Red dress in Rotherwas

Red dress in Rotherwas

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Festive Favourite 2 – The bright red lip

Festive Favourite 2 –  The bright red lip

When you think of typically christmassy colours, red is definatly for me the one which springs to mind first and If there is ever an excuse to wear bright red lip, then christmas time it the time to do it. Bold lip colours are always something I would associate more with the winter months with being surrounded by the darker autumnal colours and darker winter clothing. It was always one of those things that I looked at the other people wearing and dreamed of being able to confidently pull it off. Now I’m not claiming that now a days I can effortlessly pull it off but I now managed have the confidence to wear it on a every day basis

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My favourite red lipstick and the one I’m wearing in this post would have to be this classic from Mac ruby woo.This one is very much the classic bright red in my eyes with being light enough and dark enough at the same time. This is part of their retro matte collection. For me I would never go for anything other than matte. With the colour its self being so bold you don’t want to overdo it with piling shimmer or gloss onto that as well. Also, obviously you cant dispute mac’s staying power with their matte lipsticks. With this one being their retro matte formulas it is more drying than their others so by the end of the day can be a bit uncomfortable on the lips but if you keep them well moisturised before and after its perfectly fine.  

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A couple of my other lip favourites:

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Mac’s Russian Red – another Mac lippy, this one is slightly darker and more of the classic ‘movie star red’ and is very comfortable on the lips. If you find ruby woo a bit to drying then this is a great alternative.  

The Bourjois rouge edition velvet liquid lipstick in 04 peach club – So this one isn’t strictly a red and more on the side of an orangey red is on that I still wear a lot. This one tends to be my more red alternative in the summer months with it not being quite as brightly pigmented and lighter in colour. With it being a liquid lipstick it is very weightless on the lips. 

The Rimmle Kate Moss lipstick in 107. In terms of lipsticks from the drug store Rimmle would tend to be the brand I would go to with having such good formulas and colour ranges. The Kate Moss range has to be my favourite one of theirs. Again this one isn’t really a red more of a dark pinky plumy colour and overall a lovely berry colour for the winter.  

The rest of the products I used for this look I have all detailed in my everyday makeup routine post here. 

Products: 

Mac Ruby Woo

Mac Russian Red

Bourjois rouge edition velvet liquid lipstick – peach club

Rimmle Kate Moss lipstick 107

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Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook

Etsy shop 

Photographs taken by Tom Flathers at St Fagins Castle in Cardiff 

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Style File – The Orange coat

Style File – The Orange coat

Orange, thats right it orange. Don’t worry you haven’t started seeing black as orange, Chloe Knott has brought an orange coat. Every year it comes to that time when the hunt for the new winter coat begins with last year coats coat feeling a bit over worn and tired. Instead of the normal black or dark grey this year I decided to mix it up with a splash of orange. 

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From going out to find one I knew I wasn’t wanting the normal black or grey and did want something different, thinking more in the ream of camel coloured. It was the camel coloured version of this coat which drew my eye to it but when I noticed the orange one I knew that was the one I wanted.  

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With wanting your coat to last the whole winter you want it to be something very versatile. Now if I was someone who wore a lot of different colours then the orange may not be the best for a coat that you want to go with everything, but as someone who has a very dark coloured wardrobe this is a brilliant way of adding colour to any outfit without much effort. I think this statement coat it a brilliant way to do this.  

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The main reason I love this coat so much is the cut. Its such a classic cut which works for everyday and for more smarter occasions and will go with most other items. Despite the fact I have been talking all about the fact that it is orange it’s not too bright and is a slight darkened/muted orange which I think make it a bit more wearable with lots of other things.

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I got this coat from Zara for £59.99 which defiantly was the top end of my budget however for a good quality winter coat I that will get plenty of use I think it was a worth wile investment. For a long time I have looked at Zara coats and always admired them from afar with them usually being out of my price range so I’m very glad this year they have come out with some lovely ones with a slightly lower price tag. 

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If orange isn’t your colour this same coat comes in 4 other colours of black, grey, camel and yellow. 

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Outfit details 

Coat – Zara 

Jeans – Topshop 

Shoes – Urban Outfitters (Dr Martens) 

Scarf – Mango 

Shirt – Vintage 

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Photos taken by Tom Flathers

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Spotlight on – OOTD at the Glasgow Necropolis

Spotlight on – OOTD at the Glasgow Necropolis

Two outfit of the day posts in a row, i’m spoiling you ;) After having spent a lot of time wondering around the city finding cool locations for photos as seen in my last Style File linked here, we decided to head out of the centre of the city and over to Glasgow cathedral and The Necropolis. This was someone where recommended to me by a friend to go and visit and it was defiantly different to anything I had seen before. To sum it up it is a huge victorian graveyard comprising of approximately 3500 monuments and headstones. But it doesn’t consist of just your usual headstones. Along side these there are lots of very large cormemorative monuments which I didn’t expect to see. With these, when you start to approach it from the cathedral it makes it look from a distance rather large and intimidating. With it being a graveyard it defiantly has an eery feel about it and when wondering around and does feel quite off to go to it as almost a tourist attraction with effectively being a field of dead people but it was still interesting to look around and read of some of the people buried there from the stones and monuments.  

On this day the Glasgow weather decided to rear its ugly head and do its best to deter us with the wind and the rain however we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and headed to it in spite of this. 

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This day was very much a ‘put on chloe uniform day’; top, trousers, scarf and long coat with probably over 50% of the content being black. With trousers I decide to give the black skinny jeans a rest for one day and wear these high waisted beige linen trousers from Topshop. The main thing that drew me to these were the fit. They draw in nice and tightly around the waist and fit nicely around the hips and bum while still remaining nice and loose around the crotch and legs, just remember to breath in :) (and even better when they only coats you £7 in the sale! I don’t tend to wear browns or beiges at all but beige linen is such a classic fabric but I think these are a good way to introduce lighter colours and fabrics to my wardrobe. These would be an item probably more suited to the summer months however when layered up items they can work for some of the warmer winter days. 

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You really couldn’t dispute the view

With its blue and beige pattern this scarf from Zara I thought it worked perfectly paired with these trousers. Despite being being quite a muted colour pallet it defiantly doesn’t lack in the pattern department with a beautiful liney/zigzagy/squarey pattern (their all words right?). The colours on this are lovely mixing together the whites, blues, greys and browns making it go really well with many items. Now I’m not going to lie, it is massive and when the winter nights here in Glasgow to start to get arctic like, I would probably double well as a blanket, however, its not like this has stopped me before with big scarfs always being my favourite types. This has now defiantly become the key items in my collection.  

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With having 2 quite bold items in the scarf and the trousers I decided to incorporate my best friend black to keep the rest of the outfit simple. This consisted of a plain black long sleeved top from Primark and this lightweight black trench coat. When I say lightweight I really mean it, when it comes to keeping out warmth it is not top of the list, as it rather proved on this day specifically, but what it lacks in warmth I think it makes up for in style (cheese line alert). Being black it goes with everything and is easy to just throw on top of any outfit to give it that stylish twist.  

One thing that I did mix up from the usual was the ditching of Doc Martens for these brown suede loafers from Office in replacement. These may have not been the most practical shoes I realised for this weather, but a little bit of water isn’t going to hurt. For along time I have been looking for a pair of brogue/loafer type shoes to mix it up from just wearing boots all year round but never managed to find quite the right pair – with having quite small feet they tend to make them look even smaller. But after finding this pair in the office sale that whole it my shoe wardrobe seems to now be filled. I love the bright orangey/tan colour of these making them for me at least quite a statement piece. I also like how they are a more substantial shoe than a dolly shoe with the top coming up over the foot more unlike a lot of shoes like this which you find.  

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We topped of the day with a visit to our favourtie cafe after to dry off and for a well deserved milkshake.

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Outfit details: 

Coat (simular) – Topshop

Trousers (simular – more of a straight cut) – Zara 

Top – (similar) H&M

Scarf – Mango 

Shoes (similar) – Office 

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Etsy shop 

Photos taken by Tom Flathers

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Style File – From day to night

Style File –  From day to night

As someone who is never keen for dressing up specially to go out in the evenings and likes to be able to have one look to carry them through from dawn until dusk so I tasked myself to try and come up with a look to do just that. Now this may not be to everyones taste, maybe its too dressed up for the day or not dressed up enough for the evening but for me its perfect. So this is what I decided to wear for a lovely day wondering around the city to going out for a meal in the evening. 

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For me I think the star item of this look is the skirt. As you can tell from some of my previous post that I am a huge fan of a midi length skirt and would 9 times out of 10 always choose a midi over a mini. I find it a very easy was to try and make an outfit look effortlessly put together and stylish with minimal effort going into it. Also I like not having to worry about pulling them down all the time and that little bit extra warmth isn’t something to go amiss. Also, finally its a pencil skirt with pockets! well one on the side to de precise. With it being a patch pocket on the side it doesn’t add any bulk to the item just skims down the side and adds a handy place for any phones/money ect. As well as this I love the wrap around and tie detail at the front, this is a style which is flattering on most body shapes, helping to give you shape and appear to slim you down. It make the skirt a lot easier to walk in compared to normal pencil skirts by freeing up the bottom of it. 

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The only part of this skirt I didn’t immediately like then I picked up on the hanger was the colour of it. Despite once loving it, nowadays maroon is one of those colours that I’m not particular keen on, probably with it being very close of pink. But with loving the fit and style I had to try it on and fell it love with it despite this. This was defiantly one of those finds which I think all us girls have been waiting for and I’m defiantly very happy to have picked this up by chance. 

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The way I have styled this item here happens to be the way I tried the skirt on in the shop. 

While having a relaxed afternoon shopping I was wearing this dark green checked shirt and when trying them on together found that surprisingly they went together really well. With them both being quiet dark earthy colours the marron and the dark green go together really well and with the thin red/maroon lines running though the check of the shirt it helps to tie it all together. With the shirts loose fit and light weight fabric it helps to keep the outfit on the casual side clashing the more smart piece of the skirt with this relaxed fit item of the shirt. One thing I do like to do when styling outfits I like trying to pair together different items, some being smart and some really relaxed. Be it a pair of smart trousers with a relaxed oversized jumper or a silky shirt with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans I love the clash of styles and the ability to make an outfit adaptable for many situations like this one.  

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If I hadn’t have worn this shirt by chance I doubt I would have put these 2 items together (especially with not at least one of them being black). Over the top of this I added my matching tartan green tartan scarf. At first I thought this might be overdoing it with double tartan but with them being a very similar I think it works well and better than adding in another print/pattern (and if you can’t in Scotland when can you  ;) ).

As ever as someone who never wears heels I matched it all as ever with my Doc Martens and for me they will work for day and night perfectly well. 

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Outfit details –

Shirt (simular) – Zara 

Skirt – Forever 21 

scarf (simular) – Asos

boots – Doc Martens – Urban Outfitters 

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Photos taken by Tom Flathers

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Style File – The favourite statement scarf

Style File – The favourite statement scarf

Now with the winter nights drawing in and the weather up here in Glasgow taking the turn, it is defiantly time to crack out the winter warming scarfs. (As if I am someone who doesn’t wear a scarf the whole yeah round.) So taking the opportunity when the weather wasn’t blowing a gail or raining horizontally to go out and take a couple of pics of probably my favorite scarf (big claim for me!) 

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To make it on the podium of favourite this has been a long suffering scarf of mine being one of the ones which started the whole obsession off all those years ago. Many a day has this warmed, tended to my neck and completed an outfit in one fail swoop. The 2 main things which made me fall in love with this one is the pattern and the size of it. Being a lover of a simple black and white pattern this was defiantly the first thing that caught my eye with this one. I also simply love the zig zag effect pattern which it is made up from. The uncomplicated repeat makes it worked wrapped around the neck or just hung around to flow downwards. I love how this scarf can instantly lived up a plain outfit just with monochrome without having to try and work with colour which as you know for me can be a struggle. Also with being a rather simple regular pattern it is easy to wear with other patterns, colours (and especially lipstick). Sometimes a simple black and white can be more eye catching and striking than colour. This one has also been my most commented scarf on over the years which has got to mean something right?  

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With now starting uni and finding out a lot more about weave, the process and the result you can get, I have a new appreciation of the designing and effort which went in to making this scarf (thank you Mr H&M). 

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Now to everyone who say ‘wow its so big, its like a blanket’ yes I do realise it is rather big but to all those short haired girls out there who feel the cold, sometimes we need a little bit more insulation around the old neck area (and with the fact it plainly looks cool, but thats always the excuse that we give ;) ). Too many times over my life I have looked at a picnic blanket or rug and wondered how good it would look as a scarf, but don’t worry, I haven’t started disturbing happy picnicking families in order to steal me a brand new fashion accessory. To be honest, this was one which I actually owned for quite sometime before I got the balls to wear it due to it being so big. At one point I was even going to make an effort to somehow cut it in half and sew it smaller (??) but thank god I changed my mind from that idea. Now just look how times have changed.

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It disappoints me that it is starting to wear out a bit, getting bobbley and a bit scruffy round the edges that it has got to the stage where I have been tempted to upgrade to a new model (the shock and horror) with there being so many black and white scarfs around in the shops at the moment, however I do think it should have plenty of life in it yet! 

So combining the pattern, the warmth and the general loveliness of it, this is what has got it to the place of my favourite.  

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With mine having gone out of the shops years ago I managed to find 2 very similar ones currently available both from mango. Mango at the moment have currently got a brilliant collection of scarfs out with me being far too temped to buy so many of them but did restrain myself (well…ish) Both of these are a lovely black and white woven effect with a simular zig zag pattern, with the second being surprisingly similar to my own.  If your looking for a new scarf this winter i’d defiantly give mango a good browse. 

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Also wearing: 

Dark navy coat – Zara (actually a charity shop) 

Black ripped jeans – Topshop 

Floral orange cami top -Urban Outfitters 

Black long sleeved top – Primark 

Lipstick –  Mac – Retro matte All fired up

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Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook

Etsy shop 

Photos taken by Tom Flathers

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

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.

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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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SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

Continuing on after my portabello market special I couldn’t help stretch the theme out over the whole week and continue it on to an outfit of the day post featuring some of my new favorite purchases from the capital. With staying in the Hyde Park area we started off the day with a walk around Kensington Gardens and into Hyde park where a lot of walking was to be had. Then we ventured towards The Royal Albert Hall then got on the tube to go to Oxford Circus for dinner. It was a lovely day around London and a perfect opportunity to do an outfit of the day for you. 

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I decided to make the scarf (which you will have seen in my last W/W/W post) the main focus of the outfit with keeping that as the burst of colour and keep the rest of the outfit to dark colours. This scarf I brought from a vintage stall at portobello market which I have a explained more in my last post which will be linked here: 

https://fabricforward.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/wantingwearingworking-week-5-portobello-market-special/

As I said I wanted to keep the outfit in the remit of dark colours however I didn’t want to make the whole outfit black and wanted to try and pair it with another opposing pattern.  

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Despite appearing grey on screen the top I am wearing is actually a very small black and white cheque. This top is almost the transition between a jumper and a top so is good for the autumn weather and this transitional period in the UK. Despite it obviously not being a colour it is a bit different for the plain T shits and jumper that I usually wear with its check pattern and also goes well with the bright red pattern of the scarf. Also its a good length with it being slightly cropped but not too cropped so it won’t show too much of your stomach with jeans. You can’t really see here but underneath this jumper I have paired it with a little plain white lacy cami top just to have that bit of lace poking through at the bottom. Now I love layering and its sometimes nice to have a bit of something else poking through at the bottom or a top to add interest and different textures to an outfit (and also warmth being in cold and rainy England)  

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On the bottom half I decided to wear my new Topshop black ripped skinny jeans. I will admit that when they first came into fashion I was not a fan and still in some cases I’m not, if the rips are too clean cut, too high up or plainly too many of them(would like to look as if a tiger has not attacked my trousers). If the rips is directly on or slightly below the knee and is distressed and sort of fraying enough I think the look can work creating grungey and distressed image. I think they work best when paired with quite simple items like a plain cropped T shirt or an oversized shirt or jumper. If put with something bright patterned and colourful it I think it would over power the outfit with trying to put too many trends together with the ripped jeans being quite a strong trend on their own. 

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Finally one item it feels of this hall isn’t brand new and never been worn before are my Topshop black leather ankle boots.Now the struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect pair of black ankle boots. To me they always seem to be a bit to loose around the ankle, have too many zips, too much of a high heal or simply with my budget too much of a price tag. However with this pair, I may have seems to have struck gold (or at least silver with being a perfectionist!)  I had my eyes on this pair in Topshop right from when they first came out but, true to form with them being real leather the price was a bit out of my range so I left and secretly hoped that if i lost a tooth that the tooth fairy may have started giving out brand new leather boots instead! But unfortunately this didn’t happen but when I finally stumbled across them in the sale for half the price, there were coming home in my bag. When i’m looking for new shoes I like to be able to find a pair which I will be wearing until I simply  can’t wear them anymore due to them no longer looking like shoes and more like scraps of leather.  

I generally just love most things about them, the leather there made of, the hight of them around the ankle, the hight of the heal, the gold hardware detailing on the side and the strap detailing around the front. Now if i’m being picky I would wish that the side wasn’t open around the bucket area due to the odd occasion of pesky stones getting inside them (and also maybe the blisters they gave me on this day, that will teach me to not not wear socks int them) but on the whole a pat on the back there to Topshop!  

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The few accessories I was wearing were my brown T K Maxx sunglasses, a small vintage black handbag, and wide sterling silver ring, both found at Portobello Market (if you can’t already tell I really liked Portobello Market, I mean, i’ve only left a couple of hints right?) 

Photos taken by Tom Flathers

http://www.tomflathersphoto.com

Outfit details again: 

Jumper: Urban Outfitters (very similar) 

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5114466647771&category=WOMENS-JERSEY-TOPS-EU

Jeans: Topshop 

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bripped%2bskinny%2bjeans&storeId=12556&productId=16147715&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Boots: Topshop

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bboot&storeId=12556&productId=18395056&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Coat (hung on bag): H and M (similar at asos)

http://www.asos.com/story-of-lola/story-of-lola-70s’-faux-suede-trench-coat/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5694628&clr=Black&SearchQuery=black+trench+coat&pgesize=13&pge=0&totalstyles=13&gridsize=3&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=2

Sunglasses: T K Maxx (proper Rayban version)

http://www.asos.com/ray-ban/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-0rb4165-710/8g55/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5272423&clr=Brown&SearchQuery=brown+raybans&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=44&gridsize=3&gridrow=4&gridcolumn=3 

Scarf: Vintage 

Bag: Vintage

And thank you again to the very lovely tom fathers for the great photos. 

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