Style icons to me aren’t always necessarily derived from cool celebrities, films or musicians; sometimes inspiration comes from somewhere a lot closer to home. My mum has always dressed amazingly (even if I didn’t appreciate it at a younger age) and I think that definitely plays a part in my fashion taste today.
I love looking through old albums in awe of her style through all the big eras: her retro teenage look captured in tinted, blurry photographs, funky jumpers and curly 80s hairdos, oversized sweaters and lounge pants in photos with us kids. I wish Mum had saved some of her cool vintage clothes for me to style up in a modern sense, so I feel like I’ll try to save some beloved pieces of my own in case I ever have a daughter that’s as into vintage as me.
Even now I’m envious of my mum’s current wardrobe! Believe it or not these trousers were hers until she surprised me with them a few days ago (I’ve been eyeing them up for a loooong time) and although they’re Miss Selfridge and not vintage, they’re exactly the kind of timeless trousers I love.
Prince of Wales check is a pattern you can dig out year after year and it will remain relevant (it’s also my mother’s favourite). Especially for the winter months, it blends into the dull grey weather but also offers a classy and chic take on blazers, trousers and dresses to change them up for the season.
Being the trouser fanatic I am, these have currently overtaken my wardrobe and offered a smart/casual solution for the rest of the cold and gloomy days – they’re super cosy and warm. I love the fit: the paper bag waist contrasts subtly with the slim legs and I like how the ankles are loose, giving some leeway with shoe choice. What really grabs me is the dreamy high-waisted ruffle detailing; I saw a similar Mango pair a while back and have been searching for the right trousers for me ever since and hey presto! my mum has delivered!
As I mentioned in my last post, accessories have become increasingly important to me in completing an outfit and this one is no exception. My bag was a vintage find in an Oxfam and teamed with my beret brings some antique vibes. The Mango coat (unfortunately now sold out) is still my best investment of 2018 so far, I’ve worn it almost every day, and I feel a bit like a detective when I wear it so that’s always a bonus. In fact the whole ensemble has subtle old-fashioned French feel going on that I’m really into.