Dress Up at Browns

Dress Up at Browns


Bear with me whilst I just run through this riveting domestic exchange between myself and Steve, but I promise there is a point.  Last Thursday at the end of the working day, I ask "How was your day?".  He says "Fucking horrendous… it was mad busy, xxx isn't happy and I have just been in meeting after meeting after meeting.  Oh and I hate Powerpoint.".  Then I go "Oh… here's a cherry Coke to cheer you up!"  He asks "What did you get up to?"  I hesitate and say "Well…erm… I basically hung out in Browns for a few hours, chatted to a load of people, drank champagne and played dress up!"

Fortunately, Steve isn't the sort to be bitter.  It is therefore only me left feeling slightly ridiculous about how I've spent my day.  I concluded the Club Monaco for Browns Blogger Style Series last Thursday and yesterday when I spent a few hours each day, swanning about, meeting n' greeting, dressing up which is probably why by the end of it, I was slightly confused as to whether that was actually 'work' or just a load of fun?  Or both?  By jove, work is FUN!  I'm living the Gen Y dream!

The entire Browns Shop 24 store which is currently dedicated to exclusively stocking Club Monaco in the UK has just had a changeover in stock (hence why none of the pieces used here are online yet… but they're in store now…) and there is decidedly a 'High Summer' feeling in the shop – plenty of white, broderie anglaise, crochet and thin cottons – which unfortunatley contrasted with the pooey pits weather we've been getting in London. 


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Therefore, I had a make-believe high summer going on in the basement where all my 'victim's were subjected to what I think is a slightly toned down version of my own flighty personal style, in accordance with the simplicity of Club Monaco's pieces as well as the ease and statement-making abilities of Browns' extensive shop stock.  Rachel of Styloko was my first guinea pig wearing this Club Monaco printed satin jacket with an Olivier Theyskens x Theory printed dress…


Then I paired this crinkly CM top with a Marni Editions skirt.  I rarely come across Marni's 'second line' which for me is just as appealing as the main one, so I had quite a bit of fun using a lot of the Marni Editions stuff at Browns…


Morgan, who is from Washington and runs the vintage site Mila & Fire, was the first to try on this Olivier Theyskens x Theory swishy organza skirt.  By the end of the day, I think we all concurred that much height is needed to wear it without dragging it in the natural elements, as much as I like long, poetic and trailing skirts seeped in rain…


I love this CM top with the lace at the back.  Morgan did a very good 'Renee-Zellweger-flirty-look-over-the-shoulders' pose…


We also got stuck into all the Carven that Browns Shop 24 has and Morgan tried on this tie-up shirt dress  with a CM crochet waistcoat…


These Laurence Decade carved shoes have perfect platform proportions in my mind, supported by a nicely chunky heel… according to Browns creative director Caroline Burstein, no pair are made the same…


Another Rachel came in with a striking flash of white in her fringe (still thinking about exciting things to do with my own floppy mess…) and again, I played with the subtle florals of an Olivier Theyskens x Theory shirt, a CM skirt, another bit of Marni Editions and some beautiful Balenciaga suede shoes.  Fantasy wardrobing is quite unhealthy when trying things on or seeing people try things on in real life.  Hanging out Browns was a little like seeing how the other half lived, as finacially-endowed mothers and daughters would swan in and drop well over ¬£3k on clothes without batting an eyelid.   


Noga, from Israel, is travelling around Europe and she has a blog called 5 Shekel where she writes about thrifty outfits.  I probed her about the National Army service that all Israelites have to undertake like the airheaded dork that I am… apparently she wore coloured socks underneath the standard grey ones, as a way of having some fun with her uniform.  I put her in the natural nautical colours of a Carven cardi and skirt, a navy CM top and an Inverni straw hat.


Anushka very patiently waited as I scurried about grabbing clothes as she came in to ask some questions for a dissertation.  I discovered the magical joys of a Smythe jacket as it seems to miraculously make everyone look instantly pulled together and smart.  Under that was a Marni top, a CM belt and skirt…  


Cherry here was also on a dissertation hunt (I do fear all these dissertations out there with my oft-repeated boring contributions to the discussion about bloggers/media etc…) and I've found in her the rarity of a fellow Hong Kong-er who is WAAAY taller than me, so she can take the length of a CM stripy maxi and an Acne biker jacket


Andrea of Belgium Fashion also had on another bit of lush Acne outerwear in the form of this suede jacket along with a CM crinkly tank top (which she bought) and an A.L.C. pleather pleated skirt which has the oddest texture to touch…


We also got the Browns girls involved.  I wasn't brave enough to try on these CM camel suede short shorts but it turns out they're not as short or tight as I had imagined…


Same goes for this CM playsuit which a number of people tried on through the course of two days…


At times, we also naughtily just tried on whatever I fancied, sans Club Monaco like this beautifully criss-cross draped back Acne dress…


Got a little obsessed with the Bex Rox selection where the ends or corded chain bracelets and necklaces magnetically attach themselves together so that you can attach different pieces together to make different combos, doing away with those fiddly clippy fasteners…


Or these Acne wedges which I hope should go on sale soon…


I shoved on this Missoni knit halterneck dress and Carven cardi on my friend Isobel as she was my final guinea pig of the day before I left merry and quite satisfied with the conclusion that putting people in my choice of clothes  probably isn't my strong suit…


I did however use the two days to wisely persue Browns' stock quite intently in preparation for the sales and have eyed up a number of things either by trying them on myself or testing them out on the unsuspecting public.  This Marni stripy and dotty top has already come home with me and this Olivier Theyskens x Theory skirt would have done the same thing if I wasn't so perplexed about the extensive length of it…


As this is flashy smiley mug shot from Thursday attests, I was super happy with the hours I wiled away in Browns even if I did leave feeling like 'work' shouldn't really be that fun in the scheme of things…   

Wearing vintage blouse, J.W. Anderson skirt, Coach Classics bag, H&M red leggings, Tristan Blair leopard print ankle boots


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  1. Jo - Lost in the Haze

    2011-06-12 at 10:55 PM

    It looks like such fun! I honestly want every single outfit!

  2. Joy

    2011-06-12 at 11:08 PM

    I love Club Monaco! It makes up for the lack of J. Crew in Canada. You managed to style everything so nicely!

  3. heatherheartsfashion

    2011-06-12 at 11:27 PM

    awesome post! i love club monaco, good to see it getting some recognition. that marni t shirt is so rad as well!!!

  4. Bella

    2011-06-13 at 12:08 AM

    SUCH wonderful patterns and colours. Fab.

  5. Saúl López

    2011-06-13 at 1:32 AM

    You are constantly updating entries and it is INCREDIBLE! I really love your blog and your style, you inspire me a lot and I thin you are very intelligent and you know a lot of things about this world, fashion! many kisses, lovely girl, hope you read the comment! I visit you a lot everydays 😀

  6. Evana

    2011-06-13 at 1:49 AM

    You did such an amazing job on all of them, well done! I bet they love you that much more now! Especially adore that Mari Editions Skirt and that gorgeous Missoni Knit halter neck dress!

  7. Gricia

    2011-06-13 at 4:12 AM

    i want sussie to dress me up!!!

  8. Arsavin666

    2011-06-13 at 7:18 AM

    simple dress worn but looks very interesting subject

  9. Kazuko

    2011-06-13 at 7:22 AM

    oh you should go for the theyskens skirt, too! it looks amazing on you, seriously.
    lovely post, so many stylish, happy people 🙂

  10. Meena Dhuga

    2011-06-13 at 8:14 AM

    That looks so fun! xx
    Meena xx

  11. salome

    2011-06-13 at 8:34 AM

    all these looks are so nice ;))
    STREET STYLE: The Blonde Salad @ Paris

  12. Rachel

    2011-06-13 at 9:49 AM

    So fantastic to meet you Susie, it was such a fun treat!
    Rachel (with the white fringe!) xx

  13. Daniel Dunt

    2011-06-13 at 10:07 AM

    I’m really gutted I didn’t manage to make it down to Browns to have a small chat and what-not, but all-in-all it looked like you had a great time and some of them outfits will certainly be making there way over to my blog sometime! (once the official images are on the Online-Store) – Daniel

  14. Claire

    2011-06-13 at 11:42 AM

    Looove this post – wish i had made it – would have been my ideal way to spend a day too! x

  15. monia

    2011-06-13 at 12:17 PM

    The long skirt with the dot shirt…loveeeeeeeee itttttt!
    Monia, Rome

  16. Kristen

    2011-06-13 at 1:07 PM

    I love the last look you made for your friend Isobel. If only we had events like this in Australia. Oh and YOUR LEOPARD ANKLE BOOTS! Yuummmm.

  17. R A

    2011-06-13 at 2:42 PM

    I’m seriously into that floral t-shirt that girl is wearing with those camel shorts!

  18. china

    2011-06-13 at 6:14 PM

    all the long lengths! i love all the maxi style skirts and the lacey crochet-texture tops 🙂 these are all the characteristics of my current favorite collect, leyendecker’s spring 2011

  19. Benny Wong

    2011-06-13 at 8:53 PM

    Wow. this is an amazing fashion blog.
    Love the styles!

  20. loveclair

    2011-06-17 at 6:43 AM

    how beautiful.i like it veru much

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