Dressed-down in Breton stripes

Dress-down Friday, the familiar foe of many safe suit-lover, but a chance for the more fashion-concious in the office to relax and not worry about the dress code!

With the lovely weather we’ve been having, my only concern has been how to dress coolly enough for the sun but warmly enough for the air-con! The answer, of course, is layers and my old favourite, the cardigan!

Today’s choice is a little French-inspired and a little 60s-beatnik. I’ve gone for a really good quality striped vest top from Dorothy Perkins, with navy chinos and a thin, pale blue cardi from GAP, and a camel-coloured handbag from TU. I also threw on some white leather and raffia wedges from F&F and some bug-eyed sunnies as I skipped out the door singing Frère Jacques!

Bon weekend, mes amis!

Dressing up

Ever the optimist, the black opaques have now been packed away for the summer, woo hoo! It would still take a lot for me to get my bare legs out at work though, but thanks to M&S ladder-resist tights this is not a prospect that I have to face!

Today’s 1940s-style dress is from Dorothy Perkins. A couple of months ago they had this peplum-waisted number in a whole host of colours and patterns, so expect to see this style on my blog again!

My new peep-toe, block-heeled shoes are from M&S, and the bag is Topshop. As usual I’ve gone for a more contemporary hairdo to balance the look and stop it from looking too fancy-dress (see next post)!

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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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