15 April 2017

The Peasant Top

The peasant top: puffed sleeves, embroidery, roomy and usually the odd tassels too, what's not to like. A summer essential, not just for holidays, wear over skirts/denim and under dungarees. I bought one last year from the Zara sale (here & here) but was on the look for another this year. I tried on the insta famous Next top but wasn't feeling it much on me. The other day I opened my email and came across the TOMS co-lab collection with '& Other stories', I loved it all. I quickly ordered the below top but was in two minds after receiving it. But tried it on again and fell in love with, it's funny how a little makeup and clean hair can make an outfit more desirable. Since receiving the top, it has sold out online but worth checking stores for stock. I think I love it more as I never knew about the tassels on the sleeves, sometimes it's the little things.


Here are a few from the high street:
First up is the Zara striped blouse with embroideries and tassels, a fun bright top perfect for summer, definitely a top that will brighten up your day.


Next is the insta famous Next embroidered long sleeve top I mentioned previously, it also comes in blue too. I first saw it on Alex from The Frugality on her Instagram stories, it looked amazing on her. A perfect combination with blue denim.


Another one I like is the below peasant blouse from M&S, seen it on a few bloggers I follow and looks lovely on. The difference with this top is the neckline, but the style is similar to other peasant tops and more wearable in some ways.


If you want something a little different for summer or holiday wear, this off the shoulder top is perfect for day and night and will look amazing with statement earrings and denim cut-offs. Not bad for £17.99 from New Look.


Lastly is this amazing top from Revolve, not high street price but thought I'd share it anyway as it's just my kind of top and perfect in every way minus the price. Now to find this exact top cheaper! (Revolve Oaxaca crochet blouse  £214.07)


Leaving you with some inspiration from Pinterest:

Images from Pinterest

Happy Shopping!

15 March 2017

Pyjama style

All images from Vogue
Top L-R: Alexander Wang, Alexander Wang, Burberry
Bottom L-R: Apartamento 03, Apartamento 03, Dolce & Gabbana

Never thought I'd wear pyjama tops other than bedtime, but I probably thought the same about slip tops and dresses at the time too. The sleepwear trend was a favourite among some designers this Spring/Summer, we even saw the night robe making an appearance too!

I find the v-neck style on the pyjama tops very flattering, despite the relaxed fit it can still look quite sexy and perfect for an evening out. For a casual look pair with jeans and flats and if you're feeling very on trend then try the whole pyjama look by pairing with loose wide leg trousers. There is no particular way to wear these tops, wear them how you would wear shirts.

All images from Pinterest

Here are a few from the high street:

1. Lipsy £16
2. Miss Selfridge £32
3. Topshop £32
4. River Island £38
5. Topshop £29

Alternatively, you could always buy actual pyjamas and wear them as tops and when you've worn them out, wear them to bed. I love these from Miss Guided. (Pink £28, Nude £28)



Thanks for reading and happy shopping.

5 March 2017

Shirts

One of my favourite items to wear for an evening out is a shirt, it can be as relaxed as you want it to be or as sexy or smart as you want it to be. It' s a great item for mums breastfeeding too, easy all round. Whether it be a plain white shirt, button down stripe shirt or a printed shirt it can be worn season after season.

I wear most of my shirts with jeans (no surprise there then), below are a few ways you can wear your shirt according to the occasion (All images from Pinterest).

Casual:
For a casual way to dress most shirts, roll the sleeves up or leave the shirt untucked. Pair with jeans, casual jackets or trainers.


Evening:
If you want to dress your shirt up for an evening, you could unbutton some of the buttons, add accessories or even show a little lace underneath. Tuck shirt in completely or let out loosely.


Smart:
Any shirt can be smartened up by a pair of smart trousers or skirt.


Layering:
Shirts are easy layering pieces, wear under jumpers and over t-shirts. Try layering under a dress or over a jumper for something different.


Wear it with a twist:
Wear back to front, off the shoulder, tied up or knotted up. These are the new fresh ways to wear a shirt, following on from last year.


Shirt Dress:
Same as a shirt but longer. A longer shirt can be turned into a shirt dress too, tie a belt around it or leave loose, also great as a beach cover-up.


Make more use out of your shirts this Spring, hope the above inspiration helped a little. I've picked a few of my favourites from the high street:

1. Religion £65
2. Topshop £32
3. Mango £17.99
4. H&M £24.99
5. Topshop £34
6. Zara £25.99

A few wardrobe essentials below: I love the back detail on this Zara stripe shirt, I would wear it in the evening with heels but easily works well for a daytime look too. Then at the bottom is an ASOS denim shirt and an essential H&M white shirt, both ideal for layering and everyday wear.




Happy Shopping!

1 March 2017

Yellow SS17

Helloooo sunshine! Ok maybe not in the UK but it can be in your wardrobe. Yellow was a surprising colour that was everywhere on the runway, I for one love that this Spring/Summer there was something a little different to the usually pink or stripes or florals on the catwalk. It's a bright colour, may not be to everyone's taste but there is a shade for you, whether it be a mustard or lemon colour I love them all. It definitely makes an outfit pop and straight away reminds me of Spring and daffodils. (Street style images below from Pinterest)


Most of us, including me, find ourselves buying the same neutral colours when shopping and stick to our comfort zone. When we do see colour, we shy away from it or stand there debating whether or not it will go with the rest of your wardrobe or if we will ever wear it. I find most bright colours like red and yellow for example go with everything and it's not that hard to wear at all.

A few pieces I love from the high street:

1. Topshop coat £65
2. Topman hoodie £25
3. Zara dress £25.99
4. Mango purse £6.99
5. NewLook skirt £19.99
6. H&M shoes £14.99

If you're not into the bright yellows and want something less in your face, how about a lighter yellow colour, these t-shirts are perfect for a subtle colour in your wardrobe. (Left: ASOS £40, Right: NEXT £18)


Or how about these trousers from New Look, perfect for mixing and matching and will look great even in Winter. 
New Look £27.99

Yellow goes well with neutral tones, especially khaki, black, grey and white, but mixes well with blue denim too. If you're feeling brave, try colour blocking, pair the yellow with a bright red or blue?

Thank you for reading and here's to sunny days ahead.