This is such a simple hack that I can’t actually believe I hadn’t done it before now!
There’s no doubt the popular fluted or bell sleeves add major kudos to any outfit but how to get the look without having to buy it every time? This is the perfect solution to temporarily customise your clothes & update any outfit with absolutely no effort or extra cost. The best part is it’s adaptable.
So what am I talking about here exactly? Finery London have designed a simple top with slightly stiff statement sleeves that can be worn comfortably underneath absolutely anything! The rest of the top is a soft & fitted jersey making it ideal for layering yet the crisp fluted sleeves have enough structure to stand out from underneath your layers. This multi talented piece is my new best friend & of course it’s also a stunner all on its own which I’ll show you next post. Although for todays outfit I decided to demonstrate how easily it gives a dress killer statement sleeves.
Finery Scribble Print Dress
There’s no denying the aqua blue of this asymmetrical jersey dress is knockout but on closer inspection it has other unique attributes. For starters I could wear it back to front! Yes the back is a V yet not so deep cut that I couldn’t easily reverse it for a new neckline. I tried it this way & it looked quite different so if you prefer a V neck definitely consider doing this. Alternatively if you like the V but feel it’s too low, wear a black vest underneath for extra coverage. Black would make a rather sharp edge to the neckline & give it an air of sophistication especially paired with black heels. Another lovely touch is the threaded self tie allowing me to either cinch in the waist, as I’ve done today, or loosen it for a more casual style. Obviously the asymmetric hem is an equally standout feature but can you tell it’s also faux wrap? Yep this distinctive dress is another super versatile piece from Finery. Are you seeing the pattern here? Young British online brand Finery, are actually coming up with some very clever & unique designs. Rather than simply copy the designer market as many other high street brands do, they have pulled together an innovative creative team. Scrolling through the latest collection you’ll find fresh & quirky yet infinitely wearable designs that offer a lifetime of outfits befitting your carefully curated wardrobe. No fast fashion here my friends.
Now if you’re worried they don’t have a bricks & mortar shop, don’t. What they offer is much simpler & let’s face it, shopping in pj’s with a glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed is considerably more fun right? Finery ship worldwide & offer free returns on orders over £100 which is perfect for trying on different sizes. For those using other currencies besides Pounds click on your symbol in the top left corner of their website to change it easy peasy…
The red shoes
These soft suede shoes remind me of the red ballet shoes worn in that old 1948 movie. With plush cross-over straps above the pointed toe at the front reminiscent of a ballerina, finished in complete contrast with a square block heel. This type of contradiction is typical of Finery shoes & what I believe gives them the edge over other brands. When I saw this pair online I really did instantly fall in love with them & they are absolutely as lovely in real life. The quality is more than I’d expect from a £99 pair of shoes, the suede actually feels velvety it’s so soft to the touch. They’re incredibly comfortable, well-fitting & true to size however I did struggle to undo the buckle to get them on which was a bit of a pain to be honest. Thank goodness taking them off was simply a matter of slipping my foot out, I have less patience at the end of the day sigh first world problems…
I captured some nice tight shots of the shoes to give you a proper close up study of them. You can’t half tell I’m impressed with my new red shoes, right? Some of the other O40Co also chose shoes in this collaboration so it’ll be interesting to read what they think of Finery footwear.
Now for the rest of the Over40Collective with their hot picks from Finery London
This has been an epic collaboration with Finery London who’ve been nothing short of awesome to work with! All my images click-through to their site – Shoes | Dress | Top – c/- Finery London. My hope is you enjoy the O40Co posts so much that you become fans of Finery too. This label is producing terrific quality & design for the right price & as a special treat they’re giving you 15% off all full price items until April 13th – use code RETRO15
I’ve linked everyone’s image to their blog articles, it’s simply a matter of clicking on them – I’m dying to hear what you all think! *Note – some of the girls haven’t published yet so I’ll link them the minute they do.
Bye for now, Mx