MISMATCH MAVERICK
















My recent charity shop discovery has become a go-to of late - taking tie-up tips from my previous post - it seems a yellow patterned synch in at the waist can do wonders to transform a would-be ordinary layering effort. That is of course, without factoring in the tribal jacket which is incidentally another occurring favourite of mine although a new feature on my blog, it secured itself as a firm festival must-have in July while the day in question above it served its purpose ensuring a mismatched outfit was sure to be had.

Patterns and their mismatching combinations is something which has eluded me in the past - 'too much and too busy' was the common thought in mind when faced with a multiple pattern scheme. Yet as of late I've taken a different approach to pairing patterns, when considering an outfit from the depths of my wardrobe I seek to pick pieces which I would not usually put together and such I find is the procedure which fashions some of my favourite outfits. 

Wearing: Blouse - ASOS | Shorts - Glamorous | Scarf (Worn as belt) - Oxfam | Jacket - Depop | Shoes - New Look | Sunglasses - Topshop | Choker - ASOS |

TIE-UP ATTIRE



Alexa Chung, hailed as a style inspiration to the masses and all round fashion icon recently claimed 'A bad outfit can really get me down. If I'm wearing something really normal and boring, it's like torture'. Now, while what Chung confessed boasts nothing of profound meaning it is a quote which I find resonates with myself - as I'm sure it does with many others. Typically, I aim to style myself in such a way which excites me almost, in order for me to feel good in a particular outfit it has to be what I would consider 'aesthetically pleasing' - something which I am sure is subjective yes - but ultimately, I find myself seeking to evade the ordinary. 

With that said, as of late I've taken to accentuating my attire with something simple, something reusable and rework-able into just about any outfit (or so I've found) nevertheless, such a simple accentuation results in a more elaborate ensemble - all thanks to the effortless tie-belt. Taking inspiration from the current trend of lace-up garments which I have developed a vast fondness for, one day I decided to pair an unloved patterned tie-belt with a customary crochet top and embroidered skirt combo and needless to say I've become quite accustomed to the accessory. So much so I am set on a quest to find and gather anything which can be used for this such purpose and so far I have discovered thus - vintage scarves and even that old dressing gown belt you never use will do the trick - reuse and recycle seems to be the common motto in tie-belt attire. 



| Top - Primark | Skirt - Topshop | Belt(Or scarf rather) - Oxfam | Shoes - New Look |

Tie-belting (yes I am going to coin that nonsensical phrase) does not just apply to tops at the waist although a focal point for autumn/winter, think belt-loops of jeans and skirts galore - a la Pandora Sykes - a patterned scarf in placement of the typical belt can work wonders, such detail moulds the 'plain t-shirt and jeans' into something a little more me.



| Jumper - The Vintage Corner | Jeans - Topshop | Belt/scarf - Oxfam | Shoes - New look | Sunglasses - Topshop |

70s-esque patterns are my go to when searching for suitable tie-up attire, check charity shops for a bargain (or two), old lady vibes galore serve as apt inspiration.


| Top - ASOS | Jeans - ASOS | Necklace - Topshop | Sunglasses - Topshop |

When in doubt, the mustard tile print number works well with most whether it be adorning daytime or evening wear, the once unloved trouser tie-up has a new lease of life in my wardrobe. 




| Cami Top - ASOS | Jeans - ASOS | Belt - Next | Shoes - New Look | Sunglasses - Topshop |

Stripes are a fail-safe, monochromatic colour schemes work well with this universally loved print, such has seen this dressing gown tie-up become a staple in everyday wear. 

COLOUR AND CROCHET


 










The ASOS sale has done me good, would you believe that this entire outfit (okay, minus the shoes, the bag and the choker - minor details if you ask me) only cost me £27? I feel like further rejoicing in the fact that this is an outfit I had envisioned wearing for quite some time since being fully engulfed in the 70s revival of recent months - my dreams were made of crochet and man-repelling jeans - these days it's wide leg or nothing and such is quite freeing.

Wearing: Top - ASOS | Jeans - ASOS | Shoes - Primark | Bag - New Look | Moonstone Choker - ASOS |