This week, it finally started to feel like spring, but if there's one thing guaranteed to turn on you the minute your back's turned/you leave your brolly at home, it's the British weather (from 20-9C in 48 hours, impressive)... This may be the week I dragged my sandals out of storage, but I'm not packing away all my woollies... A classic black sweater may sound boring, but it will work with minis, shorts, new season mono, spring brights, summer sheers and opaque tights (not quite time to pack those away either) while our new season cropped neon knits still pose a chilblain risk - laidback chic at its most effortless...
Believe it or not, I'd never actually owned a casual black jumper until this year (though you may have noted the excessively high profile of my grey one), but I've barely been out of this Primark knit since purchasing it a few months ago (you may have already seen it with my baroque jeans here, or teamed with a tutu in my last post). I'm not quite sure how it's meant to fit, but I bought mine two sizes up from usual for the perfect slouchy feel.
Jumper and Dress: Primark, Shoes: Peacocks (Past Season), Belt: came with some dress or other!
I know, I can't get enough of this dress at the moment (see more of it here and here) - it slots so perfectly into this season's mono-mania! Throwing a casual knit on top makes it wearable for cooler days, and a triple pop of scarlet c/o killer heels, a waist-cinching skinny belt and matching pout adds an instant hit of vintage glam.
It's All Black and White
Jumper, Dress and Boots: All Primark
A slightly more casual, "true" monochrome look...
On the Fringes
Jumper: Primark, Shorts: Topshop, Boots and Hairband: Boohoo
OK, I cheated slightly - this is a different black Primark jumper - I've owned and loved this skinny-fit, statement-shouldered version for years now! Its shape maximises the hourglass silhouette encouraged by the shorts' high V-waisted fit and hip-boosting fringing, whilst the single-tone colour palette, full body coverage and casual fabrics keep it cool (well, warm actually) and classy.
To the Max
Jumper, Skirt and Boots: All Primark, Parka: Freemans (Past Season)
The answer to that eternal (well, since AW12) imponderable - can you wear a sheer slit-to-the-thigh maxi skirt out shopping? Yes you can, even if it's raining. For the perfect grunge-glam balance, you will need: (a) your magic black sweater, (b) flat ankle boots, (c) opaque tights, and (d) a parka.
Jumper: Primark, Skirt: Marks & Spencer (Past Season), Shoes: New Look + D.I.Y.
Before you start thinking things are getting a bit dull.... When temperatures would render H2T neon more "accident in a paint factory" than "nineties nu-rave chic", black wool tones things down nicely.
Are your trusty knits consigned to slouchy Saturdays on the sofa, or do you let them out to play?