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The power of two is strong, see Daft Punk. And twins. Need I say more? Actually, maybe I should explain. There’s something intriguing about putting two wardrobe-classics together and finding a refreshing way of wearing them, but then again, why not – salt and pepper were always BFFs. (Although I imagine wearing boyfriend jeans under skinnies would be the equivalent of soy sauce and vanilla sugar…) This was all inspired by Clarins’ best-selling Double Serum, which is my new obsession and one neat product that carries two-formulas-in-one, literally in a sense there are two separate cylinders inside the tube, delivering a combination of the two essentials for skin: water-based and oil based formulas. It’s a godsend for someone with dry skin, and chronic laziness, who usually needs both functions yet can barely wash her face. Apply this same technique to style and I think it does a good job in covering up the fact that I’ve run around the flat yelling I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR every morning since the turn of the year.
Here’s three simple ideas…

Photography: Mr Tripod

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Double denim
This one’s a given, but for colder weathers I find that instead of denim shirts, pairing a denim jacket with jeans works equally well (if you’re adventurous, or a child of the 90’s, I suggest also wearing that denim shirt UNDER the jacket and see the world implode around you), just throw on a heavy coat on top.
Tip: Button all the way up to your neck for a more pulled-together, office look.

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Double shirting
This is a bit of a cheat I’ve been using for a couple of years now and the hubby hates me for it, but it’s best for slightly warmer weather or days working from home – unbutton the top three buttons of an oversized/mens shirt and slip it on like a skirt, then finish off by tying the arms around your waist. I usually tuck the sleeves in for a clean shape.
Tip: Don’t forget to iron the skirt-shirt to avoid looking like a hobo.
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Double knits
Made popular again in recent trends, this is actually an old trick in the book, just ask your mother. Works with any colour/knit texture combination, but minimal/classic designs generally tend to go better together. Layer over one shoulder or tie around the waist; try flecked grey wool with a chunky cream knit. (Sounds like ice-cream flavours and this makes me happy.)

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What’s your own go-to wardrobe classics and beauty essentials that work great in two’s when it comes to your style? (Don’t tell me it’s Tacos and Nachos because then I think I’ll be in love with you)

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  1. love your outfits so much! love from Indonesia :)

  2. And you’ve given me a myriad of ideas! Strength comes in numbers after all!

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  3. Love this whole post. So inspiring and the photos are amazing! xx

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  4. Shirt plus sweater. That’s my go to.
    Chocolate and coffe too.
    xx,
    E.
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  5. Fabulous and flawless outfits, 3rd one being my favourite!

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  6. Is that your Frenchie??? :D:D

  7. Noooe it’s my neighbour’s pooch that I puppysit sometimes but I’m hatching an evil plan to kidnap it.

  8. Ahhh, I love your blog and outfits! Following :)

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  9. Like your style, very original!

    L.A

  10. superb idea!!!!

  11. Question.. how on earth are you able to find a secluded area and not get Mr. Tripod mangled by a car?! Also, LOVE the idea of layering knits and I didn’t realize it looked so chic and obviously warm for this London winter.

  12. Carla

    I love this post – the double denim works so perfectly with the nude heels. LOVE IT!

  13. The double knits! Good lord. Lovely idea.

    Beautiful pictures too.

  14. You’re stunning as always x

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  15. love stripes

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  16. Great look! I love a double denim or “Canadian Tuxedo” look :)

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  17. Oh I really SHOULD have bought the nice outlet denim jacket the other day.. wearing it as a kind of thick sweater with a sweater below (yeahh.. we’re in Canada here) was exactly my idea, but then I thought, maybe with a slender, slim leather jacket instead? (Have to find that one still. There are so many out there, but never quite the perfect one).

  18. great tips!! xx

    Marveling-Mind☀

  19. great ideas! your looks are so lovely!

    xx

  20. I love doubling up, especially when it comes to denim which is such a great trend for SS15. I like the idea of doubling up shirts and knitwear and that whole tie-around and knots were pretty popular on the summer catwalks…thanks for inspo! Btw your dog is so cute, love featuring my puggle on my blog too he gets so much love! x
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  21. Love these looks!

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  22. KIDNAP!!!! ;P much tooooo cute

  23. That pup though! ;)

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  25. I think I might give a go to the double shirt trick before my new sale purchases are shipped to me ! Thank you for the ideas, I tend to forget to play around with my clothes sometimes !

    Charlie xx
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  26. Lovely post.. as a fan of pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon), I love the idea of doubles! <3

  27. Amazing way to promote Clarins product. Love all the outfits and double denim. I am more in love with the fact you listed ‘Mr. Tripod’ under photography! Huge appreciation for that too. I’m trying to still master it! xxx

    Cynthia
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  28. Love the last outfit!
    Lots of love, xx

  29. Great outfit chick, that serum sound good for me I too have dry skin and am super lazy!!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  30. Okay, I really need to step up my tripod game. These are great photos <3

    / O.R.R.

  31. Such a brilliant idea, I never really thought of double shirting, definitely going to give it a try, hopefully I can pull it off. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. miri

    I love the double shirting and double knits look the most!
    X
    Miri

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  33. Love your creativity Shini! Much love from the Netherlands!

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  34. The pictures in this are awesome!

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  35. The pictures in this are awesome!

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  36. the double shirting idea is by far one of the best tricks i’ve ever come across~ thanks for the helpful share!!

    rie // reach you ☆

  37. Povil

    Your oufit looks gorgeous. Are you wearing http://www.clintonroosevelt.com bracelets?

  38. Amazing outfit and awesome pictures ^^

  39. Aimez vos tenues, très chic. Vous avez un bon sens de l’élégant.

  40. Wow – I would never have thought of the double knits one, it looks great. Thanks for sharing Shini! I look forward to the next post…

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  41. i really love your outfits. love your blog collection too. thanks for keeping update us with latest fashion. Your blog is too good and i am beginner in blogging. I hope your blog will provide me some choosy information on latest trends

  42. Such a clean, simple look which makes it elegant. I think mens shirts are great to just wear in different ways. I am ready to borrow my husband’s shirts too for summer, haha! Thank you!
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  43. I always love how you combine your posts! Definitely seeing your design background!

    x

  44. Amazing photography as always!

    Love the double denim look!

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  45. Emily

    Hii Shini,
    I adore your style and your hair!
    Could u tell me where do u usually get ur hair done?
    Thank you!

  46. Ah thank you! I usually get it done at J Hair on Warren Street! x

  47. Double denim for sure x

  48. Stunning clicks. You look beautiful in everything you wear.

  49. Cee

    As usual, you are beautiful and a style queen :)

    I’m a double knit fan too.

    My ” go to ” pieces for winter in the last few years has been layering lightweight poloneck shirts/sweaters under a heavier sweater ( V or crewneck ) or cardigan.

    Yes, I know it makes me look like I’m a refugee from a golf course, but I don’t care :)

    Other times, it’s a cashmere poloneck under a blazer with jeans or dark slacks.

  50. I’ve always loved the idea of pairing sweaters, I’m glad you made it ‘official’!

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  51. I’ve always loved the idea of pairing sweaters, I’m glad you made it ‘official’!

  52. wow! i really love ur blog and ur style! so adorable <333

  53. wow! i really love ur blog and ur style! so adorable <3

  54. Double shirting is such a genius idea! Love the tips. Thank you for sharing.

  55. Jo

    Two sarongs has always worked well for me – summer attire naturally. One smart relatively heavyweight sarong tied in south-sea island style so it becomes a proper skirt (you can make it any length), then the second sarong, which can be lighter weight, tied as a hippy-chick/boho/seventies-style top. There’s loads of options for the top; halter-neck/floaty/tight & sassy/belted… do an online search for ideas on how to tie sarongs. If you wear a strappy top under the sarong then you can take off the sarong and use it to sit on in he park, or wherever you want to sit. Also doubles up as a bag, or a wrap. Ever so versatile, light, portable, easy and limited only by your creativity. Its important to get the skirt sarong tied correctly though, otherwise it just looks like a beach wrap tied at the side and with a split all the way down. The south-sea island wrap skirt is a winner though. Dress it up with heels, dress it down with flats. Wrap a third sarong around your hips as well if you like…

  56. very pretty outfits. i love the second one

  57. Beige sweater look good, I love it。

  58. Julia Fuller

    oh you make it look so easy! goal acheived! So elegant.