Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Lady and the Vamp: Two Ways to Wear the Frilled Blouse

If you've been here before, you'll know there are a few things which, try as I might, I just can't resist:

  1. A trend.
  2. A challenge.
  3. The impulse to wring at least two hundred looks out of every buy.

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Ergo, three more things I couldn't resist:

  1. This blouse (frilled yoke plus piecrust collar minus stuffy sleeves and schoolma'am vibes equals the perfect summer style equation).
  2. The challenge to style a look around it in honour of H&M's collaboration with Man Repeller's Leandra Medine and Bloglovin' (for the chance to win one of the most exciting prize packages known to man, woman or child).
  3. The impulse to repeat the above. Because out or in? Paired with pleats 'n' pastels or pleather 'n' a faux hawk? Backless loafers or boxfresh kicks? Who can pick? And because my love of fashion is all about the endless possibilities it presents - it's never so much "what goes with this?" as "who do I want to be today?". This shirt's frilly feminine wiles chime perfectly with the calf-skimming midis I've long held a special place in my heart on my hanging rail for. But even with skirt length sorted, the big question: to embrace or subvert those ladylike charms? still remains. And, frankly, that's not a choice I'm prepared to make. Ever. Having a secret identical twin and/or a little human cloning know-how (shhh) helps. Or at least some rudimentary Photoshop skills.

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L - Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Marks & Spencer | R - Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Marks & Spencer

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Friday, 10 June 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Well, I'd used the 'caped crusader' pun too many times already... And the sun did come out for a couple of minutes this week, so the concept of 'summer' doesn't seem quite such a reach as it did a few days ago, when I literally had to wade, rather than walk, around London...

I'm a sucker for a built-in cape (superhero complex?) - so as soon as I discovered that this angelic 'can't believe it's not designer' beaut cost less than £20, it was a case of 'get in my wardrobe. right. now.' It doesn't, sadly, allow me to fly over puddles, but it does look great with my staple pleated maxi on drier days...

Caped Top - Forever 21, Tan Waisted Belt - Primark, Pleated Maxi Skirt - Jane Norman

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Caped Top - Forever 21, Tan Waisted Belt - Primark, Pleated Maxi Skirt - Jane Norman, Tan Heeled Ghillie Sandals - Tu

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Top: Forever 21, Skirt: Jane Norman (Past Season), Belt: Primark, Shoes: Tu


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Monday, 16 May 2016

M&S Faux Leather Wrap Skirt (The £35 Dupe!)

Yep, M&S has done it again - not only produced 'the skirt of the season' in this leather wrap midi, but thoughtfully dished up an (even more) affordable dupe in the near-identical shape of this faux leather one... Last year's faux suede beaut is still on heavy rotation and I have a feeling this one is going to be a firm fixture in my wardrobe for some time to come too... I can't wait to try it out with a crisp white shirt, '70s style blouse, grey marl tee and trainers... aargh, the possibilities are just too much!

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Skirt: Marks & Spencer, Top: Boohoo (Past Season), Shoes: Missguided (Past Season)


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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Earning My Stripes

You won't need to scroll far to discover I've always had a soft spot for a stripe - hence the purchase of this blazer, back in the mists of time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and I still had hair down to my hips - with which I did dreadfully silly things, like attempt to tie it in a bow (scroll down - actually, please don't).

The beehive (along with the mercifully short-lived bow 'do) may be history, a baby faux hawk risen like a phoenix from the ashes, but the blazer lives on. SO... imagine my excitement on finding matching trousers on a recent trip to Primark. Seriously, like someone suddenly woke up and realised they'd forgotten to make them 3 years ago - better late than never, hey? (There is a new-style blazer too, btw, if you didn't happen to pick this one up six seasons ago!)

What to wear with a stripy suit? Well duh, more stripes, obbbvs!

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Blazer, Top and Trousers: All Primark, Shoes: Truffle Collection c/o F&F (Past Season)


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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Nautical But Nice: 2 Ways to Wear a Striped Blouse

Thanks to global warming, the appearance of blue-and-white striped tops in the shops is now a more reliable sign of the imminence of spring than the blooming of the first daffodil. This year's crop looks a little different though - we're seeing less of the classic Breton, and a lot more of the tailoring, draping and ruffling...

I wasn't too sure at first - part-office pinstripe, part-deckchair upholstery? But you know me - I may knock something, but I'll always (eventually) try it. And, quelle surprise, it's already become my favourite spring staple.

Look One

White pencil skirt = the no-brainer "dress-it-up" option, but lace skater flats (a.k.a the latest contender for best summer shoe idea ever) give the look a casual (and comfortable!) vibe.

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Top: Primark, Skirt: Boohoo (Past Season), Shoes: Tu at Sainsbury's

Look Two

Blue and white stripes + tan? Not a combination I'd have thought to put together if I hadn't been inspired by a shrewd street styler, but something about it just seems to work! 

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Blouse: As Above, Skirt: Marks & Spencer (Past Season), Shoes: Topshop


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