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?
Outfit Details: Leopard Print Scarf – c/o Laura Ashley, Jumper – Primark, Skirt – New Look, Hat – c/o Laura Ashley, Bag – Zara
As the darker nights are really starting to cut in, it’s that time of year where copious amounts of blankets scarves become a must have (I mean, it is Christmas next month after all..!). From silk scarves, to neckerchiefs, wooly scarves to fur snoods – I have a bit of thing for them and how they add that extra something something to an outfit. I’ve been incredibly lucky in the last few weeks to acquire quite a selection, all which I’ve really been enjoying styling up. I love their versatility and how many variations they come in, so when I spotted this leopard print wooly number (we all know that classic print is my fave) I had to snap it up.
I wear a lot of leopard print in my wardrobe, and although it’s often seen as being quite daunting, it’s really one of the easiest prints to incorporate into your outfit in my opinion. Whether you like to wear a more neutral colour palette, it always really complements autumnal shades such as camels, navys and burgundys (and reds, dusty pinks, bottle greens, the list goes on). Choosing to let this scarf be the main focal point, I decided to pair it with a fail-safe high neck black jumper and suede skirt combination which are both real outfit staples. And it goes without saying that this Berry coloured Fedora was the perfect addition to finish this outfit off. What can I say? This girl gotta have her hat #fivefingerforeheadproblems.
Ps – Fun fact, I shot these photographs on Halloween… it turns out the street I was shooting on was called All Hallows Lane. Spooky or what?!
Outfit Details: Top – Marc by Marc Jacobs (via TK Maxx), Skirt – New Look, Jacket – Dorothy Perkins, Hat – Primark, Scarf – ASOS, Boots – Next
Photographs by Helen
My first outfit post in almost two months, crazy right?! It’s been a busy few months, with lots of commitments and university work (which, fingers crossed will be done in October!) so when the chance came around to shoot some outfit photographs, you can imagine how excited I was. It is pretty safe to say that I have fallen head over heels for the 70s trend even more so the past few weeks. Whilst I’m probably not cool enough to really pull it all off, I bought myself a skinny scarf the other day and I’ve worn it everyday since.
I decided to take some inspiration from one of my favourite blogs, the lovely Megan, for this outfit, as I’m always in complete awe at her incredible style and ability to clash prints. I’m always a little weary to, but I thought I’d give it a go and I think it came out alright. I picked up these leopard print boots last year in the sales and I’m not sure it’s quite possible to love a pair as much as I love these. I’ve always loved how stripes go with leopard print, so after finding this knitted top in the sale rail of my local TK Maxx, I knew it was a match made of heaven. Add in a little suede in the form of a skirt for good measure, a leather jacket to toughen it up and this is my uniform for the season. I just love how the fedora and skinny scarf combination can so easily transform an outfit, especially if you’re on a budget. I may be already looking for my next fedora for my collection, I’m thinking navy… ; )
In other news, if you enjoy the photography/writing/design on this blog I would really appreciate it if you could nominate The Girl in the Bowler Hat in the North East Blogger Awards under the category ‘Best Looking Blog’. I’m always trying my best to improve my photography especially, so to be shortlisted for an award in it would mean the absolute world to me!
Are you on board with the 70s trend this year?