What better way to herald spring than with a new dress! I chose this particular green dress for two reasons. One, I do not own a green dress and two, I fell madly in love with a pair of green boots and had nothing to wear with them. First, let’s have a look at the boots…
They’re Finery’s stretch neoprene sock boots. They have a nice chunky semi-wedge heel, and are wildly comfortable. I adore the buckles and shiny straps which wrap all around the front of the boot. They’re the perfect mix of elegant and edgy… right up my street. I’ve only had these a few weeks, but they’ve had a LOT of wear in that short space of time since they’re so comfortable. They work surprisingly well with black since they’re dark and have several tones of green in the lizard print leather. I’m usually a brights and jewel-tones wearer, so this colour is quite unusual for me.
I wore them here with a loose green dress with fluted sleeves, also from Finery. The dress is made of satin-backed crepe, which just slips over you and feels great to wear. You can see the satiny finish on the inside of the sleeve in the photo below. It is a medium-weight fabric, so can be worn nearly year round in London weather. These statement bell-shaped sleeves with a tie detail provide a soft style contrast with the edginess of the boots. I’m not a ruffles or bows girl under ANY circumstances, but bell sleeves, I can definitely do!
For some readers, especially the American ones, you might not know about Finery. They’re a fairly new London-based brand that started in 2014. Like a lot of smaller companies, they are an absolute pleasure to deal with, because the business is fuelled by passion and commitment. Their mission is to provide beautiful, stylish, high-quality, investment pieces at an affordable price point and with a very modern twist. Almost every item of Finery clothing has a detail (an asymmetrical hemline, a print, or a very unusual colour) that makes it unique. Interestingly, every season is VERY different from the previous one, but the sell-out pieces will often return in a slightly different colour or shape. They have a range of minimalist Scandi style boxy clothing which doesn’t work at all with my shape, but I can appreciate the style. There are also plenty of tailored and fitted pieces which do work well for me. When I go through the Finery website (they’re online only, not brick and mortar stores) I always like individual items, but I very rarely like how they style them on the site. This magnificent twilight blue leather jacket is a prime example. I love everything about it, but I cannot imagine how they could possibly make it look worse than how they’ve styled it with the shoes and trousers. Have a look and see if you agree with me. They do get this one outfit completely right (for me) though. I love the asymmetrical hemline of the skirt, the retro colour combination of the coat, and the boots. I want the whole look head to toe.
As it was such a grey and misty day in London today, I decided to photograph this dress on a street which is full of sugared-almond coloured facades. They manage to look cheery even when the weather is grouchy.
With a dark green dress and boots, I had to inject my love of colour and sparkle into this outfit (you do know by now that I am practically incapable of leaving my house without something sparkly, right?). I added a rainbow tote bag and some colourful jewellery. In keeping with my green matchy-matchy outfit, let me introduce you to this green ring, made of Swarovski crystals, which seemed a perfect spring accompaniment with a dark green dress.
And because more is ALWAYS more, let me also introduce you to a non-matching-but-it-still-works-for-me necklace in a rainbow of jewel tones. Oh, and a little pair of matching stud earrings (because even I don’t wear statement earrings with a statement ring and statement necklace).
This is just the tip of a very sparkly iceberg that is the Sequinist Shop. There will be more info on upcoming jewellery in future posts, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out. Most of the pieces I will be offering will be exclusive to The Sequinist.
If you find anything you love on Finery’s website, use the code SEQUINIST15 for 15% off of your order (no minimum spend, but excludes sale items) between now and April 13.
The other women in The Over 40 Collective also chose items from Finery to style (I’ll add links as their posts go live). Have a look at what they chose, and you’ll see what I mean about Finery London having a very diverse product offering!
Michelle of RetroChicMama wears Finery’s statement sleeves and bold colourful print
Nikki (who is usually allergic to print!) of Midlife Chic chose this beautiful lace waterlily dress
Liz of What Lizzy Loves is perfect in Statement Stripes
Michelle of The Barefaced Chic elevates monochrome staples with colourblocked boots
Annette of The Lady of Style is effortlessly sophisticated for evening in a jumpsuit
Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb wears Finery’s statement jewellery, boots, and zesty chic top with panache.