DIY Stacked Arms – worthy of tommy ton

You may have seen my recent How To Guide on how to stack your wrists ‘arm party’ styles. But maybe you’re not content with just stacking and want to take your arm adornments to a fashion week worthy level? Well read on for a few extra rules for the stackage – that should have you snapped outside Somerset House and spirited away onto before you can say peony lim!

Colours - Choose a base tone of gold or silver for your stack based on your watch or your taste – add bracelets, spikes and chains in this tone.
Go for Texture – In addition to the hardware, add a few friendship bands, bits of rope, string or fabric and leather bands in a complementary palette (neons yes please) for texture.
Distribution - Mix em up! Distribute the different elements discussed in my previous post randomly across your wrist – you want it to feel carefree and nonchalant.
Focal Point – aka the USP (unique snapping point). This item attached to chain or string, be it a charm, button, globe, tassel or whathaveyou, should focus and surprise an onlooker. It hopefully gets their trigger finger a-twitchin.
More is more – unless of course, if more is actually less. Once you’ve wristed your stack – take a long hard look. Does it feel fun and festival-ly or somehow overthought? Remove items if it looks like you spent too much time thinking about it.
Keep those hands busy – Heaven forbid your wrists should just be dangling there or swinging when you’re walking. Carrying items helps promote a sense of ‘too busy to care about stacking’ attitude – which is good if your wrists look like a Christmas tree. What should you carry? Invitations to top tier runway shows score points, as do busy looking blackberries and ‘it’-bucket-bags. For me, the more random the item the better – the person who manages to lug a watermelon down to the Tulleries along with fully stacked arms gets my vote and hopefully some space on Mr Ton’s memory card!

 Here’s an example of a fun (and maybe even snap worthy?) armload.

How cute are the tiny geisha key charms? String them on some twine and away you go!

Need more arm party inspiration? Leandra of the Man Repeller posted here with a whole heap of instagram pics of her wristwear, Honestly Wtf is the place to go for DIY bracelet tutorials (I still have dreams about the hex nut bracelet) and Blair over at Atlantic Pacific always has prefectly stacked wrists. Happy stacking!

DIY Inspired Collection – Milin

Stumbled across this collection from Thai designers Milin over at The Fashion Inbox (very fun fellow HK blogger) and was inspired by its beauty – as usual I picked out a few DIY-able details including wrapped halter tops, cut out singlets, tie dye, fabric wrapped heels, pleated minis and cute shorts. I adore this collection! And how hot are the first pair of high waisted trousers?

LBD #1: DIY Cut Out Back Minidress

This is the first DIY in the little black dress series. As soon as I saw this gorgeous dress on Rosie Huntington-Whitely (over at one of my favourite inspiration blogs Studded Hearts), I just had to make my own version. I particularly liked how the cut out part of the white Max Mara version came around the front of the ribs so the dress looked ‘cut out’ from both the back and the front.
You’ll need – a thrifted dress, scissors, chalk and a needle and thread. I used this dress, which is made out of a thick silk fabric, because I had it already, but you can also use a slinky jersey one for a more sexy look (like Rosie).
1. Put the dress on and get someone to draw the cut out bits on you. You want to draw on an upside down ‘U’ shape which keeps some fabric at the back of the neck so the dress retains its shape. (The bfs chalk marking was slightly lopsided but I managed to correct that once I took it off).
You also want to make the ‘U’ shape come around the front of the dress to form the side cut outs. Make sure to get these perfectly symetrical – I used the front seams as an indication.
2. Cut the dress out along the chalk line. Remember you want to be able to open and close the dress at the back of the neck so don’t, whatever you do, cut it all out. As my dress had a zip down the back, I cut it out along with the fabric but I left a small length of extra zip, and then folded the two teeth of the zip over to create a new end to the zip.
3.Sew all the edges of the cut out fabric by rolling over and securing with small stitches. (Long on the inside and tiny on the outside).
4. Sew two sets of hook and eyes onto the back neck fastening to secure the dress. I also cut about a foot or so off the bottom of the dress too and re-hemmed it.

Voila! It turned out a little bit ‘prettier’ than my usual style but its really fun to wear.

wearing: DIY Dress and Reiss Mesh Heels

DIY on the Runway – Michael Kors Resort Collection

All these resort collections I’m being bombarded with are very very distracting. Michael Kors’ collection particularly caught my eye. Whats even more fun? The collection was inspired by a long trip to Australia – I can totally feel it! DIY details? Yessir. Take your pick from oversized shirts, belted swimwear, neoprene, gorgeous cutouts and thigh high splits. Get some resort inspiration in your life.

Images: Song of Style