Friday, 26 December 2014

Fashion (Turn To The Left)








Knitted tank top- Charity shop- £4
Cropped shirt- ASOS- £22
Faux leather skirt- Missguided- £19.99
Leather jacket- Friend's
Necklace- Mum's
Loafers- Sainsbury's- £14




"Fashion! Turn to the left.
Fashion! Turn to the right.
Oooh, fashion!
We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.
Beep-beep."
David Bowie- Fashion (1980)



"You could actually be the Clueless girl", my friends exclaim as I saunter into a vegan cafe wearing this ensemble. This comment made me super happy, of course. I don't have an issue with blending the boundaries between fashion and fancy dress; I take a lot of inspiration from style icons and past decades, and I think style shines the most when it includes a sense of fun. 

Two-pieces, co-ords, whatever you want to call them, fashion was definitely seeing double this summer- usually in the form of a matching top and skirt. But my new obsession is matching skirts with jackets. There is an abundance of identical sets in Clueless, beyond the obvious tartan combos, Cher and Dionne rock some seriously smoking coordinated leather and denim

What I love about the the matching look is the well-thought-out completeness that it exudes. Cher Horowitz would never dream of carelessly throwing together an outfit; all her ensembles are meticulously constructed using a state-of-the-art computerised wardrobe that flashes a 'MIS-MATCH!' warning if she strays from the perfectly harmonious. Looking effortlessly cool is overrated, what you really want to communicate is: 'I put a lot of consideration into this outfit and as a result it looks totally awesome'. Basically, even if your life is a mess, when you wear something matching, you feel like you've got everything sorted. 

I mentioned in a previous post that I'm obsessing over anything argyle, and have since bought both the featured knitted tank top and some ankle socks in that pattern. 

The heeled loafers are another example of a surprisingly on-trend item I've discovered during my job as a sales assistant at Sainsbury's. One of the main things I've learnt whilst developing my personal style is to never let preconceptions and labels limit your choices. You can find great pieces in the most unexpected places. 

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I buy the vast majority of my clothes from charity shops. I was tempted, however, by the clean and crisp lines of this cropped shirt from ASOS. I justified the price by deeming it a treat for becoming the next PR and Communications Intern at Etsy (excuse me for one second whilst I squeal with excitement!). I've not actually shared the big news with you guys yet, but in under two weeks I'll be moving down to London for three months! I aim to keep you updated on here with what I learn and what I wear whilst being lucky enough to work for one of the most fun, creative brands around. 


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas,
Alice x





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42 comments

  1. love the outfit and massive congratulations on the internship! that sounds absolutely amazing, what a great experience :) xo

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    1. Thank you very very much, beaut! I'm absolutely thrilled! xx

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    1. Haha! Look at me spending more than a tenner on something! Hope you had a lovely Christmas, poppet xxx

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  3. Lovely outfit, you look great <3

    I have a new outfit post on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

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    1. Thanks, beaut. I'll be sure to check out your blog! <3 x

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  4. Such a beautiful outfit. Loved the edition XOXO
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    1. Thanks, bubba! I appreciate the kind words x

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  5. This is mega cute... I have a major thing for matching tops & cute cardigans at the moment, the kind everyones Mum wore in the 90s! Love your shirt & also those loafers..So nearly bought some from Topshop sale yesterday!
    Wishing I had now! Eyebrow game is perfect as ever.
    Sarah-Jane xo // www.vmgirl.me

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    1. Thanks, babe. Ooh yeah that's a great shout! I may have to add that to my ever expanding 'to buy' list. Loafers are so good for giving an outfit that extra bit of 'smartness'- go back and buy them!
      Eyebrow compliments are my fave compliments. Thank you.
      x

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  6. awesome look & really cool editing :)

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

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    1. Thanks, gal! I'm pretty new to Photoshop, but I'm addicted! xx

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  7. This is such a cool outfit - I love your loafers and that cropped
    blouse (such a good investition and congratulations on your internship). :)
    I also always envy people living in the UK with all the possibilities to go
    to charity shops - where I live, we don't even have a proper second hand shop... :(

    dearmisscoco.blogspot.de

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    1. Thank you for being so kind, pretty lady!
      Whereabouts in Germany are you based? I loved the vintage shops in Berlin- but yeah they're definitely not as cheap as our charity shops :(

      Thank you for introducing me to your blog! x

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  8. You literally look like Cher here, I love it!! You're lucky to have such great charity shops near you, the ones in Australia are no where near as good the ones in uk.

    Hope you have a lovely new year

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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    1. Thank you, babe! That's my main aim in life.

      Well, we may have great charity shops, but you definitely win with the weather! Have an awesome, sunny NYE! xx

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