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

SHOP THE LOOK


A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion A Classic Wrap Dress Never Goes Out of Fashion

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!

 


This is where I link up!

Follow:

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

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

Jacquard Skirt and Navy Flared Sleeve Jumper

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!

 


This is where I link up!

Disclaimer: I was gifted the skirt in exchange for a review. My opinions are completely honest. This post contains affiliates links which means if you click on them and/or purchase via a link I may earn a few pennies, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is very much appreciated.

Follow:

Floral Print Midi Skirt and Biker Jacket

I’m a big fan of floral prints with a dark base colour in winter, so when I saw this midi skirt on sale I quickly added it to my basket. It was actually one of the items in the elusive M&S parcel (along with the gold jumper). The skirt is pure cotton so I will get plenty of wear out of it in the summer, but for colder weather it works well with tights and boots.

The bold yellow floral print midi skirt and biker jacket is a really versatile combination that will take you pretty much anywhere.

Whenever I wear an A-line midi skirt in winter I often choose my biker jacket rather than a coat. Getting the right length of coat can be tricky with a flared skirt, so a jacket is an easy option. Layering a turtle neck sweater underneath ensures I stay warm – I would also add a scarf if it was really cold. The bold yellow floral print midi skirt and biker jacket is a really versatile combination that will take you pretty much anywhere. It’s an outfit I would wear to work, for lunch with friends or a day out sightseeing. I usually opt for a low heel boot when I’m going to be walking a lot. I wore a similar outfit for the Fluorescent PR press day in London last January.

Floral Print Midi Skirt and Biker Jacket

Floral Print Midi Skirt and Biker Jacket

SHOP THE LOOK

Floral Print Midi Skirt and Biker Jacket

I added my bright yellow bag, plus jewellery with gold and yellow tones to mirror the print of the skirt. It’s a really warm and comfortable outfit, but not at all bulky. The jacket has knitted panels on the sleeves and down the sides so its nice and stretchy. The only snag is the skirt tends to cling to tights, so I’ll need to wear a slip under it or it would really bug me!

Do you love to wear floral prints in winter? If you have any tips on how to prevent skirts clinging to tights please do share in the comments!

Floral Print Midi Skirt and Biker Jacket

Floral Print Midi Skirt and Biker Jacket + Link Up

M&S skirt (sold out, similar) | Oakwood leather jacket (similar) | turtleneck sweater from TKMaxx (similar) | bag from Bright Bags (similar) | M&S boots (similar) | Les Nereides bracelet ( charity shop)

Last week’s favourites were…

Amy of Amy’s Creative Pursuits, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots and Kim of Champagneista!

 


This is where I link up!

 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliates links which means if you click on them and/or purchase via a link I may earn a few pennies, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is very much appreciated.

Follow:

Gold Sparkly Jumper and Glitter Jeans

Just because the festive season is over it doesn’t mean we have to pack away the sparkly clothes does it? Any time of year is good for glitter and sequins in my opinion. It doesn’t have to be full-on bling though. Sometimes a subtle shimmer is enough. With that in mind, I bought this gold sparkly jumper and glitter jeans in the sales recently.

The elusive M&S sales order

The jumper had something of an epic journey. You see, I ordered it on Boxing Day from Marks and Spencer, as well as a few other things, including an identical jumper for my mum. I chose click and collect from her local store so we could pick them up while I was staying for a few days. Unfortunately the order wasn’t there on the day I’d selected. In fact it didn’t even get despatched until January 3rd, by which time I was back home in Cheshire.

In the meantime, I’d tried emailing and tweeting M&S to change the collection point to my local store, but was told they couldn’t amend the order. Instead I would either have to get a family member to pick it up for me (140 miles away) or let it go back to the depot and wait for a refund. As a last resort I chatted online to M&S and was told I could get the parcel re-routed once it had arrived at the original destination. But when I got the confirmation email saying it had arrived and called the store, it was a case of “computer says no”.

And so finally, after a cross-country detour, I got my M&S sale order last week. Thankfully, it was worth waiting for.

Sensing my frustration the assistant on the phone tried desperately to get hold of the manager, and eventually a very helpful lady spoke to me and said she’d split the order, leave my mum’s jumper in store for her to collect and post mine directly to my house. And so, finally, after a cross-country detour, I got my M&S sale order last week. Thankfully, it was worth waiting for. Good customer service prevailed…eventually!

Gold Sparkly Jumper and Glitter Jeans

I’d never bought jeans from Mango before, thinking they might run small like Zara, but amazingly they fit, even after the Christmas indulgences.

The glitter jeans are also a sales purchase, and took almost as long to arrive as the jumper; Mango always leave my house number off my orders, but the delivery driver knows me by now! I’d never bought jeans from Mango before, thinking they might run small like Zara, but amazingly they fit, even after the Christmas indulgences. I kept the colour palette simple by sticking to two colours, but added the leopard print scarf to break it up.

You may recognise the bag – it’s the smaller version of the Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag I’ve featured before herehere and here. It’s actually a slight factory second (as the aubergine and salamander Model KTs are) but you really can’t tell. When Jennifer contacted me last year with the offer of buying one at a bargain price I couldn’t resist. This was the last leather handbag I bought and will remain the last, because it’s vegan leather only for me from now on. As finales go it can’t be topped because the quality is amazing.

Do you save glitter and sequins for special occasions or do you like to wear them in everyday outfits?

Gold Sparkly Jumper and Glitter Jeans

SHOP THE  POST

Gold Sparkly Jumper and Glitter Jeans

 

Gold Sparkly Jumper and Glitter Jeans

Mango skinny glitter jeans | M&S gold sparkly jumper (sold out, similar) | Pied a Terre boots (old, similar) | Jennifer Hamley Mini KT bag | Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring (similar) | scarf from charity shop (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life, Alexa of Fabes Fashion and Tiina of Elegance Revisited!


This is where I link up!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliates links which means if you click on them and/or purchase via a link I may earn a few pennies, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is very much appreciated.

Follow:

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

This week marks the first anniversary of the Style With a Smile link up! Thanks so much to you all for visiting, linking up and commenting every week – I really appreciate your support 🙂

I’ve been wearing this long camel coat and grey baker boy hat on repeat over the winter.

To mix things up a bit we shot these photos in my lunch break near MediaCity. Don’t be fooled by the bright blue sky – it was bitterly cold! I’ve been wearing this camel coat and grey baker boy hat on repeat over the winter. I’d been looking for a good quality, classic camel coat for ages and came across this one from Great Plains on sale for about £30 back in the summer.

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

I often buy clothes out of season and store them away, even though it feels a bit odd buying a winter coat in summer. Sales are great for picking up classic items at a bargain price, and a camel coat will never go out of fashion. I added my cute wooden fox brooch, which I bought on eBay, to add detail.

The boots just happen to be the exact same shade of tan as the trousers which creates a leg-lengthening effect.

My favourite style of jumper this season is most definitely the turtleneck. I used to avoid them for fear of looking too chunky on my top half, but I’ve discovered that as long as they fit well and aren’t too bulky, they can be flattering on an ample bosom. Paired with the tan flared trousers the outfit has a bit of a 70s vibe. The boots just happen to be the exact same shade of tan as the trousers which creates a leg-lengthening effect.

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

SHOP THE LOOK

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

I bought this grey baker boy hat from a market stall in Plouha – a small town on the north coast of Brittany where my dad lives. It was rather expensive – almost 50 euros – but in terms of pay per wear it has proved to be one of my best buys. A lot of hats are too tight on me and leave a mark on my forehead (as well as flattening my hair) but this one fits perfectly.

This cobalt pashmina is one of my favourites, and I take it with me when I go on holiday to use as a cover up on cool evenings.

Even with a turtleneck jumper, I still needed a scarf. This cobalt pashmina is one of my favourites, and I take it with me when I go on holiday to use as a cover up on cool evenings. I have another one in grey but I prefer the bright blue for a shot of much-needed colour on cold, winter days. Shortly after we took these photos the sun disappeared and the temperature dropped even more, so we dived into a nearby restaurant for a plate of warming pasta – I have to keep my long-suffering photographer (aka the husband) rewarded 😉

Is it cold in your part of the world? What are your winter wardrobe favourites?

Camel Coat and Grey Baker Boy Hat

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Tilden of To Be Bright and Roxanne of Glass of Glam!


This is where I link up!

 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliates links which means if you click on them and/or purchase via a link I may earn a few pennies, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is very much appreciated.

Follow: