A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion

I love to buy new clothes (as I’m sure you know by now) but sometimes it’s good to bring out an old favourite. I’ve had this wrap dress for years, in fact I wore it before on the blog almost six years ago to the day! A classic wrap dress never goes out of fashion, and best of all, they can accomodate minor weight fluctuations.

I’m even wearing the same necklace as last time, but I’ve changed the boots and bag. These Cara London boots are much more comfortable than my other brown pair, although they are a bit lighter in colour. Because of that I matched them to this big Sara Berman bag (last seen here…also in February which is another coincidence!). It was bitterly cold yesterday when we took these photos in my lunch break, so I layered a vest under my dress.

A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion

I’ve been looking for an elegant top handle bag in dark brown vegan leather, but I just can’t find one.

I don’t often wear brown, but when I do I tend to pair it with green. The bag I wore with this dress before is a lovely chocolate brown, which matches the dress so well, but unfortunately the buckle broke. I never did manage to get it fixed, which is a shame because I bought it in Italy. I’ve been looking for an elegant top handle bag in dark brown vegan leather, but I just can’t find one. Maybe it’s not a popular shade? Never mind, I love a challenge, so I’ll continue looking.

One thing I haven’t had any problem finding is more wrap dresses. Given how easy they are to wear I’m surprised I don’t have more. Over the coming months I’ll be adding a couple more to my wardrobe 😉

Are you a fan of wrap dresses? I’d love to know what you think of this classic style. And if you know where to find good quality vegan leather bags please pass on your recommendations!

A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion

A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion

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Wrap dress (old, similar) | Sara Berman bag (old, similar) | Cara London boots (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jonet of Fabulously Chic Over 50, Nistha of Fashionistha and Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life!

 


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Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

Jeans and a jumper is my go-to winter outfit when I’m at home. Working freelance means I’m at home quite a lot so I’ve no need to dress up. When I’m working in the newsroom I usually wear trousers and a lightweight sweater, or a dress with tights and boots. But when I’m doing the school run, volunteering at the wildlife hospital or just running errands I always wear jeans and a jumper in some form.

Pairing these snakeprint skinny jeans and slouchy cable knit jumper creates contrast between casual and dressy.

Although new denim trends come and go I don’t think I’ll ever tire of skinny jeans. They are just so versatile and can be dressed up or down. For me they are a wardrobe staple. This is the second pair of black coated skinny jeans I’ve acquired recently (you may remember the glitter jeans from a few weeks ago). Pairing these snakeprint skinny jeans and slouchy cable knit jumper creates contrast between casual and dressy. Having a loose fitting top with the tight jeans also balances proportions.

Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

You have so many styling options with a pair of black skinny jeans, especially when they are coated or have a subtle pattern.

These jeans from Simply Be are incredibly good value for money – they are currently reduced to just ÂŁ14! They start at size 10 and go up to 32, although some sizes are no longer in stock. They have a little bit of stretch – enough to hold their shape but still be comfortable. You have so many styling options with a pair of black skinny jeans, especially when they are coated or have a subtle pattern: you can team them with a smart blouse and blazer for an office-appropriate outfit, a camisole top for evening, or a jumper as I have for daytime.

For footwear I chose a pair of studded court shoes because I’ve been wearing boots non-stop for months and really needed a change. Ankle boots or funky metallic trainers would work really well for a more casual (and practical) option. The orange bag and earrings add just enough colour to lift the grey and black. I tried the outfit with a hat to see if it worked (as you’ll see in the last photo) but I think it’s a bit busy with the earrings. Alas, there was no way of hiding a bad hair day!

What’s your favourite way to wear skinny jeans? Do you like coated/embellished jeans?

Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

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Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, orange leather bag

Snakeprint Skinny Jeans and Cable Knit Jumper Simply Be Chloe snakeprint skinny jeans, F&F grey cable knit jumper, Ted Baker studded shoes

Snakeprint jeans c/o Simply Be | F&F jumper | Ted Baker shoes (old, similar) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar) | Alexa bag (old, similar) | earrings from eBay (similar) | ring from Pia (old) | hat from a market stall in France (similar)

 

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Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

When I want to make a statement with my outfit and stay warm, an A-line skirt with boots is one of my favourite winter combinations. Plus, choosing a skirt with a dark colour palette in a more structured fabric gives you plenty of styling options.

For a smart daytime look I teamed this gorgeous jacquard skirt and navy flared sleeve jumper with burgundy boots and bag.

You can easily dress up a flared skirt with a camisole and heels for evening, or toughen it up it with biker boots and a leather jacket. You could even wear it with a slouchy jumper and trainers. For a smart daytime look I teamed this gorgeous jacquard skirt and navy flared sleeve jumper with burgundy boots and bag. My first thought was to choose a black top, but I decided to pick up on the blue in the skirt with this navy jumper instead.

Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

I love the mix of colours in this skirt, and the sheen on the fabric makes them really vibrant. It has a rear zip fastening but also has elasticated sections at the sides which makes it very comfortable. The icing on the cake is the pockets! This skirt is from the Joanna Hope range at Simply Be. I had always (mistakenly) thought that Simply Be started at UK size 14, but in fact the clothes range from size 10 upwards.

You could easily switch from a daytime to evening look by changing your top and shoes.

I would say that the the fit is on the generous side, especially with the elasticated sections on the waistband. I’m 5’8″ and the skirt is what I would describe as a longer length midi on me. The material is stiff enough to hold its shape, making it quite a statement piece. You could easily switch from a daytime to evening look by changing your top and shoes. I’m looking forward to seeing how many different ways I can wear it!

How would you wear a statement skirt? I’d love to hear your styling tips!

Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

 

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Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

Joanna Hope skirt c/o Simply Be | Warehouse jumper | New Look boots (old, similar) | Paul Costelloe bag (similar) | ring from charity shop (similar) | earrings c/o LOTD

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Lisa of The Sequinist, Yvonne of Funky Forty and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style!

 


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Do Bloggers Have More Influence Than Glossy Fashion Magazines? + Sunday Reflections Link Up

As part of “operation declutter”, which I started on this past week, I tackled the hoard of magazines that I’d amassed. I used to buy two or three glossy fashion magazines every month, and rarely threw them away. Every now and then I’d go through them and bin a few. But in truth, I bought more than I threw away. Going through them all I wondered how much I’ve spent on them over the years, and what I could have bought with that money instead. You don’t get much change out of fiver with some of them. That’s a lot of money for what’s basically a book of adverts.

Real people, wearable clothes and photos that haven’t been airbrushed is what I’m looking for. This got me wondering: Do bloggers have more influence than glossy fashion magazines?

Apart from the odd current affairs article in Marie Claire and a few high street fashion features, I was decidedly underwhelmed. Looking at clothes that I can’t afford on young, very slim models seems pointless. When I want style inspiration I’ll find it in other bloggers. Real people, wearable clothes and photos that haven’t been airbrushed is what I’m looking for. This got me wondering: Do bloggers have more influence than glossy fashion magazines?

Remember last year when Lucinda Chambers was abruptly dismissed from her post as Vogue’s fashion director, she admitted that she hadn’t read Vogue in years? She went on to say that “The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive.” Who could disagree with that?

The last copy of Elle I bought (the October issue) had 42 pages of adverts before even getting to the editor’s letter. A total of 154 pages devoted to advertising – the luxury brands far outweighing the likes of M&S, Debenhams and Matalan. Is it any wonder print sales are in decline?

But in an increasingly crowded online space, maintaining a loyal readership isn’t easy.

In October, Glamour UK magazine announced it was going “digital first”, stopping its monthly editions and instead producing a “collectible, glossy” issue twice a year. InStyle had done the same the previous year. Of course, declining print sales doesn’t necessarily indicate diminishing influence. But in an increasingly crowded online space, maintaining a loyal readership isn’t easy. And then there’s the question of advertising revenue. When Glamour announced the end of monthly print publications it said its editorial and commercial teams were becoming “fully integrated”. Another way of saying that the commercial team will actually be controlling the editorial content perhaps?

The blogosphere provides diversity that has always been bewilderdingly absent from fashion mags.

All this raises the issue of authenticity, and this is where bloggers fill that vacuum. Well for me anyway. I realise that as a blogger myself I’m biased, and that not all bloggers/influencers give completely honest reviews. But what bloggers do so brilliantly that magazines can’t is show clothes on a variety of body shapes and sizes. The blogosphere provides diversity that has always been bewilderdingly absent from fashion mags.

Back in Glamour’s heyday when sales peaked in 2004 I was one of its avid readers. I was also one of many glued to Sex and the City, lusting after the hideously expensive clothes, shoes and bags. Then the global financial crash happened and shit got real. Suddenly it seemed ridiculous to spend a month’s salary on a handbag. Times have changed. A lot. Anyway, who actually believed that a freelance writer earned enough to buy all that designer stuff and live the high life in New York?

Do Bloggers Have More Influence Than Glossy Fashion Magazines? + Sunday Reflections Link Up

…this is where “micro-influencers” prove so useful – to both brands and their readers.

It seems that we’ve all got more savvy, realising that photos are routinely airbrushed and that beauty products are not always what they’re cracked up to be. Now I’m not saying that bloggers/influencers are not part of that; some high profile influencers recently found themselves in hot water over non-disclosure of sponsored content. But this is where “micro-influencers” prove so useful – to both brands and their readers.

A blogger will tell you if something runs true to size, if the fabric is good quality, if it washes well. You don’t get that kind of information anywhere else.

Micro-influencers who generally have between 1,000 and 50,000 followers are proving to be an essential part of brands’ marketing strategies. The reason? They have relatively small, but very loyal followings and high engagement rates. Choosing to work with bloggers or micro-influencers is akin to not putting all your eggs in one basket for a brand. They have a direct, personal connection with their audience. A blogger will tell you if something runs true to size, if the fabric is good quality, if it washes well. You don’t get that kind of information anywhere else. And that level of engagement is something brands want to tap into.

However, identifying which influencers to work with and tracking ROI are big challenges.

Even luxury brands are recognising the selling power of influencers. Once reluctant to appear less exclusive, high end brands are increasingly forging relationships with social influencers. However, identifying which influencers to work with and tracking ROI are big challenges. With some Instagrammers buying fake followers and likes (you can read my post about that here), it can be difficult to predict who will genuinely get the message out there and drive sales.

Do Bloggers Have More Influence Than Glossy Fashion Magazines?

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A survey of 2 million social media influencers by influencer marketing platform Markerly showed that for unpaid posts, Instagram influencers with fewer than 1,000 followers have a like rate of about 8 percent, while those with 1,000 to 10,000 followers have a like rate of 4 percent. The like rate drops to 2.4 per cent for accounts with 10,000 to 100,000 followers and to 1.7 percent for those with 1 million to 10 million followers and more*.

If I want outfit ideas or the scoop on a newly-launched mascara I’ll check out blogs and vlogs rather than magazines.

Of course like rates and comments don’t necessarily translate into sales, at least not in the short term. But in the long term, exposure can yield results. Blogger outreach has proven to be very effective for a lot of smaller brands who don’t have a big advertising budget. I can think of many brands that were first brought to my attention by bloggers. So in a way, the marketplace is becoming more democratised as magazines lose influence.

There is undoubtedly something very satisfying about leafing through a glossy mag on a long train journey, but do they actually make us go out and buy the products they feature? For me, no, they don’t. If I want outfit ideas or the scoop on a newly-launched mascara I’ll check out blogs and vlogs rather than magazines. Bloggers are accessible and approachable; their reputation (and sometimes career) depends upon their honesty and transparency. I’m not saying I’m totally done with fashion mags, but with the money I’m saving by not buying them I should be able to afford some nice new clothes! 😉

Do you still read monthly glossy fashion mags? And do they influence what you buy? Or do prefer blogs for reviews and style inspiration? I’d love to hear what you think!


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*The rise of ‘micro-influencers’ on Instagram

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Grey Jumper Dress and Over the Knee Sock Boots

I had been looking for a sweater dress for weeks, months even, but just couldn’t find the right one. They were either too short, the wrong size or not the style I wanted. You wouldn’t think such a simple item of clothing would be so hard to find would you? Well, eventually I found this one at Asos – and in my preferred colour too. I’m a little bit obsessed with soft grey at the moment; it’s a much more flattering shade on me than cream or beige.

Combining the grey jumper dress and over the knee sock boots creates an on trend look that’s comfortable enough for every day.

My other current obsessions are high neck sweaters, big earrings and sock boots, so combining all four in one outfit is a dream. This jumper dress is so soft, it feels heavenly to wear. The loose, unstructured style is comfortable beyond belief, and with tights and boots it’s the perfect outfit for a cold day. I could have paired the dress with the burgundy accessories I wore with the grey coat, but I opted for black instead. The bright tassel earrings add a little splash of colour to break up the neutrals. Combining the grey jumper dress and over the knee sock boots creates an on trend look that’s comfortable enough for every day.

But I wondered if these strayed into Pretty Woman territory – they finish a good couple of inches above the knee.

These boots have quite high heels, but a low block heel would be a good option if you’ll be on your feet a lot. When I spotted the boots on sale in River Island I wasn’t sure if they were really “me”. I love the stretchy fabric of sock boots which means they don’t pinch or rub. Plus they add another layer for warmth when worn over tights. But I wondered if these strayed into Pretty Woman territory – they finish a good couple of inches above the knee. In the end I reasoned that I could always return them if I changed my mind, but I didn’t.

I’m not going to ponder the age-appropriateness of OTK boots because, well, you know what I think about silly rules!

In all honesty, I’m not sure how much wear I’ll get from them. They work well with sweater dresses…so just as well I’ve ordered another one 😉  Wearing them with a slouchy jumper dress, or loose-fitting top and leggings dilutes the slightly risque style. I’m not going to ponder the age-appropriateness of OTK boots because, well, you know what I think about silly rules!

Grey Jumper Dress and Over the Knee Sock Boots

Grey Jumper Dress and Over the Knee Sock Boots

I bought these earrings from Asos – just the first of *ahem* several pairs of colourful tassel earrings now in my collection. Since buying these I’ve discovered that you can pick up some amazing earrings on eBay much cheaper. There doesn’t seem to be that much choice, but I’ve found some fabulous styles for less than ÂŁ2! And yes, I’ve bought them in every colour 😉 Just search for “tassel earrings” and behold the rainbow of ear adornments that pop up in the results!

What are your current obsessions? Are you a fan of OTK boots, tassel earrings or sweater dresses?

Asos seed bead tassel earrings

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River Island over the knee sock boots

Grey Jumper Dress and Over the Knee Sock Boots

Grey Jumper Dress and Over the Knee Sock Boots

Grey Jumper Dress and Over the Knee Sock Boots

Grey Jumper Dress and Over the Knee Sock Boots

Asos jumper dress | River Island sock boots (similar) | Mila Blu backpack (similar) | Asos earrings (similar)

 

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