Shut the front door is one of my favourite ever sayings from one of my favourite Americans, you can find her here. And Whistles is one of my favourite British shops. And I’m getting married. So you can imagine my delight when I heard the news that Whistles are MAKING WEDDING DRESSES!!
I’m gearing up for pay day with today’s healthy dose of lacy goodness, which Self Portrait nail every single time.
Help, please. You see I have an ASOS voucher burning a hole in my pocket and I’ve whittled down some holiday worthy outfits but I can only afford one.
Any time I get a whiff of a new Chloé collection I get the feels. I then start imagining myself as a free spirit, running through fields of daisies in my billowing, ruffled, sheer dress, Chloé of course. And then I blink and crash back to reality. Here are a few of the reasons why I dream of being a Chloé girl.
My style is all about comfort, when you have IBS it kind of has to be. I like loose layers, oversize everything and glittery socks. I like wearing blue and black, clashing colours and wearing socks with shoes. Yep, you read that right.[Read more]
In my mind, when I open my magical closet doors I see a heavily edited collection of leather, sequins, faux fur, sheaths of sheer, some ruffles and a lot of lace. Add in some knee-high leather boots and strappy platforms and I’m a very happy girl. [Read more]
There is nothing I love more in a dress or shirt, than a cold shoulder. I can sniff them out a mile away, showing a subtle hint of skin with an exposed shoulder. I have several in my collection, spanning from an oversize t-shirt dress with jagged cut outs, to the latest addition which is all lace and billowy sleeves. [Read more]
For me, white lace dresses are the epitome of summer. It’s the chance to really show off your tan or, in my case, pasty limbs. My only real chance of wearing a white lace dress is on holiday where if the sun has been shining, my freckles will have come out to play and I might have a golden hue. Then and only then, do I allow myself to pull out that dress.
The dress in question is quite an old one now. It’s from Topshop, is one shouldered with one long billowing sleeve and nips in at the waist before falling into a short skater skirt. It’s the perfect holiday dress. And now we’ve finally got a holiday to look forward to this year, I’ve taken this as the perfect opportunity to look for the best from around the web.
The only thing left to decide is which one I most want to purchase.
Flower Lace Dress, £79
This is the ultimate bohemian summer dress. It’s soft, sheer in some parts, has beautiful lace sleeves and detailing down the side. It has an a-line skirt which I’m always a fan of and looks like it’ll have the perfect swish when you walk. I’m sold.
Lace, tick. Mesh, tick. Crochet, tick. Scallop hem, tick.
I’m a sucker for a shirt dress and this one is the perfect combination of pretty and preppy.
Lace Bardot Dress, £36
Who doesn’t like a little shoulder action? Especially when the swing dress in question looks beach-to-bar ready.
There’s always that one dress that goes one step further. Sheer lace and delicate appliqué flowers make this Marchesa Notte dress sensational but very, very expensive.
Which one would you choose?
For me Chloe has that whole whimsical, bohemian, watch-me float-around-in-a-field vibe nailed.
I’m talking sheer lace dresses, voluminous hareem-style pants, halter tops made from lengths of scarf, a strong 70s colour palette and wedges (hello) with buckled straps up to the ankles.
They caught me hook, line and sinker.
These three items are definitely on my wish list:
Silk-Trimmed Lace Dress, £897.75
I imagine running through a field of buttercups in this ensemble.
Check out the full collection on The Outnet, here.
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.