Slight Stripe

Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench striped 'shapelover' cardigan, Eksempel leather look dress, Topshop studded belt, Galibardy teeth necklace, Rick Owens wedges, AllSaints cateye sunglasses, Balenciaga city. All black, black on black, dark street style.Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench 'Shapelover' striped cardigan, Galibardy teeth necklace, Eksempel leather look dress. Close up details.Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench striped 'shapelover' cardigan, Eksempel leather look dress, Topshop studded belt, Galibardy teeth necklace, Rick Owens wedges, AllSaints cateye sunglasses, Balenciaga city. All black, black on black, dark street style.Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Bench 'Shapelover' striped cardigan, Galibardy teeth necklace, Eksempel leather look dress. Close up details.

One of the first pieces of clothing I spent a large amount of money on was a coat from Bench. It was was made from a thick, cream coloured jersey with a huge funnel neck, it hit just below my knees, had a hidden zip & little holes in the sleeves to poke your thumbs through. The thumb holes were my favourite part. It taunted me everytime I walked past it in the shop window, I wanted it so badly & eventually I ended up spending virtually every penny I got for my 13th birthday on it. It seemed like a massive splurge at the time, but I wore it to death.

This cardigan is not something I ever imagined would have come from Bench, I assumed they were still all sportswear & massive logos, obviously things have changed. It’s the softest viscose jersey, drapes beautifully & I cannot get enough of the subtle black on black stripes, I just love pieces with this kind of low-key detail. They do still make the jersey jackets with the thumb holes though, and I do still kinda want one…

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  1. Posted 06.05.2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Very cute cardy. I remember those bench cardigans with the holes in the sleeves, I wanted one so much!


  2. Posted 06.05.2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Love the cardigan <3 You look beautiful Steph!!!

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  3. Jenny
    Posted 06.05.2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Love the dress and cardigan very nice and I would never have imagined the brand to be Bench either :P great pick though and loving the shoes they look super comfy!

  4. Posted 06.05.2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    You are looking so good Steph! Have been browsing through your latest posts and I got some craving for black and tough silhouettes! ;)

    kisses! P

    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thankyou Paola! I was just drooling over your newest ‘s’ ring on instagram the other day, your pieces are so beautiful, though, I didn’t expect anything less! :)

  5. macie
    Posted 06.05.2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    teeth necklace, yes! love.

    amen fashion †

  6. Posted 06.05.2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Ooo I like the idea of the thumb holes- I used to do that to ALL of my sweat shirts back in 8th grade. It drove my mom nuts, haha! And that new jacket is s pretty- i like the sheer stripes. very stylish :) and that tooth necklace is SO cool, that’s my favorite part of the outfit!!

    xo Marlen
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    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      Haha! I did that too! :) Thankyou & I agree, the necklace is one of my favourites, it was pretty cheap too!

  7. Posted 06.05.2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Love that necklace – so unique!!

  8. Posted 06.05.2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I never shop at bench because I have in my mind like you said my perception of the brand. The cardigan/blazer looks great on you.
    I also wanted to tell you I get really happy when you leave a comment in my blog. It is real, sincere adn I know you actually read what I wrote. It means a lot to me Steph!

    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thankyou Melissa & no problem! :) I only like to comment when I actually have something to say, I’ve never saw the point in just saying ‘nice dress’ or something similar. I’d rather spend my time leaving a few genuine comments on posts I actually enjoyed than a 100 pointless ‘great outfit’ ones! ;)

  9. Posted 06.05.2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I like how subtle those stripes are, it looks really good! And that leather look dress, well, you almost had me fooled ;)

    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      The fabric of the dress is amazing! It’s actually a sort of coated jersey & not real faux leather, which is why it drapes so wonderfully. I’d love to be able to get my hands on some, I’d make so many things out of it! :D

  10. Posted 06.05.2013 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Love your look, it’s so chic and edgy.

  11. Posted 07.05.2013 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Jackets with thumb holes are the shit! I remember my first, though it wasn’t a jacket it was a sweater from One Teaspoon and was cropped with some sort of gold foil print. I only brought it for the thumb holes and wore that to death too.

    Trying to get over the fact you owned something in cream LOL

    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      Ahahah! I know, can you believe it, me in cream?! It got SO filthy though, it was more black than cream by the time I’d finished with it! Haha!

  12. Posted 07.05.2013 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    The stripes are pretty perfect ;)


  13. Posted 07.05.2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I love it when you discover old school brands have changed with the times and are totally wearable in adulthood! This is such a sweet cardigan, I really like the draping detail.

    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Me too! I feel a weird attachment to the brand because of my memories of wearing it as a kid, and so it’s really nice that they now have stuff I’d wear as an adult too! :)

  14. Posted 07.05.2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I’d never have guessed that cardigan was from Bench either! I love that dress too xxx

  15. Posted 07.05.2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    That’s so cool that Ollie is the music photographer for the O2 – I’m yet to see a band there but looking forward to Bastille. I used to love spending my weekends at the Charlotte, it was a sad day when I found out it had closed! You’ll definitely have to let me know if you’re going to be attending – I can’t believe it sold out already (so glad I didn’t hesitate!). You definitely look the part of trendy photographer’s girlfriend :) can’t believe your cardigan is from Bench, my friend used to wear those jackets with the thumb holes ALL the time. The subtle stripes in the cardigan are lovely – something I probably wouldn’t have even noticed if I saw it on the rails! Off to lust over the Galibardy jewellery after seeing your gorgeous necklace xxx

    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Aww I know! Me too, I was soo upset when The Charlotte closed! :( If Ollie gets me a +1 I shall definitely come along & let you know!
      I love Galibardy’s stuff, it’s all brass too, so it doesn’t discolour which I really like & the prices are soo good! :)

  16. Posted 07.05.2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Haha do you still have the jacket? ;) I was more into bloody sports clothes at 13.

    You look so purdy as usual chickaroo Xxx

    • Posted 08.05.2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      I don’t! It got so filthy my mum made me throw it away! :(
      I always say that I was sort of a of chav (before it was a thing!) when I was 13, I had SO many tracksuits! *cringe* Hah!

  17. Posted 07.05.2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I love this cardigan, I would never have thought it was from Bench!

    Maria xxx

  18. Posted 07.05.2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
  19. Posted 07.05.2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    This look is so you! And love the necklace. I nominated you for a Liebster Award check out may post today.

    Ali of

  20. Posted 07.05.2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    This black outfit is so beautiful!!!

  21. Posted 08.05.2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    I think you are so cool! Black in black, amazing :)) You look good and perfect :D

  22. Posted 08.05.2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    ah nice, love the transparent stripe sleeves! Bench? really?


  23. Halie
    Posted 09.05.2013 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Stunning. Killer look.

  24. Posted 09.05.2013 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    That necklace is so so cool!!! I think I saw a similar one on ASOS, wish I’d grabbed it now! Hahaha totally remember the bench coats and hoodies! Nostalgic or what. But this cardi is so gorgeous – would not expect that of the brand at all!

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