I started off this year with a clothing resolution to keep things simple, Blog Reader. I am discovering, however, that this maxim is not always easy to live by. My difficulty? That in keeping things simple I appear somewhat boring and repetitive with my style choices. Hmm indeed (and much flicking through old issues of Vogue magazine).
What is going to help me with my simple-and-chic over somewhat-stuffy-and-staid goals? Finding the right silhouette in which to make simple eye-catchingly so. For this post I’m focussing again on the ‘Little Black Dress’ – black being the colour that permeates about 80% of my wardrobe and one I could happily dress every day in.
There are some wonderful dress shapes in the shops currently, a mix of structured forms and flowing designs. In my collage, clockwise from top left: Stella McCartney Milly dress in the sale at Browns Fashion; Nasty Gal’s Under Control Dress; ASOS T-Shirt Dress with dipped hem; Preen Taylor Cotton-Blend Brocade Dress from The Outnet and T by Alexander Wang Jersey Dress available at Selfridges. Dresses are short or flowing in the current season; I say embrace this with knit tights and high-heeled booties, throw on your coat and get moving*. ’Short’ will continue into spring / summer, with the addition of splits and asymmetric hemlines so go with the flow now.
*Written before the snow in London this week. Eek sorry, European Blog Reader.