In Monday’s post How to get Killer Statement Sleeves I introduced you to a marvellous white top from Finery. Incidentally the top also comes in black if you find the white too stark. Basically it’s the ideal top to layer underneath pretty much anything & give you a go at the ubiquitous trumpet sleeve trend. I have more examples of outfits to show you this hack but first I want you to see what a showstopper the top is all by itself!
I paired the top with my shark grey leather pencil skirt as I was keen to wear my new shoes again. Do you remember them from this post? When they first arrived from Zara I wasn’t 100% sure about the elasticized leather which looked a lot less Celine-like in real life than on the Zara site. Since then they’ve completely won me over, mainly due to the funky wood/white laminate heel but interestingly I’ve warmed to the gathered edge too! I’m a fickle crowd teeheehee – Another obvious reason is they colour block perfectly with the clothes. Colour blocking has made yet another comeback this season thanks to Ms VB which I’m extremely happy about. I adore the colour block for its strong look but there’s something about matching colours of different pieces that appeals to my aesthetic eye. Even in home decorating I prefer my skirting boards to match my wall colour rather than contrast. Have a look at some of the images I pinned to my FASHION board & you’ll see what I mean. Colour blocking doesn’t necessarily require only two colours however I prefer to stick to that number for maximum impact. The whole point is be bold not a patchwork so the fewer colours the better effect. As for which particular colours to go for, well that’s entirely down to you. Mixing brights with pastels is a stunning new way to colour block so I say just go for it & use what you already have in your wardrobe. Speaking of which, typically I have struggled to find the same skirt I’m wearing to add to my shop links so I chose 3 leather pencil skirts of outstanding beauty instead. Whenever I try to duplicate my outfits for you to shop I will always choose the best quality & price over a perfect match look. Therefore it could be a different colour although still achieve the desired result, for example the first & second skirts in the link are black not grey but have beautiful button details.
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This old leather pencil skirt
It’s crazy thinking back about it now but I almost didn’t buy this fabulous skirt. I was looking for a grey leather pencil skirt to add to my wardrobe collection when I found this one from UrbanCode London on sale. It’s a much lighter grey than I was after but because the price was incredibly low I decided to buy it just in case, I could always send it back. Well when it arrived I hated the colour! I thought it was too insipid for my skin tone & I’d have nothing to wear with it. The thing is though, when I tried it on it felt unbelievably soft & instantly moulded to my body. No gaping at the back & more movement than I expected from this length pencil. So the dilemma. Would it be relegated to the back of my wardrobe, rarely worn? I found one top that I thought looked ok with it but still, to me that’s not good enough. I need proper action from every piece I own. So I slept on it. Nope that didn’t help, in the end the low price persuaded me to keep it. Boy am I glad I did! Not only do I wear it often & always get compliments but it still looks as new as the day I bought it! See more outfits here & here the second post is one of my very first which is quite interesting to see for the improvement in my photography. Perhaps I should re-shoot it, what do you think?
In the end it’s the skirt itself that inspires the styling making even my flat pancake butt look good! hahahaha…
Wear Red Lipstick in April
Red My Lips is an inspirational organisation fighting sexual violence against women. Until this week I hadn’t heard of their campaign for awareness but thanks to our friend of RCM Nancy, I’m now sharing them with you. How it works – by wearing red lipstick in April you are showing support for survivors, combat rape myths & victim-blaming. In addition you can register on their site to create your own fundraising page. So by rocking a red lip you raise awareness & get a conversation started! Take a look at some of these fearless & fabulous images by supporters of the cause known as Warriors. As this is a creative campaign & so well set up to contribute artistically online, I think it’s a brilliant project for secondary school kids to get involved in.
Have a marvellous week! Mx