MY SUMMER 2016 STYLE CONCEPT

So here’s the situation.

I’ve put on quite a bit of weight since last Summer.

I also moved house, and then my boyfriend moved in, so I’ve done a LOT of clearing out.

Which basically means that I currently have about 4 items of Summer clothing that a) I like and b) fit me. So I figured it was about time I did an updated Wardrobe Concept post for you!

My style has definitely evolved since I last did one of these. I wear jeans a lot less, and I’ve realised how much happier and better I feel about myself when I’m making an effort to wear nice things, rather than just throwing any old top and jeans on.

I’ve also become way more cynical about the things I actually buy. I’d much rather spend £60 on a dress that I know I’ll wear weekly and will last me for years, instead of spending £6 on a Primark dress that will shrink in the wash after wearing it once.

(I know. Who even am I. Is this adulthood? I feel like maybe this is what true adulthood feels like…)

ANYWAY.

To the style concept!

summer fashion

Shapes

I’m aaaaall about the midi skirt right now. I do have a couple of favourite mini dresses, but with a midi I don’t have to worry about flashing my pants. And I really love that.

This fab bright blue skirt from New Look is super pretty and I love the subtle texture on it. It’s in navy and black and pink as well and I’m really really tempted to buy more than one. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find nice midi skirts?!

I’m also obsessed with Lindy Bop‘s fit and flare dresses at the moment – especially the shirt style ones. The sizing is a bit weird (I have to go up 2 sizes!) but the shapes are so beautiful and I love how many color options they have for each style!

Summer shoes are always tricky for me. I can’t wear open-toe shoes cos I have really ugly toes (thanks to the Girl who trod on me in heels 10 years ago…) so I’m usually all about the caged sandals and pretty ballet flats.

This year I’m also adding a pair of white Adidas trainers to my list (yeah I’m jumping on that bandwagon. And what?) as well as a bunch of the ASOS block heels, including these beautiful pale pink ones.

Colours

I’m all about the block colours this year. I’ve realised that I have a bit of an aversion to crazy prints. Simple polka dots or pin-stripes are good. Anything more extreme just doesn’t make me happy.

Black and white is still a massive thing for me (much to Erica‘s disapproval!) but I actually want to incorporate a whole load more colour into my wardrobe. I think it’s a red hair thing.

Recently I’ve been all over the deep jewel tones (green and bright red especially), as well as all shades of blue.

Long story short…

I’m going for simple 1950s shapes, with a modern, colorful twist.

summer fashion

1. Blue skirt (New Look) // 2. Green dress (Lindy Bop) // 3. Black shoes (New Look)
4. Stacking rings (Accessorize) // 5. Red shirt dress (Lindy Bop) // 6. Striped trousers (Uniqlo)
7. Mint dress (Boohoo) // 8. Pink shoes (ASOS) // 9. Polka dot dress (Lindy Bop)
10. Tulle skirt (Boohoo) // 11. Red high-neck dress (Boohoo) // 12. Striped bag (Accessorize)
13. Backless dress (ASOS) // 14. White trainers (Adidas) // 15. Boxy shirt (ASOS) // 16. Emojis PJs (ASOS)

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  • That emerald green dress…. I’m almost drooling! x

    • It’s sooooo pretty isn’t it?! Think that one’s going to be my payday treat! xx

  • Okay hold me back from all those fifties style dresses – LOVE THEM ALL!!!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  • I love the blue skirt!! Gah blogging has made me gain weight :( Quite depressing really!

    • It’s so beaut isn’t it? Went to buy it yesterday and they’ve only got size 6 left though which is annoying! :( and omg yessss! Food blogging has made me put on so much weight haha. I’m starting to work on it now though. Realised that strength training especially will help because muscles need more food! xx

  • The same has happened to me – I blame happiness haha! Some great selections, love the mint boohoo dress!

    T xx

    • HA! Well after all my talk about color, I ended up buying it in black so… *ashamed emoji* xx

  • I’m loving all the jewel colours and the shades of blue – they’ll look gorgeous with your red hair! The block heels are lovely too, I find them so much more comfortable than regular heels (and I’m less likely to trip over haha) xx

    Toasty

    • Thank you lovely! I do love me a good blue haha :) I am alllll about the block heel at the moment as well. They really are so much comfier! xx

  • I’m not that into fashion (I know, I’m sorry) but I just wanted to say that I love that you’re not ashamed to admit you’ve put on weight. Not to pull too much on feminism, but as a woman it’s so hard to admit when you’ve had a bit too much cake and biscuits! And I just admire that you’re like “yeah I’ve gained weight..and what?!”

    Anyways…love your blog!

    Melody
    http://www.mapsanddice.com

    • Haha nothing to apologise for! :) and thank you so much!!! That means such a lot. I think it’s just such a normal part of life that people never talk about. My weight constantly fluctuates depending on how busy and stressed I am. xx

  • I’m not that into fashion (I know, I’m sorry) but I just wanted to say that I love that you’re not ashamed to admit you’ve put on weight. Not to pull too much on feminism, but as a woman it’s so hard to admit when you’ve had a bit too much cake and biscuits! And I just admire that you’re like “yeah I’ve gained weight..and what?!”

    Anyways…love your blog!

    Melody
    http://www.mapsanddice.com

  • You’re such an enabler!! But one with magnificent taste. I MUST have the green Lindy Bop dress.
    Loving your summer feels.
    M x

    • TEEHEE. Isn’t the green one fab?? I want it in all the colors. The shape is just so beaut! xx

  • I LOVE #13, but that’s not really helping with the while colour thing…

  • I LOVE #13, but that’s not really helping with the while colour thing…

  • Those 50’s shapes will look gorgeous on you! I have a few 50’s dressed I picked up on my vintage store rounds, and I always get them out in the summer because they just make me feel great! xxx