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.
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.
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).
I BLOODY LOVE THESE LOOKS /STYLING
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