After going a little mad at the winter sales I'm trying to keep myself out of future trouble by revisiting what is in the wardrobe to plunder for next season's trends. I'm not much of a bright colour blocking type and I am just not getting the enthusiasm up to combine fluorescent pink with acid green or fluorescent orange.
For the last couple of years I have stopped myself from getting too excited about new Spring/Summer collections as bitter experience has shown me that I get very little wear out of anything I buy. I still have several unworn summer pieces from previous years when washout summers meant that it was too cold to wear them. I'm much more prepared to splash the cash in Autumn/Winter, especially in the sales because I find myself in Winter clothes and boots for about ten months of the year! The upside is that my bank account should be relatively safe from Spring's new trends. I'm quite happy to pass up fluoro brights for the ample amount of boho chic I've got stored away waiting for the sun to come out.
Apart from floral prints and frilly dresses (of which I have plenty) I've noticed that old fashion chestnut "the seventies" is being touted as a big inspiration for Spring. Nothing wrong with plundering the seventies for historical reference as I quite like the floaty hippy vibe that comes with it, but part of me has been thinking "What? Again?" It's like everyone in Planet Fashion has been extremely lazy in their free association brain storming sessions to come up with fresh ideas for the new season. Hmmm Spring - sunshine, flowers, bees, flower power - I know let's revisit the seventies! It almost feels like fashion groundhog day rather than fashion genius.
Not that such a revisit should give me reason to complain. I've been taking stock of the seventies style pieces I already own and realise I have enough from previous seasons when the seventies came around to avoid buying new. It also doesn't actually seem that long ago that this was a trend seeing as some of the tags are still on those items!!
I've also been seeing lots of platform style shoes filing in online at the likes of Topshop with those chunky seventies style block heels. Although as a shorty I really love the extra height that a platform shoe gives me I can't bring myself to like that kind of clumpy stack heel.
Some time ago I bought a pair of black patent leather peeptoes from Katia Lombardo for work when they went on sale and was very impressed at how well the shoes were made. When I saw these sandals at a bargain basement price a few months later I got them too. My name is not Veshoevius without reason. The combination of the tan leather with the gold platform lend them a bit of a seventies vibe even if the heel is not a stacker.
Due to the poor English summer last year they remain unworn! This year I have plans to wear them with my flared jeans and some floaty blouses. Here's hoping we actually have a decent summer to make wearing open toed sandals a reality for me!
Tan and gold leather platform sandals, Katia Lombardo