BRAND OVERVIEW: ROGUE MATILDA

Who doesn’t love cool, beautifully made flats with an edge? We certainly do.

We asked Katie, founder of brand Rogue Matilda to give us some background on the company

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: Rogue Matilda

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 2015, with the first full collection launching SS16

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Katie Matilda Harland

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WHY WAS IT CREATED: Katie entered the shoe business following years of frustration at the inability to find the perfect flat shoe: pumps were un supportive, trainers unprofessional and traditional brogues unflattering. Rogues provided a fashionable, well-made, alternative to all this. With added sass. She wanted to create a brand that offered reasonably priced luxury shoes for those who cared more about the quality, craft and materials, in juxtaposition to current high street offerings where design is paramount to quality, durability and comfort.

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WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: For the Rogue Matilda woman, her city is her catwalk and her style is an expression of her personality. The driving force behind the brand is to create playful flats that are not only comfortable but become the focal point of an outfit. This manifests itself in the use of eclectic materials such as pompoms, velvet, pony-skin and python effect leather, which have all become synonymous with the brands collections. This animalistic aesthetic coupled with premium leathers and suede’s creates the perfect fusion of classic and quirky, with a forever focus on reinventing the brogue.

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WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Buy from us if you want quality flat shoes without the designer price tag (our average price is £149-£185). Your Rogues will make you smile all day long and customers often get in touch to say they get complimented on their shoes every time they wear them out. Additionally due to the fact we have one brogue last and one sneaker last, once you know your size there are no nasty surprises between fit on different styles... so once you go Rogue, you rarely go back!

https://roguematilda.com/

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TRANSITIONAL PIECES FROM M&S

One of the many good things about the seasons changing is that it gives us the opportunity to wear different types of clothes - which is always fun. So this October I will be wearing…

LEATHER TROUSERS: These make a great change from jeans, go with everything and will become a firm favourite for the season and for the years to come. They can be styled with trainers or ankle boots, t-shirts or cosy knits.

LEOPARD LOAFERS: These shoes are so good - the quality and fit it spot on, they will update every outfit and you can wear them with tights, sparkly socks or bare feet.

Leather Block Heel Ring Detail Loafers £69 / Leather Straight Leg Trousers £199

LEOPARD PRINT SHIRT: I actually thought that leopard print had peaked but this season there seems to be more than ever. This shirt also ticks the 80’s/90’s vibe that is around at the moment. I love this pink velvet bag - such a statement but it also a great size.

Animal Print Long Sleeve Shirt £29.50 / Velvet Bucket Bag £29.50

CORDUROY: Corduroy is in (it’s been a while) these wine coloured cropped trousers are great. At the moment i’m wearing mine with a pink slogan T-shirt but no doubt this will soon be with a cosy knit.

Corduroy High Waist Cropped Trousers £35 / Pure Cotton Logo Print Short Sleeve Top £15

This post was created as part of my monthly partnership with Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, clothes choices, words and poses are my own.

Photography @janelookerphotography

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THE LEOPARD PRINT SLIP DRESS

This is one of the most versatile dresses I have bought recently. I've worn it to a festival, a beach and to a meeting and I love it. Leopard print is still very much in this season and in my opinion is a neutral so goes with everything. Slip dresses are also having their moment so this is a good combo - plus it is £25 so very affordable.

Here are 3 ideas of ways to wear this dress but there are many more... Once the weather turns cold i'll be styling it with black tights, ankle boots and a chunky knit cardigan. It would also look cool with trainers and a denim jacket.

 

I love this jumper - the colours are great and it is chunky but not bulky.

These shoes are pretty cool too - purple velvet - perfect for the winter season. They are like wearing chocolate boxes on your feet.

Layering slip dresses is also a great way to style them - i'm wearing a simple white t-shit but a polo neck or colourful clashing print top could work too.

Animal Print Slip Midi Dress Price £25 / Jewel Trim Square Toe Loafers Price £29.50 / 

Leather Circle Cross Body Bag Price £89

Photographer @janelookerphotgraphy

This post is part of my ongoing collaboration with Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, words and outfit choices are entirely my own obviously. Affiliate links are included.

THE INVESTMENT SKIRT

I've always been a fan of investing in pieces that will last. In my experience (and wardrobe) i've found that the items of clothing I own that perhaps were a bit more expensive and better quality have lasted the test of time and been worn over and over again.

I don't necessarily believe that 'investment pieces' need to be classic pieces - I have a rainbow dress that I consider an investment piece but I do believe that you need to love them, and that they need to flatter your shape and be comfortable.

One of the items of clothing that has recently become part of my wardrobe staples is this leather skirt from Marks & Spencers. It is soft black leather, mid length with an elasticated waist and I love it. It's not cheap at nearly £200 but for what it is, coupled with the fact that this will last you a lifetime it seems a fair price.

Here are a few ways to style it. Although the possibilities are endless...

White t-shirt + trainers

This is how i'd wear the skirt for everyday - if i'm out shopping, meeting friends etc..

Sparkly top + sliders

It is easy to dress up with a simple sparkly top - sequins or silk would also work well.

The Statement Shirt 

For a fun day to night look i'd wear it with a fun silk shirt or colourful top and bright accessories.

DRESSING PREGNANCY IN THE SUMMER

Growing a human takes a long time! I am currently at the end of growing my third and feel like I have been pregnant in every season and for a very (very) long time.

I don't think there is a perfect time of year to be more or less pregnant and of course it totally depends on the individual woman, both in terms of what they do and how their body takes to pregnancy. Both Summer and Winter come with their own challenges, advantages and disadvantages.

But Summer is approaching and with it comes things like holidays, weddings and festivals as well as life, work and everyday life. All things that pregnant women partake in, while wearing clothes.

Dresses are great things to wear while you are pregnant in the summer, mainly because they are so comfortable and will keep you cool (many women struggle with getting hot). This pregnancy i've really hated waistbands especially at the beginning and end for some reason - so i've defiantely embraced the dress.

I think it is worth investing in dresses that you can breastfeed in afterwards or that you can wear once the bump is going down/gone. The advantages of wearing an official maternity dress is that they are cut especially to fit over a big belly so there won't be so much pull and the hem line should stay straight, however many non-maternity dresses still work well.

MATERNITY Pink Spotted Skater Dress £42 / Bobby Lobster Canvas Shopper Bag £26

Dresses can be layered too - this one for example would look great with a t-shirt worn underneath or with a chunky knit cardigan or denim jacket on top.

MATERNITY Zebra Print Ruffle Slip Dress £39 / Benny String Shopper Bag £22 

With maternity dressing generally I think it is important not to deviate from your usual style too much. There is so much change with your body anyway the last thing you should feel the need to do is change your image too.

If you usually wear shorts and skirts invest in maternity versions. You may also find that you can wear many of your existing tops - which if they become too short you can layer with a vest underneath or with a belly band.

Plus you will most probably be wearing these for a few months post birth and if you are short of money look out for them on second hand sites or sell them afterwards.

MATERNITY Colorado T-Shirt £18 / MATERNITY Ripped Ashley Shorts £29

Shirts are another great bump proof item of clothing - they look smart and are perfect for breastfeeding in afterwards. This one also comes in a non-maternity cut - the main difference is that the shirt is longer and wider around the waist - which for many is a more flattering cut anyway. It is also very soft against you skin and washable - something that once you are a mum things have to be.

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RALPH LAUREN'S POLO SHIRT

One of the items of clothing Ralph Lauren is renowned for his classic Polo Shirt. Ralph Lauren designed the original Polo shirt in 1972 after being inspired by the heritage and glamour of polo. He wanted to create a shirt that could be worn everywhere from the city to the beach, that would stand the test of time and that would get better with age. At the time the design and concept was innovative and new, but the style and design has proved itself over the decades by repeatedly being one of their top selling items. 

Ever since I can remember Ralph Lauren's Polo Shirt has been around - i've seen it styled and worn by so many different people (from politicians to pop princesses to the boys I used to hang out with at sixth form college).  Plus it is even soft and stretchy enough to accommodate an 8 month pregnant belly!

There are so many different styles and fits to the classic polo shirt including the Classic, Slim Fit, Boyfriend, Tailored, Sleeveless and more. They come in lots of colours, designs and patterns but all always have the embroidered polo player on the chest.

Ralph Lauren recently asked me how I would style their polo shirt - I've kept it simple with denim dungarees and skinny jeans. I think once my bump has gone (and my waist is back) i'll be tucking it in to a pleated skirt too.

This one is the Men's Custom Slim Fit - it is a loser, classic shape.

 

This is the Slim Fit women's - I like the way it is tailored in at the waist, the narrow shoulders and the low buttons.

The Polo shirt is a generation-less, timeless piece of clothing which has stood the test of time like nothing else. And, it is having a resurgence...do you have one in your wardrobe?

This post was kindly sponsored by Ralph Lauren.

Photography by @janelookerphotography / www.janelookerphoto.com

WARDROBE PICK ME UPS

This month's M&S pieces are the perfect items to give your wardrobe an easy update. None are 'maternity' but can all accommodate a swelling belly (if you need them too). 

First up is this stripped top, I have seen many takes on the breton top but this one has some good ingredients. I love the longer length and the frill on the 3/4 length arms, perfect for wearing over skinny trousers or jeans.  

Cotton Rich Striped Ruffle Cuff Tunic £25 / Multi Colour Cup Drop Earrings £12.50

I love this pale pink cotton dress, it is simple and flattering - I love the gathering around the waist and wrists. I'd wear this to a wedding but i'd also dress it down for everyday.

Pure Cotton Ruched Waist Tunic Midi Dress  /£65 / Cross Body Bag £12.50

This is a top of two halves - simple from the front but super fun and bright from the back. This is a great top for anyone who likes to avoid anything to tight around their waist as it hangs and fits really nicely.

These lilac shoes have got to be some of the most comfortable shoes i've ever worn (and I have tried on a lot of shoes). They are so soft plus are available in 6 different colours - there is a chance I might get them all...

Pleat Back Short Sleeve Shell Top £45 / Leather High Cut Ballerina Pumps £35

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers and is part of my monthly collaboration with them.

VERSATILE M&S PICKS

This month my M&S picks are all about versatility - whether that be to accomodate a 6 month pregnant belly, or because you can wear them in all weathers or to any occasion or simply because they are very useful things to have in your wardrobe.

 

Interseason is the time in between seasons - when it is not quite spring but not quite winter or when it is not quite hot summer but it is getting summerey. Anyway you get the idea and whichever seasons you are between it is always a confusing time of year for dressing.

This floral dress is a great dress for all seasons (and incidentally perfect for maternity + breastfeeding). I've worn it with tights and boots (winter) but in a few months (summer) I will be wearing it with sliders and rolled up sleeves.

 

Floral Print Long Sleeve Shirt Midi Dress £45 / Wide Fit Leather Block Heel Ankle Boots £69

Do not underestimate how useful a good quality, classic design, black leather backpack is but also don't underestimate how hard it is to find one. I am always on the lookout which is how I spotted this one - it is perfectly balanced and will last a lifetime.

Leather Backpack Bag £59

These trousers are amazing - I am 6 months pregnant in these photos so I am only able to wear maternity trousers or ones with elasticated waists, comfort is always key for me but especially at the moment. These are as comfortable as tracksuit bottoms but at the same time are a checked print that look smart enough for work.

Cotton Blend Textured Trousers £27.50 / Round Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt £7.50

This is an ideal shirt for anyone who does not want to show too much tummy or bum off (or for someone who is pregnant). It is super smart and feels really premium. I've teamed it over jeans but would also wear it with a pencil skirt or over leather leggings.

Pure Cotton Striped Dipped Hem Shirt £39.50 / Sculpt & Lift Mid Rise Skinny Leg Jeans £35

This post is part of my ongoing collaboration with Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, words and outfit choices are entirely my own obviously.

TOPSHOP MATERNITY JEANS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

As you are all well aware I am a fan of TOPSHOP and highly rate TOPSHOP's denim, so it was the first place I went for my maternity jeans. 

I believe that it is worth investing in maternity jeans early on in your pregnancy - they are so much more comfortable on your expanding waist, even with a small bump so why wait? Also compared to normal jeans they will have limited wear (although I have friends who still wear theirs for a Sunday roast). You will most probably be wearing them for a while once the baby has arrived too - so get some you love.

Another thing to know is that maternity jeans can either fit under or over your bump. It is personal preference as to which you prefer but some style legs work better than others.

The advantages of over the bump is that it keeps your belly warm and you don't suffer from 'mum bum' when you squat down. Also you can wear shorter tops without exposing your belly. If you are looking to get a looser fit leg or a non-stretch denim jean then I would opt for over the bump as they will tend to stay up better - no belts remember!

The advantages of under the bump are that they aren't so bulky under tops and to combat exposure or to allow you to wear a shorter top you can always wear a belly band or long vest top under your top top. Under the bump tend to work better for skinny, stretchy style jeans as the stretch in the denim will hold the jeans on your leg as supposed to having to rely on the waist band only.

Up until very recently there has been a distinct lack of interesting style maternity jeans - and most still tend to be skinny which is fine and often what you feel like wearing as they tend to balance out the ever expanding top half of your body, but still it is good to have a choice of styles.

Here are my top 4 and what you need to know: (FYI I am about 6 months pregnant in these photos)

STRAIGHT JEANS

These are very comfortable and I love the cropped length. They are normal non-stretch denim but i've found them to be good at retaining their shape. Because they are a loser fit it is an advantage for them to go over the bump as this stops them falling down.

Over The Bump Straight Jeans £42 / Knot Woven Mules £39 / Double Breasted Tartan Jacket £59 / Shelly Straw Basket Bag £26

JAMIE JEANS

Jamie Jeans are made from super-stretchy denim which is good because they hold their shape well. These fit under the bump which works well with a stretch denim as the jeans stay up and on. These are great every day jeans and would work well with both boots and trainers too.

Rich Jamie Jeans £40 / 'Amour' Slogan Jumper £29

BOYFRIEND DUNGAREES

I am a big fan of dungarees (bump or no bump) these Boyfriend ones are a loser fit and are very comfortable. The advantages to maternity dungarees are that they do not fall down and feel super comfortable on the tummy. I personally wouldn't style them with boots but would wear them with most flats and trainers.

Boyfriend Dungarees £49 / Point Polly Cat Eye Sunglasses £18

JONI JEANS

These are similar to the Jamie jeans but are even more stretchy denim. They fit over the bump so create a smooth waistline. I like the rips - very rock n' roll mum.

Super Rip Over The Bump Joni Jeans £42 / Attitude Soft Ballerina Pumps £29 / 'Voila' Embroidered Slogan T-Shirt £16 

This post was kindly sponsored by TOPSHOP. All thoughts, ideas, poses and ideas are entirely my own - clever me!

Photography by Jane Looker

 

 

RETURN OF THE MAC

I think it would be too bold a statement to declare that Spring is here BUT I do know that it is coming (based on the fact that it always does). Anyway it means finally we can begin considering wearing clothes that aren't winter ones - and that is something to look forward to.

One of the first things that I put away at the end of the winter are my coats and I look to invest in a lighter weight version, and this year it will be a Trench.  A mac / trench is the perfect transition coat - it can be layered, worn with a scarf, over a dress/ jeans, dressed up, dressed down... etc. Plus trenches have a sophisticated coolness to them that I love.

There are some great modern versions of the classics around at the moment. I love this beige one with puffy sleeves. I don't usually wear beige but I love the simplicity of the mac with the contrasting statement sleeves.

I'm wearing it with a perfect transitional shirt dress and some pink and rose gold trainers.

Cotton Rich Puff Sleeve Trench Coat £89 / Floral Print Long Sleeve Shift Midi Dress £59 / Lace-up Trainers £35 / 

I am currently 5 months pregnant so although this comes with certain clothes restrictions it does not (for me) come with any compromises. There are so many non-maternity pieces that will accommodate a pregnant belly and that you can then wear post baby that I have not had to deviate from my usual style at all.

There are also convenient fashion trends that can be embraced - like slip on shoes! No bending around a belly to put on and off or for the need to ask someone to tie up your shoe laces - slip them off and off you go/waddle.

I love this modern take on on the classic Inspector Gadget style mac - green and purple gingham. It is long and oversized (and fits big - i'm wearing an 8) but it is so cool!

This striped bib shirt is also cool - it would look great with a chunky knit cardigan over the top or tucked into some blue jeans.

Gingham Trench Coat £89 / Pure Cotton Striped Long Sleeve Shirt £35 / Leather Block Heel Mule Shoes £45 / Garden Brooches £15

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers and is part of my ongoing partnership with them. All thoughts, outfit choices and ideas are my own (obviously). 

HAPPY NEW YEAR / CLOTHES

It's the New Year! And the time of year when people all over the world make resolutions and promises of self improvement.  One resolution I am continuing with this year is to wear an outfit I love everyday - because I believe that a good outfit can make for a better day. 

January is also a time when a lot of people aren't flush with cash so when you are thinking of new outfits and purchases then make sure that they are versatile and can be worn with what you already have in your wardrobe.

A leopard print pencil skirt is such an easy piece that can be worn everywhere - work, party, shopping... I've teamed this one with this super cool (catwalk inspired) beaded jumper and patent brogues. But it could also be worn with a chunky knit, denim shirt, trainers or boots. And as leopard print is a neutral it can be paired with any colour.

A new bag can be enough to make everything in your wardrobe feel fresh again - I love this round one it is a great size and somehow manages to be both serious and fun at the same time. 

Animal Print A-Line Mini Skirt £15 / Embellished Round Neck Long Sleeve Jumper £35

This is a great statement knitwear option - I like the detailing on it, the red trim and the way it is designed to be longer at the back means that it works well with tighter trousers; like these leather and lycra leggings - which make a great change from jeans and will make a very useful addition to any wardrobe.

Jacquard Print Round Neck Jumper £35 / Faux Leather Skinny Trousers £25

This shirt has what i'd call is a statement sleeve but because it is on a black shirt it doesn't seem so extreme. I love the longer length and that it contains some stretch - which is always good for expansion (which is something I am currently working on).

If you can't decide between a trainer, boot or shoe then this patent brogue is a good option. I really rate M&S shoes - I think they are good value, quality and comfortable, these have a soft pad on the heel area so that they don't rub. 

Cotton Rich Frill Cuff Shirt £27.50 / Leather Flatform Brogue Shoes £49.50

This post was kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers and is part of my ongoing partnership with them. All thoughts, outfit choices and ideas are my own (obviously). 

DRESSING FOR CHRISTMAS WITH M&S

Seasonal dressing is a dressing of opposites and extremes. One day you can be wearing full on sparkle, sequins and velvet shoes and the next you could be spending the day in jeans and a cosy jumper. Then there are the days in-between the big ones that get forgotten about - but that you always need outfits for!

THE PARTY OUTFIT

This dress is absolutely amazing - the green lurex fabric reminds me of some kind of Christmas party mermaid, the cut and shape of the dress is so flattering plus it’s slight stretch makes it very comfortable.

I’m wearing it with these amazing velvet platforms, black opaque tights and very cool velvet with embroidered star clutch. I’ve kept my jewellry simple with some gold hoops but it you wanted to glitz it up even more you could add some statement diamante earrings. 

This is the perfect outfit for a Christmas or New Year's eve party and makes a change from sequins but without losing any wow factor!

CHRISTMAS DAY

I always like to dress up a bit on Christmas Day - even if I am just at home with my family I like to be smart and make an effort (that is until about 7pm when the cashmere tracksuit comes on!). 

But whatever I wear it is crucial that it is comfortable and that there is room for expansion/indulgence. 

I love this navy Tiered Taffeta Swing Midi Dress, it is one of those go to dresses that is perfect for so many occasions. It can be dressed up for events, worn to work or dressed down for a more casual day look. 

These shoes make me so happy - I absolutely love them! They are my favourite colour, flat and super comfortable - they are available in other colours and with a heel but this version have my name all over them!  

BOXING DAY & THE DAYS INBETWEEN

There are always days post and pre Christmas and New Year that you need outfits for. The days where you might go for a country walk, be doing some last minute shopping, visiting family or going to the pub.

A decent pair of jeans is always essential - these High Waist Mom Jeans are great - they have some stretch in them which makes them super comfortable and as they come up high on the waist are flattering too. 

Another essential is a cosy knit - I love the bright red colour of this one (it also comes in cream) and it’s Christmasy gold cuffs and neck (I have sized up to make it more of a slouchy style).

These trainers are for life not just for Christmas - I absolutely love the glitter stars, they are so so fun and make a change from plain white ones while still being as versatile.

This cotton and sequin top is a perfect winter wardrobe staple - it would also look great dressed up with a pleated skirt or smart trousers and layered up with a cosy cardigan.

TRIPLE PINK

Pink is my favourite colour - I have always loved it and always will, but it is a colour people often forget to wear over the Christmas period as red is so prominent and takes it’s place.

I love wearing pink + pink (or in the case of this outfit - triple pink). This pleated skirt has an elasticated waistband and I love the way it moves and wafts when you walk - it is very comfortable. This super soft cosy knit is such a pretty colour and style - it would also look great with jeans.

More sparkly shoes - the small block heel on these are the perfect height for wearing all day and night - for both dancing or shopping. I will be wearing these a lot this season - both with and without tights. 

 

This post was originally created for Marks & Spencer's Style + Living Section on their website, you can see the original post here