Fishnets & Florals

After what feels like a long winter, Spring has finally sprung, which means freshening up the wardrobe and beginning to trade in jumpers and coats for something a bit lighter and more exciting.

It’s not always the easiest thing dressing for the new season. The weather is rarely predictable (particularly up North), so it’s good to have some more transitional pieces for those in-between days.

I picked up this lovely dress about a month ago while looking for something to wear for a night out, though I have since realised just how versatile it is.


It is long sleeved, which makes it perfect for breezier days, but the fabric is a light cotton which makes it light and airy for when the sun shines.

It also has a dropped waist, which I never really go for as they tend to make me look out of proportion being small, however, on this dress it is more graduated giving it a fuller, floatier skirt and more of a dolly kind of vibe. The only thing I’d say is it’s not great for is windy weather, which I quickly learned when I inadvertently flashed the majority of the toon the other day.


For some reason this frock really gave me Dolce and Gabbana vibes, maybe it was the rose embroidery detail, which I thought gave it a bit of a classically regal feel. To keep this transitional piece current, I added fishnets and a distressed denim jacket with rolled up sleeves to make it more grungey. It’s also great for adding a layer of warmth for those colder days.


Bottle blue loafers and a red ribbon choker were added to add a pop of colour for the new season and to keep in with the Italian chic side of the outfit.


The look is quite dark but I added little pops of colour in the accessories to match the embroidery as a gradual submersion back in to brighter hues, rather than charging full force in to bright colours as the weather is still changeable.  As for mid-spring, it would also look really cool with no tights and some mules or knotted pool sliders.


I don’t know about you but i’m super excited for the brighter weather, and can’t wait to wear brighter clothes and pretty shoes again, and to have a play around with the new seasons trends!

Kate xx


Featured clothes

.Dress, Primark.

.Denim jacket, thrifted, brand- Diesel.

.Loafers, Zara.

.Fishnets, Primark.

.Ribbon for choker, Paperchase.

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The five beauty products that saved my skin

I wouldn’t normally write about beauty solely because I am no beauty guru. I’m pretty crap when it comes to makeup and cosmetics, but when it comes to skincare I have tried and tested a lot over the years including high street and high-end, and would like to share my current favourites which have ultimately saved my skin.

All throughout my teens, I was pretty lucky and generally had a clear complexion but in the past three years, I’ve been prone to the odd bad breakout. Last year I can honestly say that my skin was the worst it had ever been due to a range of things including stress and sickness.

I had already been using some of the products earlier in the year and they’d kept my skin super clear but when it got really bad I tried to use other products which didn’t really work out of panic. I finally went back to them at the end of the year and started 2017 much more fresh faced, in the knowledge that natural products are much more suited to my sensitive skin.

Now my first three products are all by the same brand which is Biore. I discovered these guys on Instagram as I follow Shay Mitchell who is an ambassador. Usually, I don’t really buy into the whole beauty ambassador stuff, but I clicked the link and started reading up on the brand. They seemed really positive and trying them has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

So my number 1 product has to be the Biore ‘Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser’ which I have used for ages. Charcoal is known to draw out impurities and the bottle claims to deep clean 2x better than a basic cleanser and naturally purifies. I have to say this product has been amazing. It really cools your skin and works really well on oily skin too, balancing it out which of course stops new spots forming. I saw a difference within about two days so it’s fast acting too and it has, touch wood, kept my skin clear for the longest time. I really can’t recommend this product enough.


My next two products I’d probably put on the same level. They are both again Biore products and are scrubs and I tend to go between the two.

Firstly there is the Blemish Clearing Scrub which claims to “clear and polish without damaging skin’ and is oil free. This one is good I think for if you, like me, have really sensitive or combination skin. This one also releases deep rooted dirt which causes spots and polishes the spots already there. It also has a super fresh smell and leaves your skin really soft and polished. It is a nice gentle scrub which doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry but also doesn’t equally encourage more oil.


The second scrub product I’d recommend is the ‘Baking Soda’scrub which comes in a smaller pot but lasts forever. It comes as a usual Baking Soda power which you just pour into your palm and add water to. This one is more of a gentle exfoliation which leaves skin really smooth. The only thing I’d say is after scrubbing wash it straight off as if you have sensitive skin it can be quite drying. If you have oily skin though it could be good for balancing out your complexion.


After I’ve done with my scrubs and cleaners I like to use coconut oil as a moisturiser, which is relatively new for me but seems to be working really well. It is an oil but it sinks in really quickly and doesn’t make your skin greasy so doesn’t encourage spots. It is also known to clear acne and scars and leaves your skin nice and fresh and moisturised. I know coconut oil can be quite expensive but I picked up a big pot from the cooking section in Aldi for an amazing £2.99. A little goes a long way and can also be used on the rest of your body and as a healthy alternative to cooking oil also, just split it into different pots. This is definitely one of my cannot live without products, it’s just made my skin so much fresher and hydrated, so this I would 120% recommend to anyone.


I then finish off my regime with Freederm’s ‘Fast Track’ gel which I’ll occasionally apply to the odd spot I have that’s cropped up. It works within three hours by reducing the size and redness. I’ve tried a lot of these spot-on treatments and this one is definitely the most effective.

So those are my current top skincare recommendations. I don’t claim to have perfect skin, I do still get the odd breakouts every so often, but they are nowhere near as bad or as frequent since I’ve used these products. So if you’re having trouble I’d definitely consider giving them a go!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and let me know what you think if you give them a try!

Kate xx

Prints in the Pouring Rain

Well, it’s been a pretty lousy week for weather here in the North East but a great week for bargains (which isn’t great for the bank balance but you only live once).

I’ve picked up a few pieces this week, a lot of them staples too, so that’s my excuse… they’ll never go out of fashion.

One of my favourite buys was this adorable kitsch cactus print playsuit I picked up from Zara. Although generally associated with warmer seasons I thought it would look great layered up on chillier days too.

Yesterday (29th Jan) I met up with one of my best girl friends Rebecca for an impromptu little shoot/natter/food date in Newcastle. Rebecca has always been my partner in crime for many a shoot I’ve done in the past and for some reason we are always cursed with bad weather.

Yesterday was no different and so I decided to pair my playsuit with black tights and a crisp white 1900’s style blouse. I really like to mix my styles, and because the playsuit is quite modern and bold I decided to clash it with something clean and polished, which gave it more of a preppy feel. If I’m being honest it didn’t keep me awfully warm on its own so thank god for big boyfriend coats. Alternatively, if it’s freezing I’d maybe wear it with a little turtle-neck top underneath to give it a bit more of a Parisian vibe too.

I accessorized the look with a cute pastel backpack which has become something of a signature look for me and my beautiful new pastel pink mules, which I also picked up this week, along with a black pair as they’re just great to pop on with any outfit at any time of the year.

I missed out on a pair in Office about a year ago and have regretted it ever since but what I love about these ones is the smaller heel as they give me a little height but are sill super comfy and wearable.

I then added my new favourite beret in a useless attempt to tame my incredibly wild hair which was growing in size by the minute with the damp air. I instead ended up looking like a stressed Hermione over her cauldron trying to make love potions.

If you’re interested in picking up this cute little printed number you can get it in Zara at the moment for an ah-ma-zing £5.99!!! 😮 You can also find the rest of the outfit credits at the bottom of this page!

Happy reading!

P.s excuse the tired eyes…it’s been a long week.

Kate xx

Playsuit, Zara, £5.99

Edwardian style blouse, H&M

Beret, Warehouse, £5

Shoes, Primark, £10

Backpack, Topshop, £26

Metallic Midi Must-Have

A big hi there and hello to you! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For my first post of 2017 I thought I’d show you one of my favourite outfits that I received and wore over the festive period to celebrate with family.

Now I adore a good midi skirt, they’re great for giving your outfits a retrospective feel but can still be made contemporary when paired with the right shoes and top.

For example sometimes if I’m feeling like I want something fresh and grungy I will opt for a band tee and converse to give my look a bit of an edge. Sometimes I like to style them classically vintage the way our grandmothers would have worn them mid-1900s, so I pair it with my Orla Kiely t-bar sandals for a bit of 50s classic prep. Alternatively, like my outfit below, I have tried to make this skirt a bit more boho by loosely tucking in a chiffon floaty top and my platform clogs.

I have literally been looking for a khaki green midi for a good year, and although I did want something netted (hit me up if you know where to buy the perfect one), I fell in love with this one because of it’s crazy cool, iridescent, metallic sheen.


The style of it does remind me of something my granny would have worn back in the day with its razor-sharp pleats, but the fabric gives it a real edge to make a casual outfit bolder and adds a standout sparkle at social events.

I paired it with this rather lovely floral top just to add a contrasting texture to the outfit and make it less clean cut, as I don’t generally like to look too polished, though I did tuck it in to give me more of my a waistline (as I am quite small and tend to drown in shifty shapes.)

I’d definitely say the metallic skirt is one of this season’s must-have’s because of it’s incredible versatility and the fact that it suits a lot of different aesthetics too.

If you want to get your hands on this pleated wonder you can pick it up from cheap-as-chips highstreet store, Primarni, in both khaki and silver. I’m not 100% on the price as it was a gift, but with it being Primark I’m certain it was around the 10-£15 mark, so it doesn’t break the bank either!

Thanks for reading!

love,

Kate xx

 

Big Up the Vintage Box Bag

Afternoon lovely people!

I’d like to take the time to tell you about one of my favourite accessories at the moment which is both stylish and uber practical… the box bag.

Originally popular back in the sophisticated era of the 1950’s, these compact square bags are just as handy and stylish today, they are big enough to fit in all your essentials and small enough to carry in your hand or hang off your shoulder without breaking your back.

I purchased my retro leather number from highstreet royalty Zara and what’s great about this box bag in particular is that it has two compartments to it. In one section you can store the long strap if you want to use the smaller handle, and can use the other for your bits and bobs, or alternatively, you can fill both and carry more if you use the long strap.

What personally drew me to this particular bag was it’s stunning leaf green colour which is bang on trend this season, so gives it a modern update, but it is also a hue which looks a bit more retrospective and aged because of it’s earthiness rather than some of the pastel pinks out there at the moment.

I also really loved the ditsy patterned material wrapped and tied around the main handle giving it a bit of a bohemian vibe which I adore, and it also adds some more texture to the very linear, clean aesthetic. The bonus is if you’re having a bad hair day and don’t happen to have a hair band to hand you have a lovely hair accessory just waiting to adorn your tresses too.

They are definitely a bag style to make a statement of, and quite honestly I can say that as a recent Uni graduate I can’t generally splurge on fast fashion, so I tend to look for styles and prints that are going to be a staple in my wardrobe and won’t really date. Therefore, I like to buy accessories which are of a classic, timeless style which will suit many an occasion and outfit, and this Zara bag is just that.

If you’re anything like me and are on a budget I’d definitely recommend this bag and box bags in general if you’re looking for a small investment piece which can both glam up an outfit and can be worn as a practical alternative to your bog standard leather saddle bag without scrimping on your retro style.

Kate xx

 

First Post

Hi there lovely people!

I’d just like to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to Styled by Kate Wears. I’m Kate (enthusiastically waves hand), a full-time ginger, crazy fashion enthusiast from North East England.

Ever since being a little girl I have been completely obsessed with clothes. I would read glossy magazines like vogue and swoon over their elaborate fashion stories, where style was limitless and the garments on those pages were like whimsical costumes which could only be dreamed of in fairy tales.

More than 15 years later and I am a graduate of Fashion Journalism and reporting on and discussing fashion is basically what I love to do. I decided to set up this blog because I absolutely adore styling and photography and have been an active Instagrammer for a few years now. I haven’t written about fashion in a few months, since I left uni really because I’ve been focusing on other things, and I really miss it. Fashion for me, like so many, is like therapy. It is often said that money can’t buy happiness and in the most part I think that’s true, but I have seen people who are having a bad day, and they are about to give up until they try on that one item of clothing that just makes their face light-up. They have found an outfit that makes them feel confident and in that moment, in that dress or leather jacket or high heels, they feel like they are a new person who can conquer the world. If I could help one person to feel like that from reading one of my posts then I will have achieved my goal.

I want  to create a place where I can discuss my latest musings and work, not only sharing pictures of outfits and shoots I have styled/photographed, but to also dispense any fashion advice that I may have and talk about how to get the seasons trends and how make them your own. I am also a huge history enthusiast. My personal style is very much based on past era’s and I have a huge love for vintage clothing. So you can also expect to find a few posts about vintage fashion and how to recreate certain looks from different era’s in time, today.

It’s always a little bit scary starting a new website but I’m excited for a new adventure talking about the thing I love most and I do hope you like reading it.

Love,

Kate xx