Runway Rework: Burberry Prorsom Spring 2012

Burberry Prorsum, Spring 2012 Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

I love everything about this look, except for the hat and gigantor handbag. The colors are arresting, the proportions are flattering and also wearable, and those SHOES. Oh, those shoes. The belt also gets a special call out for being a great punctuation point. Here I go searching for Obi belts and everything else.

The skirt was easy. custom makes clothing to your very own measurements. This box pleated chambray skirt is the perfect weight and length (though you can modify it if you’d like).

The blouse was tough. The Burberry top is very distinctive, and any sort of “tribal” or “Aztec” print that tries to emulate it is bound to look cheesy. Instead, go with the general shape (jewel neck and blousy), and accessorize with a geometric bib necklace to get the same effect.

Obi and other waist-defining wide belts are a great way to create a curve if you’re straight, or highlight curves if you’ve got them.

The shoes were another definite compromise. But again, I went with the shape (t-strap) and color (coordinating with the blouse and necklace) to get the same vibe.

L to R, row by row:

  1. Michael MK orange peasant top, Seychelles Mum t-strap sandal, Tinley Road enamel geometric necklace
  2. Naturalizer Kenna t-strap sandal, Vince Camuto accordian pleated belt
  3. Topshop geo triangle collar necklace, eShakti box pleated skirt, Forever 21 relaxed peasant top
  4. Gypsy Intent obo belt, Nine West Doubleheader t-strap sandals