Cottoning On 

For me, one of the best things about summer, apart from the obvious warmer weather (Yes! We’ve actually had some in the North East too recently!) is that feeling of total freedom when it comes to fashion and style.

I’m a total hippie at heart and so when summer comes around I feel more confident and even more experimental with my fashion choices. It becomes less about layering and more about that light, easy way of dressing, where fabrics are floaty and legs are bare. 

Normally, I like to wear more closely fitted clothing, at least on the top of my body, with being small I try to show my waist as I’m quite petite. But recently, I’ve found myself falling for much looser fitting dolly style dresses, which seem to be pretty much plaguing the shops at the moment whether they be in pure white fabrics or striped nautical patterns. And you can see why. I mean, what’s better than a thin, crisp cotton dress to keep you cool in the humid summer air? 

I spotted this beauty a couple of weeks ago in Primarni (for £13!!!!) and was heartbroken that my size was gone, but praise to the gods of fashion, I managed to get my mitts on one this week. 


It’s a bit of a different look for me as it’s super oversized, but because of the fitted sleeves and the shorter hemline, it’s still really flattering. 

I adore the flared half sleeves and the gorgeous leafy embroidery on its bodice, which adds a hint of colour and detail and a bit of a vintage vibe. 


I styled my dress with a mini statement cross body bag, matching the blue of the embroidery, and wore my favourite seventies suede platforms to keep the look a bit more retro boho. Though, it would also look great with vans or sandals. 

It really is one of those great transitional pieces for exploring through the day or for attending barbecue garden parties on a night. 



The cotton dress really is the go-to garment of Summer ’17, and if this number’s not your vibe you can also check out these pretty little wonders below…

Happy shopping! 

Kate xx

Image copyright Vintage Style Me

Cactus Smock, £46, Vintage Style Me 

Image copyright Joanie Clothing


Gingham Dress, £38, Joanie Clothing

Image copyright Nobody’s Child

Tie Shoulder Poplin Dress, £25, Nobody’s Child

Image copyright Mango


Puffed Sleeve Dress, £19.99, Mango

Grunge Girls Gingham

Do it like Dorothy this Summer and get your gingham on.

Gingham is one of those staples that seems to come back every summer in some shape or form. Remember the days when you couldn’t wait to pull your checky dresses and frilly socks out for school? Well, this year the look is back with a bang.

Gingham never really disappears. It is often about annually, at least as a micro trend, and as always, there are the usual pastel hues around for the warmer weather. However this year, the usually pretty girly patterns are much more oversized and the in-tones seem to be darker hues of navy’s and black with the occasional pop of red, giving the trend more of an updated, grungy, retrospective feel.

This monochrome dress, I actually bought last year from Warehouse and is a dead ringer for the Isa Arfen resort dress Emma Watson wore back in 2016.

It is a button-down style and has a more fitted silhouette reminiscent of that of the fifties. Like Emma, for this shoot (shot by my wonderful friend Hayley Crone, check her out on Insta and Facebook for updates) I kept with the vintage theme by accessorising with bright crimson colour-pop heels, a matching post box red lip and a classic box bag.



To make this trend a bit more relaxed, I would pair it with a skinny scarf and chunky clogs for a more 70s boho vibe, which is my favourite era to replicate. To give it a grunge update for the new season pair it with fishnet ankle socks and a pair of trusty old Vans.

If you’d like to get your hands on a dress just like this, you can check out warehouse’s updated A-line button version which reflects a more relaxed nineties button-down style.

Or, you can also check out some more of my favourite picks for sale online, below. For whether you’re a laid back Lucy, a preppy Polly or a vintage Verity, this one is a trend for everyone.

Kate xx

 

Copyright: HE Official

Elsie Top, £32.99, He Official

Copyright: Nobody’s Child

Navy Peplum Cami, £18, Nobody’s Child

Copyright: Joanie Clothing

Ellen Sun Dress, £40, Joanie Clothing 

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Copyright: ASOS

Off Shoulder Jumpsuit, £35, ASOS

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Copyright: Mango @ASOS

Frill Hem Trousers, £35.99, Mango @ASOS

 

Seersucker Frill Mini Skirt, £20, Nobody’s Child

 

 

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