Tara Starlet Striped Shirt

Tara Starlet cover

I bought this Tara Starlet shirt from my friend last year as it didn’t fit her. Tara Starlet sadly no longer exist, so I think a part of me wanted it to have a little bit of vintage reproduction history more than anything. As a result, it’s sat unworn in my closet for months. I had planned on wearing it tucked into a high waisted skirt, but that didn’t work at all with my body shape. It’s actually quite an odd style. The buttons stop really high up, above my navel. This meant that when I tried to tuck it in, the shirt didn’t keep its shape and widened my waistline massively, which is the last thing I need. The collar is also quite odd. It’s not really a proper collar, but if it’s not turned down at the lapels, it sticks out in a strange sort of funnel.

All this being said, I still quite like this shirt! The navy and white stripes are timeless, and the contrast edging around the armholes is a nice feature. The open bottom half means it actually sits quite nicely over jeans, and the sleeveless style makes it a great option to be a bit smarter in summer. Aside from these shiny gold shoes, I’ve kept the rest of my outfit simple. This black shrug is so versatile, but it’s thinned a lot on the back and is losing its shape. You know when you want to replace a staple in your wardrobe and it should be really simple, but you just can’t find the exact item you want anywhere!? That’s where I am with this perfect spring cardigan. Perhaps I just need to look harder.

These skinny indigo jeans are from the M&S petite range, and I love the length of them. They hit just above my ankle without the need for a turn up, which I think is flattering on my little legs. M&S tend to size slightly large, so these in a size 12 are just right for me with a bit of wiggle room. They’ve got a bit of stretch in them, so if you’re between sizes I’d advise to size down for sure.

This thick cotton drill beige jacket is one of my favourites for spring outerwear. It holds its shape well when it’s undone and the neutral colour goes with everything. The thick fabric is great to add a layer of warmth on chilly evenings, but isn’t so bulky it’s a pain to carry during warmer spells.

Lastly, I shall say again how much I love these metallic gold loafers from New Look. I really rate New Look shoes, they have such a wide selection and the quality seems great, particularly considering how affordable they are. These shiny shoes were less than a tenner in the last season sales, what a bargain! They’re really comfy and add a bit of magic to a plain outfit. Everyone needs shiny shoes in their life.

Shirt: Tara Starlet

Shrug: New Look

Jeans: M&S

Jacket: H&M

Shoes: New Look

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