It’s always been my favourite decade for fashion. Suede, velvet, laces, shearling, shirred yokes, flares, kimono sleeves, raglan, side burns and chest hair. Well, maybe not the last two, at least not for us girls. And with a tsunami-wave of 70’s style heading our way, I genuinely predict the trend will never have been as prominent as it will be come 2015 (and even if it isn’t, I’ll be reppin’ it on my own). As with all trends re-presenting themselves, they always have, and need, a modern perspective. Vintage pieces can be added for an authentic vibe, but for me, that should be done in small doses, so as to avoid any semblance to that of Dr Who/Jeffery-from-Rainbow. Modern seventies luxe is where its at. And here’s a little inspo – some of my all-time favourite editorials from the last couple of years, put together by world-class talent, making my heart beat just a little bit faster every time I sit, look and dream.
Firstly, I owe you an apology. I’ve been missing in action, I realise, without explanation. But I’m back. Actually my hubby took me away to New York for 5 days as a birthday surprise so its not too dramatic, however pretty exciting, of course and I’ll write up about it as soon as my head is back on Planet Earth and not in the fluffy nauseating world of jet lag.
So back to the Essentiel Suede Fringe Jacket. So far, I’ve worn it two ways, and now its time for the remaining three out of the five looks. First up, with my new old vintage Levis denim skirt found from Rags-A-Go-Go, an awesome vintage shop in The Village, NYC, worn with another thrifted t-shirt from a tiny store in Tehachapi and these patent leather mules from H&M I bought a couple of months ago. Its a retro look, but modern enough to wear everyday without looking like an extra from Anchorman.
Its pretty chilly here in England at the moment, even too cold to wear this jacket on some days, so layering it up over a roll-neck sweater and wearing a gilet/bodywarmer/vest – whatever you like to call it – over the top is a genius way of wearing half your wardrobe. I found this one up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last week and love that you can throw it on, even over another jacket for a warm, therefore practical yet stylish alternative to being trussed up to look like a Michelin-man in a padded mattress-style extravaganza. I’m wearing a roll-neck jumper and shoes from Zara (similar here), a black jersey tube skirt from Topshop and bag from Chanel.
For the final fifth look, with Christmas around the corner, it made absolute sense to drag what little I have in the way of fancy occasion wear out to wear with this jacket, because lets face it, it seems to go with a lot of my wardrobe, right? On a night out, the fur gilet may have to be part of the party for practical warmth reasons, but that can soon be removed to make the fringe an equal team member up there with the lace. I’m wearing a Topshop Playsuit, Shoes from Aldo and clutch bag from Russell & Bromley.
So, there we have it. One jacket, five ways.
My obsession with faux fur continues, this year I’ve branched out into colour (as you already should know) – its so warm, painfully stylish and doesn’t have to cost your months mortgage payment. Its worth investing in, at least once. Here are some of my current picks to help you on your way:
All images are from my Pinterest page – you can follow me here if you’re already obsessed like I am.
This post was supposed to have come a couple of days ago, but unfriendly bugs struck this week so I was totally wiped out the first half of this week. However I’m pretty much back to my normal self now so my second outfit of choice is here, featuring this 70’s throwback Essentiel Antwerp Heyonca Fringe Suede Jacket. This time, its worn with a new purchase made from last weekend from the Army Surplus section of the local hardware store. This long-line shirt is the perfect shade of safari-khaki, with epaulettes and breast pockets adding to its informality and undress of this look for a very reasonable price of £3. What’s not to love? My all time favourite boots from Sam Edelman (similar here, here and here) add the perfect amount of print. Black boots would look equally as good (my current favourites are these and these) but I currently don’t have any (how unbelievable is that?), so I’m keeping my eye out for a pointy toed low-heeled pair, as they’re next up on my shopping list.
When writing my post about suede fringing a few weeks back, there were a couple of jackets I featured which I loved, but were out of my budget. So when a dose of good Karma struck, it made its way to me in a big way, in the form of this Heyonca Jacket from Essentiel Antwerp. It’s black (hello!), it’s suede (oh-so-dreamy) and is covered in eyelets and enough fringe to cover Cousin It. Bam. Good things come in threes right? Well. you’d think so, however this time, this good thang is gonna come in fives, because I’ve been asked by Essential Antwerp to style it up my way, five ways and this is look number one. So what do we wear with suede? Denim. Of course. How could it not be featured first. Denim and suede are best buddies, reunited the only way they know how – seventies style. High waisted jeans, a white t-shirt, a suede jacket and a little extra fringe on the shoes for good measure, bringin out the big guns for a party in our Chevvy pickup. Yep, thats a retro-fest, right there. Question is, what’s next? Well, yo jus gonna have to stay tuned…