Throwback to winter break when I had adequate sleep and enough free time to lounge around in cozy coats.
I've been having a love affair with long duster coats that add elegance and flair to my outfit yet save my legs from hypothermia. Returning to Philadelphia after a debaucherous break in tropical Hong Kong, I was greeted by below freezing weather and frost dusting the pavement. It was an icy shock for my body, which had been bikini-clad and lounging beside a pool 24-hours prior. Investing in full-length, woolen coats has been the only thing preventing me from resorting to down puffer jackets and turning into the female version of the Michelin man - not the most flattering look.
Currently, I'm enamored with this long belted coat from COS, which flatters and lengthens the body without sacrificing structure. For something a little more casual, this oversized wrap coat from ASOS allows greater movement (and swings beautifully as you walk). If you're on a budget like me and looking for a classic black coat that will match with everything, this duster coat from Monki will do the job.
Hoping for a brief and painless winter, and for spring break to come sooner.
UNIQLO INÈS DE LA FRESSANGE SWEATER
ALL SAINTS PIERCED BOOTS
PHOTOS BY NICK CHAN
It's been a long semester at the University of Pennsylvania, with more midterms and all-nighters occurring rather than blogging. However, my return to Hong Kong for winter break marks the end of my fashion dry spell. It really is nice to be back from the land of Hunter rain boots, Lululemon yoga pants and Montcler down jackets.
All winter festivities require some form of dressing up, and for Christmas I've chosen to embrace Hong Kong's glorious 70 degree warmth with a slip dress. Paired with a leather jacket and red lipstick, it's the perfect equilibrium of seductive, coquettish and tough. A considerably more stylish alternative to your average Santa's little helper outfit.
Merry Christmas to you all from Girl Gone Vogue!
ASOS LEATHER JACKET
FORVER 21 LACE SLIP DRESS
PHOTOS BY NICK CHAN
I've generally stayed faithful to the so-called 'fashion rules' that society dictate. Avoid too many competing prints, wear black to look slim, and stay away from unflattering drop-crotch pants at all costs. But everyone needs to rebel at some point or another. Whoever made up the rule of 'No white after Labor Day' obviously did not know the struggles of living with a monochromatic closet. It's way past September 1st, and I'm officially a rule breaker.
This summer, I've grown to love little white dresses as a viable alternative to the classic LBD. White has the ability to bring a certain freshness to any formal occasion - think Gwyneth Paltrow's Calvin Klein cape dress at the Oscars. Now that summer is over, there are still ways to wear white without utterly offending the posh American society ladies in the late 1800s who imposed the Labor Day rule. In lieu of summery fabrics such as linen, experiment with winter textures in white. For their Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Nicole and Michael Colovos of Helmut Lang worked the shade in a variety of thick textiles from knits to fluffy mohair, resulting in light yet cosy looks. This cocktail number from Zara has contrasting pleather panels that give it a luxe finish, making for a great day to night look. Having paired it with a bright red lip and copper hardware, I feel ready to take on Diddy's infamous Fourth of July white parties. Maybe next year.
ZARA WHITE PLEATHER DRESS
ZARA WHITE LEATHER WEDGES
COS COPPER RING
DIY PERSPEX EARRINGS
Snippets of my summer rendezvous around Europe c/o Instagram. There's no better place to be in the month of August than at the Berlin Wall sprawl of graffiti and artwork, or surrounded by minimalist architecture in Helsinki. Europe really refreshingly mitigates the sweltering heat of Hong Kong, and has provided me with aesthetically-pleasing Instagram fare!
BERLIN & HELSINKI