Where: Dinner and drinks in Soho, London.
So, after much moaning about the refusal of all things sportif to remove themselves from every magazine, trend edit and stylish individual’s wardrobe on the planet, I finally gave in and embraced the fashion sweatshirt. I’d been psyching up to this for a while, guiltily ogling neoprene numbers from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Whistles, toying with the idea of Kenzo’s look-at-me motifs and even pondering a Brian Lichtenburg. In the end it was, unsurprisingly, Kenzo that won me around. When they decided to do pink and blue cloud print for AW13, the temptation just got too much. And do you know what? The ever so slightly extortionate amount I paid was totally worth it. My only issue has been what on EARTH I could wear the damn thing with. Obviously it’s perfect paired with a pair of skinny jeans, low key footwear for a kind of everyday effortlessness I never thought myself capable of. But when you’ve splashed out on a major “must have” piece you want The world to see it. There will be a 3 Ways To Wear it post on how to adapt a fashion sweatshirt for different occasions coming your way soon but here’s my first take on it, blogger style. I write this post, and indeed wore this outfit, with my tongue slightly in cheek as the whole thing’s a roaring cliche from start to finish. Fashion sweatshirt, a skirt that features not one but two of the seasons ‘it’ prints (camo + leopard, obvs), the Rag & Bone boots every fash gal worth her sartorial salt owns and an impractically small but oh-so-OTM calf hair satchel. All lovely pieces but together transform the wearer into a walking, talking, selfie taking fashion blogger caricature. Had I owned New Balance trainers or a Féline emblazoned beanie I may have felt compelled to add those into the mix and been subsequently unable to live with myself.
Love Ella. X
Ps) The night I first wore this look I ended up surrounded by bodycon babes in a Chelsea night club. I quite literally felt like an alien from planet fashion… And loved every second of it.
Images by Holly McGlynn