Sunday

ASOS Camouflage Skirt

Before I start this post I'd like to share a little anecdote. The week before last I spent a day with Amelia getting a group of outfit photos done. As any blogger will tell you this can be pretty hectic and involves hectic outfit changes in the strangest of places. For this post I had to remove a pair of jeans and replace them with this skirt. It didn't go well - so apologises to everyone in the office behind as you all saw my pants... The trauma of being a blogger! I digress...

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I really struggle with skirts and don't often wear them. I'm 5 foot 4 (and a third, the third is important) and have the type of shape that can easily look dumpy. Skirts really don't seem to help me. However, I have been stalking various accounts on Pinterest and realised that if you pair a midi skirt with a cropped jumper or shirt of some kind, as you can still see your waist I don't forgo the appearance of the slimmer parts of my shape...

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I saw this one before Christmas and it took me a while to get it. Camouflage isn't something I'd usually *do* (in fact I don't own anything else that is) and I'd assumed it was more of a trend for the girls who like bodycon dresses and hair gel, no offence if thats you. But I kept on seeing it on various people and I just thought I'd give it a go. I absolutely love it; somehow it being a floaty skirt (nb - it's heavy enough not to blow up when the wind goes past) makes it a lot more girly - or as girly as I'm ever going to get. 


It's sparked a bit of a "skirt renaissance" in my life and I've gone a bit nuts and bought a few. I've been pairing them up with my cropped knits (more below), denim shirts and basic long sleeve tees. My first purchase was this floral one from ASOS which looks fab with blues and greys. For day-to-day wear I really love this cheapy from Monki or this plain black one from ASOS - both are smart enough for work if you pair them with heels, or flats like these are in my photos...

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The jumper took quite some finding. I'm hardly short of a knit or two (read: two hundred) but I was on the hunt for a cropped, soft, grey knit that didn't break the bank for ages. I finally found one at & Other Stories (for those of you who don't know; this is H&M's cooler, older sister) which has become a bit of a gem this season with all it's super-good-quality tees, tops and jewellery. It comes in two shades of grey (this is the lighter one, here) and a black here. Excellent value and so comfortable and January-y (i.e.: hides all the sins we swore we'd rid by now) mine will most likely have to walk itself to the washing machine to get a break from being on me...

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As for the shoes, they're a "Happy 2017 to me" present from L.K.Bennett. You guys already know their Floret style is the only heel I can walk in (I have teeny feet, big arches and a big bum that needs carrying around town = disaster in heels) but I'd never tried flats from them. I loved them as soon as I saw them as they reminded me of much more expensive ones from Aquazzura that I've had my eye on. They are unbelievably comfortable and fit my style-goal of looking less scruffy in the week. They come in black here and a sort of camel/cream shade here. Really, firmly recommend... Ooh and the bag is an old favourite from Sophie Hulme. I knew when I got it that it'd last me ages (it's about three years old) and would be a classic - I think the fact the style is still running is testament to that, find it here.

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Last but not least some info about my hair as I've had a few people asking on my Instagram (find me here). I used to have very over bleached blonde hair, which was tired and arm - yellow. It's taken a long time but I feel like I've finally got to the stage I'm really happy with the colour and cut. When I first went to Sassoon 3 years ago my stylist told me it'd be a "work in progress" which it most definitely was. So, I go there every 3/4 months for my cut and colour which they deliberately put in a way so that it will grow up without the big "staging" line from my roots so I don't need to go as often...

At home I use Living Proof "Restore" shampoo here and conditioner here. It is quite expensive, and I never thought I'd spend so much on stuff like this - but the difference is insane. Try their little travel kit here if you're unsure. On top of that I try to do a hair mask once a week, and for me the best one is Phillip Kingsley's elasticiser here which is the only thing that gives volume to my very fine (therefore usually very flat) hair. I then use whatever hairspray is going cheaply in Boots for the day to day styling...


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Photos by Amelia Allen Photography, taken using the Canon 5D available at John Lewis.
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2 comments

Eloise said...

I love these photos! I have the same problem and often think a midi skirt makes me look shorter than I am. Deffs not the case with you though, you look incredible! xx

A Stylish Moment said...

Such gorgeous photos! I am even shorter than you (not even 5 foot) and have the exact same troubles. Love how you have styled this look though :)

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