I have a really strange way of shopping, even I can’t really figure it out. I hate sale shopping, but most things I buy are on the sale. I don’t really ever find things in charity shops, but lots of my clothes are second hand. But what I’m writing about today – Many things I buy in shops I think I’ll never wear and then they become my staple pieces!
So how does that work?! I’ll give you an example. My Topshop skirt. Tried it on (from the sale rail I might add – £55 to £15), took the customary Instagram shot, left it back on the rail, left the shop. Moved to next shop, saw a top that would work perfectly with Topshop skirt, back to buy the skirt. Top did not work perfectly, but many other items from my wardrobe did.
Initial mirror selfie…
Why did I leave it back in the first place? Primarily because of the fabric. It’s made from the polyester that looks and feels like neopreen, which I love, but which is not the most flattering of fabrics. As mentioned before, my biggest area is my hips, so drawing any attention here is not a good thing. But I also felt the length would work best with heels, so I wouldn’t get much wear out of the skirt. Silly thoughts that were quickly removed upon seeing the beautiful top!
Skirt purchased, home to try on, and then attempts to never take off again as it just worked!
Thanks to Ruth from Willow Lane for this photo…
Keeping with the blue tones and worn with grey top with feature pocket by local designer Nor Lisa
My friend who I love to go to Galgorm Spa for the day with for this one…
Worn with a printed tee from Masato Jones
And my six year old who I am training up to be my photographer for this one!
Scenic tarmac shot;) Worn with cropped Tee and neon
And the trusty Converse added when the rain came again!
Moral of this story – you really can make any item the style that works for you. As you browse the new A/W collections, if you love something, buy it, take it home, try it on (broken record here!) and get mixing up your style a bit – you might surprise yourself!
And keep an eye on Instagram for a shot with the heels!
Now that normal service has resumed at silverbrogues, this is the perfect time to recap on some past posts on the blog.
So if you want to find out about…
My One Thing
S/S Trend Review
My Top Five
My New Life As A Stylist
Planning Your Work Wardrobe
Smartening Up My Act
A Fashionable Read
HOW TO WEAR
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Firstly apologies for my lack of posts – the plan was to write during Fashion Week, however as the week got busier, this became impossible!
But I’m back to round it all up now – this may take a few posts!
So first up, what was on the catwalk? The great thing about Belfast Fashion Week is that everything you see, you can buy now. When I went to be part of the audience, I came equipped with my pen ready to highlight the options for my new season wardrobe. Now backstage, the temptation to try is all on is quite overwhelming!
And here are my favourites from the High Street. The brights…
Next – Cigarette Trousers £28, Quilted Top £28, Necklace £16
Next – Lemon Shift Dress £25
Mexx – Coral Skirt £49, Acid Yellow Sleeveless Blouse £32, Beachbag 40
George at Asda – White Lion Swimsuit £12, Coin Necklace £8, Gold Bangles £5
Castlecourt – Lace Crop Top £14.99, Floral Shorts £14.99
Mexx – Pale Denim Jeans £49,Silk T-Shirt Dress£49
Miss Selfridge – Grey Printed Dress £45, Blazer £45
Next – Striped Tee £16, High Waisted Shorts £35
M&S – Limited Edition Blouse £35, Denim Shorts £29.50
George at Asda – Sheer Panel Tee £12, Jaquard Shorts £12, Sunglasses £3.50
The statement piece…
M&S – Limited White Shirt £29.50, Limited Cigarette Trousers £39
Argento – Necklace £18
Miss Selfridge – Top £35, Shorts £35, Necklace £12.50
Make-up by Paddy McGurgan
My ultimate high street favourites…
Benetton – Brown Linen Tee £29.50, Navy & White Stripe Jacket £75, Green Trousers £33
George at Asda – Powder Blue Dress £16, Round Sunglasses £3.50, White Jewelled Necklace £12
Now to the designers…
Goddess & Swift
The statement piece…
A touch of beauty…
Goddess & Swift
And my favourite…
Have you been inspired for Spring/Summer?
Thanks to Lisa at CMPR and Brendan Gallagher for all the photos.
Different post style today, we’re working with a list. A list of my top five styling tips.
Before I begin (getting waylaid off the list already!) a few essential pointers I have mentioned before, actually I’ll make these a list too…
1. Try something you haven’t worn before, you might just surprise yourself!
2. Trends don’t always work – I know I’ve talked about what’s ‘in’ for the season, but just because it suits the model on the catwalk does not mean it suits us all.
3. Shop in charity shops – this is a cheap way to try out new styles, but also, when you haven’t paid much for an item you won’t mind altering it to see what works (I’m not talking sewing bee skills here but it’s the perfect way to experiment).
4. Buy a colourful handbag – it will change any outfit!
5. Most importantly, be confident in what you wear – some of my least favourite outfits have had the most likes on social media.
Now to your styling…
1. Colours – know what suits you and what doesn’t. Don’t wear colours that don’t work close to your face, but remember you don’t have to avoid them altogether (I don’t suit yellow but I have numerous yellow handbags!).
2. Figure out a few key pieces that work for your shape and stick with them. Okay, so I realise I have contradicted myself – I say ‘try something new’ all the time but don’t fill your wardrobe with random items just to try! Focus on what shape of top suits, the style of skirts, dresses or trousers, the length of your clothes (and if you are not sure, e-mail me your pictures!).
3. Don’t focus on size. Of course I am not advising you to buy something too big or small, but the size label does not mean everything!
4. Accessorise – you can change an outfit with one small addition.
5. Look at other people’s style and focus on people the same shape as you.
Of course, it’s all about style that works for you…
The skill I wish I was born with, but it unfortunately passed me completely by, is the skill of sewing. I’m sure this is something with a bit of time I could learn, however I have a hard time drawing a straight line, so actually sewing straight wouldn’t be the easiest task!
Admittedly, I have a skill of fooling – a strip of wunda web here, a dodgy stitch there, I have even used glue for that last minute job, and not forgetting the essential safety pin of course;)
But never fear, I have my very own Sewing Bee – my fabulous mum! When growing up she used to make her own dresses and (according to my dad) very short skirts. Now she mainly alters, with plenty of opportunities as she often gets a little bag of goodies from me to try her hand at!
I got this beautiful dress on the sale in Zara – a subtle tartan print, a gorgeous shape, perfection. Except for the length. The length in fact was lovely, different from how I would normally wear a dress, but really pretty with heels. Regular followers however will know that heels do not feature widely in my outfits, so this dress needed a change.
So here is the dress, as it was intended by Zara to be worn…
Zara Tartan Dress pre-alteration!
And here is the dress now, after my Sewing Bee did a quick alteration…
Zara Tartan Dress post-alteration!
Admittedly not the best shoes for the dress – the brogues were too heavy, the slippers too delicate. A try on session is required before it’s next outing!
Have you followed yet on Instagram (silverbrogues)? I’ll head off to the roofspace and dig out a few of those handstitched dresses to photograph – I think they will be shown on a hanger however, rather than on me!