For the first couple of weeks I allowed my new role to take precedence and control my waking hours. OH understood - I saw him at weekends - because week nights were for me, the bath and a book (hence my absence from here too.) And it was going well, until I realised I hadn't seen some of the most important people to me for a while. My friends. So last week I decided to rectify this and, as a result, spent a hefty chunk of the bank holiday weekend in the local tapas bar with friends and vino. An excellent choice, I'm sure you'll agree.
It was here that I was posed my first sartorial challenge that genuinely stumped me. A friend asked me for some advice on how to wear her new pencil skirt. Shoe wise. She said she was obviously aware that the general way to do it is with heels but what about day to day? How do you factor any other kind of footwear into things? And you know what? I wasn't sure either. And it's been annoying me since.
So today, free afternoon ahead of me, I decided to face the conundrum head on and really work out a response. I mean, I work in fashion and blog about it as a hobby. If I can't come up with some plausible suggestions then surely I'm in the wrong game. And that, I am certainly not.
So here goes...
|Camo print top | Hypebeast | £88.00|
Sally Pencil Skirt | Matalan | £15.00
Maddie Neon Laser Cut Clutch | Boohoo.com | £18.00
Cranberry Cocktail Ring | fantastyjewelerybox.com | £18.87
Laser Cut Pumps | Topshop | £24.00
Laser cut has been on my radar for a while now so I picked these little gems and paired them with a plain skirt, on trend camo top and laser cut bag. I'm a sucker for a cocktail ring to finish off an outfit. Slick of mascara and you're done.
Next up we have riding boots.
|Navy Jersey Biker | Dorothy Perkins | £30.00|
Basic White Tee | Zara | £18.00
Green and Yellow Statement Necklace | Modeets | Sold Out
Francine Pencil Skirt | People Tree | £38.00
5050 Boots | Stuart Weitzman | £390.00
This is a bit more of a work look. We can't deny that the weather's been a little less than Spring-like of late. So most of us are still firmly in our leather boots and could be for some weeks yet, if the weather forecast is to be believed. And with that in mind I decided to introduce you to the world of Stuart Weitzman and his incredible '5050' boots. Possibly the pinnacle of versatile boot styles on the market at the moment. Yes, I know they aren't the most inexpensive but they are the most investment-worthy I've come across in a long while.
I've been wearing my Zara pair, that I blogged about here, a lot recently with pencil skirts and dresses, a-la Victoria Beckham, and I've been roundly complimented for the look. So those of you who are worrying about clashing hemlines and boot tops, don't. However they fit together they're a match made in heaven.
|Collarless Blazer | New Look | £24.99|
Lace Top | Madewell | £39.00
Stud Handle Bag | Boohoo.com | £20.00
Thelma Skirt | Project D at Seasons.co.uk | £195.00
Studded Sandals | Balenciaga at Matches.com | £365.00
|Boyfriend Blazer | cozbest | £30.00|
Neon Breton Silk Top | Scotch & Soda | £65.00
Black Pencil Skirt | Reiss | £85.00
Bangle Stack | charmandchain | £16.00
Jet Set Tote | Michael Kors | £165.00
Biker Boots | Matalan | £22.00
|Embellished Silk Top | Moschino at Stylebop.com | £196.00|
Printed Pencil Skirt | Whistles | £60.00
Green Clutch | Boticca | Sold Out but similar here
Strappy Sandals | Steve Madden | £98.00
Unless you're going for the 'ironic look' of course.
In which case, get off my blog.