Nothing Short of Chic


Amalie Olesen: La Garde-Robe Schizophrène

Amalie Olesen is stylish, unique, and above all, true to herself. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Meet Amalie Olesen: Champion of juxtaposition and coherent incoherence. 

Upon hearing that I run a fashion blog, Amalie Olesen, already a fixture for her high heels and vinyl skirts in Århus, Denmark, invited me into her bedroom/wardrobe hybrid and proceeded to dazzle me. She has the looks of a grown-up Serena van der Woodsen with fashion It-girl style sensibility à la Pandora Sykes. Her style is hard to pin down, but is made up of an eclectic mix of thrifted treasures, vintage designer goods, and high-street pieces that look expensive but really aren't. I fell in love with her style as soon as I laid eyes upon a cream hat worthy of Kate Middleton, and I knew I had to feature her on NSOC once I spied her thrifted Miu Miu blouses and red patent-leather heels.


What I Wore: Canada Day #150

Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday in style with a chic red-and-white outfit. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Happy 150th birthday to the world's most beautiful country!

My beautiful Canada celebrates its birthday today, July 1st, 150 years after Confederation in 1867. Everyone, of course, is celebrating – there are many different kinds of celebration here, of course, because of the diversity of cultures. On the Sunshine Coast today we had a parade, with music, celebration of our servicemen and women, and overall rejoice of our incredible nation. And, of course, anyone attending (bar anyone in uniform, such as the Cadets and military) wore the national colors of red and white. Of course, I had to as well! So here's my simple but patriotically chic look I wore to celebrate Canada Day.


Personal Style: Preppy Summer Sweater Vest

A fun summer outfit mixing a preppy top, a flippy skirt, and mod accessories. | Nothing Short Of Chic
A fun summer look (from the archives) playing off the preppiness of a lightweight sweater vest.

I have to be honest, lately, my blog has had to fall to the wayside a little bit to make room for the more pressing matters in my life, which sadly don't include dressing up and taking photos of myself. Oftentimes, I'll take photographs of my outfit of the day and never find the time to post them. Such an example of a post from the archives published much later is one that I put up only a little while ago, when bored with my travel capsule wardrobe and wanting to post a look that inspired me (read it here). Those particular photos are almost a year old at this point (note the longer hair); so are the ones in this post! I'd completely forgotten about these photographs until just recently, so now that the weather is warm again, I hope this preppy-but-modern look can inspire you to have a bit of fun by pairing a flippy skirt with a preppy top and mod sunglasses.


Personal Style: Basic, Chic, & Travel-Friendly

A simple but chic outfit formula perfect for travel that is both super flattering and easy to accessorize. | Nothing Short Of Chic
A comfortable, simple, and easy-to-accessorize outfit perfect for many occasions.

Now that I've been traveling for more than two months out of the same single suitcase, I'm getting to the point (which always comes about on these long trips) where I just about hate everything in my capsule closet. It's not because of bad packing or because the clothing is actually a problem – it's what I'll call wardrobe ennui. When I'm traveling, I bring along the sensible trousers, the grey sweaters, and the black boots that go with everything, but I miss the spiked heels and fuzzy green hats that I have to leave at home.


Personal Style: Springing For All-Black

All-black is the perfect neutral look for posing in front of insanely colorful walls. | Nothing Short Of Chic
"Women who wear black lead colorful lives."

There's no denying that black is a magical color (value, you know what I mean). It exists everywhere, and is, arguably, the most powerful neutral. It's the result when you combine equal amounts of pure primary colours. You could reach, blindfolded, into a bin of black garments and end up with a perfectly cohesive ensemble. It flatters most skin tones and is elegant, slimming, lengthening, and sophisticated. 


Personal Style: Pin-Up Polka Dots

Polka dots and retro sunglasses mixed with denim add up to a modern, casual outfit with a touch of pin-up glamour. | Nothing Short Of Chic
Polka dots, denim, and red accessories give a bit of a retro touch to the most modern of outfits.

Pin-up style – the classic, glamorous fashion, not the raunchy stuff creepy guys have stuck to their walls – is a huge influence on my personal taste. I love how it's both flattering and flirty, which means you look elegant and put-together but you also get to have a bit of fun with your clothes. Today, Who What Wear put out their spring 30-day outfit challenge for this year and the first task was to add sophistication to casual denim with polished accessories. I instantly thought of my trusty denim jacket and these fabulous cat-eye sunglasses, and bam, my outfit of the day was chosen for me. The retro shape of the glasses plus the fun polka-dot print and the denim give this casual outfit a bit of pin-up flair while still being plenty modest and modern.


Personal Style: Spring Spots (From The Archives)

From the NSOC archives (previously unpublished), a transition-weather outfit that is chic, classy, and fun. | Nothing Short Of Chic
An unpublished series of outfit photographs from last summer that is, in spring, relevant again.

I never published these photos. I remember styling, finding a location, doing my makeup, and shooting the images last September, but somehow (probably a distraction from some more important assignment) they never made it to "print," in a sense. (You can tell it's an old shoot because I still had long enough hair to wear a chignon here.) When going through my photographs from Copenhagen and simultaneously organizing my library, I rediscovered this shoot and thought, September and April have similar weather, and this feels like a spring outfit. 


Personal Style: Windy København & Midi Skirt

An elegant layered look that only looks better when the gales of April attempt to wreak havoc. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Why not take advantage of a windy day and look like you've just stepped out of a magazine shoot?

Copenhagen is lovely, but it can sure get windy here! Usually when faced with wind I opt for pants (less stressful) but with the longer length of this skirt plus the tights and coat, I felt I was safe enough to go pants-less. This coat/skirt combination is one that I've sported many iterations of (including this one) – I was originally inspired by this Vogue image to try it out and I fell in love. And now, every time a gust of wind comes, I feel super chic instead of annoyed. (Another bonus of short hair is that the wind only makes it cooler.)


Personal Style: Copenhagen Layers

Transitional dressing is a breeze with plenty of layers and chic, classic silhouettes and prints. | Nothing Short Of Chic

Layering for transitional weather can be easier said than done; but it can also be done easily.

Ah, spring – that beautiful time of year when flowers are blooming, rivers are rushing... and the weather changes. All. The. Time. When it could be sunny and warm and 18°C, and then half an hour later, turn to pouring, chilling rain. I, for one, love this time of year – it's so interesting. It has character. But getting dressed also requires just a little more effort, to plan and prepare for any temperature and temperament of weather the day might throw at you. Transitional dressing, we call it. My outfit today is just one example.