Friday, 13 June 2014

Puritan Please.

Sheer Top - Simon Preen, Shirt - H&M, Shorts - J W Anderson, Fedora - Topman, Shoes - Topman Lux

Puritan dressing has been a massive influence for both womenswear and menswear on the Autumn/Winter 14 Catwalks, emulated by the likes of Jil Sander and Agi & Sam. The Puritans were a group of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries, famous for their starched white collars and wide brimmed hats (oh and burning witches, but that's another story). The traditional puritan look is very conservative, but the modern day take is much more risque, using modern fabrications to make the look sexy. I couldn't wait until Autumn/Winter to start rocking this trend, so I decided to put a summer version together. I came across Simon Preen a few months ago when he made a few of the outfits for Ellie Gouldings tour. After a bit of research I discovered he had a line of mens tops, but it was no longer available. I knew I had to have one, so I emailed and was totally in luck when I was told that they still had some of the pieces in stock! I feel this top works really well for the puritan trend because the design reminds me of church windows, and layering over a crisp white shirt really makes the paneling stand out and also gives another nod to the conservative puritan look. I paired with my super short J W Anderson shorts and wide brimmed hat. Puritans were also famous for their buckled shoes, but I wanted to wear a more modern version, so these cut out fringed sandals are the perfect alternative. I really can't wait to do a much more layered version of this look when the weather turns cold again (not that I'm complaining about the sun though! keep it coming)

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