Whenever I get bored of my current wardrobe (approximately a week after purchase), I like to peruse lookbooks on YouTube. I’ve always done it. It’s like, fifty-per-cent out of jealousy that brands don’t sponsor me to wear their stuff, and fifty-per-cent out of sheer awe of the beautiful, confident women who make these lookbooks. I want to be them. I never will.
The faves I’ll be writing about today, though, have actually given me some confidence. I feel like I’ve almost been doing things right, this season. I mean, okay, there is no ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in fashion. But, I’ve always had issues with things like; dressing for my body type, complimentary colours, uncomplimentary colours, and so on…
With all that said, here are my three favourite holiday 2018 lookbooks:
Valeria demonstrates that neutrals are back in a big way. Gone are the days of the early-mid ’00s when a chunky orange mohair sweater was the height of street style… we love modest colours now. We also love them blocked, I noticed; Valeria’s first outfit was right up my street, TBH. A simple white blouse paired with some high-waisted black trousers, complimented with a pair of red-bottoms (cc: Christian Louboutin, don’t mind if I do x) and a statement chunky earring. Well, a pair of them, if we’re going to get nitpicky.
Her other outfits just scream ‘never underestimate the power of the sequin’. Outside of the goin’ out-out context, I wouldn’t usually agree. But, ’tis the season in which we burden our bushes (leave it) with sparkly paper and brand it ‘festive’. Forget out-out, sparkles are in-in, this December. Now, I’m not necessarily saying we have to go out in a blinding evening gown every day this month. At least, Valeria doesn’t seem to think so. But, we can afford to change things up a bit. A big, statement belt, a pair of sterling silver earrings… even a sparkly skirt with a nice, neutral top wouldn’t be pushing the boat out too far. C’mon guys, it’s Christmas!
You’ll be seeing the word neutrals a lot in this blog, soz. But, neutrals! We’re talking whites, beiges, browns, blacks, creams… We’re also talking jeans-and-a-nice-top. Thing is, I’ve never been a jeans-and-a-nice-top gal when it comes to going out-out. I’ve always gone all-out (I’ve gone all-out-out-out. Are you as lost as I am right now?); blazer dresses, sequin dresses, lace, mesh… everything but the kitchen sink. But this first look has almost converted me. The white, long-sleeved, off-the-shoulder crop paired with some light jeans looks insane. Modest enough to get away with at family functions, yet a bit too flirty for work dos’. That’s essentially my adult style to a tee.
We have, of course, got a bit of shiny in there too. We have a sparkly-silver bodycon, perfect for end of first-semester celebrations; it’s out-there, it’s immodest, it’s a little bit of me. Alex sports a gorgeous floral maxi dress in there, too. It’s the polar opposite of the bodycon; it’s modest, subdued and a little bit Stevie Nicks. Finally, footwear. My favourite type of footwear this season has to be the knee-high boots. I own a pair myself; I can barely walk in them, mind you. But, beauty is pain. They’re sexy, classy, they go with anything. I team mine up with a sweater dress, usually; but Alex has gone for a simple brown pinafore. Perfect for family functions!
Josie gives me serious wanderlust in this lookbook. As if I haven’t been to London ten-billion times already, but it’s never looked that pretty… Anyway, I digress. Power to the waterfall coat, I say. Whether it’s white, leopard-print… Whatever you so choose to wear, it’s always comfy and on-trend. Josie’s another advocate of statement jewelry, by the way. Her rose-gold Pandora rings and chunky pearl earrings add that little bit of sparkle to an otherwise neutral (yep) look.
My personal fave look in this book was the cream blouse and leopard-print waterfall coat. It doesn’t look like she’s overplanned it, y’know? It looks glam-yet effortless, casual-yet-formal. The bootcut jeans definitely help with the casuality (yes, it’s a word. I just coined it) of it all, yet the blouse suggests job interview chic. Team it with the coat, and you’ve got yourself a date-night outfit!