Staple Wrap Cardigan / Full Circle Dress / Le Specs Sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop * / StylistPick Sneakers * / Balenciaga City
If you’d have told me a few years ago that I’d be wearing comfortable shoes out of the house as much as (if not more than) my heels, I’d have laughed in your face. There was a time when I never left the house in less than a 4 inch heel, and flats were reserved solely for exercise, not that I did much of that.
Over the last year though I’ve been finding myself reaching more & more for the comfortable pairs, the ones I can run around all day in, the Rick Owens wedges, the battered Topshop boots, the various pairs of Finsk’s & my sneakers. I guess I must be getting old, but suddenly the thought of getting achy feet after a few hours in some of my higher pairs just doesn’t appeal anymore. The comfortable ones might not be quite as showstopping as the more painful pairs, but that’s not to say they’re boring either. I’ve been wearing these sneakers from StylistPick to death lately & they always have people asking where I got them.
Although it looks kinda summery in these photos, don’t let that fool you, it’s still not warm enough to abandon the tights or a few extra layers just yet! Yes, I know it’s supposed to be June! The sun is finally out though, which means I can at last get some wear from my new sunglasses after a rather dull & miserable spring. I never usually stray too far from my favourite cateye shape, but these wayfarer sunglasses from Le Specs have quickly become a new favourite, the shape is much more flattering on my square face than I expected & I just love the textured front that makes the colour shift between black & silvery grey depending on the light & angle.
ASOS Shirt / Topshop Coated Shorts / Hunter Wellies * / Topshop Parka / Ligia Dias Chain Necklace / AllSaints Cateye Sunglasses / Balenciaga City
When Ollie’s not shooting my outfits, his main job is as a music photographer (you can see his work here). The biggest perk of this for me, is that I get to tag along as his +1 to all sorts of gigs & festivals, and it’s getting to that time of year again! I love live music, and there’s nothing better than standing around outside with your friends in the sun, with a nice cold drink discovering new bands & seeing old favourites.
One thing I get asked a lot by people, surprised I actually enjoy camping & festivals, is ‘what the hell do you wear to a festival?!’ I guess they assume I wouldn’t have anything festival appropriate in my usual wardrobe. I always find that funny, as a lot of my outfits are actually quite casual & plain, it’s just the head to toe black makes them seem much more put together. So, I thought it would be fun to do a festival inspired outfit to show you what I mean. Obviously I’m still all in black & I think this tricks peoples eyes into seeing a ‘smarter’ outfit. Imagine these shorts were light denim & this shirt was checked though, and I’d be wearing virtually the same as any other girl there.
I have taken a pair of Hunters along with me to pretty much every festival I’ve been to since my first, they are such a staple & nothing comes close to them in terms of comfort, which is so important when you’re spending 3 days walking around. They can take a bloody good beating too, mine have seen so many sludgy fields, been caked in mud, danced in till the sun came up, folded & squashed into bags and they are still going strong. I can’t wait to get this sparkly new pair mucky!
Topshop x Todd Lynn Cropped Blazer / ASOS Dipped Hem Dress / Topshop Studded Belt / AllSaints Necklace / Topshop Boots / Balenciaga City
Sorry for yet another weather related moan, but I really wish it would decide what it’s doing. I left the house in this beautiful, floaty new ASOS dress thinking it would be the perfect day for it’s first outing, but I was so wrong! It was lucky I’d grabbed my jacket before leaving as no sooner had we got outside, the clouds rolled in & it became cold, wet & miserable again. This outfit feels like it belongs in September, not almost Summer…
On a good note, looking at these photos I feel like my hair has finally grown to a length I’m really happy with & is in so much better condition too. Sorry for the gratuitous hair shot up there, but seriously, check out the first outfit post I did & how short it was!
I’d been going to the same, expensive, city center hairdressers for years & they always chopped my layers super short because my hair was ‘thick & heavy’ & needed ‘shaping’. I just went along with it, thinking they knew best. Then a little while ago I got back in touch with an old friend, who’s now a hairdresser, and she encouraged me to grow it all out. I was skeptical at first, and it seemed to be at an awkward in-between stage for months, which made me even more convinced that it was better shorter. I considered numerous times asking for the layers to be cut short again because it looked a mess, but now I see just how right she was. It’s virtually all one length now & yeah, it is thick & heavy, it takes ages to blowdry & gives me a headache from the weight if I wear it up for too long, but I think it’s worth it.
AllSaints Shirt / River Island Asymmetric Skirt / Topshop Studded Belt / Finsk Wedges / ASOS Spiked Bangle / Balenciaga City
This outfit is pretty much a mixture of old favourites. You’ve heard me raving about this River Island skirt too many times already, I wear this Topshop belt constantly & I’ve had this AllSaints shirt dress for years now. When I brought the dress I remember wondering if I’d actually get much wear out of it, but now I don’t know what I’d do without it! Isn’t it funny how a total impulse buy can become one of those things you go back to year after year. It’s a little on the short side, so its strictly leggings or thick tights only as a dress, but I think it works just as well tucked in as a top. It always reminds me how much I love this gauzy cotton lawn as a fabric too.
These Finsk wedges are slowly starting to give my Rick Owens ones a run for their money in terms of comfort. The leather is very thick & stiff on these, which I love for the architectural quality it gives them, but it meant they rubbed a little in the beginning. They’re feeling more comfortable each time I wear them though & the height makes them such perfect everyday shoes.
How perfect is my new ASOS bangle too? A super skinny gold band with a little spike at either end, it’s exactly the type of understated accessory I’ve been after for a while. Plus, it’s solid brass too, so it’ll stay nice & gold with no flaking, peeling or discolouration. I don’t know why other stores don’t make use of brass for their jewellery too. It’s such a good, cheap, alternative to gold & is so much better than the plated base metals you can buy for similar prices that only last a few wears.
Glamorous Dipped Dress c/o MeeMee * / H&M Knotted Belt / Angie Gooderham Bangle / ASOS Leather Bangle / Rick Owens Wedges / Balenciaga City
I’m finding myself really drawn towards simpler shapes at the moment. I’m not sure if it’s because the weather is finally warming up & it’s nice to just be able to throw a simple dress on or if it’s more of a reflection on where I am at the moment. I seem to be cutting a lot of the unnecessary fuss out of my life, and maybe my clothing choices are subconsciously echoing this?
This Glamorous dress from MeeMee is a perfect example of this, a simple shift dress, but the dipped hem gives it just enough detail to keep it interesting. Here I’ve worn it belted with this super old H&M belt that I recently re-discovered & now can’t stop wearing, but I’m looking forward to wearing it even more simply when it gets really warm (fingers crossed!) – on its own, loose & unbelted with just a pair of flat sandals.
I’m sure you must be sick of these Rick Owens wedges by now too, I think I’ve worn them for the past 4 posts? But the fact is, now my toes aren’t getting frostbite from wearing them, they are my comfiest shoes & it’s getting all too easy to just throw them on. I actually can’t think of another pair that have been a better investment than these, they have been worth every single penny. I really should get around to getting another pair soon…
Bench Stripe Cardigan * / Eksempel Leather Look Dress / Topshop Studded Belt / Galibardy Teeth Necklace / AllSaints Cateye Sunglasses / Rick Owens Wedges / Balenciaga City
One of the first pieces of clothing I spent a large amount of money on was a coat from Bench. It was was made from a thick, cream coloured jersey with a huge funnel neck, it hit just below my knees, had a hidden zip & little holes in the sleeves to poke your thumbs through. The thumb holes were my favourite part. It taunted me everytime I walked past it in the shop window, I wanted it so badly & eventually I ended up spending virtually every penny I got for my 13th birthday on it. It seemed like a massive splurge at the time, but I wore it to death.
This cardigan is not something I ever imagined would have come from Bench, I assumed they were still all sportswear & massive logos, obviously things have changed. It’s the softest viscose jersey, drapes beautifully & I cannot get enough of the subtle black on black stripes, I just love pieces with this kind of low-key detail. They do still make the jersey jackets with the thumb holes though, and I do still kinda want one…
FAIIINT Cropped Leather Jacket / Georgia Hardinge x River Island Printed Dress / Rick Owens Wedges / Balenciaga City
Last Sunday we went down to the Southbank Center for the 2013 Vogue Festival, we got there a little early & so decided to kill some time by taking some super touristy outfit shots. It seemed like it would have been a shame to not use the beautiful backdrop of the Southbank whilst we were there, even if we did have to fight for a spot amongst all the other tourists.
I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this dress. I’m not much of a print person, so I never usually like to buy different items with the same print, but I loved both this & the leggings I featured few weeks ago so much that I had to get them both. Well, the H. R. Giger inspired print was just too me to pass up & I think the alien influence is even more apparent on the dress. I love the way the pleats curve in around the waist, it’s super flattering & it’s so 3D looking it’s hard to believe that it’s just a print. I was stopped so many times by people asking for photos of it whilst I was walking around, it’s definitely an attention grabber. You can just see a glimpse of my vintage black diamond earrings here too, I don’t have many pairs, as you rarely see them underneath all of my hair, but these are easily my favourites.
Now the weathers finally getting a bit warmer I’m able to wear my draped leather jacket more often too. Those of you that follow me on Twitter & Instagram will see that I’ve just brought a vintage sewing machine (she’s now called Agyness by the way!), so I’m hoping to re-make a more perfect version of this jacket soon. I’m thinking of maybe doing a suede version too, as I do wear it an awful lot & it would be nice to have a few of them, especially now I have a machine capable of sewing them up!