Without noticing it, I have recently added more and more studded items to my wardrobe. It is an unconscious action that occurs when I go shopping, leaving me with clothes, shoes and bags covered in metal embellishments. I realised this after my last shopping trip when I came home, surveyed my purchases and found that I had bought a Topshop cardigan with studded shoulders and a clutch from Urban Outfitters with little gold studs on the sides (pictured below). Studs are everywhere now (luckily for me) and even better, they are elegant and understated, rather than in-your-face and gothic like they used to be. The best way to incorporate them into an outfit is with a small detail, for example, a studded shoulder or shoe. This way you avoid looking like you’ve crawled home from a grungy night in Camden. Whereas studs and leather used to be considered a match made in heaven, they now look best juxtaposed on silk or wool. They also work best with neutral colours, although royal blue and gold stud details are a winner. Here are some of the best items on the high street at the minute:
Is this not the most perfect dress for the Duchess of Cambridge? It comes from Roksanda Ilincic’s Pre Fall 2012 Collection and it has everything Kate loves – a nude tone, appropriate knee-length, long sleeves, form-fitting but in a classy way and an accentuated waist. Better than that, it has some fashion potential! The blue frilled cuff adds a much-needed shot of electric colour into an otherwise drab dress. Kate could wear what she’s most comfortable in whilst giving us an unexpected dose of fashion detailing. The only small problem is that Princess Beatrice has already worn this dress, but having said that, Kate was happy to don a dress for the Jubilee pageant which had already been worn by Tulisa and Kim Kardashian. Somehow I think sharing a dress with Beatrice would not seem too dreadful to the Duchess.
Here are some of the best floral looks around, inspired by sights like this
seen on a recent visit to Sloane Square during the Chelsea Flower Show.
Erdem, the King of anything floral:
Christopher Kane, for a modern take on a floral dress:
A tropical feel from MSGM:
Graphic prints from Whistles:
Metallics and acid brights by Topshop:
And the final touch by Giuseppe Zanotti:
When wearing floral prints, it’s best to keep everything else simple (unless you’re feeling brave enough to clash your prints). So if you choose floral trousers or a skirt, pair them with a neutral top and simple accessories. Pair a dress with plain shoes in a complimenting colour, as demonstrated in the MSGM look. Floral shoes can make an outfit pop. For more inspiration, get down to Chelsea and see the amazing floral displays!