What a weekend I’ve had! I’m just back from running what’s probably the world’s silliest marathon through the vineyards of Bordeaux, drinking wine along the course! The Marathon du Medoc is certainly unlike any other running races I’ve done, but certainly the most fun! Luckily we shot these photos before the marathon because I don’t think I’ll be wearing heels for a while!
Continuing my obsession with statement sleeves, I’m wearing another sale bargain that I bought from Zara a couple of months ago. Big ruffled sleeves look great with jeans for a casual outfit, but I like to buy clothes that give me options. Combining statement sleeves and a pencil skirt can create a chic and on trend office-appropriate outfit, provided the proportions are balanced and you don’t bare too much skin. This blouse does have a deep V at the back, but you could wear a vest underneath. Another option would be to turn it around and have the V at the front with a lace camisole underneath. I’ve tried it both ways and nobody would guess it’s back to front.
When I first tried the blouse on I wasn’t sure if I liked it. In fact I was going to return it, mainly because it takes a bit of patience to get it to look right. It’s not something you can throw on in a hurry: you have to thread the long belt through the inner loop and wrap it around, making sure the V at the back is sitting in the right place. I’m glad I gave it another chance though, even if it does feel a bit odd to have so much back uncovered. The belt cinches in at the waist to balance out the ruffled sleeves which creates a flattering silhouette.
I dug out this red pencil skirt which I’ve had for ages. Nowadays I tend to favour flared midi skirts over pencil skirts but the ruching on one side makes this quite forgiving. Plus, I like the combination of colours. I debated choosing a navy bag to go with the pale blue and red, but I often like a third colour and this grey bag is subtle. The pretty flowers on the strap have navy and red in them so they compliment the outfit. The bag was a clearance sale bargain from Brand Alley (another one of my favourite discount sites).
I bought these shoes from Brantano (which has since gone into liquidation). They are very comfortable and pair nicely with the pencil skirt for an alternative to court shoes. After the weekend’s efforts I definitely need comfortable shoes!
SHOP THE LOOK
Zara blouse | Asos skirt (old) | shoes from Brantano | Emilio Pucci sunglasses | bag from Brand Alley
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