Wednesday, February 20, 2013
simply the best
Margaret Howell SS 2013
Dressing for warm leather for me has always meant putting on as little items of clothing as possible. That means each item of clothing has to be able to stand on its own - it has to have a strong identity, it has to look smart, it can't look like it's waiting to be accessorised.
This is especially tricky when it comes to simple clothing, where there are no obvious flourishes to make a sophisticated statement - no pleats or ruffles, no bold colours, no dazzling prints, no intricate embroidery, no complicated shapes.
I am drawn to these looks from Margaret Howell's spring/summer lookbook because they exemplify how basic pieces like a little capsleeve tee can be made in a way that creates a distinct but subtle silhouette. The lines are boxy and clean, but there's also looseness so everything isn't uptight and strict. These are practical, airy looks that work well in warm weather, with a relaxed vibe that never looks sloppy.
I am especially drawn to the dress, and have decided to use it to test out a new shopping method: for more expensive items, or ones that aren't a necessity, I will set some money each week until I hit the price of the desired item, before I buy it.
It's part of my aim to become more fiscally responsible and better at budgeting, and also a way of giving myself time to really decide if I truly desire something. If it sells out by then, no regrets; I don't lack for clothes I love.
Of course I still believe in the instinctive, immediate, utterly perfect buy, but those are one in a hundred. Everything else can do with a bit of extra time. Would be interesting to see how this works out.
Pictures from Margaret Howell