My last post was about a Finery find and inspired me to take a look at their website for the first time in ages! I used to buy quite a bit from the brand but I felt that some of the designing lost its way a little - not much in the summer or autumn collections really appealed to me which was unusual because I used to be able to always find something I liked on the site. I do find that Finery seem to design for their models - cropped trousers are always too long on me and a dress that is above the knee on the model is usually on or below the knee on me, so often the items don't look as they should. I also resent having to pay £5 (!) for postage - whilst I can't argue that the items are always sent beautifully wrapped, it seems expensive especially when so many online retailers offer the delivery service for free. You can get it for free on Finery if you spend over £75, but if you are buying only one item it definitely hikes up the price. However, they are UK based and provide beautiful quality items - pieces that I truly treasure and wear again and again, the ultimate antithesis to the consumerism of 'fast fashion.'
To this end I thought I'd put together a post using some pieces from the sale that would translate perfectly well to the trends of SS17. I realise that to follow the trends, per se, you need to look to invest in 'on trend' pieces but this doesn't have to be expensive and nor does it have to mean you buy items that date. For example, I personally wouldn't buy into the 'hot pink' trend simply because it's not a colour I wear, but if you love it, buy it, and wear it from spring into summer and beyond. Here are some of Finery's best bits.
The Trend: Hot pink
It's everywhere, Topshop Boutique have done a suede co-ord and a velvet dress in this hue and so you know that it's the shade to be seen in. I am frankly terrified of such a bright colour but I would try the trend with a fuchsia lipstick, I am also considering a pink loafer! If you are braver, the Addison trousers are a great pick and can be muted with a fuzzy knit in a dark shade. For those braver still, the Carville dress is a perfect fit.
The Trend: Metallics
Buy now for NYE and every party of 2017. Gold, silver, reflective coatings on colours of any kind, if it's shiny, it's for keeps. The thick strapping of the Malvern dress keeps the sweet shape edgy, and the fitted foil of the Evering shift would pair perfectly with boots.
The Trend: Accessories
Accessories are graphic and statement, to be worn singularly to add impact or in multiples for texture extremes. This Kay bracelet is the perfect entry point to the trend - easy to wear with many looks. Footwear wise, heels are out - the mule still reigns supreme as the shoe of the season and, whilst stilettos are back, I can't give up my grannyish block heels and these Kristan slip ons ensure I won't have to.
The Trend: Prints
Gingham is the print buzzword for SS17 so, if you see any of that in the sale, snap it up! Finery have a few great pieces which remain full price, but other prints are also worth investing in. Scribbled botanical prints wandering over punchy colours and muted watercolour styles painted onto sections of a garment are the new ways to wear. Invest in the Rosemont dress to wear over a poloneck jumper, and the Harvey dress for every spring soiree.
The Trend: Dress over Trousers
Layering reached new heights towards the end of 2016 with the dress over trousers. Championed by Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, this is a really cool and simple way to get mileage from short dresses and an updated way to wear cigarette pants. Make sure the trousers are slim and invest in a chic tunic to wear over a soft long sleeved top for everyday chic. I love the Stenham tunic, but this Eamont dress also works well.