Can it be true? An outfit with no orange, and a lot of blue?
Not that that cheesy rhyme was intentional(!), but I really did wear an outfit the other weekend where I abandoned all orange and based what I wore around the pleated midi skirt you see before you. Bought when we had a bit of a warm spell a month or so back (Easter I think), I hadn’t yet unpacked any of my summer clothes so bought the skirt on impulse because I NEEDED something light and floaty.
And although we haven’t had much in the way of summery weather since, there was one warm day when I popped to Ikea (gah I love having one just 20 minutes away so I really CAN just “pop” there and get my reasonably-priced Swedish homewares fix) for some bits.
I have a few pleated midi skirts but most are too small in the waist for me at the moment – that is changing however after having been to the detox retreat again recently and getting my diet and fitness back on track (watch this space for more on that here on the blog) – so I had a new pleated patterned leg-aerator to style.
And weirdly, the blue colour FOXED me. It took me aaaaages to style this.
Disclosure: I was gifted some of these pieces by JD Williams with no obligation to feature (click here for my full disclosure). The post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. Any items listed as* were gifted within the last 12 months.
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Thankfully I was recently gifted the stripe linen blazer* from JD Williams so the blue and white worked with the blue and white in the skirt pattern. Plus I treated myself to some Steve Madden sandals in the sale as I am TOTALLY into this flatform style at the moment. Completely flat, super comfy, but they add height to a short-in-the-calf pair of legs like mine.
The pinky-purply-nude colour suggested something (you guessed it!) pinky-purply-nude for the top, so I layered a mauve vest top over a lace-trimmed camisole top… the black lace trim tied into the black of the skirt pattern. A few cool accessories like the white retro-style sunglasses, chunky tortoiseshell earrings and the straw bag* (scroll down for alternatives) completed my Going Shopping ensemble.
So don’t be fooled – this outfit did not come together in an instant. Sometimes I go through loads of different combinations before I come up with the right one; this was one of those times. Give me All The Orange And All The Yellow and I’m fine. Give me It’s Blue So What Do I Do With That and I’m stumped.
However I’m happy with how it came out in the end – a blazer and t-shirt or vest top with a pleated midi skirt is a combination I need to explore more.
How often do YOU get your outfit spot-on first time? Or is it just me who struggles?? Tell me in the comments…!
Blazer: JD Williams [gifted]
Skirt: F&F Clothing (here’s a blue one in a mini skirt version)
Lilac top: Asos (I like this one)
Lace camisole (just seen): New Look (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden at Asos (on sale!)
Bag: JD Williams [gifted] (similar)
Earrings: Asos (similar)
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