I can honestly say I love Autumn/Winter way more than Summer. I’m a girl that likes to be warm and cosy so I’m all for big jumpers and boots therefore you can bet I’m counting down the days until Summer officially ends.
I’ve been starting to slowly introduce new pieces into my wardrobe this last month in preparation for the cooler weather but I’m also trying not to spend an absolute fortune on a winter wardrobe.
Something I’m embracing more this year is florals; a pattern I would steer clear of in the past. I’ve purchased more midi and maxi dresses/skirts to pair up with chunky knits and oversized tees.
A colour I’m trying out more is white. When Freya was a lot younger I would never have risked wearing white but I’ve bought a few tops and t-shirts in this colour recently as it works with a multitude of patterns and denim.
Lastly I’m trying out more fitted styles of tops/jumpers/jackets. I’ve really struggled with my shape since having a baby and have stuck to oversized or baggier clothing. My confidence is slowly creeping back and I’m trying out new styles again. That includes this gorgeous fitted quilted jacket from Rydale Clothing. This style of jacket would have been too fitted for me in the past but now I actually wear it with confidence. I can’t wait for the cooler weather to continue so I can wear it all the time. I think it’s the perfect staple for winter that will work with dresses/skirts and even denim.
I’m willing the cooler weather to come but am happy to wait until after our holiday to Rome soon. After that, roll on Autumn/Winter so I can wear all the chunky knits and jackets.
As an avid wearer of jeans and a hoody, getting pregnant at the start of the year rung alarm bells when it came to my maternity style. I struggled with the change in my body shape and trying to dress for work everyday became a real challenge. My trusty jeans lasted as long as a hair bobble would stretch to keep them done up and then it suddenly became time to actually buy some maternity jeans.
I visited several changing rooms in my attempt to find the right pairs of jeans to see me through to the end of my pregnancy before I finally settled on a pair of skinny jeans and a pair of boyfriend jeans. These were fab and now that Freya is here; are packed away in storage for any future pregnancies. During my search I came across Mothercare’s Denim range which has a huge selection of denim options. When looking through the website, I chose 3 of my favourite pairs to test at home and see how well they worked for the pregnant lady.
These jeans are super comfortable and very giving with the stretchy band that allows you to where them over the bump and under. I am still wearing all of my stretchy maternity jeans now Freya has arrived as none of my pre-pregnancy jeans fit my mum tum yet.
The sun seems to be making sporadic appearances of late and it’s been nice to get the legs out and wear some pretty summer dresses for a change. I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of my summer style tips in collaboration with JD Williams who were kind enough to let me pick my choice of dress and sandals to style up for you.
When choosing my favourite summer dress from their fabulous selection of holiday dresses, I settled on the Lyocell Knee-Length Denim Dress which looked casual and comfy; perfect for summer. My first tip when picking a dress for summer is go for a fabric that is light and loose-fitting. I hate tight outfits and prefer something a little more floaty. Despite being denim, this dress is super light to wear making it easy to move in and comfortable to wear. I also like that the sleeves can be rolled up or down meaning it can be worn with tights even in Winter.
When it comes to women’s sandals, I like lace up ones this season and have several black and gold pairs. I decided on a tan pair of suede lace up’s from Sole Diva which complimented the denim dress perfectly. They are easy to walk in with rubber style sole at the bottom as well. Given the colour, they would go well with most summer outfits including pretty white dresses which I also have in abundance for this years holiday.
Another tip I would always suggest is to have a belt to hand to mix up your outfits. I had a plain suede style brown belt which I added to the dress and gave it another style revamp making it less oversized looking and more of a fitted dress. This would be perfect for a night/meal out with a pair of chunky wedges instead of sandals and would make it look completely different to the daytime look.
Now this is my first fashion based post and I’m pretty darned please with the photography (thanks to my mum) and love the outfit I was allowed to choose as it suits me to a T. Hopefully you liked it and liked my tips so let me know in the comments if you would like to see some more fashion based posts in future.
*the dress and sandals were gifted to me by the lovely people at JDWilliams, all opinions and content are my own as always*