Doing that 70’s thang …Archive by Alexa 

I love fashion . Let’s be honest I think most of us do! The thrill of finding the perfect outfit…

That doesn’t mean I know what I’m talking about. Hell no … I’m no fashionista. Far, far from it. I just like what I like be it in ‘trend’ or not.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 

When I heard about the second collection Alexa Chung was designing for Marks & Spencer’s  I must admit I got a tad excited. I didn’t however think I’d be-able to get my hands on any of it, expecting it to sell out more or less straight away.

So imagine my delight when I called into Marks last week and there it was sat smiling at me as I walked in. There was still a lot of stock available. Yay!

I tried on a few items but the one that stood out for me was the plain silk, oyster ‘Elland’ shirt . It can be yours for £35.00 and currently all sizes are available on-line. Perhaps there’s only me that likes it then!

Simple, pretty with a definite 70’s feel thanks to the slightly larger than usual pointy collar. It’s darling.


Bought …

Sold to the lady with the big cheesy “I got my hands on some #ArchivebyAlexa collection” grin.

So here’s how I styled it for  work today.

It wasn’t overly cold this morning (despite the forecast of snow) but I wanted to add some layers, because I’m nesh, but still keep it smart. This came in the way of a loose knitted tank top my mum had knitted for me some years ago , with my black H& M jacket over.

I wore it with my ‘god-send’ pleather leggings from Next ( I swear they’ll be walking by themselves shorty) and my trusty Dune Leopard heels both bought last year.


I kept my jewellery simple and quite ‘prim’ .

I wore a couple of pearl bracelets, my gran’s wedding ring  and my beautiful, chunky Rosefield Watch which I received as part of the  Sheer Luxe Beauty Box last month.

So what do you think?

I wore it on Saturday night (for its debut outing) by itself with just a pair of jeans.

Mum, dad , the BF and I  went to see The Elvis World Tour at the Sheffield Arena. It was a great night with 3 of the best Elvis impersonators performing all the hits…but that’s a story for another post …

I can see me getting a lot of wear from this shirt as its very versatile. A good plain base to work with and layer during the winter months.

I can see me teaming it with more tank tops . I do love a woolly tank top, they remind me of my granddad. I’ve always been partial to dressing like an old man.

I spotted this patterned knitted waistcoat  from Joe Browns  when Liz and I  attended the Autumn Winter Preview a few months ago.  It’s very Marmite – you’ll either love it (like me) or hate it.

I’d wear it with the Elland shirt, my dark denim River Island flares, tan boots and belt. Complete with my tan H & M mac over.

Pipe optional.

OR you could take the same shirt and tank top but wear it with a mini skirt , thick tights and knee high boots…

I’m thinking seventies styling like below (images courtesy of Pinterest).






It would  look great worn under this brown cord dungaree dress from New Look (below)which is currently in stock in all sizes and reasonably priced at £19.99.

Stick on a  baker boy cap , your  knee high boots and strut your funky stuff.


This is a look I will definitely be trying to recreate.


or this Corduroy dress below from ASOS £30.00 – it’s probably just a little too short for me, my flash your pants days are well and truly over!


For a smarter ‘work’ look this ASOS dress would be ideal. I’d just swap the shoes for a pair of ankle boots to toughen it up abit…


The options really are endless and I can’t wait to play!

Have you got the Elland shirt and how do you intend to wear yours?

Until next time, Tracey xx

8 thoughts on “Doing that 70’s thang …Archive by Alexa 

  1. majeang says:

    Such a versatile blouse! Great styling options too! It’ll look great when it gets warmer with distressed skinny jeans, converse and a trench coat!

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