It’s that time of year when it is with mixed emotions that I venture into the depths of my storage cupboard to rediscover and welcome back my winter staples, while I bid a sad farewell to my summer clothes and, with them, pack away my warm memories of the summer.
Before you embark on your own emotional journey of the seasonal wardrobe-switcheroo, pause for a second and have a think about whether you need to pack away your summer floral dress just yet. With a bit of carefully selected hardware (and software – keep reading), you can give your floral dress some street cred and a more urban aesthetic for autumn/winter in the city…
Looking at my floral dresses now, my mind drifts back over the spring/summer just gone. They served me well, those florals: sipping aperols on a sun-drenched hilltop in Portofino. Wandering the charming cobbled streets of Rome. Dinner at a seafront restaurant in Barcelona followed by stroll along the beach. The evening breeze made those flowers flutter like bluebells in a goddam meadow. Yes, florals were the perfect choice for such blissful activities in idyllic locations.
But as we face Q4 and the accompanying onslaught of arctic weather, X Factor on Sunday nights and a more serious/urban aesthetic (sartorially speaking), it is still possible to get a bit more mileage out of the floral dress. It’s about breathing a new kind of life into said meadow – kind of like if Quentin Tarantino directed a Disney movie. That’s what I’m going for.
This can be achieved in three steps:
step 1: add some hardware to your florals
A black belt with prominent buckles and metallic embellishments, hardware on your handbag and chunky silver jewellery all break up the flowery pleasantries.
step 2: ankle boots
Ankle boots have the transformative power to make any outfit a little bit rock. The contrast of studded ankle boots against the femininity of the dress makes those flowers seem just a bit more bad-ass.
step 3: faux fur
Finally, faux fur makes an appearance. Not only does it add interest, but it will keep me toasty on the chiller of autumnal evenings.
This also represents what I might wear as my alter-ego as a lady DJ (DJ De La Suze). As the arctic weather rolls in, I’ll add my leather leggings and a thin black roll-neck knit underneath.
Have a little rummage through your winter accessories and outerwear, get creative and turn those those flowers into something you could wear to a street market, roller derby, Mexican wrestling match, what have you. Any other suggestions welcome – see you in the comments section.