Thursday, 27 March 2014

An Ode to Collars

Hey Everyone!

Guess what?! My March to-do list is complete -gasp- -woop- -falls to floor in relief-.
It's safe to say that this month has been a crazyyyy one in terms of school work. I'm actually surprised I've published a whole 4 posts- albeit most were written on the bus to work. On a completely random side note: an English teacher pointed out my incorrect use of dashes today and its made me so conscious of how often I use them. I did though look up an online grammar rule book (my life is simply riveting) and for informal use, the dash is ok. So the verdict is: they will permeate my blog posts as always but will be kicked out of my essays. It must always be so easy to tell what time of day I'm writing posts because at night I get completely side tracked; providing you with random and entirely pointless snippets of my consciousness.

Anyhoo, if you have read Julz' Obsessions for some time, you will know of my love for collars. On anything. Dresses, tops, playsuits, by themselves. I am pretty much attracted to every item of clothing with a collar. They featured in this wishlist, this haul and this one too. I even made my own collar in one of my infamous Julzy DIYs. Collars were really big around 2 years ago, and since then I have kept them closely on my radar. So, when I noticed that they featured on the SS14 catwalks, specifically sharp white collars, of course I felt the need to spread my joy. I'm loving this alternate approach of contrast. Just when you think there's only so much you can do with a collar, bam, it reinvents itself. The contrasting white collar strikes a happy medium between cutesy oxford style and crisp lawyer. Basically, it says 'ooh hey I'm so sophisticated- not only am I wearing a super-swish outfit, I'm setting it off with this bad ass collar'.

Two of my favourites featuring on the SS14 runway are Alexander Wang and Valentino.
I'm particularly liking the Alexander Wang look. The powder blue is perfect for spring and I love how the outfit is tied together with pops of white. Lately I've been lusting after a co-ordinate. Also, the lazy, pyjama-esque clothing is balanced really well by the killer heels. 

Valentino's offerings do not disappoint either. One word: monochrome. I'm still loving it, as I'm sure many of you are, and I'm glad it has resurfaced this season. These laid back sandals give the look a relaxed vibe and the necklace perfectly compliments the collar. 

As always, when falling head over heels with a trend, after analysing the catwalks (and sadly admitting to myself that the outfits are too out-there for everyday wear), I look to see how my favourite fashion inspirations are werking it (how are we feeling about that phrase- I'm kind of giving it a test run?)
Source 1, 2 & 3
Now, being the busy lady that I am, due to having school 5 days a week and work for 2, I don't have the time to treck in and out of highstreet shops looking for the perfect dress to satisfy my collar needs. This is where online shopping comes in. I've lately discovered ark.co.uk, whose collection of collared dresses has caught my eye. At reasonable prices and a wide range of styles, its difficult to pick a favourite, so I thought I'd share the selection which I am currently lusting after. 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Trying to convey my love for this style of dress is near impossible besides writing asdfghjdfdfhef. I could definitely see myself wearing everyone of these. They seem versatile yet suited to my style. The first two are perfect shades for spring. I really like the orange as its a really unusual hue of which I own nothing of the same shade and I'm a total sucker for a skater dress. Imagine these with white cat eye shades,  flip flops and some fake tan on a summers day. I would style the other three for the last remnants of winter: tights, chelsea boots and a leather jacket. When its sufficiently sunny enough to sport a dress but not warm enough to get legs out. 

Which is your favourite from the Ark line up and how would you style it? Do you have any fashion obsessions to match my collar infatuation?
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8 comments:

  1. Very cute collars :) My favorite is the coral dress with the white collar :)

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    1. Hey Julz :) I nominated you for the Liebster Award :) You can check out the link here: http://makeupisdelish.blogspot.ca/2014/04/liebster-award.html

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  2. I love skater dresses and I love the look of all 5 of the dresses from ark.co.uk . I think my favourite of the five might be the second one because of the pretty peach colour, the pleats where it's gathered at the waist and the swingy full look. I like the soft blue colour of the first dress and the contrasting white collar, the soft look of the velvet in the third, the flare of the fourth and the Peter Pan collars on them, and the curve hugging tailoring of the fifth dress accentuated by the checked print and having the nice black contrasting collar. They're pretty dresses.

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    1. I really like the peachy one too- its so perfect for summer. Thank you for a lovely comment :)xx

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  3. I love collars, they are so cute! They kinda give you that preppy feel, but if it is combined nicely it can look so fashionable :)

    Melane | Oh Sweet Remedy

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  4. Me too my love is unreal! I totally agree xx

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