The London Lookbook: Metallics
Lustrous metallics are traditionally the preserve of Christmas parties. However, over the last few seasons, shiny fabrics have come out from the shade and are making a shimmering splash in the warmer months. This is welcome news so far as I’m concerned – I’ve always been a fan of all things twinkling. I’m like a magpie, inexorably drawn to shimmer and sparkle. I’ve had my eye on this matching top and skirt from Whistles for a while now; ever since the beautiful SS14 lookbook shots were released, this silver ensemble has been haunting my dreams.
I love the casual nonchalance of this look – the loose lines and deep pockets give the outfit an easy going, relaxed vibe that’s perfect for warm weather. If the long-range meteorological reports are to be believed, we’re in for a long hot summer. Unfortunately, the British weather can be unpredictable at best and downright unreasonable at worst. I have idealised notions of wafting around town in blissfully balmy weather. However the squally reality may well differ from my romanticised vision of summer in the city. Luckily the top and skirt can be separated and incorporated into more weather friendly outfits.
In the past I’ve decorated myself with armfuls of trinkets and baubles. I’ve got a collection of bold and brash costume jewellery from the 80’s that my Mother passed down to me. Some of my earliest memories are of my parents in all their finery before they went out for the evening. As much as I treasure my inherited jewels and the happy memories they’re inextricably linked to, my style has gone down a more minimalist path. I tend to leave my clothes unadorned at let the statement pieces speak for themselves. This look works nicely without accessories, however if I feel the need to up the sparkle, I’ve got my vintage 80’s jewels on standby.