Last Wednesday afternoon myself and @simplicitycity were on the same style wavelength when I threw on a cardigan and jeans and then was scrolling through Instagram and came across the gorgeous picture below on @simplicitycity’s Instagram feed.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Petite cardigans look amazing styled with trousers, jeans, skirts – they are an essential minimal piece to have because they are so versatile yet always look elegant; also an essential piece if you are wanting to master the classic and effortless French style. This one is from Next. For me, they come out in the spring/summer because I love to wear them as a top without an added layer such as a coat. I like the lightweight feel of them.
I chose to wear mine with skinny jeans and sandals and I actually wore this outfit to a BBQ later on that evening The skinny jeans are not meant to be high-wasted (problems with being 5’3) but I like the high-wasted style because combined with the cardigan they emphasise the waist, allowing for it to complement the body shape.
The colour of the jeans appears unusual, like a deep blue mixed with indigo. I like pairing different and unusual shades of colour together as it makes the outfit not too colourful and also not one block colour throughout the whole outfit.
Last Saturday I treated myself to a new pair of jeans. The straight-legged and cropped style jean have been on my wish-list for soooo long. This pair was from h&m, as were the skinny jeans. Both cost £30. I cannot tell you how comfy the straight-legged jeans are – comfiest jeans I have ever owned. The material is so soft as they are made of 94% cotton and the fit is perfect. I have had many conversations with friends about how it is really hard to find high street brands that sell jeans where we don’t need to wear a belt – well, I’ve finally found my store for cheap and good quality jeans! I would wear this type of outfit around the house due to it being so comfy but it also makes me feel a little dressed up rather than sitting in joggers all day – they may never beat the feeling of slipping into your old joggers after a long day at uni or work, but they are very close indeed.
But the best thing about the straight-legged pair is that they are from h&m’s conscious collection – their sustainable collection which I will go into further detail about in a blog post in the next few weeks. I can’t find the exact pair online but the following link will take you to a very similar pair – http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0443983003.html#Denim blue
Furthermore, on that idea of height, as I am a petite person jeans do not always look flattering on me, especially baggy jeans. But the fact that these straight leg jeans are tight at the top and then flair out, means that they maintain that baggy, casual style, whilst appearing to give shape. The cropped style also adds length to my legs.
Now, onto that Oxfam treat! I have been searching for a large leather bag for a while now because sometimes my leather bag from the vintage shop Resurrection is not always big enough for a day out. I have been looking at bags between £30 and £60 and have not found one that is of good enough quality and the style and size I want that is below £30. I was about to make the leap and buy an expensive one, but then I stumbled across this incredible bag….
It cost £5.99, is real leather and in amazing condition!
To complete this spring/summer look I opted for a pair of sandals for the BBQ, but ballet flats (pictured above) also look really good and give a bit more formality if you are wearing this outfit to a restaurant etc.
I love a toned down look and this style will definitely be worn over and over again this summer.