Happy bank holiday Friday! This is more than likely the outfit I will be wearing out this weekend, depending on my mood, obviously. I could just as easily pull everything out of my wardrobe and do a “I have nothing to wear” tantrum, although I am pretty happy with this outfit except for the black tights. I don’t have fake tan on at the moment and I couldn’t find any sheer tights, so in the interest of public safety I thought it best to cover the corned beef stumps I call legs for these photos.
I got this top recently from Closet. The colour is hard to describe and capture in a photo. It’s a pale grey blue with a cream flock pattern through it. The neckline is very ladylike altogether. The seams down the front give the illusion of a flat tummy, happy days.
I had originally planned on pairing the top with a black skirt but when I went to take the black skirt out of the wardrobe this one fell out too, so I figured it was meant to be. This scarf print, midi skirt is from Oasis and it has been getting lots of wear. It works great with any of the colours in the print like white, black or blue but also looks really good with strong bright colours like, lime, red, pink or orange. You can see it with lime in this post.
The shoes are from Dune and tie in with the blue in the skirt but any excuse to wear them.
I kept jewellery and accessories to a minimum in this post. You don’t need a necklace with the neckline of the top. When heading out I’ll probably wear some pear earrings and grab a black clutch.
What are you planning on wearing if you head out over the weekend?
Well it’s been a short week and we have another bank holiday to look forward to. Not to mention that there has been a fair bit of sunshine around this week. Maybe I’m overdosing on vitamin D here, but I am full of the joys this week. In my head I am already planning loads of summer outfits for future Friday Style posts.
I have to admit that I love a good shirt dress. When you get the right one they can be so versatile. I am wearing this one with navy tights and heels because this is how I wear it to work. It would also look great with heels but without the tights for a night out or for a relaxed summer’s eve look pair it with some strappy sandals. You could also wear it with some wedges for a day of shopping or meeting the girls for coffee. This one is from Oasis and I love the added detail of the double collar along with the gold buttons and belt buckle, which make it easy to dress up. The relaxed and comfortable shape mean I can also dress it down. The material is lovely and soft and it doesn’t hold creases.
Here I have paired it with a denim jacket I got in New Look a few years ago but sometimes I wear it with a blazer for a smarter look or with my faux leather biker to keep it more casual but slightly edgy.
These pointed toe coral courts are from Penneys.
This coral statement necklace is also from Penneys. Last weekend I picked up three great statement necklaces in Penneys all at €5 each, I mean how could you leave them behind.
This clutch was a “free gift with purchase” from The Body Shop recently. A lot of times those free bags end up being something I never use but the colour of this one is perfect for summer so it should get used fairly often.
What do you think of shirt dresses? How do you like to style them?
Brace yourselves the bare legs are out. I haven’t done a post without either black tights or trousers in what feels like forever. The milder weather this week along with the sight of lambs and daffodils everywhere has me feeling like hiding away all the bulky jumpers and breaking out the “summer wardrobe”. Don’t worry, I’m not completely nuts, I know that an Irish “summer wardrobe” still requires plenty of knit wear and cover ups.
This is another top that I picked up in Vero Moda while they were having a 20% off promotion. You can see the other one here. I like animal print, especially in soft tones. This is actually a loose and long flowy style top, so it also looks good left out over trousers.
I think the colours of the animal print work well with this dusky pink blazer from Awear (sigh, I miss Awear). Actually pink in any form, soft baby pink, plum pink, or hot pink, look great with animal print.
The skirt is from Closet. Note the gold zips, which is the main reason why I bought it. I really shouldn’t buy anymore black skirts, but the peplum hem and the gold zips sucked me in.
Since it’s not often that I bear the legs, I choose nude courts. These ones have a wedge heel and they are from Oasis. My black pointed toe courts with the gold heels would work well with this outfit also.
I picked this necklace up while on holiday in Portugal. I figured the neckline needed a little something so I chose this.
What colours do you like to pair with animal print?
At least we have seen some sunshine this week so this post doesn’t feel too out of place. I warned you there was more lime coming and lime paired with blue is one of my new favourite colour combinations. Yellow also looks good with a vibrant blue but I think the hint of green in lime is better than yellow with my colouring. This top does look more yellow and it is called yellow on the website but there is actually a hint of green there, enough to make me happy.
I spotted this top and skirt while scrolling through the “new in” section of the Oasis web site. While they weren’t actually paired together, they were listed side by side and as soon as I saw them I knew they would look good worn together. Separately these two can be worn with so many other items already in my wardrobe so I am pretty sure I will get value for money with these two, more so than with a dress. The picture doesn’t do this pretty top justice; there is some beautiful details with the collar and gold buttons. The scarf print skirt is midi length, which I thought might need to be returned since I’m only 5ft 2″, but to my surprise and delight the length is fine on me, even if I do say so myself.
These satin blue shoes with black lace are from Menbur. They have been on the blog loads of times now.
This necklace is from Carraig Donn and the earrings are from New look. They were also in this post two weeks ago in case you want another look.
Do you prefer lime or yellow? What colours do you like to wear when the sun shines?
On Saturday I completed the supreme race in Westport’s Sea 2 Summit. Covering a total of 56k, it involves running a total of 8k, hiking up Croagh Patrick, and cycling a total of 43k, part of which has some serious hills. You may have heard me going on about it lately; it’s kind of a big deal to me. So anyway, let’s talk about the after party. Obviously I wanted to be comfortable but I also wanted to get glammed up for a big night out, 1,500 people took part in it and town should be hopping. You don’t have to be a tom boy or “butch” to enjoy getting out and putting your body to the test. I wanted my outfit to reflect that even girly girls like to get dirty and push themselves to the limits every now and then too.
This beautiful blue dress is from Oasis and the belt comes with it. The wrap style is quite flattering. The style is essentially simple but in a very elegant way.
The gold buckle on the belt dresses it up with a bit of bling. The sleeves add a bit of warmth and comfort that means it’s also a good option for a day time occasion like a family dinner, christening, or even Christmas day.
Here I’m adding another touch of bling with this necklace that I bought on holiday in Portugal.
These shoes are from New Look and tie in with the gold details on the dress and necklace. Also the small heel makes them bearable after the day’s events.
What would you wear when comfort is essential but style is necessary?
I can’t believe how lovely the weather has been this week and to celebrate, I am breaking out the bright colours. I’ve done all the things Irish people must do when the sun shines, all the laundry (there’s great drying out), cleaned all the windows (the neighbours did, so I must be seen doing mine too), washed basically everything. However, I was working during the day all week so I didn’t get a chance to scorch the skin off myself like everyone else. Instead of peeling skin, I’ll have to rely on some pastels to keep me in the summery mood.
How cute is this aqua blazer with lilac cuffs and it’s from Penneys, so as cheap as it is pretty. The blazer is more for effect when walking into work, so I look office appropriate because my top is quite summery and frilly. I take the blazer off as soon as I’m in the door and hang it on the back of my chair. The top is the brand ICHI, which you usually find in independent boutiques around the country. The print is two different purples with a hint of aqua so it was made to be worn with this blazer. I love the little frills on the shoulders, nothing says summer like frills.
As per usual, the dark skinny jeans are from New Look but this cute mock croc plum belt is from Dunnes.
The necklace is also from Penneys (maybe they should hire me). The aqua colour ties in nicely in my opinion.
As for the nude wedge-heel court shoes, they have been in a few previous posts and they are from Oasis. I know what you are thinking and you are right: I do need nude wedge-heel, peep-toe courts, they would totally change this outfit.
I also tested out a more casual option here with these boyfriend distressed jeans and they are from Penneys (where else). I apologise for the lack of tan on the corn beef legs, don’t worry I didn’t leave the house with my legs like that.
How are you channelling summer?