There are some trends I wouldn’t touch with a Barge Poll (Ath-Lesuire/ Sports Luxe), there are some I admire from afar (Harem Pants) and then I embrace some trends whole heartedly. My favorite in 2017 thus far have been; Bell Sleeves, and Embroidery. Both add such a fun detail, that shouldn’t date new pieces to a wardrobe too heavily.
Especially if you incorporate a trend within a wardrobe essential like a white blouse (or a blue striped blouse with a trendy detail). This embroidered beauty has a Mandarin collar, very flattering 3/4 length sleeves and falls out in a slight gather from just above the bust leaving a very flattering fit. The material feels very high quality, and is such a pure white.
I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe, and it’s the sort of piece that can easily be used for work, a social event, or a formal event (such as a Hen Do). This top came from Matalan, and was very reasonably priced at £16. I adore this embroidery as its so unique compared to the other pieces I’ve seen, with an almost Hungarian theme.
What do you think, how would you style this shirt?
I haven’t reached into the Pyjama top trend on a big scale, I picked up a slightly garish Hawaiian style version when the trend first hit the high street, and this sleek ASOS number made its way over to my doorstep a couple months ago.
This top is fairly loose fitting and flowy. Like you would imagine with a normal Pyjama top, it’s styled around comfort and movement. One of the things that really drew me to this top is how forgiving it is of the middrift area. With a fastening under the bust, this has almost an empire line finish hitting the slimmest part on me. Presently I wear this with either a black or lacy vest top and I may need to add a hook and eye to this, to keep the finished look demure, it cuts quite low on the bust.
The loose fit of the top means it is best paired with a more fitted bottom half. Be that black jeans, or a pencil skirt. My work wardrobe either comprises of these jeans or a lovely cropped pair of Monsoon trousers (similar) which, as a look, commits to the full trend.
My hair tends to live in a braid of some form, so adding a sleek hair style and a very bright lip lifts this look. I also adore chunky heeled shoe boots, so will wear them whenever I can. Even if I do end up covering them in the floor of the wooded area we were shooting…
A note to say my waist is definitely smaller in this than it is in reality. Lens Distortion and Photoshop correction for you.
My style has always been a little on the preppy side. I found a picture from an aunts birthday when I was about 15 years old and I’m wearing a black vest with a silky high sheen blue blouse. I have a very distinct memory from sixth form of wearing a black 3/4 sleeved button up blouse with my jeans and being asked if I was going for an interview. For me, Blair’s style wins hands down over Serena’s every time.
At about 18 I moved from these preppy smart nods to more casual looks, I spent years of my life working in retail wearing uniforms I disliked and dressing for the weekend. However, studying for my degree a few years later meant volunteering and updating my wardrobe, so I was office smart. These volunteer hours, and the office hours I have invested since graduating have brought back my love of preppy, smart, more tailored looks. Especially when I see so many gorgeous stylish women day in, day out.
Add ASOS Curves incredible workwear range, and purchasing this dress was inevitable:
You are looking at a shirt dress, in a size smaller than I would have purchased last year which fits over my bust without any pulling. This is the first button up top I have bought in the last eighteen months, which I haven’t had to hand stitch hook and eyes into, to retain my dignity. This dress screams office appropriate to me, it’s from a lovely cotton material(which is a touch thinner than I would expect) which layers beautifully ,sits nicely and the colour does wonders for pale ladies like myself. It creases very easily but I will forgive that, and it can easily be lifted for a social occasion or evening drinks.
I’m a big fan of shopping my wardrobe, so everything I’ve styled this with in my post is past season. The hat is from a vintage fair last year, the scarf is an ancient New Look beauty, The full skirted Mac is a Primark staple, the boots are from Schuh (thier EBay outlook specifically), the necklace is an old Debenhams piece, and the scarf was a birthday present. Three clear ways to style a new purchase, which makes me much happier about purchasing something I didn’t need, but really wanted.
Best thing about this dress? It’s currently in the sale at £16.50! Link here if you wanted to check it out.
Please forgive my slightly awkward modelling, slowly getting the hang of this!! And thank you to the lovely boyfriend for shooting these back in 2016.