Hello and welcome to a new blog series. I know I said I was dropping off posting on Thursdays but I have found myself on top of my work load so I wanted to share this post ASAP! We are going to be diving into the realms of formal dressing. Wedding season is fast approaching, and while I have non to attend (booooo) I know many of you will! So I wanted to provide a little inspiration, not just for weddings, but for any fancy occasion at all. I get lots of questions about how to dress for formal events, and I struggle with it so much too. When denim and a t-shirt is your most comfortable get up, suddenly having to get all fancy can really throw you out of your comfort zone. I am going to try and cover lots of different items in this series; trousers, dresses, suits, skirts... anything and everything that catches my eye, and is hopefully a little different too!
Not only do I usually feel rather uncomfortable in dressier outfits, I tend to lament spending money on those clothes too. I am not interested in forking out on a dress I will only wear once, and you all know how much I bang on about 'VERSATILITY', to the point where I may as well have it tattooed on my forehead. So in each of these posts I am also going to show how to style up the fancy item in a more day-to-day way, to give you guys some inspo on how to wear these pieces beyond the big event. It's definitely going to be a challenge for me, but I already have loads of really cool outfits in the pipeline to share!!
This one was all about the trousers. I keep seeing trousers like this popping up on Instagram and they look so good on everyone. After giving them a spin here are my main tips;
- Go for the smallest size you can, they really lend themselves to being super skinny over the bum and waist.
- If you are petite heels will be a must, they dragged on the floor a little for when wearing flats and I am pretty tall.
- They are a little hazardous to walk in, but you get the hang of it. It was a bit windy when we shot this, but the long bits at the back sort of blew round to the front and tried to trip me up a fair few times. I feel a few drinks and a dance while wearing these could end in a broken bone.
They are the kind of piece you can almost guarantee no one else would be wearing at a party, as they are definitely out there. But, I do think they still have a minimal vibe to them, and certainly lend themselves to some simple styling. For the evening look I went with a white shirt, tied up at the front. This makes the silouhette as flattering and sexy as it can be, I always find it makes my waist look smaller as the shirt billows out above the waistband of the trousers. It's also a great way to make sure you've got a top on that comes up to just the right length, showing off these trousers from hem line to waistband really emphasises the leg lengthening effect they have.
For my shoes I went with my Aquazzura Wild Thing, and get ready to see these shoes a lot throughout this series. They go with everything perfectly, are a dream to walk in, and always draw in a few compliments!
SHIRT: & OTHER STORIES | SHOES: AQUAZZURA | TROUSERS: c/o C/MEO COLLECTIVE
For the casual look these trousers really do work with any outfit you would normally wear your jeans with. Aside from the aforementioned length issue, any footwear would be permitted too. I think a cropped jacket is a key aspect as, again, it allows the pants to do their leg lengthening magic. My Maje one was the perfect length for this, and I slipped one of my many breton striped t-shirts underneath. In all honesty the trousers might be a little high maintenance to wear day-to-day when you're running your errands. A 'broken ankle in aisle 8' while in Tesco is a real possibility, so I think I will be reserving them for lunch dates of casual evening drinks. That being said, I felt really cool in these. And I love both the dressed up outfit and the casual one, so all in all the first post of this series has been a success in my books!