I’ll never make a fashion journalist, me! I’ll always be more of an enthusiast shopper who loves clothes rather than fascinated with the facets of fashion design…
However, I did read with interest when Guardian fashion editor Jess Cartner-Morley explained how she interprets a fashion show. She looks at shapes, silhouettes and lengths focussing on sleeves and hemlines to understand how things will evolve for the next season and, I’m guessing, what will translate to the hightstreet.
My big breakthrough circa mid noughties when we saw the birth of the skinny was realising contrasting big on top and little on bottom (or vice versa) would equate to a strong look. Especially essential on short people. As the straight up-and-down with loads of billowing fabric tends to work better on the taller peeps.
Jacket* | Iden Denim (get 10% off SS18 pre-orders til 15 Oct with SNYLON10)
Compass necklace | Stylonylon x Bianca Jones (coming soon!)
So I tend to stick to this rule when dressing. The advent of the much superior, IMHO, stiff straight denim styles of the last couple of years initially played havoc with that, until I realised that you just needed to sub-catagorize the straights in to big or small silhouette. Some straights are chunkier and wider and some are slimmer and more tight-fitting. Like my can’t-get-enough-of-them actually have to stop-myself-from-wearing-them Re/Done high rise ankle crops, or basically their skinny style.
The pair I’m wearing are kind of supersized wides which I think we’re going to be seeing more of, if my spidey senses and visit to the Levi’s press day last week are anything to go by! Wide-legged, baggy, large denim will be finding its way into our wardrobes. The best way to deal with this is to go really neat on top – which is easy in the summer with a little vest top, more difficult in the autumn/winter when you need a couple of layers.
So my attempt: neat jumper tucked in (the tucking in to create a waist point is crucial and tbh jumper could have been more slim fitting to create a stronger shape) and a neat fitting denim jacket. This is a size 8 from the new Iden Denim (see below for pre-order discount!) – now wondering maybe I could have gone a size down, but I hate feeling too tight and constricted in things! This is one outfit I bemoan not having a little extra height for!