I’ve had to force myself to step away from the leopard print (albeit momentarily) and wear some of my other recent sale purchases. Even though I already own a pair of silky black culottes I couldn’t resist these with the frill on one side. On paper they don’t make sense – I mean who would want to add width to their hips? But the unusual design spoke to me, and I figured that if I kept the top half fitted they might not make my hips look mahoosive.
I’d intended to pair them with a stretchy close-fitting T-shirt or vest, but this striped top was already laid out on the bed. You know how it is when an outfit comes about by fluke rather than planning. The top is quite long, but it doesn’t ruin the line of the frill; if anything it improves it. I can’t tell you how comfortable this top is, it just feels so lovely to wear. It’s lightweight and super stretchy, plus it doesn’t crease! The knotted detail accentuates the waist, balanced out by the flared sleeves. I also like the high neckline, as I’m not really into low cut tops any more. Combining stripes, polka dots and frills is quite a bold ensemble, but then I’m not afraid of making a fashion statement!
I don’t think I’ve ever worn stripes and polka dots together, so it was high time I put the two together! This black and white outfit just needed a little colour, which I added with the faux leather bag and red statement earrings. The detachable strap means I can wear it as a crossbody or grab bag. It’s a practical size too, great for days out because it holds all my essentials without weighing me down.
I actually hurt myself when I went to France by carrying my heavy rucksack on my shoulder. In hindsight I should have worn it on my back (well, it is a backpack!) but you know how it is in airports when you need to keep getting documents out. For weeks afterwards I had a numb patch and frequent pins and needles. Lesson learned! For my next holiday I’ve bought a slimline beltbag that is just big enough to hold my passport and boarding card. I always think it’s ridiculous that you have to show your boarding card just to buy a magazine!
Packing light has never been my strong point but these culottes will make a great addition to my holiday wardrobe as they’re so light and wafty (is that even a word?). For warm evenings I’ll team them with a camisole and flat or wedge sandals. And for a different take on wearing stripes, polka dots and frills I could combine them in a dress like this one from Asos.
STRIPES AND POLKA DOTS
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