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Christmas Gifts: Sorted

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Our earrings are unique, upcycled vintage, sourced from across the globe and expertly revamped using the best British craftsmanship and 9ct gold settings. We all know one-of-a-kind is always the way to go when you’re looking for something special, so this has got to be a good move. Simply email your giftee’s social handles to hello@milktoothldn.com and we’ll come back with a recommendation within 48 hours.

And, even better news, we’ve got a snazzy Christmas discount code to make that purchase even more delightful. 20% off everything! Simply enter code ‘THNXPAL’ at check out.

Or, if you fancy making your own unique selection, go for it and browse at: www.milktooth.com/collections/store

 

How to enjoy getting dressed

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Getting dressed for a party you're excited about can be a hoot, but what about day-to-day dressing? At times when you need to be out the door early, or have a pretty mediocre slog ahead, it can be a total drag right? To help make the every-day breezy, we've shared some low maintenance tips on how to inject a bit of fun into daily outfit planning.

But first up, a quick ponder on why we are even bothered about such trivial things. Well, if you really actually don't care, crack on and more power to you. See Leandra's comments about not wearing make up for a fabulous example of that totally cool perspective (in terms of make up for her though – not clothes, clearly). But, if on the other hand, you sometimes find yourself feeling draggy when you think you look a mess and that gets in the way of your total brilliance, we don't like that. Our aim is to help you feel as badass as you want to be – every single day.

So, here's the tips:

  1. PPPPP – sorry it's boring, and no I'm not your GCSE Spanish teacher, but a little advance prep goes a long way in efficient outfit planning. If you're someone who gives a damn about what you wear most days, a little thinking ahead will seriously make your morning routine way more chilled and kick off the whole day on a smoother and more confidence footing, freeing up your real attention for world domination of course. And it's super simple to do. No need to become all anal and systemified a la Cher (as in the movie Clueless - she had an outfit planning app before apps even existed - way futuristic). Simply take a moment to ask yourself what's on tomorrow, what's the weather like and what will feel you feel great in for that? Then either get the clothes out or put them at the front of your wardrobe so they are easily to hand and you don't forget the choices you've already sorted in the morning (surprisingly easily done at 6:30am).

  2. Choose your BFFs – it's wise to have clear in mind a couple of outfits that you feel great in. These can create quick wins on days you wake up with a hangover and limited memory... or solid fall back options when 'this must have shrunk' / 'why did I ever like this?' moments hit unexpectedly. Clock what you're wearing on days when you feel great or get loads of complements that make you feel good. Could what you're wearing be an outfit worth mentally banking and pulling out next time you want to look awesome? Whether your aim is to feel hot to trot at a party or totally in control at a meeting with big wigs, have a couple of trustworthy outfits in mind and it will free you from worrying if a last minute invites or job interviews come up - and give you less ammo for those lame 'literally, I have nothing to wear' claims!

      

  3. Create star leads – sometimes a super simple way to plan an outfit is just to have one thing you love in mind that you want to wear. Get excited about that one thing and the rest will follow - whether that's a chunky belt, your blue suede shoes or even your most vibrant lipstick shade. Sometimes once you have that in mind the rest just follows as a side note. Like a big colourful dangly earring day, maybe that always leads you to a plain t-shirt with skinnies and heels - or flats to play it down for day wear. The beauty of this approach is that it can short cut all the decision-making to only one choice.

  4. Go your own colour ways – getting clear on some of your fave colour combos can really speed up putting outfits together (and avoid having to get re-dressed!). It'll also make wearing the brightly coloured clothes in your wardrobe easier and more frequent - because you'll already have in mind what you like them with. rather than struggling to make them work each time. Some of our fave fun combos are a bright blue with silver, yellow with grey, or the forever loved monochrome. No need to let that mustard woollen mini grow mothballs - the grey polo is your answer!

      

  5. Style it out – whatever you're wearing, it can always look on point with the addition of a bit of accessorising. A coloured scarf with your boring black coat, a belt around your mis-shaped old fave jumper, fabulous earrings with a casual tee, a blinding necklace with a corporate feeing dress. Accessorising is quick, so no need to scrimp on the trial and error here - try a necklace against your top and cast it aside if it doesn't work, hold a different earring up to each ear and see which looks best. Lots of fun to be had in three minutes before work begins!
  1. Chill lady – Please don't get us wrong, we are definitely not advocating the banishment of slobby days in trackies - or even ‘I don't give a hoot’ days in old jeans and your comfiest sweater. Those are great. And if you run into someone you didn't expect to, oh well. The truth is they'll probably not even notice the difference and if they did maybe they’ll think you looked fresh faced and lovely, or maybe they think you look a bit rough - and that’s okay too, because you are way more than your wrapping - and if they don’t agree, screw them. Even on days when you’ve actually tried but just get it wrong or don’t have time to do it properly, don’t fret. We reckon it’s best to have tried and failed than stayed safe your whole life. Basically, let's always remember a couple of things - all this fashion lark isn't too important AND we only do it because we like it!

  2. Be experimental – There is loads of inspiration around that can help you remember the joy of fashion and help keep your choices fresh and exciting. If you see someone wearing an interesting get up, think about how you could give it a go yourself. Try fun stuff on when you go shopping even if you think it will look mad or you can't afford it, it may spark another idea or give you some inspiration for something else. Try layering up your bracelets or necklaces and see which work together for a more impactful look. On the odd day when you have a bit of time, match some reliable tops with the skirt you never wear and see if it's actually more wearable than you thought... Maybe wear one 'going out out' thing as part of your day time look, such as some fab heels or blinging earrings with trainers. Basically, be playful - and enjoy it!

     

 

The big debate: Matchy-matchy

The Big Debate

Here at Milk Tooth, we like to tackle the big issues. To match or not to match. It's an issue generations of fashionistas have passionately debated for decades.

Today we've decided to grab the bull by the horns and draw a conclusion. Using the clinically proven best technique to make a decision know to man (i.e. making a list of pros and cons), let's analyse the evidence...

Reasons matchy-matchy is good:

1. Coords. One of the best inventions ever and coveted once purchased. From business lady badass on Michelle Obama, to norm core casual on Alexa Chung, to out-there 80s-inspired on Susie Bubble, this is a top-to-toe look we love. We imagine it's a bit like when a fella feels slick in a suit, it's a look that is easy to wear, purposeful and guaranteed on point. Let's not take that joy away from us all please.

2. Clueless (as in the movie). Not only a total hoot and giver of countless phrases now implicitly part of classic teen language history ('Total Monet' etc.), but also an epic, even though at the time ironic, foray into fashion. Okay so it was meant to be OTT styling, but who can deny those totally banging looks. Yellow plaid dress, waistcoat, hat and even bag. On you Alicia, yes please. Plus Iggy and Charlie XCX totally agree.

3. Make up accenting. Wearing a lipstick or nail varnish shade that matches part of your outfit (whether your shoe colour or a pattern accent in your skirt) is a sure fire way to look put together and fashion forward. Even more satisfying when you pass a mirror and spot you're rocking the match accidentally too (kind of - a little bit of you suspects it was part of destiny's plan). Frankly, one of life's greatest simple joys - and I will fight anyone who disagrees. 

4. Bling bling. If we weren't allowed to matchy-matchy, we're worried the bling bling phenomenon wouldn't have evolved. And it would be a crying shame to lessen the draw-dropping Instagram gawping opportunities of that hashtag - is there anything you can't diamanté these days?? Plus bling blings' more modest cousins allow some seriously strong looks. Think stacking up rings - or layering OTT gold necklaces with rude girl fleek. In our experience, as the gold accessories pile higher, the kickass confidence rises. So let's not disempower ourselves hey?! Check out our rude crew Pinterest board for further evidence.

Reasons matchy-matchy is baaad:

1. Jewellery wars. I am suspicious of any camp that insists wearing both Silver and gold is wrong. Surely metallics implicitly go together, no? Have you not heard of Ziggy Stardust? The Terry De Havilland x Nasty Gal collab  creates a strong case study. And further evidence of rule flouting totally killing it with these lovelies.

 Gold earrings    Silver earrings    Gold and silver earrings

 2. Showing off. We're uncomfortable with the effort required to strive for consistency across our 'stuff carriers'. Think pap shot of JLo in at an airport with 37 matching Louis V's in an array of sizes. Bit showy right? And a tad uncreative dare we say? Since when did matching become a status symbol? Can't be a good trend for humanity if you think about it logically - we have enough appearance based neurosis as it is. And just think of the poor little cute Ostriches (okay they're not really actually very cute, but for the purpose of making the argument)!

3. Feeling like a child. Not sure whether this is just me, but if you wear matching shoes, bag and accessories, do you not feel a little bit like you're 9 years old and playing dress up?? Not a fashion era we're keen to evoke as adult self.

4. Less pattern potential. If we always stuck with matching outfits, the Pattern clash trend may never have been invented. And without permission to ever wear a monochrome stripe skirt with a bold tropical print tee again, the world would be a sadder place.

So there you have it, conclusive proof. Rules are over rated. So go on and style yourself the way you darn like! We're sure you'll look lovely. Oh, but there is one pairing that will always be in fashion my friends, matching your left and right ear by dressing them with fabulous stylish earrings of course! Browse ours here.

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