Florals, dresses and floral dresses have dominated both my blog and Instagram lately, and I realised it was time for me to remind others as well as myself that there’s so much more to my style than dresses…
Due to some severe blog negligence this year, my laptop is full of #ootd’s that prove my point – these pictures were taken all the way back in May but this look has been a recurring one throughout the summer (not on those rare hot British summer days though, as I avoid trousers for the sake of letting my legs breathe).
The red floral dress hasn’t been the only trend that conquered my heart this season – in fact is it the humble slogan tee that has completely invaded my wardrobe as of late. I did what I normally do when I fall for a trend – I went a little overboard and got myself one too many amazing slogan tees. That horrifying number might not be far off from 10, with this navy one definitely being one of the cheekiest and cutest.
In all honesty I don’t really know why I love this t-shirt so much. I can’t say I needed a t-shirt that says ‘Hello Boys!’ (luckily my boyfriend has a sense of humour). I’m not even a big fan of navy, But I do like the contrast of the white letters and dark backdrop. The font itself is sweet too, and I’m a sucker for anything French. It’s just a fun, carefree t-shirt, and don’t we all need a t-shirt (or two) that makes us feel airy and cheery. Also, the fact that it’s made of 100% cotton is a plus, as I do fantasise about one day having a wardrobe full of natural fibres.
And what do I like to pair navy with? The answer is always red, because you can’t go wrong with nautical vibes… I’m pretty sure I’ve stated in the past that I would never buy a pair of red trousers, but then I spotted this pair from New Look and I thought “Why not?” They’re perfect for my love of colour blocking and look good with many a slogan tee.
And hello, beautiful shoes. Lobsters have been a key micro trend this summer, and when I saw these beauties in Kurt Geiger’s SS’17 ad campaign, I was hooked. They reminded me of one of my favourite designers of all time, Elsa Schiaparelli, and I knew they were just meant to be in my wardrobe. “They look like the Pope’s shoes” said a friend of mine. That comment should have put me off, but it probably had the opposite effect.
I was lucky enough to be able to use a friend’s staff discount for them, as paying full price for them wasn’t an option. I haven’t worn them that much because I’m basically obsessed with them and want them to last forever. But on days when I do, I think that despite their outrageous nature they rather complement bright outfits perfectly. And together with my little wardrobe classic Zara mustard bag, they make a pretty good team.
T-shirt, Topshop (sold out, similar here). Trousers, New Look (sold out, similar here). Bag, Zara (super old, similar here). Shoes, Kurt Geiger. Earrings, Les Nereides. Bangle, Whistles. Nail bracelet, The Peach Box. Ring, from Hong Kong.
I recently discussed colour blocking on the blog here and I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet, but surely this is a pretty fine example of colour blocking done right? Red and navy is a failsafe colour combo – and why not throw some mustard into the mix too?
I have to say I got pretty lucky with this hella’ yellow shop facade my friend and I spotted in Covent Garden when taking these pictures, there’s nothing like a bright colour to make your already bright outfit stand out even more… right?
Sharing this tee has made me feel guilty about not showing off all my other slogan tees, so be warned – you might be seeing a lot of trendy slogan t-shirts and attempts of me being a cool cat!
Photographed on May 13th, 2017 in Covent Garden, central London.