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I want to look like an architect

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NinaRose Sat 09-Aug-14 13:52:59

Met up with some of my old school friends last week. A couple of them are architects and looked great: edgy, quirky yet classy in a simple kind of way. Neither of them has a lot of money so I doubt they spend much on their clothes but they looked much better than some of the other people there who clearly had (spent a lot).

I desperately want the same look, where do I start? Which shops or labels do I look up?

zgaze Sat 09-Aug-14 13:55:21

All female architects wear Cos grin it's got that minimal, streamlined look.

IScreamForIceCream Sat 09-Aug-14 13:55:21

You need to shop at Cos.

IScreamForIceCream Sat 09-Aug-14 13:55:48

Arf at the cross post!!
Exact same time, too!

kikidee Sat 09-Aug-14 13:55:49

I'd like to look like an architect too! I'd say Cos would be a good place to start looking. Also & Other Stories.

zgaze Sat 09-Aug-14 13:56:00

Haha excellent cross post with IScream, now you know we are right

zgaze Sat 09-Aug-14 13:56:46


purplepickles Sat 09-Aug-14 13:57:30

That's that then!

Cereal0ffender Sat 09-Aug-14 14:03:47

You need to decide on a 'look' and then rigidly stick to it no matter what life throws at you. Lots of black, structure and red lipstick. Hair is either bobbed or short with a quiff. Think 'Edna mode' from the incredibles

ChippyMinton Sat 09-Aug-14 14:15:26

Good quality natural fabrics are a must - linen, cotton, cashmere.
And sensible but quirky shoes. Camper, Naturalista or trainers.

NinaRose Sat 09-Aug-14 14:17:21

Ok, Cos it is then. Will also look up & Other Stories.

What about shoes?

I have short hair though no quiff so will have to work on that. :-)

NinaRose Sat 09-Aug-14 14:19:20

Sorry, Chippy, xpost. I have a pair of (very) old Campers somewhere, remember them being super comfortable.

CoconutAmericano Sat 09-Aug-14 14:24:06

Brogues too i think. Clarks hamble oaks are a good buy.

TheFirmament Sat 09-Aug-14 15:16:07

Ha ha there's a pinterest page!

Lots of nice things on there. Black oval specs a must grin

TheFirmament Sat 09-Aug-14 15:16:29

Oh arse here

TheFirmament Sat 09-Aug-14 15:18:55

Or take style inspiration from the fabulous Zaha Hadid

santamarianovella Sat 09-Aug-14 16:05:17

Look at bottega veneta and marni for inspiration, they are probably the go to label ,along with prada and dries van noten ,i 've worked in that industry with interior desginers, and I would say that most prefer muted colors but with movment,different textures, quirky prints and design, constructed clothes without décolleté , there is colour but carefully injected or otherwise its too done, its either a crazy printed dress,or mixed prints, ore a very muted bland colour , the only thing I can describe it with ,is that its a bit more groomed and tailored normcore .

I personally think most take inspiration from miuccia prada,

On a more budget friendly scale, cos, and other stories are perfect, by malene birger has that feel too,

AnnabelleDarling Sat 09-Aug-14 16:14:04

Ha, I saw the title and thought 'Cos'!

I have a few architect friends and they all love Cos. The most successful one also wears Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake.

Everything is streamlined and sleek, no fussy details esp on bags and accessories

alicemakinticsh Sat 09-Aug-14 16:50:56

Monochrome, shapes. Think of form rather than fussy details.

A well known and beautiful lady architect I knew: crisp white well-fitting shirts, perfectly cut trousers. Just very fluid and simple.

Minimal jewellery and accessories.

Perfect hair and face (but as natural as possible) and worked out loads so she had the figure as the main thing.

White, black, grey. Wasn't worried about being seen in the same thing: it was her Signature Professional Look.

TomatoSorbetWoman Sat 09-Aug-14 16:53:31

i love these
are they architecty with skinny jeans and a shirt from uniqlo? ( mans style)

then i also have little tortoishell glasses like these but not QUITE as weird

and a zara sloppy joe black sweater

TomatoSorbetWoman Sat 09-Aug-14 16:55:59

ooh forgot the clarks link

OhMyArsingGodInABox Sat 09-Aug-14 16:56:08

TomatoSorbetWoman Sat 09-Aug-14 16:56:23

gap pants

Cereal0ffender Sat 09-Aug-14 17:54:26

Zaha hadid didn't get the tidy hair memo At architect school

florascotia Sat 09-Aug-14 18:02:12

Suggest Wall London, too: com - the clue is in the name grin

I really rather like some of their stuff...

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