Jumper - Topshop
Trousers - Mango
Shoes - Unknown
Necklace - Vintage
Large Ring - Prickig Katt
As a life long lover of paisley, it seems only natural that I would have been drawn to jacquard loom and, indeed, I have. For months now I have lusted over quilted jackets and slinky jacquard print bodycon. I have drooled over it in jewel tones, in pastels, in monochrome, in metallic. At one point, I'm sure I have even had a dream in which I was wearing it, yet somehow I never made a purchase, never had a piece to call my own. Until Christmas morning, that is.
Amongst a generous pile of gifts, I found this knitted piece. In a perfect combination of shades for winter - dark, yet still bright - and in my favourite sweater shape - thick but not oversized - it was a little piece of woven heaven. As much as I am often drawn to minimalist styles, I equally enjoy patterns that make you look twice and textures that you could get lost in. I love paisley because you could follow it forever, and jacquard holds the same appeal for me. On another level, I also appreciate the contrast of decadent jacquard against the practicality of a knitted jumper. I feel like it just works, as a piece.
There is something about jacquard that feels so deliciously luxurious; something about the fact that it is so intricate, so multi-dimensional, yet purely for aesthetic satisfaction, that pleases me to the point of feeling almost a little bit royal. For this reason, I wanted to style this jumper simply, with classic pieces. Once again, out came these green cigarette trousers, which for an item bought on a sale whim, come in very handy, very often. As far as footwear was concerned, it was finally time to put to use these shoes which I picked up for just £5 - yes, that's right, £5 - as part of a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal. At the time I wasn't too taken by them but they have really grown on me, to the point of being one of my favourite pairs. I like the simplicity of them, which makes them instantly classy, combined with the chunky heel that adds a hint of modernity.
In a nutshell, I think that what I'm trying to say is that just as I will love paisley forever more, no matter how in or out of fashion it is, jacquard is also here to stay. Everybody is allowed a few pieces to act as their personal "get out jail free" card.
Also, I must apologise for how lax I've been on the blogging front lately. I was just about ready to get back into the swing of life when I sustained a pretty horrid ankle injury which has had me house/bed bound for longer than I would have liked. Onwards and upwards though; peaks and troughs.