Oct 8, 2012

One statement piece...three scenarios: Weekend

Part two - how to make a statement skirt work for weekend errands, trips to the farmer's market, playground excursions, walks, and Sunday lunch.

1. The statement piece: Paisley-print skirt, Sea NY.

2. Pink merino / alpaca chunky cowlneck sweater, Jigsaw.

3. Blue cashmere scarf, John Lewis - from the men's section.

4. Green cashmere wristwarmers, Johnstons. As mentioned before I’m a big fan of armwarmers, and I love the mossy green shade of these which avoids swerving into yellow, brown, or gray-spectrum.

5. Wax “Belsay” jacket, Barbour – yes, it’s a cliché for British casual wear, but there are reasons behind it. It’s water-repellant, insulating, virtually indestructible, and only looks better as it ages. This model is great because it’s somewhat longer (I get cold easily and since I'm short this pretty much works as a coat for me).

6. Navy cable-knit tights, Falke.

7. Moon 18-karat rose gold diamond stud earrings and star 18-karat gold diamond charm bracelet, Diane Kordas – these achieve a great balance of rustic and delicate.

8. Fuchsia wristlet, Lanvin – as said, wristlets are awesome - smaller ones like this one fit into coat pockets.

9. Chocolate leather riding boots, L.K.Bennett - make sure to waterproof these and take good care of them (wipe off mud, don't store near the radiator) to ensure longevity.

10 . Le Pliage backback in “duck egg,” Longchamps. I’m not the biggest fan of Longchamps’ Pliage which for me is basically an overpriced shopper with leather handles (plus ubiquitous and really too flimsy to use a schoolbag, the efforts of thousands of coeds notwithstanding), but the backpack version is practical for carrying a Like the purse, it folds up when not in use. We generally use totes (see below) for carrying larger and heavier items, so a separate bag is great for more delicate items that could get squashed among the...squash.

11. Natural / navy organic cotton tote, Anvil. Totes are our Saturday essentials: we go into town with a bag full of library books and come home with a new set of books and lunch from the farmer’s market (or the supermarket). It's washable and in case of serious injury (irrepably torn-off handles is a common COD for ours) it can be replaced without regrets.

Ultimately, the look that works in the city as well as countryside villages - provided no rustic activities are involved (the outfit may be able to survive farmwork, but it would never be the same afterwards).

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