This luscious green velvet skirt has appeared on the blog a couple of times before. I’ve mentioned that it’s a little too big, and I usually style it by folding the waistband and tucking it into a thick waist belt. Here I’ve gone for a more relaxed option, wearing it without a belt and layering a simple sweater over the top.
I’ve seen the “pleated midi skirt and loose top” combo done so well on Instagram and Pinterest many times. It always seems so effortlessly cool, and a real contrast to the structure of a nipped in waist. The couple of times I’d tried to style it before, I just looked like a frumpy sack, and I think I’ve realised why. For want of a better word, the reason is boobs. Here are Alexa Chung and Linda Toll exuding coolness, albeit a couple of years ago. Neither lady is particularly buxom, which allows the fabric to sit neatly on top, focusing on the pleats of the skirt and simplicity of the ensemble. My shape does not allow this silhouette, and that’s just something i’m going to have to live with.
To overcome the less-than-flat top half, I’ve gone for a slightly fitted thin jumper. It skims enough to still have a relaxed fit, but isn’t so baggy as to give me absolutely no shape from the bust down. I mean, it probably doesn’t help that I’m carrying quite a few extra pounds at the moment, but that’s a post for another time.
I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the beautiful way this skirt moves. It’s quite heavy, so it really swings and swooshes with movement. Swooshes is definitely a word, right? The velvet has such a luxurious feel to it, I decided to double up! This black velvet blazer was a bargainous find from a £5 rail at Camden Market, before the old lock burnt down and it all got a bit commercial. Who am I kidding, I still love Camden Market! It has changed a lot in the past decade or so though, and I’m not sure if you’d still find £5 M&S velvet blazers hanging on a rail.
Finally, I’ve got my leopard print Mango ankle boots. I literally only shopped at Mango for the first time a couple of months ago, but I am so, so happy with the shoes I ordered. They fit perfectly, the heel height is just right, they’re comfortable and so far the quality seems pretty good too. It’s safe to say I’m a Mango footwear convert for sure!
As you can probably see, I’m still playing around with the editing on my pictures. I really like an over-saturated image, but I wonder if I’ve gone a little too far here. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I was eagerly awaiting a birthday as much as I am at the moment, so I can get a camera that takes quality images. I’m also trying not to get too excited, knowing that a fancy camera won’t necessarily make me look any better!
Jumper: New Look
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