Monday, 6 July 2015

Styled by Kimberley: Monki

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I hate internet shopping. There, I said it. And I don't know if this is just me, but I don't get the same rush as I do with the whole shopping experience; the feel of the fabrics, rummaging through racks for a gem, slipping something on that's super stylish. Ah, I love it! Yes, I have a problem. Sigh. I probably should shop online more- I'm much more discerning, carefully weighing up all options, considering the cost and wondering if I really do need yet another tea dress/ outrageous pattern/ shoe. Of course I don't. It sucks all the excitement out of it! Another reason I swither when shopping online is the whole sizing issue. It's no secret that my recent weight gain is on my mind right now, and this is forcing me to buy new items out of necessity rather than joy. My size seems to really vary across brands and I might as well be picking the size blindly. I just cannot be bothered buying and trying and returning and re-ordering. What a pain!

To get to my point, many of the brands I adore have their main HQs in London, so while I was down there I made it a bit of a mission to try on *everything* within reach. We hit up the likes of Lazy Oaf,  Typical Freaks, Harnett and Pope and of course Monki, where I got this fun shirt dress! It was great to see first hand which items should really be on my wishlist, and which should remain on the models in the photographs. I hit so many winners in Monki but this outfit is my new favourite. It's my 'if I were an art teacher' look- effortlessly fun and comfortable (despite the five plasters adorning my tired feet.) The pattern and side splits break up the shape of it so it doesn't look to bulky, despite the length. I have to rearrange it when I sit down though because it very much feels like I'm wearing tails. Which is only a good thing.

I loved it so much that I wore it to the Blogtacular pre-dinner, as well as Scarf School Graduation. This shirt is my life now!

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Shirt | Monki
Trousers | Primark
Shoes | Clarks
Flower Crown | Claire's Accessories
Earrings | Naomi Murrell via Hannah Zakari
Brooch | borrowed from Helen

Ah yes, the random brooch. This wasn't a fashion choice so much as a modesty cover/ safety pin replacement. I often have difficulty with shirt gaps for two very obvious reasons. This brooch was just an on-the-spot quick fix but I often add in an additional popper button, which cannot be seen from the outside. It takes the pressure off the others but doesn't look out of place. If I have a shirt that I can put on without unbuttoning, I will just sew up the entire section that gapes. Hey presto! Make sure you also do the section below because closing up one adds pressure to the next one. I wouldn't advise doing this to make a too-tight shirt fit better; it will just make the back much tighter and you won't be able to raise your arms! I always buy a shirt that does fit comfortably around this annoying area but just needs a bit of help to stay in place. I haven't sewn up the shirt front on this one yet because I may want to wear it open too. All the options! I need to give it a few wears before I decide how I like it best. I'm up for that!

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