My Week on 35mm #59
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Forget The Practical
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Now I know so much I write and share is about the practical choices in life, but sometimes it's good to throw all of that to the wind. Sometimes being the key word here, because my wardrobe will always be focused on practicality and versatility. But sometimes, aren't the best pieces we have the ones that are neither of those things? Like this dress; it couldn't be any less practical. It's so low cut it verges on indecent (without some tit tape it would be indecent), it's also very short and a little see through making the choice you make with you knickers very limiting. The cuffs are huge so you will probably dip them in your coffee (or cocktail, this dress is definitely more suited to cocktail hour than a coffee stop), and unless you live in LA you will freeze to death in this. But, here I am, wearing it anyway. It's a dress I had seen on Tumblr so many times before and just loved everything about it. The draping details, the long sleeves, the fact it's a shirt dress (my all time fave) but just the sexiest and most vamped up one I have ever seen. So, I went for it, and that impracticality is what I love so much about it too. Whenever I wear something like this I feel like I am rebelling against my own blogging and wardrobe ethos, and from time to time it feels really good, and makes the pieces in my wardrobe that do that feel even more special to me. 

It brings a certain element of fun into what I am wearing. I think I have used this analogy before, but it totally reminds me of going on a night out aged 17 in the most ridiculous outfits. We used to spend the week at school planning what we would wear. Get ready at one persons house; spend hours curling and backcombing hair, fake tanning using that Rimmel stuff that streaked and ran in the inevitable Leeds rain, putting on fake lashes before mastering the skill so they sat wayyy to high above the lash line. We would then have pre drinks, and wearing little more than a beer jacket, head out into Leeds in tiny dresses and heels we couldn't walk in. It was all so impractical, and so so much fun! 

Of course, having a versatile wardrobe is always my priority, and will always be the focus on the content I create for you guys. But there is nothing wrong with having fun with things from time to time. I have caught myself in shops before staring at an item of clothing that is so not 'me', yet something draws me into it completely. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes it's good to roll it with and see if it's something that over time transforms a part of your wardrobe or style. And if it doesn't, there is always Depop!

 

DRESS: JACQUEMEUS | BOOTS: SAINT LAURENT (old) 

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE. 

As a finishing note, the ONLY redeeming factor to this dress is that it works being creased and un-ironed which frankly cancels out everything else. 

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Three Ways To Style The Classic Denim Jacket
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This post is sponsored by House of Fraser. 

I feel as though I haven't done a 'three ways to style' post in about a million bajillion years, so here we are today with one! And the item is question is the humble denim jacket. Most of us will have one in our wardrobes, I have a fair few after doing a Testing Basics on them last Summer. The winner of that video was the Levi's trucker one, which I now have back in full force as Spring finally makes an appearance. I often find a denim jacket somewhat tricky to style up, hence me reaching for my longline blazers and leather bikers far more frequently. But, I want the denim jacket to be a big part of my wardrobe this Summer. It has an effortless vibe that I can't resist, and sometimes it's nice to have a bit of a styling challenge too. This particular jacket is from House of Fraser who have very very kindly worked with me on this post, they have a huge denim selection which you can have a browse of here, and I definitely recommend that you do. 

So, for the first outfit - Canadian tuxedo. It's all in the match of the denim wash here, and my vintage 501s turned out to be the perfect match with the denim jacket. I went with a bright shirt underneath because I wanted to feel as Summer-ready as possible here - and there is something about double lightwash denim that always reminds me of Summer anyways. For me, a belt is an essential with a look like this because it breaks up the top and bottom half. While this is obviously meant to match perfectly, I can sometimes feel like I am in some sort of denim boiler suit, and a belt stops that from happening. Topped off with some black ankle boots, a smart(ish) shoe definitely works best for this. I did try it with some trainers too and it just didn't look right at all. A nice heeled boot or sandal in Summer definitely completes it perfectly. 

JACKET: LEVI'S c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | JEANS: VINTAGE LEVI'S | SHIRT: BIBA c/o HOUSE OF FRASER

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For the second look we have some double denim again, but a lot less matchy-matchy this time, and possibly a little easier to achieve too. A proper matching double denim look is definitely something I find a statement, and unless your denim collection is verging on the ridiculous like mine is, you might not have much luck in finding that perfect colour match. So, go the other way with it, with two completely different washes of denim. It's always going to feel like a mega laid back look which is what I love so much about it, it's so easy to wear day to day and you can style it with whatever you fancy. I went for an indigo wash denim from Whistles, but I think a black wash would have worked just as well. For me, the straight leg style here is key, something about skinny jeans with a denim jacket takes me way back to feeling 17 again and not always making the best style decisions. The straight leg makes this seem way more 'me'. I have a black knit on here, but honestly any top would work with this, which is why this double denim combo is such an amazing foundation to an outfit. 

JACKET: LEVI'S c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | JEANS: WHISTLES c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | KNIT: HALLHUBER c/o HOUSE OF FRASER

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And finaallyyy, stepping into Spring properly here (even if I did freeze to death in the process, as this is a little premature). Above all else, the denim jacket is a lightweight piece. I have been wearing this one a lot this week underneath a blazer (see here), but really it's all about those summer combinations. Over a little dress on a holiday evening, a white tee and some denim cut offs at a festival - endless options! I went for a mix of textures for this look, just as I often think about how I want to mix textures when I am wearing my jeans, the same applies here, it's just all the other way around. So this vinyl skirt (late to the vinyl party but finally getting into it) is kind of statement for me. And just as I would style a statement top with a pair of jeans, wearing this with a denim jacket makes it feel wayyy more within my comfort zone. Finished off with a white t-shirt and my current favourite white trainers, and we have a super easy and simple look for the warmer days that feels fresh and exciting but by no means intimidating to wear. 

T-SHIRT: WHISTLES c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | SKIRT: MANGO c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | JACKET: LEVI'S c/o HOUSE OF FRASER

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