What to Wear: Indian Summer

Shirt, Dorothy Perkins (old) // Maxi dress, (old) from a local boutique // Bag, GAP // Sandals, Dune (old) // Sunglasses, Banana Republic

Todays post is more of a ‘stretching your wardrobe out’ theme, as I re-work a couple of heavily worn items in my wardrobe. Last weekend I headed to West Fest – a little street festival in West Didsbury, near my home. The area is famous for independent restaurants and bars with a few pretty shops too and the businesses all get involved with pop up street stalls and music. It was a glorious day and I was feeling in the festival spirit so I dug out an old maxi that I don’t like the top of anymore and layered it up with a chambray shirt (also seen here.)

I’m not sure if the knotted shirt is still a bit nineties or just hasn’t made it back over the pond yet as I see it on lots of fashion bloggers in the US. Either way it worked for me, oversized sunnies, my ikat bag and flip flops completing the look.

I was really pleased to make an item that isn’t to my taste anymore work, not just for what I had in mind but nodding to the trend for maxi skirts without actually splashing out on one. (An item I thought more this summer than ever, a little impractical in summer showers. After all, no-one wants a soggy (hem) bottom.) 😉 Outfit sorted, I dedicated myself to enjoying the array of food and drink on offer whilst basking in the Indian Summer sun.

What are you re-working and re-wearing right now?


Wanted: Summer Fashion and Timeless Classics

So, it’s sale time and that awkward time in between (fashion) seasons. Already I’m thinking about the next season and making sure I don’t buy anything that will be totally out of fashion come September, but I’m also thinking about getting my wear out of summer purchases so far.

As much as I love fashion though, my personal style is not dictated by it. You’ll notice there hasn’t been an influx of pastels on these pages for example as my much loved shade of mint green just doesn’t suit me at all. Right now, I’m leaning towards more personal pieces and I thought I would round up the items on my radar today.

Sequin (Iro) Jacket and Red Clutch // Gold Sequin Jacket // Olivia Palermo in French Connection Jacket // Sequin Jacket and shorts

I’ve always been a huge fan of sequins and when given a modern look in oversized dresses, sharp shouldered or slouchy jackets and modern matt or irridescent metallics, I know I’m not going to be able to resist. The Iro jacket (top left) has to be my favourite here but it’s worth noting that Olivia Palermo is rocking a French Connection one in the shot above so I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled in the sales.

Green lace // Yellow puff ball // Neon Maxi // Pink lace // Yellow straight

I know neon isn’t everybody’s cup of tea and when I posted the neon fash flash, a lot of you said you felt it was hard to pair with your skin tone. I for one love it and I think now is the time of year to try it because it always looks better with a bit of warmth to your skin – go heavy on the bronzer! These neon skirts are a great way to try the trend as the neon isn’t close to your face so it’s easier to wear. I’m loving the way it works with neutrals, particularly grey and in a dressed down look and the maxi skirt seems so unexpected and modern in neon yellow rather than a boho floral for a change.

Chambray and Wayfarers // Chambray with glitter skirt // Open chambray with grey tee // Open chambray shirt over tee and skirt // Chambray with statement necklace

My biggest fashion quest right now is for the perfect chambray shirt. A bit of an Americanism I think, chambray is a lighter, thinner denim-like fabric (please correct me anyone who can define it better!) and I’ve been seeing a lot of it on the style blogs. Whether you’re brave enough to pair it with jeans and do double denim, dress it up with a skirt or down as a layering item, it just looks so useful. I’d love to hear if you have found one too – I missed out in GAP earlier in the season and haven’t seen anything that’s just right since.

Now it’s your turn! Have you got a specific item you’re lusting after at the moment, that’s perhaps a classic or unexpected piece? Or are you just loving the looks I’m sharing here today/ I hope you’re inspired!


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