Inspired by Pinterest

Sometimes you wake up and want to look a bit quirky. I’ve been on Pinterest quite a bit lately and have seen a lot of great blogger styling shots of maxi skirts and statement necklaces. Comfortable to wear and easy to style, maxi skirts can be dressed up or down and worn in any season and the addition of this fabulous necklace takes the outfit to another level.  sourced via my Pinterest boards

I recently found a fab 1980s top in a local vintage clothing shop and loved its cute quirky wide stripes. Tucking it into a Very.co.uk petite range maxi skirt balances out its strong pattern too. A maxi skirt is a great wardrobe staple and just because you are smaller doesn’t mean you cant have one. Check put Verys petite range – it is rather good!  For sizing this one is a UK10 and you can find similar here.

 
This look is very much about white accessories and the white bubble necklace (one of my favourite type of accessories – I blogged about them here) and a wide belt work together perfectly.    A bargain pair of Peacocks flats (£4 in the sale) carries the red through.  

What ideas on Pinterest have inspired you lately?  

Top – Vintage
Necklace – eBay
Belt – New Look
Skirt – very.co.uk
Shoes – Peacocks

On Wednesdays we wear pink!

Ok, Mean Girls is a fantastic movie but as you become more *ahem* mature, how easy is it to wear pink?

I would say that I’m not a particularly ‘girlie’ girl but I do like wearing a bit of pink in moderation. Lets be honest, it is the most feminine colour and its always nice as a woman to feel pretty – that doesnt stop when you’re over 40. Actually, the need to feel pretty is probably even stronger (thanks magazine photoshopping/the worlds love of youth/women becoming invisible after a certain age etc) One of the ways I ‘do’ pink is by wearing the colour in a less girlie way such as the pink jeans I have on today.

F&F pink jeans & Primark top via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion blog

I have styled these pink jeans from F&F at Tesco with a cute cropped boxy top from Primark and some pretty flats from New Looks teen range 915. These rolled up jeans are so versatile and easy to wear and for sizing I am wearing a 12 but they are available in sizes 8-20. Being petite I have just rolled them up at bit more than they were when I bought them.

The cropped top is pretty with its print but not overpowering but I have kept jewellery to a minimum with just a couple of bracelets and a simple chain necklace.

F&F pink jeans & Primark top via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion blogA skinny white belt and white caged shoes complete the look and keep this pink look from feeling too Barbie.
F&F pink jeans & Primark top via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion blog  F&F pink jeans & Primark top via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion blogSo, what do you think – love it or hate it? Whatever your age and regardless of what day of the week it is  – are you ready to wear pink?

Top – Primark

Necklace – Primark

Jeans – F&F

Belt – Primark

Bracelets – Dorothy Perkins

Shoes – 915 at New Look

Wearing Teen Ranges

If you follow my Instagram you’ll probably of noticed I wear quite a lot of kids clothes.  This has started in the last few years or so.

Being 5’2″ in height, teen ranges often fit my height much better than any main range, and petite ranges are not as common as you would think.  After losing weight a few years ago I realised that my size 10/12 frame seemed to fit a lot of the older sizes of some kidswear ranges and to be honest I kind of like some of the clothes better!

So can you get away with wearing a kidswear piece of fashion when you are 40 plus?
I think you can!  You need to follow a few rules though and here are my 5…

1.  Can I pull this off?  Just as you’d look at a piece of main range fashion you need to ask yourself if the design is appropriate for you. Sadly for me now in my 40’s, certain super cute prints like Hello Kitty that I wore in my 20’s now look rather out of place, however each to their own and if you love it, then go for it!  I’m still rather partial to a fun print t-shirt though and find more ‘classic’ designs like Disney, smiley faces, retro logos etc all work really well – if you feel great in it then do it!

2.  Will it be too short?  Its great to not have to alter stuff but then again wearing a dress that is super short is probably not the best idea. Consider wearing it as a top or with leggings underneath instead.

3.  Will my boobs fit in it?  The amount of items I’ve had to pass on because of my D cup bust!  If you are busty you may have to look for items that are more stretchy instead.

4.  Not all ranges are created equal.  Make sure you try everything on.  An age 13/14yrs might fit in one store but be tiny in another, the same goes with length.  Most teen ranges go up to 15/16yrs so make sure you shop around.

5.  Stick to certain types of clothes.  Unless you are very petite, skinny jeans and other very fitted items are a no no.  Look for items where the design makes them boxy or more voluminous.  Also look out for shoes and boots which often go up to a size 5 or even 6.

And as a final plus, in the UK its all 20% cheaper due to being VAT free!  

And here are a selection of some of the teen ranges I’ve worn.

Tammy Girl cropped t-shirt – a boxy shape means a easy fit regardless of it being size 152-158 (12/13yrs) and I love that this is actually cropped on me whereas most adult cropped tops sit on my hips in the most totally unflattering way.



Love Australia UGG boots –
When I wanted a pair of Kensingtons I realised the kids size 5’s where over £100 less in price!  And the only difference?  They are a tiny bit shorter (as am I!) and have a zip, which I actually prefer.



Tammy Girl strapless maxi dress –  
I love maxi dresses but often they don’t love me – to buy a dress and not have to shorten it is a dream!  A stretchy strapless dress like this in size 164-170cm (14/15 yrs) fits perfectly.

915 for New Look shoes – as a size 5 most kids ranges have shoes in my size.  I hate high heels so its a great way to find dressy low heeled shoes and sandals.  I might not like high heels but I do love a party shoe!

M&S indigo jumpsuit – A great length, although it was a little tight on the bust at first.  Being cotton it had give in it so after a bit of wear (and slight stretching!) it was perfect. This one is age 13/14 years.

M&Co. Kylie necklace –  obviously this is one size but kids jewellery ranges have some nice little pieces and my nickname is Panda!

915 at New Look jumper – age 14/15 years.  This was an example of trying items on as some of the range came up very small.

Store Twenty One Christmas tops – Both in age 11-12 fitted me at a size 10-12!  The green top is a boys one so dont forget to have a look in the boys ranges too!

   

So, are you ready to have a browse in the kids section the next time you go shopping?

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