Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Charity Fashion Live

Charity Fashion Live takes on London Fashion Week SS15

If you follow R~A~J~E on Instagram or Twitter, or read this blog then you'll know we're big LFW fans. Being a London label it's very close to our hearts and this year it was made that bit more special by Charity Fashion Live. When the lovely Lucy got in touch to tell us about the live recreation of catwalk looks that would be happening over LFW, we couldn't help but be intrigued. 

"This London Fashion Week SS15, in collaboration with The British Red Cross, Back of the Wardrobe are on a mission - to prove that you don’t need a big budget to be on trend, that fashion is for everyone, and that shopping sustainably by buying charity shop and second hand clothing is cooler than you ever imagined."





As I watched Jasper Conran debut his clean cut looks it was only a matter a moments before Charity Fashion Live tweeted an ethical take on a key look, the same again during the Sibling show - one minute I was wondering whether I could pull off an oversized bow next summer, the next, a model in The British Red Cross was doing it!



All the outfits created are available to buy here (all proceeds going to The British Red Cross). Even if you're not in the mood to shop right now, next time you are, perhaps consider popping to your local charity shop for a browse? You never know what you'll find. 

Follow the Charity Fashion Live team here: 



@Backofwardrobe  www.backofthewardrobe.com
@BritishRedCross  www.redcross.org.uk
@LucyJLoves  www.lucyjloves.com 

R x

Monday, 29 September 2014

Learning to Love Small Boobs

The virtues of small boobs


For me high school was almost entirely unforgettable, a series of dull lessons given by dull teachers who demonstrated no reason for me to listen to them. What I do remember however, was around year 8/9 when a few of my friends started to develop boobs, and I didn't. Don't get me wrong, there was a decent progression from an A cup to a B - but on the whole, rather unimpressive. 

The next 5 or so years saw me buy padded bras, avoid low cut necklines and generally feel envious of my friends, my sister and seemingly the world's ample bosoms. This may sound normal but when you think about it, it's terrible. I spent my formative years wishing my body was something it wasn't, disliking a beautiful part of my healthy, functioning body. Looking back I needed some serious perspective. 




The past few years have seen my body settle into a slim Hourglass shape, with shoulders equal to hips, a small waist and my same, small boobs. The past few years have also seen me learn to love my small boobs. 

I love that boobs isn't the first thing people notice about me, I love the way clothes hang elegantly from my chest and I love how they look - small and unobtrusive in an intricate lace bra. 




Just as real women don't always have curves, there is no winner when it comes to bra size. I love my small boobs yes, because they suit me and they work on my body. I also love challenging the idea that Hourglass shapes all have to have big boobs, they don't. This doesn't mean that small boobs are always better though, A and J both carry larger bra sizes really well - looking elegant and classy.

However, just in case there are any women out there still hating their beautiful boobs I've put together a pro list to convince you of their virtues:


1. No backache
2. Easy to dress (the reason models don't usually have big boobs)
3. Easier and cheaper to buy bras
4. Low necklines don't look hussy-ish
5. Kate Moss
6. Sienna Miller
7. Natalie Portman

Now, if any of you think, for a moment (even just one fleeting moment) "oh but men prefer bigger boobs". Then please put on an apron, fall pregnant and head back to the 1950s because really, we're onto the fourth wave of feminism now and I would hope we've made more progress than that...

R x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Winter Coats A/W14

R shows us the best of A/W14's coat offerings on the High St

It's finally reached that wonderful (if a little expensive) time of year when you're allowed to buy yourself a new winter coat. Me and my lovely flat mate have a slight problem with coats, by slight, we both have between 10-15 each. Our hallway cupboard is now home to a rail full of coats as our bedrooms just couldn't fit them all in! Despite this I still approach every Autumn with renewed excitement at the prospect of buying a new coat. 

Now you may argue, but each of my coats serve a clear purpose and I still wear the ones I bought ten years ago to this day - this is thanks to planning, careful spending and investing in quality. 

This year I am lusting after a maxi wool coat to drape dramatically over luxuriously printed and loosely fitted dressed with a mannish bottle-green brogue just poking out. *sigh*

However their is a multitude of coat options out there to seriously tempt you - I've grouped a few together to help you navigate the highs and lows of new season outerwear. 




Shop Blanket Coats: ASOS Kimono Coat, Burberry Blanket Coat, Stella McCartney Blanket Coat, Topshop Unique Blanket Coat, Isabal Marant Blanket Coat



Shop Boyfriend Coats: J. Crew Boyfriend Coat,Topshop Boyfriend Coat, ISSA Boyfriend Coat, Giada Forte Boxy Coat, MSGM Blazer Coat



Shop Parka Jackets: Mary Katrantzou Parka, & Other Stories RTW Parka, Whistles Wax Parka, Gap Parka, Julien David Parka.   



Shop Printed Coats: Cedric Charlier Coat, Mary Katrantzou Coat, Christopher Kane Coat, YMC Coat, Saint Laurent Coat



Shop Maxi Coats: ASOS Maxi Mac, Free People Maxi Coat, Anne Klein Maxi Coat, Mango Coat, Ganni Long Coat.

R x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Diary of a Corporate Girl

Introducing new becomingraje blogger, Corporate Girl. Enjoy her stylish musings, frustrated ventings and insights into a fashionable life. 



Oh R~A~J~E'rs what can I say? This blog has been a long time coming! After years of enduring the cascades of nonesense that constantly surrounds me in hyper-corporate-land I have amassed a bundle of war stories, comedy highlights and fashionable insights that it's high time I share. To kick off, some classic office life revelations.

You know you've worked in a corporate office too long when:

  • You sigh at the new iPhone 5s they give you
  • You have to actively try and not use those corporate buzz words that mean nothing e.g. Blue Sky Thinking
  • You turn those buzz words into a game: Nonsense Bingo. 5 points for 'moving forward', 'for future reference' or receiving a forwarded email with just 'fyi' in the body.10 points for 'high level objectives & deliverables', 'risk assessment' or 'timeline'. 20 points for 'taskforce', 'bi-monthly' or 'business case'

So back to life - my double life. A lot of the time I joke about being a superhero, working one job while actually being dedicated to another (R~A~J~E). But it's actually exhausting, not just the physical time constraints and energy that both positions require, but also that constant feeling of living a lie.

As a result life can get a bit difficult, having social plans is a bit of a stretch and sometimes putting together a vaguely decent outfit is an achievement in itself. Over the coming months I will share the highs and lows of surviving in hyper-corporate-land and juggling a day job with your real dream. Stay tuned. 

Feel free to tweet your corporate frustrations to @RAJEdesign #corporategirl 

Love, CG x