17 August 2017

Blue Midi Polka Dot Skirt

A white tee and a blue polka dot midi skirt,  a casual, laid-back summer look. For a moment I felt like someone in a Nouvelle Vague era film, before reminding myself that I am currently in London and not Paris, the French Riviera or countryside. I had had my eyes on this skirt for a while. After constantly checking the & Other Stories website to see if the black version was back in stock, it soon disappeared, leaving me to purchase the next best thing. The blue polka dot skirt is so different from everything else I own, a bold yet understated piece. I was a little apprehensive about the ensemble, due in part to my body shape which may result in a little frumpy-ness from certain angles. Nevertheless, I wore these pieces anyway and I'm pretty happy with the result.

The polka dot midi skirt fits surprisingly well around the waist, and the slight a-line fit means it flows effortlessly over my hips and thighs. It was pricey, but the fabric and the fact it's double-lined makes it a good investment piece that can be worn all year round. The white tee, despite being a little, er, booby, is 100% cotton. I bought it because of the neckline and sleeve length, the perfect shape that doesn't remind me of school gym clothes.

Once again, there is a distinct lack of accessorising going on here. As a teen I would never leave the house without a statement necklace or big earrings, however nowadays I have apparently fallen into the minimalist category. I always wear the same rings, occasionally a silver pendant necklace, the same dainty earring hoops. I have never owned a proper watch or many bracelets, due to my abnormally skinny wrists.

This is something I'm working on - when I buy jewellery it's always for the long run, silver or gold plated. These earrings from & Other Stories are the perfect golden touch to this look. It reminds me of warm summer evenings, strolling around beneath the setting sun. I have my eye on a few gold necklaces that I can layer up, but this is something way down on my list of purchasing priorities. 

I thought I'd take a moment to discuss these pictures. From time to time, blogging feels like a two-steps-forward-one-step-back affair. We can have a series of successful posts we are proud of, which is then sadly broken up by a 'meh' post. Maybe it's the outfit, maybe it's the photography - but in most cases, like this one, it's the location. All of our blog pictures from the past few months have been taken in Central London, in quiet, prettier streets that scream 'Insta worthy!' This isn't something I dislike doing, on the contrary, I love shooting in the city. Especially when you know several different locations to go to. 

That being said, I find it quite frustrating having to venture into Central London each time to achieve that result. Yes, it's worth it, but sometimes I just want to shoot in a more mundane location, rather than in a area I could never afford to live in. Needless to say the standard of blogging photography today is almost equivalent to glossy fashion magazines (which definitely isn't a bad thing!) but it does make it difficult when trying to create a constant satisfying stream of content. Holly & I have always shot eachother's outfits, so whenever we happen upon a ootd shoot that is a little underwhelming we can't help but beat ourselves up about it.

A busy, public location for outfit pictures is clearly a no-no for obvious reasons: people staring, sharing occasional comments and of course having to pause because of someone walking in to the frame. Today, taking outfit pictures with lots of people in the background is almost considered 'unprofessional' in the blogosphere realm. This is an interesting topic I would love to dedicate a post to someday: what makes some blog pictures most professional than others. Yet, on this day, I decided to accept it. This is the outfit I'm wearing. This is the place I'm wearing my outfit. Therefore I shall have my pictures taken here.

I had never been this side of Hyde Park, and as soon as I saw the little pathway I knew that it would make for a pretty backdrop, despite the constant stream of people walking past. It was a beautiful sunny day, and we walked from South Kensington to Trafalgar Square. My midi polka dot skirt swirled with each step, as I took in the beauty of summer in London.

Summer wears

&Other Stories blue midi polka dot skirt, white tee, hoop earrings
Zara convertible backpack
Doc Martens Shoes

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