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Sunday, 25 January 2015

CLASHING COORDINATION

Although it's a well documented trend, I'm not normally someone to experiment with multiple prints, let alone when they should clash in any other circumstance. Here there's just something that seems to work, perhaps it's the mix of blues and the fact that the very subtle tartan of the scarf; it compliments rather than complicates. The range of soft hues means that it can be worn with a number of colours to animate an outfit. It's also large enough to use as a wrap. You may recognise this striped top from my holiday lookbook back in August, (see here), where I mentioned that it was versatile enough to also wear in winter. Here I put that theory into practice, paired with my super soft Hollister skirt to bring out the colder tones. Maintaining the blue theme, the powdery duster coat brings in some longline elegance, as well as my floppy hat. Softer colours are always a nice alternative to the monotonous black.

Coat & top - Topshop
Scarf - New Look
Skirt - Hollister
Hat - Primark
Heels - Kurt Geiger
Bag - Accessorize
Pom Pom - River Island


More experimental looks with this scarf are likely to follow..

AQUAMARINE

After lusting over a navy fur coat before Christmas that was way too expensive for a student budget, I grabbed this bargain lighter version in the January sales this week, reduced from £70-£30! Yes, it is yet another coat, but with a highlight of classically feminine shows like Coach and Alice Temperley this SS15 being pastel fur outerwear, I thought it was time to get a piece for myself. I managed to soften the boxy shape with a floaty top and skirt, as the bomber silhouette usually makes my shoulders seem chunkier. It may be a summery colour palette but it's always good to bring some pastels into winter, as well as it being incredibly warm. It could equally be worn with an all black look or any other darker colour, making it the statement piece with such a strong colour. The vibrant turquoise is really stunning and will be great right into rainy spring days too; a perfect sale find!

Coat - Zara
Top - Forever New
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Aldo
Necklace - New Look

Monday, 19 January 2015

WINTER FLORALS

A little bit of wishful thinking with some pastel colour and florals ready for Spring time with this look, except with no seasonal change in sight I added my white wrap coat as an extra layer. This skirt is one of those versatile pieces in a wardrobe that can be worn for all seasons, depending on how it's layered up and what it's paired with. Here pink was the operative colour once again, with the amazingly soft fur trim of my cardigan contrasting with the sharp-edged necklace, which is again another Miss Selfridge sale purchase! I discovered that the heels I am wearing are a pair that actually haven't been featured before; the poor things have gone unnoticed with all the shoe shopping of the past few months ... 

Coat, cardigan & necklace - Miss Selfridge
Skirt - Missguided
Heels - Office

Sunday, 18 January 2015

GRID PRINT

Another piece of Zara perfection! This little day dress is a purchase I made for the winter months in December. A set-in sleeve is a feature of dresses, tops, coats and jackets which I often buy as they're particularly flattering on me, as the accentuated shoulders add some shape and interest. Because the black grid print of the dress is so subtle, I could pair it with my flecked fur coat. The materials of both the coat and dress are so soft they're super wearable and comfy. After looking back through previous posts I realised I hadn't done anything different with my hair for a while; enter the side plait! For the first time I am actually liking my hair, which is probably why I don't often mix it up with the way I style it for posts - it is the longest it has ever been and I love the way it looks when it's curled for nights out. More recently I was experimenting and did two plaits - although I looked a little like Pippi Longstocking I was more excited about how long they were as they've never been this long! Another Miss Selfridge jewellery sale pick was this stunning statement necklace; I absolutely adore the floral motif and the pop of red meant I could match it with my lipstick - it was obviously worn at Christmas! The setting I chose for this post is a little different; when looking for somewhere with my housemate we thought the colour was lovely and the damaged look was a good contrast with such a soft outfit, although the base of it was a little dirty. 

Dress - Zara
Coat and Necklace - Miss Selfridge
Heels - Kurt Geiger