Fashion is an art in itself. The way you dress has a huge impact on the way you feel, the way people perceive you, and the way you act. You may not even notice it, but when you go out dressed in your favourite outfit it really helps your self esteem. You carry yourself more confidently, you feel good about yourself, and it tends to show your favourite side of yourself. If you don’t believe me, try going out in clothes that you wouldn’t typically wear, or clothes that don’t reflect who you are. Doesn’t it make you feel strange and awkward and self conscious? I know it does for me.
If you’re anything like how I was a year ago, you might not even know who you are yet. Maybe you don’t know which clothes make you feel good, or how to dress in a way that reflects who you are. I remember struggling for a long time trying to figure out who I was and what made me feel happy, and honestly, you’ve just got to keep trying. I spent a lot of time wandering around different shops looking for clothes that were out of my comfort zone even when I didn’t have money to spend. I remember thinking silly things like ‘only dolly shoes suit me’, so I wouldn’t buy anything else. I would wear the same pair of shoes every single day, and I remember it really did drag me down toward the end. I wanted to feel stylish like the people I saw on Instagram and Lookbook, and so I made more of an effort. It can be such a long process, and it won’t all happen at once, but I promise if you keep a positive open mind about it you will improve yourself. It’s a journey!
When the idea of doing an outfit of the week (OOTW) blog post popped into my head, I actually became really excited about it! I’d love to help inspire other people with my favourite outfits, and it will also help me keep track of my changing style. I will post a new OOTW every Monday starting from today. There may be some repeat items that you see in these outfits because I have some items that go in multiple outfits, but I’ll try to switch it up as much as possible!
Also a quick disclaimer; clothes wear very different on different shapes and sizes! For photo reference, I am quite short 5’0 exactly (last time I checked), and a size 6/S/XS in most clothing, depending on the way the item is made. I buy all jeans from the petite section to cater to my short legs, and ‘mini’ skirts like the one I’m wearing in the picture don’t look so mini on me. I will list the sizes of clothes I am wearing in the picture, where they’re from, etc, to make sure you get the best idea of how the item would wear on yourself.
This week’s OOTW is a very cute and feminine look and is my favourite outfit out of all my outfits at the moment – which is why I had to start with it! I’ll try and link every item online but some of the things I’m wearing have been owned for a long time and will no longer be in stores. This is mostly about the jewelry though so I will try and link similar items if I can find them!
Jumper: I’m wearing my favourite cropped pink jumper that I bought from Ark for around £15. Unfortunately Ark has now closed down and been bought out by JD Sports, so I can’t get onto their website to find the jumper despite the fact I bought it recently. I’ve found similar items on Boohoo: here and here. It’s a fairly chunky knit jumper that’s very comfortable and soft to wear. It’s a cropped jumper, but on me it comes to just above my bellybutton. I think for a taller person it would be more obviously cropped, but for me I can easily tuck it into my skirt without a problem. The size of the jumper is a small.
Skirt: You’ll probably recognise this skirt already because they’re so popular. This is the American Apparel Tennis Skirt in white, which retails at £46. It’s available in so many other colours too, so if white isn’t your colour they have so many more for you to try! I bought mine online in a size small, but on me it is a tiny bit loose when I don’t tuck in my jumper, so I feel like a size XS would have been a little bit better for me. Despite this, I absolutely love this skirt, it’s my favourite skirt that I own and I wear it all the time. Anyone who knows me would agree with this! The tennis skirts look a lot shorter on the models on the AA website, and I’m guessing that that’s because they’re a lot taller than me. However, if you’re short like me and you like the skirt, don’t be put off by the length. They’re still beautifully elegant and feminine.
Tights: The tights are unbranded, but I probably bought them from Primark. They’re just ordinary tights, so I don’t really have much to say about them. They’re just your typical sheer tights, and I bought them in a size small for £3 or less.
Shoes: My shoes are from New Look, I bought them last year so they’re not selling these anymore. After some searching, the closest I could find were these shoes from eBay. I paid £22.99 for the New Look ones, and I am a shoe size 4. The shoes are described as ‘white patent teardrop cutout chunky t-bar strap shoes’ – how long winded? – so if you want to search for these shoes specifically, that’s the description you can search with. These are among my favourite shoes that I own. They scuff easily, but you can use a magic eraser to clean them up and they’ll be looking brand new (thanks Mum!).
Watch: This watch is like my pride and joy (seriously!). It’s the first luxury item I’ve ever owned, and was gifted to me by my boyfriend for a joint Christmas/birthday present (even though my birthday isn’t until May). It’s a rose gold Michael Kors watch, and costs £229 from Ernest Jones. I wear this watch with everything, every day, but I love wearing it especially with this outfit, it just complements it so much! The colours match beautifully and it’s a nice little item to add to a fairly basic outfit.
Necklace: This is all one necklace, made to look like three! I bought it from New Look for probably around £5 last year. It would be really hard to find any necklace like it, so instead of linking one, if you search ‘3 chain necklace’ online you’ll get loads of different choices and websites. The details of the necklace I’m wearing includes small gold circles on the short chain, a crescent moon on the middle chain, and a fake rose quartz gem on the longest chain.
Ring 1: The silver ring with the pearl is from Pandora and is priced at £50. This was a birthday gift from my Mum for my 18th, and like my Michael Kors watch, I wear it everyday. I prefer simplistic, smaller rings (I know a lot of people prefer the chunkier rings from Pandora), so when I saw this pearl ring I knew it was the one I wanted for my 18th. I usually wear it on my middle finger on my right hand.
Ring 2: The second ring I wear is the rose gold bow ring from Next. It’s actually from the children’s section, and I bought it for £3 along with a cute little necklace. I bought it from the children’s section because I have really small fingers, and even the ‘small’ rings at the adult section of next were too big. It’s another simple ring that I love, and I always pair it with my Michael Kors watch, so I wear it on the ring finger of my left hand. It’s not a perfect fit because it’s a tiny bit loose on my ring finger, and is hard to take off sometimes when I put it on my middle finger. I wear it everyday anyway though!
And that is it for the first OOTW! I hope you enjoyed reading. I think future OOTW posts may be shorter, especially if I’ve worn a certain item previously in an older post and already written about it. The next OOTW post will be next Monday. See you then!