The practical geek

For most of us I would say that we don't go around 24/7 all glammed up. I'm going to make a huge assumption here and say that we all have our style staples and then our essential or practical items.  No?  Although I recognise some of the items in this outfit (hello Proenza Schouler) are my most loved, this outfit in its entirety fits into the latter categories.

This tweed blazer I've had for so many seasons I've lost track. It's one of those items that I reach for rather often and has real staying power, never really going out of style.  Any outerwear which flatters your frame and is an easy wear is a long-term investment in my book.  

The bag is one of the most practical items I own. It has earnt the title in many fashion circles as being a bit of an 'it' bag, so in that regard I suppose it's a statement piece. I have to tell you, I really struggle to consider it as such.  It's not a piece that overwhelms. Instead it compliments most outfits seamlessly. It's also the lazy gals answer to having a versatile larger style bag that you can lug everything in (going with the bigger is better theory). Cross body (abled) bags are my weakness!

My weekend run-a-round footwear used to always involve Isabel Marant sneakers. I'm pretty sure the soles are moulded from over wear!  These days I like to mix things up a bit more since I've actually grown fond of brogue and loafer styled shoes and have more variety.  An appreciation of comfort is something that I've really gotten used to since I've acquired shoes that keep my feet in contact with the ground.  Don't worry, the almighty high-heels still account for a good sixty percent of my shoes. A leopard never truly changes its spots! It just does a little masquerading.

So I have to mention the glasses (mine are prescription). I'm interested to know, are you thinking what the hell is she thinking wearing those in an outfit post?  Or are you of the opinion that, ok she wears (and needs) glasses, so the outfit is a true representation of what I wore that day and part of my life (failing eyesight) at least in this instance when we were heading to the cinema?  The reason I ask is I read the post on The Manrepeller the other week and I have to say I was engrossed with the content first of all, and then the various commenters position's on the practicality and incorporation of glasses as part of one's style.  Have glasses ever been appropriate to wear (in fashion speak terms)?  Do they still conjure an affiliation with 'geeks' (either negatively or positively)? And here's the big question, do they actually repel the opposite sex or attract them?  I've read from time to time that glasses are 'in' then glasses are 'out'. Dare I ask, who determines when it is ok and when it's not to wear something that aides a person and enhances their life?  Personally, functionality (and the avoidance of eye strain) wins every time for me.  What are your thoughts? 




Photographs by Tom


What I'm wearing:
Proenza Schoulder large PS1 bag (HERE)
Smythe tweed equestrian blazer (HERE)
Balmain ripped jeans (HERE)
Acne cotton boxy cut tee (HERE)
Arthur Galan distressed leather belt 



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27 comments:

  1. I love the PS1, it looks great on you, such a practical bag :) Really nice weekend outfit, comfortable and casual :)

    I think fashion glasses are strange - not sunglasses, but the frames and clear lenses just with no prescription, as I don't see why you would want to wear them? But I understand completely the need to wear glasses to see! I just don't see how glasses can enhance or match an outfit - they are necessities more than anything :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Nice to hear that you're another one for necessity just like me. I know I wouldn't wear the fashion type glasses but in saying that, I've never had to consider the option of wearing glasses for the sole purpose of being a fashion accessory since I need prescription glasses. I wonder if that changes a person's view?

      I've been wearing the PS1 to death! Definitely one of my best ever purchases.

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  2. Hey Mandi, I actually like this post with you wearing your glasses (which are very stylish). Maybe if readers see more fashion bloggers "proudly" wearing their glasses it will become the norm and not such a "big" deal. However as you say who knows when its cool to wear glasses (in a fashion sense) and when not to. I remember for a while back people were wearing glasses even though they had perfect vision! It was more of a fashion statement ;)

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    1. Thanks for the feedback and lovely comment. I've definitely noticed women wearing glasses (prescription) more often. It's refreshing to see lifestyle needs taking precedence over fashion in those instances. It's always interesting to see how fashion moves in its cycle. From all glasses (spectacles) being 'out' to as you mentioned those with perfect vision grabbing 'fashion' glasses and adopting the look. I figure if I wear mine as and when I need to I'll get both the hits and misses of the 'trend', but most importantly have less headaches along the way :)

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  3. Love love love it all!

    Am wearing my glasses as I type, and I have been embracing them as part of my outfits more and more (especially since I switched to daily contacts - how much they cost!). I am also a HUGE fan of big (is better) cross-body (able) bags (especially since I need both hands at all times when out and about with my 2 babies). The PS1 (as well as the PS11) are on my 'wishlist' (sigh). The cut on that jacket is just gorgeous, as with all Smythe pieces...

    xx

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  4. Mandi, I love your blazer!!! I've been eyeing the Smythe jackets for quite sometime now. Love that you're in flats more these days :P I've only ever worn glasses as I'm allergic to most contact lenses. I'm pleased that glasses are fashionable again thought admittedly I was rather amused when I asked a few ladies about their glasses only to find out that they were fashion statement. I wish I have their perfect vision!

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  5. Dang.. that blazer is perfect! Too bad it's old and not out there for buy... It's seriously one of the coolest tweed blazers I've ever seen. Yep, i love blazer and essential items.. great outfit!

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  6. I definetly like your shoes!! Great look :)

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  7. That blazer is so chic Mandi! Smythe really does have some great pieces. And with so many stylish glasses out there nowadays, I think it's perfectly cool if one uses them for prescriptive purposes or just as an accent to a look. :)

    xxTheresa

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  8. Love this look, everything about it. Definitely something I would quite happily wear, those monk strap shoes are amazeballs!

    I've been wearing glasses most of my life (since I was 6) so it's definitely been something I always consider.. Personally I love women (and men) in glasses and would wear it more often if not for the fact I hate dealing with foggy glasses :) You look fab in yours and I'll endeavour to do a post with mine on soon.. thanks for the inspiration! x

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  9. I love this look and to echo Marlene, I'm pleased to see another pair of awesome flats on the post. I actually wear contact lenses - I've done it for so long now that I really struggle to go a whole day in glasses - I do it occasionally to give my eyes a break but on the whole, I find my nose is not conducive to glasses wearing.

    Loving all your recent looks - they have been very inspiring.

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  10. LOVE the blazer - such a great look! i really like your bag too - so functional and chic.
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  11. Lovely pictures!!
    Greetings from

    Best Dressed Poland

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  12. Great blog darling!
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I followed you me too on GFC and Twitter! :)
    Have a nice day!
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  13. Casual chic! I love how you take staple items and throw in statement pieces! Love the PS1 bag and your shoes are to die for. It has a hint of androgynouity to it, which is my favorite type of fashion anyway!

    P.S. Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin?

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  14. Thank you dear for stopping by :) I absolutely agree about the glasses ! I wear glasses too, but I tend to skip them as much as it's possible, it's some kind of daily problem for me, because I think they don't match well with many outfits; ok, being perfectionist... And many people ask me if I wear them just for my sight or only to look,huh I don't know? Trendy? I have no idea who could have ever invented such a thing as wearing glasses as a trend. And I love this look, the blazer fits so perfect !

    xx, Agata
    www.prettyindecadence.blogspot.com

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  15. You look so pretty with glasses! I just love all your outfits Mandi, you have such an amazing wardrobe. Next time I'm back in Melbs we'll have to meet up so I can ogle at all your clothes in person.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment. Absolutely. Make sure you let me know when you're here next I would love to catch up xx

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  16. Totally agree with you! When something is done with naturality and style is always cool!
    t.

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  17. I love the entire outfit!!! :-)
    The bag and the shoes are my favs!!
    You have a lovely blog, I have a blog too! If you want to have a look at it, it would be really great! :)
    http://mystylerecipe.com
    Have a nice day!
    X :)

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  18. Pure perfection. I adore this look my girl.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  19. AMAZING OUTFIT! I LOVE EVERY SINGLE ITEMS, FROM THE SHOES TO THE BAG!!!
    GREAT JOB!
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    xoxo

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  20. you look really beautiful! xO!
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  21. I think the glasses really suit you, and if you wear them everyday then I think it's great to include them in outfit posts as an accurate representation of what you were wearing that day. My eyesight is getting worse, the optician said I don't need glasses yet, but expect to need them the next time I go for a checkup. I'm already on the look out for the perfect pair of black cateyes for when I do! Practicality always wins for me, but I do always try to find balance between practical/stylish also.
    I'm super jealous of your PS1 too! I feel kind of similar about my Balenciaga, I guess it also is a bit of an 'it' bag & it does get a few stares now & then, but to me it's my everyday bag & easily the most practical thing I own. I use it every single day, as like you said about the PS1, it just works perfectly with everything, it helps add that extra little something to an outfit, but doesn't overwhelm it. I like to think of it as 'quietly brilliant' :)

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  22. you really suit brogues, i wish i could wear them but either my legs are too long or too short, it looks really disproportionate!!! but you look stunning, great post!

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