I often find that when we slide into a new season there are just items that seem to have starring roles in all of my outfits or pieces that I just seem to work into alot of my looks. At the moment these pieces are as follows -
1. Pearl earrings - I recently bought a pair of faux pearl studs, that I just can't get enough of. They are quite large for a stud and somehow, despite my rather worrying addiction to elaborate earrings, have become my ear accessories of choice this spring. I like pearls anyway, even if these ones are fake as they add that little bit of Grace Kelly elegance to an outfit. And besides simplicity is always chic, something I often tend to forget!
2.Statement jacket - Vogue's march addition featured an article profiling the new 'it' catwalk trend - the trophy jacket. Indeed, Mary Kate captures this new trend perfectly in her striking statement Givency jacket that puts a whole new meaning to biker chick or rather, should I say, biker chic.
I recently bought the Topshop military blazer, below, and just love pairing it with contrasting things. I especially like the combination of the sharp, masculine tailoring with something floaty and feminine or with pastels. I like it too worn with a diamante brooch on the lapel. Despite the fact that I swore off pale denim years ago, for some reason, with little to do with the fact that pale denim was on many the s/s catwalk, I am constantly daydreaming about wearing a pale denim cropped jacket. It is really more to do with my love of contrast then anything else as like the military jacket I just think it would be rather sublime with a girly frock and also probably because of my rather frightenting love of the 80s as a fashion decade!
3. Lipstick - Late last summer was the first time I properly became acquainted with the joys of lipstick. I haven't looked back since and fully took 40's film noir lips on board during the autumn and winter months. Despite a short break from lippy around January/February, I have been stepping out and about with painted lips once more. Truth be told, I'm not vampishly adventurous when it comes to lipstick shades, it's a toss up between the rather predictable 'Red Hot' and the deliciously kitsch 'Baby Pink'. Now the latter isn't as saccharine as one might expect from the title but it is a pale pink without being 60's and a brightish pink without being 80's Barbie, indeed I would probably call it a 50's pink. Red lips, and you don't need me to tell you, just never go out of style.
Agyness graced Vogue's June '07 cover sporting bold yet sweet pink lips
4. Check Mate - I am quite liking the check pattern as seen at Gucci at the moment especially tiled over dresses and shirts. Kate Moss and other stylish people like the a fore pictured Olsen twins have long been spotted out and about in checked shirts. I like the sloppiness of them and the sort of 90's grunge meets cowboy connotations. I recently purchased this dress (below) in a vintage shop merely because I just loved the coral check pattern. And look, red lips get an outing too!