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We’re in the market for homespun style

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 April 2011

Natalie wears: Scarlet jeans, £45, Oasis; ethnic vest, £32, Red Herring at Debenhams; chocolate brown bamboo drape cardigan, £49, Bailey from Ethika on Timberhill; 80s burnt orange belt with lion detail, £12, Goldfinches on St Gregorys Alley and Dolly Knits headband, £16, Cherry Cherry on Lower Goat Lane.

Natalie wears: Scarlet jeans, £45, Oasis; ethnic vest, £32, Red Herring at Debenhams; chocolate brown bamboo drape cardigan, £49, Bailey from Ethika on Timberhill; 80s burnt orange belt with lion detail, £12, Goldfinches on St Gregorys Alley and Dolly Knits headband, £16, Cherry Cherry on Lower Goat Lane.

Archant Norfolk 2011

Get your knitting needles at the ready and your sewing machine on standby as the homespun look has hit the high street for spring and summer, says Emma Harrowing. Photography by Adrian Judd.

As vintage remains a fashionable look this year it’s no surprise that clothes that look like they have been made by your mum or gran are topping the style charts.

This lived in look is easy to wear. Knits, crochet, embroidery, lace and vintage floral prints are all key pieces to this season’s homemade craft look and these should be layered to create a unique look that works for you.

By layering tops and scarves you can hide the bits of your body you don’t like and accentuate the parts you do.

Try creating a vertical line down your body with a long crochet cardigan or scarf worn loosely over a lace vest top and floral cotton t-shirt if you want to look taller, pin knitted corsages onto the neckline of a top if you want your bust to appear larger, or layer a vest top with a low-cut blouse and cardigan over flared jeans and cinch the tops in at the waist with a belt if you are straight up and down and want to create curves.

Layering is also perfect for the typical British summer as you can put on a knitted cape if it turns chilly or layer with a chiffon or lace jacket when the weather is warmer.

The homespun look was perfected to a tee by Norwich retailer Vanilla on the catwalk at Norwich Fashion Week as part of their spring collection.

The independent retailer layered soft muted greys and creams with tan accessories to create a modern take on the homespun trend.

Local fashion designers Marilyn Thomas, Johanne Couldrey and Eleanor Mead also proved that lightweight knitwear can look stylish for spring with their homemade designs.

The homespun look is one of the most fun styles to work with this season.

Experiment by mixing high street finds with pieces from local designers and independent boutiques to create a look that is easy to wear and oh so you.

Take a look at our fashion shoot by clicking on the photo gallery link at the top right hand side of the page.

Don’t miss the latest fashion news on the Life Matters pages in tomorrow’s (Thursday April 14) Norwich Evening News.

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