Today I want to talk about fashion.
I think it's probably fair to say that fashion is a 'scene' and industry full of contradictions. It can either be strictly put into categories - day wear / evening wear, beach wear, the 'casual look' the 'office look'...or mixed up into what would seem like a casual or incoherent manner - shabby chic, underwear as outerwear...
Recently on my commute to work, I've found myself looking around at all the wonderful winter fashion around this season. This winter I've noticed people making more of an effort with their looks than in previous years.
I've seen some fantastic accessories
which I love. For me, accessories are a must have to dress up and change the look of any outfit, and this year the typical winter accessories seem to have been reinvented
It looks like the traditional knitwear and cosy cardis that make a comeback every year are being revived this season with the addition of some more adventurous colours and textures. Snug scarves
and woolly hats
are being paired with leather fastenings and mixed with other fabrics and prints, making wools and knits not only cosy and inviting but trendy too.
Here is Finn wearing his winter warmers in the office:
I've seen a lot of animal prints which seem to add a bit of glamour to everyday outfits. It's made me think that I'm in desperate need of revamping my wardrobe
Here in the UK, black, brown and grey seem to be the traditional hues for winter wear. With the weather here often being cold and wet, it seems that this trio of colours reflect the feeling of gloominess that is around at this time of the year! I think most people tend to fall into this trap without noticing - they wear 'winter colours' in winter as it is both suitable and fashionably safe
But we mustn't forget that this season is also synonymous with parties. And why save bright colours exclusively for our party frocks when we can wear them on our day to day? If you want to stand out from the crowd with a little more attitude, a red coat or accessory will certainly add a bit of boldness to your look.
A splash of colour is always an easy way to change the look of an outfit. My winter colour choice for the past 3 years has been white or cream. I bought a white jacket 3 years ago which I still love - here I am with some of the team ice-skating 3 years ago:
And here I am a few weeks ago with another white coat peering behind Stephen and Wang Fei!
Unfortunately having all these white coats has taken its toll on the dry-cleaning bill...
I now find myself needing to buy a new winter coat and thought that I might as well take the plunge and do something that I haven't done for years. I'm going to take a more thorough and in depth look at my wardrobe, getting rid of things I don't (or shouldn't) wear anymore and treat myself to a few new items. Three piles: 'the good', 'the bad' and 'the ugly'.
The good can, of course, stay exactly where it is. The ugly has only one destination: the charity shop. And the bad... well, the bad can always be turned into good with a certain amount of creativity from the wearer's part! You can cut the tassles off your 80s leather jacket or boots for a more up-to-date look, sow a flower, a bow or big colourful buttons to an old beanie hat, or deliberately mix clashing colours
by layering 2 of your favourite tops that don't go with anything (not even each other) for that edgy punk look!
When it comes to accessorizing, your imagination is the only limit.
How about you? How do you re-invent your look when you feel the need for a change?
Also, can anyone send me some suggestions of what you think I should go for this year with my winter coat??! I want to look for some bargains in the January sales so I'm completely open to suggestions!
Thanks - I'm looking forward to your tips!
- A 'supplementary' part of your outfit such as gloves, earrings, scarf etc.
- To remake or make-over
- Warmly comfortable or cosy, a fitted garment
- A hat made of wool
Revamping my wardrobe
- To renovate, but with attitude!
- A garment or outfit that is fashionably safe is unlikely to be trendy, yet it is classic in style according to the fashion rule book
- Conflicting or disagreeing colours