Monday, 10 November 2014

Styled by Kimberley: Taxidermy

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Blouse | Primark
Dress |Oasis
Crab Pincer Necklace | Runaway Fox
Shoes | Primark
Midi rings | Forever 21
Socks | Topshop

As soon as I saw the new Runaway Fox The Cast Collection I fell head-over-heels for this crab pincer necklace. I tried to squeeze it into one of my Halloween Girl Gang looks but it really wasn't working so I decided it had to have its own outfit. And where better to showcase it than the Natural Science (Animal Land) gallery at the National Museum of Scotland?!
The piece sits beautifully with a supportive leather strap at the back and it's hand painted to an incredible level of detail. A real statement piece! Luis and Poppy really are such clever ducks.
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This dress is one that I've had for about seven years. I used to wear it with coloured leggings and a huge vintage grandad cardi with elbow patches (RIP). Ah, I loved it. Then I just tired of the loose pinafore shape and kind of tucked it away at the back of my winter wardrobe, where I forgot about it until I was packing up to move in June. The changing seasons is a great excuse to bring out something that is both old and barely worn, so you can style it up again. This is what personal style is all about, after all. Layering it over a white shirt has given it a new lease of life. And now I'd like to think I look old enough not to be mistaken for a schoolgirl in it!

When I was 19 I lost a LOT of weight and suddenly had to buy an entire wardrobe. With student loans coming in, I was buying the hottest trends and biggest patterns but at that time I was only looking at the individual pieces, not the entire look. Although I had outfits put together, I lacked the wardrobe staples to change them up. Dressing was like a uniform- I had these pieces that always went together and those ones. Over time I picked up various cherished pieces that I still go back to and pull out. Only I do it in bursts, when I have a new way to wear it, and then I put it away again. It means the pieces still appear fresh when I next pull them out. If you are wearing something regularly for years it becomes definitely becomes part of your style but it also dulls from familiarity.

Or maybe that just for me? I enjoy fashion like I enjoy other forms of art- my eyes are greedy for something different and interesting to look at. I like shiny new things- whether it's a lifelike crabby accessory or a fresh twist on an old fave.
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Can I dress like a crustacean every day please?

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2 comments:

  1. LOVE! The photos are fabulous. We will keep designing surreal jewellery mainly to dress you gorgeous ladies up ;)

    Runaway Fox
    xxx

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  2. That necklace is amazing! And the museum is the perfect place to wear it to. Love the layering on this outfit and those frilly socks are adorable!

    Alice
    www.pretty-confused.com

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