I find it much easier to dress for work and formal occasions that I do to dress for the weekend and strike a balance between fun and casual. My other weak point is layering. Why does it matter? It doesn’t I suppose, but there’s something much more interesting about an outfit with several components than a simple jumper over jeans. From a purely practical point of view, it’s often the warmer option too.
Jumper, J.Crew // Jeans, J.Crew // Shirt, GAP // Brogues, French Connection // Necklace, J.Crew // Nails, Orly ‘Rio’.
I’ve a big fan of leopard print accessories, but when it comes to larger expanses, I’ve never really taken the leap. Traditional shades of caramel and brown leopard print can look to obvious and the colours don’t suit my skin tone as well as this snow leopard jumper.
Jeans, J.Crew // Nails, Orly ‘Rio’.
It’s a weekend outfit, (I was going to see Becky and meet baby Connie) so I just threw a few things into my new Alphabet bag and put my brogues on. A bit of everyday sparkle to dress things up for meeting a friend and I was good to go!
What are you wearing right now?
PS! After weeks of tropical brights in Florida, I wasn’t quite ready for greys and oxblood for my nails. This violet shade by Orly was perfect for winter brights but acknowledges the shift in seasons.
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.
This weekend, after the hectic dash I made to London for the Florence Finds meet up (more on that later), Sunday was about being a day of rest. We headed to the allotment in the morning then I spent the afternoon blogging, tidying, and just enjoying being at home. Come the early evening it was still balmy and light so we headed off to the local pub for a drink outside.
These pictures were as much about my outfit as the backdrop, the Magnolia trees being out on my local streets literally stop me in my tracks every day, just to stare at the shell pink flowers and the cherry blossom is out in full-on fluffy force too.
One of the nicest things about the weather getting warmer is peeling back the layers or getting to wear lighter ones after the winter, so it was lovely to be able to step out in just my lightweight French Connection pale pink jacket. (Also seen here and here.) I teamed it with a new t-shirt, possibly a future ‘find’ from Zara – a lovely soft grey in organic cotton that isn’t ridiculously see through.
Neutral accessories were the order of the day and I wore my nude ballet flats with my jeans and for the first time, swapped one of my winter bags for this cream Marc by Marc Jacobs tote. I’ve had it for probably 5 years now and it still looks great. Perfect for warmer weather.
The thing that tied it all together though? I think it was the scarf. Another old item, it had all the pastels in that I was wearing on a cream backdrop but with the blue, just tied in my jeans nicely I love it when an outfit comes together!
So what were you wearing in the sun this weekend?