I am having to avoid magazines and shops.
Only two months in to my year of buying Nothing New and I’m starting to struggle. New collections are springing up in store windows and magazines are full of fabulous tailoring and denim outfits that under other circumstances, I’d be keen to try on and buy. Old habits die hard. Instead I am looking for inspiration on what to do with what I already have, and as I mentioned before, there’s quite a lot in my wardrobe. So I’ve been scouring my favourite style blogs for inspiration and here’s what I’m playing with currently.
I love a decorative coat or jacket, which I tend to categorize as ‘evening wear’, due to the fancy-fabric. But inspired by Giovanna Battaglia, above, spotted on Tommy Ton’s wonderful website, I will be teaming mine more with double denim from now on. I think Giovanna is wearing a Valentino coat, I love that oblong of print on the front – it’s a bit like she’s got a work of art attached to her. I might (carefully) look at seeing if adding a beautiful section of print to one one of my coats might work.
I’ve got a woven/embroidered ethnic coat that I’ve hardly ever worn in my collection of nine coats. I’ve always thought I looked like I should be selling carpets in Istanbul ‘s Grand Bazaar in it. But I spotted something similar on Sandra Semburg’s blog (top image) and thought the look had a relaxed and stylish charm. I might wear it with trainers rather than long boots.
Double Jacketing (DJing?)
I have our occasional guest blogger and constant source of inspiration Sue Evans to thank for this J Crew spot. Sue featured it on her facebook feed and I immediately thought double jacketing might be a good way to work my collection of jackets (26, regular readers may remember) a bit harder. I’d never think to put linen with velvet, as shown here, but it looks great.
Layered Pattern Bravery
One of my go-to blogs over the last month has been Anne Bernecker’s street style site. I am SO fed up with seeing the same old fashion show attendees turning up on blogs – I love Sarah Harris and Yasmin Sewell, but really, enough already – and Anne makes a point of featuring women who are deeply stylish every day (ahem, including our very own JK).
I was inspired by the pattern combinations on the above image from Anne’s recent posting. The stripe and geometric print combo is just heavenly and I love this pattern mash-up concept, although I’ve always been a bit of a wimp about actually wearing it myself, despite purchasing things with that work well together. So I will be practicing this with my 29 shirts (plenty of which are printed) and 26 jackets. I’m going to start with just playing around with top half patterns though, I’ll probably balance a printed jacket and shirt with jeans or a plain bottom to start with. But I WILL be braver (and this is creatively brave and not mad, as middlagedad is happen to sometimes comment).
The Ankle Sock and Sandal Combo
I don’t know about this one….(BTW before we finish Layered Pattern Bravery, what about these lovely layers above? Seen on The Sartorialist). I still think the black ankle sock with sandal thing is a bit weird, not least because it doesn’t flatter the calf much, unless you have slender sapling-like legs. However, this is what we all thought of wearing trainers with silk skirts and stupidly giant beanies with fur bobbles on not long ago and look how that turned out. In practical terms, extending the life of the summer sandal makes sense, and adding a warm sock could see us venturing out next month in this look. But, well, it’s a bit daft, right? What do you think? Hands up whose rocking this combo already….