Often the weekend for me includes building dens, becoming a Lego man in a battle with Ninjago or playing football for as many hours as my little boy can push in the local football pitch. So as payback, he has to be my photographer when we head out for some essential coffee breaks;)
As spring approaches (it may be officially here, but today’s weather does not show spring at all!), we headed to Hillmount Garden Centre to pick up some new additions for the garden (and sneak in that coffee!). This lovely little dress from H&M is the perfect wardrobe staple for this time of year. The fabric is still heavy, but the sleeves are just above the elbow. The perfect balance for spring weather (and I still have two vests underneath!) – with of course the addition of tights rather than bare legs!
Mixing up my outfit with my trusty leather jacket. And (for anyone who follows on Instagram, you may have seen these once or twice before?!) wearing my well worn, very comfortable and sparkling silver Adidas originals. Matching up the metallics with accessories from local designers Gráinne Maher and Lines and Current.
Feeling rejuvenated, and spring garden ready, we layered up headed to Topshop to try on some new trainers..
I love the versatility of this dress. Bought for a mere £20 I have worn it casually as above, added brogues for work, added a shirt underneath to brighten, worn with heels at dinner, worn with a print cardigan for an afternoon with friends, and can see it being worn on many more occasions. Currently thinking of how to make it summer ready with a pair of sandals, maybe add a brooch or two…
What is your go to comfort outfit and how many ways can you wear it?
The problem with current trends coming off the seasonal catwalk is that it is difficult to find something new. I can be inspired by the way the designers have styled each piece, or the way models have carried the trend on the catwalk, but to transfer trends to street style is often a bit of a challenge as fashionistas try to think of that unique way to wear, for example denim.
Alternatively, you can take this as a positive – ‘I just threw on my denim and have remained on trend’ or alternatively, and devastatingly for many, ‘I already have that in my wardrobe so I have no need to buy something new’.
So I am approaching each trend with what I see as a new light, for me. I definitely used to be more confident in my style. I never questioned what I wore; I wore what I want and how I wanted to wear it. But confidence has a lot to answer for – what hinders me from feeling good about myself? Generally, myself. So I’ve taken things into my own hands. This season I will be wearing flares, I will be wearing dungarees and I will be getting my legs bare in a dress, just because I want to.
It is said that if you wore the trend once, you really shouldn’t wear it again, however wearing it in a different way is my solution to this. The last time I wore flares or dungarees, they needed to be ripped at the back, they were generally worn with trainers and I was a student. Slouchy was my theme. This time around, things are looking a little different. Here’s how I will wear the denim/seventies trend in my own ‘street style’.
Before putting you to the test and asking ‘How are you wearing yours?’, my tips for the day – If you want low cost, great fitting jeans, try H&M, I can’t fault their denim ranges, or check out Wåven for their inspirational pieces.
An outfit of the day post for a brave step for me – I wore leggings out as trousers.
Now for some this may be perfectly normal, but I’ve always questioned the status of leggings – trousers or tights? I’m more than happy to wear my wet look leggings out as trousers (with a long-ish top), and I wear my leggings with a shorter dress, but my fears were confirmed when my four year old asked ‘Why are you not wearing any trousers?!’. I actually had to take my boots and socks off to prove they weren’t tights!
The reason I had changed my mind was to do with the leggings I had bought earlier in the week – I had invested in the £7.99 pair from H&M, rather than the £5.99 pair. Now £2 is minimal, but the fabric in the more expensive pair was definitely thicker and less stretched.
Here’s how I wore them, what do you think?
Scarf – Topshop £18
Jumper – Sugarhill €65 Bowtique, Dublin
Maison Scotch tee – seen here
Leggings – H&M £7.99
Boots – Xti €65
And on searching for the link to H&M’s website, where did I find ‘Leggings’? Under trousers of course!! Case closed.
What better way to brighten a rainy day than a little fashion!
I’ve been adding my work wardrobe pictures recently, but my favourite wardrobe staple is jeans, and I always go back to the skinnies. So here is how I’ve been wearing them in my recent weekend wardrobe!
My favourite jumper & other stories – wish we had a store in NI!
Top – Warehouse
Scarf – H&M
Boots – TK Maxx
Blouse – Tu, Sainsburys (recent but not online)
Cardigan – Miss Selfridge
Worn with boots as seen here and a few other places!
Jumper – The Sting
Shirt – H&M
Scarf – River Island
Hidden wedge Trainers – Xti Territory
And for those days when you just want to wear a dress!
Dress – River Island
Scarf – Nor Lisa
Shoes – Primark
Get following on Instagram this weekend and I’ll post my outfits, and I’ll aim to get the pictures during the day – clothes with artificial lights just aren’t the same:)
I have a really bad habit which I have mentioned before – I buy a new item of clothing and suddenly this is the only thing I want to wear, so I have attempted to mix it up as best as possible, creating a few different looks. I am a lover of the white t-shirt – it’s so versatile and can be worn dressy or casual – a favourite quality of mine when I’m purchasing a new item of clothing.
Showcasing the white t-shirt as worn in the last few days…
Denim shirt – H&M
White Vest – M&S
Midi Pencil Skirt – Matalan
Necklaces – purchased from a stall at The Fashion Souk
Shoes – Lee Cooper
Cardigan – Warehouse
White T-shirt – Warehouse £12
Boyfriend Jeans – River Island
Sandals – Aldo
Necklaces as above
A little selection of the shapes and styles I love! All currently online to buy…
And a few different ways to wear…
Zara Trousers £29.99
New Look Jacket £34.99
Statement Necklace – School Gate Style shop
What’s your current favourite wardrobe piece at the moment or are you good at wearing it all?