Gucci 1940s fur collar, Autumn/Winter 2011
Now that a few people know that I have a fashion blog, it means I do get random requests for fashion advice! This has so far ranged from “What cover-up should I wear with this dress for a wedding?” to “Which denier of tights should I buy so my legs are covered enough?” (Er, this is the kind of thing you should either know by now or should be asking your Gran about.)
Some are easier to answer than others – but I got a question recently that was a no-brainer: “Shall I buy this leather jacket with a detachable faux-fur collar? I’m not sure if it’s me…” To this I was able to say a resounding “Yes. Buy it immediately, it will go with everything.” And that, is basically the theme of this blog post.
Miu Miu 1940s dress, Autumn/Winter 2011
It’s about now that we start to think about the dreaded ‘C’ word, realise we’re all skint and that we’ll have to fish out the same dress we wore two years ago for the office Christmas do. Nothing much wrong with that if it’s a little black dress, but let’s face it, it would be more fun to get something new.
Fear not. The faux-fur collar is the answer and will become your best (furry) friend over the next 4 weeks if you choose to tie one around your neck. It is the easiest way to make an old dress look like new and is very ‘now’ as it will be a firm nod to the 1940s trend that has been championed by Miu Miu and Gucci for Autumn Winter 2011.
Faux-fur collar from ASOS
Mine is from ASOS and was a tenner in the sale. (This feather one from Miu Miu will set you back £440.) I’ve added it to a dress I bought a few years ago from Dorothy Perkins, which has a lace panel at the top. It seems that black lace dresses are standing the test of time – they are still all over the high street right now. I think this gives the dress a cheap and cheerful update and strikes just the right balance between demure and glamorous.
You can also wear the collar over your winter coat on the way to wherever you’re going, updating your coat at the same time. Then when all the Christmas fun is over you can wear it over a cardigan or jumper on chilly days in the office. You can really get a lot out of it!
I also have to tell you more about the shoes. They are possibly the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever owned. Purchased as an early Christmas present, courtesy of a family donation, (cheers parents!) they are also the most expensive I’ve ever owned at £89.99. But boy are they great. Burnished gold snakeskin platforms – the classy 70s kind, not the stripper variety – with a satisfyingly clunky heel. What’s not to love?
They are from the most un-coolest shoe range ever: Mary Portas for Clarks. But I DON’T care…they even have a cushion inside for ultra-comfort. I’ve tried them out doing some samba dancing at a wedding and they were great (but that’s another story….)
Gold shoes from Clarks