Welcome to my column with Caledonista. Each fortnight I’ll be alternating between beauty and fashion; sharing my favourite looks, trends and products with you.
Outfit of the Month
I’ve been in love with the checked blazer and slogan t-shirt trends recently, so I paired them both together in this smart, casual look. The ¾ Sleeve Check Blazer is £60 from River Island’s Plus range; the Denim Original High-Waisted Skirt in Midwash Blue is £25 from ASOS Curve; as is the Boyfriend Fit T-Shirt with Beaded Power Motif, which is £18.
It’s such an easy and quick look to throw together, and even something as simple as changing the t-shirt will allow you to wear these pieces together time and again. I’ve been wearing this out shopping, to meetings and to brunch. It really is a ‘one size fits all’ outfit. Checked blazers and slogan t-shirts will, individually, never go out of fashion either.
Statement, billowing sleeves are everywhere this AW17, and the more ruffles the better. Emilia Wickstead, Mulberry and Alexander McQueen all had their models rocking them in this season’s catwalk shows. They can really transform an otherwise simple top or blouse.
There are plenty of affordable ways to wear this trend, online and on the high street, too. This Orange Shift Dress with Ruffled Sleeves (£49 from La Redoute) turns a very simple shift dress into something that can really turn heads. This Pink Ruffled Sleeve Coat from Miss Selfridge is one you’ll have to snap up fast as it’s currently half price in the Black Friday sales, at £37.50. At Wallis you can jump on the check bandwagon and also dip into the statement sleeve trend with this Textured Flute Sleeve Shift Dress (£25.20 from House of Fraser).
One to Watch
I love the Instagram feed from Sydney aka @sydandthecityy. She’s a stunning, plus-size fashion and colour lover from San Diego, California. She’s new to Instagram and only has 600 followers, but deserves a whole lot more. Her photos are all a riot of colour and are so well composed. Her style is casual and her feed is great inspiration for how to pair pieces together. Her pink hair is giving me major jealousy too.