MOTIF TEES AND CROPPED FLARE JEANS

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Outfit Details: Top – Urban Outfitters, Coat – Topshop (similar), Jeans – Topshop, Shoes – c/o Cloggs, Hat – M&S; (similar)

Hello, my name is Amy and I quite clearly have a problem with leopard print clothing right now.

Following on from Friday’s post, there seems to be a little theme going on with my wardrobe at present and I can’t stop picking up printed pieces. This coat was actually a gift for Christmas after spotting it go on sale at a crazy price a few days prior. I’d been toying with the idea of getting one for a while and when I spotted this one I couldn’t resist – it’s swing coat shape is my absolute favourite cut. It’s not as warm as it looks (these photographs were taken when it was -1 outside with ice everywhere so things were a little chilly…) but needless to say it’ll take me happily into Spring. I thought it was going to be a tricky one to style, however, I love how it’s just slotted nicely into my existing wardrobe like it was meant to be.

I was kindly sent these Black Hi-Top Converse from the lovely people over at Cloggs a few weeks ago, and there’s been attached to my feet pretty much every day since. When I was 13/14 I was a little emo kid (P!ATD fan girl, forever) with skinny jeans, band tees and Converse being my uniform, so I’m totally smitten to have my hands on another pair. I’d forgotten just how comfy they are. I love wearing them with this pair of cropped kick flare jeans I picked up in Topshop sale on Christmas Eve. I’ve somehow managed to lose weight over Christmas so these fit me perfectly and nip me in in all of the right place and I’m already eyeing up the other colours. They seem to be in sale in some stores so keep an eye out! (And if you spot any blue ones, let me know)

Of course, I couldn’t help but go back to my emo roots and reach for my nearest motif tee, this A initial t-shirt was my first choice. I never thought a t-shirt could be flattering but I was so wrong, who knew!? This whole outfit in general takes me back to my gig days which hold some of the best memories (apart from the 12 hours spent queuing in the cold…). So the temptation to whack out the eyeliner is very real whenever I’m wearing it..! Of course it wouldn’t be an outfit of mine without a hat and I have a new one this time. Move over fedoras, I’m all about the berets at the moment. Admittedly it often takes me about 10 attempts just to get the hat on right, but you know, you just gotta do these things, right?

I’m super happy to be back photographing my outfits again, they’re one of my favourite posts to do but weather and anxiety haven’t been on my side the past few months or so making it really difficult for me to just leave the house some days. However, I have many more planned so hopefully they’ll be up very very soon!

So does anyone else have that piece of clothing that brings back lots of memories?

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WARDROBE ESSENTIALS: THE PRINT ANKLE BOOT

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If there’s one thing that my wardrobe would be incomplete without, it would be printed ankle boots. And in particular, these leopard pony skin ones I picked up in the January sales last year on a total whim. Granted, I never in a million years thought I’d get much wear out of them, but alas they’ve proven me wrong and I’ve become stupidly attached to them.

Printed ankle boots can look a little scary, I’ll admit, but they’re a whole lot more versatile than you’d first think and they’ve quickly become one of my wardrobe essentials. I love to pair mine with an monochromic outfit to add some interest and I’m yet to find a colour they don’t actually go with. Black? Always. Navy? Of course. Burgundy? Everytime. Leopard print is my absolute favourite (blame a certain Queen Chung) so I may be biased, but there’s so many patterns and variations of the ankle boot out there, then there’s one for everyone and their style tastes. Next on my list is the perfect snake skin-effect pair. They’ll look amazing with cropped kick flare jeans, don’t you think?

Anyway, I’ve compiled a little moodboard of my favourites – from the more affordable options to the real high end pairs that you can only really swoon at from a distance. As you can see, if there’s a certain pattern that’s caught your eye recently, chances are there’s an ankle boot variation of it. And if you’re a little hesitant to go all out print, there’s plenty of muted versions available, I mean how cute are the dusty rose suede ankle boots below?! I love!

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WISHLIST: MY TOP SALE PICKS

January Sales Picks

The January sales started a little while ago now, but being on a serious budget at the minute (I mean, I’m having to contemplate removing Netflix only a few days before the new PLL, crazy right?) I like to look in the sales a few weeks into them, as that’s when the real bargains come out.

This year I’m really trying to hold back with the impulse purchases and really start to build a wardrobe of real staple pieces that I can wear each season – of course, with a few added trend pieces in there for good measure. My wardrobe is currently a total wash of different prints, colour palettes and cuts so it’s a little all over the place and I often struggle to match things up to outfits I’m completely happy with. There’s a few pieces that I just like but keep just incase and other pieces that I absolutely love but can never style them with what I have to work with. So I’m using these January sales to really try and pick up clothing in particular that fill the gaps in my wardrobe, and I think this wishlist reflects that.

I’m trying to go back to the basics, going for the more classic cuts and fabrics. Colour palette wise, I’m not necessarily thinking totally monochrome, instead the really muted sort of pastel shades have been standing out for me. For example, this pale blue jacket would look brilliant with many of the pieces I already own such as my collection of high neck jumpers and excessive amount of striped tops. For many years, I’ve not really been that much of a jeans girl, favouring skirts and tights over anything else six out of seven days of the week. However, I have fallen head over heels for the cropped kick flares this season. I managed to pick myself up a pair in the Topshop sales at Christmas Eve (which you’ll no doubt see in an outfit post very soon) and I am obsessed. It’s a bit of a struggle to find them exactly the right length, but these New Look ones pictured above are only £5… so it would be wrong not to give them a go, surely? I’ve loved styling mine with pointed flats on dressier days and my new Converse high-tops when I’m going for something a little more casual. They’re surprisingly versatile and are set to be all over the stores this year, so if you pick up one thing in the sales – it’s these!

Suedette Jacket – Embroidered Dress – Leather Cross Body Bag – Blue High Rise Cigarette Jeans – Orange and Blue Check Scarf – Blue Cropped Flare Jeans – Catarzi Wide Brim Fedora

Have you found any exciting sale buys this year? Anything you’re still on the hunt for?

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