Sunday, 24 November 2013

3 Ways with Leather and Pastels

I really wanted to put myself out of my comfort zone when styling these 3 outfits. Leather isn't something I would normally go for whatsoever, but the high street have picked up the trend and run with it. If you hadn't noticed (are you blind ?!) it's everywhere, and being produced in extremely wearable styles. For my first outfit above I am wearing a full leather skirt from H&M, paired with a delicate pink cardigan. I felt very much like an off duty ballerina, I couldn't stop swishing around and was all ready to don my ballet bun and start my plies. 

Outfit no.2 is a bit more of a day outfit, with this cosy aran knit jumper from Topshop layered with classic Oxford and (slightly tiny) leather shorts from H&M. I like that they make the outfit a little bit more exciting than just your standard cut offs, while still keeping the overall look casual enough to pop down to the shops in without people thinking you're into S&M. 

This outfit was one that I was very unsure about when I was laying it out - the tight knee length pencil skirt made me a little bit scared. I am quite (*very) short so both this skirt and the one before were not lengths I am used to at all. There was something about it though when I put it on, I couldn't help but feel great, (god forbid) even sexy ? Now don't get me wrong, I don't think I could pair it with anything other than a casual knit like this - I'm not suddenly going to start dressing like a sex kitten, wearing it with sky high heels and a tiny top it would just feel alien to me. But the fit is just so spot on, and actually makes me  look slightly curvy (shock! horror! gasp!) that I couldn't help but feel a little smug at my new purchase. 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

From Russia with Love

The first chilly day, of many more to come I am sure, called for the excavation of my favourite faux fur hat. I've had this for a few years now, and every time I wear it I can't help but feel instantly more glamorous, and just ever so slightly Russian. Oh and it keeps my head pretty cosy too! 

I also cannot stop wearing pinafores, particularly for work, they're just so easy to slip on over a shirt (slightly in love with the paisley print on this Urban Outfitters baby) and then pair up with heeled brogues and my Cambridge Satchel. 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge

I'm off up to Norfolk this morning to visit my Grandpa, which calls for layers, thick knits and a big coat. These check shorts are a new purchase from Topshop, and fast becoming a favourite in my wardrobe, though not sure how much good their going to be at keeping me warm! Oh and apologies for my chronic bitch face, it was far too early in the morning when these were taken.