Ways to Wear: For the Party Season
Good afternoon happy campers! December is well underway now, and I hear that some parts of the UK, you lucky lot, have had your first round of snow already. My guess is that your work/Uni/college Christmas parties are fast approaching, so I’ve put together some Looks, just for you to embrace the party season this year.
Less is not always more when it comes to nights out, despite what the likes of The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea might tell you! (As a sidenote, has anyone caught an episode of Desperate Scousewives yet? Should I brave a viewing?!) If you’ve seen some of my previous Ways to Wear installments, you’ll know I take a fancy to seperates and layering over a simple dress; hopefully these Looks will broaden your festive outfit mind.
Look One is a fun outfit, perfect for a Christmas meal and drinks. I’m a sucker for black, but how gorgeous is this hot pink skirt? It’d look perfect with a casual vest or Tee, so you’re not too dressed up, and at just £7.99, you can’t go wrong. It also comes in a beautiful dark/dove grey colour as well. Pop a flashy ring on, some platform heels and a faux fur stole to finish the Look.
How Would You Wear: The Christmas Jumper
Yes, it’s that time of the year… already! December is upon us, and it is finally borderline acceptable to warble Christmas songs around the house, decorate the tree (we decorated and topped our Asda Smartprice tree for under £5 last night - thumbs up for savvy Christmas-loving students!) and don your festive wardrobe.
I’ll be posting a full, Ways to Wear for the party season on Sunday afternoon, but for now, how would you wear these cute/just-tacky-enough jumpers from Topshop? Link me to your suggested items of your choice in the comments, I’d love to see how you tick! I’d pop a pair of Primark’s very own, Super Cosy tights on, a cable knit skirt and a knitted headband.
With Love, Michelle x
(Images credit to: Topshop.)
Ways to Wear: The Black Vest
Kick starting the Ways to Wear series is the ultimate wardrobe staple that you’ve probably had hanging around in the back of your wardrobe - or condemned to your pyjamas drawer: the black vest. Plain, functional, simple and typically cheap as chips, it can be so easy to overlook this piece. A black vest top is something that I’m sure 99.9% of my readers already own: I like to slip them under a top that could otherwise be inappropriate, just worn with jeans for a casual look, or sometimes as part of an evening look!
So let’s start with a simple Look: perfect for everyday, this Look incorporates your black vest with some berry tones. This Look is all about the shorts, and the accessories, which add dimension to the outfit, whether with the diamante fox ring, perched on your ring finger, or the studded slipper-esque shoes, which are a great version of Yves Saint Laurent’s velvet slippers. Not only are they perfectly on-trend and subtle enough to transition into next month’s trends (which hails ankle grazer trousers as Fashion God), they’ll make great talking points. “Oh this? It’s Topshop daaah-ling!” Finish off with some dainty, baby pink make-up and an oversized bow headband to keep it feminine.
How To: The Layering 101
Inspired by other bloggers and Emma Watson’s recent first-day-back outfit snapped at Oxford University, I compiled a 101 guide for layering; a popular trend worn every day by people just like you and me. Not only does this key trend mean you can tap into multiple micro-trends, it is great for creating your own distinct style, regardless of what is in Topshop or “what everyone else has”.
1. More is less.
With layering, more is less. Opt for three or four thin layers – and I mean very thin – instead of two bulky layers. You don’t want to drown your frame, or add bulk to your silhouette: your aim is to flatter, not to hide. H&M, Topshop and Zara are especially good for thin, jersey pieces that are great to wear together, try this printed vest from H&M, a scallop hemmed Topshop vest, and a thicker-knit open-back T-shirt from Zara to weigh the layers down slightly.