It’s been really hot and humid in London the last couple of weeks so I wanted to find an outfit that reflected the kind of sub tropical vibe that’s going on. Although the closest I’m getting to the jungle is the tube!
Today I am wearing a pair of tropical print lounge pants from Primark with a fitted black tank top from Marks and Spencer, an oversize faux leather belt from Evans, black leather gladiator sandals from Topshop and a bronze necklace from Dorothy Perkins.
I bought the trousers I’m wearing for today’s outfit of the week for the gym but I clearly didn’t think it through because they’re obviously completely the wrong fabric. Fortunately with a bit of creativity they really work for the current sports casual trend. Thanks to the lovely Em for taking these pics with such an awesome London backdrop.
I am wearing red parachute fabric track bottoms from Primark with a fitted black tank top from Marks and Spencer, a blue and green beaded feature necklace and my leopard print Superga trainers via Office.
Mr O bought me this dress when I was quite a lot larger but it never really looked right. Since I’ve lost weight though it actually looks better a bit oversized and baggy. Definitely a new favourite.
In this outfit I’m wearing a rainbow patterned brown t-shirt dress from ASOS Curve, with a woven faux leather belt from Primark, a yellow cardigan from Topman and a pair of embellished tan leather sandals from Topshop.
As much as I love my patterns and stripes, I’m also a big fan of a bit of colour blocking, especially with jewel tones. I wanted a bit of a cover-up because it was raining so I stole one of Paul’s shirts. I think it works.
Today I am wearing a purple maxi skirt from New Look, a fitted white T-shirt from Primark, a distressed denim shirt from Topman, a multi strand necklace which was a gift from my step-mum and blue and white striped espadrilles also from New Look.
It feels like it’s taken forever for us to get some proper hot weather in the UK but finally last week was a scorcher and I got to actually wear some summer clothes.
In this outfit I’m wearing a fitted black t-shirt and button up denim circle skirt both from Primark with a pair of red and white striped nautical wedges from Office and my fox cameo I bought in a market in Budapest.
As part of both my high school and primary school summer uniforms I wore little ankle socks everyday. It’s what was responsible for that bizarre tan I had in a few weeks ago’s Throwback Thursday pic. I can’t say I’ve been tempted to go back to socks with lace up shoes since until my mum-in-law bought me this fab purple pair. Hopefully this look is a bit more attractive colour-wise since my primary uniform was beige, orange and brown and my high school one was bright green!
I am wearing a blue and white striped long-sleeve t-shirt with a stone washed denim pencil skirt, both from Primark, paired with purple ankle socks from Topshop, a yellow cardigan from Topman, a bicycle print scarf from Accessorize and my fox cameo I bought in a market in Budapest.
Nothing says Spring to me more than an English country garden, which is what the top I’m wearing in today’s outfit makes me think of.
I am wearing a cream woodland print swing vest from H&M, blue skinny jeans from New Look, a belt that came free with something or other I bought at Primark, a pair of cream ditsy print espadrilles, also from New Look and a beaded necklace from Accessorize.
I am a massive fan of jumpsuits. I think they’re the perfect combination of playfulness and glamour, which is probably why I have five of them.
In this outfit I am wearing a floral jumpsuit from Primark with embellished leather sandals from Topshop, a navy blazer from New Look and a faux pearl necklace from Coast.
Spring finally made an appearance in London last week so I was excited to finally explore my warm weather wardrobe a bit. I like to think this outfit has a kind of nautical feel to it. Something about the combination of the swallows and the stripes makes me think of the sea.
I am wearing a fitted blue swallow patterned t-shirt with an emerald green maxi skirt both from Primark with blue and white striped espadrilles from New Look. Land ahoy!
My company doesn’t have a dress code per say so most days my corporate look isn’t really very corporate at all but occasionally I like to go in for some more traditional boardroom wear like today.
I haven’t worn this skirt in a while and when I put it on I realised just how much too big it is now. When I first got it I could barely zip it up but today I cinched in the belt as far as it goes and I can still wriggle out of it without undoing the zip. Time for a trip to the tailor I think.
I am wearing a black, tan and cream tartan pencil skirt with leather pocket accents and a black leather skinny belt with a sheer black blouse, both from Next. I have paired this with a black vest from Marks and Spencer, black tights from Primark, my navy blazer from New Look and tan brogues from Dune.
Do you dress up or dress down for work?
Do you have any clothes that don’t fit anymore that you can’t bear to part with?
As the in between weather in London continues, I am itching to get into my summer clothes but when the temperature is still hovering around 16 – 18 degrees I’m kind of stuck trying to do creative things with a kind of half winter-half summer combo, which is what I guess today’s outfit is. I’ve never been great at Spring dressing but I hope the floral print says “summer is coming”.
I am wearing a black, white and grey embroidered crop blouse with bell sleeves and button detail at the back from ASOS with a black vest from Marks and Spencer, blue stone washed high waisted jeans from New Look and suede pointed pumps from Topshop.
With a figure like mine, embracing the androgynous trend can be a bit of a challenge but by combining a blazer with brogues and my shirt buttoned to the collar, I think I might just about be making it happen.
I am wearing a burgundy heart patterned shirt, acid wash high-waisted jeans and a navy blazer, all from New Look, as well as tan brogues from Dune and a bronze statement necklace from Accessorize.
I picked up the skirt I am wearing today for a song at the end of the ASOS sale. I suppose it’s a winter garment being of quite heavy fabric but with London not quite committed to spring yet I’m glad I’ve gotten an opportunity to wear it this season. I really like the fact that it’s black and grey. It softens the pattern and stops it from looking “harsh”.
In this outfit I am wearing a black and grey striped stretch slash neck 3/4 sleeve t-shirt from Primark with a black and grey hounds tooth patterned midi circle skirt from ASOS, black tights also Primark, a red cardigan from Topman, tan brogues from Dune and a fox cameo I bought in a craft market in Budapest.
London is in that weird in between weather stage where the temperature variation during the day is vast and you’re never quite sure if it’s suddenly going to turn really cold, pour with rain or even produce a sudden blast of sunshine. This time of year always leads to some bonkers outfits and it’s not uncommon to spot hotch potch half winter/half summer looks on the tube. Sandals with a winter coat, anyone?
I’d like to hope I’ve done a good job of managing the in between days with today’s casual look. I am wearing a blue and white long sleeved stretch t-shirt from Primark with stone washed skinny blue jeans from New Look, a bird patterned navy scarf from Oliver Bonas, an oversize tan cardigan from River Island, a vintage beaded heart necklace from Beyond Retro and my leopard print Superga trainers via Office. No idea what is up with my crazy fringe.
Carrying on from last week’s boundary pushing outfits, this week I have taken a step further and gone for my first crop top in about 17 years. Once again, I love how versatile a high-waisted bottom half can be. This skirt cuts my body at its narrowest which makes it super flattering. Thanks to my dad for letting us take these pics in his tropical garden.
I am wearing a white and baby pink palm tree print crop top with a high-waisted fit and flare denim midi skirt and a woven pastel and silver statement necklace all from Primark. I am also wearing embellished tan leather thong sandals from Topshop and a pair of white 60s sunglasses I found in the ra ra Retro stock cupboard.
I haven’t worn short shorts since I was a teenager because I’ve always thought my legs were too pale and chubby to see the light of day. As I continue along my journey of body acceptance I’m realising it’s important to push your boundaries and not tell yourself what you should and shouldn’t wear according to society’s standards for your body. So when I found these great high waisted shorts I decided to feel the fear and do it anyway!
I am wearing high waisted navy stonewashed denim shorts from New Look with a baby pink tattoo print t-shirt from Primark and leopard print Superga trainers via Office. The last picture didn’t come out but I’ve included it anyway because it’s evidence of how excited I was to see the sun.
Mr Osbiston claims this skirt makes me look like The Doppler Effect. I think possibly he’s been watching too much Big Bang Theory. It is a fab piece for creating a sleek monochrome look though. The fabric is heavy weight so it holds any jiggly bits stable and the vertical stripes create length and sleekness.
In this outfit I am wearing a black and white striped bodycon midi skirt, black tights and a long sleeved stetch black t-shirt all from Primark with my black leather ankle boots from Office, a faux leather oversize belt from Evans and a beaded bronze statement necklace from Accessorize.
It was my father in-law’s birthday last week so Mr Osbiston and I travelled up to Chelmsford to spend the weekend with the family. As part of the celebrations we all went out for dinner and as it was such as auspicious occasion I wanted to get a little glammed up.
I am wearing a sky blue layered dress with grey metallic embellishments by Red Herring via Debenhams with black tights from Primark and gunmetal snakeskin platform sandals from Office.
I have to admit that I am only a recent convert to the check shirt brigade. I still have 90s grunge memories of totally shapeless things I wore in my teens that make me shudder. However when I found the shirt I am wearing in this outfit it definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities. Although my mum-in-law had to convince me to even try it on because I was worried the colour was going to clash with my hair. This is a super casual, understated look perfect for a lazy day.
I am wearing a long length red and black flannel shirt and navy high-waisted skinny jeans from both from New Look with my grey suede Nike Blazers from Foot Locker.
I am normally a bit of a Winter fan. I hate being hot and I really like Winter fashions. However, this Winter has felt relentlessly miserable and even I am ready for a little sunshine. (Remind me I said this when my allergies kick in and I can’t breathe). In light of my wish for Spring to hurry up and spring already I figured I could at least go for a slightly springy outfit.
I am wearing a floral patterned vest, a stretch stone washed denim midi skirt and black tights all from Primark, with a mustard cardigan from Topman, tan ankle boots from Office and a vintage beaded heart necklace from Beyond Retro.