I wear a lot of colour but it’s rare that I colour-block. More often, my combinations of colours come courtesy of a printed dress or perhaps thanks to a monochrome outfit with contrasting accessories. Either way, this look is a little different for me. Over the last season or two, I’ve been increasingly drawn to blouses. Partly it’s because they look smart even with jeans and sneakers. They’re chic and sophisticated and I feel like I’ve got my shizzle together when I wear one. And partly, it’s because my style, taste and sartorial requirements are ever-evolving.
This pintuck blouse is from Boden and it’s currently reduced from £80 to £32. It comes in other colours too but it was the peony pink that caught my eye. I first wore it when I went to Optrafair last month when I put it with wide-legged cropped jeans and gold sneakers. I had several meetings scheduled but nothing official- I wasn’t actually “working”. My outfit needed to be smart AND comfortable which it was. And it had to remain pristine after a three-hour drive which it did. This blouse doesn’t need ironing, therefore, I don’t hesitate to wear it. I’m sure I’m not alone in doing everything possible to minimise that particular chore by sometimes avoiding those clothes that are prone to creasing.
Swap jeans and trainers for cigarette pants and heels it’s a different look altogether. (I have these pants in black too, both in the long length because I’m 5 ft 9 inches, 175cm tall). They’re flattering because the bottom of the leg sits just above the slimmest part of the ankle, and they’re easy to wear because of the stretchy fabric. And, they have pockets which makes them a true wardrobe hero.
I love how striking the bright pink and cobalt blue look together.
Animal print of any description makes happy and I’ve worn these patent-leather leopard-print shoes over and over. I say repeatedly that animal print in general is a great neutral; it works with anything and everything, but the tones need to be right. On this occasion I wish I’d have changed my spots and worn grey leopard shoes instead of tan. The colour would have worked better with the bright pink and cobalt blue. Next time…