Welcome to the monthly edition of Match Made in Seven! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme in turn, and that can be anything. A book, music, a colour, a movie. And then we style an outfit based on that theme. The theme of this month is chosen by Anna and is “Best of British”. Also take a look at the other bloggers how they have interpreted the theme this month (links at the end of the post).
Before I go any further, I have to confess that I totally forgot about the new date for this collaboration. I’m blaming “holiday brain”…is that even a thing? Well it is now. I still had it marked as next week in my diary, so when I saw the email exchanges last night I was so cross with myself for forgetting. I couldn’t even work late into the night as I had to get up at 5am today. Thankfully my blogger friends are lovely and very understanding 🙂
As luck would have it I photographed a few outfits on holiday, including this one, which features mostly British brands. It’s not the outfit I would have chosen for this theme, but it does fit the brief.
You probably know how much I love jumpsuits by now as I’ve worn them many times on the blog before. Get the fit and fabric right and a jumpsuit can lengthen your legs and feel as comfortable as wearing pyjamas. Plus you can get dressed in a matter of seconds. Apart from the bathroom issue, the jumpsuit is an absolute dream to wear.
This one is by Phase Eight, a company founded in Wandsworth, London in 1979. Since then it has grown to become an international brand, as well as launching sister labels Studio 8 and Damsel in a Dress.
I always take a few jumpsuits when I go on holiday because they require very little planning. As long as I have a pair of shoes and a bag that go with everything, all I need to think about is jewellery. Most of my jumpsuits are sleeveless, which are fine for warm evenings. But as I suspected, the evening temperatures in Turkey at this time of year can be on the cool side. So, this slinky long sleeve style seemed ideal for the occasion. I actually wore it three times in the space of two weeks. Stretchy fabric is a must on an all inclusive holiday 😉
My trusty gold Clarks espadrilles accompany me on every vacation. They’re versatile, comfortable and very hard-wearing. Clarks are a stalwart of the British high street – it’s THE place for school shoes, as well as classic styles for adults. Fortunately there’s an outlet store close to where I work so I often pop in to look for a bargain.
The third British element of this outfit is very appropriate for the setting. Ottoman Hands came onto my radar about a year ago after I spotted them on the Wolf & Badger website. Since then I’ve ordered directly from their own website and built up quite a collection.
Ottoman Hands is a British based, Turkish inspired jewellery brand established in 2010 by Deniz Gurdal. Working closely with local Turkish gem cutters and artisans, Deniz aims to create one of a kind pieces that exhibit modern design aesthetics, whilst remaining loyal to the beauty of ancient Ottoman jewellery making traditions. Ottoman Hands started out as a stall in the world famous Portobello Market in London and is now stocked by department stores as well as Topshop and Asos.
I’ve featured Ottoman Hands many times before; I just absolutely love the designs. Surprisingly, they are not expensive, even though they look it. Some of you may know that I used to make jewellery (and still do occasionally), and if I could make anything (skills permitting) it would be this style. I suppose it’s ironic that I wore Turkish-inspired jewellery made in Britain in Turkey! I did buy the silver gemstone ring as a souvenir; it has a very unusual feature which you can’t see in the photo above…more on that in another post though 😉
Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.com/
Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/
Sonja of https://www.yustsome.nl/
Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/
Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/
Nancy of https://www.nancysfashionstyle.com
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