Stylist Lila Flint-Roberts is back with her must haves for March.
Last week, when schlepping up and down Oxford Street prepping for a This Morning fashion item, someone tapped me on the shoulder in Warehouse. I broke out in a sweat. People in London don’t interact with strangers unless out of absolute necessity, so this must be someone I know: an ex-boyfriend, a school friend I haven’t seen for a thousand years or a security guard wondering why I have 367 items of clothing in my hand. To my delight, a wonderful shop assistant just wanted to let me know that I looked “like a perfect Stick Of Butter.” For those who haven’t heard of this term before, you must wondering why I was so thrilled to be likened to everyone’s most beloved condiment.
The brilliant Harling Ross, of Man Repeller, coined dressing as a Stick Of Butter as “The Best Winter Style Hack.” In Harling’s words: “all you have to do is combine your favorite white, ivory, yellow and taupe clothes and poof!”. Incidentally, this has been my aesthetic since reading her words and discovering the #StickOfButter hashtag on Instagram. Have a look, you are in for a treat.
In this vein, my March Five exhibits what I predict will be The Best Spring Styling Hack: #AvocadoFlesh dressing. Millennials, this is YOUR TIME. Your favourite food and instagram fodder can now be your aesthetic muse. Whether you dive top to toe into this trend, or can only manage half an avocado, I promise you will be investing in a colour which will be prevalent for more than just this season.
AW19 shows have just come to a close and, I hope I’m not too early to mark it’s departure, but I think Millennial pink may be on it’s way out. Make way for #AvocadoFlesh. My first show of the season, Eudon Choi, exhibited a gorgeous (albeit extremely unripe) Avocado suit , and from then I was on the lookout. To my delight Rejina Pyo , Molly Goddard and Christopher Kane followed suit. If you buy into this trend now, I assure you these pieces will remain relevant throughout the upcoming year.
The prevalence of this colour on the catwalks seems politically pertinent. In an era of the #MeToo movement, Trump still as America’s President and Britain anxiously awaiting (read: dreading) it’s departure from the European Union, we could all use some green in our lives. Green is the colour of renewal, growth, harmony, freshness and safety. So when you’re wearing your Avocado Flesh garms, feel empowered, feel energetic and feel positive.
So, feast your eyes on my March Five!
The Leather Mini in Aged Avo
Everything about this dress makes me want to scream. As an avid fan and admirer of the Scandi-cool girls, I would pair this dress with either a cowboy boot or a hiking boot. The price tag is a little high, but justified by the exquisite lamb leather and the balloon sleeves.
The Organza Blouse in Nuclear Avo
This blouse sold so well for Zara in Polka Dot that they’ve bought it back in this delightful hue. Buy now, as I don’t think it will be around for long. No matter your hair or skin colour, I guarantee this will flatter and “bring you joy”. Go the whole hog and pair this shirt with a dark green (or Aged Avo, if you will) pair of trousers and a cute heel.
The Suit in Perfectly Ripe Avo
Don’t freak out… This suit is not as bright as it looks on site! ASOS’ choice of top for underneath lifts the colour incredibly, but if you styled this suit with a neutral coloured tee, it is much less intimidating. Add a crisp white trainer, and it looks more relaxed tailoring than Kylie Jenner on a night out. No offence Kylie, if you’re reading this.
The Pleated Mini in Party Avo
This is a hot seller at Miss S, so if a perfect pleat is your vibe I suggest moving quickly. This colour does all the talking itself, so I would pair this midi with a grey oversized jumper and white knee high boot for the day. For the evening, pair with a cream blouse and courts.
The Shoes in Not Quite Ripe Avo
I couldn’t choose just one, so enjoy both these and these. If you’re only willing to dip your toe into this trend (pun NOT to be pardoned), then these pairs are the perfect vehicle to jumping onto this trend.
Words: Lila Flint-Roberts