Wednesday, 20 November 2013

How To Wear: Forest Green

Dress - Topshop
Shoes - Oh My Love
Bracelet - Primark

As my final post of my 'How To Wear' themed coursework for university, I've decided to embrace the fact that it's getting closer and closer to Christmas by showing you my latest purchase which will be making an appearance at work/Christmas nights out. 

Recently I read a trend report for the colour 'Forest Green', which is set to be a growing colour trend in the lead up to Christmas. It's no surprise that Topshop have caught on to this quick, tempting me into my latest purchase.

What I love about this dress is that it's really unusual! It's not only the colour that stands out but the different layers on the dress make it quite eye-catching and unique. It sort of looks like a separate crop top and skirt which is joined together by a black mesh, exposed at the back as the fabric splits in two showing the gold zip. 

Due to the high neck and lace fabric, I've kept the jewellery to a minimum with a simple gold bracelet as the dress is already quite intricate and detailed. I've added simple black platforms and worn my hair up as I think this shows the neckline and detailing of the dress better. 

Hope you've enjoyed reading my 'How To Wear' themed project and haven't been too bored of my constant posts! 



Monday, 18 November 2013

How To Wear: Customised

Camouflage Jacket - Blue Rinse
White Top - Asos
Jeans - River Island
Chain - River Island
Converse - JD Sports
Shirt Dress - Clothes Show Live
Cardigan - Tesco
Socks - New Look

Since the majority of my clothes are from high street stores or well known websites it's hard to find something unique that nobody else already has, or that nobody else can go and buy. However, with vintage clothes and customisation becoming more popular, this is a great way to find an interesting one-off piece of clothing. 

The camouflage jacket is an item that I have had for a long time now - I bought this when camouflage first made it's comeback this year - but it's something that I don't think I will ever throw out, or not for a long time anyway. I bought it from the company 'Blue Rinse', who sell vintage clothing but they also take existing garments and cut them up, re-working them into a totally different item, which is what they have done with this camouflage jacket, adding studs and zip details. I love the fact I am the only person who has this item!

Similarly, I visited the Clothes Show Live last year as part of my university course. It's basically an event featuring lots of different clothes, make-up and other fashion related stalls. What I loved about the event was that there was a mixture of typical high street stores but also smaller vintage companies who were selling really interesting and unique items of clothing. This is where I purchased my shirt dress, which had been customised, so again there was only one of each kind. Not really sure why I chose the one with the Kendall Racing logo, it just stood out to me! 

Would definitely encourage looking at vintage and customised clothing if you're looking for something a bit unusual!



Friday, 15 November 2013

How To Wear: The Fluffy Jumper

Jumper - Topshop
Skirt - Forever 21
Boots - Primark
Frilly Socks - Topshop
Necklace - Accessorize

Today I'm wearing my first Winter purchase from way back at the start of Autumn, after finally accepting that Summer was over...

I love this jumper because it's super warm but the texture makes it a little bit different and interesting. As the pale pink colour is quite feminine and subtle I decided to clash it with a tough, leather skirt and an embellished necklace. The frilly socks add another small feminine touch, linking it all together! Obviously the no tights look isn't exactly practical here in Scotland because it's constantly freezing, but adding some tights won't exactly ruin the look. 

I'm pretty sad at how short I look in these photo's. Being 5"3 is really annoying at times! 
How do you wear your knitwear?



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

How To Wear: Dogtooth

Shift Dress - Oh My Love
Necklace - River Island
Shoes - Topshop

Nothing better to cheer myself up than a new order arriving! My most recent purchase is this lovely shift dress in dogtooth. I've kind of been looking for a shift dress since they came back into fashion but I've never really spotted one I like until now. I got this one from 'Oh My Love' - I know I mention this brand a lot but I love it so much. I have quite a lot of purchases from here and have been delighted with all of them, so take a look at my previous posts for more of my purchases. 

Dogtooth is a pattern that I am also a fan of as I think it's quite striking and a little bit different. I also love the idea of monochrome and adding a hint of colour so that's why I have paired it with my yellow Topshop heels. I've kept it simple with accessories, adding a gold chain, just because I think the pattern is enough without overdoing it with jewellery. I'm thinking of maybe trying this outfit out for this weekend!

What do you guys think?




Wednesday, 6 November 2013

How To Wear: The Skort

Chain - River Island
Top - M&S
Skort - Missguided
Shoes - Boohoo
Bag - Bershka
*Sorry for the shadows in the photos. Can't quite get the lighting to work for me in this room*

Hope everyone is not getting too bored... I'm over half way through my special 'How To Wear' themed posts for my coursework, so if you can hang on for the last four I will be grateful! 

Tonight's post is based around the skort - one of my favourite items in my wardrobe. I bought this piece at least a month ago but haven't had the chance to blog about it yet! I had been looking for a skort for ages but found that it was difficult to find one that fitted. I tried both white and black skorts from Zara, and various other colours from websites such as Daisy Street, but none of them fitted as well as this one from Missguided. I spotted it while scrolling through my Twitter feed and loved the unusual rose pattern. 

As well as the pattern, I also love their practicality. As you can see from the side view, a skort is basically shorts that fold over at the front to mimic the look of a skirt - combining the comfortable aspect of shorts but making it look more feminine like a skirt. 

I've paired my skort with a black polo-neck as I feel that I'm showing quite a lot of leg so this balances it up, and some barely there heels to add to the feminine feel. 

I would definitely recommend adding the skort to your clothing collection.
 You won't regret it! 



Monday, 4 November 2013

How To Wear: Oversized Knitwear

Knitted Jumper - River Island
Chain - River Island
Beanie - River Island
Leggings - Primark
Boots - Primark

Is it just me or has the weather suddenly got so much colder? Today I have spent the whole day freezing cold, so when I spotted this oversized knitted jumper in River Island on my way home it didn't take a lot to convince me to buy it. 

I love the pattern on this jumper - it hints at a tartan pattern but it's quite subtle and understated. I paired this with my leather-look leggings and my boots, which are another new purchase. These boots are available from Primark and were only £20 which I think is a bargain. With this style of boots coming into store for Winter, I would definitely recommend grabbing yourself a pair! I also have my eyes on some leather gloves from River Island to further add to my collection in preparation for Winter. 

P.S. apologies for the lack of smiling in my photo's today. Spent the whole day doing uni work so my brain is now fried! 

Hope you are all enjoying stocking up on Winter purchases!



Friday, 1 November 2013

How To Wear: The Cat Costume

Jumpsuit - Asos
Faux Fur Coat - H&M
Heels - Oh My Love
Necklace - New Look
Cat Accessories - dressing up box in the attic...
*I've had these cat ears and tail for years now but I've recently seen some in Accessorize and also Claire's. 

Trick or treat? I treated myself to a night out on one of my favourite times of the year - Halloween! I love dressing up but as a fashion student I kind of wanted to look semi-fashionable and creepy at the same time. 

I know what you're thinking...the standard black cat outfit that everyone resorts to as the easy, last minute Halloween costume. However, after recently purchasing a jumpsuit and having only worn it once I thought this was the perfect excuse to wear it again. In an attempt to make more of an effort I also purchased some white contacts and followed a tutorial on youtube to create my cat make-up look. (Click here to view the tutorial I used). 

I kept the outfit black from head-to-toe with a black faux fur jacket and heels, adding a gold necklace to make it look like a collar. To finish it off I added a tail, although it was a little on the short side so you can't really see this in the photos. 

Hope you are all enjoying Halloween, feel free to comment with all your costume ideas!