Looking for that perfect summer dress? You know, the one you can just throw on and it’s wonderfully comfy but at the same time so effortlessly chic? I was on the hunt too, until I found this staple piece. I didn’t want a full length maxi so I found the midi to be the perfect length. It covers just enough skin for when you’re feeling frumpy (and pale!) but the low back shows off a little skin to keep it looking feminine – that, and the cap sleeves!
Stripes are my newest, neutral favourite/obsession! And no, they’re not just for casual wear! These stripes I’ve worn, simply, with flat tan sandals and an open chambray shirt OR dressed up with these lace up cuban heels and a two-tone felt hat. Day to Night – simply!!
“Rib Maxi Dress” – Bardot
Two-Tone Felt Hat – Bardot
Rose Gold Watch – Mimco
“Nano B” Heels – Betts
It’s Monday already?
Let’s be honest. Monday mornings are all about going back to work. But we don’t want to think about more than what we already have to, right? That’s why this outfit is a no-brainer!
Jeans are everybody’s go-to piece aren’t they? Well here’s how to spice them up in a few easy steps…
1. Don’t be afraid to try a different cut! Bootleg, straight, skinny, we’ve seen them all. But trying a different cut can transform your basics into your fashion forward piece. Today I chose the ‘a-cuff’ jeans. Fitted in the thigh like a skinny, falling down the calf like a boyfriend and finishing just above the ankle with a scrunched, elasticised hem. But this style isn’t for everyone. Why not try a ripped or distressed boyfriend, a high waisted pair with a tailored top at the waist to accentuate, or the ever-so-stylish-this-season ankle grazer cut?
Tip: Don’t have ankle grazer jeans and don’t want to spend the extra cash? Take a pair of regular skinny’s and cuff the hems to sit an inch above the ankle. Great for summer and for showing off a pair of pumps!
2. Jeans and t-shirt, right? Not right. And no I’m not saying that jeans and a tee are not great together. But don’t let that idea limit you. Jeans are very versatile. Match it with a softer blouse for femininity, drape a blazer over your shoulders, add a classic pointed heel. Your jeans are now the staple piece for your evening wardrobe too!
3. ACCESSORISE! Don’t want your jeans to seem plain? Don’t dress them plain! Accessorising is one of the most important things to dressing up the drab. I’m not a big accessories girl either. A long necklace, chunky watch and a couple of rings and your new outfit is complete!
Remember, style is all about the way you wear it!
Top – Sportsgirl
Lace crop – General Pants
Jeans – Sportsgirl
Sandals – Betts
Accessories – Tiffanys, Marc Jacobs, Pandora
This laser cut midi is rated highly on my list for many reasons. Let’s start with its laser cut detailing. The pattern is constant through the whole piece. What makes this garment so unique is how the slip underneath stops at the knees, to reveal the laser cut pattern against your skin tone. Black isn’t usually the colour I would go for in Summer, but in this piece, and its detailing, it doesn’t appear as heavy as most black fabric’s tend to do. This skirt would also be a great transition piece into Autumn and Winter! I teamed this look with a soft mint, zip back, crop and a tan, block heel sandal. So the tan in my shoes didn’t get lost under the black skirt, I accessorised with a floppy, felt hat in a similar tone. This whole look doesn’t only look great from day to night but it’s oh so comfy too! What’s your go-to comfy summer outfit?
Top & Skirt – Bardot
Shoes – Betts
Hat – Cotton on
If I had to name my favourite item of the season it would have to be the culotte pants. A high and fitted waist that falls to a baggy hem, just above the ankles. I chose to go for the more daring colour – white! It is this seasons colour, isn’t it? And I think we’ve all been waiting for a staple fashion piece that is as fashionable as it is comfy! Of course versatility is up there on the list too. These pants can be teamed with pretty much anything. Here I’ve shown off the fitted waist with a crop, off the shoulder, fitted top. I added a bold red lip and high pony to set it off and to create an 80’s inspired look. Alternatively, I’ve also styled the culottes with a printed and colourful asymmetric tank. To dress these down, grab a basic grey tee, tuck it in and add a statement necklace for a quick, yet chic, outfit! I chose my chunky white Windsor Smith sandals to modernise the look, but these could easily be swapped for a taupe ankle boot to take us from summer to autumn. Don’t forget to add a light knit to transition into cooler weather!
Top – Cottonon, Culottes – Bardot, Shoes – Betts (Windsor Smith), Lip Chalk – Sportsgirl, Bag – Mimco
It’s the style that makes it’s way in and out of fashion (and then back in again!). Yes, it’s pleats. This piece isn’t only gorgeous for it vertical pleated style but for it’s mid length that falls from the waist. Oh so fun to style too! Match it with a striped crop or an off the shoulder fitted tee and delicate sandals to match. Make accessorising easy with a crystal necklace. Here I’ve chosen one to match my skirts pastel pink. For a day to night look swap those sandals for a nude strappy heel teamed with a cropped neutral blazer and you’re set to go! Did I mention that this skirt can be tran-seasonal too? A white button down shirt with a cropped light knit will execute that preppy look. Don’t forget to add a pair of block heeled chelsea boots and a grey or nude tote to keep those neutral tones. A pleated skirt is a wardrobe must have for any season!
Fashion. That is what I want this blog to be.
My name is Claire McNally and this is the start of my fashion blog. This is something I’ve wanted to do for about 12 months now. It’s in the past few months I’ve decided to get serious about it. Fashion is more than just a hobby for me. It’s a love, really. I’ve fallen for fashion not only through shopping (like all girls!) and working in the industry but by reading and following fashion blogs/bloggers that inspire me. I hope that in some small way, I can do the same.
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