I wouldn't say I'm very good at being ladylike. I was raised with a strong understanding of good manners, learned how to cross my legs the correct way and could probably walk a straight line while balancing copies of Proust on my head if I really wanted to (thanks to private, single sex education AKA all girls finishing school), but dressing like a lady? Sorry, no can do. It just doesn't come naturally to me - or at least it never used to. Lately I've noticed myself developing a strange attraction to skirts and delicate fabrics, it's puzzling to say the least. Perhaps I'm finally growing up and therefore becoming more comfortable with being a woman instead of a petulant post teen who still buys packs of novelty multi-coloured underpants and wears a chipped black glitter manicure to important meetings. People change and a little skirt now and then could only lead to good things. Dignified adult things.
So cut to the third post of this month of October and here I am in another skirt driven ensemble... one that has a giant cheesy french phrase for "i love you" plastered on it, hmm looks like I'll have to rethink that dignified adult part. Who am I kidding right? This weeks' trend focus is on the monochrome look. A huge favourite for me this season but also as a classic all rounder colour combo that packs a punch and helps deliver a chic timeless look. This year, the humble black and white has been pushed to its limits - with dots, stripes, chevron, floral, houndstooth and many more eye twisting variations. It's a graphic designers dream and we're just living in it!
As mentioned, the Forever 21 skirt was my driving force behind this particular look. It was one of those rare impulse purchases that you don't see again for a while, so even if it's not something you can wear often you can't regret getting it because of its lasting WOW factor. Paired with a simple wardrobe staple white chiffon blouse and my fave studded Windsor Smith ankle strap sandals - I let the skirt do most of the talking. By adding a monochrome patterned bag, a smattering of jewellery and clear framed reflective wayfarers, it was finished with a streetsmart edge. So maybe it wasn't totally My Fair Lady but this Chan is definitely feeling a little less Tramp!