Monochrome spiked with neon

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Floppy Hat . American Apparel

Pleather Jacket . Charity shop find

Striped pencil Skirt . H&M

Neon envelope clutch . Blott

If there is one colour combination that you can’t go wrong with its black and white. It works perfectly for day and night. I’ve always loved the colour black my wardrobe is basically half filled up with black items; lacy, velvet, leather, you name it its there. One thing that I love about monochrome is its ability to work smart and casual and this monochrome outfit spiked with neon is the perfect example.

I brought this striped skirt about 6 months ago as I was after a figure hugging skirt but want something a bit more casual than a black pencil skirt. Its rare that I find a skirt that fits around the waist and the hips as I find that a lot of skirts are made with a straight body type in mind but thanks to the stretchy material it fits around my curves perfectly.

I had been on the look out for a floppy hat for months before I found one on the American Apparel website and because of the price it took another month, a trip to one of there London stores and a generous boyfriend before I got my hands on this. I couldn’t be happier with it; its perfect for those bad hair days when you want to look glamours and equally works well to add statement to jeans and T-shirt.

What better way to rock up a look than with a leather jacket. Ok this one isn’t leather but until my budget expands I’ll have to make do with this pleather jacket (aka plastic leather). I found this in a charity shop when I was volunteering and knew that this would make the perfect bikers jacket as its two sizes to big (size 12) which means if I wear it open it kind of hangs of me and allows the jacket to drape nicely while leaving room for a big woolly jumper come winter. I always think that if you can thrift something when not? After all this jacket only cost me £5 and I gave if a new lease of life, I am planning on paint the inside soon.

The green neon envelop clutch is the perfect way to add a bit of colour to monochrome and shouts fun. Its impossible for this clutch to sink into the background and its simple design lets the colour do the talking. This was a gift for my 21st and I am so happy with the colour as its a brave choice and something I might have shied away from if I had selected it myself.

Unless your a friend your unlikely to know that I have a slight addiction to shoes, I can usually walk away from a dress but when it comes to shoes I am a sucker for buying them. The guys at Topshop must of grown tired of me trying these on about 4-5 times before I actually settled on buying these flat platforms with a double ankle straps. This will be my second pair of flat platforms my first pair were from ‘head over heels by Dune’ back in 2011 and while they last me a fair amount of time the soles did split in half and after super glue wouldn’t do the job anymore I set about trying to find a replacement pair when I stumbled upon these beauts from Topshops. They are slightly more dressier than the pair I had before but I love them and needless to say they look perfect on a night out and do wonders for my legs.

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The only thing missing from this outfit in the perfect sleeveless white shirt and a statement necklace. I will be keeping my eyes peeled and Please let me know in the comments in you know where to find the perfect white shirt.

I am writing this in response to IFB’s “Bloggers Black and White Ball”

 
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Monochrome spiked with neon

Thrifted Finds – 4 summer dresses that autumn will love.

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Everyone who know me will know that I love a bargain and what better place to find a bargain than in the back of your mum’s wardrobe and charity shops. Its the thrill of the find that makes charity shops so appealing; you can thrift through a lot of charity shops and not find anything but every once in a while you find that gem. One thing I love about fashion is every garment has a story and that’s why I love vintage and charity shop finds as they are memorable. I am going to have to do some personal style shots as I don’t think these images really show of the garments to its best.

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Polka dot dress – Found in the back of mum’s wardrobe

I have so many fond memories of this dress. My mum used to wear this when I was a child and it just so happened she usually wore it when when we went to the Zoo hence its nickname – the zoo dress. I adore this dress as its tight fitting around the bust (without being too tight) and the waist then it flares over the hips. I feel really feminine in this dress but  also like how you can rock it up with a leather jacket and some black tights during the autumn.

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Dark Floral Motel dress – Found in a local Barnardo’s Charity shop

I couldn’t believe it when I stumbled across this dress for only £3 its one of the most flattering dresses I have ever wore. Its a shame it doesn’t photograph well here but it really nips you in at the waist and skims over the hips. I really like this cut as it flatters you no matter what your shape is. This dress is my new favourite and was perfect to wear at a recent barbecue I went to with a denim jacket thrown over the top.

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Patchwork print Henry Holland (for debenhams) dress – Found in a local British Heart Foundation

This 50’s style dress with an under layer is perfect for the day and it cost me £8 which is a little more than I usually like to pay but I fell in love with it in the changing rooms. I brought this dress for a London weekend and it was perfect for going in and out of museums and galleries in as its very smart casual without trying to hard.

Bottom Right:

Navy and White body-con dress – Found in the back of mum’s wardrobe

This has to be one of my most versatile dresses, I can wear it as a dress or I can tuck it into high waisted jeans. This dress has seen many nights out as it saves any “I don’t have anything to wear” moments. The cut is very flattering as unlike some body-cons its cut with a curve so its fits around the body with ease.

 

Thrifted Finds – 4 summer dresses that autumn will love.

Sorry its been awhile…

I’ll skip the usual long winded apology for not blogging in a while and skip to what I have been doing while I’ve been away and how I feel I can make this blog more relevant for today. 

I was in Tesco today and the woman in front of me was at the magazine aisle saying there were no magazine for the modern woman. I’m not sure what this mend to her but to me I understood it as there are no fashion magazine that cater for growing concerns of the modern consumer (is it even appropriate to call our self a consumer). I realised that fashion magazines seem to avoid the eco questions and if they do write about it they seem to trivialize the issues. As a ‘consumer’ my self I look for cloths that both fit my needs and my concious. Fashion designer aren’t going to start catering for these desires other night but one way which us the consumer can do is only buy garments that we love. As Vivienne Westwood said “Buy less, choose well”. What she was saying here is that the key to sustainable fashion is choosing well, choosing garments and accessories which you are going to treasure. In the future I plan to blog about designs which have a sustainable ethos but also designer which I feel can hold a treasured place in your wardrobe. As a student my budget isn’t exactly high, so on the most part I will be sharing vintage, charity shop and high street where I feel choices have been made with longevity in mind. As a fashion student eco fashion has been becoming ever more important in my practise. I wish to learn and seek more information on the subject and as I do I will be sharing it with you as I feel like knowledge however small or insignification it may be should be shared.

I am interested in the concept of local fashion and what this means from a sustainable point of view. Local fashion not only means you are supporting local talent but you are also supporting the local economy. Local fashion is more sustainable as you know that people aren’t being exploited in the process of getting the product made. Local fashion is a small step towards a more sustainable future that is still fashion forward.

As a fashion student I know all to well the importance of trends and I feel it is important to show you the trends but to make it workable in a more sustainable way; whether through DIY, thrifting or local fashion.

I think its fair to say that I am passionate about fashion and making fashion sustainable. But another of my passions is travel. I feel that travel and fashion fits together well in a blog as they are both lifestyle choices. This will also give me the opportunity to blog about local fashion based on what I have learnt from my travels.

Since I’ve been away I’ve been to both Brighton and Calais, so await the blog post to follow.

Finally….

I just wanted to share with you this cute hair pin that I brought at Clutter City Spring Market at the Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich (http://cluttercity.co.uk/). It is by the talented jewellery designer Layla Amber (check out her website: http://www.layla-amber.co.uk/). After studying  Graphic design at Norwich University College of the Arts (now NUA) she started to experiment with her illustration by turning them into jewellery and soon after Layla Amber Jewellery was born. Her jewellery is somehow effortlessly simple and marvellously detailed. I  couldn’t not support this British designer with her beautiful designs. Its important that we support the growing talent in Britain not only does it hold up the british flag and support our economy but it also means you get something more unique and individual. This cute wooden and metal hair pin only cost me £3 so not only is it stylish, it doesn’t break the bank. It fits in perfectly with this seasons floral trends but its also a classic piece that can work time other again.

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Sorry its been awhile…