I never thought I’d be pining away for the waxy rubber jackets I wore to the athletics track in my youth but thanks to the likes of super-women Stella McCartney, Frida Giannini and Miuccia Prada, I currently have a major anorak horn! So when my beloved booked a surprise trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, I jumped at the chance to pack my shiny black mack as the perfect versatile mini-break jacket. My look is inspired by the swinging sixties; a fashion era I have undying love for, as shown on the catwalks of Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Carven and Valentino this season.
I’m pictured outside Mr. Shakespeare’s birthplace. The bauld Willy also lived here for the first five years of his married life with his wife Anne Hathaway. Fun fact about Anne; she was a total cougar. That’s right. She bagged Will as a nubile 18 year old when she was 26 – the Jezebel! I had total space envy when visiting Shakespeare’s not very humble abode as his birthplace is about five times the size of my one bed shoebox in Dublin 8! In spite of this, William slept in the same bed as his two brothers and I had a merry old time imagining William and his two brothers snuggling up under the covers to keep each other warm and playing pranks on each other as one does with one’s siblings.
This look is, dare I say it, all about practicality. Fluffy jumpers are a major must-have this season as the weather is getting that little bit colder. My ‘it-knit’ is a cropped eyelash jumper from Penneys last year and cost €12. The mac packs a real punch with its polka dot lining and ultra squelchy plastic material. My gingham pinafore is from River Island and I love the velvet details – this is ‘Chelsea Girl’ at its very best.
Utility chic, eat your heart out!
What girl doesn’t love to swap her dastardly high health-hazard shoes for a rockin’ pair of flats? ‘Flat and fugly’ is having a major moment this Autumn/Winter and I, for one, am going whole hog! These bad boys have such a vintage feel and didn’t hurt the purse stings at a meagre €13 from Penneys. Ok, they may not be leather but I’m paying homage to all those vegans out there due to major guilts from visiting John Shakespeare’s leather tannery and revelling in the soft lambskin leathers and trying out my very own ‘glove-slap’ manoeuvre. ‘Om Diva’ is one of my favourite stores in Dublin and they have an amazing selection of vintage finds in the basement. Believe it or not, the Wexford-born actress Charlie Murphy (aka Siobhan in Love/Hate) recently wore a retro dress from Om Diva for the Irish premiere of ’71 and also donned another Om Diva number for the opening of ‘Our Few and Evil Days’ at the Abbey Theatre where she starred with Sinead Cusack and Ciaran Hinds. This clutch bag is from there and cost me €18. It also has a detachable strap for extra versatility.
The sixties is definitely one of my favourite fashion eras and where I derive much of my inspiration from. Style icons from this era include Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Jackie O, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Think shift dresses, a-line hems, sparkly go-go boots, princess coats and Peter Pan collars.
Dress: River Island, €18 on sale. Available at Asos for €40 here:
Jumper: Penneys, €12, similar available at Missguided for €19.49 here:
Mack: Penneys, €26. I adore this one from Asos which is a dead ringer for one seen on Miu Miu runway.
Earrings: Topshop, €18. Similar here for $32.
Tights: Jonathon Aston at TK Maxx, €9. Similar styles available here:
Shoes: Penneys. €13. Similar available here for €40.
Face: Estee Lauder double wear in Desert Beige, MAC NW25 studio fix powder, Chanel limited edition blush in stardust.
Eyes: Rimmel Exaggerate liquid eyeliner. Benefit ‘They’re real’ mascara. Eyebrows, Rimmel eyebrow pencil in hazel.