These are the most frequently asked questions from readers of my blog. If you have any other questions related to fashion/style/shopping, send me a message!
I am considering getting the barbour bedale, but havent been able to find a store that carries the smaller sizes, so i will have to buy online. Can you give some size advice? i dont know if i should go for 30 or 32. I'm 175 cm, size xs/s, mainly s in coats
the classic Barbour jacket is in men's (aka 'unisex') sizing, so if at all possible, you should try to go to Barbour or a retailer that carries the line to try on the 30 and 32. i'm almost always a 0/XS, sometimes a 2 in designer sizing, so the men's 30 is just right for me. from your measurements it sounds like perhaps the 32 would work best for you?
Hi, I was just wondering if your size 30 barbour is still roomy when it is zipped up? I'm an xs in A.P.C tops/size 0-2/size 24 sometimes 25 in jeans, do you think the 30 would be the right size? Thanks = )
yes it's definitely roomy enough for layering underneath (ie: a thick sweater, etc). it would mainly depend on the length, and it is a bit fitted around the bottom hem which may hit you at mid-hip or higher. i'd try to call Barbour and ask for their measurements of the 30 and 32 so you can get a better idea if you can't try on in person first.
ISABEL MARANT DICKER BOOTS
do you find that your isabel marant ankle boots get dirty easily or pick up dye from your jeans?
not particularly. i've worn them now for over a year, and they are holding up well! even though suede will always be more prone to soiling and staining, if you treat it properly when it's new, it is as durable as leather IMO.
see my post on shoe care and my review of the Marant boots for more tips.
HOPE GRACE BOOTS
how do you find the sizing to run on Hope ankle boots?
i'm usually a 6.5 US, sometimes a 7. i've always worn EU 37 in HOPE. they tend to run pretty true but since there are only whole sizes, generally i'd size up to the next if you are in between or plan on wearing socks (ie: for the ankle boots, etc). all of my HOPE shoes are incredibly comfortable and are definitely wardrobe favorites!
STEVEN ALAN REVERSE SEAM SHIRT
Hi, I was wondering if you could help me out with Steven Alan reverse seam sizing as I know you are a fan. I am about the same size as you and close to 5'6, do you think the size small would work?
i am usually an XS/0-2 and i can wear the XS/P size in SA reverse seam, but i prefer the S for the bit of extra slouch and drape.
it mostly depends on your shoulder and bust measurement. the reverse seam shirts tend to run small around the chest area (there's no darting or seaming so it's basically a straight fit). the fit of the SA reverse seam shirts for women is basically a shrunken 'boy shirt' fit. slim around the shoulders and arms, and a slightly boxy straight cut through the torso. the single-needle shirts are cut a bit more generously, and their 'boyfriend shirts' are also a slouchier chic option.
SA has measurements posted on their website for the shirt styles, so that should hopefully help you get a sense of how it would map to your measurements! but you should definitely try a SA shirt on as depending on your torso and height, the S may also run a little short length-wise.