My lovely friend Gemma Cartwright (the extremely talented woman behind Catwalk Queen and Big Girls Browse) recently decided to put together her own outfit challenge, and I jumped at the chance to do something I haven’t done in a while – a fashion related post.
Although I write about shopping and fashion for a living, I’ve never classed myself as a ‘fashion blogger’ – yes I have occasionally shared photos of the outfits I’ve worn, but quite frankly my wardrobe is in dire need of updating and I tend to wear the same things over and over and over again. Inspired by Gemma, I figured it was time to step outside of my comfort zone and focus on what I wear rather than what’s on the red carpet, so without further ado, here’s my first entry into the Ways To Wear Challenge!
Even though 90% of my clothing consists of dark clothing, I actually have a surprising low number of black dresses. I decided to go for a sheer boxy dress that I got from Topshop forever ago – I’ve never worn it in the day before as I always thought it was too ‘office’, but, determined to try something new, I threw a grey cardigan over it for a more laid back look. I didn’t want to break it up with a waisted belt because for me, the details of the dress are enough. The vertical stitching travels down the front panel add another dimension to it – stopping it from being a boring old bib – and there are tiny buttons down the back. The hem is gathered slightly at the sides too, providing a subtle cocoon effect.
I teamed the dress with black tights, black ankle boots and kept the accessories to a minimum; a black briefcase style handbag and a gold hare necklace. Not wanting the outfit to consist purely of dark colours, I added a slick of my favourite red lipstick for a pop of colour. Et voila!