Can you define your personal style? Quick tip – what do you feel most comfortable wearing? That most likely defines it – easy (except if you’ve answered PJ’s;) )!
If I were to define my personal style I would put the printed t-shirt at the top of the list. Easily worn with jeans and trainers, or happily mixed with a tutu and heels.
My favourite way to wear this style at the minute is with ankle grazing trousers, a slight tuck at the front, and a formal style jacket layered over…with trainers on my feet of course;)
When buying, one major rule I have is make your choice carefully. You want the design to stand out from the crowd, but not so much that you suddenly see it everywhere. Do you mind? If it’s a slogan, consider it’s wording – when you wear it once, will you happily wear it again? Is it worth the money?
So let me introduce you to the long list…! I managed to sneak in some jumpers as well, as it’s still winter;) *Click on the pictures for links ⇒
Any favourites? How do you wear yours?
Last week I took a little journey to Dublin – a city just an hour away now on the motorway, but seems like it should be much more due to the hours we used to have to spend travelling through the little towns and villages from ‘up North’ to get to the big city!
After a busy Easter weekend, I made an escape, hopped on the bus and enjoyed the hassle free journey (but more importantly, avoided the scary parking bill that comes with a drive to Dublin!). I had a few things on the to-do list, a few places I wanted to visit, but mainly, when I go to any city, I love to wander, to find those places you don’t find on the main street, to capture a glimpse of what the city is actually about.
From the high end, to the high street, to the boutique and the arcade shops. If I look through my wardrobe, I own a little something from each of these departments and happily mix and match depending on how I feel that day. Being off on holiday, and moving towards spring/summer (my favourite season for my wardrobe), I have been thinking a little more about what I wear and how I wear it. Today for example, I am wearing leather trousers, a vintage hoodie and trainers. You may call it ‘sporty street style’. But just yesterday I was in a dress and brogues – more ‘pretty in pink’. But both of these styles, and the numerous other styles I dip in and out of, naturally change depending on how I am feeling that day and what I’m spending my day doing.
One shop I planned to visit when I had some time on my hands was a boutique called Carousel. It is a little shop I have spent a fair amount of Dublin hours in the changing room! Carousel is a store with personality. It sits on the corner of Exchequer Street and Drury Lane, just off Grafton Street (there is also another store in St Stephen’s Green). The window display presents an array of colours and print, you automatically think vintage and girly. And this is exactly what this store offers. On the top floor you will find vintage inspired clothing, designed by local Irish designers, that touch both old and modern styling. With a mix of dresses, skirts, tops and cardigans, you could easily create a daily outfit or an outfit for an occasion from their collections. As with many Dublin independent stores, when you make your way downstairs, you feel like you are heading into someone’s welcoming home. This area holds the vintage stock, rails and rails of it, all with it’s own little bit of history.
Vintage clothing is generally one area I avoid in my personal style. As mentioned, I have a vintage adidas hoodie, I used to buy lots of vintage flares in my university days, but besides that, it’s never really been a style that works for me. So my challenge today was to see how (or if!) vintage would work for me – I keep saying try something new so I have to commit to this for myself!
I entered the changing room with 20 pieces so I think I managed to find something! When scrolling through the rails I discovered part of the reason some vintage doesn’t work for me is because of the colour – browns, creams, dusky pinks; the prints – small, detailed, colourful; and inside the changing room I recognised the sizing became a bit of an issue – broad shoulders and long arms meant some items didn’t zip and full length sleeves got pushed to the elbow!
And so to the try on…
You see the white background, the larger print – that’s how to make colour and print work for me. Love the buttons and the waist detail.
My favourite print…but I can’t show you the back and the zip that wouldn’t go up;)
A few more suitable prints I came across, there was definitely more here for me than I was expecting!
On finding so many dresses more my colour, I added a few details to bring them into my style – check out the middle and end pictures, I adore these little belts (and now am the proud owner of one!) They complete any look:)
This dress is from the upstairs Circus collection – definitely a style for me for the summer!
And then to this dress. You would think for all the denim I love to wear, this would have worked, um, not this time. It would have been much better for me without the puff sleeves, too heavy for my shape. I decided to add the prettiest shirt to break it up – the colour change worked, the shoes did not!
Perfect for the current ruffles trend, I love this:)
Plain black, another perfect one for me – I love the detail here, actually looking at this, I’m wishing I’d brought it home!
Well, what do you think? Is this a style that works for you? Do you dip in and out of different styles or stick to one? Any tips on where I should visit on my next trip to Dublin?
Check out Carousel online or on Facebook to have a look for yourself!
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?
My lovely friend and silverbrogues supporter came to visit a few weeks ago so I roped her in to taking some photos for me to help try and perfect the pose. Thinking back to the previous post on recognising our individual beauty, I tackled my uncomfortable embarrassment and stood in front of other shoppers in Belfast’s largest Shopping Centre.
This is a look I feel may be repeated numerous times over the next few months. I have been wearing so much black and grey since the change in season – I think my new scarf and sleeveless jacket may have prompted this wardrobe selection!
Sleeveless Jacket – Warehouse
Leather Jacket – Miss Selfridge
Shirt – River Island
Scarf – Urban Outfitters
Jeans – H&M
Shoes – Debenhams
If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, head on over to The Selfie – Be Beautiful, and take your chance to win!
I began writing this post after Fashion Week last season, but never actually completed it. This season, after putting up a few dodgy photos of myself on social media following a day of running after 5 year olds, moving on to running around backstage for a few hours at Fashion Week, I realised how my confidence has changed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am the lover of a good filter, but living life in the here and now has become something more significant than getting that perfect shot.
Last year’s selfie never happened so my outfits were displayed like this…
I have fought with the issue of confidence because my blog comes with the tagline ‘style that works for you’ – this emanates confidence – I know my style, and I know that it works for me. But it’s not my style that I lack confidence in. In fact, I am happy with my body (covered in clothes), I finally like my hair colour (although may forever fight with my fringe), I don’t have an issue with my face (generally), my personality (well, on occasion), my likes and dislikes (they change…), nothing (most days!)! I know I’m not the perfect fit for everyone, but I am happy being me. However, ask me to pose for a photograph and I crumble.
This year’s social shot – of course I was talking as the photo was taken;) Thanks Brendan Gallagher for the photo…
Look back at my Instagram – it all began with headless shots, it has now grown to close up face shots. During this time, the frown lines on my forehead have developed, my issues with my skin have gone up and down, my eyebrows haven’t been regularly tended to – but my attitude to all of the above is changing. I do still endeavour to cover a scar on my forehead with my fringe, I haven’t learned to live with it all!
I am trying to embrace the selfie, trying to include more of my face in my social media shots – even on the bad days! And now I am embracing ‘style that works for you’ and this is where I want you to take part. I want you to get on to social media with me and post a selfie of yourself, confident in yourself, confident in your style. Hashtag it with #stylethatworksforyou and tag it @silverbrogues. And if you see others putting up their picture, like and comment – lets promote some positivity! There is no reason I should not stand confidently, there is no reason any of us should not be confident in ourselves. This may come easily to you – if not, be brave and get posting!
In light of all of this positivity, I’ve a prize up for grabs! You could win this 6×8 mounted print from itty bitty book co, a company I have been working with over the last few months, a company with Promote Positivity as their official hashtag!
And remember to share your outfit selfies on any social media platform tagging @silverbrogues #stylethatworksforyou