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Your Fashion & Interiors Style

By July 19, 2019 FASHION, Uncategorized
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There is so much inspiration to be found for home decoration when browsing online.  The problem is, how do you decide what style to go with for your home?  To make the process of beautifying home interiors in a style reflective of who we are and what we want to express, we’ve turned to fashion. Style is such a personal thing. It doesn’t always follow trends (although it can definitely be influenced by it) and it doesn’t always make sense to others. There are many parallels between how one’s sense of fashion can inform choices for interior design. Both are hugely influenced by what you are drawn to in daily life and both take on board the function, mood, colour and a balance of proportion and details. So whether you’re a home decor veteran or someone just starting on an exploration of taste and style, here are our 3 tips on how to draw from your fashion style to truly express yourself at home.

 

1. Think about your lifestyle and personality

Do you prefer to be dressed in a comfortable and relaxed way or do you usually prefer to dress up and be more pulled together? Are you an extrovert – happy to be the centre of attention in a flowing red dress or are you an introvert or somewhere in between? What kind of activities do you enjoy in your leisure time? These are just a few of the questions you can ask yourself to discover more about what fills you up and makes you feel like yourself. Use this information, when thinking about your home decor. The mood of a home can be a direct reflection of your personality and your typical fashion tastes.

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2. Your existing wardrobe gives hints to your interior design style

Take a look at your wardrobe. What sorts of colours are more prevalent? Are there lots of florals, geometric patterns or perhaps it’s a monochrome palette with solid, clean lines. Preferences in your clothing can provide a lot of information about where your tastes lie and what you might be more predisposed to in your home decor.

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3. Take note of other elements in your wardrobe

Jewellery is another important indicator of style and taste that can be woven into interiors. Do you lean towards silver or are you more of a gold and brass person. These tones can directly translate into finishings in interior design for example light fixtures or door handles. Also not to be overlooked are other accessories such as shoes and handbags. Do you love leather or natural fibres like rattan for your handbags? All of these elements are possibilities for the home- from leather pouffs to rattan and wicker furniture. Fashion broadens your horizon to the multitude of options that exist for the home.

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With these tips in mind, explore your style and feel free to draw from fashion and interior design styles interchangeably- this is one of the best parts of working with the two design forms. If you love the colour orange but just can’t bring yourself to wear it.. add orange as a pillow, a throw or an accent wall in your home. Or if you love a bold geometric print, but don’t want to commit to it in your home for the long term.. you can add this print into your wardrobe! The great thing about fashion is that it allows you to indulge in bold tastes in a temporary and transient way that sits very well with changes in your mood and tastes.

As a final note, sometimes a firm fashion style can spark a desire to explore its opposite. Your fashion style might be very clean and minimalistic but you feel drawn to bold colours and lush textures for the home. This is ok too. Go with it! Your home is a very personal and private space. Fashion has always been about encouraging experimentation and going with what feels good.  The same is true for interiors. Have fun and create the perfect space for you!

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A History of Linen

By June 28, 2019 FASHION, INSPIRATION
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How one of the oldest fabrics in the world became the must-have fabric of summer

Linen is a firm favourite for summer, loved for its simple and elegant qualities. It is well known to wick moisture away from the body and keep you cool, while being iron-free and highly durable.. what’s not to love!?

This summer, linen has gained huge momentum, appearing in store after store in beautiful designs and colours. Most snapping up the trend do not realise the long and fascinating history behind the fibre, so let’s dive in and take a closer look at linen’s journey through the centuries. 

 

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Linen, made from the fibres of the flax plant, is one of the oldest textiles in the world. Historians believe the flax plant was first domesticated in ancient Mesopotamia and discoveries of linen fabric have been found dating back many thousands of years.  The process of turning flax fibres into linen is a difficult and laborious one. The plant is temperamental and requires a great deal of attention during its growth and once ready for harvest it is a long process to extract the fibre from the stalk. In addition, flax fibres are not elastic, and therefore it is difficult to weave them without breaking the threads.

 

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With such a long and tedious journey to attain this raw material it is a wonder that linen every came about! However, possibly because of this long process, linen became a sought after quality especially among the elite and wealthy. Linen was a symbol of status and a luxury fabric to be seen wearing. Moreover, in some areas, such as ancient Egypt, priests wore linen and it was even used for burial shrouds because the fibre was seen to symbolise light, purity and wealth. Linen was so valued, that in a curious fact, for a time it was even used as currency!

 

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With the invention of the flax spinning wheel in the 15th century, linen production grew quicker and faster and it became cheaper to purchase linen household items. However this coincided with cotton production seeing an increase and it became increasingly popular, eventually surpassing linen. Nevertheless, advancements only continued over the years until linen peaked in the 19th century with large scale improvements in farming practices and as machinery fully mechanised linen production. At this point, linen truly took off. It became available for a variety of uses: bedding, bath fabrics, upholstery, tablecloths and books. It was and still is the preferred traditional support for oil paintings.

 

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Skipping forward to more recent time, in the 1970s, linen experienced another evolution when the bulk of production shifted from household items to clothing. It was at this point that people truly embraced the fabric in a multitude of fashion forms, from the hippie movement, to the cool sophistication of white linen. Linen was appreciated for its hard wearing quality, because it was cool to touch, smooth and loved for the fact that it got softer with repeated washing. Les 100 Ciels incorporates linen styles into our collections year after year and this season we have truly embraced a range of colours and styles to suit every woman. Shop our linen styles here!

 

 

 

 

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The coat edit

By December 18, 2017 FASHION
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As winter sets in it’s time to get serious about the new season and invest in that important extra layer – our new winter coat. Buying a winter coat is a big investment and generally need some research behind, so it’s not the time to make mistakes. Indifferently if you are one of those shoppers that purchase a vast number of coats or if you prefer instead to spend more for one high quality coat that will last more than a season, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still important to get it right.  But, how to choose? It’s hard to know where to start! Buying a coat that is on trend is one consideration but it also has to answer different criteria such as our lifestyle and if it will work with what we already have in our closet.  When it comes to your seasonal cover-up quality is also so important, so don’t cut corners as you’ll only end up having to replace a cheap one.

We’ve chosen our favourite coats to help narrow down your choice so let us guide you through our AW17 outerwear selection, from shapes and shades to styling and occasion.

 

TRULA

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Available in olive green and grey , this long line loosely structured coat offers great value per wear.  It slip on over both workwear and everyday jeans, but it really show off its beauty when paired with a satin dress and ankle boots on a cold evening. If you’re looking for a no-fuss winter staple, this modern, feminine and chic coat is the right choice, with side splits and a hood.  We love the discreet poppers and the features that wrap around cuffs. If you don’t already own a classic long coat, then Trula is a good place to start.

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Simple, stylish and always on trend, the wool coat is a wardrobe essential for any woman and is a classic style piece, meaning you should invest in quality that will last you more than a winter.  Our Double-breasted wool coat with tortoiseshell buttons is both chic and practical and with its loosely structure, it’s designed to layer over thick jumpers. So come rain or shine, you are still going to look your best over winter!

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What would you do without a camel coat in your wardrobe? This double breasted coat is a timeless design featuring a thick waist belt and a notched collar. If you usually like to wear black and grey during winter, this coat is ideal to let you live in your favourite neutrals without feeling like a dark cloud. Plus its perfect for both work and weekend looks!

 ALEXA

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Ideal on days when you want to feel more covered up, this 100% wool coat with a contemporary touch and a feminine shape will always look great on you! This long-line design features an easy button fastening and a notched collar. Team it with sporty trainers and a big, chunky jumper to make the perfect contrast.

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Our first anorak design with a concealed hood in the collar, funnel neck, elasticated cuffs and a softly sloping hemline has become one of the favourite trends for this AW17, and as a bonus… it’s pink!. This jacket combines functionality with playful details such as large flap pockets at the front and thanks to the pastel pink colour provides a nice alternative to the typical rain coat. You can wear it slightly oversized with a denim total-look and with it’s 100% cotton interior it will feel dry and soft all at once.

What are you wearing this Winter? Let us know!

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The Knitted Tee

By June 9, 2017 FASHION
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By September 2, 2016 FASHION
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The White Tee

By August 5, 2016 FASHION
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An essential part of any woman’s wardrobe is a simple white t-shirt. Clean minimalism at its best, it’s ideal for laid back days…to ground a bold print, or contrast a bit of sparkle..

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 We love our Avron tee- an update on the classic T-shirt, with a boxy shape, fused seams and a tiered hem. A versatile style that we reach for time and again.

         
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Shop all our white styles here

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Get more inspiration on white t-shirts on our Pinterest page!

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