Back to Basics

It’s heading towards that exciting end of the month, pay day weekend, which means many of us will once again be heading out for a splurge at the shops.  Quite often if I’ve been good and I’m looking forward to a little retail therapy, end up gravitating toward statement purchases, special occasion pieces or items that you can only wear once in a while because you fear people will recognise something from the last time you wore an outfit.  This is probably because it’s always nice when someone compliments you on a bag, top, pair of shoes or new coat, but my current obsession is for finding really nice basics.

My latest lusting is for the perfect navy t-shirt, which is currently proving as elusive as the  fashion industry fav, grey marl tee.  It may seem like the easiest of items to purchase, but trust me it’s not.  There is the cut and fit to worry about, the material it’s been produced in and then that all important shade of navy, but I know the search will be worth it because staples like these make all those statement purchases work with the rest of your wardrobe.

Lets take the understated navy tee for example, easy to throw on with jeans and trainers when you’re on the school run, but then incredibly chic when teamed with leather trousers, blazer and heels for cocktails with the girls.  It’s also a trans-seasonal (sorry for the jargon) piece which can be layered up with chunky knits, little jackets or under a denim shirt, then sun’s out gun’s out and it’s the perfect accompaniment to your favourite cut offs and patterned skirts be it mini or maxi.

So whilst I’ve been scouring the high street and the internet I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourites, and if you’ve tracked down a better basic let me know.

That Jacket is the Bomb..er

The humble bomber has been hanging around for the last few seasons, I managed to bag myself a cute lightweight khaki one in the Zara summer sale not last year but the one before, and now it’s been elevated from a grungy casual to a high fashion must-have.

I remember back at school, people (well the boys mainly) having a black or khaki version with orange lining, and you can still find these cult styles if you’re a bit of a purist, but why not open your eyes to the array of colours, prints, patterns and textures out there and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

It’s also no longer just a casual jacket to be teamed with jeans and trainers – oh no, the bomber will fast become your most versatile piece of outerwear, teaming easily with a beautiful dress or cute little skirt, and take a styling tips from the fash pack and celebs alike, who like to drape theirs (so nonchalantly) over their shoulders.

(All images via Pinterest)

Feeling inspired by this street style staple?  Well here’s my high street hot list.

Put Your Shoulders To It

So Winter has finally made an appearance and it’s cold, actually its freezing but I can’t stop planning (and buying) clothing for my summer wardrobe, and in particular anything that’s showing off a bit of shoulder.

There is something so sexy about a little shoulder action, in an understated way rather than being overtly sexy.  I’m also thinking if you are off anywhere fancy and want to flash a little flesh at this time of year this is most definitely the way to do it.

Although most of us are probably purchasing jumpers, jackets and roll necks right now, the stores are slowly starting to fill up with nice little pieces of Spring inspired delights. Off the shoulder and one shoulder looks dominated the SS16 catwalks regardless of the interpretation – 70’s, stripes, minimalist, making this a key look to invest in and giving maximum bang for your buck.

(All images via Pinterest)

And if you’re hitting the high street here’s my hot-list not to be given the cold shoulder.

(All images via PR Shots)

Doing the Do with Denim

How do you do denim?  I do it pretty much every single day! It’s the probably the basis of almost every outfit I wear, regardless of season.  In the winter of course it’s jeans or a denim shirt, Spring time a denim jacket and when that summer sun is shining or it’s time to visit somewhere more exotic than Essex, of course denim shorts are the first thing thrown in my suitcase.

Slowly denim has become more and more acceptable, it’s now not just thought of as sloppy weekend wear, you can even get away with at work if you’re not in a super corporate environment, and it’s massive for the season ahead.  Regardless of your age, shape or style preferences there is a way for everyone to wear denim, I’m talking smart, casual, boho, street, 70’s, minimal, 90’s, double, coloured – you name it.

As you can imagine I’m one extremely happy chappy, so I thought I’d share my love of the blue stuff with you.  Below you’ll find 50 shades of blue but alongside that greens, prints, patterns, textures and more.  I hope you feel inspired to switch up your style and try something other than your trusty Levis.