It is unclear when vanilla – a delicious and aromatic flavouring – came to embody things unremarkable and uninteresting. Cream, occasionally too, is classed as safe but fortunately now these beautiful neutrals are a major plotline in our choice of
Over the Christmas holidays consider an all off-white symphony instead of the cheerful jokey sweater – it certainly looks, and will make you feel, expensive in an understated way.
For the smart-casual look (something that we still sometimes struggle with) embrace texture, thick nubby knits or fine big-stitch cashmeres mixed with sheeny silks and soft pleats.
The Winser London soft crepe appears in a great duster coat which is so relaxed it’s never going to look stuffy, and also goes into pants and dresses too. Ivories and pale shades can sometimes be a little intimidating to wear but the design and soft crepe fabric deliver style and comfort which really inspires and it’s so easy to wear.
Take the Winser pearl satin-back crepe pieces for example (look for the name Lauren), the fitted jacket, the pleated skirt, the tailored dress and the wide pant, all the last word in visual luxury. We all remember the vision of Bianca Jagger on her wedding day in tailored pearl, and here it is reinvented for the modern world!
Feel you need to ground the look? Chocolate Gucci loafers or a warm shade of berry from Locks. Chanel have just re-issued a low-heeled sling-back that I’m seeing around, and I feel fits the bill. In any case, think how well our cream will take you through into spring and summer. Winser London’s collection has names like champagne, ivory and pearl, and even the darker shade of mink. Look for evening and day pieces, cashmere sweaters, shawls and silk blouses.
I urge you to steal the show and embrace the rise of the off-white rainbow.
P.S. Remember creams, and shades of, can all be mixed together even if the colours are slightly off, just vary the textures and the surface interest tricks the eye in a most beautiful way!
By Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com