Happy New Year!
Usually I avoid the use of exclamation marks in my work – they’re the literary equivalent of laughing at your own joke. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule that cannot be avoided; welcoming the dawn of a new year is one such exception. I’m delighted to bid farewell to 2013 and usher in the next 365 days – there’s some glorious fashion on the horizon and the Spring/Summer collections are particularly lovely. As well as the usual florals, pastels and whites that are standard fare for warmer months, 90’s inspired clean lines that ooze easy going sophistication are calling my name. Dropped waist silhouettes, painterly splashes of colour and re-imagined button down shirts are amongst the most exciting up-coming trends. There are some beautiful clothes to look forward to but, being an impatient woman-child, I usually spend the harshest months of the winter shivering because I refuse to let a little thing like snow, frost and gale force winds get in the way of a fashion-forward outfit. This floral Teatum Jones dress from their SS14 collection is a brilliant trans-seasonal piece because the panels of navy work wonderfully well with tights and my midnight blue Acne coat and my coral ASOS shoes. It’ll also look the business layered over a Uniqulo Heattech long sleeved top – however I’ve braved the elements to show it in all it’s spring-time glory. I love this dress, not only for the exquisite complexity of the print, for also for its buttoned down front and draped risque hindquarters – anything to that falls into the category of ‘ business in the front; party in the back ‘ gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.