Black, White & Orange 

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.   
    #ootd ASOS dress bubble necklace look via always a Blue Sky Girl blog 
 

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

To Culotte or not to Culotte

Culottes are an odd thing – not a skirt and not a trouser. For me they remind me of being in 6th form where for the first time we didnt have to wear school uniform but as we were at a girls school we couldn’t wear trousers. Our way round it? Culottes!  Every pair of Culottes in the south-east got found and bought by 16 year olds on a mission!

So are they a difficult wear?  Well, to honest I’m a little undecided.  

In todays outfit, I’m wearing a pair from BooHoo.com in a oversized dogtooth check print.  Culottes sit quite wide and loose so a fitted and tucked in top balances out the look. They are flattering though, particularly if you are a hourglass or pear shape and this particular pair flare out really nicely with a fixed, wide waistband. 







I co-ordinated it with a simple black polo neck.  The print is quite overwhelming so simplicity is the way to go styling wise.  Star earrings mimicking the dogtooth print and Atmosphere buckled platform flats complete the look. 




All in all, I think culottes are really versatile piece of clothing to have in your wardrobe. Want to climb a wall?  Go for it! Ready to dance a Can-Can?  You’re set!  Want to sit like a boy?  Do it!



Jumper – Dorothy Perkins

Earrings – New Look

Culottes – BooHoo.com

Shoes – Primark

Its all white

A little while back I blogged about a Primark haul I had done and bought, amongst other things, a white space age style dress I loved but wasn’t quite sure how I’d wear it for winter. Well today I wore it!
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With it being cold outside, I wore the dress with Topshop knee boots, thick black tights and a black rib Dorothy Perkins roll-neck jumper underneath. To carry the monochrome look through I added a black statement bib necklace I got a few years ago from House of Fraser which I love. Overall the whole look is quite space age!

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With its quite structured shaped and jetted waist and a-line skirt the cut is really flattering. The quilted fabric is cosy too.

When I went out I wore a black leather jacket and black oversized knitted hat with the outfit and I must admit, I loved the look! I thought white might be difficult in winter but it really isn’t!
Would you wear white in winter? Let me know.

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Dress – Primark
Jumper – Dorothy Perkins
Necklace – House of Fraser
Boots – Topshop