I’ve already blogged about the wonderful Bloggers’ Blog Awards, but my worry – along with most of the attendees – was definitely what to wear. I had taken a huge risk and not even packed an outfit for the Awards when I left Cambridge, relying on a last-minute shopping trip in the Trinity Centre the night before the event, but luckily H&M came up trumps. After we had finished setting up, I grabbed Corrine from Skinned Cartree to take some snaps outside of Lamberts’ Yard of my last-minute outfit:
Dress: H&M. Faux fur gilet: H&M. Rings: Primark. Earrings: Platform 9 3/4, Kings Cross. Necklace: George at Asda* Boots: Clarks.
I’ve been loving the seventies trend all Summer, and I’m even more excited for it to stick around throughout Autumn and Winter because this means layers. Faux fur is always a favourite of mine during the colder months, so I was determined to find a faux fur gilet to wear over swing dresses and suede. After hunting through a few shops to no success, I finally stumbled upon this version in H&M and fell in love. It was nothing like I was originally looking for, but I love it. The greens, greys and blacks are fun and unusual but it also has a black cardigan back, which somehow make the gilet much more wearable – it adds just the right amount of fur rather than completely swamping me in fluffiness!
I decided to team the furry gilet with a simple dress, also from H&M. I love polo necks in winter, as they keep my cosy and look sleek and stylish. This dress is perfect for both days out and work, thanks to its high neckline and long sleeves. The simple skater style is so flattering and I felt both comfortable and confident in it. The plain grey is perfect for dressing up or down and I thought it matched perfectly with the fur, letting the fluff take centre stage. I’ve been loving H&M’s #FallInLove campaign this Autumn on some bigger blogs; thanks to my single status, I thought I would hate seeing so many loved-up posts but they’ve been nicely balanced between bloggers loving their other halves and bloggers taking time to love themselves. I hate the motto to ‘love yourself before you love others’ – it’s not something I think should be mutually exclusive. However, I’ve recently realised quite how happy I am single and I’m so busy it’s great to spend my spare moments focusing on myself, my friends and my family rather than dating. I’m not the kind of person who wants to be in a relationship for the sake of it; perhaps somebody will come along and perhaps they won’t. Sometimes it’s nice to be selfish!
Anyway, back to clothes! Because the outfit was fairly simple. I added a pile of jewellery to add some interest. I’ve been loving the various sets of rings from Primark recently and this set of gold and purple toned rings are some of my favourites. I adore the mix of normal and midi rings which I can stack up or wear individually, plus they’re a complete bargain (even if they turn my hands slightly green – oops!) Of course, I couldn’t resist adding my Dobby earrings and my favourite George at Asda necklace to complete my accessories.
Finally, I added my brand new winter boots from Clarks. This year, I was determined to buy some sensible shoes, so of course I turned to Clarks. I’m really impressed with how fashionable these boots are and, unsurprisingly, they are so comfortable. They are perfect for walking around Leeds or London for hours on end and keeping my feet toasty and dry. Overall, I think the entire look is going to become a Winter staple for me – especially the faux fur! I might have already bought another faux fur jacket…
What do you think of my outfit? What do you wear to blogger meet ups?