Wardrobe Staples – The Blazer

Wardrobe Staples – The Blazer

 

I was having a discussion with a friend and she asked me how I manage to always look so well put together? I told her I had a few rules, first of all, I buy most of my clothes when they’re on sale. I don’t really follow trends, I stick to what suits me and most of all I only buy what I love. I have also come to understand wardrobe staples, wardrobe staples?? I hear you ask, wardrobe staples are items of clothing you wear on rotation. The fact is your wardrobe staples never change, they’re the basic items that everyone looks good in and it stays consistent year after year. This discussion got me thinking, to start a series featuring my wardrobe staples showing the importance of creating a wardrobe staple that sees you through all seasons.

 

The Blazer

The first wardrobe staple I want to feature is the blazer. A good blazer will see you through out the whole year, depending on the fabric of course. So what equates to a good blazer? The most important thing to look for in a blazer is the shape and the fit, you need to make sure the blazer suits your shape and fits you well. A blazer is not only for the office it can be worn with denim, shorts, skirts, and dresses. The purpose of a blazer in my wardrobe is to bring the outfit together. So, for example, I would wear denim cut off shorts with Tshirt and flats, to make the look a little smarter, I would change the shoes to heels and throw on a blazer. My ultimate ‘go to’ for a casual smart look, stylish but not trying too hard. Lol 🙂

 

 

 

The blazer is definitely one of my favourite wardrobe staples I’m always on a look out for different variations of the classic design. This could be in the colour, fabric or special features as demonstrated in my latest purchase. I have about 3 blazers which are very similar in shape and cut but it was the tassels on this classic shape that caught my eye. I love the element of evening wear although this can also be a great piece to wear to a music festival, how? Add a white Tshirt, leather trousers, knee high flat boots or converse trainers and your music festival ready.  In this case, I kept it simple and styled it with very short tailored shorts (shortest shorts I’ve ever owned) men’s shirt, and heels. This is probably my favourite ‘go to’ look..if ever in doubt monochrome it…always.

 

 

Blazer - Zara similar Men's Shirt - Zara - I'm wearing an xs, it's still quite big but I love how the cuffs extends to my hand.

The same blazer teamed with a mesh skirt.

 

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Maxi Skirt – ‘Boho’ chic no more

Maxi Skirt – ‘Boho’ chic no more.

 

Maxi skirts are worn all year round but they’re most popular during the summer months alongside its counterpart the maxi dress. However, in today’s post let’s focus on the skirt. Whenever the maxi skirt is mentioned it’s always followed by the trend ‘boho’. Now there’s nothing wrong with putting the bohemian look in the same style category as the maxi skirt, but that’s not the only look the maxi skirt can be styled with. Unless you’re heavily into the 70’s, hippie, flower power, fringed waistcoats, suede jackets and cowboy boots look, you should really keep the word ‘boho’ out of your style vocabulary when styling a maxi skirt.

 

Maxi Skirt

 

Maxi skirts have forever been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. In actual fact, I bought this stripy number especially to wear as a dress and then later on decided to wear it the right way. As a dress, this look works particularly well too with a belt in the middle or with a lovely suit jacket on top.

 

When styling this stripey maxi skirt, my focus was to make it elegant and stylish. I have always loved playing with ‘shape’ so if it’s a maxi skirt, then it has to be super maxi for my small frame. So I’m normally a size 6 but I bought this skirt in a size 16. I wanted the volume of the skirt to be exaggerated. This was teamed with a white ballooned sleeved shirt, Chloe shoes and Chanel bag. In order to keep you in proportion, make sure the top is shaped to accentuate the waist and it’s worn with heels.

 

 

 

Update your maxi skirt leave the boho chic in the 90s and embrace a new modern look. Maybe try the skirt as a dress or update with a fitted shirt. Let me know how you got on.

 

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Mens Shirt x ASOS One Shoulder Crop Top

Mens Shirt x ASOS One Shoulder Crop Top

 

Summer has finally hit London Town, with the weather hitting 33 degrees we don’t know what to do with ourselves. You can hear the conversations on the trains and buses right now ‘Oou it’s hot innit?’ It always fascinates me how the weather seems to break down barriers, you can strike up a conversation with anyone about the weather in London and they’ll be right there complaining about it with you. It’s British thing!! Lol

There’s nothing that says summer than a lovely white cotton shirt. In my last post, I showed you how I styled my Ballooned Sleeved Shirt, in today’s post I want to share my love for men’s shirts.  As far as I’m concerned every woman needs a couple of men’s shirts in their wardrobe. They are the ultimate basics, you can wear it as a dress with a belt, wrap it around you as a top, wear it around your waist as a skirt, the styling possibilities are endless. (‘hmmm possible blog post me thinks’) It’s definitely one of my staples for the summer and I’m loving the eclectic mix available.

The versatility of men’s shirt knows no limit because it’s a basic staple I decided to style it with this one shoulder denim crop top I picked up from ASOS, this gave it a tomboy, layered look. The ASOS crop top reminded me of a fitted waistcoat or a little corset, either way, it did the trick. Now we all know when you live in a city like London with its unpredictable weather it’s important you master the layered look so you have the option of not using a jacket. The shirt and ASOS crop top were teamed up with a wide leg black trousers and a patent black and white brogues. I would normally style this look with heels however I wanted a relaxed, preppy, classic styled look. Without heels, it can look slightly oversize but I quite liked it that way.

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Stylish ways to wear oversized outfits

Stylish ways to wear oversized outfits

 

One of my favourite things to wear in spring/summer are white cotton shirts, and looser fitting or oversized clothing. I love playing around with proportions and experimenting with structure and shape. Playing around with structure and shape makes an outfit look unique because what you’re doing is reinventing the item to fit your body shape.
This white shirt I’m wearing I’ve had for about 4 years and it’s one of my favourite items in my spring/summer wardrobe. I believe in buying items of clothing that transcends fashion trends, style pieces that you love. Trends are fun and for the moment, however style is more like art pieces and do get better with time.

This shirt is all about the sleeves, and although they had my size (xs) I decided to go for a much larger fitting (L) as I wanted to create even more drama by having the sleeves bigger. I teamed the top with wide leg trousers. I could’ve easily opted for a safer option like skinny jeans which would work nicely however my aim was to experiment with the proportions and have it fitting loose on me.

Now I understand that not everyone would feel comfortable to go oversize on top and bottom. So for an alternative look for different body shapes such as, hourglass, pear, and athletic its always good to cinch in the waist and add high heels to longate yourself. Here are some more tips.

 

Fit the rest – Remember its all about balancing out proportions. Generally, the baggier the top the more fitted the rest of your outfit should be. (this works for hourglass, pear, athletic and apple) Skinny jeans and leggings are great casual pairings, while a fitted skirt or straight leg trousers are dressier options.

 

Short hemlines –  Balanced out oversized tops by teaming them with short skirts or mini skirts. A shorter hemline will hopefully offset the volume on the top. Also avoid any potentially awkward question of ‘is she or isn’t she wearing a skirt’ moments by making sure you can see the hemline of your skirt or shorts underneath your oversize top.

 

Cinch it in – Give a baggy top some shape by cinching it in at the waist. Pick a wider or sturdier style belt, rather than a skinny style. When it comes to ways to wear oversized tops this way, keep the rest of your look streamlined with some skinny jeans and heels.

 

Try different textures – Try mixing fabrics such as chiffon and silk as its very light and looks airy and ethereal.

 

Add height – if ever in doubt wear heels to lengthen your silhouette.

 

Lower it – When looking at ways to wear oversized clothes, a lot of focus has been on oversized tops. However you can also get away with wearing the oversized style on your lower half. Oversized trousers in the style of wide legged trousers, (as demonstrated in the pictures.) palazzo trousers and boyfriend jeans are all stylish options this season.

 

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Rx

Scarf - H&M | Shirt - Gap (old) | Trousers - H&M |