Last Saturday the boyf (now fiancé) and I had a lovely Saturday of us time together. No kids and free time meant we could do what we wanted! After a glorious lie-in, we decided to go to a really lovely local market town to potter round the vintage and farmers markets, admire the ancient architecture and then get a late lunch in a nice bistro. It was just lovely.
So enough with what we did…the big question is what did I wear???
Well I wore this little ensemble! The skirt is a Monsoon beauty which can just as easily be dressed up as it can be dressed down and by wearing it with a simple white tee the whole look is clean and simple and the skirt, with all its embellishment and subtle sparkle gets to shine. So easy to style, yet somehow looks like I tried a lot harder!
Jewellery was a white beaded wrap bracelet and on my feet, a sparkly pair of sandals. As the skirt is grey the metallic elements were all silver based. When we were out I also wore a white denim jacket.
The skirt itself is just a beautiful piece and is heavy with embellishment. The wide waistband and box pleats are flattering and the dove grey colour so elegant. Although its a recent edition to my wardrobe (a Monsoon donated head office sample bought via the Cancer Research charity shop…yay!) its become one of my favourite skirts. And yet again heres a reason to have a good quality white slim fitting t-shirt on your wardrobe as they make any outfit look crisp and clean.
Theres nothing like a great statement piece to make you feel great. I felt fantastic in this outfit – thats thing about fashion, it is so much more than just clothing.
So, have you got plans for the weekend? Is your outfit ready? Whatever youre doing, enjoy…and don’t forget to be stylish!
T-shirt – South at Very.co.uk
Skirt – Monsoon
Bracelet – Matalan
Sandals – Matalan
Todays outfit is a dressed up look for an evening wedding reception we were invited to recently. I chose to vamp it up and go all lady in red…
I decided to be brave and wear a chiffon bias cut floor length dress with a low front. Bias cut is a hard one to wear and I’ll be honest, I felt quite pear shaped in it. However, I got lots of compliements during the night so I soon felt OK. Thats the thing with losing weight, you still can feel like the old version of yourself. I added black sandals and a large clutch bag and kept it simple with just some statement earrings for jewellery.
Make up was all about the black winged eyeliner and red lips. Accessories were all black apart from diamanté starburst earrings.
Dress – BHS
Earrings – H&M
Bag – Peacocks
Shoes – Vintage
Inspiration – that dancing lady emoji…Olé!!! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
Suede is everywhere this season. Skirts, waistcoats and tops are appearing in many High Street stores influenced from the catwalk collections.
Now, suede is not an easy choice. It can be quite rigid and marks easily. Most items are dry clean only so its important to get yourself a suede brush and some suede and nubuck spray cleaner if you want to avoid being in the dry cleaners each week!
But if you decide to go for it, suede, like leather, can create a luxe look with very little styling. Yes, its an investment piece, but one that will never go out of fashion…
I co-ordinated an Outnet bargain top (I didnt want to make too much of an investment!) with skinny jeans and a statement necklace. The boxy shape of the t-shirt balances the fitted jeans and the necklace adds a bit of interest! Buckled boots finish the look.
I adore this H&M necklace I bought in Copenhagen. Its striking and quirky but not to heavy to wear. Who wants to look like everyone else?
So would you dare to wear suede as a top or bottom this season?
Top – VINCE via The Outnet
Necklace – Divided at H&M
Jeans – Primark
Boots – Dorothy Perkins
Todays mini blog capturing my head and feet look via Instagram photos. Follow my daily Instagram’s here.
“Vintage separates to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans for #dressupjune”
Todays top look
Jacket – Vintage 1980’s Windsmoor
T-shirt – South at very.co.uk
Jeans – Primark
Necklace – River Island
Todays tail look
Jeans – Primark
Shoes – 915 at New Look
This June my friend and colleague, Kate Beavis from Kate Beavis Vintage (formally Your Vintage Life) and the Vintage Wedding Fair encouraged people to dig out their dressier items (vintage or not) and dress up for June. She had discovered a ton of vintage clothes she’d had stored away and was determined to make good use of them from now on.
I love dressing up so joining in was a no-brainer for me! This was one of my outfit choices…
The dress is a textured, fitted print dress from Dorothy Perkins. For sizing I am wearing a 10 but DP dresses are all available in size 8-22. This dress has a nice stretch to it so is tight on the top and flares out prom skirt style at the waist creating a very feminine shape.
Accessories were a gold structured necklace and simple gold toe quilted pumps in a nude colour. When wearing a pattern I think its important to not add too much extra pattern or colour as it can look busy.
As the weathers still a bit temperamental in the UK I added a white cropped denim jacket bought from M&Co. last summer for going out. Again, for sizing its a size 10 but M&Co. jackets are available in sizes 10-20.
My hair was just tied up into a loose bun and I was make-up free. Hey, I work from home – I dont wear make-up every day!This month tag your looks using the hashtag #dressupjune and search the hashtag via Instagram and Twitter to get inspiration on other peoples outfits. I’ll be adding more ‘outfit of the day’s as the month goes on. Have fun with it and remember a beautiful dress (or blouse, or jacket, or necklace) is for life, not just for Christmas!!!
Jacket – M&Co.
Dress – Dorothy Perkins
Necklace – Store Twenty One
Shoes – Peacocks
Todays outfit is a simple piece of styling – a monochrome print with a bright statement necklace. This piece of styling works with any black and white pattern and any colour of statement necklace. Simple!
The dress is a cotton shift dress from ASOS (last season) and I have added one of my favourite J Crew inspired bubble necklaces. I just love these necklaces – see my blog on them here. On my feet are just a simple pair of plimsol style pumps – comfortable shoes for busy days are a must for me.
I love the ‘pop’ of the necklace against the dress and find this style, with its longish short sleeves is a very wearable day dress. I love orange as an accent colour so love the boldness of this necklace.
Simple styling maybe, but very effective I think! Now off to do my day of running around fitting in kids, chores, work and anything else that crops up.
Dress – ASOS
Necklace – eBay
Shoes – Primark
The other day I bought a fantastic water inspired print skirt amongst a few other vintage items. It was so unique and although longer than I normally wear has a great prom style flare to it from the waist. As ever with vintage its a pretty small fit – this was sized as a 12 but only just fits me. Thats a real tip with vintage – ignore the size in it and just try it on.
I teamed it with a vintage St Michael knitted turtle neck top (remember when M&S clothing was called that?), a white beaded bracelet and white pumps for a fresh summery look.
The delicate print to this skirt is just lovely and very unique. I love how the pattern graduates down to the hemline. The wide waistband is flattering, as are the box pleats on the front.
Vintage is still doing it for me…how about you? Get into those charity and vintage shops now and have a rummage! Remember – ignore the size in the item, check for any wear or stains and alter it if you need to. Plus at the same time you are helping the enviroment, looking unique AND saving lots of money – this gorgeous skirt only cost me £2!
Have a great day dressing up in the sunshine.
Top – vintage
Skirt – vintage
Bracelet – Accessorize
Shoes – Primark