When it's cold outside I find it all too tempting to wear something cosy with plenty of room to slouch around in, so it's been nice to make more of an effort around the office (like here and here), which helps me feel more confident and motivated.
One thing I still haven't quite mastered during my bleary morning routine is putting the contents of my overflowing jewellery box to good use. I have stacks of chunky statement necklaces (like this and this) that I absolutely adore, but styling them takes a little more thought than simply slinging them on and sloping out the front door.
On my Pinterest travels I regularly stumble across swoon-worthy blogger outfits in which coils of perfectly proportioned sparkles and beads have been effortlessly teamed with nautical stripe tees. Yet whenever I try something similar it looks garish or clashy, and after three or four necklace changes I give up and go without.
In my mind what's become abundantly clear (because I obviously need any excuse to do more shopping) is that I'm sorely lacking in simple, classic necklaces that I can pop on regardless of the outfit and will pretty much go with everything. And as I started scouring various online shops to fill this gaping wardrobe hole, I decided that a great place to start would be with a classic string of pearls.
There's something special about a freshwater pearl. I like the idea that an ugly (yet tasty) mollusk can create something so pretty and pure. As soon as this beautiful freshwater pearl necklace from Eternal Collection plopped through my letter box it reminded me of my grandmother's dressing table, of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and sitting in French cafes sipping crisp cold wine and guzzling oysters like Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast. It reminded me of pretty brides and seaside trips and The Walrus and the Carpenter from Alice in Wonderland. Unlike many of the bold statement necklaces that go in and out of fashion, a string of pearls will happily last a lifetime and more.
Eternal Collection Pure Pearls 20 Inch 6-7mm AAA White Freshwater Pearl Necklace (£100*)
Despite not having posted an outfit photo in months (can you tell I feel like a goofball in these pics?) I wanted to experiment with the versatility of pearls and try them with a few outfits. Please excuse the lazy lack of ironing (which seems painfully obvious as I post these pics!)
Colorblock shift dress - ASOS (£19 reduced from £55) | blazer (old - blogged here) | chelsea boots (old) | vintage belt
Tartan shirt (old) | structured pleated skirt - River Island (£10 reduced from £25) | Digby Red Leather Chelsea Boots - New Look (sold out - black version available
Mustard yellow trousers - ASOS (sold out - similar here) | shoes - New Look (old) | top - Dorothy Perkins (sold out - ivory version available here)
I've been wearing this last pair of trousers at every possible opportunity lately, they're so comfy and I adore the colour (channelling my inner daffodil, obvs). They almost make me want to stop dieting as I don't want them to get too big, but then as it usually goes with ASOS, they've started to bobble a little bit and will inevitably end up relegated to the boot fair pile (cries).
I hope you're all having a lovely week and keeping your fingers crossed for more spring flowers and sunshine this weekend!