The Tortoiseshell Trend

If you’ve been keeping an eye out on the latest fashion trends in stores lately, then you’ll know that animal print is very much IN at the moment.

Now while I can’t see myself rocking a full leopard or snakeskin dress just yet, I have been dipping my toes in with small touches here and there of tortoiseshell. Even a small change in accessories can make a big difference in one’s look. Now while I know it’s technically a “fashion rule” not to mix black with brown or navy…I say forget that! There can be some truly beautiful combinations with a bit of experimentation and that’s what fashion is all about after all, fun and experimentation!

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I found this pair of tortoiseshell hoop earrings from an accessories and haberdashery store we have here in Belgium called Veritas. I also found a similar pair on Asos (here) for just as cheap!

I love the rich brown colour of these earrings with some complementary brown nail polish with Essie’s Chocolate Cakes (the best brown nail polish I’ve ever found and is in Belgium’s permanent Essie Collection in Di anyway), and some rose gold rings. I also just wore my everyday silver studs (that my ears were pierced with in Edinburgh’s Studio XIII).

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In this particular instance I didn’t really mind mixing the metals of my jewellery since the rose gold of the rings were quite silvery to begin with (some can be more pink and some more yellow). I tend to not particularly like mixing gold and silver but to each their own! With tortoiseshell I think both can work. I finished everything off with my brown metallic watch from DKNY that has already been featured in My Watch Collection post.

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In September, I was lucky enough to tag along on my brother’s thirtieth birthday present, from my parents, to New York (photos coming to Lifestyle soon). So, these sunglasses came from a small kiosk on Liberty Island because it was super sunny that day (I had the sunburn to prove it!).

As I’m a contact-lens wearer, my eyes were watering very badly in the bright sunshine without any sunglasses, so I had to get them. I particularly love this pair (similar here) not only because they’re tortoiseshell but also because the lenses are slightly tinted yellow, so when you wear them it’s like being in constant golden hour…beautiful!

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I spotted these tortoiseshell beauties at the beginning of September in New Look and just had to get them! Plus, they are still available on their website here. Paired with a sheer pair of black tights, an all black outfit and black handbag (previously featured in my Winter Crossbody Bags post) they look stunning and give a little somethin’ somethin’ to an otherwise plain outfit.

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As for makeup, I’ve only changed up my everyday lipstick to match the browner tones of the tortoiseshell. Either with just the Sephora Lip Liner To Go in 17 Light Brown or a combination of the liner topped with a Mac lipstick in Paramount.

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So, there you have it, the tortoiseshell trend that I’ve been loving wearing during the beginning of autumn.

What do you think of the animal print trend?

Which is your favourite; leopard, snakeskin, tortoiseshell or another animal print I haven’t mentioned?

What do you think of “fashion rules”? Meant to be broken or not?