It has been approximately seven months since the last time I created an outfit post and I’ve been really struggling to come to terms with doing fashion related posts at the moment. I feel like I’ve packed on the weight from all the months sitting around the house, I feel like my skin is covered in bruises from the amount of NSAID medication that I’m on, and my hair, although currently lilac, is not behaving in the way I wish it to behave. No amount of excuses will make up for the workload that I have though, so it’s time to take the bull by the horns and show off my new outfits and get back into the swing of things. The summer is well and truly underway, and the temperatures are rising, making outfit selection really quite tricky. Not warm enough for bare arms, but too warm for a jacket, I’m finding that layers are my new best friend, along with materials that allow my skin to breathe such as this beautiful chambray dress from Two for Joy.
Two for Joy are a Manchester based company who spend time sourcing quality fabrics to create classic cut styles of clothing that are designed to last. In a world of fast fashion, where a dress that cost £8 gets worn once for it to be thrown away and another bought, it’s quite a stance to take. I’ve always been a fan of classic designs, and styles that don’t need to be replaced that often. Smart fitted shirts, tailored blazers and jackets, jeans that not only fit well, but wash well. It’s nice to be able to use accessories to keep outfits on trend but ultimately have something that lasts longer than the season trends.
The Two for Joy Chambray Dress in Grey is one of those great pieces for summer. Made from 100% cotton, it’s so lightweight when worn. Being made of cotton, there’s very little give in the material, and because of the chest area, I’ve found that wearing it unbuttoned with a vest top underneath not only gives an extra layer but gives the dress a completely different look without drawing too much attention. The dress does come with a tan belt, that can be removed, meaning that you can accessorise with other complementary colours as well as matching to other accessories you may have. I do love the small capped sleeves on the dress, as I find that sleeveless dresses do make me look quite boxy. The cut of the cap sleeve looks very flirty and feminine, as does the cut of the hem of the dress. I do wish I could have gone up an extra size just to compensate for the bust, but I think that it could also be detrimental as it would be bigger everywhere else. I think that after my experience of Two for Joy, I’m really quite tempted to stock my wardrobe up with classic pieces that not only fit my personal style, but will also not slip out of fashion easily. For example, the Rose Full Skirt has been designed for me, I’m sure!
I’ve really had to rethink my shoe wardrobe situation recently, and comfort has had to take over style in a lot of situations. I’ve had to swap all my heels for flats, and although it has opened up the door to buying lots and lots of new shoes, I’ve really struggled in finding that ideal mix of fashion and style. I’ve been heading to Hotter Shoes for a few years now, as their work suitable shoes have been absolutely perfect for my needs. I’ve never had to wear the shoes in, yet I’ve had immediate comfort without rubbing or blistering. The Hotter Sun Sandals, which have since gone in the sale, are one of these shoes. Leather, malleable, and oh so comfortable, in a fashionable gladiator style design. I cannot put into words just how comfortable these sandals are. They’re like wearing slippers. Even with the straps across the shoe, there has been no rubbing or any hurting my feet. Another pair of Hotter Shoes that I have been really pleased with!
When it comes to accessories, I like to keep it simple. Aside from my multitude of earrings, I barely wear anything more than a delicate necklace and bracelet, as well as my rings. I haven’t worn my rings lately with the weather being so warm, I’ve found things on my hand to be quite uncomfortable. Has anyone else experienced that or just me? When it comes to bracelets, I’m very picky. I like delicate yet charming pieces that look unique and special. The Lola Rose Eastcote Bracelet in Sky Blue Quartzite is one of those bracelets that I couldn’t take my eyes off once I saw it. It’s so me, and especially with my love of aqua and mint green. I love how they are also stackable, which makes my inner collection hoarder very happy. It also means that they work well with other bracelets; they’re simple and elegant and designed to be within company. I can imagine that I will end up with quite a few others in the not too distant future.
For my first outfit shots in recent months, I must admit that my confidence has wavered quite a lot. Lets hope that I can pull it back together for some future shoots because I have missed doing them. I’ll also be doing a post on my makeup look next week, so make sure you pop back to read it.
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