‘Lounging Around’ Dresses: My Guilty Summer Dress Purchase Pleasure

Are our fashion styling and purchasing decisions influenced by those near and dear to us?  Mine definitely are and I am a better stylist for it.  Many years ago, I met my best friend on the first day of university. We hit it off instantly and soon did everything together, including shopping. Often while shopping we would see dresses that were perfect for casual wear and ‘running around in’.  She would always pick these up to buy and if I countered the purchase by saying, “Don’t you already have a few that look like this?”, her response would be,”Yes but this is perfect for ‘lounging around in’!” “Yes, it would be actually”, I remember thinking and we would both end up buying the aforementioned piece of clothing. As college students, we probably did a fair amount of ‘lounging around’ so the casual wear purchases made sense.

They also became a habit.  As soon as I know summer is approaching, I find myself buying multiple casual summer dresses for ‘lounging around in’ purposes.  I wholly blame my BF for this. As I was telling her last time we met, “BF, considering our lives now run at breakneck speed and there is absolutely no time to ‘lounge around’, why the hell do I buy so many casual dresses?” Furthermore, while I find myself the proud owner of multiple ‘lounging around’ clothes, I never seem to have any clothes to do ‘proper stuff’ in!

Similarly, when I was getting my Master’s, I became friends with a Chinese girl.  She was the first person I had ever met who would put on a ‘neckerchief’ with anything and everything. She always tied it so well and it made a lovely unexpected statement. I have her to thank for showing me how a neckerchief worked and I have enjoyed wearing them ever since.

I have always advocated that observing and experimenting with fashion looks we see around us is one of the best ways to improve our own fashion statement over time. I would love to hear about how your fashion decisions have been influenced by those around you.

When I saw this floaty summer dress in these beautiful stripes – I could not resist buying it.  The spring colors and the drop waist is exactly the kind of dress I am looking forward to wearing once the warmer weather finally arrives.  A printed neckerchief and comfortable brogues are the perfect additions to this outfit along with a staple denim jacket.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and thank you so much for reading my blog.

 

Clothes and accessories:

Dress (I am wearing an XS as comes up big)  – Uniqlo U

Jacket – Target

Neckerchief – Pucci (similar House of Fraser)

Brogue Shoes – Dune Black (similar Dune)

Crossbody Bag – Karen Millen

 

Sunday Stripes and Florals: In a bold Striped Skirt and Wedges

Being the responsible adult that I am, I recently decided that it was time for a thorough spring clean of my closet (ok. fine. closets). I have been meaning to confront the contents of my closets for a while but truth be told I was a bit scared of the enormity of the task before me.

I have performed the task at hand for over 48 hours now and this is what I have discovered.  Yes, of course, it goes without saying that I own too many clothes but let us not lament the obvious. As I keep telling myself, I am in my forties and multiple decades of good taste has consequences. So I have decided to concentrate on trying to be more efficient in the way I store my clothes as well as my accessibility to the various items in my closet. In the spirit of finding new solutions, I went onto Amazon to see what novel storage items I could find. The top item that I have found so far is a multiple handbag holder (purse rack) that can be hung on the back of a door. The children have no idea what I have planned for their bedroom doors next week!

The good news is that I found many clothing items that I have not worn in a very long time.  I discovered this white top and denim jacket that worked perfectly with this bold striped skirt that I recently purchased.  I have never owned a high-waisted skirt like this before but I loved the idea of it and decided it was time for a fashion first this summer.  I have accessorized it with a floral clutch as I love the way florals and strips look together – it is a tried and tested styling formula that always works for me.

I hope you enjoy this ‘lookbook’ and have a great Sunday! As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Skirt – Stradivarius, Top – Target, Wedge Sandals – Tory Burch, Clutch – Karen Millen, Denim Jacket – Target)

Supermarket Fashion: Boho Style Embroidered Top With Brogues

It’s that time again – the new harvest crop of summer clothes has arrived in the supermarkets. I have professed my love for supermarket fashion in previous posts and it seems to go from strength to strength each time I pop in to do a shop. Nothing says spring/summer more than boho-inspired clothing on the rails and when I spotted this pretty top at Sainsbury’s, I knew that I had that last bit of space in my trolley for it (OK fine, I admit I visit the clothes section before the food section).

On a different note, I have always enjoyed combining styles that may not be paired together from a conventional fashion point of view.  With this outfit, I think my feminine, pretty top works exceedingly well with my solid, manly black brogues in a ‘fusion fabulous’ sort of way.  I love the frill detail on this denim jacket – it adds a transformational twist to a box standard denim garment that elevates its overall appearance. Last but not least, some chunky silver jewellery is always a great addition to boho inspired styling.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Top – Tu Clothing (Sainsbury’s), Trousers – H&M, Brogues – Kurt Geiger, Denim Handbag – Christopher Kon, Jacket – ASOS)