Monday, 9 November 2015

PINAFORES AND TARTAN




Pinafores. What does that word make you think about? For many, it brings to mind how you dressed as a little girl or perhaps renders images of a young Alice in Wonderland. For others, it’s a variation of an apron or a housedress worn by housewives back in the 1950s. For me, it has always been a go to style and represents the autumn when the weather turns chilly. It’s my seasonal transitional piece. Pinafores are finally being appreciated and are everywhere at the moment, much to my happiness. Usually I struggle searching for new ones and have to resort to old styles I’ve managed to find in the past, or even just settle on using a sleeveless dress worn in the style of a pinafore, but it’s never the same. This year, however, there are plenty to choose from. But they should no longer be seen as just a retro or childlike sartorial choice. Yes they are certainly girly, but there are ways to make this versatile piece more grown up and current.

One of the reasons I’m so fond of pinafores is that I find them perfect to layer with. They’re great to wear over a knitted jumper or turtle neck top. In addition, they can be made smart and work appropriate by wearing over a blouse or shirt. A pussy bow blouse especially pairs well as it complements the femininity of the look. Choosing a smarter piece like this also adds some maturity.

The denim pinafore I’m wearing here is from Asos. The fact that it’s denim along with the wide straps and chunky buckles makes this very modern and casual. Plus the big pockets are handy for me to slip my phone in when I actually need to put it down to use both hands. It’s also quite a flattering fit and shape. It’s basically the feminine, skirted version of overalls, perfect for me as I go for a more feminine style, and it still has all the wearability and comfort. With it being denim, it looks good and works with pretty much anything, in terms of colours, prints and fabrics. A great alternative to jeans and much more suited to my personal style.

I’ve worn this with a red and black tartan blouse that I got from Primark a few weeks ago. I have a bit of a thing for tartan at this time of year. I think I just find it quite festive. Primark have had a few really good tartan pieces in recently and this is one of the things I picked up. It has lovely black velvet detailing at the pretty ruffled neckline and cuffs. And it was only £10!

To finish off, I am wearing these gorgeous damson velvet ankle boots, also from Asos. The deep colour, pointed style and sumptuous velvet add an edge to my outfit. Velvet seems to be having a bit of a moment, especially for footwear. I’ve seen a long list of velvet styles I want and wish I could afford. I love these boots so much! I’m sure in the run up to Christmas they’re going to get a ton of wear. They’ve been sold out since I bought them, so I’ve included a link to some other red velvet boots from Topshop.

What do you think of pinafores?

Katie xx

Denim Pinafore £35 Asos
Tartan Blouse £10 Primark (similar here)
Damson Velvet Ankle Boots £45 Asos (similar here)
Black Saddle Bag £30 Topshop
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