|Jacket, Primark. T-shirt and bag, Topshop. Skirt, Urban Outfitters. Shoes (seen below), Zara. Ring, Forever 21. Necklace, Accessorize.|
Ah, that fail-safe combination that is black and white. What’s not to love about the duo? It’s elegant yet thoroughly modern, effortlessly chic yet kinda edgy as well… for me, the monochrome look is one of those looks one can never go wrong with.
Houndstooth is a different matter – a bundle of contradictions. “Houndstooth is also commonly popular among the hipster subculture” – from Wikipedia, no less. For a pattern that has slightly regal connotations (Queen Elizabeth is a fan), it can at times look so unbearably tacky. That’s probably why I’m drawn to it. I believe this bizarre appetite for tackiness has a lot to do with my love of the Eighties – I’m not too sure if houndstooth was actually popular during that decade, but wouldn’t it make sense if it had been? I can’t say I love it the same way I love leopard print or other wardrobe fetishes, though. I have two houndstooth skirts (blogged about here and here), but getting a jacket was a whole different ball game…
Being attracted to this blazer felt so… strange. There was just something about it, a – please excuse the cliché – je ne sais quoi quality. I had just got my pyjama print jacket and was probably feeling daring, like I was ready to conquer the world in any print jacket. At first I couldn’t decide whether it was cool or tacky – in my world, there’s a fine line sometimes. I did think it was kinda too much. Then I found out it had been reduced to 7 pounds. For 7 pounds, I can definitely come to terms with too much.
And boy, have I come to terms with it! I have completely embraced its bold and brash look – as you can see I got carried away and reinforced its monochromeness with my Forever 21 ring and Topshop bag. However, as much as I love playing match-as-much-as-you-can (it’s fun!), I don’t think I can handle looking too ‘perfect’ and put-together. Hence the reason I had to break the look a little with my bicycle tee and my cupcake necklace.
You know it’s time to worry when the only cupcake in your life is the one on your necklace – time for the real deal…
I do have black and white shoes but I’m not that insane – I love the neutrality of these clown-like beauties from Zara, a totally unexpected sale bargain.
The blazer was a summer find – although monochrome and houndstooth are apparently big news this coming season. How very autumn winter ’12 of me – savvy shopper, anyone? A fashion coincidence, more like it.