Sunday, March 4, 2012
Next’s international style challenge
Australian readers, listen up. Did you know you can now get British high-street favourite, Next, Down Under? Yep, the UK retailer has launched an Australian online shop at www.nextdirect.com/au. Those of you with Aussie friends and family: spread the word!
To celebrate its global expansion, Next invited me to take part in an international styling challenge, pitting Brit bloggers against Aussie ones. As part of Team GB, I've chosen one Next item and styled it in a way that reflects my style and British heritage.
The item in question? A blush and grey striped cotton-knit top with a cute built-in white shirt collar. A snip at £25. To shop for it now, click here. I like the impression of layering the top gives and, well, me and pink 'n' grey have history (that's another blog post entirely, but let's just say I'm partial to that colour combo).
Working the top's scholarly look, I've been inspired by the good old British school uniform. Hence the schoolgirl-style skater skirt by New Look with its edgy laser-cut pattern - a high-street take on the work of London designers Christopher Kane and Giles - the pointelle ankle socks from another long-standing British brand, Topshop, and the classic school shoe, a brogue, turned out in suede and patent-leather by UK shoemakers Grenson. Then, of course, there's my choice of literature: classic English author Thomas Hardy (a much cheaper alternative for those of us who can't afford Olympia Le-Tan's beautiful literary box clutches). British roots through and through.
Another thing I think we Brits do well is vintage fashion. So my look is completed with a 1980s Chiltern bag that I got on eBay for £11 and a retro Boucher owl brooch, again from eBay.
So, what do you think of my thoroughly British outfit? Let me know. And, if its schoolgirl charm isn't your cup of tea, style the Next top with this season's pastel jeans (I'm thinking aqua, mint or powder-blue) or go preppy with a pair of navy chinos instead.