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?
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
I love cherry blossom and because it’s sakura season in Japan here are some themed beauty and clothing options ❀ ❃ ✿
Shiseido – Water in Lip in Sakura £3.57
MAC – Cremesheen Lipstick in Peach Blossom £17.50
3 Concept Eyes – Love Cheek Maker in Kind & Love £14.89
Glow Recipe – Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser £35.00
Urban Apothecary – Cherry Blossom Luxury Candle £30.00
BKR – Air Kiss Glass Water Bottle £28.00
H&M – Tokyo Sweatshirt £17.99
Zara – Printed Waffle T-Shirt £9.99
L’Occitane – Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette £38.60
Prada – Ruffled Floral-Print Blouse £760
The Body Shop – Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Cream £14.00
Shu Uemura – Porefinist² Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil £25.43
Hearing that Seventeen – Boots teenage makeup line – was rebranding, I headed to buy a lot of what they were selling off. I didn’t expect to get so much but when the prices were all around £1.50 each I couldn’t resist. Most products didn’t have any testers so I was blindly buying hoping for the best. Here’s what I bought and my first impressions.
All Out Pout – Fancy Free – £7.99 now £2.39
There was a small image on the package and I chose the pinks over the other orangey red set. The mini lip brush it comes with is quite decent. I’ve not had a lip palette before so I liked the idea of being able to mix various shades. Testing it I can see the colours are quite sheer, almost balmy and glossy in texture. There is no scent or taste which is great. I think I probably won’t use this much but it would be good for a comfortable lip look.
Stay Pout – It’s Complicated – £4.99 now £1.49
I initially liked the colour on the bottom of this lipstick but opening it I realised it was frosted. It reminds me of a 80s 90s Barbie lipstick and I doubt I would wear it as intended. I feel like I could repurpose it as an eyeshadow or blush. The formula seems very nice though, very comfortable and unscented. It has quite a stain when removing.
Stay Pout – It’s A Kiss Off – £4.99 now £1.49
This shade is better but still has some of the frostiness. It could work well for that metallic lip trend I’ve seen around. If you dab off most of the colour it looks quite wearble. Again quite a strong stain is left behind.
Mirror Shine – Belle – £4.99 now £1.49
They had a very used tester of this shade so I knew I would like the colour – a browny nude. I didn’t realise it was a balm, so essentially it is just a slightly tinted lipgloss. It’s not sticky though. I don’t usually wear this type of thing but with a lipliner I think I could make it work. The lipstick also contains a handy pull out mirror.
Easy On The Eye – The Big Smoke – £7.99 now £2.39
I’ve been looking for a lilac eyeshadow for some time and saw this set had one. They are not very pigmented but I think if you used a wet brush the colours could really look nice. The colours are a mix of shimmer and matte. Four of the shades are actually balmy so could be used for a wet look eye, inner corner highlight or even as cheek highlight. It comes with a fairly good brush.
Define & Conquer Contour Kit – £5.99 now £1.79
The brown shade is a really nice tone. I’ve only swatched this so far so I can’t say if it suits my complexion. It’s a decent size and the lighter shade would be good for setting as I don’t think it is light enough to actually brighten my skin.
Skin Wow! Tan Liquid Glow – £5.99 now £1.79
I’ve been interested in these bronze glowy products for some time, ones you can mix with foundation or use as a base product. This caught my eye immediately. Testing on my hand it looks really good and just shimmery rather than glittery.
Skin Wow! Concealer – Medium – £4.99 now £1.49
This I didn’t really need but I’d not tried any concealer that really mimicked the YSL Touche Éclat. I’m actually quite impressed on my first try, the colour is just right and it blends well.
Instant Glow Cream Bronzer – It’s Glow Time – £4.99 now £1.49
I’m quite excited about this product. It was fairly cheap to begin with but the colour seems very summery. I would say it leans slightly yellow in tone. The consistency is very creamy, more so than the one I currently use which is a plus as I think it will drag less when applying on top of makeup.
Miracle Matte Pressed Powder – Natural Fair – £3.99 now £1.19
I bought this powder mainly because I actually needed some. The colour looks to be a good match and it should do the job. I forgot that I had a similar powder in the contour palette but for the price I’m not complaining.
Do you think you will buy anything in the clearance and what products do you love that Seventeen sold? Let me know if you want anymore information about the products in the comment section below.
This was my first time browsing the Bershka website. I don’t know a lot about the brand at all, only that it looks comparable with Zara, Mango and the like, but perhaps a younger version. I vaguely recall going in the store in Westfield many years ago but recently I’d only ever seen the brand stocked on ASOS. Here are my top choices, I found quite a lot I like.
Slim fit trousers with belt £19.99 – flattering, love both colours
Chenille sweater £17.99 – simple and cosy
Faux fur sweater £15.99 – loving this shade of pink
High neck top £7.99 – simple, chic shape
Rustic top with crossover neckline £15.99 – subdued rainbow trend
Striped plush jersey polo shirt £17.99 – into the rugby shirt look
Ecologically grown cotton T-shirt £5.99 – tacky but kind of balenciaga
Jacquard T-shirt with funnel collar £17.99 – chic oversized
Fuzzy sweater with polo collar £15.99 – cute and 90s
Flared trousers £19.99 – interesting slit
Cropped sweater £12.00 – loving lilac and the cropped length
Oversized sweater with slogan £24.99 – cute lettering
Cropped wide-leg trousers £17.99 – flattering waist, good for work
Cropped sweater with slogan £17.99 – reminds me of the raf simons I ♥ ny jumpers
Buttoned satin dress £49.99 – love these style dresses
T-shirt with feather trims £19.99 – unusual detail
Buttoned blouse £19.99 – such a nice pink and I like the buttoned style
Straight fit cropped jeans £19.99 – good fit
Faux leather nautical cap £9.99 – really like the red leather variation
Shirt with 3/4 length sleeves £15.99 – into this wide sleeve
Cropped biker jacket £25.99 – good price and colour choices
Hoop earrings £5.99 – yes to chunky hoops
Bouclé coat £49.99 – cute 60s style in my favourite blue
Flowing blazer with rolled up sleeves £29.99 – good for spring workwear
Contrasting platform sneakers £45.99 – 00s spikey platforms