A statement and a staple. Bold colors, prints or shapes, dramatic volume, chain mail, sequins, or unexpected cutouts. Every wardrobe needs at least one Statement Top.
The 1980s are my go-to decade for statement tops, particularly for voluminous silhouettes, or eye-catching materials such as leather or PVC. Find modern styles with cut-outs from the 90s- early 2000s, or look for 1960s or 70s sequined, paillette or chain mail tops perfect for late Summer parties.
Brands to look for: Chanel, Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Krizia, Paco Rabanne, Maison Martin Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent.
Key decades: 1960s-2000s
Fabrics: Silk, mesh, leather, metal.
Colors: Black or white when focusing on shape or volume, metallics or bold colors and prints.
Style notes: You don’t need a lot of statement tops so invest in something unique and let it be the focus.
The silk scarf
Tied around the neck or your handbag, the Silk Scarf is as versatile as it is essential.
Worn since Ancient Roman times, is the ultimate spring/summer essential.
the leather sandal
One of the oldest forms of footwear, sandals are an essential thousands of years in the making.