Playing with textures and neutral tones.During this “self-isolation time” #stayhome, it is important to take care of ourselves and find the perfect balance between cozy and effortless elegance. Think “Minimal”, “SportyR…
Playing with textures and neutral tones.During this “self-isolation time” #stayhome, it is important to take care of ourselves and find the perfect balance between cozy and effortless elegance. Think “Minimal”, “SportyR…
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Created in collaboration with Nobody Denim For me denim was somehow always about ‘fitting in’. Bell bottoms, ‘jeggings’, and wasn’t there some kind of short-pant-skirt cross-breed – “skort”, “scant”? There’s a near perfect rap sheet of my life chasing these wildly varying denim trends in various vacuum bags in my mother’s garage. Spending time
3 Lazy Girl Style Tricks Learned from Parisians Shot by Hannah Roche for MYER and Anna Quan Label. Along with Anna Quan Label We celebrated four of the best of Australian design during Sydney Fashion Week, see the full piece on at MYER.com.au. Look 1: Anna Quan Trench, Miss Shop Jeans, Innovare Boots, M2M Bag,
Its Wednesday 7:30 am. Your starring blankly into your wardrobe looking for some sort of inspiration… We have that inspiration right here, right now.. earrings: Leigh Miller . blouse: Balenciaga . faux fur bag: Pixie Market . trousers: Topshop . mules: Balenciaga . hand cream: Aesop SHOP LO-FI:
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cali big button linen top: Pixie Market . check trousers: Topshop . mid heel shoes: Topshop . macrame bucket bag: Staud . face and body oil: everyday oil . camille earr…
If you follow Lines/Manner, you have probably noticed an ineluctable affection for effortless styles and an appreciation for subtle details. Providing these elements with an ounce of elegance and an airy slouchiness can advantageously help us conform to a higher … Continue reading →
5 Steps to style the perfect outfit In this editorial: Jeans (Loewe); Handbag & Loafers (Bally) – Farfetch | Knitted top – Isabel Marant | Earrings – Closer by Wwake If elevators, telephones, and my daily dress code have something in common, it’s that laziness was the single greatest motivator that brought all three into existence. The former two were clearly concocted in an attempt to eliminate on-foot travel, vertically and horizontally. As for the latter, yours truly, happy to claim the title of ‘Laziest of Them All’, would run out the door in mismatched socks if it meant a little less time spent rummaging in the depth of my wardrobe. Indeed, no small portion of the looks as seen here were probably due to morning styling sessions given up on half-way through. Getting dressed, you would think, is something that the collective efforts human civilization could have algebraically reduced to some catchy formula by now. But alas, no. I so get you: the first world struggle is real. When you next find yourself close to tears, pile of rejected wardrobe choices at your feet, consider these following 5 steps. 1 Start with one piece Every look needs a starting […]
This is the moment where the age old “Is it a bird, is it a plane” question could rightfully be posed. Are culottes pants? Are they a skirt? Are they a portable tent that you can use to hide from people in certain situations? I think I’d go with d) – all of the above. […]
5 Ways to up your pant game In this editorial: Y / Project jeans, Off White Trousers & Vintage Chanel Earrings all from Farfetch | French Cuff Shirt by Anna Quan | ‘Love is a Drug’ T Shirt by Know Connections | Chunky cardigan by Mum’s Handmade As many of us have blind spots for a certain rack in the department store, mine was definitely the pant section. In fact, I recently found myself in the realisation that I owned approximately 0 pants. Yes, yours truly could sustain an entire dissertation on the many injustices of this clothing item. For example, that pants refuse to fit both my waist and ass at the same time, or that cropped chinos will never look on me the way they do on Audrey Hepburn’s version of Sabrina. But is it any wonder? The art of tailoring may well be a fundamental struggle of the human condition. With so much technicality that goes into a pant that can flatter those geometrically vague shapes, the legs, it’s no less than a freak accident if a pair of $60 chain store pants didn’t make your ass look like the dark side of the moon. As I […]
What to wear (when you have nothing to wear) Wearing: Top, Pants & Earrings: Net-a-porter | Shoes: Valentino With ‘When’ being the operative word here, the situation of ‘nothing to wear’, at least for yours truly, has perhaps too high of an incident rate to warrant the parentheses. For those of us whose lives are perpetually running on ‘omw now!’ basis (and compounding), opening your wardrobe and finding an abundance of ready-to-go outfits is basically that dream you have just before waking up to a mind-grating alarm beep and a bad hair day. Yours truly being firmly within that demographic, I’ve spent years making dressing when having nothing to wear something of an art. So together with Net-a-Porter and their ‘I have nothing to wear’ campaign, I’m going to impart on you my little nuggets of wisdom, to help you know what to wear when you have nothing to wear. 1 Shop your wardrobe (and wear it wrong) In the way that desperation often gives rise to inspiration, unlock the full potential of your wardrobe by looking at the most ordinary of pieces and wear it wrong. A daggy old coat can be cinched with a belt to be transformed […]
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Look DetailsVintage DKNY Sweater (graphic sweater option here)BLK DNM Leather Bomber (similar here & here)Zara Track Pant (similar here)Stuart Weitzman Boots (similar here)SaveSave
During the beginning of this month I was in NYC for Who What Wear’s fashion week show, which streamed LIVE and was completely shop-able (check it out here in case you missed it.) Editors curated the show’s looks revolving around different trends of the…
“I wish I could be at all of my favorite places in the world at the same time” #taoofsophiaphilosophy Scotch and Soda jacket H&M sweater and skirt Raw Individuals earrings
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How to wear lingerie like a tomboy Editorial featuring: ‘So Sweet’ lace bra & ‘Be Mine’ bodysuit, both by Gooseberry Intimates Everything about Italy makes you feel so much more a woman than anywhere else in the world. To one so determined to be a tomboy, as yours truly, however, it is a culture shock to say the least. Handsome Italian men in impeccable suits turn and stare deeply at you, and the more forward of them call after you, ‘Bella!’, often accompanied with a, ‘Where’re you from?’, in heavy Italian accents. As for those male friends more familiarly acquainted, they would have you believe that their whole purpose in life is to pull out your chair, open the door and pick up the check. A claim that ‘I could not sleep if I left a woman pay’ is one I have heard more than once. Yes, being treated as a delicate flower makes you feel so much a woman, or, I should add, like a woman should be. If you sense the sarcasm between the lines here, then it should not surprise you that, in many a conversation over a Campari gone south, I have been accused of being […]
Who has been visiting Tao of Sophia the last years, knows that my style was more minimal before. My home in Amsterdam used to be entirely monochrome. I used to be
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Begin the new year with a Wrap Duster Dress made of natural fibers. Hand block printed and double layered, subtle yet with necessary side splits and long tassels. Blend it to an all-black outfit so to add depth, dimensions, and … Continue reading →
A happy new year you all! A bit of style inspiration for the new year. x
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5 ways to instantly refresh your wardrobe for Spring Wearing: Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Pumps from YOOX The timeless optimism that comes with springtime – the cool sunrise light slivers on the floor, flower clouds billowing across once bleak landscapes, and lively birds, perhaps landing on your hand in Disney princess style – isn’t lost even on us southern hemisphere dwellers. When that time comes around, a well-documented phenomenon occurs among women (and stylish men) all over the world. Like the migration instincts of south-flying swans, an urge takes over to dismiss the fashions and style notions of the year before, and look to a new and improved sartorial identity. When last year’s wardrobe suddenly feels monotonous, and those impulse purchases in pursuit of a trend turn into unsightly faux pas to be swept to the deepest, darkest corners of the closet, you needn’t start from square one. Here are 5 ways to instantly refresh your wardrobe for spring. 1 Introduce a new statement accessory Sometimes all you need is one amazing new accessory to give new life to a tired wardrobe. Choose something unique, and completely different from what you already have or have ever considered wearing – because spring […]
6 Steps to your New Year’s work capsule wardrobe Wearing: Black Long Coat, Olive Coat & Olive Pants – Uniqlo x Carin Roitfeld Collection | T-shirt – Isabel Marant | Bag – Givenchy “Antigona” | Gold Boots – Office If office farewell cards are the informative plaques of one’s achievements, then mine from my first job were frivolous indeed – ‘Good luck, we loved your outfits’ was a neatly penned sentiment I remember quite distinctly. Even leaving aside any aspersions as to my effectiveness as a lawyer vis-à-vis my sartorial feats, this one-liner was doubly curious as it came from that pretty girl in coms. Said girl, by her stereotype-affirming pencil skirt and stiletto heel uniform, I gathered would have thought of my minimalist aesthetic as nothing other than matronly. That is not to say, of course, that I cared any less about my appearance in the office. My focus, rather than to wow my co-workers with one punchy look after another, was simply to maintain an effective work capsule wardrobe that for instant morning prep. This, it seemed, was the object of admiration for the PR girls in cubicles adjacent. When it comes to workwear, it’s not always easy to […]
How to afford designer pieces (practically) With a little help from FWRD’s 3 day 25% off Australian sale: use code “GIFTFWRD” Wearing: LPA ‘58’ Embroidered Leather Jacket | LPA ‘25’ Bodysuit | Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic | Cropped Flared Pants – all up to 25% at FWRD Growing up, the much anticipated pastel icing sponge cake, that was deemed, for both budgetary and dental reasons, as being for birthdays only, made for little 10-year-old girl dreams come true. Twenty odd years later, my aspirations have scaled somewhat. For anyone who scoffs at the thought of dropping 4 digits for a pair of shoes, I offer this explanation, one that may well explain away every borderline unwholesome fixation of an enthusiast. What more is there to fulfilment in life than the trilling journey through discovery, desire, deprivation and finally, attainment? Concupisco Ergo Sum; I covet, therefore I am. With FWRD launching its altogether unprecedented up to 25% off the entire site today, (using code “GIFTFWRD”) I’ve partnered with them to share with you my tips on how to afford designer pieces, and to do it practically. 1Collect less, but better things Firstly, let’s reassess the concept of ‘affordability’. This question is sometimes […]
A bit of style inspiration for the rest of the week! x
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Here are our tips to help you style your best Christmas party outfit ever Wearing: Printed Blouse, Midi Skirt & Black Jumper – Marks & Spencer When you’re a lover of the simple things in life, many of which involve being in bed, simply rolling into your favourite jeans and leather jacket is probably the extent of your daily prep. So the question of the Christmas party outfit might seem altogether existential, and understandably a cause for breaking out in a cold sweat – and by ‘you’, I, of course, mean me. I’ve been there: the awkwardly overdressed, the irredeemably underdressed, and turning up feeling like anybody but myself, then fading away behind the avocado dip for the rest of the night. But I’d like to think I went through this veritable trial of fire so I could spare you the same. In the lead up to the Christmas party season, I’ve collaborated with quintessential British retailer Marks & Spencer to show you how to put together your best Christmas Party Outfit ever. The Brits really know their way around the effortless and impossibly chic party look. 1 Play on contrasts Going out and buying ‘the’ dress for your Christmas party […]
How to buy shoes online Wearing: Valentino Garavani ‘Star Studded’ pumps While my foray into online shopping started years ago, it took me quite some soul searching before I ventured to buy shoes online. But alas, when my first pair arrived, I realised the half size error in my size conversion, and my new shoes proceeded to serve as a blister factory in the next few weeks. Now, this is not a cautionary tale to put you off online shopping forever – quite the opposite. I completely understand that, when it comes to buying shoes without trying on, multiple universes, the Higgs boson, and other paradigm shifts of our time, may feel easier to accept. However, with changes come new benefits: we now have access to vastly more choice than the same-same labels in your local mall, the time we used to spend travelling to the store can now go to other things, and, of course, prices online are almost always better. Farfetch has hit these sartorial nails on the head, bringing independent boutiques all over the world together under one online shopping destination, where the last one of your size in a sold out style might be located in […]
With the end of the voyage to this tropical island in sight, while conveying snippets of goodbyes to the Indian Ocean, a void grows inside. Since a return to the winter grayness of the French hexagon has already been arranged, … Continue reading →
4 Habits of the minimalist dresser Featuring: Cluse ‘La Vedette’ Classic Watches 24 mm Rose Gold Case | Eggshell Face | 12mm Strap | Grey & Pastel Pink Genuine Leather More hardware and leather choices available online. In the search for a certain happiness, which includes our perfect personal style, we might at some stage come to the realisation that the one indomitable hurdle is one’s own natural tendencies. Minimalism means surrounding ourselves with only those things which make us happy, and discarding the rest. Such an outlook comes naturally for some, but for the rest, we are ruled by our fear of scarcity. It’s the ‘more is more’ sentiment that, in practical terms, means collecting more clothes than we would ever want to wear, and dressing to impress others rather than ourselves. I feel that a reference to Stephen Covey’s seminal work is appropriate here: it’s habits and not behaviours that will lead to real change. So, pending any copyright infringement suits, the title of this article shall remain, ‘4 habits of the minimalist dresser’- values to curb those human magpie inclinations and rebel against the oppression of an unruly wardrobe. 1 Prioritising Quality The import of quality is, […]
2 flattering jeans for large thighs: how to choose and wear them Wearing: Japanese Denim Mom Jeans & High Rise Skinny Jeans; Classic Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt & Merino Boyfriend V Neck Jumper All from Grana My sentiment for the jean has wavered through hot and cold in the years more tumultuously than schoolgirl crushes. One such ice-cold moments was just a few months ago, when a beautiful Italian woman sauntered passed me at one of Milan’s sprawling cafes, her skin tight jeans giving her the air of a svelte gazelle in some very expensive red-soled hove ornaments. How quickly my interest in my three-quarter-eaten cheese Panini – which, only moments ago, held within it the joy of life itself – had evaporated. But let me be absolutely clear, size is really not the issue here. With all of our markedly different body shapes, we can’t expect to look good in just any style randomly snapped off the rack. I, for one, have forever cursed my disproportionately large thighs and carves that make me seem larger than I am. Had I a dime for the times a shop assistant has looked at me disbelievingly when I uttered, ‘no, I […]
I got us some coffee and interior inspiration to get us through a busy week! x sources: faithfull the brand, homedesignideas.eu, oldmansea.tumblr.com, remodelista, stolen inspiration, eastcoastpearl.tumblr.com, cabana cartel, mansion homes,
Remember when we were younger and had not a care in the world? When it seemed as though the time stood still and waited for us while we spent hours on end just lounging around and daydreaming? The other day I wore this extremely simple combination of wardrobe essentials – a white button up shirt […]
How to style the off-duty look Superdry is launching their store in Hay Street Mall, Perth on3 November, and I’ve teamed up with them to show you how to style your perfect off-duty look. For those who are hearing about Superdry for the first time, you are forgiven for assuming, as I once did, that the brand is a Japanese import. In fact, Superdry is British owned and American vintage styling inspired, and its ties to Japan go as far as its incorporation of Japanese typography in its designs, which, being the result of deliberate machine translations, is proudly conceded by the brand as actually making no sense. Even the ostensible Japanese translation of ‘極度乾燥(しなさい)’ (kyokudo kanso (shinasai)), with the literal meaning of ‘Extreme Dryness (do it)’, would, in its abrupt nonsensicalness, dumbfound the Japanese. Despite occasional digs at the brand by Japanese speakers, a look a little further reveals Superdry’s rather intellectual ribbing of the very practice of cultural appropriation. In this multi-layered send-up, no one is spared: the Japanese speaking observer, who would surely love to throw a stone or two, but is reminded of their residence in a glass house of the disastrously hilarious uses of ‘Engrish’; the western consumer, that sports […]
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What to wear to Spring Racing Carnival Advice from an (unlikely) Myer Fashions on the Field judge As regular readers, I can understand that you may be in ever-so-slight shock at such a topic as, what to wear to Spring Racing Carnival, appearing here on Beige Renegade. Similarly, those of you, who are not yet familiar with our 83%-denim-wearing minimalist manifesto, may be dubious as to the writer’s authoritativeness on race fashion, if judging solely by this very nonconformist racewear look, which patently breaks a slew of race fashion rules. But, as unlikely as it may seem, yours truly is honoured to be a judge of Myer Fashions on the Field, Australia’s premiere race fashion competition. Truthfully, I felt as a Soviet spy who had stumbled into an Allied war meeting in session – perhaps the war metaphor is a step too far – and as such, what I offer is an astute outsider’s look at what really matters in the veritable secret society that is the race fashion circles. The intel? Putting aside the A4 piece of paper which outlined, in admittedly egalitarian terms, that creativity and trend observance trumped the narrow parameters of what entrants ought to wear to […]
I’ve shopped on Zappos plenty over the past few years because, helloooo fast free shipping and basically the best return policy in the biz, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with them on a Hudson x Zappos collaboration. I picked out the Nico …
How not to be sexy – an editorial for Anna Quan shot in Paris Wearing: Apparel – Anna Quan; Fur Slippers – Gucci; Necklace – The Armoury Store; Ring – 32.4 A a wise friend surmised quite poignantly, that fashion is simply a form of communication, with its own discrete language – our choice of clothes and brand alignments (read: personal style), and the ideas created and advanced, are part of a perpetual dialogue. There’s no doubt that, most things in the world being about sex, even the language of fashion is intended for the conveyance of sexual attraction. However, the mistake that a younger me made of expressing style through baring skin and flaunting the figure, turned out to be an error, not in the theme, but the syntax. In the 12 months since its iconic ‘Anne’ shirt, with its French cuffs and navy silk trim, gained cult status, Anna Quan’s narrative has become more eloquent and refined still. Rather than conforming to the trend driven Australian fashion industry (which would have required abandoning some of the label’s core values), it chose to refocus its attentions to where its offerings had already garnered a captive audience. Any concerns over the risks and […]
6 styles we loved from Paris Fashion Week street style SS17 The season’s key looks are equally defined by the catwalks at Paris Fashion Week and the street style outside the shows. This year street style gave the industry plenty to fall in love with and plenty to play with for the months ahead. Paris Fashion Week street style was all about the detail – both in the clothes and the accessories paired with them, in that uniquely Parisian chic vibe. The focus was on understated glam, relying upon a few key pieces to take looks to the next level. We spy flat shoes, statement skirts, micro-bags, balance creating coats and just enough texture and colour mixed in for the perfect street style recipe. 1 All about flats Fashion’s tendency to favour sky high heels seems a distant past at Paris Fashion Week as the practical, but never boring, flat proved its power. Everything from brogues, loafers, slippers, slides, block kitten heels and low boots were everywhere to be seen. A statement flat will be the focal point of the outfit, so pair with just above the ankle slacks of cigarette pants to make sure they aren’t missed, otherwise, take advantage of […]
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Just because sometimes all is in the dress: Luxurious silk, lace, organic fabric. No need to overshadow this boheme chic essential. Wear the bare minimum for a maximum impact. Simple but significant. Magali Pascal “Moss Beaded Dress” shooted in Madagascar. … Continue reading →
Been pretending it’s fall in LA and miiiight be trying to layer already. I should name this post “when your boyfriend is your style ‘spo.” He’s been rocking docs recently so I decided I was going to try a pair as well. Although the chunkiness takes som…
Rima Vaidila wearing J Brand Jeans “Sneaker Flare”Oversized Elliatt Blazer (similar here)Vintage TeeSussi Studio Heeled SandalsTom Ford “Nastasya Cat Eye” Sunnies (similar here & here)Photos by Nicholas MaggioSaveSaveSaveSave
How come and in most occasions the only variable of importance is time? There is either too much, so the most miserable uncreative moments seem like ages, or there’s not enough and you are trying to squeeze everything in 24 hours. Then you end up with the satisfaction that you managed to visit all …
I’m happy to be working with Madison as their blogger for August! I curated my picks from the stores new arrivals into my own little mini shop. Think cool girl staples: leather, striped tees, cool black dresses, ankle boots and chain cross body ba…
AG asked my sister Adria and I to give our spin on their new indigo capsule collection. Think: minimal meets indigo magic. The entire line is perfect for mixing and matching, easily dressed up or down and most importantly…comfy af. I’m super int…