Style File – Plain doesn’t have to be boring!

Instead of the usual wanting/wearing/working post of a week I decided to do something slightly different this week and aim solely down the fashion route. Inspired by my last outfit of the day post where I spoke about how in that I was using one bold key item, being a scarf,  and pairing it with more simpler low key items. As you may be able to tell from looking at some of my previous outfit of the day posts I am very into making 1 main focus point of the outfit like a colourful scarf or some statement shoes or a key on trend piece and keeping the rest quite paired down and plain. This is what I have decided to focus on in this post, how I have chosen these key items and how I would style them.  

Now you may think that that seems rather boring with the majority of an outfit remaining plain but in my mind plain doesn’t always have to mean boring. If you find the right pieces and combine them together you can go from boring to brilliant (think that should be my new catchphrase) 

THE BIG SCARF  

With being a lover of scarfs *cough* has over 40 *cough* (ekk) there is one type of scarf in particular which tickles my fancy the most. The oversized scarf is defiantly my favourite. I defiantly think they can completely change an outfit adding new layers, texture and colours to a look. I also think there great at trying to make an outfit seem put together and styled (or at least covered up whatever outfit you threw together underneath in a very stylish way.)If I could, I would defiantly wear them all year round (now living in Scotland that may well be possible) Now I’m shocked at myself for managing to never have purchased a scarf from Asos in my whole scarf holding lifetime but when it comes down to oversized scarfs, I think they defiantly have it down to a fine art. 

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The one I chose in particular is this woven white blue and yellow one. Now the majority of it may be monochromatic but with the bold yellow and slim blue stripes running through it gives it those bursts of colour to give the scarf interest and make it the focal point of the outfit. I also love the woven look of this scarf, with the black and the cream blending together in there section and making it not just a solid block of black and the cream pattern within the yellow sections giving it that ethnic vibe. Yellow and blue are two colours which go compliment each other very well and are good and easy to style with other colours.

Scarf montage

The styling I have chosen for this look is much like the look on the model to begin with but I have just made some slight changes to add more of an edge to it. To keep it a very casual look I have gone for a pair of light wash ripped denim jeans with a very relaxed boyfriend fit picking out the blue colour from the scarf. I have teamed this with a plain grey baggy T shirt and over the top a thick black and white roll neck jumper. I started off by looking for a plain jumper to go with this scarf but on finding this one I thought the stripped black and white lines within this jumper go well with the black and white within the scarf and gives the outfit a similar but slightly different texture. To finish it off and with the majority of the outfit being quite baggy and boxy, I decided to give it a feminine touch with these tan leather dolly shoes with peep toe detail. With the rest of the outfit being rather wintery I know these aren’t particularly practicle but in those transitional autumn months I don’t see why on a dry day they can’t work.   

Scarf – ASOS http://www.asos.com/Pieces/Pieces-Rosenna-Oversized-Blanket-Scarf/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5425603&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed

Jeans – Hollister http://www.asos.com/Hollister/Hollister-Destroyed-Boyfriend-Jeans/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5474387&cid=3630&sh=0&pge=3&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Medium+blue&totalstyles=772&gridsize=3

Jumper – ASOS http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Jumper-In-Textured-Stripe-With-Funnel-Neck/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5079140&cid=2637&Rf900=1631&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Navy&totalstyles=393&gridsize=3

Top – Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=grey%2btop&storeId=12556&productId=20560660&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Shoes – Office – http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,30/1961245008?referer=carousel 

THE STATEMENT SHOES 

Now when I talk of statement shoes you may be thinking I mean some humungous high heals or brightly coloured, glittery and fluffy pair of trainers (I do not endorse fluffy trainers) but when I say statement i’m talking more about shoes which help to give an outfit a certain style or look. 

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One style of shoe which has never really gone away but in recent years has come into the forefront of Dr Martens. Now I’ve got to admit, when I first started seeing people (specifically girls) wearing them I just thought they were ugly and just for the goths and mods, however as my style has changed over the years and my eyes opened to more than just jeans and polo shirts I have moved over to the dark side and become one with the docs. Now as an art student, it almost feels almost uniform to have a pair of these in your arsenal but with the range of colours and styles that they now come in you can be a bit more original and not just one of the crowd. 

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Talking of the range of colours and styles I have decided to keep it safe and go with the ones I own myself being the Dr. Martens Pascal 8-eyelet boots in black (to give them their full title). Now I know your thinking these aren’t exactly a statement but I am still keeping them as the focus point of the outfit with pairing down the rest.  I decided to go for the black ones to keep them as versatile as possible and make them easy to style with any outfit. I think these shoes are great at giving a bit of edge to any outfit and help you to make a statement with your clothing. Keeping it simple I paired these with a pair of black skinny jeans from Topshop – my go-to place to any jean item. I chose a pair with ripped knees to continue on the grunge theme and also a simple grey motif vest top to keep it simple but add a small amount of interest. I originally thought of pairing a plain white T with the jeans however I thought it might look a bit too stark and prefer the slightly muted tone of this grey. Now some people may seem it fit to match their shoes to their hand bag however here I have chosen to match the shoes with the jacket by accompanying them with this Topshop leather jacket. To top it all off true to my style I have chosen this reversible black and white scarf (the other side having a hounds tooth print). Ive always loved these reversible scarfs with having the ability to have not one but two scarfs in one and wear both patterns at the same time. They look especially good when knotted around the neck so that both prints are layered and showing.  

Boots: Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5319428574567&category=WOMENS-BOOTS-EU

Jeans: Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bripped%2bjamie%2bjeans&storeId=12556&productId=20764471&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

T shirt: Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5111200845115&category=WOMENS-GRAPHIC-TSHIRTS-EU

Jacket: Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=leather%2bjacket&storeId=12556&productId=20502550&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Scarf: Urban Outfitters (are you getting a theme yet ;) )  http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5752436349116&category=WOMENS-SCARVES-EU

THE PRINTED TROUSER  

As you may have seen from one of my previous posts, I do have a little fancying for a patterned trouser. Patterned trousers have been around for the past few years but with the 70’s trend coming into full force we’ve seen many a printed legging and even brightly patterned flared trousers in our hughstreet. Now personally I think the brightly coloured flares are maybe a step too far but there are some brilliant coloured trousers out there to be had.  

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With yellow being one of my favourite colours this pair from Zara defiantly took my fancy with their white orchid pattern. I really like the white upon the yellow in these trousers with the white jumping out from it enough but not overpowering it. Also also love the drawn/painted images of the orchid flower. Prints such like this tend to be using more often in homeware goods however I think it works really well in these trousers and docent look too much like you are wearing a pair of curtains (they would be very cool curtains at that!)  

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With wearing a bright yellow print like this I think it is important to keep the rest of the colours on the same theme or minimal. Thats why I’ve paired this with a large oversized black jumper. I like to keep all my looks quite easy and daytime as I’m not a particularly dressy person so this black jumper takes out some of the formality of the trousers. This is also helped with it being elongated in length (which also covers up the blue ribbon bit on the waistband which I’m not that keen on) However if you did want to dress these trousers up a bit more it would be easily done with these trousers by exchanging the jumper for nice top and a pair of heels.  

Sticking with the theme of comfort for footwear I choose the ever popular plain white ox plimsoles from converse. With being plain white these are so easy to pair with anything but still have interest to them with the red and blue bands around them, not remaining completely white. Now I may have chosen to go a bit overkill with the yellow in this outfit however I think with being the right shade of yellow this scarf from (yes you guessed it again) Asos is a good finishing touch to the outfit. I know, yes it is rather large but I think this scarf is meant to bridge the gap between scarf and shawl with it being able to be worn draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck. The brown line detail around the bottom of the scarf match perfectly with the darker detail of the trousers and I think pulls the whole look together. Sometimes a look like this I may think looks to match matchy and almost as if you have tried to hard to make sure that the trousers and the scarf match, but with the rest of the outfit being very neutral and played down I think you can get away with it with a grin of ‘’ I’m so fashionable I just have perfectly matching items lying around everywhere and I just so happened to throw them on together while ;)’’ 

Trousers: Zara http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/trousers/view-all/watercolor-print-trousers-c733898p2972020.html

Jumper: Asos http://www.asos.com/selected/selected-cotton-knit-oversize-jumper/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5072069&clr=Black&SearchQuery=black+jumper&pgesize=36&pge=1&totalstyles=214&gridsize=3&gridrow=6&gridcolumn=2

Converses: converse http://www.asos.com/converse/converse-all-star-ox-plimsolls/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3929785&clr=White&SearchQuery=white+converses&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=36&gridsize=3&gridrow=7&gridcolumn=2

Scarf: Asos http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Oversized-Scarf-In-Reversible-Stripe/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5269356&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed

Thanks for reading the very first Style File post, I hope you found it interesting and should be following it up shortly with another one!

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