As carnival approaches, we thought Rihanna would be a fitting style icon. She was seen earlier this month in a carnival costume in Barbados and was spotted last month sporting a string vest as a beach dress. Yes Rihanna was wearing her string vest in the Miami heat, but here’s how to wear a string vest on the streets of Notting Hill (or wherever you choose to spend carnival weekend).
First step is to get yourself a string vest, there are loads out there but you can bag some of the cheapest ones on ebay. Unless you are ready to bare all like Ri-Ri, get yourself a simple vest like this one from Dorothy Perkins for underneath. Add some pattern to the look with these red and black leggings from Topshop . A carnival essential is a good pair of kicks, so you can be comfortable all day whether you are following the floats or moving from soundsystem to soundsystem. We like these Nike Dunks from Offspring .
This look is all about keeping the shapes simple and adding texture and colour with the accessories. You can afford to go big with the accessories you choose. We added this chunky men’s chain from Topman. If you prefer something a little more feminine this coin necklace from Tatty Devine would work perfectly. We also love these drop earrings by Tatty Devine. Lastly mix and match bangles in different colours, for a colour blocking effect. We chose these orange fabric bangles from Dorothy Perkins to compliment the colour of the leggings, and this purple bangle set from Asos to compliment the colour of the vest, you can also mix somegold bangles with your selection like these from Asos.
Words by Kazabon