I finally made a decision over the M&S Archive by Alexa ruffled Harry Blouse - it was a keeper after all...! I'd been wrangling over whether to keep it after talking about my concerns over wearing something so hyped, but you know what? Sometimes you have to remember that what you see constantly online isn't necessarily what happens IRL (in real life), and just because I kept seeing it all over Instagram and Twitter doesn't mean I'm going to see it on every person walking down the street.
IT WAS ONE READER'S GREAT SUGGESTION TO WEAR IT WITH DISTRESSED DENIM TO COUNTERACT THE FEMININE RUFFLES, AND I WENT ONE STEP FURTHER AND ADDED MY BLACK BIKER JACKET AS WELL.
So thanks to many of you who told me to keep it (thank you!), I did - and wore it in London over the weekend. It was one reader's great suggestion to wear it with distressed denim to counteract the feminine ruffles, and I went one step further and added my black biker jacket as well.
The verdict: I like it. No, I really like it. Ruffles are quite different to anything I normally wear (I think this is a first), and although it's not the sort of top you can style that many different ways I think it's such a great statement piece. Plus there's that nostalgia thing I mentioned, so a reminder of my first ever fashionable piece of clothing is no bad thing.
The Harry blouse is unsurprisingly almost completely sold out (I think some people must have returned theirs so a couple of sizes are in stock), but if you scroll down you'll see some other pieces I've found if you do want to jump on board the ruffles train.
So of course this week's #iwillwearwhatilike theme is ruffles - so do add your outfits to this week's link up. You may be featured next week if you've linked up something ruffly!
ARE YOU ON BOARD WITH THE RUFFLES TREND? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!
SHOP THE TREND:
M&S Archive by Alexa Harry blouse | ASOS jeans (similar distressed boyfriend jeans) | Debenhams biker jacket (similar black leather biker jacket) | Hobbs Adlington tote bag c/o | Daniel Footwear pointed flats c/o (I love these black and white pointed flats with a red heel) | ASOS oversized round sunglasses
SHOP THE LOOK:
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Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!
The link up goes live every Monday at 3pm UK time and will stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!
This is for linking up what you've been wearing (or would like to wear) only. I like to keep it all looking tidy because I'm a bit of a neat-freak, so non-outfit links will be removed - it's only fair to others linking up!
THE OPTIONAL THEME FOR 9 MAY IS PURPLE
(a belated tribute to the late great Prince)
(a belated tribute to the late great Prince)
Please be a good sport and do the following...1. Follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb via Bloglovin or Instagram
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like - as many as you like!
3. Include a link back to the post if you're linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
4. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike - Monday's the day to join in the IG fun
5. Please do not link up anything other than outfits, shoes, accessories or make-up - non-outfit links will be removed. This link up is for linking up what you've been wearing (or would like to wear) only
6. Visit some of the other links and share the love!
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My favourite JUMPSUITS and DUNGAREES from last week's link up:
(L-R) Vanity & Me | Suzanne Bell | The Lady of Style | Kremb de la Kremb | Fake Fabulous | Retrochicmama
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Linking up to: Style Stories, iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, Visible Monday, Let It Shine, Monday Mingle, Style Sessions, Turning Heads Tuesday, Trend Spin Link-Up, What I Wore Wednesday, Brilliant Blog Posts, Throwback Thursday, Passion for Fashion Friday, Friday's Fab Favourites, Fun Fashion Friday, 40 Plus Style