5 weekend reads: beach bodies, Game Of Thrones, and Prada’s ugly-chic

Rain or shine, there’s nothing quite like a hot coffee and some long-reads to start off your Sunday morning. Here are five reads worthy of your weekend – view them all after the break.

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Subversive Chic: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada

In praise if Prada’s ability to make the deliberately ugly chic.

“I think of Prada as being synonymous with intelligence and controlled tension; the pith of confidence. Her clothes remind me that I haven’t seen everything, and even on a Hannah Horvath budget, I try to maintain allegiance to her pursuit of self-defined beauty.”

Read it here.

The beach body myth

The beach body does exist… but is it worth the effort?

“Because the truth is, the beach body is no myth. It does exist. Back in the land that the ravages of time forgot, when a beach holiday meant three weeks of sand, a hot boyfriend and no buckets and spades in sight, even I had one. Not that I appreciated it then because, of course, I thought I was fat.”

Read it here.

The rise of the ‘Girly’ narrative

On the apparent rise of literature and TV stores that are “girly”. Defined as femininity that’s a bit messy, think Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, and Girls.

“She makes a distinction between writing by women and “women who write of a girly experience.” Girliness, she said, is something that “transcends age” and is characterized by “not being entirely empowered.”"

Read it here.

Sex in Game Of Thrones

Pondering sexual shorthand in the TV series Game of Thrones.

“Even the scene between Theon Greyjoy and a woman he does not yet realize is his sister involves Theon riding behind her, groping her breasts and sliding his hand down her pants. Not doggy style per se, but a similar expression of physical domination. (And the most awkward family reunion ever.)”

Read it here.

Judging a person by their shoes

Apparently, you can do it.

“…By examining the style, cost, color of condition of the shoe, participants were able to guess about 90 percent of the of the owner’s personal characteristics.”

Read it here.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.