Woah. Has it really been almost two months since I last posted? Time flies when you’re
mega stressed and busy having fun, huh? In fact, I just checked through my emails and the deadline for this post was March 5th. I am one of those bloggers. Oh dear. But I digress! In this post, you get not one, not two, but three outfits to make up for lost time.
This is a kind of review post – the lovely folk over at Voucher Codes approached me with a challenge to find three outfits on a theme of my choice, with a shopping budget of £80 for key items and teaming it with what I already own. I went for stripes – the amazing Kirsty of Fatty Unbound did stripes too, check out her looks here – and was almost immediately hit with the realisation that I rarely wear stripes – always spots! It was a bit of a scramble but I’ve managed to find some cute things. What do you think?
Outfit One: Monochrome & Bright flashes
Dress: Primark, £13
Belt: My own
Neon Satchel: Simply Be*
Shoes: Torrid* (from 2010)
I feel a bit in love with this dress on my lunch break – the neckline gives it a mod-ish feel, although I’ve gone for a slightly different look this time around. But with knee high boots and a leather jacket I think it would be just as awesome! The dress is knit as well, so super stretchy and can fit someone larger than 20. Y’know, like myself for instance.
Outfit Two: Mint Humbug
Blazer: Forever 21+, £25
Dress and belt: Forever 21+
Shoes: New Look (2009)
L Brooch: Tatty Devine
Necklace: Si Vintage*
Glasses: London Retro* (2011)
This outfit is a bit of a turn up for the books, actually. When I think of ~fatshion bloggers~, I always image a blazer, skinny jeans, and heels. But in 3 and a half years I’ve never owned a blazer – until now! I saw this in the Forever 21 shop in Stratford and was seduced by it’s candy floss stripes. I really like it with the dress – this would be something I’d wear as a spring wedding guest, methinks.
Outfit Three: Tangerine Dream
Top: Simply Be, £18
Skirt: Carmakoma (2010)
Belt: Evans (2009)
Necklace: Tatty Devine
Glasses: London Retro* (2011)
Boots: Simply Be
I was really conscious of most striped items being monochrome so once I saw this Simply Be vest in bright orange I knew I had to have it. This one is a bit more like what I’d wear every day. You know, three years on and I’m still in love with this skirt. It’s held up so well. Carmakoma are expensive but if you can afford to, do invest in their stuff as it’s definitely worth it! Also, I’m gutted I didn’t catch my new boots in all their glory, but I’m sure they’ll get more dedication in another post. They’re bleedin’ perfect!
Well there you have it, my three ways of wearing stripes this spring! The three items I bought came to £56 in total – however I also bought this, in fact part of the reason it took me so long was because I was waiting for it to ship, but eventually gave up! Typically, H&M emailed me yesterday to say it was on its way.
I’ve also realised I didn’t actually team my stripes with spots. For shame! That said, this has actually opened my eyes to stripy clothing, so you may well be seeing even more ideas popping up on the blog.
Take care my lovelies, and speak soon!