All dressed up in floaty florals

This is the outfit I wore for a Chinese meal to celebrate my niece’s birthday at the weekend… and I have a confession to make. Although this is what I wore, I did recreate the outfit yesterday when the weather was beautiful for photos; it was so grim on Sunday that there was no way pictures were going to be taken! But you can at least see I got a bit dressed up with some bling and pretty florals, though I didn’t need the sunnies on the day 😉

(Oh and Happy Birthday Rosie again, I know you’ll be reading this lovely girl!!)

Hope everyone’s having a nice week so far!

Kimono jacket: Very (not available anymore but I like this one, this one and this one), Striped top: Primark similar, Trousers: Topshop similar, Brogues: ASOS, Clutch: House of Fraser, Sunglasses: ASOS, Necklace: Gift (Coast), Bracelets L-R: Debenhams / H&M / F+F at Tesco, Watch: similar save / similar splurge, Rings L-R: Unknown similar / H&M / H&M similar, Nails: Rimmel French Ivory 433 / Avon Matte Grey (similar if you use a matte top coat like this one)

Linking up to:

What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy


  1. May 2, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Absolutely amazing!!! Love that kimono and purse so much!!!! Following you:)

    Kisses, Lucy!

  2. May 2, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    Well i am so glad you recreated this outfit to take some pictures of it!! I love how you styled this look from head to toe! The clash of the prints with the striped top and that gorgeous kimono is set of beautifully by that stunning necklace. I also love how you gave this look androgynous spin with the tailored trousers and brogues! 🙂

    Take care,Daniella xox

  3. May 2, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    Is that the early morning sun coming up behind you? This is a really pretty post. Love this combination!

  4. May 2, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    Great look! I really like your kimono. I have seen them in the thrift shops and have been tempted to take one home, but they aren't flattering on me. I think it's that your kimono is shorter and doesn't bury your great figure – a modern version. I'll have to keep looking for one like yours – I'll take a look at your links.
    xo, A

    • May 2, 2012 / 8:49 pm

      I think a shorter one would look wonderful on you, Adrienne – you have the height to carry it off beautifully! Thanks sweetie for your lovely comments, C xoxo

  5. May 2, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    Gorgeous! And I love the kimono tops you linked to. And oh yes, the nails are too good!

  6. May 2, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    Love the floral kimono, you styled it perfectly with the stripes! Looking lovely as usual Catherine! 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • May 2, 2012 / 9:03 pm

      So we're not the only ones here in Blighty with the dreary weather then, Jenn?!! Thanks for your sweet comment hun! Catherine x

  7. May 2, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Love the clash of flowers and stripes with such a chic touches.
    Loving your glasses.

  8. May 2, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    how did i miss this post? Needless to say you look FAB. i've been known to do the same, re create for photos, ha! such is the life of a blogger. Speaking of which, i really hope you stick round after your bday, you would be sorely missed if you stopped!! :)x

    • May 2, 2012 / 9:11 pm

      You didn't miss the post, Rachel: we were right here waiting for you 😉 heehee.
      Thanks for your lovely comments, and hmm I've got to give the "one year project" some serious rethinking I think! C x

  9. May 3, 2012 / 12:43 am

    I like the jewelry -everything else as well. I have a similar ring I bought in India and I was told it is made of a metal named "Victorian metal".


  10. May 3, 2012 / 8:13 am

    That has to be one of the prettiest florals I've ever seen Catherine! I love it with the stripes xo

  11. May 3, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    Fun floaty florals 🙂 this outfit looks like it was really lovely to wear…so comfy and soft and pretty!

    <3 Cambria

    • May 3, 2012 / 10:49 pm

      It was pretty comfy, except maybe an elasticated waist might have been better for a Chinese meal, Cambria ;))) Thanks sweetie!! xoxo

  12. May 3, 2012 / 5:03 pm

    you are so fabulous! I cant believe I haven't come accross your blog before now…
    your style reminds me of if Charlotte were to raid Carrie's closet on SATC. totally polished and classic, but with super fun pieces and pattern mixing 🙂
    I'm your newest follower!

    xo melrose

    • May 3, 2012 / 10:52 pm

      Oh my goodness… I think that has to be one of of the BEST compliments I've ever had, Melrose!!! Amazingly enough, I always thought I was a bit of a Charlotte, but I lusted after Carrie's wardrobe – so you've nailed it in one!! So nice to meet you, thanks so much for following – look forward to seeing you again sweetie! Catherine xoxo

  13. May 4, 2012 / 2:12 am

    Thanks for your sweet comment Catherine. I absolutely love this outfit so pretty!!


  14. May 4, 2012 / 4:28 am

    stripes and florals always look so beautiful together, I really like your kimono style jacket, so beautiful and adds pizzaz to your outfit! And you have an amazing collection of accessories. I need to shop in your wardrobe!


  15. May 4, 2012 / 6:28 am

    you look so great! I love your kimono jacket 🙂

  16. May 4, 2012 / 6:58 am

    Love that kimono top. I like how you've paired it with the stripes too. Very pretty.
    I bought one just like it online a year or so ago, but different pattern and colors. I never buy online, but loved it so much I had to have it.

  17. May 4, 2012 / 7:36 am

    I think this is one of my very favorites of your outfits, that floral top looks amazing with your striped shirt, but WOW! That clutch is beautiful and amazing!

  18. May 4, 2012 / 10:48 am

    hi, catherine! thank you also! i'm flattered. 🙂
    you have amazing style. the top is pretty, and i'm a huge clutch girl. you look amazing from head to toe. thanks for the inspiration, and have a lovely wknd!

  19. May 9, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    I just found you via your comment on Forever Amber. I have that Primark striped top you're wearing! Great blog, adding you to my blogroll.

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