We could talk about Tamu McPherson's style all day long. If you aren't yet acquainted (and my goodness, you've been missing out), here's the LD: She first came to our attention quite a few years ago as the Jamaica-born, Italy-based founder and street style photographer of All the Pretty Birds. But it soon became clear that Tamu was being snapped just as much for her highly photogenic personal style as the women she was capturing.
She has since gone on to edit sites, consult on countless projects, become a must-invite name on every fashion event's list, inspired us to get fit (her workout tips and regimen are SO impressive) and been a proven case for having truly awesome, experimental and confident style in your late 30s. She's also very good at making wise investment purchases—just look at the amount of wear she's been getting out of those Céline mules.
Her playful Instagram account doesn't create the kind of black hole of envy you may feel with others and their "perfect" lives, but one cannot help getting swept away in the fabulousness and conviviality of her feed. From jolly holidays to swanky dos with firm fashion friends, great photo shoots to spontaneous outfit snaps, all is done with ingenuity and an ever-present smile. We can't get enough.
Scroll through the gallery to see the styling tricks and outfit ideas we'll be stealing from this über-blogger any day now.
Style Notes: This is colour clashing at its finest. Choose between those emerald-green Balenciaga mules (yes, please) or the oversize pink shirt—either will look impossibly chic when worn together or apart.
Style Notes: Tamu kept things classic here by pairing those wide-leg trousers with a simple blue button-down shirt. The key is all in the styling—roll up those sleeves, and be sure to tie loosely at the waist to get it right.
Style Notes: The bustier top is still having a moment, and if you've been struggling with the trend, this smart summer tailoring is the way to go.
Style Notes: How to wear khaki-on-khaki? Exactly like this, we reckon. Finish the look with a top-handle basket bag and retro sunnies.
Style Notes: A statement sundress is always a must. How to add a new-season edge? This look tells us that a wide-brim hat and embellished slides will do the job nicely.
Style Notes: Floral culottes + striped snug tee = something we're definitely doing this weekend. Now, all we're looking for is the palm-leaf background.
Style Notes: Perhaps the ultimate party combo for a night out? A Johanna Ortiz striped top with skinny black jeans and Miu Miu's new embellished mules.
Style Notes: We didn't know a Hawaiian shirt could look so modern, but with frayed-hem jeans, supersize sunnies and some simple single-strap sandals, it really does.
Style Notes: Those white mules can go on holiday, too—they aren't just city shoes, you know.
Style Notes: A classic idea flipped on its head; Tamu's black-tie approach is all about looking for elegant pieces that each have talking points—like this eyelash-fringed skirt.
Style Notes: What better way to offset a fancy, sparkly frock than with an oversize denim jacket?
Style Notes: We've always lusted after the Hermès Constance bag, and hers is in an unexpected jolt of purple, which works surprisingly well.
Style Notes: This is a London girl's dream going-out combination. A white tee and jeans get instantly lifted by this bow-backed vest and glam earrings.
Style Notes: Another Johanna Ortiz blouse, worn in a similarly casual vein with straight-leg jeans and those mules.
Style Notes: Tamu's a maestro at the print clash, and this is particularly good: tropical fronds mixed with checks. The similar colour palette makes this an easy one to replicate.
Style Notes: How to make that pink bomber jacket look totally cool? Pair with wide-leg pants and some sunglasses.
Style Notes: '90s styling at its chicest, via a strict monochrome palette.
Style Notes: This delightful take on Breton stripes comes courtesy of a brand called Ms Min.
Style Notes: So Tamu's quite the pro at wearing a slip dress over a tee. But over jeans too? Well, that's just showing off.
Style Notes: You can get extra mileage out of summery shoulder-baring tops; just start layering them over shirts when the centigrade drops.
Style Notes: So ladylike but still so alternative. We love the wrap blouse and kick-flare pairing, especially when accessorised with such distinctive extras.
Wear with white high-rise trousers like Tamu, or layer like a pro and style over a simple white tee.
Perfect for that last-minute summer event you've just been invited to.
Recharge your summer stripe collection with this punchy pair of trousers. Just add a blue shirt tied loosely at the waist and flats to finish.
You'll wonder what you wore before you bagged the must-have white mule.
A divine pair of shades to pull out each and every summer.
No wardrobe is complete with a pair of wear-with-everything jeans.
Possibly the easiest of Tamu's looks to master.
Take your cue from Tamu, and style this statement striped piece with fancy accessories for maximum impact.
Bling to make any outfit sing.
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