It comes to something when even I, with my literal mountains of clothes, can't find anything suitable to wear in the summery weather. My work wardrobe isn't really summer appropriate and I have been finding it particularly difficult to get dressed each morning. I was recently contacted by a lovely PR lady from Surfdome to see if I was interested in doing a review and when I saw just how much stuff they had on their site (hint: loads) I jumped at the chance. I have a real soft spot for stripy tops and I will never give up on my quest for the perfect Breton tee. This one was from Billabong - a brand I associate with willowy, blonde, tanned surfer girls (clearly not a category I fit into!) and I was surprised by how much I like it.
|Waistcoat: Miss Selfridge, Billabong long sleeved top: c/o Surfdome, necklace: Primark, skirt: Principles via charity shop, shoes: c/o Matalan|
This mint waistcoat is another of those items that I can't bring myself to get rid of. I definitely went through a 'boho' phase when I first started uni (think lots of chunky wooden layered necklaces) and I thought it would be the perfect match for the more relaxed style of top. I like the fact it also adds a bit of colour- I'm not very good at sticking to a strict monochrome palette! This paper-bag skirt is really difficult to photograph- it is a weird almost crepe-like material and has a strange sheen which the camera can't seem to pick up properly. It may be a pain to iron but it sure looks pretty!
This top definitely has that super relaxed, oversized fit in the body but the sleeves are ridiculously tight. At first I had trouble getting my arms into them but after a bit of wriggling, I managed to adjust them to be comfortable. I'm never convinced that batwing tops are that flattering on me but I will be playing with the proportions to see if I can make it work with skinny jeans or trousers.
How would you style a batwing top?
P.S. This post was done in collaboration with Surfdome