Thursday, 21 April 2016

White Maxi Skirt and Layered Blouse (With Blue and Orange) | The Jacques Vert Group Style Edit

SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt, orange lace up flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Sometimes an outfit works so perfectly that I'm even more excited about it once I've taken it off, edited the photos and admired the fruits of my labours. It's time to get serious about SS16 now, and I felt truly summery in this outfit made up of two gorgeous key pieces from the Jacques Vert Group's new edited SS16 collection - The Style Edit.

I will be honest and say I don't often shop from the Jacques Vert Group, but this season they've really upped their game and produced some rather lustworthy pieces. The Style Edit is described as:

...A DIRECTIONAL AND VERSATILE EDIT OF THE JACQUES VERT GROUP SS16 COLLECTIONS CURATED BY STYLIST SASHA BARRIE. KEY TRENDS ARE INTRODUCED BASED ON THE LATEST CATWALK LOOKS, VERSATILE STYLING PIECES AND SUMMER SOCIAL DIARIES.
 

They're offering "trend-focused quality pieces" in the edit, and the women it appeals to are those who want to look "effortlessly sophisticated". So hello, that's me...!

I was kindly asked if I wanted to style some pieces from the edit, so I chose the maxi plisse skirt and layered blouse (which both come in sizes 8-24 I'm pleased to say). A monochromatic look - especially in white - can be hard to pull off, but I decided to add blue and orange to give it some bold colour and counteract any suggestion of a bridal look a white maxi might give.

SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt | Not Dressed As Lamb
The two pieces are absolutely beautiful - very light, floaty and summery. I was originally going to wear the scarf at the neck, but in the end I decided to hide the difference in textures of the blouse and skirt by wearing the scarf like a belt, and it really worked. (The skirt has an elasticated waist which may not be the sexiest type of waistband, but I'm all for them to allow for fluctuations in size and the occasional indulgent meal.)

I've also photographed the back of the blouse which shows off that pretty layering detail - a subtle but clever feature.

THIS IS THE SORT OF OUTFIT I WANT TO BE WEARING TO AN ALFRESCO LUNCH OR TO A SUMMER BIRTHDAY PARTY: SOMEWHERE THAT YOU WANT TO DRESS UP A LITTLE BUT BE COMFY, WITH THE OPTION OF A TOPPER TO SAVE YOU FROM GETTING COLD WITHOUT RUINING THE LOOK OF THE WHITE ENSEMBLE.

The blue (blazer) and orange (lace-up flats) gave a bit of structure - some "oomph" - to the all white look. This is the sort of outfit I want to be wearing to an alfresco lunch or to a summer birthday party: Somewhere that you want to dress up a little but be comfy, with the option of a topper to save you from getting cold without ruining the look of the white ensemble. The skirt will also work equally well with heels or sneakers (I'm thinking white Stan Smiths or grey Converse as a contrast to the girliness of the floaty fabrics).

Top marks to Sasha Barrie, the curator of the edit, and to Jacques Vert for some seriously stylish pieces this season. You can check out the rest of the edit here: http://style-edit.com.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE STYLE EDIT? HAS MY ALL-WHITE (WITH ADDED COLOUR) GIVEN YOU ANY STYLING IDEAS FOR SUMMER...? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt, orange lace up flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt, orange lace up flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt, orange lace up flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, orange lace up flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White chiffon top, blue blazer, black cat eye sunglasses, Daniel Wellington watch | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt, | Not Dressed As Lamb
SS16 White pleated maxi skirt, white chiffon top, blue blazer, scarf as belt | Not Dressed As Lamb
Jacques Vert maxi plisse skirt c/o | Jacques Vert layered top c/o | ASOS blazer (love this sky blue biker jacket) | ASOS paisley scarf | ASOS shoes (these orange ghillie flats are a dupe) | Karen Millen bag (I like this camel perforated hobo bag) | Lulus sunglasses c/o (similar black cat eye sunglasses) | Daniel Wellington watch c/o

SHOP THE LOOK:




Catherine

P.S. LOOKING FOR MORE MAXI SKIRT/DRESSES LOOKS? YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THE BLACK AND WHITE CHEVRON MAXI FROM LAST SUMMER I’M STILL FAWNING OVER.

Linking up to: Style StoriesiwillwearwhatilikeVisible Monday, Shoe and TellMonday MingleStyle Sessions, Turning Heads TuesdayTrend Spin Link-UpWhat I Wore WednesdayBrilliant Blog PostsThrowback Thursday, My Refined StylePassion for Fashion FridayFriday's Fab Favourites, Fun Fashion Friday

Disclosure: I have written this post in collaboration with Jacques Vert (click here for my full disclosure). All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.
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32 comments

  1. Just WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW This outfit has it all: a beaitiful romantic dress and delicate pops of colour. I would dress you in nothing but pretty dresses and skirts, but you know that, ajajjajajjaja
    Mil besos from Málaga
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. I do know that, Saramento!! Hehe you're always so sweet when I put on a dress or skirt, thank you!!!!!! x

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  2. Loving the look Catherine, love the pops of colour too, that jacket is beautiful

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  3. Stunning Catherine!
    Wow....the pleats are beautiful on you. So etherial.
    Then those pops of colour. Perfect.
    That blue blazer is THE perfect blue for you.
    XXX
    Samantha
    fakefabulous.com

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    1. Aww Samantha thank you - I love the "ethereal" description! The skirt is such a beauty, it's definitely one to float about in. I bought that blazer ages ago but not really worn it, it's as if I was saving it for this top and skirt...! x

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    2. Please excuse my i instead of e....my fingers go like the clappers!

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  4. This is so beautiful.

    You made a great choice using the scarf as a belt.

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. Thanks Suzanne - I'm actually quite proud of myself for that little styling trick, hehe ;)

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  5. I love the background as white and the rest color!! Especially with the orange toe peeping out!
    And there's nothing wrong with elastic at the waist (IMO) as long as the piece looks nice!
    I'd never heard of this brand---they have some very nice pieces, I see!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie, you are right about the elasticated waistbands, they're so much more practical!! x

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  6. I love this on you; you look so gorgeous. The details like the back of the blouse and the pleats on the skirt really make it. I love how you've styled it with the blazer, shoes, and scarf too. Really stunning look on you, Catherine, I can see why you're pleased with the photos. I love them! xxx

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    1. Lisa thank you!! I thought the detail on the back of the top was really clever, and I liked the way it billows out slightly. It was nice to wear something properly summery :))

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  7. This is so elegant, you look stunning. A perfect summer look and I love the idea of wearing a scarf as a belt. Wondering if I could make it work on me, but I do like Jacques Vert as they are pretty good for petites and have the dedicated Precis Petite range.

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    1. Thanks so much Astrid! There's only one way to find out about the scarf working on you... and that's to try it! What's the worst that can happen? ;)) xx

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  8. Oh Catherine this is so bloomin' perfect i could squeal. You look absolutely stunning of course! The white silhouette is so beautiful and the scarf belt is genius.
    Wishing you an absolute wonderful weekend
    Rxxx

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    1. Aww Rachel bless you, thank you!! I could see this look on you, actually... Think I've been getting styling tips from you again ;))

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  9. I absolutely love this look. I think white is such a beautiful colour to wear, although I tend to steer away from it for fear of getting dirty lol! You look gorgeous, as always!
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Suzy thank you, I agree about the getting white dirty thing, but then I'm soooo clumsy I'd never wear anything nice for fear of getting stuff down it so I just throw caution to the wind, haha! x

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  10. I love you in this. The scarf is a perfect way to bring in color. Thank you for inspiring us to try something different. - Amy
    www.stylingrannymama.com

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  11. What a gorgeous outfit, Catherine. That blue jacket is just lovely with your hair colour. Btw..thanks for your post on blogging tips last week. I save all your blogger posts to my "How-to" folder for future reference. So generous of you to write those.

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  12. Love the outfit! Wearing a scarf as a belt is just genius!
    iabiti

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  13. OMG that little pop of burnt orange peeping out from under that pristine white skirt, BRILLIANT!

    And...I remember fondly a time when i, too, could wear a scarf as a belt. SIGH. ha.

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  14. OMG! I am in love with this look! Very fresh, springy, simple but so chic at the same time. You look stunning Catherine:)
    Renata xo

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  15. This is so pretty Catherine! I love the mix of textures and the pops of color. And that blue moto jacket you linked is just so good!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  16. I'm catching up on blogs for the first time in ages...so I'm not sure how long ago you cut your hair...but I love it! Gorgeous length. The outfit is great too!

    Ally x

    www.eachothers.co.uk

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  17. I love the color play in this outfit, you look georgeous.
    http://www.stylediarybyosy.com/2016/04/birthday-thanksgiving.html

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  18. I must admit I do have trouble with all white outfits. I'm not sure if I'm an all white girl, but your addition of that colourful scarf as a belt has transformed the look. Then the pop of orange in these adorable shoes really seal the deal for me. I'm in! In fact, it's given me an idea for a summer post too, so thank you Catherine x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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  19. Oh, I just love everything, EVERYTHING about this outfit Catherine. I spotted this skirt at Jacques Vert a while ago and fell in love! You look beautiful xxx love Liz xxxxx www.whatlizzyloves.com

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  20. I love this whole look, the white long maxi skirt, its elegance on you, the summery blue and of course how your shoes pick up the color on you belt/scarf. What a lovely collection my friend!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  21. Just beautiful. You look like a goddess :) . The idea with a scarf used as a belt is so unexpected but ... obvious :D on the other hand, that I;m impressed. Cheers Margot

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  22. I wear a head scarf and I'm always on the look for "hijab-friendly" clothes. I simply LOVE the way you mix and match, and the best part is, I can incorporate your OOTDs w/ my headscarves too! Much love. Xx

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