The London Lookbook: 50 shades of pink
The weather in London is unpredictable at best, at worst it’s downright unreasonable, not to mention the tree-felling storm over the weekend. Surviving the city’s elements in style can be a challenge; I’ve long believed in wearing leather and PVC to negotiate our squally climate. Not only are these materials warm, they’re also wipe clean – what’s not to like? True, PVC is not traditionally a material that’s dripping with refined elegance, but I don’t mind a jot. I believe that good style comes from breaking sartorial rules and getting away with it.
PVC and leather is bang on trend this season, which means that the places I usually procure my fantastic plastic is now more expensive so I’ve had to look in less obvious sources for my cheap thrills. I was indulging in some virtual rummaging on Ebay when I found this pink midi skirt from a seller who specialises in fetish gear; saucy PVC knickerbockers, corsets and French maids outfits are their usual stock in trade. Most of their gear isn’t my style, but I think this skirt is the business. The girlish colour and demure length combined with the cheeky connotation of the fabric creates a pleasing juxtaposition.
To keep the outfit in street fashion territory, as apposed to veering down streetwalker boulevard, I’ve paired my skirt with a neoprene sweatshirt from Whistles. I’ve cinched my waist in with a skinny belt and slung on my favourite vintage leather biker jacket (similar here). My faithful Topshop boots and Michael Kors bag are the most hardworking items in my wardrobe at the moment, and provide a chic counterbalance to my more eccentric looks.