So this Style Series is going to be a little different from previous ones.
I won’t actually be styling one piece, but instead using the pieces I have to create 4 outfits for ‘going out’.
I used to be terrible for buying new things every time an event was planned, or it was someones birthday, or a party – just about any excuse to run out and buy something new. That I would then wear that night only. And then forget about.
That was the old me, now I’m living the capsule lifestyle I’m finding it much easier to create outfits suitable for different occasions out of what I already have.
And that’s what this post is all about. Yes, I am a lover of all things casual and comfy, however sometimes the event calls for something other than jeans and a jumper.
I hope these outfits show different ways to style up a casual closet!
Blouse – Topshop/Jeans – Topshop/Bag – Topshop/Necklace – Oliver Bonas
Let’s kick things off with this simple monochromatic look.
This blouse has served me well, especially over the festive period. Last minute drinks with friends? Sorted. Family meal? Easy.
It’s such a statement by itself (those sleeves!) that I kept the rest of the look simple and classic.
Style notes: Black jeans and black accessories tie this together to create a clean and elegant look perfect for many different events! I added my studded boots rather than plain, because I still wanted an element of fun in this outfit. My gorgeous new necklace also has the fun element with its geometric shapes to break up the plain white.
Skirt – Zara/Top – H&M/Bag – Zara/Boots – H&M
I’ll be honest, this is the only outfit I wear this top with. It’s just too cropped with anything else. And tight fitting (I even sized up!). But oh well, lesson learned! Now, on with the details!
Style notes: This skirt does all the talking here. I loved this look over Christmas and New Year for festive parties, but it’s also working now for cocktails with friends. I’ve been loving this skirt since with my black jumper and faux leather jacket also. All black everything! I feel any jewellery with this would be overkill, so I kept it simple with plain black ankle boots and my black and silver bucket bag.
Jumper – H&M/Skirt – Topshop/Bag – Topshop
I actually wore this outfit for NYE. We had a family party so the occasion didn’t call for super fancy, but I still wanted something nice.
Style notes: I love the clashing of a smarter skirt with a slouchy sweater. It works perfectly for me. Whenever I wear this I feel ‘dressed up’ enough, but still feel like me because of the slouchy, comfy top. I went for the half tuck with this jumper, there’s quite a lot of material and not so much room in the skirt waistband, so it’s far from perfect. But I love it anyway!
Top – H&M/Skirt – Zara/Jacket – H&M/Bag – H&M
I love this skirt! It took me ages to find the perfect faux leather skirt, but this is it. It fits great, is a good length meaning I can wear without tights in Spring and it has pockets!
This is the kind of outfit I’d wear out to a more casual event, like a music concert or open mic night down the pub!
Style notes: T-shirt tucked in to show off the shape of the skirt, and accentuate my waist. I love the longer jacket over the top of this, plus it’s lightweight so easy to carry if I decide to take it off! As it’s a very monochromatic look, I gave it a pop of print with the leopard bag. It’s just the right size to hold my phone and a few cards. I added my fedora because why not? Bonus that it gives the whole look a little bit of an ‘edgy’ vibe.
What do you think? Do you have any favourite pieces you like to style up for going out? Or do you have a whole separate part of your wardrobe for that? I’d love to know your thoughts!