I love things that are darkly romantic: so dramatic. I don’t actually want to live out a big operatic drama, but I like it in my wardrobe. Its quite fun putting on some black lace and getting in touch with your inner Sicilian widow (she’s in there somewhere, just keep looking). Assuming a Sicilian widow is blonde and takes her 3 children to the park.
“Oh God, where have they bolted to this time??!”
So, it seems I have quite a range of darkly romantic things to choose from on the high street this Autumn / Winter:
Oasis are doing a floral fancies range, that contains some beautiful looking things, including this ravishing (forgive me, I’ve had wine) winter rose print skirt (£40). It looks like it would go so well with any of the jewel colours in the print, as well as black. I think I would wear it with a black polo neck, black tights and oxblood ankle boots (yet to be sourced). I don’t think its lined, though, which is annoying with tights:
Now, obviously I need to include a leather piece or two. I have been looking for a leather jacket, on and off, for years. And years. And these two look like good options, as I don’t fancy another biker jacket.
Cleanline leather jacket (£165)
Finally, Tracey suggested that this wrap skirt (£75), which might be a good alternative to a standard leather mini skirt:
For those of us who adore velvet (I appreciate some people just loathe it. Not me, I am like George Castanza in my love of the stuff!), Massimo Dutti are doing a beautiful burgundy velvet blazer (£125). As an aside, the AW collection from Massimo Dutti looks superb. My post “summer holiday survival” treat is coming from there:
Finally, aren’t these Alexander McQueen floral De Manta clutches exquisite (about £315)? Damn, why don’t I go out more, so that the cost per wear wouldn’t be so hideous??
This Sicilian widow wore: Planet black lace top | Mango Kate skinny jeans | Sam Edelman Adena slippers.