Style Not Age July Challenge - Not Square with Gingham

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for the Style Not Age July challenge! Hilda chose this month’s theme of “Not Square with Gingham”. I’ve got to admit that it’s not a print I wear a lot…not sure why because I do like it. I actually bought this skirt in the Zara end of Summer sale about this time last year, along with a matching top and the one I’m wearing here.

The skirt is very light and comfortable, with a half-elasticated waistband. The one thing that slightly annoys be about some Zara skirts and trousers is the overly long attached belts. I spent ages faffing around with the belt on this skirt – wrapped around once left too much dangling, but it wasn’t quite long enough to go around twice. In the end I settled for a side bow.

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I’d be looking for some faux leather white mules for months, and finally scored these for just £15!

To toughen up the gingham I paired the skirt with a rocker-style vest top. Your eyes do not deceive you – it has shoulder pads! Not that I need them with my broad shouders, but I like the structure it gives to the look. Delicate sandals just wouldn’t have looked right with an edgy top, and as luck would have it I’d recently bought these white mules in the River Island sale. I’d be looking for some faux leather white mules for months, and finally scored these for just £15!

I first spotted them on my lunch break when I was working in Leeds, but they only had a size 7, which were slightly too small. So I went on the River Island website while still in the shop and found them in a size 8…bingo! I love the stacked cone heel and they are so comfortable.

Style Not Age July Challenge - Not Square with Gingham

A big thank you to Isobel for taking these photos…she’s a very keen blog assistant and apprentice photographer!

Style Not Age July Challenge - Not Square with Gingham

Skirt, top and bag all Zara (old) | River Island mules | Asos bracelet (old)

 

Let’s take a look at how Hilda, Anna and Jacqui styled their “Not Square with Gingham” looks…

Hilda has mastered both pattern mixing and the half tuck! See all the details on her blog Over the Hilda.

Anna’s outfit is all kinds of fabulous with this gorgeous skirt and gingham split sleeve top! Head over to Anna’s Island Style to see more!

Jacqui braved the rain for her photos but co-ordinates her umbrella and trousers perfectly…super stylish in any weather! You can see more on her blog Mummabstylish!

So that’s a wrap for this month’s Style Not Age challange. I hope you enjoyed seeing our “Not Square with Gingham” outfits. Do pop back tomorrow for the Style With a Smile link up!

 

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Plaid Taffeta Maxi Skirt

I’ve been putting together some outfits that I might like to wear over Christmas. The pink cashmere jumper that I wore for last week’s Style With a Smile link up post is a strong contender for Christmas Day. But to be honest, I probably won’t know what I’ll feel like wearing until I wake up that morning.

…if I feel like dressing up a bit I may wear this plaid taffeta maxi skirt which I picked up in a charity shop.

I don’t usually dress up on Christmas Day because I spend it at home knee-deep in toys and wrapping paper. However, if I feel like dressing up a bit I may wear this plaid taffeta maxi skirt which I picked up in a charity shop. As soon as I saw it hanging up I was drawn to it. I had no idea how or when I would wear it, I just knew I had to buy it…and it was only £9.99!

 

Plaid Taffeta Maxi Skirt

Plaid Taffeta Maxi Skirt

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Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Lotus Booney ankle boots Zara lace skirt

How was your weekend? I’ve been unexpectedly busy with work lately, which is great for the bank balance just before Christmas, but it meant not much time for blogging. We did manage to take some photos at the weekend when I got home just before it got dark. Oh how I miss daylight in the evenings!

A check jacket, lace skirt and shiny boots might sound like a weird mix but I like the different textures.

At least the colder weather means I get to wear boots, which I’m rather obsessed with at the moment. I’m combining some old favourites with a couple of lovely new additions in this outfit. A check jacket, lace skirt and shiny boots might sound like a weird mix but I like the different textures. These gorgeous deep red boots from Lotus are perfect for the festive season and would look equally fab with trousers or a skirt. They are also incredibly comfortable thanks to the generous fitting and mid heel. I love the shimmery fabric and crisscross elasticated panel on the sides. I’m so taken with them that I wore them to work yesterday too!

Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots

Last week I hit the charity shops in a nearby town and found loads of fabulous clothes. In total I came home with three jackets, two jumpers, a dress and two skirts! My eyes were immediately drawn to this jacket, although I almost overlooked it because it’s a size 14. But when I held it up it looked more like a 10 or 12 so I tried it on. I was delighted to find that it fit! It just goes to show that you shouldn’t get fixated on sizing because it’s definitely not consistent across brands. Another factor to consider is that translating European into UK sizes can often be inaccurate.

Check and plaid are really on trend this season so finding this jacket for less than a tenner was a style steal!

I didn’t really care about the size or brand – if I like it and it fits that’s all that matters. However, out of curiosity I googled the brand – Rena Lange – and was shocked to find this exact jacket listed on Vestiaire for £154! I also found one on eBay for the more modest starting price of $40, but even so, it’s safe to say I got a bargain. Check and plaid are really on trend this season so finding this jacket for less than a tenner was a style steal!

Have you scored any great bargains lately? Are you obsessed with ankle boots like me? I’d love to hear what you’ve been buying lately…and it’s link up day so scroll down to share your outfits!

Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Lotus Booney ankle boots Zara lace skirt

Lotus Booney redankle boots

Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Zara lace skirt Zara mix and match bag

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Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Lotus Booney ankle boots Zara lace skirtJacket from charity shop | skirt from Zara (old, similar) | boots c/o Lotus | bag from Zara (similar) | ring & necklace from Pia

 

Last week’s favourite’s were…

Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life proving that comfortable can be very stylish, Jen of Librarian For Life and Style in a fabulous cat print dress, and Patti of Not Dead Yet Style wearing a gorgeous dog print sweater…I’m loving the animal theme!


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Metallic Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

I’m loving culottes right now and have unashamedly purchased several pairs in recent months. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but on warm days when it’s too breezy for a skirt they’re my go-to. Pairing up these metallic culottes and cold shoulder top ticks off two major trends (who’d have thought the cold shoulder trend would stick around so long?) while looking dressy enough for a night out.

The khaki metallic tone of the culottes pairs so well with black, but for a casual look I’d pair them with a crisp white shirt and pumps.

I bought these culottes from Zara while I was in Abu Dhabi a few months ago. It was unexpectedly breezy meaning the skirts I’d packed had to stay in the case. Wherever I am in the world I manage to sniff out a Zara store and make a cheeky purchase. I often have to size up with Zara but these are a small. The medium looked too voluminous so I bought the small without trying them on. They are plenty big enough through the legs, but the waistband isn’t very stretchy so getting them over my hips is a squeeze. The khaki metallic tone of the culottes pairs so well with black, but for a casual look I’d pair them with a crisp white shirt and pumps.

I’ve had this split sleeve top for ages – probably fifteen years. Little did I know when I bought it that it’d be bang on trend all these years later! The triple strand necklace, which I bought in a charity shop, is one of my most worn pieces of jewellery. It has an elongating effect when worn over a high neck top, and it’s long enough to just throw on without having to use the clasp…perfect for when I’m in a rush!

High cut shoes are making something of a comeback so I can feel doubly smug about my hoarding tendencies having kept hold of the top and shoes all these years!

I’ve fessed up before about buying clothes and shoes, then forgetting all about them. Well these shoes are another example of my shameful behaviour. I’d completely forgotten about them until I saw Greetje (No Fear of Fashion) wearing some just like them with funky socks and looking amazing! I’m yet to try ankle socks with shoes but Greetje’s outfit has sold the idea to me. High cut shoes are making something of a comeback so I can feel doubly smug about my hoarding tendencies having kept hold of the top and shoes all these years!

Are you a hoarder or a purger? Do you love culottes and the cold shoulder trend? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up what you’ve been wearing 🙂

Metallic Culottes and cold shoulder top

Zara khaki Metallic Culottes and cold shoulder top

Zara khaki Metallic Culottes, Mix and Match bag, black cold shoulder top

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gold and black three strand necklace

Bronx black leather peep toe shoes

Zara khaki Metallic Culottes and cold shoulder top

Zara culottes & bag (no longer in stock, similar here) | old top (similar) | Bronx shoes (old, similar) | necklace from charity shop | Joe’s sunglasses (similar)


 

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Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be getting a lot of wear out of these culottes over Spring/Summer. They’re so comfortable and much more versatile than I’d imagined. I bought them for my trip to Abu Dhabi where I only wore flat shoes, but I’ve discovered they work equally well with heels. Wearing cropped trousers or culottes gives you the opportunity to show off your shoes, so you can let them be the focus of attention and keep the rest of the outfit simple. I’m not of the “less is more” inclination though, so the gold sandals have to share the limelight.

The jacket is cropped so it doesn’t cover the waistband of the culottes – a longer jacket would ruin the silhouette and look shapeless.

For cooler Spring temperatures this lightweight biker jacket and culottes is a great option because they provide coverage without bulk. The jacket is cropped so it doesn’t cover the waistband of the culottes – a longer jacket would ruin the silhouette and look shapeless. With voluminous garments it’s important to have some definition otherwise they can swamp your body. My general rule is to pair a fitted top with a looser bottom half, or vice versa.

As it’s a lightweight fabric I could wear it for the office instead of a blazer, and under a long coat when it’s colder.

The ivory and black jacket is from online store Yoins, a brand I hadn’t heard of until recently. When I ordered the jacket I was expecting the fabric to be thicker and more rigid, but it’s a crepe type material. As it’s a lightweight fabric I could wear it for the office instead of a blazer, and under a long coat when it’s colder. I had to be careful with the sizing as Yoins has a standard size guide on the website but individual items vary in their sizing. This jacket is a UK 12-14 (the largest size available at the time) but I would say it’s more like a size 10. It is a little snug on the bust and shoulders, but not tight or restrictive. I’m wearing a black vest underneath which is fine, but I couldn’t comfortably wear a jumper with it. A thin blouse would be fine though.

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

My advice when ordering from overseas is: check the individual garment’s size guide, measure yourself accurately and check the returns policy.

When ordering from an overseas brand for the first time I’m always a bit apprehensive. I came across mixed reviews from customers – the negative ones mainly due to the delivery time. I was expecting to wait about three weeks for the jacket to arrive, but to my surprise it turned up in just over a week. All good. My advice when ordering from overseas is: check the individual garment’s size guide, measure yourself accurately and check the returns policy.

For accessories I took my cue from the gold tone zip and buttons on the jacket: a simple gold necklace that I’ve had for years, gold chain handle on my faux fur bag and strappy Biba sandals that are more comfortable than they look! The gold accents make up for the lack of colour I usually crave. I added a chunky bracelet, hat and sunglasses to complete the look.

Are you a fan of culottes or are they a no-go for you? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up your outfits!

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes zara-faux-fur-bag

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes gold-biba-sandals

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Outfit details: Yoins jacket c/o | Yumi culottes (similar) | Biba sandals (old, similar) | Zara hat (similar) | Zara bag (similar) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar)

 


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