13 February 2017

In or out?

No, I didn't forget to tuck in half my blouse thankyou-very-much. Seriously though, does it look silly? Does it work? Can I pull it off? Hmpf, some things seem like a good idea at the time. One thing I know for sure is that this is one lovely blouse. I bought it in Zara last year, the oversize fit makes it perfect to wear with low-rise skinnies, but the material is thin enough to easily tuck into high-waisted pieces. On top of that, I love how the material just falls into place. The only way I can explain it is that it feels slightly 'heavy', and it feels so nice on. 

We shot these pictures in the front yard (again), as we couldn't find a suitable spot nearby which was well shaded from the sun (direct sunlight makes outfit shooting really tricky, and doesn't always work)-AH the joy of shooting outfit pictures in the winter months. One of our biggest challenges on this blog is shooting content in different locations. We try our best to move around and shoot in aesthetically pleasing areas, but it's not easy when it's freezing out and you're trying to avoid spending money on public transport. 

Personally, I prefer to shoot somewhere with a large, preferably white backdrop, not somewhere 'busy' with lots of things going on in the background. Shooting in parks can be difficult when you don't want tons of green. Shooting in the street can be difficult when you want to avoid cars, street signs, bins etc etc etc. Each location has it's challenges, and sometimes you've just got to get creative and make the best out of a not-so-great situation. Since we got our new lens however I feel like our pictures have improved ten-fold, as the background is slightly blurred and the main focus is on the outfit, so we don't have to worry too much about the backdrop.

All that being said, how important do you think the picture backdrop is? Is it something that you find can distract from the outfit or do you not really pay attention to it? I'm genuinely interested in what people have to say about this topic because I'm sure we're not the only fashion bloggers who struggle to find locations- but maybe we're just overthinking it? 

In other news, I cannot wait for spring, for flowers to bloom, for longer days and lighter jackets! I've also finished binge-watching WestWorld and Peaky Blinders (that cast is bloody brilliant)- now I'm considering watching season 2 of Black Mirror, but I think something more light-hearted is needed right now!
Hope you're all having a good week!

Holly x

Instagram: hollyxread

Holly is wearing: 

Grey oversize blouse: Zara
Denim skirt: Topshop
masculine coat: Zara (link here)
lace up shoes: Zara
convertible backpack: Zara
silver earrings: And Other Stories


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