Thank You, Honey

Although The Style Companion is only a little under a month old, I wanted to express a genuine thank you for all the kind words and support I've been given so far. As I've mentioned before, I was always so fearful of what others would think of me writing a fashion blog but after experiencing such positive feedback I only wish I'd started sooner. 

This outfit is a mix of old and new; the suede mustard harrington jacket is Topshop Boutique from last S/S. Boutique is a premium collection Topshop create with longevity and quality fabrics being the crux of it's concept. Paired with the "Gucci" print tee everyone is currently obsessing over, it creates a contemporary, luxe look for day to day. 

When I first wore this jacket I worried over the smallest mark but now I've come to terms with that inevitability and I'm embracing the worn in look! I love the warm ochre shade and I think it will always look fresh and new with blue denim and a white tee each time Spring roles around! 

Jacket: Topshop (Old) Alternative | T-Shirt: Topshop | Jeans: Topshop | Belt: Topshop | Bag: Zara

so you're going to a wedding...

There's nothing I find more challenging than dressing for a Wedding. I'm not really one for floral prints and full skirts and all the options catered especially for Wedding guests just never feel me. 

However, earlier this year my brother got married (on the most beautiful, sunniest day EVER!) which obviously meant a shopping trip was due. 

Jumpsuits are such a versatile piece and this striped one from Whistles is perfect to dress up for a special occasion. I am instantly more comfortable in trousers and the cropped, culotte style of these gives me that security without being too structured, keeping the look light and fresh. 

I also like investing in pieces I can wear again and again. Knowing that, come the next occasion, I will want to wear something new, making sure I have various ways of styling something after the event is important to me. Being 100% silk, you could easily pop this jumpsuit in your suitcase year on year, wearing as part of a holiday wardrobe with a pair of sandals or espadrilles.

For the Wedding, I paired with an 'easy to walk in' block heel in black and white with a patent finish. This along with the buckle detailing gives an eighties edge while the pointed toe keeps the overall look feminine.

Introducing another contrasting colour with the vibrant yellow bag adds dimension and a youthful element to the look. The addition of the tailored white jacket pulls the outfit together giving a formal yet alternative vibe.

If you are struggling to find an outfit for a Wedding, my suggestion is to look past what the shops promote as being appropriate and consider something a little outside the box. This might give you more scope to find something that feels like you that you'll also happily wear again. 

Shoes: Topshop | Jumpsuit: Whistles | Jacket: Topshop (Sold Out Online) Similar | Bag: Marc Jacobs

candy stripes

Spring and Summer can be a tricky time to dress in the UK but especially in Scotland. The weather is completely unpredictable and it wouldn't be surprising to experience all four seasons in a single day. Temperatures often don't reach the same highs that even England can experience which means you're often layering up knitwear and coats longer than feels appropriate for the season. In saying this, when the temperature hits double digits expect to see some shirtless men roaming the streets as 10 degrees or more is legitimate 'taps aff'* weather north of the border. 

For those sunny days when there is still a chilly breeze in the air, this style of dress is perfect. The 3/4 length sleeve covers the shoulders while the long line gives the legs a little coverage too, ideal if your pins have yet to see the sun since last Summer and are still a blinding shade of pale (most of the Scottish population). The buttons don't fasten the full length of the dress giving it movement when you walk and letting your legs peak through while the belt nips you in at the waist further enhancing your shape. 

The red and white candy stripe print while being statement also lengthens the body creating an illusion of height. While I'm not sure if I really believe the vertical stripe myth of making you appear slimmer I feel in this case, because of the shirt dress style and waist tie it at least compliments my curvy figure. 

The bold and colourful print is what gives this outfit a sense of Summer whilst being wearable in Britain's less temperate climes. Providing a bit more coverage than spaghetti straps and short shorts, it helps put you in gear for the season. Throw on a leather jacket for the evening or even style open with jeans, a white cami and a pair of slides for another way to wear. 

*Taps-Aff (Scots Vernacular) Literally "tops off." The removing of one's shirt or other upper body garments, most often in the event of warm weather. 1

Check here to see if it's 'taps aff' weather in your area. Currently it's 10 degrees in Edinburgh and I'm told it's 'taps oan' so maybe I was exaggerating slightly...

Trainers: Topshop (Old) Similar | Dress: Zara (Sold Out Online) still available in store | Bag: Zara

saved by the bell

If Kelly Kapowski was an item of clothing, I feel like it would be this jacket. I also fear that that reference will fall flat on an alarming majority after innocently referencing an outfit as being 'Kylie-esque' recently, to which my teenage client responded with a look of sheer puzzlement. I mean it's Kylie, Minogue - surely an institution!? After coming to terms with the fact that I'm old enough for my childhood to be a complete and utter mystery to the next generation, "I got to thinking"... why is it that so many women are unwilling to wear styles that remind them of eras past? (see what I did there?)  

In my job as a Personal Shopper I hear similar phrases repeatedly; "it's something my mum would have worn!" and "I wore that the first time around!" are popular favourites. I feel like I am now starting to experience what it's like for certain styles to come back, I remember wearing embroidered denim, gingham dresses and chokers when I was younger and now they've looped around again becoming stylish and in. However I don't share the same desire to avoid wearing them now either. Unless I had a bad perm, over plucked eyebrows or blue eyeshadow on, my outfit will always feel current because the rest of my look is in keeping with today's image. 

As I've said before, confidence is also a huge factor in 'pulling off' a certain style and getting the right fit in clothing helps with this immeasurably. After discovering the blog Shot From The Street, where undeniably stylish Lizzy puts on a pair of straight cut jeans and instantly makes you want to buy them I have been on the hunt for the best ones for my figure. And I think I have finally found them! These distressed jeans by H&M are high waisted with a button closure, they don't leave me with the tummy pouch (too much) and the darker denim racer stripe elongates my leg and slims the thigh. I often find straight jeans either look too skinny down my leg or create too much volume around the stomach, hips and thighs as I am curviest around this area that's something I want to avoid. The fit paired with the authentic looking frayed hems and distressing, have made these jeans my go to for an easy, laid-back weekend outfit. 

Aside from the jeans, this outfit is really all about the bubblegum pink jacket. The crop fit means it hits at the most flattering point on the waist, showing off the narrowest area and the bum which allows the slightly oversized fit to balance out by maintaining the rest of your figure (something I am all for if you have read my previous posts). I love the fun and girly vibe this gives but also enjoy the texture and roughness brought by the ragged hem. 

If you are still wondering what the hell I was on about in the first paragraph I suggest Sex and the City be your next binge watch; the phrase, 'I got to thinking' will haunt your dreams but you will also enjoy hours of Mr. Big so it's swings and round-a-bouts.

Another thing worth mentioning - baby pink makes you looked tanned! 

Jacket: H&M | T-Shirt: Topshop (Old) Similar | Jeans: H&M | Slides: Office (Old) Similar