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The Sandal Edit

It’s about this time every year that I realise I’ve worn any sandals that I do own to absolute death, meaning I have nothing remotely sandal-like to grace my feet when the sun comes out. This can only mean it’s time for the sandal edit, which is basically just an excuse for a spot of online shopping.

There are five categories of sandals that float my boat…

The Tough and Chunky

I’ll happily admit that I’m obsessed with Finery. For me they’re not only killing florals, but their shoes are perfect for lovers of chunky heels, block colours and a masculine feel, which is me all over. Finery describe these Leander Leather Ankle Strap Sandals as a ‘shandal’, the love child of a shoe and a sandal. They’re tough and bold, with their thick platform and hefty leather detail around the ankle. Throw them on with a pretty sundress to show them off properly.

The Classic Sliders

These ASOS Fendall Footbed Leather Sliders the pair that I can imagine reaching for the most this summer. Classic, comfortable and can be worn with absolutely anything. I have my eye on a pair of printed trousers that they’d work particularly well with. Also, Al and I have a holiday booked for September and you can’t beat a slider by the pool. Look out for that Instagram photo.

The All-Out Glitz

The magpie in me has shown my love for all things beaded, glitzy and technicoloured in these Park Lane Jewel Sliders. With metallic straps covered in a dreamy mix of sequins, jewels and beads all on top of a cork sole, I feel like my life is complete. These are all the glitz and more that I’ve been looking for.

The Tan Fringe

You can never go wrong with a spot of fringing, especially if it’s tan. If your going for the ’70s vibe this summer, than these Fringed Flat Leather Sandals are the pair for you. No question. No doubt. All you need are some crochet and fares and you’re ready.

The Wild Card

This post just wouldn’t feel right if there was no hint of animal print whatsoever. So here it is, in the form of ASOS Flick Leather Sliders. I like the way the leather straps crossover meaning not too much toe is exposed. I’m not really a toe fan and much prefer mine to be slightly more covered if possible. These are simple, sophisticated and not too garish, not sure I’ve ever written that sentence before.

There’s a definite slider theme going on this year.

Which ones would you pick?


Want it on Wednesday: My Zara Hit List

I have an on/off relationship with Zara. It’s like that relationship you have with a guy that you know isn’t quite right for you but you keep putting in the effort anyway because you’re too scared to break free. My body shape and their sizing are just never going to get on, especially for trousers. Skirts and dresses, I can usually get away with. However, this season, they’ve jumped on the whimsical, dreamy summer vibe and I’ve fallen for it.

Today’s WIOW post is a greedy one with not just one item I’m coveting but three. I call this my hit list.

The first item that caught my eye was this floaty Printed Dress with Oriental Sleeves. I like the darker colours swirling around, the sheer layer of material, the high waist line and the fact that it hits above the ankles. This wouldn’t be a dress I’d usually go for but I’m in awe.

I then stumbled across some shoes I’d been trying to track down after seeing them stroll past me in Victoria station the other week. I actually thought they’d be designer and far pricier than Zara’s £69.99. I’d happily pay that for these babies.

Let me introduce you to the Metallic Platform Bluchers. These shoes are what my dreams look like. They’re so shiny I bet they could double as a mirror.

Finally, to see us out, these insane Loose Fit Trousers. They’re slightly flared, covered in pretty red flowers and look high waisted. Perfect for my long body.

Just imagine a world in which these trousers and the silver platforms live together. Wouldn’t it be magical?
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Want it on Wednesday: The Perfect Summer Dress

Instagram is making me a mental spendaholic. I don’t spend any actual money, instead I screenshot all of the clothes, shoes, bags, homeware items that I aspire to own and create a little sub folder where they all live happily together. Every now and then I like to reopen said sub folder and browse, mentally filling my wardrobe, living room and lifestyle with these dreamy items. With today’s WIOW item I actually went one step further. I took a screenshot, standard, and then hopped online to track it down so I could admire all angles.

You see, I struggle to dress for work in the summer. I have plenty of Summer frocks but some of the hemlines are questionable for work. I also have to factor in my commute, which will be fine in the mornings but by the time I’m on the overground home, the train will have been roasting in the sun all day without any air conditioning. Imagine a face-in-armpit situation with no breeze and top it all off with beads of sweat pouring down your face and that’s what it’s like. Filthy and disgusting but true.

This rather long winded explanation should explain my fascination with finding the perfect summer dress that can be worn both to work (train friendly) and out with friends at the weekend, and I think this Long Layer Dress from Zara does just that.

It’s in a beautiful shade of blue, which I’m hoping will compliment my pasty limbs. It’s long, flowing, has a nice v neck which isn’t too revealing, drapes nicely and isn’t form fitted, yet it does have a belted waist to highlight the slimmest part of the body. All for £40.

Chuck on a pair of sandals (I’m in need of those too) and you’re good to go. Nice work Zara. Very nice work.

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3 Ways to Wear an Oversized Check Shirt

I’ve been waiting for Al to get a check shirt that I could then borrow, for a long time now and it just hasn’t happened. So I got one for myself and I made sure it was as oversized as possible. What’s even better is that this one comes with pockets. I’ll never turn them down.

It’s a shirt that I’m having fun dressing up and down and generally seeing just what I can pair it with other than jeans. But we should always start with jeans.

With Jeans and My Boyfriend’s Jumper

For me this outfit felt like the obvious choice. An oversized maroon and navy shirt is super easy to pair with skinny blue jeans. It’s like peanut butter and toast, it just works. Then I decided why not throw one of Al’s cosy jumpers into the mix. I layered it up and then made sure that my collar was peaking out the top, my cuffs were rolled into the jumper and up to my wrists and that the ends were scruffily hanging out the bottom. I don’t like looking too neat.

I then finished with my sparkly, leopard-print trainers. Because, well, why wouldn’t I. I love them.

Shirt, Topshop. Jumper, Al’s. Jeans, Topshop. Trainers, Kurt Geiger. Watch, Michael Kors.

With a Leather Midi Skirt

There’s just something about wearing a big shirt buttoned up to the top and then tucked into a contrasting skirt. The mix of textures, the colours, even the fact that there is no skin on show, everything about this outfit rocks my world. It’s even better when the wind blows and catches both your hair and skirt, sweeping them upwards and outwards.

Shirt, Topshop. Skirt, Zara. Boots, River Island. Watch, Michael Kors.

With Checked Shorts

I like to clash my clothes, so I figured why stop at just one checked item when you can do two. Right. This look feels more relaxed with the buttons undone, one side tucked into the shorts and my trusty flat black brogues. It’s casual and could be worn at any time.

Shirt, Topshop. Skort, Topshop. Brogues, Clarks. Watch, Michael Kors.

If you don’t have your own shirt, I recommend stealing from your boyfriend. That’s if he owns one, unlike mine. Or, you could get my Oversized Check Shirt from Topshop for £32.

Either way, I want to know how do you wear yours?