Ah Fashion Week. Like with many other bloggers, I feel I have a slight love/hate relationship with what is now deemed the bi-annual 'fashion circus'. Do not get me wrong - it is an absolute privilege to be invited to shows, to see the new trends for the season ahead first hand, and generally to be surrounded by the throng of so many other like minded creatives. But. Unless you are an actual Editor or Big Time Blogger, with a car to chauffeur you round all the shows and a team on hand to do all the social media, to pamper you and be put up in a 5* swanky hotel with everything paid for - it can be blumin' hard work! I hate to burst anyones bubble; but Fashion Week is definitely not all glitz & glamour for us mere mortals, which it is often made out to be. If I seem like a right Negative Nelly here I apologise - I don't mean to be. I do have a point I promise... and I'm about to get to it, so please bear with...
If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that last week I took part in Dorothy Perkins Style Heroes campaign for a second time (see my previous post and read the concept behind these campaigns here). For the week I was participating in, the focus was on styling the 'skinny pant' and the tote bag. I chose these monochrome gingham stretch trousers as thought they would be the perfect, more chic alternative to the legging, providing comfort with the soft stretch material, but aren't too casual to rock for work and meetings.
I am pretty partial to a good print and my two favourites to wear are definitely stripes and animal print. I thought I would do a little post on my latest outfit and include a few tips on how to rock a print clash. This dusky pink zip through skirt from Dorothy Perkins provided the ultimate base for simple, utility inspired outfits throughout the Summer. I am so pleased we're getting an extra bout of sunshine so I can continue to get optimum wear out of this little baby before packing away my Summer clothes for a long Winter ahead - does anyone else feel like it was only the other day they had to pack their Summer bits away!? Summer come back!! I really love this style of skirt, I always seem to chop and change what styles I like to wear and feel suit me best - if you'd have shown me a straight cut, loose fitting, knee length skirt a year or so ago I probably would've laughed in your face and said something along the lines of "I wouldn't be seen dead in that!!" However, I just think this relaxed, utility style is super easy to wear, is so versatile and most of all which I tend to base most of my outfits on these days - is the comfort factor. Which again, once upon a time I would have always put looking good over being comfortable, but as you grow up you realise actually, comfort really is key. I think I'm probably more inclined to think this because I'm a busy Mama, I just want simplicity now when it comes to my outfits. I do believe you can stay stylish whilst maximising comfort, which I hope, I have proved here with this outfit(?)!
I can hardly believe we are into September already - seriously, slow down 2015! This is the month my baby turns 2...so I really, really need the months to stop going so fast because soon enough, he'll be going to school *internal sob*. Anyway, let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet, or I'll be blubbing into my morning cuppa uncontrollably for the next hour! September is one of my favourite months - aside from it being little man's Birthday and a few friends' special days, it is Fashion Month: I find everything seems to happen - the most events, the best editorials in magazines, London Fashion Week, new and exciting A/W stock hitting stores etc. I find it tends to be all or nothing with press days and events throughout the Summer but September is definitely more all than nothing when it comes to anything fashion related. As well as all of those fun and games, I have found for the past few years that it is actually one of our best months weather wise on the South Coast (I cannot speak for the North), and actually think how perfect it would be a wonderful time to have a wedding - not too hot and stuffy but usually pretty dry and very pleasant. So I thought I would put together a little outfit suitable for a September wedding featuring this stunning 'Uriah' sequin T-shirt dress, for a little wedding guest style inspo if anyone has any more big days to attend during the warm(ish) weather.
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