Not fancy-dress, just dressing fancy!

Retro and vintage fashion is very popular now, especially (but not exclusively) in cooler, cosmopolitan places like Manchester. So it should be no surprise to anyone to see somebody wearing a circle skirt, monochrome shift or flared jeans. Should it?

I think I err more on the side of ‘retro-inspired’ rather than ‘fancy-dress’, but apparently this concept is lost on some! I wore this outfit last week but was too annoyed to post it that morning after a colleague, who I thought better of, advised me that I looked ‘like something out of Grease’!

Does this kind of comment bother any other vintage-lovers? Do you think he meant it as a compliment or just an ill-thought-out observations? Either way, I hate the presumption that anyone not dressed in current fashions or eternally bland attire must be off to a themed party!

Still, if you do like my Sandra-Dee-style, then the chinos were from GAP, the sleeveless shirt from H&M and the sandals from F&F.

With hindsight though, perhaps the high ponytail was a bit too much…

In the sun-shiiiine!

Could it be, is summer finally here?! After a week away in Arran (with no blog-worthy outfits, trust me!), I’ve brought the sunshine back to Manchester with me. Despite all the usual post-holiday laundry, etc. that needs doing I’ve decided that I’m still on holiday until tomorrow, so it can wait! I’m now relaxing over lunch, preparing to hit the shops.

It’s the Manchester Day Parade today, and the theme is ‘Wish You Were Here’. Today’s outfit is inspired by a 50s seaside look, with denim hotpants from Dotty P’s, tie-front top and pumps from F&F (that’s Tesco to me and you!), and sunnies from George at Asda. The modern additions of the hoody (Topshop) and beach-messy hair are practicalities more than anything. The hoody is lovely and fleecy and the inside, ideal for Manchester breezes, which only serve to enhance my ‘windswept’ hair-do!

Happy Manchester Day everyone! xx

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