Yep, I’m still enamoured with Barbara and I’ve been browsing the internet to see if I can Dress Like Barbara…well, dress a bit like Barbara, she was keen on a wrapped and belted jacket being whip thin, but I’m going for a more generously waisted feel.
But my Babs-crush does coincide with a bit of a cord moment on the high street, and she wore quite a bit of cord, either as work trousers or jackets, glam-ed up with great shirt, fab jewels and a brightly coloured scarf. Here are a few Babs-friendly ideas… For the best belt and wrapped cord look this season, you’re going to have to shell out for this Margaret Howell trench, or the boyfriend slouch blazer, but both are expensive, so lets move on… I really love these wool Oxford Turnups at Boden at £71, they look like something Barbara might have worn for a smart-ish day in the studio, together with Toast’s warm but practical Roya soft corded jersey top, at £65, which looks like a great winter T shirt. For Barbara’s belted (or not) cord jacket look, I’m thinking this longer length Toast light cord jacket at £175 would work, over the fine poplin stripe man’s shirt (much of Bab’s look has an androgynous feel) at £95. For cord bottoms, I like Boden’s Straight leg cord jeans in many colours and a reasonable £34 (there’s a special offer on currently it appears) and we have to have a scarf, perhaps Barbara would like the Liberty pink quartz silk one at £75 I can’t help feeling Barbara would have loved a kilt, for wandering around the Cornish countryside in, topped with a warm sweater. The Boden jumbo cord one at £44 is available in some great colours, although maybe she’d have stuck to a classic camel or navy, who knows? And the M&S wool kimono jumper is currently on special offer at £64, it’s bracelet length sleeves wouldn’t have got in the way of any carving or painting…. Barbara liked a bit of glamour and the odd bright colour, so I think these Boden silk shirts (£95) would meet her approval for wearing under her jackets, I adore the colour-clas poppy and fuchsia combo (left) but the white and navy version looks infinitely useful. Imagine worn with wide leg trousers and a nice flat brogues… Arty painters smocks anyone? Surely Babs would love these Toast ones at £95? Pockets for chisels and pencils, roomy enough to scrabble over marble, polka dot scarf worn tied at the neck perhaps… And then there’s the essential scarf, I’ve bought this one at £12 from &Other Stories, by far my favourite high street store so far this autumn (more of that later) which is a sort of half way house scarf…some way between a headband and a scarf. it’s made of black crepe de chine and I tie it in a bow just below my ear. it’s hit and miss as to how chic it looks, but just like art, practise makes perfect.