Screenshots from Hurts – Better than Love video (Youtube)

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I never know what I’m expected to say when someone asks what my ‘feel-good’ outfit is – am I meant to point out to the stuff in my wardrobe that makes me feel good? Handcuffs make me feel good, the ones with fluff and diamanté embellishments… OK what’s with the bondage references? STOPPING. Anyway, I’d always give some sort of vague answer that was just another way of saying  ‘stuff-you-wear-to-bed’, but I think after putting this outfit together I now understand what it means to feel good in an outfit. As part of a challenge from ASOS‘ Music Inspires Fashion column I was asked to put together an outfit inspired by a band, and I settled for the utilitarian gentleman look of Hurts (Thanks Kit for the tip!). I guess I couldn’t stick to one character and it all ended up as a mix of Theo’s brooding glare + Adam’s piano arm roll-ups + the slick-haired girls in shirts & suits… or none of that and one very diluted Indiana Jones (with handcuffs, not whips). There’s something about wearing a menswear-look that works magic in boosting confidence – maybe it’s the comfort factor, or feeling as though you don’t need to impress anyone… I don’t know, but it felt good nevertheless. Well now I have this strong urge to throw out my flimsy feminine pieces and start stocking up on starched shirts and tailored trousers. When I start visiting grooming stores, that’s when you hit that PARK & HALT button, OK?

Please do checkity out the ASOS feature; thank you Kit for helping with the photos!

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  1. If there were ever a nominal challenge like the one above, you’d win it ALL Shini! This ensemble is pure genius…looks like you literally stepped outta that video! You even got the deadpan facial expressions down pat! Khuudos to yet another successful fashion venture babe! You’re gonna sell out that bag for them in no time :D

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  2. Such a simple yet chic outfit!! Loving your hair tied back into a pony. And the video was real nice!
    Bisous, nana

    avecdeslunettes.blogspot.com

  3. It’s the best about fashion that there’s no menswear or womenswear in fact . The person who is wearing clothes – makes them having a particular gender.

    xxx

    Monika Dawiodwicz

    http://www.movsmo.net

  4. You look so polished and sophisticated with the menswear style. You pull off the look so effortlessly, it’s really beautiful. Your bondage and “stuff your wear to bed” phrases were so amusing. Looking lovely, especially in what you feel comfortable in and what suits you best, hun.

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  5. I love the beautiful deep green colour of the trousers! So gorgeous!

    x
    http://www.lostinthehaze.com

  6. absolutely love this outfit! you just proved that a white button down shirt can go a long way.

  7. You look STUNNING! And quite bad ass, actually. I agree about the confidence-inducing aspect of menswear – there’s just something really powerful about donning dude-style clothes. I definitely think you brought a feminine edge to your look, though.

    Seriously. Bad ass.

  8. wow! love the female dandy look! gorgeous!

  9. I love this. I always feel to hippy for outfits like these

  10. great bag!

  11. OMG! I’m delighted and jealous! Shini, you look perfect, classic and elegant, but the whole outfit is modern. Also, you face the hairstyle and the dark lipstic.
    You’ve got me on my knees, pure perfection!

    Kisses! :)

  12. it’s really a charming look~!!

  13. wow, these are stunning shots

    http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/
    x

  14. Suits you, lady! I absolutely love Hurts. If I bumped into them I would force Theo to be my boyfriend. Plus I love their aesthetic – it’s different from other bands at the moment. But – as one of my friends grumbled – ‘it’s not the same if you remember the 80s the first time round.’

  15. shit, you make a good-looking gentleman!

  16. soo freaking understated and i love it!!! funny but i haven’t actually seen you in something really flimsy,girly kinda style:P But you really tops it off with this menswear thingy, who could wear a plain white formal shirt with soo much grandeur but you:)

  17. I really like the outfit – chic, elegant, natural and confident.

  18. This outfit is perfect: simple, elegant and it’s easy to see that makes you feel good!
    Oh, I love Hurts too!

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  19. Charlotte

    awsome!!!!

    love your blog anyway :)

  20. Totally into this outfit- smart, comfortable, crisp!I love the take on the Hurts style!I think you just have executed it perfectly!x

  21. I absolutely love this outfit on you! You look so amazingly glamourous!

  22. such fantastic photographs. so much feeling and emotion within them. very cool.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  23. like the style!! looks great on you to.
    follow me back? http://elenitadevries.blogspot.com

    xo lovee

  24. The simplicity of this outfit is so enchanting.

    And you face make it much more mysterious! Charming!

  25. ♡ Very beautiful!!!!
    kisses from your follower ♡

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    http://littlesable.tumblr.com/
    With love Little Sable

  26. Why are you such a total babe even in the most basic of outfits? If only you had some suspends… it would really be such a spot on replica. You look gorgeous and all the items you’re wearing look so natural on you. Not dress-up-y at all. I think if I had been asked to do this I would have struggled to not create some crazy flamboyant Gaga inspired monstrosity… you’ve clearly got more class. Although, the handcuff comments are dubious… why didn’t you bring those to bed in Poland?! I feel gipped. xx

  27. Your outfit is beautiful and I love your bag!!
    Kisses

  28. Oh do I have to comment right after Jen’s??

    If you were a ‘MALE’ lead in a Korean drama I would drooool over the tv set.

    Hurt is a type of band that makes me feel good, why? Cos it’s synth pop dude!!!!!

  29. I like that they call you an “international blogger”. Like an international man of mystery! haha

  30. Katie

    The second to last photo is incredible. Very editorial. Great job!

  31. You look great! The pants are really beautiful, I love the colour.
    Super jealous of your purse, it’s fabulous.

    stine-mo.blogspot.com

  32. Better than Love is my favourite song by Hurts. And I love this outfit on you, looks so effortless. The shirt is great, love its collar, or actually lack of one- I’ve been really into collarless shirts and blazers recently.
    Now I really feel like wearing some tailored pants and a shirt, I can’t though- i’s like 30 celsius degrees here in Warsaw right now and one would melt down after five seconds. Oh dear.

  33. Looking very cool and chic there! I didn’t know you could get such HQ screencaps from Youtube. I need to start shopping from ASOS. So in love with what you’re wearing.

  34. Gosh, this is an incredible look – super chic! xx

  35. they are pretty stylish, nice reference point

  36. I love this look. I love the collarless shirt and tailored trousers! It looks amazing.

    Fox Whiskers

  37. Hey Shini,

    You look HOT, man. Or a hot man ;) Either way, that bag is now in my shopping basket. Thanks for taking part.

    Nat x

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  39. wow, that’s a brilliant look!!
    I think there is some thing powerful in the contrasts of a woman in masculine clothes, it looks great and very strong.

  40. Congratulations… You look so amazing I always love your style… Best wishes! I hope all continues to go well!
    Take care,

  41. Love this post and everything that you are wearing. Hurts is absolutely one of my favorite bands in the moment, really glad you too were inspired by them! Xx

  42. arghhh! Looove it! You look perfect in this Hurts outfit … I’m in love with this band since last summer ( I had the chance to meet Theo and Adam to interview them … Grrrrrrr! so handsome and cute!;-)) so I cannot be more seduced by your outfit… well done Shini! <3

  43. just discovered your blog. love what you do with it!

  44. simply perfect

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  45. Don’t think I can quite describe (in words) how much I love your blog.

    but i’ll try anyway. (SO MUCH)

  46. More menswear please!

    P.S. I posted that photo of you on the La Garconne tumblog :)

  47. Sorry for the double comment, but I watched the video and urgh! I really wish that was a full length movie instead of just a short music video….. :(

  48. Claire

    Hi!

    Can I ask what size do you wear for those asos boots? And what’s your shoe size in korean?
    Hope you don’t mind telling me.
    I really want those boots but I’m real scared that I’ll order the wrong size! I’ve never order shoes from non-korean websites!
    T__T

  49. This is my favourite outfit ever. I would wear it in a heartbeat.

  50. this is hilariously good

  51. That middle photo is absolutely stunning!

  52. zofiabarbara

    awesome

  53. The androgynous look looks so effortless and stylish , love this outfit.
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  55. jenny

    nice outfit.
    I love hurts as well!!
    :)

  56. lovely. i love mannish outfits.