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Embracing the British summer

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Summer in Britain, not exactly known for its days of blazing hot sunshine and wonderful warm evenings. It more often tends to be 5 random days in mid June reaching over 25 degrees (which obviously happen on days that you are stuck inside) which are then followed by weeks on end of on and off rain with the occasional bit of hail thrown in for good measure. Not exactly the best weather for cracking out the shorts and the T shirts really. Now shorts aren’t exactly a best friend of mine with my tree trunk legs preferring to be in their happy place being wrapped up in 3 pairs of tights.  However when if I see a beautiful  summer dress then it will tend to weasel its way into my bag and somehow end up back home with me. This ‘summer’ has been no different with long, short, patterned and plain ones all being added to the collection. So even when the weather is looking no better than truly pants I just try to embrace the breeze, throw on my favourite floral dress and remember there must be at least 1 place in the world right now which is 30 degrees and sunny. 

 

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This gorgeous cherry print dress from Topshop pretty much ticks all the boxes for me. With its collared shirt detail down the front, to its pretty blue and red print, to the fact that is manages to have no funny cut out sections and actually have with fully functioning sleeves! Actually managing to find a dress with sleeves that isn’t ridiculously short or low at the front has seemed to be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Last year urban outfitters came up trumps and this year it has seemed to be Topshop’s turn. From this i’ve learnt 60’s is the way to go with it’s slim fitting shift dress/shirt dress shape and pretty cherry pint print nicely bringing a touch of vintage to a modern outfit. Despite my yaking on about it being a gorgeous summery daytime piece I definitely think that this piece will stand the test of time being able to take you from day to night and summer to winter. Whack on a good thick tight and a chunky knit jumper and your good to go for a wonderful wintery look. 

 

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PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS 

Exploring London | Borough Market

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Having been back home in the land or trees, sheep and more sheep for probably only about 5 minuets, I am already finding my mind drifting back to my life back in the big smoke. With sirens having been replaced by mooing cows, office blocks by sheep sheds, hard by soft water (whatever that means) and air by well, clean air, it has definitely made me realise how for granted I take living in a city like London. Now as much a love having to wait an hour for the next bus after the one you tired to get didn’t arrive or having to lean half way out of your highest window to get one bar of phone signal the peace and tranquility of the countryside can get a little tedious for a city lover like myself. At home I definitely miss having everything you could want or need on your doorstep with plenty of places to explore and beat the boredom. 

Despite having been living in London for nearly a whole year now there are still plenty of places I keep meaning to visit. Borough Market however was one of those recently which I have managed to tick off the list. Now there is no way that I would describe myself as a foodie with the M&S ready meal isle getting far too much of my attention and money of late but going somewhere like Borough Market definitely makes you want to become one. With every meat, vegetable, bread and unearthly food on offer it is least to say you will leave feeling a little peckish. 

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PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS 

Spots and stripes

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So hey! Looks like I have somehow managed to just about squeeze a post in this week to make my weekly posting thing a total success ;) Anyway, while I sit here grabbing a quick dinner amid a crazy 12 hours a day week of tech rehearsals and trying to salvage 10 minuets away form downing in sequins and feathers, I thought why not now take a look back at a more colourful time when dressing didn’t consist of just black polo necks and skinny jeans. 

If there has been anything this year that I can say I have been truly obsessed with, other than Weetabix minis, Line of Duty and probably more Weetabix minis again then it has to be that of spots and stripes. Now I know these are 2 things which aren’t exactly realighting the world of fashion having appeared in every Tom, Dick and Harrys wardrobe for may years, however somehow it seems at the moment I can’t leave the house without wearing one or the other, or both. 

This striped number from Pull and Bear has probably been the most worn thing in my wardrobe recently coming out on hot days, cold days and all the days in-between. As for these blue spotted trousers from Nobody’s Child I think I can safely say that they are probably the comfiest thing in the history of clothing, ever, even including a poncho. Paired together with a bright red lip and some heeled boots that I can practically walk a marathon in (I wish) your good to go. 

 

PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS 

3 months, 7 days and an hour or so

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So Chloe, remember that time that you said you were going to take a little bit of time off blogging however it definitely wouldn’t be more than a week or two and you would be back on it right as rain? No?? Well with it having been 3 months, 7 days and an hour or so since your last post went up I would say that something somewhere went a bit wrong! 

However lets stop dwelling on my apparent inability to do a million things at once and on the fact that Fabric Forward is finally back down to business! 

I evidently decided that while somewhat melting in the 30 something degree heat in London that it was the perfect time to lock myself indoors, start tapping away at the key board and get this blog back up and running. 

 

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As well as some snazzy new pictures (I can totally still pretend that there is blossom out on the trees right?) the eagle eyed amongst you may also be able to tell that the old blog has had a bit of a re-vamp. As ever with me getting bored really easily I couldn’t help myself buy have a little re-decoration around this joint. After the probably 4 or 5 different looks this blog has had since being birthed I must say this has to be my favourite (she says until she changes it again in a matter of months). 

Anyway with my skin feeling like it is going to melt away from me at any moment (fyi turns out human flesh can actually start melting at 40 degrees, true fact that! – don’t say you don’t learn anything here) I shall keep this brief and return to my wild evening of being sprawled on my bed with an overheating laptop all while wondering how many grapes one can fit into ones mouth.  

Choa for now! (and hopefully won’t be for a 1/4 of a year this time!)

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Photos | Tom Flathers 

Bowling, and I don’t mean with 10 pins

Bowling, and I don’t mean with 10 pins

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There are not many times in your life that on a day out you happen to stumble upon somewhere which could have been plucked from an epic war film.  Unless said film was set on a tiny farm in the middle of the countryside (a niche they are completely missing out on) I can’t say this has been a regular occurrence for me. However while visiting the beautiful Loch Lomond the train rumbled through the small town of Bowling and we had to get off and have a look. 

This was differently a moment when the stars aligned in terms of happening to wear an outfit which managed to match with my surroundings. Grunge was definitely the order the day with this lovely brown T shit dress from Urban Outfitters matched with my trusty Topshop leather jacket. Brown is a colour that I tend to avoid with feeling it matches too much with my hair however mixed in with black in this fine stripe it makes it easier to pair with black (and theres always room for a couple of exceptions to the rule.) 

Visiting somewhere such as Bowling really dose remind you of some of the amazing locations that theses British Isles have to offer and right on your doorstep. 

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WHAT I WORE

DRESS | JACKET | BOOTS

Photos by Tom Flathers

Life in a leather jacket

Life in a leather jacket

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Now I may not be a member of the Hells Angels and I definitely don’t have a Harley Davidson tucked away in my garage (as if i even have a garage) but it doesn’t mean I haven’t used and abused wearing a leather jacket. Since purchasing this little beauty back in the spring from Topshop, there has rarely been a day when I have reached to put on anything else. With it being in my favourite colour/not colour black, it instantly brings out that inner rock chic which I had somewhere hiding within me and probably makes me look about 10 times cooler than i actually am at heart. 

But never mind the jacket, lets talk a little more about that little interesting denim item I have on. As someone who for a very long time now has barely taken off her plain black skinny jeans and has never wanted to make a statement in the denim, thinking I really should not be drawing too much attention to those tree trunks. All in all these really shouldn’t be something that I am interested in however, some tiny corner of my brain (which definitely wasn’t the money saving part) propelled me to try these on in Topshop and I knew that they would fit perfectly in my wardrobe.

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Over the past few years we have seen jeans move from the pairs of trouser that everyone wears for practicality and comfort into more interesting fashion statement pieces. Be it flared frayed hems, all over embroidery or the ripped knee trend which it seems everyone and their auntie has tried out, the high street is still continuing to come up with new and exciting reinventions of the humble jean. Topshop has been somewhere that I have always noticed to push the boat out with their denim pieces, probably to the extent where some other brands aren’t willing to go.

When I first picked them up I assumed that they would only work with other plain, neutral coloured items, keeping it all well within my comfort zone, but since trying them on with multiple different items i’ve realised quite how versatile they can be due to being made of the 2 colours of denim that go with everything. This is the first kind of this style that I have seen around in the shops and on the streets.This may be because nobody else likes them or just because they haven’t yet to be worn by some A lister to make them the next highly sort after thing. Whether they become a hit or a flop I will continuing jazzing up my denim these jeans this autumn winter.

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Wonderful photographs by Tom Flathers 

JEANS: http://bit.ly/2dvnyZd

JACKET: http://bit.ly/2dKdfSP

Those matchy matchy vibes

Those matchy matchy vibes

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You know those days as a girl (sorry boys) when you actually manage to end up wearing an exactly matching set of underwear and you actually feel like you are winning at life and could take on the world? Now I wish I could say this was one of those days but without giving too much away, with my rather undesirable underware collection, mostly consisting of massive granny knickers (Bridget would be proud!) leave these days rather few and far between. However how could anyone not miss the opportunity to match their lipstick colour with their outfit?

Now I know this will come as a massive shock to all and at the risk of repeating myself for the 100th time but shirt dresses and bright lipsticks are near enough the only 2 things I ever wear. This maroon one was a new addition for me this summer. Its near enough a carbon copy of a black one which I have had and worn to death over the past few years so what better way to introduce some more colour to my wardrobe. The ultimate matching lipstick was the lovely Love Liberty from Charlotte Tilbury. I spoke more in-depth about this lipstick in my review of it linked here. I may have had a some what love hate relationship with this lipstick in the past but you can not deny how perfectly it works for this look.

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Pics as ever by Tom Flathers 

Style File | Merchant City

Style File | Merchant City

When I first heard the phrase ‘Merchant City’ I imagined some large bustling market full of stall holders seeing everything from flowers to bread rolls, as something rather expected out of a disney film.  Basically everything being all ‘Merchanty’ (totally a word).   

Now I’m not going to say that this is extremely far from the truth, you may find the odd bread roll rolling around, even if it is only there for the birds. In reality, replacing the market stalls for high end shops, the main part of it is a lovely square in the centre of Glasgow, our version of Trafalgar Square if you will, (including large statue with traffic cone on its head). 

Using the steps outside the GOMA art gallery we couldn’t resist doing a wee outfit video alongs side some lovely little photos.  

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As ever for this look I didn’t move far from my beloved blacks and greys with this look. American Apparel served me very well for this outfit with the jeans and wrap top both being from there. I spoke more about these items in my Closet Confidential tag video linked here

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Style File – The tapered trousers

Style File – The tapered trousers

(Hold on in there, I know there are a lot of photos)

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For this look I have been channeling my inner man and gone all androgynous with one of my favourite styles of the high waisted tapered trousers. High waisted trousers and I have had a long lasting love affair for me (don’t tell the black skinnies) with last summer consisting in me living in my pair of high waisted black ones from Topshop with never wanting to wear anything else. Topshop have done their best again with this pair of dark navy pinstripe beauties. 

I love these specifically being made from such comfy fabric, I really didn’t want to take these off, a tie waist band synching you in at the waist to add a more feminine touch and a great cut. These are a great versatile pair of trousers working casually during the day with a cropped jumper and and flat shoes, or dressed up in the evening with a nice lightweight shirt and heals (like I ever wear heals). 

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Finding this style such a flattering shape for me, I find them such a breath of fresh air from the normal jeans and T shirt combo  all students are very familiar with. Being fitted and high waisted its nice sometimes its nice for the change to wear something a bit more form fitting encouraging you to put a bit more effort in and show off those curves. However I haven’t been afraid to throw on my biggest baggiest jumper over them in one of those just get out and go moments. 

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Now they may not be bright yellow covered in purple spots but being made in this lovely navy pinstripe to me they are a rather statement trouser so unsurprisingly the rest of the outfit consists of black, black and more black. 

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As you may have been able to tell this was my second little post from my lovely day in Bath. In England I don’t think you could ask for a better setting than the undeniably beautiful royal circle and crescent in the lovely sunshine and beautiful sunset (totally decided that is where I shall ‘summer’ this year). I’ve always loved this city and was very enjoyable to explore all the little nooks and crannies while taking some lovely little photos of this beautiful city. 

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BUY THE LOOK

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