Do you remember when we had that first heat wave a few weeks ago? Well I do, because I immediately panicked that I didn’t have any dresses to wear that would cover me for work and play. I headed to my saviour, ASOS, and ordered this dress and am now convinced it’s the best thing since sliced sourdough with smashed avo on top. Especially for those of us who spend 90% of their life with a bloated IBS tum.
Pleated midi skirts are my jam. They’re my thing. My wardrobe staple. My go to. I am obsessed. And I recently nabbed two more.
I am a creature of comfort, but when the time comes to pull out my finest frock and get glammed up, I’m all over it.
I am massively in love with Finery and have blogged about items from their collections a lot, however, I’ve yet to commit to a purchase. I think that might be about to change as Finery are having a floral moment.
I’ve recently organised my wardrobe and have noticed a few gaps, especially for the warmer weather. I’m after another pair of printed trousers and another work-appropriate skirt. They have that and more. I’ve picked out my five favourite floral numbers and trust me when I say this wasn’t an easy process.
While this wouldn’t normally be a colour or print combo I’d go for, I really, really want them. I’d wear them just like the model above, with a tucked in tee and sandals, letting the retro-inspired print do all the talking.
This dress is beautiful and ticks all my needs. It’s made to define the waist, finishes mid calf, has a pleated skirt and has no back, just three intertwining ribbons for straps. It’s perfection.
This dreamy wrap skirt certainly does all the talking. Sitting just below the waistline this skirt features clever panelling details and tuck and turns at every corner. All it needs is a plain top tucked in and some wedges. Both of which I can manage.
I have a feeling that these would show far too much skin for work but weekends and barbecues with friends require smart yet casual dressing which doesn’t get better than this. Plus, I can pack these away for my beach holiday in September.
I’m ending this already gorgeous post on a high with the ultimate dress that’s ready for all occasions. The design feels vintage but the structure adds a modern attitude with it’s wide neck, nipped in waist and cute v-neck dip to the back. I’m sold. And this wasn’t even on my original list.
Check out Finery’s full Florals Reimagined collection.
Recently I wore this striped top and snake-print skirt to work and got mixed reactions from my colleagues. One girl said she loved it and wished she had the confidence to wear an outfit like it to work, whereas one of the guys did several double takes, asking me if stripes and animal print really went together. But so what if they don’t? Why would I want to wear a plain top if I wore a patterned bottom. Why can’t I wear whatever the hell I want, when I want. After all, I’m not dressing for anyone else but myself and if wearing stripes and snake print makes me happy, which it does, then I’ll happily continue. It only felt right to experiment with my wardrobe and mix ALL THE PRINTS together for a blog post.
So here it is, 3 Ways to Wear Clashing Prints.
Stripes vs. Animal Print
This has fast become one of my favourite looks. I feel like a smorgasbord of colour, prints and textures, which is a guaranteed way to get me smiling. Stripes are a staple that can be rolled out with absolutely anything, snake-print included. While the red glitter boots are optional, they’re certainly recommended.
Top, Topshop. Skirt, Lavish Alice. Tights, Tesco. Boots, ASOS.
Florals vs. Jacquard Print
I love breaking out the florals for Spring, groundbreaking I know. I particularly love the layered peplum on this sheer top, adding an extra level of movement to an otherwise fairly structured outfit. I’ve had these trousers for a couple of years now and they’re the perfect material for when the weather brightens up. Again, I’ve added glitter shoes. I’m not even sorry.
Top, Topshop. Trousers, French Connection. Shoes, Dune.
Checks vs. Lace
I imagine that nearly everyone owns a checked shirt of some sort. Mine is super oversized and looks best when buttoned to the neck. I’m also loving how it looks tucked into a lace midi skirt, with added lace socks. I will definitely be busting this outfit out again.
Shirt, Topshop. Belt, ASOS. Skirt, ASOS. Lace socks, Accessorize. Brogues, Clarks.
There you have it, three ways to clash any print whatsoever. Go bold or go home.
The 70s are back and in full swing so I did what felt natural and dusted off the flares.
My pair are high waisted, and in all honesty don’t actually come that high up due to my extremely long torso, but they do the trick. I’ve had this Topshop pair for years and years but this is their first outing in a while.
They fit to the knee, maybe a little too tightly, and from there kick into a wide flare. For me they look best with a top tucked in. I’m currently back in love with this silky blue floral number which amps up the sex factor with it’s deep-v front. You may have noticed that my leopard-print Louboutins have made a sneaky little appearance under all that blue denim.
Will you be rushing out to get your hands on a pair of 70s flares? I can say they give you a good butt lift…
With today being the hottest day of the year and with plans to spend the afternoon lounging around at the not-so-new boyfs parents for a BBQ, my plans when choosing an outfit revolved around wearing as little as possible. Add in the words breezy and flimsy and we’re on the same lines.
Today’s combo of clashing prints happened by complete accident. This animal print vest is one of my go-to pieces in the warm weather. It’s incredibly thin and is loose enough to not get caught to my clammy skin. Lovely. The skirt is an old one pulled from the back of my wardrobe. It’s not too short, has an elasticated waist (which means I can eat more) and has ginormous pockets. It was a win win situation.
Today I think the animal print won. It definitely wasn’t the sun, there was a paddling pool set up for the not-so-new boyfs niece, which I happily played in.