When Marisota got in touch with me a couple of weeks ago and asked me to take part in their 'Style Barriers' challenge, I couldn't resist. Anyone who has had the misfortune to play board games with me knows how ridiculously competitive I am (I have a lifetime ban on playing Scene It with Mark's family!) and a clothing challenge is my favourite type! I am also quite contrary so being told that I shouldn't wear something makes it all the more likely that I will ;) Although I regularly wear stripes I have never worn a striped jacket so I chose this Simply Be striped peplum jacket as the focus of my outfits. It is made of a fairly thick jersey and is warm without being too jacket-like, perfect for leaving on when you are in an air-conditioned meeting room!
|Jacket: Simply Be c/o Marisota, top: Matalan, trousers: ASOS, shoes: Clarks|
I am lucky enough to not have to dress particularly smartly for work but I leave the office fairly regularly, so I need something smarter but still comfortable when I do. Monochrome is a fail safe back up for many people but for me this would be a pretty dull outfit without the jacket and shoes to jazz it up. I know some people are scared of wearing patterns but stripes are definitely the easiest to pull off and hopefully this outfit just goes to show how easy stripes are to wear in a more formal environment.
Peplums are another potentially difficult 'trend' to wear so I stuck to my usual method of slim trousers and heels and I actually really like how this turned out (even if I do slightly resemble a humbug!)
Originally I wanted this dress to wear with the jacket but when it was out of stock, Marisota sent this one to me instead. I have to say, I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened the package as it was very long on me, even with my highest heels! I liked how the jacket skimmed over my problem areas (my tummy!) but I think the length is pretty stumpifying on me! I may only be 5' 5" but I think the majority of people would struggle with this midi length...
I think you can tell from my face that I'm just not convinced by this! I get the idea of the illusion dress but the white jersey clings to every lump and bump (even with shapewear!) and it just isn't flattering. If the colours had been reversed or the white was replaced with a darker colour then this might have just worked but it's a no from me, which is a shame as I would have loved to have done a Kate Winslet!
These tights were the final things that I decided to style up, I used to wear a lot of jazzy tights before I started this blog but burgundy tights are about as exciting as I get nowadays! These came in a two pack with a slightly more subtle diamond pattern but for me it was all about the super flattering illusion stripes! This outfit is a typical example of what I wear at the weekend, it is really cosy and comfy but still smart enough to leave the house in when you have to do your shopping. These shoes have barely left my feet over the past couple of weeks as they are just so darned comfy and I like the way they added to the slight 1960s vibe of this outfit...
Long-term readers may remember this infamous polo neck top/jumper (a lot of you hated it!) and although it probably isn't all that flattering (oh to have a long willowy neck!) it provided the perfect blank canvas for the jazzy tights and kept me super warm too...
How do you wear stripes? What is your biggest sartorial challenge?
P.S. This post was done in collaboration with Marisota as part of their Style Challenge