With the seasonal explosion of tube-abandoned scarves, hats, and gloves rearing its frozen head, I feel I might just have stumbled upon the London Commuter’s dream gift: The Sheebie. The thick knit – pictured here in blue and purple – has been permaglued to my body over the past week. Combining the elements of a scarf, hoodie, shawl and gloves (with thick hand-woven pockets), this is the most practical fashion obsession I’ve had all year.
The kids love it, too.
Time for a little outfit post before weekend Christmas party chaos commences. For the sake of all that is festive, I couldn’t help but indulge in a few new goodies from Zalando after hours and hours of present scouring. With the addition of a tight black tee under the dress and coat (not pictured), the whole ensemble just about works for Winter. I should mention I also have the warmest legs in England.
(Click for more photos below, as well as a cameo appearance from my little blogger puppy, Waffles.)
What I Wore:
Paprika cocktail dress
Even&Odd beige wedges
Nice Things necklace (no longer online)
Les Néréides gold Le Parfum earrings
Anna Sui sunglasses (a present)
Black is London’s favourite colour. From the Underground to the Gherkin, not one area I have ever been to (barring Somerset House during Fashion Week) has proved otherwise. For its easy and slimming wear, our city has adopted it as a rather drab sartorial preference.
That is not to say you can’t wear black well. Audrey Hepburn practically built a reputation on her little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Sadly, not all of us can afford couture dresses designed by Hubert de Givenchy, and that is where the ‘boring black’ begins.
The best way to wear black well? Wear the styles you love! We all know how I feel about Firetrap’s skinny jeans, so when I stumbled on the brand’s newgorgeous embroidered cardigan, black skinnies were an obvious pairing.
Because I happen to look like a vampire in all black, I broke the colour up with a gold-weaves tan dress, matching BCBG Max Azria sandals, and a rose-printed scarf.
Shop The Look: tan and gold dress (similar here), nude pumps (similar here), and Firetrap jeans and cardigan.
The thing about body con (aka body conscious) dresses is…you have to be body con (aka body confident) to wear them. With barely a molecule between skin and dress, I don’t think I could dare to wear one to a dinner party (because hey, I like to eat – food babies happen).
On the flip side, because I have recently been on a balls-to-the-wall health and fitness kick, I would almost opt to wear a body con dress every day.
I know I will a) never have the body of Miranda Kerr and b) always have a curvy bum and hips, but when I see my strength and endurance on an upward trajectory it makes me want to celebrate my efforts. Life is too short to not get a little body con.
Shop the Look: handmade dress (similar here) and neon green heels (Nelly.com – I am sincerely obsessed with them).
Though I’ve been looking for a leather skater skirt for a few months, most of the ones that have caught my eye have been in excess of £100. Those closer to my budget, of course, looked like PVC trash bags or had just enough material to cover my womanhood. Not the look I’m going for.
Praise River Island (!) – they produced this wine-coloured leather skater for £35. Sun’s out, legs out.
What I Wore: Leather skirt from River Island (my next choice, also from River Island), blue glitter top from H&M (white version here), blue chained cut-out heels (handmade), and sapphire ring from Jian London.