Cashmere is one of the materials I feel so at home in – soft, snuggly and luxurious. I like my cashmere chunky knit for the home or the weekend, and finer knitted for work, in the chic shapes of cardigans, twin-sets or jumpers. casThe older I get, the more I appreciate high quality materials.
The creme cardigan I wear in the pictures is from FTC, a German label putting emphasis on fair trade materials and humane working conditions. An important point as commercial cashmere production affects the ecology of Central Asia. The introduction of cashmere goats displaces native hoofed animals.
Black lace reminds me of Southern Italy, Dolce and Gabbana, indulgence and pure femininity. The perfect partner for cashmere.
I am wearing:
- Cream cardigan from FTC
- Black lace pencil skirt from Zara
- Green chained cross body bag from Gianfranco Ferre
- Bronze shoes from Max & Co
- Jewellery from Les Nereides & N2
Cashmere is not cheap, but when looked after well it lasts a long time. Check the sales or TK Maxx for bargains!
Handmade little Alice in wonderland doll necklace from N2. Paris earrings from Les Nereides
Paris drop earrings from Les Nereides’ new Paris Mon Amour collection 2014
The Pencil skirt, one of the most timeless and feminine wardrobe essentials, is the subject for this week’s sisters challenge.
We show two different ways to wear and style the most flattering of skirts: Nipped at the waist and knee length, this versatile all rounder is an endless source of inspiration for us!
Rebel: My pencil skirt is from TK Maxx and made of boucle / tweed material. I find boucle materials not made by Chanel difficult to wear as it can look old-fashioned – think German wife of a Bavarian bank branch manager! To avoid this provincial look, I consciously chose a simple, navy blue turtleneck jumper with opaque black tights and cream sandals to go with the tweed pencil skirt.
Rebel is wearing: Pencil skirt by TK Maxx, jumper by Rochas, sandals by BCBG, Trenchcoat by Burberry, Sunglasses by Hogan.
Romantique: For my pencil skirt look, I was inspired by Loewe’s feminine Autumn 2013 runway look of layering leather and sheepskin. Thigh high split leather pencil skirts and shearling coats prove that warm doesn’t mean compromising on style.
Inspired by Loewe’s runway look, Romantique is wearing: Chocolate brown leather pencil skirt from Ralph Lauren, raspberry turtleneck jumper by Uniqlo, sheepskin parka coat by Stefanel, flat ankle boots by Kurt Geiger and canvas cherub bag from Fiorucci.
Who would have thought that shearling can be glamorous? Loewe shows us how with a leather pencil skirt and sheepskin jacket.
Blue polka dot blouse from Van Laack, lace style belt with jewel heart from Moschino, white pencil skirt from H&M.
To fit in with our French theme this week, I dressed in the colours of the french flag: Blue, white and red. In the 18th century, French sympathizers with the cause of liberty raised a tri-coloured flag of blue, white and red. These have become the emblematic colours of that century’s two great revolutions: The American war of Independence and the French revolution. While the United States adopted the demonstrative design of stars and stripes, the French, with Cartesian simplicity, opted for three equal vertical panels.
These hues also happen to be the colours of the nautical Breton style! But rather than stripes, today I felt in the mood for a blue polka dot shirt and the ever so slimming pencil skirt in summery broderie anglaise fabric. Completed with navy mini wedge espadrilles from RAS and the little straw bag from Misako.
The blouse (from van Laack) is a bit too big so I casually knotted it and also tried the combination of clenching it in with a belt to give it more shape.
Thanks to Rebel’s suggestion, I bought these red Versace wayfarer sunglasses and I am absolutely in love with them. At first I thought they are too flashy and not my style, but I’m surprised that they fit with lots of outfits. Great accessories can really make or break a look. Read Rebel’s post on red sunglasses here.
White charm bracelet with little knives and spoons from Les Nereides