2011: The year of dressing dangerously

I really enjoyed wearing a different dress every day during Dressember, and it was definitely great for helping me drag my old dresses out of the back of the wardrobe. But I also think it made me a bit lazy. Putting on some tights, throwing on a dress and some shoes and calling it an ‘outfit’ is a bit too easy for a fashion fan like me. Especially when all the tights are black and all the shoes are flat. One too many jersey dresses with a long-sleeved top have made even me admit that at the moment I look a bit…boring.

So this year I’ve decided it’s time to shake things up a bit and get out of my style rut. I’m not about to suddenly change my look completely (denim and leather or twelve different shades of greige is just not me) but I do want to try a few more creative looks. I’ll still wear my dresses (especially on Frocking Friday) but during the rest of the week, I need to get a bit more wear out of the separates, the heels and the different coloured tights that are floating around un-loved. And when I do wear dresses, I need to accessorize them in a slightly more imaginative manner than ‘throw on a favourite necklace’.

So I’ve been secretly investing in things I’d like to give a go – trousers (!), big statement necklaces, suspender tights, skirts, blouses and chunky heels – and scoured Style.com, street style blogs and outfit posting communities like Weardrobe and Chictopia for a bit of inspiration.

From now on, it’s bye bye black (and boring dresses) and hello hard-to-wear trends! How long do you reckon this’ll last? I give myself two weeks tops!

[catwalk L-R: Emilio Pucci, D&G, Alice + Olivia, Elie Saab, Marc by Marc Jacobs

  • Kat

    Oooh, I anticipate seeing the new Gemma! Some of the dresses you wore in Dec — and indeed, that purple one you wore on Thursday — made me think you can definitely pull off a more rock ‘n roll style. A bit of leather, maybe some darker colours, stronger prints (nothing floral!) and textures would look great.

    Though I do love those playful spring outfits above. They all kind of remind me of what Paul & Joe’s been doing for a while?

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    Pah, I’m not giving up my florals. You’ll be confiscating my polka dots next, meanie! xx