With the horrible weather we’re having at the moment, I’ve had a sudden urge to blog all the summery outfits I’ve photographed over the past few weeks. Here’s hoping for a little more sun before winter kicks in, but I am really excited to wear all my coats again! This is a super fun, super casual, somewhat practical and also very bargainous outfit I wore on a hot day of hanging out with friends and seeing some bands a couple of weeks ago. The shorts are another American Apparel dupe, this time from 6ks, and are only £15.50 as opposed to the much heftier AA price tag of £54! My bralet style top is also very reasonably priced at £5.99, and although Vans Sk8 His now retail at around £50 they’re probably my most worn shoe and so are totally worth the price tag! Mine are completely battered now, so I need to reiterate this to myself as justification for repurchasing.
Wildfox as a brand is the epitome of relaxed, summer’s day cool for me. I had the most overwhelming urge to live by a beach or something when I put on this adorable ‘heart bra’ sweater! For a day of hanging about the sun with some friends and a dog, I threw it on over a plain playsuit from Missguided (which you’ve seen before in this post), and these fab lace-up sandals from Desire which I’ve been obsessed with ever since I saw them on Emily‘s Instagram. Now, beach holiday, anyone?
Leaf print top – AX Paris* | Leaf print skirt – AX Paris* | Kimono – Desire* | Bag – Missguided* | Trainers – Nike
Here’s a bit more foliage print for you. This is quite a bold one! I sometimes don’t feel like a print as loud as this particularly suits skinny-and-pale old me, but hey ho I like it anyway. I tried to tone it down a little with a black sheer kimono, trainers, a plain bag and no jewellery other than my watch. I wore this outfit for dinner out with the fabulous Charlotte (who also kindly took these photos) when she visited Manchester What do you think?
I’m not really sure how to describe this outfit! I think it’s a little different to my usual style, even though my usual style is quite inconsistent anyway. I’m wearing the cutest tennis skirt from Sheinside – it’s one of the American Apparel dupes I blogged about here, and at £13 I couldn’t recommend it enough! If you’re wondering about sizing, definitely check the exact measurements on the SheInside website – I find this skirt to be smaller fitting than the American Apparel version in the same size. I paired it with this equally cute top from MXCI, I love how the daisy appliqués soften up the otherwise quite boyish and sporty mesh boxy t-shirt.
Lips – Limecrime ‘Pink Velvet’
I can’t get enough of maxi shirts at the moment; worn open like a kimono, or buttoned down as a dress, or somewhere between the two like I did here and in this post from last month. I especially love this one from Missguided, a cute daisy print on a black base to keep it a bit more edgy! I wore it over a very basic black shorts and crop vest outfit here, with white sandals and a white bag (my current favourite, also from Missguided and currently on sale here!). What do you think?
If you’re an ASOS Fashion Finder user, you might have seen me there this morning alongside the lovely Helen from thelovecatsinc styling up a tropical printed piece from ASOS in five different ways. ASOS has a great range of tropical pieces at the moment; I went for this really fun button-down midi dress (which is currently on sale) because I love the fairly unique colouring and the fact that it has a black base too. Styling a printed dress in five ways seemed challenging at first but once I had a think about it I realised that it really isn’t that difficult, and I’m going to make more effort to do this with all my clothes. I hope you like the five looks, you can read a little bit about each on the Fashion Finder feature.
Which is your fave look? And would you like to see more posts like this?
Shorts – Primark | Sandals – New Look*
Bag – livbass* | Shoes – Primark
Trainers – Nike
Bodysuit – Missguided* | Kimono – Missguided* | Shorts – Primark | Shoes – My1stwish* | Bag – Primark | Necklace – Chelsea Doll*
Ok, so in case I haven’t gone on about this enough, IT IS REALLY HOT AT THE MOMENT!!!111!!!1! With that in mind, the timing of this little challenge that Missguided set me couldn’t be more apt – I had to choose a bodysuit from the super fun Miami Heat bodysuit edit, and style it up so it would be suitable for everyday wear.
I opted for this magical dream catcher bodysuit, and paired it with an equally dreamy white lace maxi kimono, also from Missguided. The bodysuit is backless so is perfect for hot weather, but it also has a little padding in the front which is great for practicality reasons – I didn’t feel at all uncomfortable going braless. As you can see in some of my photos, the kimono really is floor-sweeping length and so unfortunately living in a city means that the bottom few inches got very dirty very quickly, however I don’t mind too much and I think it is such a great piece to give a simple summery outfit the wow factor.
I continued the boho-ish vibe with a fringed bag and this really cool necklace from Chelsea Doll, and chose a simple pair of black denim shorts for my bottom half. What do you think? Would you style your swimwear up for everyday summer wear?
Here are some more photos that I’m really excited to share. They were taken by the talented Rachel (who also took these photos) on 35mm – I love film photography! I also really love this floral two piece; I like that the bottom half is trousers rather than shorts, and the print is so English summer country garden. I’ve also worn both pieces separately, so top marks for versatility. A loud outfit like this really doesn’t need much accessorising, so I simply paired it with my favourite ugly-but-cute sandals from My1stWish. What do you think?
PS: I’m giving away a Wildfox t-shirt on my Instagram, head over there to find out how to enter.
Coat – French Connection* | Dress – French Connection* | Bag – Primark | Boots – Missguided* | Watch – Marc By Marc Jacobs @ Shade Station*
Autumn/Winter? It’s 26 degrees! Nevertheless, it’s definitely time to start thinking about Autumn/Winter wardrobe, and as I generally prefer winter dressing I’m very excited to be wearing this look from the French Connection Pre-Fall 2014 collection, and blogging it on the day of the launch of their stunning AW14 collection. I had a tough time choosing which pieces to wear from such a strong collection, but I went for this gorgeous blue grey trench coat and super cute ribbed knitted dress. Both of these pieces are going to be great for awkward trans-seasonal dressing; the dress is knitted but also quite short so will be great for late summer and early autumn evenings, and the very luxe looking trench will be amazing over pretty much anything. If you’re a follower of Millie Mackintosh of Made In Chelsea fame you might have already seen these two items paired together and styled with some gorgeous French Connection shoes on her style diary, great minds huh!
I also really love these faux snakeskin Missguided boots, they’re a great silhouette and again look great with summery boho outfits now, and will work with jeans and knits when it gets colder.
What do you have your eye on for the upcoming season? Will you be picking up anything from the French Connection AW14 collection?
Who else is loving this hot weather?! I keep complaining about the heat but I am really glad we’re having an actual summer, and I get to wear all these summery outfits. A black maxi dress might not seem summery, but this one from Manchester brand AKA Clothing is chiffon and backless so I’ve been waiting for a nice warm day to wear it. I decided to go all out and pair the maxi dress with a maxi kimono too: this amazing ‘Egyptian’ printed one from LilyLulu, another Manchester boutique!
With the maxi ensemble, I’m wearing an oversized fringed bag from Primark (which Em thought was from All Saints when I saw her last week!), really cool black leopard print sliders from Plantas, and some gorgeous jewellery. The sun & star necklace I’m wearing is from Bloody Mary Metal’s new Luna Tribe collection which launches on Friday; all their pieces are stunning, hand-crafted silver or gold – perfect for a more unique special present for yourself or someone else, I really love this brand! Plus you can get 20% off Bloody Mary Metal from Friday 25th for a month with code BMMXHANNAHL.