Me? Well... I don't know that I am.
It's not that I'm not loving all of these treasures that I've found and keep coming across, it's just there are so many trends out there that I adore. And one of the things I personally have found during the journey into my 40s, is that it's pretty difficult to do all the trends all of the time.
Why is that? Well, for a start there are only so many days in a season and only so many outfits you can wear. One thing which is very important to me is cost per wear. I like things that are versatile and I like things that I can wear with a lot. Which means I don't necessarily like buying lots and lots of things. (I know it may not seem like that but I actually buy very little. Honest guv. Which reminds me, I need to do a Purchase Tally...... I may have been a saint in New York but there were a couple of splurges in the sale beforehand. I will be back with that, I promise)
As much as I do love fashion, I sort of feel that for me, at 42, there are only so many trends I can embrace at one time and in one season, so it's a question, for me, of picking and choosing. There is still a deranged Parisian (who yes, has turned to the gin after my little revelation of the Toga Pulla dinosaur sandals yesterday) battling inside me to get out. (she's passed out at the moment so we're ok to throw this one in)
I'm talking fringing. Some might say Pocahontas, some may say 70s boho. Personally I'm saying no. For me. At the moment. (this is subject to change - I still have some of that humble pie left kicking around from yesterday and I'm not afraid to eat it.)
I love the look and the idea of it - I just don't know if it's me. Or should I say, I don't know if it's me this season.
The easiest way to get on board is with a bag. And I think the softest and most aesthetically pleasing bag to fringe is a suede one.
There are some stunning ones around - you don't have to spend a fortune either.
Ok - so I haven't even listed the first item and I can already feel myself starting to crumble.... Just a smidge off the edge of a digestive, but if someone dunks that biscuit, I'm a goner.
Pieces Leather £80 was £48 in grey.
And this is a dunker of a bag if ever I saw one. I LOVE this. Accessorize have upped their game this season with their leather versions. I do think that if you're going to go for a suede tassel bag, it's got to be real suede so that the fringing has some oomph about it and hangs properly. A woofy, slightly anaemic looking fringe would be wrong on every level.
Grey leather fringed bag from Accessorize £55 They say this is grey - to me it looks definitely a beigey colour.... Either way, whatever the description it's the perfect Spring/Summer shade.
Leather Fringe Saddle Bag £65 At Accessorize (well, suede...)
But they do have leather versions at Next. Although they do look like suede fringing. Or tassels. What is the difference between fringing and tassels? One you can wear on your nipples and one you can't? The mind boggles.
White leather at Next £58
And a black version too.
Now if you don't fancy full on fringing but more of a tassel then look no further than this amazing bag from River Island. Very Balenciaga in my book - looks miles better in the flesh than it does in online. If you're looking for a black leather bag that looks much more expensive than its price tag, my money would be on this one. It also has a ring of the Sando bag that I loved last season (which they do every season) but is a 5th of the cost. (and no huge River Island bling hardware on it either.)
Black leather zip and tassel bowler bag £70.
The slouch of the leather is sublime.
I'm scraping the fringing barrel here but there is still a hint of it... and it's a gorgeous top. 70s boho vibe, just exquisite.
Maison Scotch blouse with fringing £75
In for a penny, in for a 70s pound. Fringing on print. It sounds so wrong yet I think this could really work for the Summer. I mentioned that I have this Ibiza vibe big party in the Summer and so am on the look out now for things to wear. This could definitely fit the bill.
Glamorous Tile print shift dress with fringing £36
Fringed Shoulder bag £19.99 from H&M
Back in the room though and finishing with a little faux suede gem from H&M - I know I know, I said no suede clothes but this for me summarises how to wear a new trend. Yes, it's taken me round the tassel houses to work it out, but work it out I have.
It does depend on your personal style but for me, less is more. It's about having mostly classics. It's about having a neutral base as a colour palette. And it then means you can add in an on trend piece. Oh GO ON THEN, maybe you can add in two...... (yes, that'll be two glasses of wine I've had - it's half term, I'm doing well). By keeping the rest of your look timeless, adding in a new season item keeps it up to date without someone throwing mint sauce at you.
They're my ramblings anyway - thoughts??
Oh and here's the jacket. I think, plain black or white tee, straight leg indigo jeans with a turn up and a pair of white sneakers - yup, that'd work in my book. (and a plain classic bag please. You can keep the fringe bags I've decided. I love them but I'm not sure they'll love the rest of my wardrobe. Phew. Decision made. This does not include the River Island bag which is a hint of a tassel bag and not a fringe one. Just in case anyone questions me *should* I cave on it. Yes I am going to see if they have it in any other colours....)
Fringed Jacket from H&M £29.99
Outfit from yesterday. Lovely day with the 10yr old whilst my two small boys went to football. Had friends over for supper which was great. The sun shone, we had wine, half term is going well.