It’s all gone slightly ‘gothic’, jazz hands here, this week at Silver Vixen Towers! Following on from week 23’s outfit of soft, unstructured, Easy Sunday Chic, I’ve put my foot on the gas and revved up the motor!
I thought it was about time we had some green in the Winter Seasonal Skinny Challenge, so we’ve
a green plaid shirt – hurrah!
a gothic skull scarf – double hurrahs!
polka dot gloves – triple hurrahs!
I’m back in a beret – quadruple hurrahs!
a matching fringe bag and boots – hence fringe benefits – geddit??? Multiple hurrahs!
Last year in my Date Night post, I admitted that I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about fringing, which considering I’m a details gal, you’d think is somewhat contradictory. Maybe I’ve just seen too much of it. You know, the posts where someone is absolutely dripping in la fringe from head to toe, that it looks like they’ve been attacked by a pair of scissors! It can just look all too faffy. And faffy ain’t what I am!
Styling is all about making a trend work for your personality and lifestyle. You see, boho looks great on others but on me… well… no… I’ve yet to find a floppy hat that doesn’t completely cover my head down to my neck, rather than sit on top of my crown! Instead, I’ve taken the fringe element of boho and made it work for me with some teeny gothic elements; gothic style leather jacket and the skull scarf.
Looking terribly serious and gothic-ky.
The fringe bag I bought at the beginning of last Autumn and has been a huge hit, not least because it’s a 3:1 bag! My kinda bag! You can wear it as a crossbody but it also converts to a clutch – with or without a wristlet. I’ve worn it alot on the blog (including here, here and here).
When all the fringed ankle boots started appearing I looked for a pair but either I found a style I liked, but darn it if all the size 3’s hadn’t sold out by the time I found them, or I found size 3’s in styles I didn’t care for. Typical, huh? I even bought a pair way back in October, but when I got them home and showed Tall Brown Fox, we both agreed that the boots miraculously transformed my diddy feet into the hooves of shire horses! So back they went.
It wasn’t until we were in France at Christmas that I found THE pair. We visited Nice for the day and as I always seem to do well buying things there, working on the theory of once victorious, always victorious, I made a beeline for a shoe shop I’ve been victorious in before, and lo and behold – ANOTHER VICTORY!
I’m rather amused that my ankles look as if they’ve been decorated with tiny grass skirts that gently swish and sway as I walk!
I swear my bag actually squealed in delight when it was introduced to the boots. A fairy tale of fringe. A marriage of boots and bag. Ah, a happy ending.
I’ve looked at the accessories book, thrown it out the window and gone pattern mixing mad because accessories don’t come with an age tag. There’s no rule which says you can’t pair a skull scarf with polka dot gloves and a plaid shirt! Besides, I didn’t want to go the whole goth mile with black gloves because
a) I like accessories to be quirky, whimsical and preferably colourful.
b) they don’t all have to be ‘matchy-matchy’. So what it the red of the necklace isn’t quite the same shade as the red of the gloves or the maroon of the jeans?
c) Ssssssh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m not a goth.
And just to bring in the plaid a little more, a neat visual trick I often do with jackets and blazers, is to turn the cuffs of the shirt over and wear them on the outside of the jacket.
Dorothy Perkins Seasonal Skinny
New Look Check Shirt (old) Green Checked Shirt
Wallis Petite Gothic Style Leather Jacket. Petite Biker Front Zip Leather Jacket or Regular Embroided Leather Look Jacket
Joy the store Fringe Bag
Fringe Suede Boots from France. Not leather but suedette Matte Fringed Boots or Leather Upper Fringe Boots
White on Black Skull Scarf from a French Market stall. Black on White Skull Scarf
Red Fabric Multirow Necklace currently in the sale
Polka dot gloves from French brand Camaieu
Accessorize Beret (old0
Moral of the story is, you don’t have to dress head to toe in one style if it’s not your cuppa tea. Whether you take one or more elements you like – as here with the fringing – and play around with them, doesn’t matter. What does matter, is putting your own style stamp on it.
Are you a fringe fan? Do you like it in small doses, like I do, or are you a ‘get those darn faffy, dangly bits away from me’?
Unfamiliar with my 52 week Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge? You can read all about it here.
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