The Fashion Library

My name is Ruth MacGilp, and despite that mysterious grade A in Higher English, I am terrible at reading. Fiction, that is. The only fiction books in my possession that have been read cover to cover are embarrassing teen flicks and romantic comedies, with the occasional classic by Bronte or Austen thrown in when I’m feeling brave. 

What I am excellent at, however, is being the proud owner of a 3-page-long Amazon wishlist of non-fiction books, which includes self-help guides and autobiographies, but overwhelmingly consists of Fashion books. Imagine my joy at being told explicitly by my lecturers to go out and read as much as I can about the industry, and having access to a fantastic library full of hidden fashion gems. 

Read more to here about my top 5!

This book from the Design Museum does exactly what it says on the tin. From Audrey Hepburn’s LBD and Cher’s Oscars gown, to Twiggy’s Bill Gibb masterpiece and Mary Quant’s mini. A fun compilation of fashion that made history!

More of a biography than a fashion book, this is 173 pages of pure hilarity and inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld’s crazy brain.


This book is so dog-eared as it came into my possession at 14 years old, and subsequently helped me decide I wanted to make my name in the fashion industry. It really is the most comprehensive and detailed careers guide out there!

My most beautiful possession. Literally endless stunningly gorgeous photographs and text from the decades that dramatically changed what women wore and how they lived.


This is probably the most widely renowned resource for those in the know. It’s essentially an A-Z of the names (from designers and retailers to models and hairstylists) that have influenced fashion as we know it today.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Boux Avenue

A recent visit to lingerie boutique Boux Avenue (, during the Union Square shopping centre ( student lock-in, brought me two unwelcome surprises. 

Firstly, I discovered the bra size I thought I had was entirely wrong by a long shot, and secondly, I realised that the remainder of my student loan is going to have to be spent on the irresistible products at this ridiculously inviting store.

A lovely sales assistant, Emma, gave me a free fitting and then I went on to peruse the selection. I knew I desperately needed some good basics, so started out with the Microfibre T-shirt Bra ( which I bought in both black and white. One for the wishlist was this gorgeous Lace and Satin Plunge Bra ( which came with perfectly matching undies as part of Boux Avenue’s buy one get one free deal.

The pretty pink bra on the left fit beautifully and was smooth like a t-shirt bra so would be perfect for sheer/tight tops. The lacy navy and neon yellow bra on the right was actually in the sale for £12 so I snapped it right up!

Overall, i think my experience was actually more about the service than the products. From incredibly helpful and reassuring staff, free fittings, gorgeous interiors, and tiny details other stores don’t consider, from the lighting in the changing rooms, a concierge service, student discount and a VIP club. Boux Avenue has, much to my bank balance’s dismay, become a regular hit on my shopping trips!

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Friends and Fashion

Since this blog began, we have been wanting to promote our friend and talented photographer Skye Lyon (see her website for more) and  creative fairy godmother Sinead McNulty

A perfect way to bring these two lovely ladies together along with ourselves (both dabbling models) was to get our glad-rags on and snap some spontaneous pictures on a rainy day in Ruth’s garden!


Urbanity xxx

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Joni Jeans Appreciation Post

What jeans did I even wear before Topshop’s High Waisted Joni Jeans? Once you buy a pair of these it’s very difficult to return to the normal, sitting on the hips average kind of jeans. Topshop have been selling these Joni Jeans for roughly two years (I’m not entirely certain how long they’ve been selling them but you should probably already have a pair.)But, why are these jeans so great? 

 First off-they are super flattering. It doesn’t matter if you buy them in black, blue, white or whatever other colour they come in, they look great. The jeans hug your legs without making it look like the circulation in your ankles and feet are cutting off. Plus, high waisted jeans elongate your legs which is only ever a good thing. 
They also feel way more comfortable. Perhaps it’s due to the fact you don’t have to pull them up as often as ordinary jeans, or the light denim their made from doesn’t feel as heavy. In other words, they don’t have the ‘ugh I can’t wait to change into my pyjama bottoms’ after a long day of wearing them.

Finally, they’re very versatile. Crop tops (super flattering with high waisted jeans), oversized shirts, t-shirts, they literally go with any top you’re wearing, the same applies to shoes! 

However, they may be my favourite jeans but they also have their flaws. I only buy the black Joni Jeans so this may not apply to all colours) I find that the colour fades within about 2-3 months. It’s not so bad as I do wear and wash these jeans often, although it would be nice for them to stay black for slightly longer. Also, you can’t wear a belt with them! It’s tragic, but these jeans do not have belt loops! (The belt isn’t needed to keep them up, more for accessories) Despite these minor flaws, I highly suggest adding a pair of these jeans to your wardrobe if you haven’t already.

Urbanity xxx

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Misty Mountain Swap Shop

This gorgeous picture you can see on the left is a vintage visual merchandising masterpiece we saw last Wednesday at Misty Mountain Swop. What on earth is that, you ask? 

Well, from the 4th to the 17th of September, anyone and everyone is welcome to buy, sell and swap clothes at this innovative, ethical pop-up! Get rid of your unwanted fashion and come out with bagfuls of stylish bargains!

 Misty Mountain Swop is held in the Gayfield Creative Space in Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, a venue tucked away from the main drag of Leith Walk, regularly used for exhibitions and arts events. The space is like a magical wardobe, jammed full of rails and displays stuffed endlessly with everything from retro coats to Moschino jumpers and Topshop shoes. Once you get your former faves valued, you’re welcome to browse the huge selection and splurge your store credit!

In these pictures Ruth is modelling finds sourced from designer, vintage and high street brands. An oversized boyfriend shirt in crisp white is an Autumn essential, and can easily be dressed up for night with an embellished mini. We were also super excited to discover a gorgeous graphic print Rare London playsuit, and a cream H&M dress.

Find out more information about how the event works and where the next pop-up take place at 

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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