First of all - please excuse the drastic changes in lighting in these photographs - the work ones were taken in the middle of a gorgeous sunrise which was very nice to look at but did also completely bugger up my rushed pre-work photo shoot. SIGH. So many things I love about the onset of winter, the total lack of natural light at normal times of the day is not one of them.
Anyway, lets move on! I'm not entirely sure when it happened, but it seems as though lately I have become a shirt person. I have begun to actively seek out shirts to buy when I am shopping, which would only have happened previously if I was panic buying an outfit for an interview or graduation. Having become a recent convert I was more than keen to accept a challenge from New Look to showcase how versatile their Oxford shirts are. The first part of the challenge was to show that yes, they might be in the Men's section of the New Look website but girls can rock them just as well and the second part was to show how easily they can be dressed up or down.
It turns out that there really isn't any part of this shirt that screams out THIS IS FOR MEN. I was slightly apprehensive that the shoulders would be hanging halfway down my arms but the size small actually fit me better than some of my women's shirts - plus the buttons don't pull or gape at the chest the way they so often end up doing - result! I'm actually very tempted to buy a few more to add to my winter wardrobe - they're a total bargain and they come in some fab autumnal colours.
I don't work somewhere with a hugely strict dress code so for my workwear outfit I teamed the shirt with a chunky dip dye jumper and my very old and battered Topshop leather pencil skirt. Worn under knitwear is the classic way to wear a shirt in the winter and who am I to break with tradition? Plus I do think that jumpers look that tiny bit better when they have a collar peeking out of the neckline.
There were so many options for how to wear the shirt in a more casual way - I toyed with the idea of wearing it loose over a camisole with a pair of leather leggings and also with wearing it buttoned up under a pretty printed pinafore (how's that for alliteration) but eventually I decided to wring a few more wears out of one of my favourite summer dresses by tying the shirt over the top to make it more cold weather friendly. I think this outfit might just be the one I like best out of the two - what do you think?
My third and final look for my Voucher Codes 'How to Wear' Flannel Checks challenge is probably the one that is the most out of my comfort zone - but hey, challenges are all about pushing yourself right? I've never really worn a smock dress before and this one is not just a smock dress - it is an extreme smock dress. I could have eaten as much as I wanted wearing this dress and nobody would have ever noticed - it is not slim fitting. As my mum put it though when she inspected me this morning, something about the cut out shoulders stops it from being an unflattering fit. This is probably the most wintery item out of everything that I bought for this challenge - the dress is a wool mix so its quite heavy and it definitely lends itself best to chunky boots and thick tights. I call this my Lily Melrose look - I could totally see her rocking this dress!
After I had bought this dress (on sale for £28 + free delivery baby) I still had £20 left of my budget and I am just not the kind of person who can bank leftover money and save it for another day. I am the ultimate 'money burning a hole in my pocket' kinda gal and so I decided that for this last outfit I wanted to go out with a bang and rock not just one but two types of check.
I've got a bit of a thing for a structured rucksack and I spotted this little beauty when I went into my local New Look to pick up my ordered blanket cape from the previous outfit. I'm a big fan of clashing prints and the fact that both of these items are monochrome makes it an easy match. I think the combination of prints and of slouchy and structured makes this my favourite outfit of the three - what do you think?!
And that's the last of my outfits for the Voucher Codes 'How to Wear' A/W challenge. Thanks for asking me to take part guys - it was a blast!
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Happy Mean Girls day everyone! I know its not Wednesday but what better day could there possibly be to showcase my more girly take on the Voucher Codes 'How to Wear' flannel check challenge? I love the colour combination of soft grey and shades of sugary pink and as far as I'm concerned you can rock a pastel just as well in winter as you can in summer.
Let's move onto the main event shall we? I would argue that the blanket cape is probably the biggest thing since Ugg Boots and harem pants to get the universal 'why are you wearing that?!' treatment from almost every person of the male persuasion I have come across. Let me count the ways for you fellas - it's super comfy, it's easy to layer up with in the current transitional weather and MOST IMPORTANTLY wearing it is like being in bed. but in public. On a serious note though - I love these bad boys and would strongly recommend that you snap one up immediately. New Look have got loads in at the moment in all sorts of colours and there's some bonus discount codes floating about currently. I got this one for the low low price of £19.99 including store pick up. That's like, so fetch.