Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my first, official outfits post!
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Bianca Jagger. Catherine Deneuve. Princess Caroline of Monaco. These are the women for whom the word “chic” was invented…There’s a sense of selectiveness and couture to everything they wear – expensive or not – and to how they wear it… “The thing that is different about European chic is that it is effortless and sophisticated,” says designer Diane Von Furstenberg. “The important part is the eclectic part – not what you wear, what you punctuate things with.”
“There’s a lot more eclecticism and experimentation in Britain than [there is in] French or Italian fashion,” says former Chloé designer Pheobe Philo. “Although we’re huge snobs, people are into wearing clothes that don’t conform.” Indeed, when it comes to this category [Posh Eclectic], ordinary conventions of dressing simply do not apply. Instead, there’s a certain madcap glamour, made up of equal parts country-estate frump and the black- sheep aristocrat’s disregard for what’s acceptable.
Last week’s theme was Euro Chic/Posh Eclectic which I felt was apropos as I got ready for my new principal’s observation of me on Monday. I was dressed to the nines, sporting my professional black trousers, but showing off a bit of my quirky side by pairing it with a red, velvet blazer and a pleat-front, tie-neck blouse. Sadly, I was still suffering from a bad case of the “I’m sick but no one can tell because I’m doped up on Nyquil”, so my observation did not go as swimmingly as I’d intended.
For the Tuesday black blazer look, I opted to be monochromatic and chose my “pop” to be less about color but more about textures, as evinced by the pearl collar of my black tee and the lace overlay of my pencil skirt. Still trying for Euro chic-ness.
Wednesday found me and my classic white button-up channeling my inner librarian as I styled it with my favorite grey cardi (a workhorse in my wardrobe), wool plaid wrap skirt, and sensible shoes. Let’s not forget the pearls either – my bid at being a “mum”.
Thursday’s Breton tee ensemble takes the literal approach to Euro chic/posh eclectic as I pair it with a midi circle skirt that proudly and brazenly displays the UK in all its red phone booth/lorry glory.
Friday and the skinny jeans is perhaps my most posh eclectic ensemble. My daughter gifted me with a quizzical look – like she was questioning my sanity – and even I paused a bit in the mirror before I did my “happy dance” and deemed the outfit okay for public consumption. I guess I really just wanted a reason to wear the velvet, Harry Potter-esque cape/coat that has been moldering in the depths of my closet.
So how do you think my pieces fared with this week’s theme and the challenge overall? Lemme know by commenting below…