There are two occasions when you absolutely shouldn’t shop: 1. when you have been drinking and 2. when you are hungover. I broke both those rules recently, and lo and behold have ended up with a rather expensive internet order landing on my doorstep as a result of the former and then was collared when I was weak, vulnerable and hanging by a smooth-talking fella from one of those pop up beauty stalls in Westfield, where I ended up buying copious amounts of product in attempt to rehydrate my parched, wine-soaked skin. Total mug and not something I would ever normally do when in full possession of my faculties.
But this is that time of the year when you feel like you want something new to herald the changing of the seasons. Never mind the fact that the weather isn’t playing ball, and that you really should be wearing a hat, gloves, boots and sleeping bag coat. Head is saying keep snuggly but heart is saying wear summer clothes, get your ankles out and don’t mind the fact that you are freezing to death because at least you look summery. So what do you buy when you want something to refresh and update your boring winter wardrobe? Accessories: for now is the time to buy the odd thing that will say spring without jeopardising your health.
The catwalks were full of metallics and adding a bit of high shine is the perfect way to lift your ensemble. Starting off with bags as these little beauties care not what the weather does. So swap your black winter bag for one of these:
Oliver Bonas has a number of great options: Gold Metallic Leather Handbag £79.50.
If you want to spend a bit less then their Metallic Slouch Hobo £39.50 is another good buy.
House of Fraser sells this Accessorize Leather Slouchy Shopper Bag £65. Good for stuffing serious amount of stuff in – nappies, snacks, water bottles and several changes of clothes.
A metallic saddle bag like this one from ASOS £20 is also very nice and a total bargain.
This Scalloped Zip Top Pouch £24.50 from Boden would double up as a clutch – perfect for a night out or on holiday – and purse to keep all those bits and pieces in which are constantly hiding at the bottom of your bag.
Footwear is another excellent way to bring your look up to date and there are plenty of metallic (non sandally) options out there to choose from. Boden has this pair of Scallop Point Shoes £69.50 which would look lovely with any pair of trousers and also with dresses and skirts. This is a very versatile shoe which would not look out of place at the office, on a night out or just out and about.
Mint Velvet also has a pair of metallic flats: Pewter Pixie Metallic Pump £79.
Metallic brogues are a very fashionable way to do flats without getting chilblains – amazing with a pair of tailored black trousers or jeans, these Summer Perforated Brogues from Hush £115 are another multi-tasking pair of shoes.
Skater shoes aren’t hugely new but they are great and this season metallic is the way to update yours. New Look has a few bargains to tempt you including these two styles: Dark Silver Snakeskin Print Slip on Plimsolls £14.99.
And these Silver Laser Cut Out Slip On Plimsolls £14.99 which would do the cutwork and metallic trend in one. With a pair of rolled up girlfriend jeans and a simple t-shirt, perfect.
These are super duper shiny from Zara £29.99.
But if you really can’t bear to bare any skin, then stick to trainers. Boden’s Dana Trainer in silver £69.50 would work very well now with jeans and trousers.
Hush also has it’s Virgo Trainer £115 in a soft gold – great for jeans and slouchy harem style trousers alike.
These may be the perfect combination of white and metallic: Gola Orchid Metallic Lace Up Trainer £60.
Or go all out in these Gola Coaster Metallic Lace Up Trainers £45. They aren’t too inter-galactic which is why these are one of my favourites.
H&M also has a good pair at an excellent price £29.99.
If a hi-top is the name of your game then these Lizzy Bronze Flat Hi-top Trainers £160 from Kurt Geiger are spot on.
Now when I said that the catwalks were awash with metallics, I neglected to mention that there was some serious metallic clothing going on. But assuming you probably aren’t going to buy into the metallic trouser trend (not a great idea unless going to a sci-fi themed party) then opting for accessories should satisfy your fashion magpie.