Barbour is an absolutely iconic British lifestyle brand and with the impending release of Barbour Watches, here at Shade Station we thought we would keep you in the know about this surely beautiful new watch range. Although not due for release until the second half of 2014, Barbour Watches are already causing a stir in the horological community as this is the first venture the clothing giant has made into watch production. They are going to be working closing with the UK’s largest watch and clock manufacturer Zeon Ltd for a level of unsurpassed quality fitting of the Barbour name and brand as a whole.
They are set to retail from around £70-£200 GBP and will come with all of the features you would expect of a high-end fashion watch brand; comfortable straps (presumingly made from the same wax cotton as their beautiful coats), accurate timekeeping and movements, range of features and simply stunning designs. For those of you that may not have heard of Barbour before, J Barbour & Sons Ltd was founded in 1894 and has always been based in South Shields in the North East of England. Barbour is a 5th generation, family owned business and produces knitwear, shirts, trousers, footwear, accessories and outerwear for men, women and children in over 40 countries worldwide including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the US and Japan.
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We may think that accessories are merely the finishing touch to completing our look. In many cases accessories can actually be more important than the clothes when it comes to becoming more fashion forward. Many people feel that the key to good style is via a huge bank balance and an ever expanding wardrobe – the good news is that any outfit can be transformed and become stylish in a variety of ways at minimal cost with the creative use of accessories.
Instead of spending money on trendy but short lived outfits, it is far wiser to purchase a few classic staple pieces which you can uniquely adapt to each season’s trend with accessories. For example this season, chunky vibrant jewellery has been particularly popular along with gladiator sandals. When worn with a simple black jersey dress, the accessories and shoes immediately transform the look. Accessories are more adaptable and attainable than clothes and really allow you to inject personality and add a ‘wow factor’ into your look. A pair of oversized sunglasses can add instant glamour and sophistication to a 5 year old pair of classic jeans and plain t-shirt. Similarly on the catwalks, accessories are very much at the forefront and all about creating a unique style statement. Even hair accessories such as a metallic twisted hair band add a subtle trend twist to a plain outfit.
The key to using accessories in the right way is not to over-accessorise. Indeed, be bold but refrain from teaming huge earrings with oversized necklaces. Each accessory, be it shoes, sunglasses, or a handbag individually has the power to transform an outfit but combining everything together at once will have quite the opposite of your desired effect!
It is amazing how a stunning accessory can have a dramatic impact, attract compliments and hence boost our overall confidence. Never overlook the power of accessories!
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