You’ve Got The Power To Know: You’re Indestructible.

The search for the perfect white shirt is never an easy one.  I found this gorgeous Klara buttondown at Anthropologie at the start of the year and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.  Made from oh-so-sheer silk it has a fabulous feel and a wonderful flow along the asymmetric hem.  Recently I’ve been styling it with the front tied together but I’m usually wearing it loose and untucked, as I did for London Fashion Weekend, here.

I can tell I am reacting to the floral explosion this spring since I’m craving monochrome lately.  But my recent monochrome comes dressed with metal (you’ll surely see this theme develop on the blog over the next few months).  Case in point – I’m utterly obsessed with these Wing High Sandals from the Unique collection at Topshop.

One of my purchases from February’s trip to London, I agonised over the practicality of these shoes in store (the thought process: “so, these are sandals but really they seem like a boot.  They seem like a boot but they are a boot with a peep toe. Hmm.  And cutouts. But really they are sandals and I do like them.  Hmm. I don’t need them, but hey everyone can live without fashion.  I like them. A LOT.“)

The point, Blog Reader, is not actually one related to practicality.  The point, Blog Reader, is that I feel like Wonder Woman. And that’s reason enough for me.

With their gold metallic heels and winged detail they are a truly unique design.  Available in black leather/gold or off white/gold I’m off to a flying start (Could. Not. Resist) wearing a motif which was a huge for fall 2012. I’d say this was a small stepping stone (again, could not resist) along the way to me being head to toe in gold come the Christmas parties – anyone want to buy me this gorgeous Ralph Lauren gown?

Wearing: Legging jean from GAP; Wing High Sandals, Topshop.  Klara shirt from the Liefsdottir collection at Anthropologie. Clutch from ASOS (closest matches here).

How are you wearing your metallics Blog Reader?  (Alternatively – do you own any superhero-themed-clothing? Do share!)

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

Stripes and Sparkle for the Sea…

Stripes – last summer we saw a lot of this on the catwalk; wide bands of orange, blue and red at Prada, billowing striped maxi dresses at Jil Sander and fruity striped jumpsuits at Marc Jacobs.  Without a doubt last year stripes were bold.  This spring, stripes give way to florals, but stripes remain a perennial fashion favourite for me – a pattern with lasting charm.  Floral is cute, stripes can be a little more edgy:

Besides, I’ve been experiencing mixed feelings about the ‘prettiness’ of the current spring fashions anyway.  I like to dare myself to be different but the florals we are presented with this summer are now feeling a bit too pristine and glossy for me.  As you can tell, Blog Reader, I’m having a few doubts this weekend about where florals will ultimately sit in my wardrobe… (for a great discussion on this read the excellent and thought-provoking article by Daphne Merkin in Elle about spring’s ‘new prettiness’).

So, I’m taking a trip to Turkey in May and thoughts are already turning to my holiday wardrobe.  I spied this split stripes maxi dress in Anthropologie and thought it was the perfect item for my travels.  Anthropologie have some lovely items in store right now and most of them make me think about holiday wear. I love this cute flared Akebono Halter Dress and these Kivi wedges by Leifsdottir are such a crazy unique style to make a statement in (although sadly I don’t think I’ll be trekking around the ruins of the Lycian Way in these).

There is something quite comforting about a dress you can roll up and pack, then unroll throw on and wear day-to-night… I’m thinking about this dress for long walks on the beach, lunch by the sea (my head is in Turkey already, my body is still in New York City, can you tell I’m missing Europe?!)

Photos: the fabulous Lydia Hudgens.

Taking any trips this year, Blog Reader? What else do I need for the perfect summer holiday wardrobe? Also, your thoughts on stripes?

Wearing: Striped dress from Anthropologie; boyfriend jacket from ASOS; Izabela suede pumps from Nine West; diamond pendant necklace from Anjolee.

Dancing With Florals…

This afternoon in New York City – a lot of spring sun and a little free time, a chance to visit some of my favourite places; the first trip of the year to Sundaes and Cones (not called ‘the journey to ice-cream paradise’ for nothing) and browsing Cadillac’s Castle for bargains…

‘The basics’ are sometimes difficult to do well, but Amber Sakai gets it right every time.  I’m wearing the Ballerina Body from her spring 2012 collection in this photo – it’s a gorgeously smooth-on-the-skin and just-fitted-enough bodysuit that you can pair with trousers, skirts or shorts, or wear it on it’s own for lounging around…. it is a simple and versatile piece – something for the perfect capsule wardrobe.

I’ve paired Amber’s bodysuit with my Cartonnier floral pants from Anthropologie, here.  I took a deep breath buying these trousers since a) they are cropped (like three quarter length sleeves, I often think ‘hmm what’s the point?!’) and b) perhaps the more obvious reason – that they are colourful and bright and have flowers on them.

I now laugh in the face of my former print-eluding self and these sateen slim pants make me feel like skipping through fields.  Well, First Avenue, maybe….

What is your go-to brand for chic simplicity of the very finest standards (ahem, may I suggest Amber Sakai), Blog Reader?  And where do you stand on floral pants – love them or hate them?  (I’m not sure you can sit on the fence with this one!)

Wearing: Sunglasses from GUESS; heels from Dorothy Perkins; pants from Anthropologie (by Cartonnier), bodysuit, Amber Sakai and wallet, Karen Millen (a lovely birthday present last year from my friends in the UK, thanks guys!)