My Petite Picks For Summer

So it turns out I don’t have a whole lot in my wardrobe for summer. I think this is because we’ve had such rubbish summers over the last couple of years and we’ve not been on holiday anywhere hot during those summers either. I’m left scrambling the back of my wardrobe for whatever I can find that looks a bit summery!

This has of course led me to do a little browsing of certain online shops to see what they’re offering a petite, black wearing, unprepared individual like myself.If you’re petite like I am finding skirts, shorts and dresses – especially maxi ones – that don’t swamp you or look an odd length can be tricky. 

If you like my style then I’ve done the hard work for you and put together some of my favourite petite summer items for you to browse through. You’ll be proud of me, not everything is black, though there’s still a lot in there! I’ve tried to include a little variation while still keeping it simple. If you’re looking for flamboyant, skimpy clothes, this might not be the list for you 😉 

ASOS DESIGN Petite tab back drape hareem maxi dress
TOPSHOP PETITE Square Neck Jumpsuit
ASOS Petite | Design Ditsy print maxi dress
Boohoo Petite Denim Jacket
ASOS DESIGN Petite Deep V Strap Back Jumpsuit
ASOS DESIGN Petite easy spot tie waist culotte
ASOS DESIGN Petite Pocket Stripe T-Shirt With Contrast Binding
ASOS DESIGN Petite maxi skirt with button front and split detail
Petite Nude Button Front Boxy Shirt
ASOS PETITE Plisse Short in Spot Print with Lace Hem
ASOS Petite floral maxi dress
ASOS DESIGN Petite off shoulder popper front midi dress in rib
ASOS DESIGN Petite wrap jacquard midi skirt in mixed floral and spot print
TOPSHOP PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen button through maxi dress in stripe
New Look Petite Button Through Playsuit
TOPSHOP PETITE Lola Duster Coat

What do you think of my petite summer picks?

Any favourites?

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My simple style

When you think of someone working from home I bet you think of them working in their pajamas. I know I did! However when you’re a parent and you’ve got to be up and out for the school run you have to be ready to face the world first thing. Not to mention the fact that I don’t think my daughter’s would ever speak to me again if I rocked up at the school gate with bed hair and ‘jamas on.

In all honesty, I feel more focused when I’m dressed and ready for the day. Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t wear office wear sat all by myself in my home office, but I do wear clothes that are comfortable and that get me in ‘work mode’ so to speak.

I’ve mentioned in earlier blog post that I’m keen to simplify this year and this covers my wardrobe too. I’m not the worst offender when it comes to buying and hoarding clothes but there’s a definite room for improvement. I need a wardrobe of clothes that work for me as I work from home. Simple, stylish, comfortable clothes that lend themselves to working at home, the school run and meetings.

Over the past couple of years I’ve really tried to experiment with colour and print. It looked so good on everyone else, however these choices just led to a wardrobe half full of clothing I’d never wear. I didn’t instinctively reach for the floral dress or the red cardigan, so they’d stare at me making me feel guilty for the money I spent on them and the space they then took up! I’ve faced facts – I just love black and grey, I love having clothes that compliment each other that are easy to mix and match in the morning. I hate standing in front of a muddled wardrobe first thing in the morning trying to figure out what to wear!

Embracing the black, white and grey

Before you either fall down in shock or give me a round of applause the featured photo is not my pared down wardrobe, it’s just a few of my favourite pieces. I’ve a long way to go before I have a minimal, capsule wardrobe! I am really inspired by those that have got a capsule wardrobe and I’m keen to work towards it. For now, I’m fully embracing the black, white and grey and not feeling guilty that I’m not more into colour and bold print, well, unless you count leopard as colour and print? If you do then I’m all over that! Having a clear ideas of what I like and what suits me makes shopping so much easier. Of course, it’s fun to experiment with trends, and I for one am loving the 90s grunge revival going on right now, but using them within your own style is key. 

Next steps

For now I’ll be continuing to work through my wardrobe, popping things on ebay and Facebook selling pages to try and pare down what I already have.
Make sure the clothes that I already have work for me, and for my working lifestyle.

 

Top tips

If having a huge clear out is far too daunting for you why not try a one in, one out policy. I’ve done this before and it really makes me think about my purchases, basically whenever you buy something you have to give another item away (clothing, bags, shoes).

Have a play around on Pinterest, what looks do you like, what colours are you drawn to. Take a look at your wardrobe and see if there’s a similarity.

Get rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Seriously, those cargo pants and bootcut jeans from ten years ago, they are too small and  you are never going to wear them!

 

Recommended reading

If you’ve been inspired by the need to simplify I recommend you check out these bloggers and posts

Jessica Rose Williams A Minimalist Capsule Winter Wardrobe

All That Is SheHow To Build A Capsule Wardrobe

 

Style inspiration

 

Get the look

If you like the style I’ve gone for you can see more here – just click to shop

PETITE | Cropped wide leg jeans
ASOS Petite Ultimate Maxi Tshirt Dress
ASOS Petite Minimal Jumpsuit
Rib Popper Midi Skirt
City Maxi Tea Dress
Washed Black Mom Jeans
Meadow Flat Leopard Print Shoes
Mini Cami Slip Dress
Black Old School VAns
Blossom Leather Look Jacket
Pink Longline Jumper
‘Got Your Back’ T-Shirt
Mini Faux Leather Pencil Skirt

 

I’d love your thoughts on this, as ever leave a comment or catch me on Twitter


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A wardrobe update with LOTD

With summer well and truly behind us and those cold months fast creeping in it’s time to put away our summer clothes and dig out the cosy knits and ankle boots. If you’re anything like me you’ll mark this change in season declaring that you have absolutely nothing to wear and wonder what on earth you wore this time last year!

I don’t like to buy lots of clothes or hoard loads that I rarely wear, instead I try and have some kind of semblance of a capsule wardrobe… though it’s not as minimal as I’d wish it to be. I’m not self disciplined enough for that yet! I like to have a mix of clothes that are ‘fast fashion’ items that are cheaper, on trend and not likely to go beyond the current season and more expensive staple items that I will keep digging out of my wardrobe year after year.

When the lovely folk at LOTD, an online clothing retailer, got in touch to see if I’d try out their clothing I thought it would be a good chance to give my Autumn Winter wardrobe a little style injection.

As an online store I would say that price wise, LOTD, (Look Of The Day), sits around the same bracket as places like New Look and even Primark. It’s for the ‘on trend’ items that give your look an update and mean that you can have stylish clothes for the every day. 

I love the embroidered detail on patches, it gives a bit extra to the staple plain white tee. The same with the printed tee below. I can’t see my love for the slogan tee slowing down anytime soon!

The ‘leather style’ skirt is one I haven’t braved before, but with an affordable price it’s worth the experiment. I don’t think it will be an item I reach for every day (!!) but it’s good for mixing things up and helping me step out of my denim comfort zone.

This jumper has to be my favourite from this selection of clothes. I have worn it so much this past month. I’ve worn it with jeans and skirts and just keep going back to it.

Another favourite has to be these ankle boots. I love the detail and the buckles and it gives a little something extra to a plainer outfit.

This is a colour I wouldn’t normally gravitate to, you know me and my love of black! Yet I wanted to try out the different neckline and ruffles. It’s such a cute top and one I need to be brave with and wear more.

SHOP THE LOOKS….

White floral embroidered tee (I’m wearing S) | GRL PWR tee (I’m wearing S) | Black Midi Skirt (I’m wearing M) / Black three gauge jumper (I’m wearing M) | Black studded boots (I’m a size 6) | Stone Turtle Neck top (I’m wearing 10)

I deliberately didn’t choose any trousers or jumpsuits as I’m only 5ft 3 and have to shop in Petite sections for those. Over all I would say that LOTD is great if you’re looking for a little style injection, to update your wardrobe with on trend everyday wear that is affordable. I’ve had these items for over a month and they’re all washed and worn really well.

 

Disclosure – I was sent these items from LOTD for this feature

Photos – Robyn Swain Photography

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I’m a Joanie Gal

I love finding brands and stores that just get you. Know what I mean? When you find somewhere that sells clothes you can see yourself in and it’s super hard not to just add the whole lot into your basket, whether virtual or physical. Joanie Clothing is one of those stores for me. They are inspired by vintage clothing and all their pieces have a retro vibe to them without looking like you’re just dressing up in your Nan’s clothes for a fancy dress party. 

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I’ve mentioned Joanie on my blog a few times now, here and here, so you can imagine my excitement when they got in touch asking if I’d like to work with them. I obviously played it cool, who am I kidding, I jumped at the chance with all the gushiness of a teenage girl talking to her crush.

I choose a casual outfit and two dresses that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.

First up, that Brunch tshirt and a denim skirt. Hands down I have never owned or worn such a soft and comfy top. It feels like pajamas, which for some one that wishes they could wear jamas all the time, this is pretty special! 

Margo Brunch Club Tee – Pink £18 | Rhoda A Line Button Denim Skirt – £30

Next up – the comfiest dress I think I have ever worn AND it has pockets. It’s available in a few colours too, and there’s even a similar one with no spots.. which I’m so tempted by.

Clara Polka Dot Dress £38

Last but definitely not least is this beauty. I’ve already worn it out to a party, a Christening and just in the day too. I love the flattering cut and those sleeves are just beautiful.

A huge thanks to Joanie Clothing for gifting me these clothes, for Robyn Swain and her photography skills and to the Harris Museum in Preston for letting us take photos in such a beautiful space. FYI I’m wearing size 10 in the dresses and skirt and S in the tshirt oh and I’m 5ft 2.

Are you a fellow Joanie Gal?

 

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Summer holiday essentials wish list

We’re off to Turkey for a wedding at the end of the month and I’m woefully under prepared! Up until today I was still scrambling round for ‘the’ bikini, this is in part due to the fact that we’ve not had a beach holiday in years. I’ve ordered this one from Boden, and even managed to get a good discount as the top is in the clearance section.

Antibes random spot bikini - Boden

Antibes random spot bikini – Boden

 

Though it is safe to say I won’t look anything like that in it!

This purchase got me thinking of a few extras for our beach holiday, like this hat (that’s currently in the sale ;)) from my new obsession Joanie Clothing,

Slogan sun hat – Joanie Clothing

 

Here are a few more ‘essentials’ on my summer holiday wishlist

denim ‘boyfriend’ shorts- H&M | Saltwater Sandals | straw beach bag – Joanie Clothing

 Revlon Colorstay Matt Balm -Boots* | scent free sun lotion – Green People* | embroidered kaftan – The White Stuff 

I love the sun lotion from Green People, it’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t cause a reaction on my skin. It’s a must have for any beach holiday in my book.

What do you think of my list?

Have I missed any essentials off?

Let me know in the comments

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The perfect summer cover up with White Stuff

When it comes to my summer wardrobe my main focus is versatility. With the weather in the UK going from hot sun to dreary rain and back again we need to be prepared for anything. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to spend money on loads of clothes only to never get to wear them because of the change in weather. Anything I buy in the summer months needs to earn its place, and pieces that can be worn and adapted for different weather and occasions, are much easier to justify.

The lovely people over at White Stuff asked if I’d like to try a key piece from their summer collection, the Rose Tassle Jacket, it’s such a beautiful and versatile item of clothing that of course I jumped at the chance.

Teamed with their Little Delhi Skirt in khaki and a pretty cutwork jersey tee I wore it out for a family lunch in the rather intermittent British sunshine.

white stuff summer cover up

white stufff summer cover up

white stuff summer cover up

I love that this jacket can be worn on the beach over a swimsuit, teamed with the vest top, trousers and heels or in this case a skirt, it will soon become a summer staple and must have in your holiday suitcase. I’m off to Turkey later in the summer and this will be the first thing I pack for sure!

You can shop my ‘alfresco dining look’ in this feature by The White Stuff alongside another lovely blogger here – Hard Working Summer Cover Ups -White Stuff

This is a collaborative post

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Keeping warm on the school run

I’m a bit of a coat and jacket addict and I’m always on the look out for the ‘perfect’ school run coat. It needs to be warm, waterproof and have a decent hood. I’ve got coats that are warm but no hood and waterproof but not warm, I think you get the idea. I thought I’d cracked it last year when I picked up a coat with a removable fur trim to the hood. I thought I was being really clever – I could have the fur on when it was cold and take it off when it rained. Unfortunately when you take the trim off the hood is then too small to cover your head! Fail. I’ve been told by friends that I need to embrace the ‘mum coat’ or ‘teacher coat’, the often brightly coloured waterproof cagole. I’m sure you know the type.

Blacks approached me to try out one of their women’s jackets for my school run mission and this is the one I chose.

The North Face Endeavour Thermoball Jacket

I love the shape of this coat. It’s nipped in at the waist and has a long scoop at the back. Considering it’s so light you wouldn’t expect it to be so warm but thanks to the clever people at The North Face its insulation traps hot air for reduced heat loss and increased warmth. The Lightweight warmth and compressibility of down with the wet-weather insulating performance of synthetic insulation. So in theory I could go for an actual run in this jacket and it would keep me warm (but not too hot) and dry. As you might have guessed I’ve not put that particular aspect to the test yet.. well unless you count legging it to school while dragging to sleepy children along with me!

The only downside is that it has fabric arms, something I didn’t clock when I chose it. So it wouldn’t be ideal in torrential rain but it can cope with a quick down pour. 

 

All in all this jacket is the perfect addition to my school run coat and jacket line up. I’ve been grabbing it and rushing out the door most days since it arrived and I think it will transition well into Spring.

I was sent this jacket for the purpose of this review, all views are my own.

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