#INSPIRED Mono Magic

Ah Vicky B, she can’t put a sartorial foot wrong these days. I’m not going to lie, I was a massive sceptic when she was transforming herself into a fashion maven, but you’ve got to give this woman credit, she is always so perfectly put together, and this look is pure mono magic. As much as it pains me to admit it, I think her style is one I’d most like to emulate! Alas, I’m lacking in sophistication, poise and pouts.

I love that Victoria Beckham wore this jumper and maxi skirt combo to collect her Brand of the Year Award at the British Fashion Awards. It’s a look I myself regularly rock (a tad less classily though, obvs), and it goes against the grain of the traditional dress and heels formula. To be fair, she isn’t packing a lot of meat and it is pretty chilly these days, so the jumper may just have been a practical option. Nonetheless, I love it, and now feel more justified in staying cosy throughout the rest of the Christmas period with the excuse of, ‘it’s fashion darling’.

Mrs B was donning her own designs, but if you don’t have a couple of grand knocking about at the bottom of your day tote, and you want to put your own spin on things, there are loads of options out there to create your own maxi-length masterpiece.

This sloppy, cuddly oversized delight of a jumper by Isabel Marant is number one on my wish list. It’s got her signature laid back vibe that makes it a perfect match for relaxing in loose fit boyfriend jeans or dressing down a fitted mini. Or, of course, pairing with a pleated maxi skirt. The metallic black yarn will give it that luxe edge for evening glamour. For a less pricey option, COS has so many beautiful jumpers, such as this super soft cashmere number.

If maxi isn’t your style, Topshop have this awesome knee length skirt with a quirky pleated panel, adding a more editorial twist to the classic pencil cut. The more fitted cut will work perfectly with your oversized jumper and the little flash of leg (and the naughty front split) keeps things fun and playful.

Net-A-Porter have a couple of great two-tone maxi skirts, my favourite being this Fendi design in my favourite navy and black colour combo. Or, feast your eyes on this stunner by Marni. I’m obsessed with tulle skirts (dating back to my third Christmas when I was gifted with the most beautiful frothy yellow and gold fairy skirt), and I would sell my whole back catalogue of Vogues for this beauty. I do digress from my original inspirational image, but this is fashion, it’s supposed to be fun, and it’s supposed to be what you love. Make of it what you will, take inspiration from anywhere, then make it your own.

Kerryn Grady

 

#INSPIRED EVENING DENIM

Doesn’t Kylie Minogue look just fabulous at the Stella McCartney Christmas light switch on in this evening denim look? Boyfriend jeans and court shoes will always be a winning match in my eyes, and she dresses the jeans up perfectly with the lingerie-inspired cami and that gorgeous sequinned blazer. Oh God, comfy jeans and sequins, my dream combo!

There are so many beautiful camisoles available, and as Miss Minogue proves, they work just as well with a pair of scruffy boyfriend jeans as they do with smarter eveningwear (think cigarette pants or a leather pencil skirt), so don’t fret about spending a bit more on one, it’ll ensure you get a top quality product that you can wear over and over. The secret is to look out for interesting and beautiful detailing. I love this satin wrap design by 3.1 Phillip Lim. The unembellished fabric is sleek and modern, while the layered wrap around adds a nice bit of swish (yes, that’s the technical term, honest). If you do prefer a more textured finish, then take a look at this lace and washed silk number by CLU. I love the delicate sheer lace eyelash trim at the hem, and the more demure cut of the neckline. On the high street, Zara has done this gorgeous velvet version at a much more purse-friendly price point.

Now, I think it goes without saying that this sequin jacket is something of a hero piece! I love the slouchy oversized cut, and she’s kept it really chilled out by rolling up her sleeves. The first thing that came to mind was this fabulous H&M kimono top. Okay, so it’s not sequinned, but the tinsel fibres are so sparkly and really something a bit special. I snapped mine up the moment I saw it, I don’t think these babies will stick around long. But if you’re a die-hard sequin devotee, then the magpie Mecca does have this little beauty to offer you as well: full on high octane glitz in a shorter, more fitted shape.

Isn’t finding the perfect pair of jeans every woman’s bug bear?? Jeans shopping is probably my least favourite of all the types of shopping, and I’ll be honest with you, I’m always just one pair away of finding that perfect fitting, super flattering pair. Just one pair away… One of my favourite brands is MIH Jeans. They do fantastic cuts in a selection of washes. Alas, my budget just doesn’t stretch that far. If your does, however, then try out their Tomboy Jean. Cut with a flattering slim leg, it’s not a super relaxed design, but definitely appropriate for evening soirees. And as Kylie demonstrates, you don’t even need a particularly dark wash to look suitably done up, so this mid-blue colour (or New Original) is perfect. Of course, Levi’s are the original denim masters, and they have an excellent choice in boyfriend jeans. The best pair I ever owned were actually my BOYFRIEND’S jeans, a pair of shrink to fit 501s that had been naturally faded with some gentle wear and tear, and they look AMAZING! But if you don’t have a minion waiting at the sidelines to commit to shrinking, softening and fading your jeans to perfection, then head straight to the womenswear department for these classic 501 Jeans For Women, in Vintage Indigo. You could cheat, and get a worn in style like those pictured by choosing the Washed Up finish, but wear any jeans long enough and that distressing will come naturally and authentically (can you tell I live with a jeans purist?).

Kerryn Grady