As part of my new (school) year’s resolutions to get out and about more, last week I went to Bicester Village to attend an event run by Red Magazine. It was a trend presentation held by Red’s Fashion Director Oonagh Brennan and Red’s Executive Fashion and Beauty Director, Kim Parker.
In preparation for the event, Oonagh and Kim had “shopped” Bicester, choosing pieces to illustrate the trends for the season. The talk was accompanied with a power point presentation. It was a great event from the venue, which was the Farmshop Restaurant, to the presentation and to the people that I met there – plus the subsequent shopping of course.
But one of the things that I absolutely loved were the outfits that Oonagh and Kim wore. They had gone for a co-ordinated kimono over jeans look which wasn’t try hard, or over fashiony, alienating or inaccessible. And of course one might argue that they were bound to get it right but I think that it would have been easy to choose something that was hugely pricey and alienating to most people in that it could have been super skinny fitting, or the shoes could have had incredibly high heels or it could have been just be too out there for an everyday look.
Printed kimono with faux fur from Zara (£79.99) – a very glamourous winter styled kimono
So I thought that I would bring you a few ideas for the “kimono” part of the look, plus a couple of shoe ideas too because it’s an easy look to re-create and it’s so versatile too. On colder days a black skinny turtle neck could be worn under the kimono. For a smarter look the jeans could be swapped for leather leggings. And when it’s really freezing, the shoes could be swapped for kitten heel boots.
Patchwork is a huge trend for the season (as I now know) so this Zara patchwork kimono (£79.99) nails two trends in one. The colours are beautifully rich for the winter and the side slits are really flattering for those on the petite side.
For those who prefer something a little less “busy”, the flower print maxi kimono from Topshop (£69.99) has enough detail to keep it interesting but it’s not overpowering. Belts are also a huge trend for the season so this could be belted with a wide belt for a neater silhouette.
If the full on kimono look is a little too much, then I would definitely try a midi dress over jeans. I think that the frill trimmed dress from H&M (£39.99) would enable the look to be re-created without the need to invest in a kimono, which some may feel may be slightly less versatile. If the dress doesn’t button all the way down the front (and therefore can’t be worn open) I would suggest finding a dress which doesn’t have too much volume in the skirt.
Or the Cherry draped dress H&M (£49.99) is another great option for re-creating the look but with a dress. The clever off centre ruching detail is also really flattering, creating a lovely silhouette.
Another idea would be to try a Wrap dress such this one which again, is from H&M (£39.99). I really like this look and if you’ve got a curvier bust, the wrap dress neckline will (as you will all have sussed by now) work really well for your shape.
When it comes to the shoes, Oonagh was wearing some mules. The Darci pointed toe mule from John Lewis (£59.99) is a really good option and as you can see below, it also comes in red….
And Kim volunteered that the shoes that she was wearing were these red Velvet sling back shoes from Mango (£59.99), which also come in black. Both styles were gorgeous – kitten heels with a little bit of texture. And who can say fairer than Mango for a pair of fab shoes?
This photograph gives a little more of an idea as to Oonagh’s and Kim’s outfits.
I first put this Zara dress over jeans way back in April but it was for a weekend away at the beach so it didn’t really work that well. Today though I used skinnier jeans and heels and I preferred it. I think that it’s a look that will be forming the basis of my wardrobe over the next few months. I used to love wearing dresses over jeans a while back, so it’s time to re-visit an old favourite look.
I would love to know what you think. Do you fancy embracing this look for a bit of a feminine but practical look….or is it not for you?