What to wear: The British summer

A while ago when I shared the skirt in todays post, I thought it would turn out to be pretty useful. In actual fact I have worn it none stop and with a multitude of different items. Todays ensemble isn’t unexpected – in fact I’m wearing French connection head to toe – something I often feel lacks imagination (not in others you understand, but I am my own harshest critic on what I offer as inspiration here.) Sometimes I just want to wear a particular item and that takes precedent over styling the outfit as a whole. In this case I really wanted to wear my yellow shirt and my brogues – being pale blue suede, despite being in my wardrobe for a couple of months now, they haven’t seen much daylight for fear of then getting drowned in a dirty puddle.


Blouse, Skirt and Brogues, all French Connection // Bag, GAP // Sunglasses, Rayban (old)

This weekend was a really laid back one for me, with little planned ahead we were free to meander into town stoping here and there for coffee and lunch and this was the perfect outfit. Given the weather, I haven’t worn this shirt much at all but the sun was shining and it just seemed like a yellow day. Pairing it with my go-to summer skirt was easy.


For me the brogues are what make the outfit though. Another item I’ve shared previously, I know a lot of people find brogues difficult to wear. Even though I’m tall, my legs are relatively short for my height so I have to be careful not to make them look shorter by cutting them off with flats. The problem with brogues is that you don’t see the top of your foot, which would normally give the illusion of elongating the legs. To my mind there are 2 solutions… suck it up and work a bit of masculine tailoring (I’m thinking slouchy pleat-front trousers and a chunky knit,) or bare as much as you dare with a shorter skirt. Obviously this look falls into the latter camp. 😉


I’ve been meaning to share my bag here too for a while. A sale purchase from GAP a few weeks back, I was thinking ahead to my holidays and a beach bag when I snapped it up, but since then I haven’t been able to get enough of the ikat print, fresh blue shades and the super cute little pom tassels on the zip. It’s the small things in life that make you happy right?

Happy Wednesday readers.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Zara Leopard shirt

Today’s What to Wear (and part 2 of my London packing) is an item that I just had to have. I saw it on a shop assistant in Selfridges and instantly fell for the discreet leopard print and fierce but subtle stud detail on the collar and cuffs. It’s a steal from Zara at £29.99 and I took it away with me to London last weekend, wearing it to travel down straight from work that day (seen here) and then again the next day in a quirkier and more trend led ensemble for a day out sight seeing in London town.


Leopard shirt with appliqué collar, Zara £29.99

The work outfit really isn’t anything tricky, but for the weekend and cool East London I decided to try it with my H&M pink trousers (also here) and trusty leather jacket, teaming them with my silver glitter Converse for ultimate comfort when pavement pounding.


Blouse, Zara as above. Trousers, H&M. Jacket, Whistles. Bangle, Banana Republic

Later on, the weather was kind and the afternoon got a little warmer, so after popping back to the hotel to drop off some shopping, I switched my leather jacket for the French Connection nude one I bought recently as it is lighter. It also turned out the Converse weren’t so comfortable so I also swapped to my pointed flats again and had a whole new outfit!


Jacket, French Connection. Blouse, Zara as above. Trousers, H&M. Pointed flats, GAP.

Deviating slightly from the blouse to my capsule wardrobe for the weekend, the only item not covered in the outfits above and in this post that I took with me were pair of navy tailored shorts. I wore them both evening, first with the blouse and tights and patent heels, and then the following evening for a friend’s birthday party when I teamed them with a navy loose fit tee, the nude jacket, tights heels and a statement necklace, as seen in the gallery below.

As always, let me know your thoughts. I should also issue a disclaimer, ’tis Zara, not I that should be blamed for the damage that blouse will do to your credit card, although I think it’s a minor dent for such a cool, but wearable item. 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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