Sometimes I think there's nothing like a school uniform. More precisely there's nothing like a school uniform list (for me at least). Because honestly if there's ever a piece of paper that could make me happier I'd like to see it (because it would need to be a winning lottery ticket).
And as daring and as bold as Emma can be at times, she does have a bit of a uniform - pencil skirts, pretty blouses and cardigans. And there's nothing wrong with that, nothing at all. I think lots of people develop a uniform of their own when they have a strong sense of personal style. And there are surely advantages. Like feeling no need to follow a fashion simply because you read in a magazine that a look is so this season. And I don't think Emma is swayed by trends. I don't think for one minute that she'll be considering the fetish look (sorry Will I just don't think she'll go there no matter how much you might want her to).
And if Emma has a school uniform then her outfitters of choice is surely J Crew. I like to imagine her going off on a shopping trip at the start of each season armed with a long list of Jackie cardigans and no 2. pencil skirts followed by their J Crew colour and interspersed with proper school uniform list phrases such as 'at least one of the following' and 'to be worn with'.
I definitely think she'd try on her staple no 2 pencil skirt in the purple paisley print (though I can't see her wearing it with the matching blouse).
And since Emma has a certain fondness for sweater vests, I'd love to see her in this pleated one with a bow seen at the fall 2011 J Crew fashion show - though preferably in a bold colour.
I'm liking the postage stamp (not so) mini and fanfare jacket in peacock tweed too.
And though I'd like to see more colour again, I do like the overtime necktie top in bird's-eye tweed.
And while I'm pleased to see that J Crew have some shoes that would please Emma and the viv pump is pretty, they don't really compare with the perfection that is the PMJ. I do wish that in true outfitters tradition they had continued making a style that passes the test of time and simply introduced more colourways. If they had I'm sure Emma would have been adding more PMJs to her wardrobe with each new season.