Oh, Summer (Date) Night!

Summer date night
Summer date night
Summer date night

Summer evenings are just the best aren’t they? I love how a too hot day can turn into a beautifully warm summer night and I have been trying to make the most of these while I still can. You guys know that I love sharing my “OOTDs” on this blog but what about my outfits of the night?! Of course in winter it’s pretty much impossible to be able to capture an evening outfit because of the lack of light. Therefore, I made a point of shooting this outfit I wore on a Saturday night out to a restaurant a couple of weeks ago and I do think it is rather perfect summer date night outfit indeed.

Ever since I found this star print shift dress in the Zara sale, I have been waiting patiently for the right occasion to wear it. During the day was a no-go because it has been rather humid of late so when we decided to treat ourselves to a Saturday night out, it was the obvious choice. The combination of the short length and the long sleeves meant it was great both during the early evening while the daytime heat was still lingering and later on when the air was a bit cooler. As we were going to a restaurant, the loose shirt shape of the dress was great for hiding any food babies – and trust me, there were definitely multiple food babies going on after a trip to our favourite vegetarian restaurant, Lola Rosa.

Summer date night

DRESS: ZARA SALE | BOOTS: OFFICE | BAG: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


Summer date night
Summer date night

The star print is the thing that drew me to this dress in the first place. Being black and white, it is understated yet still fun and easy to wear both during the day and for a summer date night outfit. With such a monochrome base, I had to sass things up with some colourful accessories. Starting from the feet and working up, I chose to rock my much loved – but recently neglected – silver boots to go with the Starman theme of the dress. I added some fuchsia socks, just allowing them to peep out the top of the boots in such a fun way. This pink silk bag with bamboo handle is one of my favourite purchases of the summer and as I don’t get to wear it much, this pink themed date night outfit was the perfect opportunity.

Summer date night
Summer date night

I finished off the look with some statement earrings of course! I don’t own any pink ones so opted for these amazing round purple ones that clash perfectly with the pink. Finally, I thought I’d try bright pink lipstick for a change! The amazing shade is by Clinique and it has been sitting in my make up bag for ages as it was a free gift. Well, I am well and truly converted to hot pink lipstick and it’s a great alternative to red. I am not sure Lewis was such a fan but then again he prefers me sans lipstick, for smudge-free kisses ha!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I wore on a recent summer date night! I’m sorry that blog posts are a bit sparse at the moment – we have been having a constant stream of visitors and have some big life changes happening, which I am going to post about soon. Thanks for bearing with me! X

Summer date night

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

I have long admired people who can put together outfits with clashing prints but I have never fully given it a go myself. Perhaps that is because I have not quite had the right pieces or have not properly thought about why certain clashes work and some do not. So today I want to talk about how to wear clashing prints for summer and why this particular ensemble works oh so well together.

Today you are looking at an outfit that was not meticulously put together, but one that I thought up as I was lying in bed about a week ago. Both the floral top and the gingham skort are two of my favourite vintage finds so far this summer but I had had trouble finding an interesting way to style either. Suddenly, from the comfort of my mattress, it came to me and I wondered if they might look just awesome together - I was right! (I hope you agree!)

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

SKORT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA ASOS) | TOP: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA ASOS) | SHOES: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

I think it is important to find some common ground between the two clashing prints. That could be combining similar shape prints (like gingham and tartan together); wearing different variations of the same print (pairing horizontal stripes with vertical); or, in this case, choosing two pieces with the same colour palette. The black and white of the gingham combined with the black base of the top means the two prints work really well together. It also helps that the skort is of a small gingham print and that, in true nineties style, the floral print is more understated and thus neither print dominates the look.

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

Accessories are key to bringing the clashing prints together into a well-styled outfit. I chose to pick up on the red of the flowers to finish off the look, adding red accessories, as is all the rage right now. These adorable red vintage shoes go perfectly with the sixties-meets-nineties vibe of the outfit, although I can’t walk far in them because they really pinch my toes (I cry). My favourite Mac ‘So Chaud’ lipstick is my go-to for injecting a pop of colour to any monochrome outfit and it matches the floral print so well. Of course, I had to wear a pair of statement earrings too, which is my latest obsession, and as I don’t have any red ones in my collection, I thought these white plastic sixties ones were just the ticket to tie in with the white of the skirt.

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

Clashing prints aside, let’s talk about the pieces themselves and why I decided to add these to my summer wardrobe. With gingham being the print of the season, the skort was a no-brainer and I know it is something that I will wear not just in summer but also all year round, thanks to its monochrome colour palette. Furthermore, it is super lightweight; perfect for both the humid and cooler summer days we are having here in Montreal and its unique shape is so flattering. As for the top, you may have noticed that I never succumb to the off the shoulder trend that has been around for a couple of summers now and that is because I don’t feel it really suits me. This top is a happy medium because it allows me to show off my décolletage, which I find so flattering, but I don’t have to have my shoulders on display – something that makes me feel a bit self-conscious (I wish it didn’t!).

So there we have it – how to wear clashing prints this summer. Will you be taking my tips on board and giving clashing prints a try or have you already got the print clash down?! Let’s chat! X

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

My Summer Essentials

My Summer Essentials
My Summer Essentials

I don't know about you but I'm finding it harder and harder to dress for summer this year. I'm usually waiting all year for that warmer weather, the chance to get my pins out and to get some good natural vitamin D. However, this I'm struggling because after the harshest winter I have ever experienced, Montreal has done a complete 180 and is giving us a pretty damn hot and humid summer. The trouble is that I find summer dressing a bit less creative so I thought today, rather than trying my hardest to get out of this style rut, I would just share an outfit full of my summer essentials. 

My Summer Essentials

SHORTS: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA MISSGUIDED) | T-SHIRT: VINTAGE | SHOES: ZARA SALE (SIMILAR VIA CASTAÑER) | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


My Summer Essentials
My Summer Essentials

THE DENIM SHORTS


In my eyes, you simply cannot get through summer without a good pair of denim shorts. Surprisingly, I only had one pair (that fit me) until recently - some very very light blue Levi's shorts that are honestly a bit too tight but I kept wearing them because they're Levi's. I'm one of those people that likes to do things right so if I'm going to wear denim shorts, they have to be Levi's. However, I recently saw these adorable embroidered denim shorts in a vintage shop and thought I'd give them a try. I'm so glad I did because they fit like a dream around the waist but don't hug my thighs at all like the Levi's ones do in such an unflattering way. They are also slightly longer which makes them so much more comfortable, especially when sitting down in a park. They are my ultimate new summer essential so let that be a lesson to all of us - there’s more to the denim short game than Levi’s.

My Summer Essentials

THE SLOGAN T-SHIRT


Although all I want to do in summer is free the armpits and only wear strappy tops, I often feel a bit self-conscious because I don't like the tops of my arms. Enter the slogan t-shirt, a total summer essential and something I am always on the look out for to add to my collection. I bought this cute 'Camp Mini' one from a friend in Paris and even though it is rather off-white now, I still love it. The great thing about a slogan t-shirt is that it is much more casual than wearing a camisole, which is certainly needed when stomping around the city in some rather statement shoes.

My Summer Essentials

THE STATEMENT SANDAL


I am really not a sandals gal. I hate super flat, strappy sandals and I’m really not into flip-flops either. Instead, I have spent most summers in Converse, which are nice and practical but are not always very breathable…and I hate sweaty feet. Therefore, last year I thought I’d try something a bit more statement and purchased a pair of yellow flatform espadrilles from ASOS (which you can see in last week’s post about linen). They turned out to a total win so when I spied a similar pair in the Zara sale for just 18$, it was a no brainer. These ones are slightly different because they have that lovely ankle tie detail that is all the rage right now. So if, like me, you struggle to find sandals you like, I would definitely recommend trying a pair of flatform espadrilles. This summer essential is super on trend and surprisingly comfortable and easy to walk in. Plus they elongate the legs beautifully, which is always a win in my eyes.

 

My Summer Essentials
My Summer Essentials

THE RAY BAN ROUND METAL


And finally, no summer essentials list would be complete without some sunglasses and the pair that I reach for time and time again is the Ray Ban round metal. They go with absolutely any outfit and add that touch of retro that I’m always seeking. They are also great for super hot days because they perch nicely on your nose without resting on your cheeks, which is what annoys me slightly about Ray Ban Wayfarers. I’m definitely looking to add some more round Ray Bans to my collection once the bank balance is looking a bit healthier – I’m lusting over the Ray Ban Ja-Jo with pink lenses, which are even more retro than these!

So there we have it – four of my summer essentials all rolled into one awesome outfit. I hope you’ve liked this post – I’d love to hear you summer essentials! Let’s chat! X

I’m A Linen Convert

I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert

Am I officially an adult now because I’m a linen convert? I say this because my mum wears a lot of linen and she has done as long as I can remember. When I was back in the UK a few weeks ago I helped her do a wardrobe clear out and boy, does that woman have a lot of linen! Well, Bristol’s charity shops have some of it now but it still makes up most of her summer wardrobe. My mum has great style – sometimes it can be quite minimal but she wears a lot of stripes and has some interesting shaped pieces so I certainly trust her sartorial choices. Having seen linen on some of my favourite bloggers this season and as it’s my mum’s material of choice; I thought I would give linen a try.

I found this lovely yellow linen shirt in a vintage shop and knew it would be so easy to style up. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know I am having rather a moment with the colour yellow (remember that yellow coat? I can’t wait to wear that again) so this linen shirt was a no brainer.

I'm a linen convert

LINEN SHIRT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA VIVID LINEN)  | DENIM SHORTS: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA MISSGUIDED) | SHOES: OLD ASOS (SIMILAR VIA CASTAÑER) | SUNGLASSES: VINTAGE | BANDANA: VINTAGE | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert

I paired the linen shirt with a lot more yellow (I told you I’m obsessed!) and my new favourite denim shorts – which have yellow sunflower embroidery on! Too cute! I love how the linen shirt has rather big slits up the side, which means it’s easy to just tuck in one side of the front and the back still looks great. It was a rather warm day when we shot these photos so I rolled up my sleeves and donned a yellow bandana around my wrist. If you read My Current Inspiration post this week, you’ll already know that I’m loving outfits with neck scarves worn unusual ways and I think wearing a bandana like this adds a nice touch of interest. I finished off the look with last year’s favourite sandals, my yellow flatform espadrilles (I think this is when the yellow love began), which I find so flattering as they elongate the leg.

Finally I have to mention how pleasant it is to wear linen, even on a warm summer’s day! I felt great in this shirt even while walking around Montreal in the strong afternoon sun. It’s a really light, breathable material and I will definitely be on the look out for more pieces to add to my tiny linen collection. Have you given linen a try this summer and are you, like me, a linen convert? X

 

I'm a linen convert
I'm a linen convert

My Current Inspiration #1

Hello and welcome to my first current inspiration post! I have recently really gotten into Pinterest so I thought I would share what has been inspiring me recently, because it’s not always possible to execute the same in my outfit posts and it’s nice to do a different type of fashion post every once in a while. I hope this gives you some inspiration too and please let me know what you think because I’d love to make this a regular post on Fashion Et Moi – enjoy! X

My Current Inspiration Haim

HAIM


Anyone who has spent any time with me recently will know that I am so obsessed with Haim. Their hotly anticipated second album, which finally dropped a couple of weeks ago, got me all excited again about how much I love this oh-so cool trio of sisters, not just for their music but for their style too. Their cool Cali-girl vibe mixed with clear vintage influences is right up my street and I would wear every single one of their outfits. I absolutely love these sunny promo shots from their new album – a-line mini skirts, matchy matchy suits and PVC - hello! When I saw them play Glastonbury this year, Alana and Danielle wore black PVC kick flares with a floral blouse while Este donned a PVC mini skirt with a sparkly top – queens, or what? I’m in love. Furthermore, these girls make a simple jeans, t-shirt and leather jacket outfit look so cool and effortless, which as an occasional lazy dresser, I always strive to. Their secret seems to be accessorising with retro inspired sunglasses, some trusty black boots and, of course, their long flowing locks (grow, hair, grow!).

My Current Inspiration Statement Earrings

STATEMENT EARRINGS


If you have been following me on Instagram or reading this blog for a while, you will have noticed that I have been wearing earrings, and more specifically big statement earrings, a lot more in the past six months or so. I first became obsessed with big earrings through discovering Maria Bernad on Instagram who has an earring collection to die for. I love how big and bold earrings can elevate an outfit - even a simple all black one like above looks so much more sassy with a bit of ear candy. My earring collection is coming along nicely and I have been regularly seeking out new additions in vintage and second hand stores, where you can often pick up a pair for 2$ or less! I particularly love interesting shaped gold earrings for a more classic look as well as the contrasting brightly coloured plastic variety, which are great for adding a pop of colour to any outfit.

My Current Inspiration Scarves
My Current Inspiration Scarves

DIFFERENT WAYS TO WEAR A NECK SCARF


Similarly to statement earrings, I have recently been very inspired by outfits with neck scarves, in particular when scarves are used in rather unusual ways. Perhaps the most accessible way to start getting into wearing scarves not round your neck is in your hair. Because of my fringe I have always struggled to tie a scarf around my head in a way that looks good so round the ponytail is much simpler. I have been wearing my hair up a lot more recently because of the heat. However, I always feel a bit less like “me” without a bit of hair around my face so a low side ponytail tied with a cute scarf is just perfect. Having previously worn bandanas round my wrist, I love the look of one tied round the ankle with a pair of mules and a raw denim hem. It adds such a cool, unusual detail and I will definitely be trying this one out on cooler days or evenings during summer. And finally, perhaps the least wearable but still so awesome is using a scarf as a top! I have tried this one at home and unfortunately my body shape and boob size just don’t allow for it but hopefully some of you will feel inspired to try this one out! It will look just amazing with a pair of high waisted trousers on holiday.

My Current Inspiration Suits & Co-Ords
My Current Inspiration Suits & Co-Ords

SUITS & CO-ORDS


And finally, one big obsession of mine that does not seem to be going away soon is matchy matchy dressing. Whether it be a jacket and shorts ensemble, a skirt and top co-ord or a colourful power suit, I want it all. I think there are a few reasons why I am so into matchy outfits. Firstly, it’s effortless and I am all about lazy dressing that looks good. The suit pretty much does the talking so you just need to add a simple t-shirt and you’re good to go. Secondly, I feel important and powerful. If I’m having an off day or need a boost, donning a suit is definitely going to make me feel like I can “boss” the day because looking like you’ve got you’re shit together means you’re going to get your shit together. Lastly, you can wear them separately! If buying two matching pieces can translate into three outfit combinations then that is a win in my eyes!

 

Sources: HAIM | MARIA BERNAD | PANDORA SYKES | BLOGLOVIN | REFINERY 29 | VOGUE PARIS | BONSERGENT STUDIO | CHRONICLES OF HERMEGAN ELLABY | STYLE MEMOS

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