Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Styled by Kimberley: Milk

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At first glance it looks like I'm not bringing a lot to the milk-themed outfit party, except a pair of whiter- than- white legs and genuine milk bottle lenses in my near-blind level specs. Bear with me though- it is sort of thought through. (FYI we picked this theme as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek nod to next week's posts... can you guess what we'll be reviewing?)

Anyway, I put together a soft blue and pink colour palette for this outfit, layering up with themed accessories. I've never worn this combination before but it's a great surprise. The skirt I made in spring, after 2 years of indecision. I still haven't got round to the co-ord top...ahem. I thought the sleepy village scene works well with the chocolate box connotations of the ol' milk man. Although I didn't have anything milky, Helen provided (my bestie is better than yours) her Skinny Dip novelty milk carton bag (that I bought her, so maybe her bestie is better than yours), and the adorable matching milk bottle rings she made for the two of us. Because we are too damn cute. The fried egg ring and earrings are just because I have a thing for fried egg designs, but it kind of works with the breakfast-y food theme. I have had these cute glitter dipped teeth collar clips for a while now but I always seem to forget them! For shame. With a milk tooth reference  it fit the brief (See? Totally considered approach to styling here)

Top | old Primark
Skirt | made by me
Collar Clips | Hey Kitsch Kitty
Rings | made by Helen
Earrings | made by Helen
Shoes | Clarks
Bag | SkinnyDip
Glasses | c/o Vision Express
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This boxy old blouse is too cropped to tuck into my skirt, or tie up as I'd normally prefer, but having my arms and legs out balances the look. I'm not too worried that my waist is nowhere to be seen. Like Helen, I'm starting to come round to looser shapes that perhaps don't match up with the cookie cutter styling for my body type. A milk carton handbag isn't screaming sexy anyway, so why not just go the whole man-repelling hog? Sorry Gok Wan, but maybe I don't always need to be accentuating the waist and flaunting the curves.

I've been mixing up my silhouette quite a bit recently. I've got a couple of pairs of awkward length culottes, I've started layering with longer lengths, and wearing my baggy The Whitepepper patch dress. Admittedly, it takes a while to get used to it. I'm so mentally trained on certain silhouettes (see Gok above) that anything else looks wrong to my eye- on me, although not when I see it in fashion shoots. But it's good to mix it up and dip into trends. As always when stepping out of your comfort zone with dressing, you can feel a bit self conscious of the change at first. To feel somehow more prominent in a room. Sometimes this can make me feel fierce (hello, alienesque sequins and pink mohawk) but other times I can't stop fidgeting. If you're really uncomfortable, don't force it. But I find that after a couple of wears that odd item slips into normal wear and you're soon thinking that a full length graphic shirt dress is totally casual weekend wear.
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What do you think about dressing against your body shape? Is moving out your comfort zone the way forward, or should do you think it's better to find a signature style or stick to it?
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