Love Her Look: Back To Black

It's been a while since I've done a Love Her Look post, most probably as I haven't felt all that inspired by much recently. I'm not a natural summer dresser, I love my layers and my tailoring so struggle a little bit at this time of year because the floaty, boho bits I love often just don't fit my shape! However, I saw this picture on Pinterest (500k+ followers now, thank you!) and it did inspire me not to forget the colour black in summer - and - it also reminded me to dress for my shape (the way this fits her shape means she won't get drowned away in it, making her look bigger - believe it or not).

My friend Angie wore a really similar outfit the other week and she's a similar shape to me which encouraged me that this could work - the skirt will skim over your thighs but draw you in at the waist, and the top and hides your upper arms, win!  The sandals are lush too, I've found a similar black pair at Alexander Wang at The OutNet here, and I already have some good brown options (here, now reduced to £30) from Anthropologie.

When looking for the skirt I went straight to Net A Porter. This may sound a bit affluent but I was told they have some great options, and they do! This Zeus+Dione one is reduced by 70% to £150 and this Needle and Thread one is full price at just over £100 - perfect if you are looking to make an investment. If you've never tried maxi skirts before, try this River Island one or this New Look one. Tops wise, finding a black off-shoulder top thats fitted isn't the easiest of tasks (I did, however, fall in love with a "close call" from Elizabeth and James here). The absolute winner was this Michael Kors number, again at the Net A Porter sale, but cheaper versions include this £15 one from Topshop and these (£14 for two!) ASOS ones.

Hope that encourages you to give it a go, a year ago I would never have worn a maxi skirt and now I live in them! This week I am going off to Limewood for a couple of days R+R, so excited

Outfit: City Cowgirl

Last week was a typical "what is the weather doing" showcase in London and Wednesday was no exception. When I left the house it was grey and gross and by the time I arrived at my first meeting (to check out Freedom2Train at Claridges) it was 28 degrees. When you're due to be rushing around town all day and your iPhone's report looks like it has just chosen all of the weather emoji options for the next 12 hours, choosing an outfit is difficult.

I decided to just wear a little bit of everything! First up, two sale bargains you might want to know about at Topshop. This blazer has been super handy since I bought it (full price, argh) a few months ago. I wear it with outfits like this as well as with my shirts and formal trousers, and it looks really cool with midi skirts too. It was great when it was £75, so now it's £40 it's even better - at least for you. Secondly, the sandals. They're £12 now and they look like Marni. I say no more, except click here.

The scarf was a gift from the lovely team at Alexander McQueen. They suggested wearing it for festival season - but posing in a mews in Mayfair is about as close as I'll get to that… I wasn't sure it would be my thing but I've worn it for days straight with various shirts and tees. The tee shirt was a purchase back during the January sales (from one of my favourite French brands, Maison Kitsune). It's sold out everywhere but if you don't have a fitted grey tee these two are good starters: here and here. The jeans as always are Paige Denim from Selfridges. I feel bad for my other jeans at the moment as they just don't get an airing when these guys are an option. Everyone is different but for me the Paige Jimmy Jimmys are the perfect shape. Find them here.

Everything else is just my usuals; the sunglasses are my trusty Jimmy Choos and my jewellery is from Astley Clarke (perfect boho-type pieces that won't completely break the bank). I hope you guys manage to get Wednesday off and get into the sun - I for one will be making every excuse to sit in the garden, although at the moment I'm concentrating on getting ready for Croatia next weekend - keep an eye on my Instagram for updates. Happy Monday (!) everyone...

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Trending : Denim Jacket

It's been a while since I've done a "trend" post as I've been a bit uninspired by stuff in stores recently. I've been trying to get better at summer dressing in general. I'm most definitely a winter person even though I love the sunshine and all things that go with this time of year. The Great British Weather is a real pain, trying to work out whether you need a jumper or a jacket… I digress. One thing I've realised is a must have for the (so called) warmer months is a denim jacket.

I had one when I was about 14 and I've been trying to get Mum to dig it out of the attic (in truth I'm more after my sister's one because I always preferred it, and since she is out in the middle of Africa right now I'm guessing I could get away with it). I've been storing up inspiration on my Pinterest boards which I always do when I'm trying to justify a purchase - and have decided it's time to invest.

image via Pinterest (Damsel in Dior)

I really like that denim jackets go with everything. You can wear them with t shirts and shorts at weekends, or your shirt and trousers straight from the office. I pretty much love them and now I've set my sights on one I find it really weird that its taken me this long to twig that it's such an obvious gap in my wardrobe. I've been trying to sort myself out with leather jackets (too hot) and scarves (too cold) for weeks, idiot.

Trying to find a style that suits me is pretty difficult. My waist is my smallest part and so boxy jackets aren't the best shape for me as my shape gets a bit lost… I'd been preying on this Madewell jacket (J Crew's little boho sister) piece for a while and so now it's on sale at Net A Porter I've been double checking availability every day. It's loose on the arms (tick) and the pockets on the waist mean it will draw you in at the waist. Thoughts? For £80 its pretty good, no? Other options are this oversize ASOS number, this Topshop one, and (new brand for me, and I love everything they do) this Bethnals' style. I haven't clicked "purchase" yet so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know!?