All these photos are from fashion weeks in Europe recently.
I consider them to be smart looks which are combinations of largely ordinary styles of clothing in which you (& I) can bum around - jeans, pants, sweater, shirt, jacket, coat etc.
But alot of the combinations are FORMULAS which have been around for ages - a trench over a dress, an animal coat, a grey flannel coat, a white jacket over back.
& before you start saying you dont wear heels & you dont roll up your pants & you dont wear your coats that long & you dont wear white pumps etc etc, FINE - TWEAK the look - wear it with flats, dont roll up your pants, wear the coat short & change the pump colour.
Use it as inspiration rather than as a carbon copy of "style".
Dont forget to "shop your closet" - since these are largely ordinary pieces of clothing - you may already have them lurking around at home.
1. Shirt pop under neutrals
2. Pastel leather - so 2013
|Coloured leather & chunky (or not so chunky) sweater|
3. Animal never dates
|Animal coat, no bells & whistles. The print is enough.|
4. More coats
- slim & neutral
|A long slim coat works wonders & looks good. |
Be very careful with this if you are petite.
|Trench over a dress? Formula|
- Uber directional print coat
|Jzooshy jacket & shoes. Pop of colour is cute.|
I adore the mix of heavy coat with summer weight shoes. Very confident. Very 2013.
Our grannies would be horrified.
- Bold & graphic coat
|A graphic large scale print with neutrals.|
Wallflowers need not apply.
5. Head to toe pastels
|Pastels x 3|
Lavender, peach & pink.
6. Sweater & sweat city
|Oversize sweater with faux fishing boots. |
Substitute any boot or shoe.
If you are petite, take with care.
|This scale of sweater is mroe your scale if you are petite. |
The grey jeans with an animal sweater are a bonus part of the look.
Oh & the jacket is really directional (hello! shoulders!)
- you can tone that down.
|A structured sweat top with denim. Repeat the top colour in the shoes.|
Make the denim the style that flatters you - doesnt have to be flared.
7. Country pumpkin, not
|A bit of a country slant but the rolled pants & lace ups put it firmly into 2013.|
8. Groovy shift, toned down with black
|Bright shift, black tights, jacket & boots. Again, formula.|
Or you can tone it up with colour - another formula.
9. Short bright print jacket
|Another formula look - dark skirt, tights, boots, white top, printed jacket & a |
bag that picks up one of the colours in the jacket.
Oh & the hat. Optional, but very cool.
10. White jacket over black base
|Long or short, it doesnt matter - wear what flatters you. |
As for the black, again what flatters you?
Try flat shoes? A slouchy bag? Wide leg pants? A vee neck top?