Since I’m re-cycling my wardrobe and trying very hard not to make any new clothing purchases unless absolutely essential, it seems anomalous that I’m writing a fashion column. The reason is I’ve had lots of requests from friends and subscribers to keep you updated at least once a season. The main request was to report on the key pieces available and show not only designer versions but also high street versions of a similar look.
I’ve thrawled the internet looking for the pieces which are not only currently popular but will also remain classics. I’ve endeavoured to choose some pieces which suit curvaceous bodies as well as skinnies. As you know this is not always possible as fashion favours the more wasp – waisted creatures among us.
Where I have chosen designer pieces I’ve credited the on-line store where the images come from, but in most cases you will find a stockist in your nearest city, certainly in Dublin or London.
Lace has been around a few years but this year it is more popular than ever. Madonna’s choice of lace dress will always be Dolce & Gabbana and certainly a version less demure than I feature here. I love the two versions by ASOS, one for curvy Goddesses and the other for you sylph like Persephone types.
If you’ve been watching the T.V. series REVENGE, set in the Hamptons then perhaps you hanker after an effortlessly elegant number in dark red. Diane Von Furstenberg has been popular among the West coast Wasps since the 197O’s. This elegant tunic dress can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
Adding a Print dress to your wardrobe will inject some much needed colour and since green is a favourite for the new season, Dian Von Furstenberg’s perennial wrap dress is sure to work well. For a more budget friendly option, Coasts Donna dress is bang on the button.
Another choice is opt go for a jersey dress with digital print on the front. The version here from Alexander Mc Queen’s diffusion range is roughly 70% less than a similar peice from his mainline collection.
Even if you decide to purchase a black coat, you will still be faced with an array of styles and shapes to chose from. So how do you choose the perfect multi-purpose coat? One that works well with a jeans and flat shoes combination will not necessarily look well worn over a dress.
My advice is to go for a simply tailored style; – great with jeans. Yet with the addition of a large wrap, it can be transformed into something more dramatic for weddings or a special occasion. Roksand a Illinic’s Oskar coat is beautifully tailored in a sumptuous fabric mix. But since it’s outside my budget I’d opt instead for Zara’s simple version with sleeve appliqué
Trousers, Jeans or leggings
While tailored trousers are returning, two of the funkiest looks around are leather leggings and animal print jeans. Where designer leather jeans can hit close to 4 figure sums, this version of Zara is better value. Less expensive again, River Island offer a an alternative which can look just as good if paired with the right jacket and boots.
Flocked animal print jeans can help you get in touch with your inner Goddess. This season, they are available everywhere from Marks & Spencers to Zara. The original of the species is by Current Elliot if you wish to splurge out on a great cut and beautiful fabric.
There’s an endless choice from strappy sandals to wedge boots and shoes and high boots this season. If you’re going for the simple coat and leather leggings combo, my choice is the wedge boot for a minimalist look which is part androgynous mixed with Star Trek. Diane Von Furstenbergs come in sumptuous leather while the budget version at Zara is in PU.
The new trainer is more a style statement than a functional trainer since it has a hidden wedge incorporated into the design. Ideal for making you look taller while wearing casual clothes, the only drawback is the fact you won’t be able to run very fast. Designer brand Ash have been to the fore in bringing out this style over the past couple of years. For a more affordable option have a look in places like River Island and Marks & Spencers, along with online stores.
My favourite high street buy this season has to be the mixed fabric sweater from Warehouse. It comes in a choice of three colours; – navy, burgundy and soft pink. (A slightly different version is available in dove grey). Arms and back are in a viscose/cotton knit and the front is in a silky shirt fabric. The style is similar to an expensive cashmere/silk version by a top designer but at prices ranging from €45 to €50 the fabric mix used here is a little less luxurious.
I have bought the navy version with longer back and can assure you it drapes beautifully. They are ideal for layering vests underneath and dressing up with scarves or jewellery. Equally they are a neat fit so it’s possible to wear them under a fitted blazer.