Friday, February 7, 2014

From the Archives: Effy Stonem, Style Inspiration

Continuing my From the Archives series of popular posts from Locked Out, here's a very popular post from the past. Effy Stonem was a character on Skins, literally ages ago. She's still massive popular in terms of style and her grungy 90s-themed style is even more popular today. At the end of this post, you'll find a few updates on how to incorporate her classic style into your everyday style! 

I started watching Skins during the summer, when the first two seasons become available on instant watch. I was immediately obsessed, especially with the fashion choices of the entire cast.

But it wasn't until Series 3 when I really locked my sights on a style I really loved: Effy Stonem. She's a neo-grunge punklet who favors baggy tops and bare legs, girly pieces mixed with tough leather staples, and whose mysterious personality is only heightened by her risque sense of style.

I love how Effy takes cute pieces - like the chiffon dress, above - and toughens them up with leather jackets, motorcycle boots, and lots of jewelry.

I couldn't find a good photo of it, but her first outfit of Series 3 is one of my favorites - a purple chiffon top, too much jewelry, and fishnets. Grungy, simple, and risque. 

Of course, the influence of the late 1980s and early 1990s in unmistakable in Effy's style. It's grungy-dirty-rocker and sweet little girl - a little Madonna and a little Nirvana.

Dress - Damaris, All Saints. Jacket - Forever 21. Motorcycle Boots - Charlotte Russe. Layered Necklace - 1928 Jewelry

Effy's style screams coolness and confidence. Effy is quiet and mysterious - the color palettes of her outfits mirror this, with their dark, almost muddied, colors. Black and gray are staples, occasionally mixed with pops of color. A short dress in dark gray paired with a leather jacket and tough motorcycle boots make a great outfit; pair with a bright, pretty layered necklace (the longer the better) and grungy flyaway hair for the ultimate Effy look.

Here is an updated way of how to incorporate a little bit of Effy style into your wardrobe. 

Ring, Monsoon. Boots, H&M. Pants, American Eagle. Sweater, American Eagle. Top, Big W.  

Loose, graphic tops always read as a bit grungy to me: the way the fall, the way the graphics look. I love pairing them with simple, black skinny jeans or trousers. This look skirts the edge between 1990s-inspired and comfy-cozy without going over the line (as Effy often does!) -- which means it's a bit more wearable. Pair a simple tee and jeans with some gorgeous cut-out boots and a large, statement ring and you've got a little bit of Effy to get you through the day!

1 comment:

  1. I was jealous of her for a long time, so cool!



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