Preppy Neutrals With Blue

Yep, I think I’ve worked out how to describe my style… “Preppy with an Edge”. Would that be fair…? Maybe not always preppy (I certainly wasn’t on Wednesday of last week), but I’ve noticed I do lean a lot towards blazers, gingham and loafers. So that’s myself put firmly in a box, for this week at least 😉

And finally there was a break in the wind and rain today to take outfit pictures – the weather has been horrendous in the UK this month (and this weekend was the worst)! At work today we were looking out the window marvelling at a little bit of blue sky… before it disappeared again as quickly as it appeared. I’m so envious of bloggers in other parts of the world saying how hot their weather is already… please, please, please, send some warmth our way!!!

Happy Monday everyone!

Shirt: Marks & Spencer, Striped dress (worn as top): F+F at Tesco, Snood: ASOS, Skirt: Mango, Heels: Nine West, Bag: Accessorize, Sunglasses: Badgley Mishka, Bracelets: ASOS / Debenhams / H&M / Watch: Debenhams, Rings L-R: H&M / Topshop / ASOS, Nails: Rimmel French Ivory 433 / Barry M Cyan Blue NP294

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  1. 4 May 2012 / 4:19 am

    what a beautiful outfit, I like how you reinvent the gingham shirt and wore it in a way that's so original and refreshing. You sure know how to mix your prints …the scarf is lovely against the stripes!.


  2. 3 May 2012 / 12:53 am

    I like those shoes! I have quite a few heeled loafers myself.

  3. 2 May 2012 / 9:43 pm

    You look amazing:) And seeing your hair made me determine I WILL continue growing mine out!

  4. 2 May 2012 / 8:56 pm

    we saw the blue sky here in wales too! fingers crossed it sticks round for at least a few days! i love LOVE your preppy funky style. It always amazes me how you pattern mix with such ease!xx

    • 2 May 2012 / 9:33 pm

      Did you get the glorious weather today, Rachel? I don't think it will last though because a bank holiday weekend is coming up of course!! Thanks for your sweet comments, hun! Catherine xx

  5. 2 May 2012 / 3:23 pm

    Absolutely adore your outfit! The nails are too cute and those loafers are fabulous!

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  6. 2 May 2012 / 10:51 am

    I always enjoy your blog Catherine! Is relaxing and inspiring to me <3 .. fab close ups as always.. two thumbs up to the photographer 🙂

  7. 1 May 2012 / 7:13 pm

    This outfit is fabulous. The layers really make this outfit great. (and the pop of blue)

     A Southern Drawl

  8. 1 May 2012 / 5:00 pm

    Preppy with an edge, that's it! And this outfit does it all. Love those shoes!

  9. 1 May 2012 / 2:02 pm

    love it!!

  10. 1 May 2012 / 12:57 pm

    How I love you in a skirt, gorgeous!!!

  11. 1 May 2012 / 11:26 am

    Hi lovely, Yay the weather has finally taken a small brake for us today! You look amazing my dear,i love this look!! Preppy with an edge is a great definition for the styling of this look! I love how you have clashed prints but you've done it by using classic pieces which is why this look is so incredibly chic! The accessorising plays a great part in giving this look an edge,you always accessorise perfectly! 🙂

    Take care,Daniella xox

    p.s good news on my blog 🙂

  12. 1 May 2012 / 9:42 am

    We're the opposite here – winter is only just starting…
    I love your preppy/edgy style <3
    That skirt is such a great cut & I'm always a fan of a stripe xo

    • 2 May 2012 / 3:31 pm

      Of course – you're the other way round, Julia! Though I'm sure we were heading towards winter too until today 😉 Thanks for your lovely comments!! C xx

  13. 1 May 2012 / 3:59 am

    Preppy with an edge is perfect! Totally how your style is. I also love that you coordinate your nails every so often, I wish I had the patience to do that.

    Don't worry about the weather- San Francisco is ugly too. Wind, fog, mist- it's not Spring yet.


  14. 1 May 2012 / 3:09 am

    Utterly fabulous layering, my dear. And I want those shoes!!!

  15. 1 May 2012 / 2:02 am

    Agreed, that is the perfect way to describe your style. As I mentioned today I'm still not sure how to describe mine. I'll figure it out eventually though!

    • 2 May 2012 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you, Gracey! It is hard isn't it, to try to describe your own style! I've been trying to work out mine for ages…! C x

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