Zara had me at one shoulder and stripes, this dress is just the most perfect throw on dress. Whether you are going for a night out, or whether it is just a day of shopping. It can be dressed up or dressed down, which for me is the sign of a perfect dress. I always struggle with buying pieces that are too dressy, that I know I can’t adapt for daytime. I always try to adopt the 3 ways rule, which is where you only buy something if you can think about wearing it three different ways.
Of course I am going to tell you my three ways!! The first one is of course as above, styled for a night out with heels, my Gucci belt and clutch, the perfect effortless night time look for me. The second way in the day with material tie belt that the dress came with and either my Givenchy or furry black slides and a satchel bag, total different look, same dress!
Final look would be the dress layered over the top of a long sleeved fitted red top, I guess this needs to be seen to be believed! Don’t you worry I will be adding this to my Instagram soon, plus I copied this idea from a gorgeous blogger I have been following for years so I know it looks good….lol.
Dress – Zara
Metallic Sandals – Sold Out – Similar Topshop
Belt – Gucci
I am fully in love with Zara at the minute, I find that when we get to spring this high-street store really comes into its own, so many beautiful affordable items that I just cannot resist. Obviously I love gingham, no surprise, it’s pretty much all I wear!! When I saw this two piece I just had to have it. I love how versatile this type of item is, as it’s so easy to split the items up and wear separately.
I have worn the top half over a white shirt and it looks so cool, I have also worn the skirt in a recent Instagram post, with a fitted high neck lace top. Of course the real show stopper is when you wear them together. Both pieces are really elasticated which makes them so comfy to wear. I have this in a small, it does fit slightly on the bigger size, so don’t worry about buying the size down.
I love the idea of wearing this to a summer party with high heels and a metallic clutch, or to a garden party with furry slides (I love a pair of fluffy slides, don’t get me started on that). Lastly my beaut silver Topshop shoes that I bought in the sale earlier in the year, I love pairing metallic heels with gingham, I think it’s a great contrast. I’ve actually had my eye on the silver ankle boots that are currently available on public desire…..and when I get an idea in my head 🙂
Gingham Two Piece – Zara
Metallic Sandals – Sold Out – Similar Topshop
I genuinely think this pink pinafore is one of my most favourite recent purchases, if not of all time! This maybe due to my very obvious pink obsession that I seem to have at the minute. Honestly though, pink denim, in the form of a pinafore!!! Urban Outfitters have pulled this out of the bag for me! I have this in a size small and it’s perfect, can’t wait to wear it more casual; with a white tee and trainers.
I wore this pinafore in Italy with my white ruffle blouse Zara. I have this in a size small, I found the sizing quite weird in this, it’s fine when you have it on, but it’s not easy getting it on at all, I’ve nearly ripped it on a few occasions! However I cannot tell you how much I have worn this blouse, It especially looks great under pinafores or dungarees. Ironing this is not fun though. Nope not fun at all….
Finally my Topshop silver sandals, unfortunately they are now sold out as I bought them in the sale just after Christmas, at a mere £15! I’ve actually not worn them until now, but they seem to be firmly on my feet at the minute. They are also crazy comfortable which is perfect for a heel.
Pink Denim Pinafore – Urban Outfitters
White Blouse – Sold Out – Similar Zara
Silver Shoes – Sold Out – Similar Topshop
I have been waiting for what seems like months to wear this dress in the sunshine. Going to Italy on holiday meant that I could finally do this! Granted I could wear it with tights but I think it really wouldn’t have the same look and feel if I did that, so the wait was real! Dresses with ruffles…I know you know what I mean (lol), I literally cannot get enough.
This ruffle wrap around version is from Topshop, and is perfect for layering. Italy in March is beautiful, but it can be a little chilly in the morning and evening, so a sweater is definitely needed to keep out the cold. This version is from Zara and was an absolute bargain at £12.99, it often surprises me how much I have worn this staple little piece, but I now can’t imagine not having it as a go to item.
As blogged about in my last post we have the Givenchy slides, the most perfect slides in my opinion, I am pretty much obsessed with them! Lastly this cute little Kendall & Kylie backpack, it is the perfect side to fit in all of your essentials without it being too big or cumbersome.
Blue Dress – Sold Out – Similar Topshop
Grey Sweater – Sold Out – Similar Zara
Slides – Givenchy Via Ssense
Backpack – Kendall & Kylie Via ASOS
Soooooo excited to start sharing my pictures that were taken on my most recent trip to Tuscany, Italy. We stayed in a town called Lucca, which is unbelievably beautiful, and seemingly undiscovered by too many tourists. Every street is beautiful, with a restaurant or boutique on every corner. Lucca is conveniently located between the Italian cities of Pisa and Florence, these pictures are taken during a beautiful day in Florence. We walked up to the top of the Boboli gardens when the view over Florence is seriously stunning.
I wore this gingham dress from Boohoo via ASOS, and it was perfect for a warm day in Italy. The quality of the dress is not the best I have even seen, but to say it only cost me £15 I think it is a bargain nonetheless. I wore it with this yellow cropped denim jacket from Topshop, it is actually part of a co-ord, a denim skirt is also available (of course I have this too..lol). Its great to throw over an outfit when the mornings and nights are colder.
What outfit is complete without the shoes and bag? These slides are my pride and joy (sad I know). I have seen these Givenchy slides online for the last couple of years, and this year I thought it was time to take the plunge. Although they were pricey I know that I will be wearing them for years to come, plus they are crazy comfortable!
Dress – Boohoo at ASOS
Denim Jacket – Topshop
Slides – Givenchy at SSENSE
I am so happy about the pro-women slogan tee trend, that we are seeing everywhere at the minute. It’s so empowering to know that women all around the world want to celebrate and support each other, for no other reason than the fact that we are all amazing, strong women and we want to recognise that. This grey ‘Femme Forever’ t-shirt is from Topshop and was a mere £15, I bought it in a size small and its fits perfectly. This t-shirt literally goes with everything, a gingham midi skirt or denim cut-offs in the summer.
This midi skirt is another Topshop purchase, it’s a really flattering stretchy material, I love a relaxed pencil skirt with a slouchy tee and trainers. I love the idea of a contrast between something you would normally deem as smart, with more casual items such as trainers, or a sports style tee.
I have blogged about these staple Adidas trainers before, and they just go with anything. I don’t think you can beat a good pair of white trainers, to wear with dresses, midi skirts or jeans.
T-Shirt – Topshop
Skirt – Topshop
Trainers – Adidas Superstars
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban
I have THE biggest obsession with dungarees and pinafores, enough to put how much I love dungarees in my Instagram bio (@gracesurguy – for further reference)…lol. I love the preppy look of a good pinafore and this beaut from H&M is so me. I love the big ruffle over the shoulder straps and the elasticated ruffle detail around the waist. I have this in a size 8 and it fits perfectly, the waist is quite stretchy which is mega comfy.
With summer around the corner I will be wearing this pinafore a lot, but I really do think it looks best with a plain white tee. This one is from COS and it is the perfect white t-shirt. If you have never been, COS do the best wardrobe staples, and the the fit is always great.
I know I’ve blogged these giant boots before, but if you want some height adding to you, then these are the Topshop bad boys that you need in your life, they are ginormous! They honestly do make your legs look amazing, and I love wearing them.
Pinafore – H&M
T-Shirt – COS
Boots – Topshop (Sold Out) – Similar