Sunday, 25 March 2012

today i'd save on... stella mccartney vs river island

On left / Stella McCartney Nesbitt printed crepe dress / £1,925 at Net-a-porter

One of the things I love most about fashion is the way you can find yourself falling utterly in love with a trend that just six months previously would have brought you out in a rash. Take the current obsession with wedge trainers - two words that in the past would never have been seen in the same sentence. Thanks to Isabel Marant they are now absolutely everywhere and even I, the archenemy of trainers, found myself almost considering buying a Topshop version. That's the thing about really good fashion designers: they can make you want to wear absolutely anything. And so it is with the current trend for pyjamas as daywear. Again it seems ludicrous, but since Stella McCartney championed the notion in her S/S'12 collection it has suddenly seemed like a good idea. It does, however, take a very brave woman to go outdoors in a pyjama suit. I'd love to try it sometime, and if I do I'll be taking tips from Evangelie of Style Heroine (looking awesome in Stella McCartney here). In the meantime, however, I've found the perfect way in to the trend. Less daunting but still slick: the pyjama playsuit. Despite the fact that the Stella equivalent is actually a dress, I think the River Island playsuit above is a great halfway house between a safe dress and an all-out trouser suit. The print, too, nods at Stella's paisleys but again, in a very wearable way. In fact I defy anyone not to be brave enough to give this £30 baby a try. All you need is some high, simple heels, a pair of aviator shades, maybe some earrings, and you're good to go. Who said trends had to be scary?

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1 comment

  1. I totally agree with the wedge trainers thing - six months ago NO WAY, and now, well, they're looking pretty fresh!


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