Not a dedicated follower of fashion
I have never been a glossy magazine reader. Because I’m not an avid follower of fashion, my style has barely changed in 15 years. It’s all jeans and baggy jumpers when I’m at home, and tunic or skater style dresses with jackets for business.
The high street via Instagram
This year, I’ve started paying attention to high-street fashion, taking my inspiration from Instagram. I’ve stopped following celebrities, or those mega-bloggers who are gifted their ridiculously expensive clothes by designer brands. Instead, I’m following mid-lifers with a modest budget, who love to shop on the high street.
It’s all too easy to ‘swipe up’ to buy exactly the same outfit I admire on a woman my size, my age, with my clothes budget. I’m just a few clicks away from the latest print to hit the shops (and bankruptcy).
Now I’m fully aware of the detrimental effect that some of the lower end high street fashion manufacturers are having on the environment. Primark, New Look and other very cheap retailers are the worst culprits, so you won’t find them in my wardrobe.
I prefer to spend a little more, buying fewer clothes, with the intention of wearing each piece for several years. eBay and Instagram are great places to find ‘pre-loved’ fashion, and I have my own pre-loved account to sell on clothes I no longer want to wear.
My style evolution is clear to see on Instagram. Last year’s dresses have been replaced with flattering midi length skirts, with block colour tops.
This lush green velvet pleated skirt and top are from Next. OK so in hindsight, the white bra was a mistake. Thanks to the reader on Instagram who commented “this doesn’t go”. They deleted their comment before I had the chance to reply – saving me the bother.
Personally, I love the vibrancy of these colours together. What do you think?
Leopard print features heavily – an Instagram favourite, which I sincerely hope lasts longer than this season, as I’ve invested heavily in it.
This frilly leopard print number from Zalando is a bit of an animal. The outfit looks smart, but feels effortless thanks to the softness of the Marks & Spencer top and the elasticated waist on the skirt. The cute suede kitten heeled boots are from Calla Shoes.
More leopard print here, this one is from Zara. I’ve styled it in several ways from smart to slouchy. Leopard print goes so well with reds and oranges. For these looks I ‘shopped my wardrobe’, with bright block colour tops from years ago.
This velvet skirt is the silver version of the Next one featured above. The wider the pleat, the more flattering the fit. The heaviness of the velvet makes the skirt hang flatteringly over all the lumps and bumps. Wear this with blues and greys for a smart, luxe look.
On the left I’m wearing a cream long sleeved, crew neck top from M&S, a great wardrobe staple. I bought the denim jacket in Italy a couple of years ago. The star jumper on the right is from Hush, one of my favourite brands. It’s reversible, the other side is cream with a blue star and blue seams. This one is from last year, but Hush has similar pieces this season.
The midi skirt suits all shapes and sizes and can be dressed up or down. I’m confident this trend will stand the test of time. It’s already crossed over from summer to autumn.
What do you think of the midi skirt trend?