Sunday, 23 March 2014

Style Stories...

It was when I was at University that someone first commented on my habit of 'contextualising your clothes'

In my eyes, every garment has some sort of history. Even brand new items! 
A Breton style top can emulate Jean Serberg, or fisherman off the shores of France, whilst a pretty white broderie dress will always give me hints of 'Little House on the Prairie' 

Within my own wardrobe, I have an 'Abba' playsuit, 'Ziggy Stardust' skirts, and more 'Mary Poppins' items than I care to mention!

I've bought shoes off the back of seeing similar pairs in movies (The Painted Veil being a great example...Her two-tone brogues were amazing!) and always fawn over costumes whilst mentally taking notes for future purchases.

So with all that in mind, I think I had already given this skirt a story before it arrived on my doorstep!
A cheeky little Topshop treat, I loved the bright Spring florals on such a heavy, decadent fabric. 

As I pulled an outfit together, I realised how much it reminded me of early 60's prom dresses.
To me, it's a little bit 'Grease' and a little bit 'Sound of Music' (it could easily be made from a pair of jazzy curtains!)

I could just imagine a 1960's girl waiting for her date to pick her up, all dressed up for a drive-in cinema, or burger joint...Which is what we tried to emulate in these photos (the waiting part not the burger date unfortunately!)

My vanity case is one from my collection - it's a bit broken after someone fell on it during some very flamboyant dance moves!

My wedge sandals are from Primark last year and are still my favourites! They go with everything and are so easy to walk in.
Little glittery blush-coloured socks stopped my toes getting cold!

Since dyeing my hair, I'm definitely found myself drawn to pink (and indeed, colour in general!) a lot more.
With a skirt this bright though, I toned it down with black basics like a H&M body suit, and a Topshop cocoon coat.

I really love the idea of an elegant outfit teamed with messy, undone hair. So I left mine completely natural!
The necklace is salvaged from an old broken one, it's nowhere near as expensive as it looks!

I've spent the last few weeks since bleaching my hair trying to find the perfect semi-permanent dyes to achieve the pastel head I desire.
I think I've made some real progress since these photos were taken, results of which I shall share soon!

And as ever, I have Sam to thank for these lovely photos!
Taken during rush hour by a busy road, we chased the setting sun to capture the evenings beautiful golden light.

And the fact that I'm so comfortable with him, means we both forget what's going on around us...
Even when people were having a real snoop as their cars crawled along in traffic! 

Hope you had a great weekend!

Love Yours Truly, x


  1. you look so pretty ^^ I do the same with my clothes :)

  2. I'm in love with this skirt! I miss my pastel hair when I see you :) I remember I have been using La Riche Directions cerise mixed with conditioner to get more cool shade of pale pink or dark tulip mixed with conditioner as well (just a drop).

  3. Beautiful photos. Sunset is our favourite time to shoot too! x

  4. that skirt is amazing, and looks fantastic on you! i love the idea of contextualising clothing. if nothing else it gives you a chance to daydream!

  5. What a beautiful color combination! The pink of your skirt is gorgeous.

  6. You look amazing! This is such a beautiful outfit and your hair is looking fabulous. I am the same with clothing, buying things because they remind me of something that someone wore. In my closet I've got my Ewa Aulin dress, my Janis Joplin dress, my velvet Brian Jones pants and my Cynthia Lennon shoes!

  7. I love the pattern on your skirt, so pretty, amazing outfit per usual

  8. Ah!!! I love your hair this colour :) Mine was this colour last year and it will be again in about 3 weeks time (hopefully) for the blog awards - to match my peach dress :D yay!!
    Love the outfit, but especially the hair......and the socks too! Where are they from?

    (Dear Thirty)

  9. Love this outfit and the story your created for it. And your hair color looks amazing :)

  10. amazingly lovely! your skirt is everything♥

  11. SUCH a lovely outfit! Love absolutely every piece you're wearing, amazing styling! Take care x

  12. Finally I come across someone who contextualises their clothes just like I do!!! It's not so much that I find garments have a history, to me they tell a story. And the way I pair them off, tells another story, that could be completely different. WHenever I get dressed in the morning I am telling a story with my clothes, and playing a character in that story!!!

  13. I'm definitely getting the Grease feel from this outfit. That skirt is just so cute! I love that print and the black and pink color scheme of this whole outfit. Your pink hair looks awesome too! I can understand being even more drawn to pink while having pink hair. It just looks so good together!

  14. Gorgeous skirt! Love how you've styles it :) x

  15. What a beautiful outfit! Pink becomes you. And I just bought a pair of socks to wear with heels, wondering if I can pull that off -- looking at you here, you've given me confidence. I love how they look on you.

  16. A gorgeous skirt worthy of all the story you give it :)

  17. Love your skirt, and your hair is awesome!
    Lucia's Loves

  18. You are unique and delightful and I am sooooooooo glad to have found you.
    Love and sunshine from Spain

  19. It's a lovely outfit, and that skirt looks like it would be perfect for our Canadian faux-spring here. I look forward to seeing the hair!

  20. Great outfit. The photos definitely capture the mood. I am a great fan of clothing that makes me think of certain movies or characters and it can often be the reason I pick up items when shopping. That and fun patterns, I am a sucker for a kitsch print. Hx

  21. I was just going to ask you were you wearing different colours now that you've changed your hair. I love pink but find I can only wear a peachy blush with my red hair, anything stronger looks wrong. You look fabulous and I would have a gawk at you if I was driving by too! :)

  22. I can't believe that skirt is Topshop! I was just about to congratulate you on your incredible vintage find. I LOVE it. You look amazing (as always) but I especially love the Pinks. xxx

  23. I have the same skirt and I love it! xx

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