A Fashion (Love) Story
Cinema, film and music have always played a huge part in my love affair with style and fashion. From the starched and pretty innocence of Merchant Ivory’s ‘A Room with A View’, to the glossy 70s sass (and soundtrack to match) of ‘American Hustle’…I take it all very seriously indeed. So much so, that I can reel off scenes from many films where ‘the look’ is so very right, so very perfect that I want to replicate it there and then, either in real time or on Pinterest. But rather than merely pounding the virtual streets of online mood boards and Instagram, the beauty of producing a personal blog, is that I can now portray my very own take on ‘filmic fashion’ and ‘album cover chic’…It’s so exciting and fulfilling. My only regret? I just wish I’d done it years ago.
Anyway, seems like me and the rest of the fashion world are once again in love with 60s, 70s and 80s styling (did we ever even fall out of love with it?). Dresses feature lots of course, which suits me just fine, as you know my predilection for them as well as jumpsuits – see THE POWER OF ONE. In fact this fashion story is purely about dresses once more. Be it the frou frou frills and florals of this feature ( usually not very me at all, but I’m starting to love it), or the flowy soft filter haze of the next story which will showcase a bit of 70s camp, to a more structured 80s look complete with black and cobalt blue accents. Me and my lovely friend and photographer had such fun doing this and I hope this element comes through. I also hope you’re impressed by our location in all its perfect ‘Laura Ashley’ glory – in some pictures I actually blend in with the wallpaper and I love it.
So here, dear readers is part one of The Long & Short of It – my little fashion trilogy dedicated to those very aforementioned decades.
Sweetie Darling – Florals in Fashion
First to feature is the pussy-bow, mini-skirted 60s GLOSS that brings to mind ‘The Valley of the Dolls’ blousy, controversial drama. I also start humming the ‘Hey there Georgy Girl’ 1967 hit by The Seekers whenever I wear this dress. Play it – you’ll see what I mean. So below I’ve styled a wonderfully unusual floral Zara dress with platform heels and black opaques. I was drawn to it immediately. OK so it’s a shameless nod to the latest Gucci incarnations and also brings to mind Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – bright, delicious pink and yellow florals against a darker backdrop. It’s also nicely covered up but makes the legs a feature – perfect for winter and tights weather. The clashing colours and prints are something I’d normally have avoided ( why complicate things?), but this just seems so right and so now. It’s a shame it wrinkles so easily, but for £39.99 you can’t have it all. Some leather gloves in the second pic make a nice addition. Really I could have done with some slender leather driving gloves with cut outs to get that real 60s feel, rather than my thicker, bulkier winter ones but they were all I could find in my wardrobe. Add a thick fake fur coat, some cat-eye sunglasses, a bit of backcomb to your hair and you have some VA VA VOOM right there in the room – you won’t be ignored 🙂
Dress | Zara
The second dress – a smoky grey satin number was a bargain buy if ever there was one. I try to buy quality over quantity, mindful that the textiles industry and therefore the fashion industry by default, is hugely polluting to our planet. I’m getting there and I’m working on it, but like any hard-working mum and lover of style, I do love to find a ruby in the dust from time to time. I found this dress in New Look from it’s premium collection reduced from £45 to £8 in the summer sales. I knew when I saw it hanging on the rack that it would suit me. Covered up at the front again with frills, a nipped-in waist and a shorter hemline (do you see a pattern here?), it’s lovely and simple. And once more, gives a slightly whimsical 60s look that’s not too retro and can be brought into the 21st century with heels and a beaded colourful minaudière clutch bag (mine is from Zara). I would wear a black velvet blazer with it (if I had one), making a sweet little evening outfit. If I were taller and leggier I would also wear it with kitten heeled Mary Janes or velvet embellished flats for an Alexa Chung vibe but sadly I’m not, so heels it is. I’ve also added my new Missoma X Lucy Williams Caesar Coin pendant here which I really love and seems to go with everything.
Pendant | Missoma
Shoes | Kurt Geiger
Anyway, there it is. Let me know what you think of these little ditties and how I could improve on them or how you would style them etc. I’d really love to hear your thoughts!
Also stay tuned for the next instalment of this filmic trilogy starring yes, you guessed it….the 1970s!…. Bisou xx