Friday, August 28, 2009
Holding out for a hero
When I'm shopping for bargains, £50 is my cut-off point. Anything over that requires due thought and consideration. There are plenty of times when I've spend way and above that, but it's a general rule I try to stick by.
Unless, of course, I spot a real treasure that unreservedly deserves its higher price point. Such as this Topshop Unique jacket.
Right now, it's all about the 'hero' or 'trophy' jacket - a show-stopper piece that's heavy on the beading/bling/embellishment; the one item that singlehandedly transforms your look from wallflower to I-want-to-be-her.
This jacket is a trophy you'll want to parade. It's an investment piece. One that will see you through season after season. OK, it's a hefty £125, but you do get a large quantity of beadwork and sequins for your money. Heck, it's almost a couture piece for the amount of labour that went into making it.
And, if that weren't enough, it weighs in at an impressive 787g - that's over three-quarters of a bag of sugar or nearly eight large bars of Green & Blacks chocolate!
Sure, it's glitzy and glam, but it's extremely versatile, too. My favourite look is to team it with skinny blue jeans and a long slouchy white tee or vest top. It dresses up everyday basics with zero effort, while eveningwear is transformed from sophisticated to stand-out sexy. The trick is to ensure the jacket is your statement piece, so stick to neutrals all-round except for the hero in your wardrobe.