Silk

Hello again,

I hope there are still some of you out there after my radio silence.  I’ve been missing my styling work and inspirational outfit posts (I use the word inspirational for myself), I felt a craving to slowly get into it again. And what is inspiring me at the moment is silk.  I don’t get much opportunity to wear it with three little boys to ferry about all day but I do enjoy playing around with ideas, and should the opportunity arise to leave the house without sticky hands in tow to something fun then I would grab it and wear silk!

I love the versatility of the fabric.  The softness against the skin is an obvious attraction, but the floaty and weightless feel is heavenly.  I also find that the illuminating sheen of the fabric can make dull skin look radiant and bright.  Thanks to the “anything goes trends” of the last couple of years, whilst there certainly are trends to follow, it really is anyone’s game as to what you do with that trending item.  Silk is being paired with anything from chunky knits and blazers to sneakers and sandals and that’s how we can bring it into our daily wardrobe when there isn’t a heap up of fancy invitations filling up our inboxes.

My photos (as always) have a long way to go (as does my writing), but I am totally out of practice, photos are less than average (apologies) not to mention I am on serious time constraints these days when I do anything, so the quicker I can get something done the better, the idea of perfecting anything goes out the window.  These poor photos are just to show you what I have done with some of the silk pieces in my wardrobe to dress them down.  I sadly didn’t have time to do shoes and accessories but I will add notes below to advise what I would have done, followed by more professional and aesthetically pleasing shots taken from various sources.

In the first two images I am wearing a metallic leather dress which I also LOVE and never get a chance to wear.  Metallic, plunging necklines (back and front) and leather are all prominent features that you would normally only have one of per garment, so throwing three into the mix means I have to tone it down.  Ive popped a charcoal silk blouse on underneath, I am wearing it back to front to give me a higher neckline with a bit of a frill for an added touch of femininity to an otherwise slightly grungy look.  Whilst I wouldn’t wear this for the school run I would wear it to a special birthday lunch or an upmarket restaurant during the day.  Depending on the venue I would either wear plain leather pumps, espadrilles or an understated pair of biker boots to finish this look off with a very simple and small bag.

Shop boots here

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Here I am wearing silk on silk, mixing pink tones together.  I love wearing the same colour in different tones as an outfit.  This raspberry or watermelon pink blouse is the same style as the charcoal one above.  (It also looks beautiful with blue denim jeans). Ive put it together with this pale pink skirt that I bought from Jigsaw about 5 or 6 years ago and still love it just as much, it was such a great purchase and I sometimes wear it during the day with a t-shirt and sneakers.  This outfit I would again wear to a smart lunch with flat sandals or converse to dress it down and to keep it simple I would add a neutral or tan coloured bag. To dress this look up I would wear pointed flats or heeled sandals and I love the idea of bringing teal into the equation. So I would either look for a colourful printed shoe or a patterned bag combining at least one of the pinks with teal or ochre for a fun contrast.

I adore these earrings that I thought would be fabulous with this outfit to add a bit of contrast.

Shop Earrings Here

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Next up is a fluffy jumper worn over a silk dress in the same colour.  The picture of my fluffy knit really didn’t come out well but this is a silk dress that I would only really have the chance to wear to a wedding or a formal evening function, so to give me another opportunity to wear it, I recently wore this chunky knit over the dress to a friends birthday drinks with casual tan coloured slides and a leopard print clutch.  I would also wear sneakers with this look and an informal style raffia bag such as the one below. I love the exact colour match of the two garments here but different textures. To keep it all matchy matchy I would wear the teal earrings above with this outfit too.  This beautiful green can also be seen coming through in some of the raffia tassels on the bag below.

Shop bag here

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Lastly I love this slightly rock ‘n roll look below.  Here I have worn the silk dress again with a leather biker jacket on top.  This would definitely work in cooler weather so I would put high top sneakers or ankle boots with this combo to round it off perfectly.  A small black bag or something vibrant from Missibaba would be my choice of accessory depending on the day.

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Shop bags here

 

And now for the professional pictures to give you much improved visuals of how to do silk.

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That’s it for now friends and followers, hope you have a fabulous Sunday evening and week ahead, hopefully I will be back again soon!

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The Item every wardrobe needs

The utility or military if you like, jacket has become something of a staple, like the denim jacket. It goes over everything, from a t-shirt to a formal frock.  Its slightly more versatile than the denim jacket however, in that the longer length and softer fabric (in some) allows you to play around with the style a lot more.  Wearing a belt around the middle can dress it up over a cocktail dress, or if it’s more of a Shacket (shirt/jacket for those of you not up to speed with fashion jargon ;)) then the fabric is usually a softer tencel which allows you to even tuck it in as a shirt, wear it open loosely with sleeves rolled up or tied around your waist.

Here are some of the best ones out there.

This is your really good box standard Utility Jacket, it has an inner drawstring for creating a waistline, softer fabric, and all buttons covered. Super jacket to throw over anything, shop here

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A camo jacket has the same effect and does pretty much the same just a little bit more out there, great for mixing up prints and livening up staples. Shop here

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This one s referred to as a parka by the retailer however aside from the outer cord drawstring to me it’s more of a utility jacket than a parka.  The adjustable cord showing on the outside  gives it more of a casual feel and limits the styling of this jacket somewhat, only slightly though, but a great shape and I love the high neck and lapels. Shop here

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Topshop has been doing them for years and they are always a great fit, you can never go wrong here.

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A trusted brand when it comes to quality, this fit and fabric look perfect, the length is good too for those ladies with larger hip areas as you don’t want the jacket length ending at your widest part of your hips and thighs. Shop here

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ADORE this jacket giving it a trendier edge with the full sleeve making this one slightly more feminine. Shop here

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We can rely on Zara to give us a bunch of trends in one jacket, from embroidery, and studs to writing and colour on this slightly more parker-esque take on a utility jacket (you will see from the back shape online), This one’s got all the bells and whistles if your’e a trend junkie

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Im clearly a fan of the slightly more feminine styles as this military jacket with frills is right up my alley and could easily jump into my basket.. shop here

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And this ladies and gentlemen is how you style your utility/military jacket!

 

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