So today was our designated ‘family outing day’ because tomorrow I’m incognito for a week, taking in the delights of Poland and London and visiting old and new friends. My mam, my nana, my sister and I all piled into the car (my dad was watching the Ashes) and drove into the wilds of Northumberland. It was a gorgeously sunny day, the bees were buzzing and birds were tweeting and all was as it should be. Oh, and I looked fabulous.
Seriously, I think I have a sunglasses addiction. I can’t stop buying sunglasses. Four pairs up (and counting!), I put my contacts in today JUST SO I could wear my new sunglasses and parade about in them … that’s gotta be the first sign, surely? I cobbled together a look to complement the sunshine, and this is what I came up with:
As you can see, I’m embracing the vbo again, and I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m more than okay with it – I’m not afraid of it anymore! I’ve had this lilac, ruffled skirt for absolutely yonks and I used to wear it ALL the time. I left it behind in the UK when I went to Hong Kong in a moment of misguided calculation and regretted that choice when I wanted a stylish and functional (read: below the knee) pencil skirt for work. It was an absolute bargain from my old favourite H&M a few seasons ago, and it’s been a faithful component of my wardrobe ever since. Today’s the first time I’ve worn it in a while, and I’m glad we got reacquainted. As you can see, it’s pretty form-fitting, hence the vbo … but I love the shape and the gorgeous 3D texture of this skirt; it’s made of thick ribbed polyester, which gives it a luxury feel and adds interesting texture to any outfit. The thick black waistband effectively draws the eye to the waist, creating a lurvely hourglass silhouette. Most of the time I tuck my tops and t-shirts in when wearing high waisted or pencil skirts, but sometimes I leave them half tucked in and half loose, like this, because I think it looks adorably scruffy.
To continue with my body love theme of the last few days, my t-shirt has the cutest heart print pattern – a pattern I often clash with other printed items in my wardrobe (see my post on Clashing Prints). It’s basic, but it’s versatile – great qualities for any tee. Don’t be afraid to buy a size up (or even a few sizes up ladies) in any item of clothing you want. You shouldn’t be a slave to labels – I usually hover at a size 16 (UK, US 12) but have items ranging in labeled size from 10 to 22 in my closet. Different shapes and styles of clothes will fit differently, and there’s no reason you can’t buy a t-shirt or jumper in a bigger size so it has that perfect slouchy, comfy fit. This heart print tee is a size 18 – I usually buy my tees a size up so they’re an oversized fit. Remember: you’re not defined by the tiny number inside your clothes – and if it bothers you a lot, or you’re worried someone might see – just cut that sucker off. Solution – simple!
Because this outfit has quite neutral, pastelly colours I thought I’d liven it up with the pop of some neon brights! I wanted a chance to wear my new sunglasses and they added a lovely spring-like splash of colour to this look: they’re a gorgeous mint green colour, with golden stud detail on the wingtips. They’re retro in shape and add to a sort of 1950s style: a look I absolutely love.
Lastly, my bag is an old favourite that has travelled all over the world with me. The zip is broken, some of the sequined embroidery has dropped off and there are unidentifiable stains on the inside material – but I love it! I bought this about five years ago from a street stall in Athens, Greece and apart from the zip it’s lasted remarkably well. The straps are strong, thick fabric, which is important for me because I haul about a lot of heavy files and paperwork for work, so I don’t want them to snap or hurt my shoulders. The acid brightness of the yellow sets off the rest of this outfit perfectly – and sunshine yellow will always make you smile!
All in all, this was an impromptu effort which added a splash of colour and chic to the Northumberland countryside. The fields were green, the North sea was wonderfully blue and I reconnected with the place I love and I’ll soon be leaving again. This is my last post before a week long hiatus while I’m on my jolly holidays. I will be sure to take lots of photos of fierce, Polish-inspired outfits (and my good friends may even make some cameos!) for posts next week, so watch out for them!
Take care, have confidence and practice body love: be fierce, be fabulous and start loving yourself today.