Whats’ in My Wardrobe – Florals (Part Two)

Now here’s another floral pattern I can get down with. This kimono jacket is from my pal Joanne Hynes’ most recent Dunnes Stores collection. Victorian gothic roses marching single file in electric yellow and blue across a satin landscape is my cup of semantically irreverent tea. Unabashed yet oh-so- pretty. What’s more, ‘it’s got legs’ as we say in the industry. In other words, there are multiple ways to wear it. I could harp on about how to do day in jeans and a t-shirt but where would the craic be in that? You know I’m a sucker for a polo neck and head-to- toe colour so it only seemed fair that we combine the two for this here look.

Full disclosure: Remember how the fashion gods told us we need to wear red head-to-toe red this season? Remember how nobody did? Exactly. There’s no point looking like a hot tamale if you’re feeling like a bit of a berk. Primary hues may look punchy in Parisian street style shots but they don’t always have the same currency on a grand soft day in Ireland. That said, as with most things in life, there’s always an alternative. If sobriquets like ‘pillarbox’ or ‘fire engine’ make you scarlet, then indulging in warmer claret and burgundy tones reduces the glare without much of a trade-off. Fire in a few accessories that play nicely in the sandbox with the kaleidoscope print and, hey presto, we’ve got ourselves a closet keeper. Nice one!

Hair: Aviary Lane Photo: Hazel Coonagh

Jacket, Joanne Hynes for Dunnes Stores; Polo neck knit, COS; Trousers, Lennon Courtney; Shoes, Dries Van Noten; Bag, Parfois; Ring, Pilgrim