Someone once told me that black was slimming. I spent many years believing that filling my wardrobe with black pieces would elongate my body and slim down my bumpy bits, but all it really did was restrict my fashion choices and make me focus too much on what I was wearing rather than how those garments made me feel. As soon as I hit 30 I started to rebel from what I’d always known, instead injecting as much colour and as many patterns as I could – having lots of fun in the process and expressing my individuality through what I chose to put on my body. As a result I don’t actually have many black pieces in my wardrobe and I’m no longer one to dress head to toe in dark hues, but when there’s a lot of texture involved (and I can spice it up with a dash of animal print) I can be very much tempted.
This was my New Years Eve outfit and one that got so many
comments from complete strangers; we went to a house party so I
didn’t want to rock up and feel completely overdressed, but equally
needed to channel my inner sasspot to see out one of the most memorable
and important years of my life to date. I loved it so much I just knew I had to share it with you guys (especially because your reaction to my Insta Story was pretty much ‘tell me where everything is from!’) and document the fact you can totally wear leather with velvet; the beauty of fashion is that rules are made to be broken.
My mum bought me the skirt as a Christmas gift after I spotted it in Marks & Spencer; I’ve got a few of their pleated midi skirts and I love them all (have a look at this beaut navy velvet midi here) because they’re so effortless and fit pretty perfectly over my curves. This pleather number comes up quite big (I could’ve probably done with a size down) but because it’s quite heavy and structured it doesn’t matter a huge amount if you feel like there’s a lot of room down there. It works just as well with a jumper as it does with a fancy top, and is one of those timeless and effortless pieces you know you can chuck on with either a pair of flats or heels and step out the door feeling fabulous.
Added into the mix was this simple velvet top from Oasis that I also
picked up around Christmas, knowing it was the perfect texture for the
season. I didn’t actually wear it over the period at all because I had
so many other sparkly and cosy numbers to get through, so NYE was its
debut. Although it’s quite a wintery fabric, the contrast with the
leather means it doens’t feel festive and I can undoubtedly continue to
wear it all through the spring before picking it up out of my closet
again come autumn. The stretchy fabric, long sleeves and slightly poofy shoulders keep it modern (rather than something your Nan would wear) and subtly sassy too, as well as hugging you where you need and gliding over areas you’d rather hide. (Hello bingo wings!)
Paired with my fave Next leopard print flats (again, the satin texture keeps them feeling fresh and modern) and a Furla Metropolis bag that’s bit enough to fit all my bits in, and the look is complete. I’m really into clashing prints at the moment too, and kind of love the fact that my shoes and bags don’t quite match – it’s almost like they’re cut from the same cloth, but having slightly contrasting designs means you’re keeping it slightly more edgy. (The 90’s kid in me can’t face fully matching bags and shoes; I did it for too long and now the thought makes me cringe!) I popped on a pair of tassel earrings and was ready for my close up.
I’ve proven to myself black doesn’t have to be boring… What about you?
Marks & Spencer Pleather Pleated Skirt | £39.50 | LINK
Oasis Velvet Puff Sleeve Top | £28.00 (NOW £18.00) | LINK
Next Animal Print Slingback Point Flat Shoes | £28.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Adexe Black Wrist Watch | £109.00 | LINK
River Island Tassel Earrings | £12.00 | LINK
Furla Metropolis Mini Crossover Bag | £220 | LINK
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Photos Taken By Kaye Ford: www.fordtography.co.uk
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