By Emily Borrett.
If you want to stay on-trend this season but are less than convinced by some of this year’s more unexpected trends (shearling and Princess Diana chic, I’m talking to you), don’t worry. You don’t have to go out in Christmas jumpers and yeti boots if you don’t want to – there is an alternative, and it gives me girly, fluttery feelings in my tummy.
Femininity is back in a big way in the fashion world, and you can see this girl-love on the catwalks. The world and its’ wife has a crush on Mad Men pin-up Christina Hendricks, Lara Stone’s breasts are in every ad campaign and waists are at the height of waspishness. But if you don’t have a figure like Marilyn Monroe, that’s okay too – you don’t need a super-feminine body to be super-feminine. It was all old-fashioned romance and nostalgia in the collections of designers such as Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Erdem this season, who championed faded florals, dusty blues, greens and pinks and sheer fabrics to show off a cheeky hint of skin. Think high tea, bird cages, china dolls and antiques – all very pretty, very feminine and very, very British.
If you want a little more romance in your wardrobe, it’s a very wearable look that translates easily from the runway to the street. You don’t have to sweep down the road in a floor-length Victorian gown to make the trend work – keep an eye out for dusty shades, smock tops, antique jewellery and wispy fabrics. Check out the gallery below for some of my favourite pieces to buy in the high street.