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spring style: day 9/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 9 of 10… Taking the shirt-dress back to coat status, I’ve paired it with the silver cami and pencil skirt. My own personal red paisley scarf adds a dash of colour to the monochrome outfit, and the snake heels bring some flair to my feet.

Cinching in the waist with a soft leather belt looped multiple times and tied with a bow adds more structure to the loose ‘coat’.

If you’d like to catch up on why I’m styling a shirt-dress in ten different ways, you might want to read my first post, which explains the whys and wherefores of the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways. Tomorrow I will post about Continue reading

spring style: day 8/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 8 of 10… Taking the shirt-dress back to summer with the snake print shorts and platform sandals again, this is one of my favourite scarves to pair with summer outfits. The Mariana scarf is skinny, with a luxe satin sheen, and adds that essential je ne sais quois to an otherwise basic look.

The scarf’s deep blue hues (inspired by the Mariana trench, after which it is named) are duplicated in the shorts, and I like the fact that my feet are unobtrusive in tan leather, elongating my legs – for my caramel skin tone the cognac colour turns into Continue reading

spring style: day 7/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 7 of 10… Taking the shirt-dress to a whole new level, and styling it inspired by the legendary Frida Kahlo, who used myriad colours in her art as well as her daily clothes. This maxi dress (I got mine years ago, and this year’s version is here) also feels a lot like some of Frida’s clothing. In styling it as a bustier over the shirt-dress, I feel I am, in some small way, reinventing her look.

Adding multiple necklaces seemed natural, although at first I had thought to style a scarf with this look. I’ve used four colours… Fern, Daffodil, Rose and Cornflower. The ribbon ends allowed me to stagger the lengths and create a bib-like effect. It’s very folksy looking and it’s Continue reading

spring style: day 6/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 6 of 10… I’m reprising the shirt-dress as a duster coat. It’s the most natural way to wear this, particularly when it’s not quite warm enough to have your arms out. Paired with the ecru cropped trousers and silver camisole for a little something extra, it’s a pretty neutral outfit – until I add in the cool blue tones of the light chiffon Flitting Fish scarf. It’s perfect for the spring when you still Continue reading

spring style: day 5/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 5 of 10… Taking the shirt-dress to a more formal zone and using it as a shirt works only because the fabric is so soft and thin. It hardly shows beneath my jumpsuit, and in fact creates a nice soft layer inside the rather scratchy fabric. it doesn’t poke out the bottom of my outfit either.

And yes, that is indeed a bow tie around my neck. But ties are for men, you say? Well, style rules were made up by people and new ones are made every day. Feel free to colour outside the lines – that’s what fashion is all about, making up your own rules and having Continue reading

spring style: day 4/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 4 of 10… I’ve chosen to go a little off piste today and pretend it’s summer already – after all, I did choose these bits for my 10 pieces of clothing. I’m pairing shorts and a cami top while using the shirt-dress as a duster jacket. I love a little colour-clash, so went with not one, but TWO bead necklaces layered a la Iris Apfel – in hibiscus pink and buttercup yellow. I tried three, but I preferred the look of just two, and the third (in green) took too much attention away from the outfit itself.

It feels as though I’m wearing featuring a playsuit, and the belt adds a little definition. The shirt-dress-as-duster-jacket adds a little bit of a grown-up feel as do the heels. This look is purely a fever dream, because the current Continue reading

spring style: day 3/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 3 of 10… featuring a long scarf from my Midnight collection – the Autumn long silk scarf. This time, I’m treating the longline shirt as a dress, wearing it without the trousers from Day 1. The bright pop of red in the scarf is echoed in the very retro red kitten heels and to streamline the Continue reading

spring style: day 2/10 combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways – how to style a capsule wardrobe

Day 2 of 10… featuring the Peaceful Paisleys silk scarf, with its pastel colours which are perfect for spring. Styling the longline shirt as an actual shirt with a basic pencil skirt, classic heels and a light fitted linen blazer, it’s a formal look without the “I’m in a full corporate suit” vibe. I don’t work in an office, so when Continue reading

spring style: how to style a capsule wardrobe – combining the #10x10challenge and #onedressthirtyways

This month, I’m taking on a challenge… it’s a combination of two separate challenges, to be honest. And I’m so excited about sharing it with you!

The first part of the challenge is inspired by the 10 x 10 Challenge™, created by Lee of StyleBee … and involves choosing  a micro-wardrobe comprising 10 items of clothing and wearing them in different combinations over 10 days. 10 x 10, get it?

My second inspiration is Megan Auman and her One Dress Thirty Ways – she styled the same wrap dress 30 different ways in January of 2018, and she is reprising it with a different dress in April 2018.

So, wanting to do both these and not having that much time to devote to it, I will be styling  Continue reading

winter style: how to style the mustard trend for work

The mustard trend – love it or hate it? Personally, I love yellow in any shape or form, and am delighted to see that it’s back in fashion, particularly for Spring 2018, worn both on and off the runway by celebrities and common folk alike. Here in London, though, it’s cold, windy and still very much winter. The daffodils are out already, though, so don’t hesitate to add some mustard to Continue reading

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