I once saw Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen in a hotel lobby with their child, Olive.
It was a freezing cold day – exactly like the weather we are having now. In between slightly sniggering at Ali G trying to get the toddler Olive to put on her coat as they were leaving (“I thought we had a deal Olive – you put on your coat, that’s the deal.” “Noooooo!!!”) I was paying close attention to what Isla Fisher was wearing.
I can’t remember how I was dressed, but I remember feeling very strongly that I was too cold. And that Isla Fisher looked toasty warm as hell in furry boots, jeans, a giant parka (probably full-price Canada Goose, let’s face it) and a cashmere sweater with a beautiful slip of lace from a camisole poking out from underneath it.
She sort of looked like she had popped a snuggly cashmere jersey on over her silky pyjamas, slipped out of a feather filled bed topped with a tactile and fluffy quilt and shrugged on her giant TFFP* parka. Which she probably had done.
It stayed with me, that vision of her. And the other day as I was flicking through the Mint Velvet catalogue I saw this rather handsome velvet top, with verily a beautiful trim of lace along the bottom, so I bought it immediately and it does indeed poke out from the bottom of my cashmere sweater.
It is a nice fit and quite generous sizing – I am a size 12 and I got this in a 10 and it’s fine.
It is important with this look that the velvet top is worn as a casual item only – with boyfriend jeans and a grunge cardi or peeping out from under that cashmere sweater and then boots or trainers. Wear this with a pair of tight bootcut jeans and pointy shoes and you will look like you have concussion and think it’s 2005.
*Tiny Fragile Freezing Princess, q.v.
Canada Goose currently £450 at TK Maxx… or they have the teenagers ones.
Difficult to pull off TFFP at six foot so luckily for you all their jackets will be too small for me.
I like everything about this post.
I once saw Phill Jupitus in just his boxers. Hope that helps.
Miss Eil says
Public Service Announcement: Spikers, heed Esther’s sage advice and make this lovely thing the first Christmas self-gift of the season (c/o partner’s credit card) – and do it now. I say this because I watched all your husbands’ in the merchandise queue at last night’s awesome Spiritualised gig at the Barbican…and sistas I’m telling you now, it’s nostalgic student “ah, remember when?” t-shirts coming your way as a Christmas surprise, unless you take action.
Miss Eil says
Spiritualized. *spell check fail face*
you’re in a safe space here babez xx
Spiritualized. My first love is the guitarist…