Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Joy of Jacquard

Jumper - Topshop
Trousers - Mango
Shoes - Unknown
Necklace - Vintage
Large Ring - Prickig Katt

As a life long lover of paisley, it seems only natural that I would have been drawn to  jacquard loom and, indeed, I have.  For months now I have lusted over quilted  jackets and slinky jacquard print bodycon.  I have drooled over it in jewel tones, in pastels, in monochrome, in metallic.  At one point, I'm sure I have even had a dream in which I was wearing it, yet somehow I never made a purchase, never had a piece to call my own.  Until Christmas morning, that is.

Amongst a generous pile of gifts, I found this knitted piece.  In a perfect combination of shades for winter - dark, yet still bright - and in my favourite sweater shape - thick but not oversized - it was a little piece of woven heaven.  As much as I am often drawn to minimalist styles, I equally enjoy patterns that make you look twice and textures that you could get lost in.  I love paisley because you could follow it forever, and jacquard holds the same appeal for me.  On another level, I also appreciate the contrast of decadent jacquard against the practicality of a knitted jumper.  I feel like it just works, as a piece.

There is something about jacquard that feels so deliciously luxurious; something about the fact that it is so intricate, so multi-dimensional, yet purely for aesthetic satisfaction, that pleases me to the point of feeling almost a little bit royal.  For this reason, I wanted to style this jumper simply, with classic pieces.  Once again, out came these green cigarette trousers, which for an item bought on a sale whim, come in very handy, very often.  As far as footwear was concerned, it was finally time to put to use these shoes which I picked up for just £5 - yes, that's right, £5 - as part of a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal.  At the time I wasn't too taken by them but they have really grown on me, to the point of being one of my favourite pairs.  I like the simplicity of them, which makes them instantly classy, combined with the chunky heel that adds a hint of modernity.  

In a nutshell, I think that what I'm trying to say is that just as I will love paisley forever more, no matter how in or out of fashion it is,  jacquard is also here to stay.  Everybody is allowed a few pieces to act as their personal "get out jail free" card.

Also, I must apologise for how lax I've been on the blogging front lately.  I was just about ready to get back into the swing of life when I sustained a pretty horrid ankle injury which has had me house/bed bound for longer than I would have liked.  Onwards and upwards though; peaks and troughs.  


  1. I love the combination of colours you've got here :) looks lovely! I'm also insanely jealous of your shoes <3
    Yasmin xx

  2. Love the top and how you got your shoes at a bargain!


  3. The jumper is indeed gorgeous, you lucky thing! I've got a paisley maxi skirt which is only really suitable in sunnier months, but I can't wait to pull that out - I'm a fellow paisley lover!

    I hope your ankle isn't too painful, god how inconvenient? I've started getting really dodgy knees that seize up when I walk too far, you never realise how much you take your body for granted until it starts playing up lol!

    ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

  4. loooove this outfit. that jumper is gorgeous and those trousers look so good on you - they're a beautiful fit :) great shoes too!

  5. Very pretty & cute shoes at such a bargain price! x

  6. Your outfit is so pretty, I love the colour of your jumper! And your shoes are gorgeous:) XX

  7. What a lovely ensemble you have put together Elise :) I love the way you analyse what you like and why you like it, it makes for great reading, and is thought provoking too! I hope your ankle gets back to full strength soon, so you can wear your very sweet shoes in comfort :) xo

  8. I like how you combined your sweater with the green pants, lovely outfit, thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this jumper! Which is a surprise, as items like this never seem to be me. Topshop always seems to pull something out of the bag though, hhaha c:

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  10. I love that jumper, paisley is my favourite and jacquard always feels so luxurious. I can't believe those shoes were only five pounds! x

  11. Love this outfit! Gorgeous colours, especially the trousers! Your shoes go perfect! <3

  12. omgosh you look amazing! really love everything you're wearing

    hope you'll visit back

  13. those colours look gorgeous together, the detail on the jumper is lovely. and i adore your shoes! x

  14. Just loving this outfit! You look stunning and that shoes are so perfect!

  15. Love love LOVE those shoes!! Such a classic style, and so versatile! Love the look and your blog :)