I feel like when I’m reading a fashion blog, it’s always nice to know a little about the person’s style, their influences, and their likes and dislikes so I can pick which blogs will best inspire my own style the best. I thought that rather than you trawling through my Instagram and blog to figure out my style, it might be easier for me to write a blog post explaining it to you.
My style has changed a lot over recent years for many reasons (but that’s a long story for a whole other post), I used to dress smart-casual and feminine. I loved mixing pastel colours and wearing a lot of skirts/dresses, whereas now those are things I do much less (partly because of the weather).
In terms of colour, I stick to a pretty strict scheme of neutrals. I wear a lot of black, white and grey and the only other colours I wear are denim, maroon, camel or khaki. I feel like this colour palette complements my colouring really well (I’m dark haired and dark eyed) and I like that it means a lot of my clothes can be worn both day and night. I don’t wear a lot of pattern in my outfits but I do sometimes love leopard print.
The evolution of the neutral colour palette led to my love of mixing textures to make up for the interest lost with the removal of colour. In any given outfit I will always be mixing leather with suede and denim or cotton, knitwear, chiffon, mesh, etc. I think it adds a certain depth to an outfit without actually adding any extra items.
I would say for the most part my style is fairly androgynous nowadays. I wear a lot of trousers, jeans, t-shirts, button-up shirts, blazers, bomber jackets etc. except for at night, when I am obsessed with bodysuits. Over the past year, I have built up a huge collection of bodysuits. I love them because they are so flattering, particularly if you have a small waist (which I do) and they’re also that little bit more glamorous than wearing a shirt. I do still wear skirts and dresses they just tend to be less feminine shapes -fewer skater dresses and more t-shirt dresses and leather skirts.
I think the best way to describe my style is “classic/smart/tailored mixed with grungy”. I love wearing a crisp white shirt with ripped jeans, a leather jacket and smart Chelsea boots, a t-shirt dress with a blazer and over the knee boots or tailored trousers with a baggy t-shirt and a bomber jacket. I love designers that reflect a similar mix, notably Alexander Wang, Saint Laurent and Givenchy.
I am lucky to come from quite a fashion-forward part of the world and within it, a fashion-forward family. For as long as I can remember my family have been very well dressed. I was brought up around luxury fashion labels, my Dad has always bought my Mum the most beautiful handbags, clothes and shoes as gifts. My mother is subconsciously, definitely my biggest fashion influence. We have very similar style, I always find myself putting on an outfit and thinking “this is something my mum would wear” and we currently own many of the same clothes. My sister also has amazing taste in handbags which has brushed off on me over the years (although I definitely can’t afford them).
In terms of bloggers, my biggest style icons right now are Lydia Elise Millen and Chouquette (Claire Chanelle). Lydia has the most beautiful tailored, classic style and I’m obsessed with everything she wears, she also wears mainly neutrals like myself. Claire also has amazing style but hers often has the more grungy/edgy elements to it that I love. I feel like Lydia and Claire’s styles combined is mine.
As I am currently a student my closet is definitely more high-street than high-end (although I wish it could be the other way around). I am lucky enough to have some high-end pieces that have been bought for me for Christmases and birthdays. My favourite high street stores are Missguided, H&M and Topshop because I can always find a mix both grungy and tailored pieces between them. I love finding high-end pieces that I love and doing my research to find affordable dupes.(E.g. the Stuart Weitzman lowlands (https://isobellelucy.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/the-best-stuart-weitzman-lowland-dupe/). Obviously the dream is to one day be able to buy the real high-end pieces but for now, this is what works.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it makes you understand my blog and me a little better. Now you know my style, if you think there’s any stores or bloggers I’d love, please comment and let me know. I’m always looking for new style inspo!