I am never going to be someone who can just throw a tracksuit on and get things done during the day. Whether I am going out for five minutes or five hours, I always make an effort with my clothes, purely just for my love of fashion. I see everyday as an opportunity to explore with items in my wardrobe and really express myself through what I am wearing. It really is my passion, and something I am proud to love. Deciding on an outfit is primarily dependent on the occasion that it is for, but ironically I find choosing clothes for everyday use the most difficult aspect of fashion. It is the longest duration of time on average to be wearing something, and you really do have to get the balance right between looking fabulous but also being extremely comfortable. However, again this isn’t just in terms of the clothes being comfy, but also making you feel happy mentally. Sometimes, when I am wearing something a little out of my comfort zone and try to stray away from my own style, I can land up feeling extremely insecure for the day.
Everyday fashion is obviously completely dependant on the person, your job and how your day generally pans out. The most important thing is that you feel like yourself, physically and mentally. Through my clothes and with my style, I like to feel poised and glamorous.
The skirt featured in this blog post was gifted to me by Joy Clothing, and I was originally going to be shooting it with much more of a Spring Summer vibe. However, seeing as here in the UK we seem to be experiencing the ‘Winterest’ Spring I have ever seen, I decided to adopt a much more wearable look. This was not only to match the weather we are experiencing, but also I thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase how easy it is to actually adapt a Spring or Summer piece into a more realistic outfit. This means that I can wear this beautiful skirt all year round. I am extremely excited to crack out the summer sandals, an off shoulder body and some sunnies.
Being Comfortable & Looking Chic
The main thing about stepping out in the morning (or indeed the afternoon) is feeling like you in what you are wearing. An outfit should completely represent you as a person, being practical and suitable for whatever it is you will get up to in the day, whilst also looking beautiful. I get that not everyone is in to how they look and don’t care at all about what they are wearing, but I have a feeling that if you aren’t interested in fashion, you probably would never be reading a fashion blog anyway. So for all my fellow fashion lovers, this one is for you. My best tips for everyday fashion would have to start with wearing it in the house for a few minutes before leaving. I usually get read and then have a coffee and some breakfast, so I get a chance to see if I am really comfortable in what I’m wearing and if it is going to be suitable for all day long. The next would be to always have an extra layer with you, as well as some flat shoes if you’re wearing heels. I usually keep these two things in my car as it is never too far away. Finally, I always find that taking a picture of my outfit really helps, as it often captures the small details that I just wouldn’t notice from quickly glancing in the mirror.
I have been caught so many times during the day feeling so uncomfortable in an outfit that I felt so empowered wearing when I left the house. This can be for numerous reasons, however the most common is an uncomfortable pair of tights or shoes that are way too high!
The Rules of Colour
I am really not someone who is overly into colour, and this applies not just to fashion, but very much also with my interior tastes and even sometimes food. I generally just sway more towards much subtler tones, nudes, greys and when it comes to fashion, a lot of black. Needless to say, you won’t be seeing me wearing a bright yellow dress any time soon. This does not however mean that I don’t wear colour. The outfit featured in this post is very me, with a pop of colour added in with my infinite love of black. In fact, in a way it came together a little better than I had actually hoped for! The beautiful pink tones are gently contrasted with nudes and even green features to create a beautiful pattern, whilst also very daintily giving the skirt a Spring Summer edge without being too girly. I do love Spring, but I think sometimes the pinks and pastels can be a little to feminine, even for me! As the rest of my outfit was black, I felt a pink bag was essential as a finishing touch to keep the outfit bright and really signify the transition between the seasons. Luckily, the pink matched the skirt exquisitely.
Grandma’s Golden Rule: No outfit should ever feature more than three colours. This is something I think of every single time I put my outfits together.
Joy are a brand that I have heard a lot about in the past, and I think I have actually purchased a few things from them, including both fashion and interiors. When being asked to work together, I was extremely excited as it is always such a compliment to work with amazing brands. Joy is a unique fashion and lifestyle brand, renowned for its mix of fun, quirky and stylish array of products available. The team are on a mission to provide feel good pieces that make the consumer stand out and feel amazing. Looking through the products I am extremely aware of the love that goes into creating them, as well as the originality of each piece. My skirt is stunningly crafted, with an incredible quality finish and something I am going to use and love for a very long time.
I thought I would quickly add in a little fashion advice in terms of styling a ruffle skirt. I am already obsessed with this skirt that I was so kindly gifted and it really as reintroduced an old love for the style which I actually started to slowly forget about. They are so great to wear all your round, with so many different style options available. The one I have featured in this post is definitely my go to for winter, with the skirt, big coat and ruffled up boots. However, I have been known in the past to style them with tights and trainers, heels for a more formal look, or even Ugg boots. The possibilities with this style of skirt are endless, as it is full of texture, works perfectly with any kind of top and can very easily be dressed up or down. They really are a great investment.