FRIDAY STYLE: BOYFRIEND JEANS DRESSED UP FOR A DAY OF SHOPPING

When I head out for a proper day of shopping, I like to dress nice. Now if I’m just on a mission to get something specific like tights or heading into Penneys to see what’s cheap and cheerful then it doesn’t matter what I wear. But if I’m out to treat myself to some real retail therapy then I like to make the effort. There are two reasons for this: one, when you look good you feel good. If you start the day out in a frumpy tracksuit and feeling negative and you are in a downer mood, then of course nothing will fit right or suit you. It’s always better to start the day in a positive mood, feeling good about yourself and I always feel better about myself when I have made a bit of an effort. The second reason is when you are dressed well, sales assistants tend to be nicer to you. Unfortunately this is not a rule, some stroppy mares will always be stroppy mares. However, I am a people watcher and I can’t help but notice that sales assistants are generally nicer to people that are dressed stylishly as opposed to those in still in their pj’s.

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So this is what I wore for a day of shopping on Saturday. The vibrant coral blazer is from Cutie and I bought it from iclothing.ie. I love the shape of these blazers, the cropped sleeves and tailored fit make it sit well with almost anything. They can look really dressy with a dress or smart casual with jeans and they come in loads of colours.

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The pussy bow blouse you have seen before in this post when the weather was colder. The colour of the leopard print is quite soft so it’s a pretty blouse and contrasts nicely with the bold colour of the blazer. The blouse is from Penneys.

These slim fit boyfriend jeans are from Zara. Because they are a very casual style, I love trying to dress them up. This outfit would look far dressier with heels but because I’m off to stroll through the shops, comfy shoes are a must for all that walking. These wedge heel, peep toe, canvas courts are a few years old but I got them in Paul Byron.

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Are you up styling boyfriend Jeans or keeping them relaxed with a t-shirt and flip flops? How do you like to dress for a day of retail therapy?

SATURDAY NIGHT: PLUM AND LEOPARD PRINT

On Saturday night I headed out for a few drinks with some friends and I wore this plum dress and leopard print accessories combo. You see a lot of people dipping into the animal print trend by wearing leopard print with black. I think the plum is a fresh take on the trend and makes for something a bit different.

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The dress is from Awear. The wrap detail and the pleating to the waist make it quite flattering.

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The belt is from Pennys.

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I bought this necklace in Protugal and it has previously been in this post.

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The shoes are from Dunnes. I was agonising over whether to buy a pair from Karen Millen or Dune both were about €90ish but with slight differences in the colour, but then I spotted these in Dunnes for €16 and I figured it was enough to spend because I probably won’t wear leopard print shoes all that often.

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The clutch bag is my old faithful Guess clutch that I have had for ages and it features in some previous posts (like here and here, which also shows another plum combo).

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