I saw so many things I adored during my YouTube channel filming with Matalan that quite frankly I’m surprised I’ve been able to keep this to a 2 part post! Out of all the looks I tried, these two are definitely my faves – so I thought I’d take them out of the fitting room to places around my home town of Hull (City of Culture 2017). Those of you who follow me on social media will have seen the mood board teasers I posted, I wonder if the outfits are what you were expecting…
Look 1 – Sports Luxe
This was all over the Top Shop Unique runway amongst others at LFW/NYFW but since shooting this look I’ve also seen Armani rocking the cobalt blue sports luxe in Milan…it’s like I knew! You may have to excuse the mardy looking facial expressions in certain pics 🙈
This is obviously a less casual take on the look that walks the line between funky and chic – the added bonus being that the stripes of the skirt act as illusion panels and draw the eye to the black area which creates a sleeker silhouette. I experimented with tucking in the jumper in and letting it hang out and to be honest I like both. Tucking in creates waist definition which shows off the smallest part of the traditional hourglass shape (or pear in my case) and leaving it out kind of skims over this and creates a different line with the White hem – however, I’d possibly approach the untucked option with caution when wearing a skirt as it could cause extra bulk on some figures and have the opposite effect. If in doubt, wear them separately. I wore the jumper with a pair of black skinnies and boots untucked and liked the look, and the skirt would work with so many other styles of top for a daytime or evening look. Since I was doing a sports luxe I thought I’d try channelling a bit of sporty hair a la Sporty Spice. She used to do these really sleek high ponytails when the Spice Girls did concerts so I thought that would look so fab with this outfit, as well as finally giving me a chance to try out my Hair Rehab London ponytail. When I left the house, it was indeed straight and sleek but the wind kind of put paid to that a little bit! And the shoes….oh, the shoes! I instantly liked them because they’re delicate with the t-bar and point at the front but very funky and practical with the block heel (and may I add, super comfy). They also come in the same cobalt as the skirt panel and a fabulous lime which I’m desperate for.
Jumper – £22 http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/shop-by-category/knitwear/s2573256/colour-block-jumper (it also comes in a slightly different colour variation which on the site)
Skirt – £14 http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/shop-by-category/skirts/s2579932/textured-panelled-pencil-skirt
Shoes- £18 http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/footwear/heels/s2575136/t-bar-pointed-court-shoe
Hair- Hair Rehab London Syn wrap ponytail in Chocolate http://www.hairrehablondon.com/hair-products/hair-pieces/syn-wraparound-ponytail/syn-wrap-ponytail-chocolate
Look 2 – Clueless Chic
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Cher Horowitz is a style icon for my generation! Pink and check were strewn over so many of the catwalks for next season, and as one of my fave colours it was bound to make its way into the post…bit of a pic overload on the way!
So, I, like, totally meant this look to be all about Cher (see what did there?) but looking at the shape of the coat I kind of felt it also channelled a bit of Cilla Black circa 1960 which was is another era of fashion I completely heart (and thanks to Sheridan Smith is being brought to a new generation). The shape of the coat is a cocoon/boyfriend style so if you’re a bit unsure of hiding your figure then keep it open and the silhouette of the bottom half slimmer. This jumper is girly overload! But very warm so a great buy and does come in other colours for the less girly fashionista. Again with this one I tried tucking it in and leaving it out, whereas I think it works both ways I think for me I prefer it tucked in to show off the full pleat detail at the front of the skirt. The same grey shoes as before pic up the colour in the jacket too so keeps the look tonal. It’s a look that’s cute, girly and a bit retro – hit Hit HIT!!
Jumper – £18 http://www.matalan.co.uk/product/detail/s2566380?id=S2566380&color=C508
Skirt – £8 http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/shop-by-category/skirts/s2566408/pleated-mid-wash-denim-skirt
Coat – £40 http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/shop-by-category/coats-and-jackets/s2567741/checked-boyfriend-coat
Shoes – As before
You can see why they’re my faves right? They’re such fab pieces! And such great bargains as well. I have one more Matalan look to share with you very sooner too so keep a look out. Don’t forget to keep in touch via social media and let me know what you think of the looks:
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J 😘 xx