Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Five things to wear so you know it's 2008

1. Belts. Every wardrobe requires a repertoire. Last year’s were wide and blingy; this year’s are thin and understated.

2. Shoes. Bright colour and chunky are the bywords here. If there’s a new way to waft, it’s to do a semi-waft by toughening up pretty dresses with aggressive-looking shoes.

3. Bags: they’re definitely getting smaller. Some could even be classified as small.

4. If you’re bored with necklace mania, take heart. Now there’s bangle and cuffs mania.

5. Not just full, but really full skirts – the antidote to last year’s drainpipes. Wear with ballet pumps.

courtesy of the usually right Lisa Armstrong

Everybody's talking about


It says here

6: Linda Grant's The Clothes On Their Back

A gorgeous fashion-y novel with incredible soul, which isn't out until next month, but we strongly advise you to buy it the moment it is, because it's well cool. The woman who bought you fashion blog thethoughtfuldresser.blogspot.com ('because you can't have depths without surfaces') delivers an exquisite, moving (and we suspect, autobiographical)* number, which describes a sensible, credible love affair with style - and the people who have it (Little, Brown).

*You suspect wrong

Thought for the day

(Babe Paley)

One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. Harriet Beecher Stowe