10 August 2017

Blue Stripes & Button Up Raw Hem Jeans

Blue striped tee, with a touch of red & a little embroidery. The perfect marinière. I ended up buying the same cotton tee in red stripes, and a long sleeve version too. At 100% cotton, this top fits beautifully: no tightness under the arms, the perfect length so you can tuck it in all things high waisted. & Other Stories have a great selection of basic cotton tees at the moment, plain or graphic. I've been paying more attention to the materials of the clothes I buy now, it's makes such a difference in terms of washing & how often you can wear a piece before it starts to lose it's shape. (Beware - this top shrunk after being put in the dryer. Still sad about it) I've been slowly but surely building up my 'capsule' wardrobe for travelling, which includes many tees like this one, a small selection of jeans and some oversize jumpers. I'm nowhere near ready for this trip, I need to purchase a rain coat and some fitness wear too, not to mention socks, contact lenses and a 65L back-pack that will carry all of the above. 

These high-rise-button-up-flared-raw-hem jeans were a spontaneous buy: I prefer buttons to zips when it comes to jeans as they almost always tend to look & fit a lot better. The flared, raw hems cast the perfect amount of coolness whist still being office-friendly, and they hug your body in all the right places creating a flattering silhouette. I absolutely love the look of these jeans, but despite being 98% cotton they do crease very easily & I would recommend buying a size down as they have stretched quite a lot around the waist too. This wouldn't be a problem with any other jeans, but because of the button-up details wearing a belt with them would spoil the look!

Needless to say Jeanne Damas has influenced my outfit choices of late, with the laid-back, casual chic feel. This is kind of city outfit that I feel comfortable in, both physically and mentally. Comfortable enough for the underground yet nice enough to wander through Covent Garden in. The timeless striped tee is the answer to most outfit dilemmas too, as the marinière goes with pretty much anything thanks to the different variations in colour and stripes. It's also the perfect answer for those who, like myself, suffer from occasional bad skin on my chest, back and arms: covering any areas that make you feel a little self conscious. The perfect city uniform that will see you through the day.

As you may have noticed, I am always wearing the same bags and shoes in my outfit posts. My Doc Martens, my ankle boots or Holly's lace up shoes I'm wearing here. My suede Zara city bag or, once again, Holly's convertible back-pack bag. There is definitely a lack of variety in the shoe department of my wardrobe, although this isn't something I'm concerned about. My Doc Martens go with everything, and my Vagabond ankle boots or Holly's lace up shoes smarten up any look. I think the reason for this minimalist shoe department is due to growing up in rural countryside, where I would spend most of my summer days barefoot or in cheap flip-flops. I go home to France for a few days soon, and I'm already wondering which flip-flops or sandals may still be in my bedroom there somewhere.

The oversize trench coat is possibly one of my favourite all times purchases. Perfect for all seasons as it's big enough to wear chunky jumpers yet versatile enough to be worn in the summer months too. This outfit is the perfect all-year-round uniform: paired with a light jacket or heavier coat, ankle boots or sandals. You'll be seeing a lot of variations of this outfit in the coming months!

All make-up is cruelty-free : Anastasia Beverly Hills dip-brow & gel, NAKED palette for eyes, Charlotte Tilbury foundation & powder, Rosie for Autograph blusher & lipstick.

Summer wears:
& Other Stories high rise button up cropped raw hem jeans
& Other Stories blue striped cotton t-shirt
Doc Martens shoes
Zara convertible back-pack
Zara oversize trench coat

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