shirt as a beach cover up, a pink silky strapless floral dress for family dinners and a peter pan-collared floral blouse with hot pants for lunchtime barbecues.
What do you think of Taylor’s summer wardrobe? What would you wear if you dated the scion of one of the most legendary American families?
We’re on the French Glamour website!
A lot of excitement tonight at Wandering Minds HQ, because one of the bloggers who wore our clothes is featured in an article about France’s top 10 bloggers on the Glamour website. Glamour chose the picture where Adenorah is wearing one of our Outstanding Ordinary t-shirts, which, by extension, only means one thing…. WANDERING MINDS IS ON GLAMOUR!!
Check out Adenorah’s blog, It’s a great French blog which has had a lot of press recently as the girl has such cool style!
Trend I’m loving: the (half) tucked-in shirt/tee
By Elisa, Wandering Minds founder and Chief Wanderer
One couldn’t say I’m a ‘trend’ sort of girl, as I tend to be pretty consistent with the things I like: colours, prints, skater dresses and skirts, short shorts, and preppy separates.
However I do have changing preferences silhouette-wise, I will go from loving oversized layers to being obsessed with cropped top and high-waisted bottoms. At the moment, I’m sucker for the half-tucked/fully-tucked-in top look.
So what you do is that you take a very simple tee, or a slightly loose shirt or blouse, and you nonchalantly tuck in the front of the top into your shorts/trousers/skirt, but leave the back hanging loosely on your bottom. For a cleaner look, you can also completely tuck in the top, but leave it a bit loose and relaxed.
You couldn’t really say it’s a trend, but rather a pervasive mood, that of relaxed elegance. Stylish people across the world - men and women - seem to be sporting this look, and I’m in love.
What I love about this silhouette is that it is completely casual, and yet has a touch of old-world formality, like a dandy who partied hard all night and looks a bit worse-for-wear but completely cool.
At Wandering Minds, we’ve bought our top collection in this spirit, and thankfully the young designers whom we worked with shared our vision. To achieve this look with a shirt, I recommend our loose-fit pleated white blouse, or our loose-fit pale yellow shirt with navy collar. Team any of these tops with our navy skater skirt with zippers, which is perfectly adapted to some tucking-in action.
Here are examples of the (half) tucked-in look found on The Sartorialist, and our interpretation of it!
Wandering Minds works the look:
Loose-fit pleated white blouse, by Grace Raiment
Tradeshow season part 1: Berlin
By Elisa, Founder and Chief Wanderer
The Wandering Minds team - co-founder James, web analytics stud Denny and I (Elisa), just came back from a few fun days in one of our favourite up-and-coming style capitals - Berlin. The Berlin Bread & Butter tradeshow is always tremendous fun, as it never is just about the clothes and the brands, but about the parties, the atmosphere, the decor and the city as a whole.
Bread and Butter is held in an airport no longer in use, and the cool 1930s architecture is in itself a great source of inspiration. It has the most spectacular design features that make you feel like you’re in one of these cool airports from a 1960s James Bond movie.
For Spring-Summer 13, I believe the theme of the show had something to do with planet earth, but what stood out for me was the colour blue and tie-dying. A massive blue, tie-dyed piece of fabric was hanging from the ceiling, and everybody was queuing for a tie-dye workshop where you could tie-dye t-shirts. Having been to a tie-dye themed house party in Dalston just a few weeks ago, this tie-dye fervor came as no surprise (I realise I’ve said the word tie-dye an awful lot).
We found two great brands that we hopefully will start to work with next season, one from Denmark and one from the Netherlands, both championing paired-down aesthetics with a hint of sexiness. I’ll keep you guys updated on when/what we order from them, but I can just say that it will include the coolest parkas and the greatest leather skirt you’ve ever seen. We also found a nice bag brand (modeled by yours truly in one of the photos below), which was way too expensive, but we’ll keep them in mind.
Style Inspiration: American high-schools in 1969
By Elisa Eymery, Wandering Minds founder
James, our co-founder and genius ‘digital mechanic’ guy, may be a huge geek but he also has an extremely good eye for style. He recently sent me a link to a series of photos which had been taken in an American high-school in 1969, and we were both struck by how cool these people looked. To me, it highlighted what our style direction at Wandering Minds is all about: simple but well-made pieces which put together in an interesting way create effortless, quietly confident looks with a bit of an edge. The edge doesn’t scream at you though, it just sings in a whisper (I’m in a poetic mood today, as you can see).
The thing that I love the most in the photos is the play with proportions and lengths. High-waisted bottoms were teamed with very simple jersey t-shirts or tank tops, tucked in so as to create volume and structure. Outfits were completed by knee-high socks, reasonable but cool-looking shoes and slightly crazy accessories.
The prints were unexpected, the fabrics contrasted and the pops of colour vibrant and full of joy. The silhouettes were tailored, but in a very relaxed way, with easy shift dresses, softly structured blouses and buttoned-down shirts made funky and fun.
These young people dressed in a spontaneous and joyful way, and I think we all ought to recapture this fun, experimental and individual way of dressing everyday.
Micro-shoot 1: Elevated street wear
By Elisa, Wandering Minds founder
A few days ago we did a ‘micro-photoshoot’ with two of my stunningly beautiful friends. The idea of the micro-shoots - we’ll do a lot more of these in the future - is that we put a cool outfit together and shoot it very quickly, just to get our creativity going and have some fun.The models, Olivia and Tonya, went to the same school as the Wandering Minds crew. It is rather lucky that I happen to be surrounded by amazing looking girls - when you’re a broke entrepreneur, it’s all about exploiting your network.
We put the girls in our oversized pleated sweaters by Seoul designer Grace Raiment. Olivia was wearing her own Levi’s shorts, and Tonya was wearing our high waisted red wool shorts. It was actually Roxane’s (Wandering Minds social media queen) idea to have them wear the same outfits in contrasting colours. I had reservations at first, but turns out the outfits worked amazingly well together, giving a cool 1990s team-supermodel look to the girls, which was a bit cheesy in the best possible way.
The photoshoot made me fall in love with these sweaters even more. Their oversized shape and cropped length make them move in a very inadvertently sexy way, revealing little bits of skin every time you raise an arm. The pleats make them look completely unique, in fact I’ve never seen anything quite like it, anywhere. We teamed the sweaters with high-waisted shorts, the contrasts in volumes and lengths bringing the whole outfit to another level. This is what I called elevated casual street wear.
Recreate the Look: Eva Mendes in NYC
By Lucie Goulet, Wandering Minds strategy and PR guru
We’re not saying wearing our bright red Grace Raiment cotton sweater will bag you a Ryan Gosling, but, Hey Girl, Eva Mendes’ outfit is just too cool for boyfriend envy. The perennial movie hot girl, Mendes was spotted strolling alongside actor-of-the-moment Gosling in New York City last week. We love how she teamed her top with contrasting combat trousers, funky sunglasses and towering wedges for a great casual look.
With such a stunning top, the trick is to keep other items of clothing simple and minimalist. Emerging Korean designer Raiment likes pairing her own design with tailored white short for an effective and demure preppy play on proportions. You can achieve a similar effect with dark stone wash skinny jeans. If you’re looking for a more polished, work-appropriate look, wear the tomato red sweater with a pencil skirt, killer heels and clean-line accessories.