Catarzi Fedora / ASOS Cami / Pieces Leather Belt / New Look Maxi Skirt / RockLove ‘Chevron’ Necklace / Balenciaga City Bag
Lets just pretend it’s still nice enough outside to be wandering around in nothing but a little camisole and maxi skirt, shall we? Oh, and also that I’m not starting off yet another outfit post talking about the weather, again. I swear the reason us Brits are known for being such a miserable bunch is entirely down to the fact our weather can never make its mind up.
As you’ve probably seen over the past few outfits, this leather belt has become one of those pieces I haven’t been able to stop wearing. It seems to add that perfect finishing touch to almost everything, and accessories like this are priceless when it comes to all black summer dressing. The heat means you can’t just rely on piling on the layers to make a look interesting, so investing in a few good accessories is key. That doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be super statement making though. I love the simplicity of this one, and the multiple ways it can be worn (here it’s backwards), it adds interest but in a quieter and more subtle way.
Nike Air Max Tavas Triple Black / Adidas Gazelle Black
One of the things that tends to happen to people that are around me often, is that they subconsciously start wearing a lot more black. And this is even more true and obvious for close friends and family. Whenever I buy them clothing or accessories as presents I just can’t help myself from encouraging them over to the dark side!
With Fathers Day just around the corner I had been really struggling with what to get my Dad. He’s had so many jumpers, tees and shirts from me over the past few years that his wardrobe is now bursting with them and he only has to look at at the size of the present to have a fairly good idea of exactly what it is. I needed to mix things up, so I turned to my Mum to see if there was anything he had mentioned he wanted or needed. She told me he could really do with a new pair of trainers, as his old pair were looking a bit worse for wear, so of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to introduce a little black into his entirely white trainer collection courtesy of Infinities.
I love my own Adidas Gazelle‘s, they are classic, comfy and look great on everyone, no matter what your personal style. I thought they would be a good introduction to dark trainers for my Dad, with the graphic white stripes and sole breaking up the black and keeping the look quite sporty.
My own dark trainer collection is pretty well stocked, as I’m sure you can imagine, but these ‘triple black’ Air Max Tavas stopped me dead in my tracks as I was browsing. I mean, as if I could resist anything named triple black! I love the mixture of black on black textures here. The mesh, faux suede, rubber and coated areas make them look quite luxe, and very health goth as so many people have pointed out to me as I’ve been wearing them! Fingers crossed my Dad loves his, then maybe I can get him in an all black pair like these next year!
Topshop Lace Trim Dress / Motel ‘Sugar’ Bikini / Blue Vanilla Crochet Kimono /
New Look Woven Floppy Hat / New Look Belted Shorts / New Look Wrap Maxi Skirt /
Topshop ‘Favourite’ Gladiator Sandals / ASOS Backpack
If you follow me on social media you’ve probably seen me squealing about having just booked flights with one of my best friends to visit Thailand, Cambodia and China for the New Year. We’d been planning to go for a while, but now that things are finally booked I can barely contain my excitement! Naturally, this has translated into hours of window shopping, excitedly planning outfits and things I need to buy.
I never take favourite pieces or items I treasure on holiday, instead I always like to travel with things that I wouldn’t mind losing, just incase the worst happens. This means that usually I end up buying quite a few new, cheap pieces to see me through and the high street is an absolute godsend for this. As it’s quite a way off yet, I’ll have plenty of time to stock up on things in the sales before we go. But for now, these pieces are already such a reasonable price that I couldn’t resist getting myself a few things.
Top of my need to buy list are long skirts and trousers, plus a few wraps in light and airy natural fibres to beat the heat. It’s so important to be respectful of the local culture when travelling and we aim to see a lot of temples whilst we’re there, so that means knees and shoulders covered. The gauzy, crochet trimmed kimono from Blue Vanilla is pretty much exactly what I had pictured when I started searching for one, so it was an instant buy. The flowing wrap skirt was also another obvious choice, made from viscose it’s perfect for the hot weather.
I’m sure you’ll all be hearing lots more about this trip in the run up to it. If any of you have been to Thailand, Siem Reap in Cambodia or Beijing in China I would love to hear any tips, favourite places or things I must see or do!
Rick Owens Drape Back Leather Jacket / H&M Maxi Cardigan / FAIIINT ‘Splice’ Dress / Wolf + Sadie ‘Theurgy’ Ring /
Birds N Bones ‘Taxidea’ Claw Ring & ‘Mus Hip’ Knuckle Ring / Kurt Geiger ‘Saturn’ Boots / Bracher Emden Bag
I promised myself I wasn’t going to be a cliché Brit and talk about the weather for the third outfit post running, but as you can see, after our brief bit of summer weather I’m right back to being wrapped up again. The upside to this is that I get to wear this beautiful jacket for a little longer, before (hopefully) it gets way too warm to be wearing leather.
When I brought this jacket I was originally intending to buy the Naska style. The Naska jacket has been my dream ‘one day’ jacket for the most ridiculous amount of time, so when I convinced myself that I deserved a treat after working so hard and achieving some things that were important to me, I decided that would be the perfect big treat. That was until I stumbled upon this beauty from the Autumn Winter 2010 show as I was browsing Vestiaire Collective for a nice second hand one – because who am I kidding, I could not afford to buy a new one! I couldn’t decide which to go for, so I asked you guys over Twitter and it was pretty unanimous in favour of this more unusual one.
I’m so glad I went for this one in the end, because as so many of you rightly said it’s a total showstopper and every time I wear this I get people staring at me. Sure, some of them aren’t looking in a good way and I’ve had my fair share of “it’s not Halloween yet!” comments, but I feel like that’s what good pieces do and I always get a weird kick out of wearing things that really divide opinion like this. There are so many things about this jacket that make my heart skip, from the wonderful mixture of different leathers and textures to the padded shoulders, asymmetric collar and the beautifully draped back. I know this is a piece that I’ll have and cherish forever, and that even in years to come will still be making me sigh a little at its beauty every time I pull it out of my wardrobe. If ever there was a case for investing well in forever pieces, this is it.