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If Only: Outfit of the Day 31#

Honestly, Topshop is, in my opinion, one of those brands that shouldn’t be able to pull off a runway show. I was twelve when they made their fashion week debut, and so I’m pretty much always known Topshop as being a ‘runway brand’ since the age when I really became interested in fashion, and yet still, while child actors Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Victoria Beckham – an ex spice girl – have all been bale to establish themselves as, first and foremost, fashion designers, in our minds, Topshop for me is still just a high street store that sells edgy, sometimes questionable, generally affordable and sometimes overpriced items that we all wear. Nevertheless, Topshop’s more ‘high-end’ line: Topshop Unique, is definitely one of the darlings of LFW year after year. I don’t know quite how they do it, but I sure as hell love them even more for it. Therefore, today’s look revolves around a Topshop Unique skirt… roll on SS15’s collection!

10-sep

1. Oasis Betty Plain Shirt in Green. £38. Available here.

2. Topshop Unique Printed Silk-Georgette Skirt. £95. Available here.

3. See by Chloé Medium Leather Bag. £325. Available here.

4. Nicholas Kirkwood Eye-Embroidered Velvet Slippers. £430. Available here.

5. Wallis Bright Statement Flower Collar Necklace. £18.50 £12.95. Available here.

6. Robert Lee Morris Gold Cuff. £394.99. Available here.

7. Forever 21. Twisted Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

8. Mykita Taulant Round Sunglasses. £310. Available here.

9. ASOS Lace Trim Ankle Socks. £3.50. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 26#

Today, I’m going for vintage (I blame my binge-reading #GIRLBOSS yesterday afternoon), and so a bit more imagination than usual will probably be required to see this outfit in quite the same way that I do. That’s the great thing about vintage; rarely does it appear before you, a bright, sparkling gem of a find. Usually, you have to be willing to painstakingly rake through every corner of every charity/thrift shop in town to find that diamond in the rough, and even then, it takes oodles of imagination to see what it could be, because in that moment, the sad little thing hanging limp in the hanger in your grip is nothing more than an ill fitting, tattered bit of rag. But once you’re smothered it in some TLC and added a personal touch, voila, you find yourself with a completely unique look, rather than simply being another fashionista in Topshop and Urban Outfitters (not that there is anything wrong with that either, of course).

PS. My use of the term ‘vintage’ is very lax… anything from the twentieth century is classed as vintage, in my opinion. Hell, anything pre-2010 is vintage, to me! Such as, you know.. these circa 1990s shorts…

Also, this is probably my most experimental outfit yet, and just goes to show that while this OOTD project started very much with myself in mind, sometimes my mind will stay into photo shoot territory, and I’ll find myself beginning my day by styling imaginary models. I find that it’s a great way to prepare myself for a day of fashion-driven productivity, like a morning exercise. But never, in all my years, have I ever pieced together plaid and tweed – or any outfit, for that matter, and thought, ‘you know what this needs? A sequined turtleneck. I can’t even stand the feel of a turtleneck’s high collar against the skin of my neck… my neck needs it’s space. I’m more surprised than anyone by today’s look… nevertheless, I love it.

5-sep

1. Beyond Retro Vintage Casual Shorts. £18. Available here.

2. Malene Birger Zio Sequined Turtleneck Top. £325. Available here.

3. Burberry Brit Plaid Cotton Shirt. £250. Available here.

4. River Island Black Metal Trim Platform Ankle Boots. £50. Available here.

5. Michael Michael Kors Jet Set Textured-Leather Tote in Burnt Orange. £220. Available here.

6. American Apparel Ribbed Modal Over-the-Knee Socks in Navy. £11. Available here.

7. My Flash Trash Dipped Amber Necklace. £15. Available here

8. Forever 21 Antiqued Faux Stone Ring Set. £2.50. Available here.

9. Forever 21 Stacked Midi Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

10. Forever 21 Etched Faux Stone Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

11. Dorothy Perkins Black Casual Skinny Belt. £4. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 14#

Firstly, sorry for posting this one several hours later than usual – this morning’s wifi would not co-operate, unfortunately. It’s been an up and down day, a day where layering is necessary because sunburn is just as likely as drenchings. Apparently it’s also a day of silky, skin-kissing fabrics, big hats and big heels with big attitude.

24-Aug

1. River Island Rose Gold Textured Satin Blazer. £60. Available here.

2. Topshop Tie-Back Crop Top by Love. £32. Available here.

3. Levi Tailored 501 Jeans. £90 £62.90 £53.90. Available here.

4. Zara Gussetted Shopper Bag in White. £29.99. Available here.

5. Timberland Beige Glancy Heeled Boots. £119.94. Available here.

6. Mango Bone Metal Necklace. £14.99. Available here.

7. Jung ee eun Drippings Rope Bracelet. £88.50. Available here.

8. Forever 21 Double Chain Bracelet. £2.50. Available here.

9. Forever 21 Stackable Midi Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

10. ASOS Felt Floppy Hat. £20. Available here.

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