This time last week I was making the finishing touches to my outfits and finalising my show schedule for LFW - how time flies by! I'm hugely inspired by the massive Seventies trend that has taken the fashion world by storm, so wanted to reflect this in my outfit to kick start London Fashion Week. I certainly wasn't the only one with that mind-set - Somerset House courtyard was flooded with vintage clad fashionistas emulating the trend in their own unique ways.
I wanted to stay true to my personal style - sometimes with London Fashion Week you can't help but feel that some tend to dress up for the sake of the vast amount of street style photographers waiting on every corner, clutching their Nikons and ready to pounce, (don't get me wrong it's very flattering to be asked and a billy bonus if you find yourself featured somewhere but for me, that's not what it's all about) and in actual fact wouldn't wear their chosen outfit in 'normal life'. Of course like with any event it's always nice to dress up a bit more than the norm; with a stronger lip colour, a higher heel or few more accessories, but I think it's important to stay true to yourself, your personal tastes, and most importantly what suits you. My tastes have constantly changed over the years, evolving into what I now feel is 'me'. That being said, I think taste is partly to do with our surroundings at the time and of course what is in fashion - even if you're not one to follow fashion trends, you will probably be influenced somehow on a subconscious level as it is such a huge industry - remember that famous put down by Mirander in The Devil Wears Prada regarding Andy's blue jumper? Exactly. So taste is something that will probably continue to alter slightly throughout our lifetime, taking into account the social and cultural aspects of everyday life. Ever look back on photos from when you were 16 and thought you were mega cool and silently cry a little inside at what you were wearing? Of course you have! Well who's to say we won't be doing the same thing in another 5 years time...fashion is a constant cycle, which I feel plays a strong part in what is to your taste at a particular moment in time, whereas style is where the foundations lay; something that is not likely to change, as that is more to do with who we are as people.
Woah, that got a little deep there, talking like I'm about to write my dissertation all over again (please God nooo!), I will now finally get to the point. I've discussed in many a post over the last 6 months or so how my tastes have changed somewhat dramatically from the all colour, all accessorising, all singing and dancing ensembles I used to love wearing, into a much more refined, simple and 'classic' look, which I have put down to getting older (sob), becoming a Mummy and in some ways, probably slightly conforming to what is most widely available and affordable to our generation. This will still always be with a bit of twist, as much as I'm now a lover of all things neutral and monochrome I will still put my mark on an outfit with a little vintage brooch, or a quirky accessory to keep that sense of my inner magpie alive. My motto used to be 'more is more' when it came to dressing, and has definitely now evolved into 'less is more'.
So with this outfit, I stayed true to my style by keeping the look fairly neutral with basic items - just updating my denim with a pair of flared jeans to tie in with the Seventies trend, as well as a high neck jumper which also gives a nod to the trend. Capes are still very much big news, with more and more styles hitting the shops and again a very big Seventies silhouette. I expressed in my previous post that comfort was more important to me with regards to footwear this season, so opted for a round toe (again - 70's!) ankle boot in a lovely warm chestnut to tie in with my chosen colour palette. Finishing off the look with my trusty fur stole, a simple necklace and these incredible grey glitter cat eye sunglasses by Miu Miu, that Red Hot Sunglasses very kindly sent me, to add those little touches that make me feel like, well, me!
I know that trends can sometimes be daunting for those who don't necessarily follow fashion religiously, but, like most of us girls, still like to look good and might sometimes be inspired by something they see in a magazine/ blog/ shop and think about trying out and then lose their nerve.. especially with quite a diverse and obscure trend like the Seventies - it is easy to become overwhelmed by all the various patterns, textures and what's on offer and wonder where on earth to begin!
I hope this post has potentially inspired someone out there to give a trend a go if you don't usually, but feel like experimenting more: you don't have to go crazy over the top to achieve the desired outcome. Here I have kept everything simple - if flares seem a little scary go for a more subtle bootcut shaped pair of jeans, there's tons of affordable variety out there from retailers such as ASOS, New Look, River Island, and they provide an extremely flattering silhouette to pretty much every body shape! That's the key to dressing to trends - invest in good quality basics for your 'capsule wardrobe', then you can slightly adapt it with buying one or two items that reflect a particular trend you like from cheaper high street stores. Something I have learned over my years at University and then working at Topshop, is that there is never much point investing too heavily into trend led pieces, as chances are you'll be eBaying them in 6 months time for less than half of what you paid - trust me, I've done that way too many times! Trends are fickle things, yes most of them do come back around again but that's not to say they all should! The only pieces which conform to trends worth investing, in would be something like a suede jacket as that's a sure fire way to work the Seventies trend which always comes back around eventually, or a fringed leather jacket for festival season (although you could easily pick either of those up in a charity shop or vintage boutique, probably for half the price than the high street and will more than likely be an authentic article!) - but either way, something you can see yourself wearing time and time again. Things to stay away from I find are motif prints such as fruit - remember last Summer it was all about the pineapple? Well it didn't last long - if you like that kind of thing by all means grab some cheap bits from Primark or the like to see you through, that you won't be upset about packing off to the charity shop a few months down the line.
I hope this has possibly helped in some way, I'd like to get into doing a few more 'style advice' type posts, focusing on not spending a fortune and using what you've already got etc. as that is what I am passionate about and how this blog started off after all! I'd love to know if that's something you would like to read more of :)
What I'm Wearing:
Cape: eBay, Fur Stole: H&M (similar here), Jumper: ASOS, Necklace: Next (old), Jeans: Boohoo, Bag: Carvela Kurt Geiger, Sunglasses: *Miu Miu c/o Red Hot Sunglasses, Boots: River Island