So it’s now 2011 – and my Tight Fit Girl blog is one year old! A new year, so a new set of fashion rules to examine, possibly adapt and with some - ignore altogether (see Elle’s feature on ‘Everyone’s wearing tangerine’ - I rest my case). I was going to do a post on slouchy women’s tux-style outfit - complete with polka-dot cravat - that I tried out on a recent trip to an art gallery. However, this outfit does require a degree of effort to wear - it’s the kind of thing you enjoy wearing out but take off as soon as you get in the house and replace with some PJs.
So as January wore on, I started to lose the will to dress up in this outfit again and today I settled on showing you the outfit I wore to Tescos to buy brunch! Not the usual way I try out a new trend, but I was in the mood for something comfy and reasonably warm, so I ended up having a go at the ‘new’ longer hemline that has been appearing for the new season.
I think it all kicked off with Jil Sander and her minimalist column skirt and plain t-shirt combo. Of course copying this look exactly requires that you have the figure of a baby giraffe, so initially this wasn’t a trend I wanted to get on board with. I only really got excited about it after seeing February’s issue of Elle and their ‘how to do the longer length’ feature, which showed street style (albeit of models and fashion types) versions of this trend in everything from cotton day dresses to floaty, see-through chiffon numbers. This was more of a fluid and easy-to-wear look, rather than the cold structural styles from the catwalk. Now everyone from Primark to Prada have adopted this longer hemline – basically this means anything from on-the-knee, to skimming the floor. So now Elle online is proclaiming ‘Everyone’s wearing long dresses’ with lots of variations to give you some ideas.
So, onto my version. I have gone for a bit of a granny-meets-boho look, with a nipped in waist and my current favourite boots – brown lace ups with a chunky heel. Needless to say, this is not really a boy pleasing outfit (or ‘Wan for the boys’ as Gok would say. Ahem). But really, life is too short to be thinking about such things! I’d say this was perfect for hanging out with your friends and drinking tea. Or gin. I got my dress from the Hell’s Kitchen flea market in New York, my brown plaited belt is from Urban Outfitters, the cardigan is from Dotty Ps (that’s the granny bit!) and the boots are from Ebay. I’ve tried to bling it up a bit with a major cocktail ring from Accessorise and a heart pendant from a street vendor in Rio. (The hair bow is possibly a bit Chronicles of Narnia, but nevermind).
I also have my eye on this ace long day dress – in black - from ASOS so I think I might be wearing more longer hemlines in the months to come…