Monochrome Twist: FYI by Dani Read Leg Harness

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These photos probably give you the best idea of how I like to have fun with a monochrome outfit.  I’m a big subscriber to the idea that simple is best, but sometimes simple can be too much so and needs a little edge to make a standout difference.  I wrote about FYI by Dani Read earlier in the year; she caught my eye with her brand statement ‘Women Are Weapons’TM.    This leg harness goes perfectly with my high-waisted jeans from Urban Outfitters.  I’m a total convert to the high waist since my thirties and even more so since seeing the wonderful post-Edwardian costumes on Downton Abbey.  I wear these jeans endlessly – with a high heel and a high waist I find I look so tall – I love it!

These photos make me smile because they represent to me a change and a new time in my life.  Now back in the UK after my adventures in the United States I’m taking stock, re-connecting with old friends, making new acquaintances and planning some exciting adventures for 2013.  This weekend I head over to France to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris!  A wonderful city of love and light, its elegance captured me completely the last time I was there.  You can follow me on instagram and twitter for updates during my travels.  Have a wonderful NYE and I’ll post my Paris photos very soon.

Wearing: FYI by Dani Read leg harness, ASOS white vestUrban Outfitters high-waisted jeans, STOP bootCarvela by Kurt Geiger.

Photos: William Williams.

Sass & Bide Accessories

One of the advantages of staying with my blogger friend South Molton St Style this week has been the opportunity to raid Anna’s wardrobe* (rubs-hands-with-glee).  Last week I was looking for something to add a little oomph to a monochrome outfit and Anna suggested I try on her rope and gold / orange metal necklace from Sass & Bide.  You may remember Sass & Bide from my recent fashion week review; here I am going to focus on their accessories because I think this is something the brand does particularly well.  Below are my top picks from their current collection:

Clockwise from top left: The Over And Out necklace; Over & Over Again belt; Serpentine clutch; Complete Control cuff, The Stranded collar capelet and the Three Seconds harness (yep, there had to be one of these in here, Blog Reader!)

I like Sass & Bide’s accessories because they really do transform an outfit in the label’s signature style and are perfect if you cannot afford their clothing range.  The capelet for example can be worn over a simple white vest and with your favourite denim to great effect; as for the harness, just refer to my previous posts here and here!  Another example of a Sass & Bide body piece worn well is from my blogger crush Vahni of Grit & Glamour.  Like me she keeps the harness-accessorised outfit simple and I like how she emphasizes the leather by adding cuffs and knee-high boots to her ensemble.

You can purchase Sass & Bide accessories via their eboutique.  ASOS stock select pieces from the brand – Harvey Nichols and Net-A-Porter are also stockists.

Wearing: Necklace, Sass & Bide; Lovely Ever After Soft Tee, Naked Princess.  Shorts, Finders Keepers.  Stop boots, Carvela.  Thank you to South Molton St Style for the photos.

*Yes, of course with her permission. Well, most of the time :)