A few things I’m picking up for this summer. I feel most drawn towards linen and neutral tones.
Lightweight halterneck top from Zara
Short ruffled patterned dress from H&M
Yellow tweed jacket from Mango
Beaded fabric necklace from Zara
Oyster-coloured silky top from Mango
Light grey gingham linen shirt from Uniqlo
White round collared blouse from Zara
A few years back I saw a lot of these tulle dresses for sale online. I even bought two from Zara which I ended up selling on and never wearing. I was drawn in by images like the ones featured below.
I feel more confident in my style now and I think I could give them a go again. What I like about the styling is the way they can be worn with a casual outfit, over a t-shirt and jeans or with a jumper. The femininity of the tulle is made more modern by dressing it down.
On the runway
Shop the Look
Simone Rocha White Dress £595 – Zara Lace Dress £25.99
Ganni Maxi Skirt £595 – H&M Flower Tulle Skirt £79.99
Zara Polka Dot Top £9.99 – House of Holland Spotty Shirt £250
Mango Purple Embroidered Dress £59.99 – Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Red Tulle Top £220
Would you wear this look?
Mango 1984 £9.99
Mango Before £12.99
Calvin Klein CK £45
YSL Saint Laurent £300
Gucci Guccify Yourself £370
H&M Gelato £19.99
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Brooke Shields £140
H&M L’égalité £12.99
Bershka Déjà Vu £4.99
I thought I would recreate some of my favourite Spring/Summer runway looks using more affordable dupes from the highstreet. What were your favourite shows and what ones should I do next?
1. Plain Wrap Skirt £24.50
2. White Denim Skirt £49.99
3. Pink Fluffy Cardigan £19.99
4. White Silk Shirt £79.99
5. Geometric Earrings £12.99
6. Toe Loop Sandals £46.00
1. Striped Blue Shirt £25.99
2. Mickey Mouse T-Shirt £15.99
3. Yellow Ribbed Top £19.99
4. Yellow Bodysuit £12.99
5. Spotty Skirt £42.00
6. Red Studded Bag £79.99
7. Bow Heeled Shoes £29.99
1. Floral Smock Blouse £29.00
2. Lounge Shorts £18.00
3. Embroidered Waistcoat £69.99
4. Blue Bermuda Shorts £25.99
5. Black Trainers £110.00
6. Navy Waistcoat £29.99
7. Jacquard Blazer £48.00
Living in England Spring can still be a relatively cold season, apart from this small heatwave we’ve had the past few days. This will often impact on my styling ideas for this time of the year. So many times I’ll be exited to buy t-shirts after months of wearing thick jumpers and thermal layers. This year I’m trying to be more sensible with my purchases because my ideas will change by the time Summer comes around.
These are my main influences on my Spring wardrobe. Only since having a blog have I thought of outlining what I want to wear and buy for the upcoming months. I feel like this is a great way of planning purchases and not wasting money buying impulse buys that don’t actually fit with the aesthetic I want.
From the pictures above I can outline quite a few styles I like. Longer dresses in light often floral material. A-Line skirts and longer ones in satin or silk. Wide legged or straight trousers with high waist bands. Vinyl and patent leather before it gets too hot. What changes are you making to your wardrobe for Spring?
Floral Dress £69.99
Tropical Vans £49.99
Rose Print Trainers £25.99
Small Black Bag £17.99
Black High Waist Trousers £29.99
Black Old Skool Vans £54.99
Satin Shirt £49.99
Pleated Trousers £35.99
Black A-Line Skirt £19.99
Blue Floral Dress £39.99
I thought I would share with you some fashion related errors I find myself coming across all year round. Do you have the same problems or any of your own? Let me know in the comments.
Impulse Online Purchases
The feeling of really wanting an item of clothing often takes over me. I’m getting better at resisting the impulsive feeling of just clicking and buying it right there and then. What changed me was the idea of getting it on sale. I started using Shoptagr as I saw people recommending it in various Youtube videos and it’s actually really great. You just pin the pieces you want and wait for them to be reduced. Something I have found is that when waiting for the sale I’ll often go off the clothing. A piece I’d wanted for months I suddenly don’t want anymore as over time I came to my senses and realised how little I actually needed it. Maybe this ruins some of the thrill of fashion but I think looking at an item of clothing you were so desperate for everyday until you go off it feels strangely good for the soul – resisting temptation is rewarding.
Every summer I find myself wearing and then never wearing again – dark t-shirts, namely black or dark grey. There is something, to me, slightly off about wearing dark colours in the summer. I do tan but I have pale complexion – caucasian but slightly yellow leaning. The contrast of pale skin with dark clothing in summer feels wrong in the daytime. Even this winter I found myself staying away from dark colours. In a sea of people wearing very dull, grey, dark clothing it was very refreshing to be the only person in a red coat or off-white coloured jumper and trousers. It felt very chic.
Photo by Claude Nori
There are certain colours I find my complexion looks washed out against. These are often on me shades that are very similar to my skintone. This thought mainly comes from seeing a photo taken of myself wearing a light blush pink top – one of my favourite colours. The colour of the top in the photo almost looked like my skin and did nothing for me. This is a key example of buying a colour I love but it actually looks terrible as clothing. It would be better suited as just a cushion in my house rather than worn. I do have a lot of pieces in this sort of colour because I cannot resist buying them. Some are slightly better colours – salmon pink for example is less grey and a bit warmer on me. The best way to wear these pieces would be layering white beneath because the brightness of the white is more flattering against my skin. Other colours I would avoid are nudes, oatmeal, very light blue and yellow.
Inside and Outside Clothing
So many times I have loved a piece of clothing so much that I will wear it about the house and it gets ruined to the extent that I can’t wear it outside. I realised recently I should have separate clothing for the home. I was never a person to wear tracksuits and sweatpants inside because they made me feel sloppy. I’ve come to realise that actually I don’t want to sit around the house in a pair of uncomfortable jeans and a top that I’m worried about getting dirty from household tasks. Now I have specific clothing for indoors that are still smart enough. I like sweatshirt material because it doesn’t pile too much. Jumpers that I’ve ruined indoors have all piled from overuse and it feels like such a waste to have to throw them away. I have a fabric shaver but there is a point where they cannot be saved.
I’m all for a minimalistic way of living but it feels a shame to just have one handbag. I was thinking about this recently when trying to curb a desire for a designer handbag. Sometimes I’ll justify it thinking how I’d use it everyday and I wouldn’t need another bag. The thing is one bag is never suitable for all outfits and occasions. For example I don’t want to cart around a black bag in summer. I realised recently I was using one bag for months on end when really I could be switching it up for lots of different styles. Especially in winter and coat weather, a bag is the key accessory because all other clothing is covered. Fashion should be fun and having lots of different styles, so long as they are considered purchases, adds so much to an outfit.
Photo by Claude Nori