Every Winter, it's the same story... Around the middle of February I start getting very bored with dark colours, boots, and heavy materials. I start longing for sandals, bright colours and a generally less severe approach to style. This is my version of the Winter blues, I don't feel the need to be on a beach in the tropics (though I woudn't pass on a vacation in the sun if someone else would do my job for me during that time!) however I long for next season's fashion.
Sadly it's still a bit early for bare feet in sandals and silk trousers, so in the meanwhile I'm trying to indulge my sunny dreams by dabbing in a freeze-friendly version of mid-season dressing.
The dress I'm wearing is made of teal crepe, which for me is a great trans-seasonal material as it's light enough for Spring yet with tights it's great for Winter office-wear, as the office is often over-heated and crepe stays cool all day. This dress is a typical AW2012 dropped waist shape with a ruffled hemline, but I thought the belt would be an interesting way to add some definition across the waistline. When worn loose, it's obviously longer but makes me look slightly shapeless, which I'm not sure I love yet... I do love the little details on the sleeves and the piped pocket seams.
Another thing that's nice about this dress is the colour, it's vibrant enough to be interesting yet it doesn't scream wrong season. It's a nice tone for this time of the year, and I tried to keep the accessories in the same vibe, with navy sandals, a purple belt, and charcoal semi-opaque tights. The belt is an oldie from Hermès, grained purple on one side and soft shiny black on the other, but I just got a new buckle in the collier de chien style...
And finally, a quick look at my beloved Prada platform sandals... I know a lot of people frown at wearing sandals with tights as if it were a big fashionista no-no, but I for one love the look. It allows me to wear some of my favourite sandals all year round, without the risk of transofming my little toes into frozen mini sausages. Another thing that I like is the ability to hide the fact I go polish-less on my toes throughout January and February, it's my toes' breathing period after the Chrismas party season and before Spring's barefoot craze (before you accuse me of letting my grooming routine go, let me reassure you: I'm still having my regular pedicures in this time, I simply ask the therapist to forego the polish). And it does look like I'm rebelling against the rules a little, doesn't it?
Anyways... here are the details of my attempt at popping Winter colours outfit:
- Teal dress with dropped waist, Whistles at ASOS
- Belt, Hermès
- Sandals and wallet, Prada