#OOTD: 12/3/15

Tonight I’m hitting the town with my best friend and housemate to celebrate his 20th birthday.  The club we’re going to plays a whole host of rock, metal, alternative and punk/punk-pop music.  With that in mind, I decided to dress like an extra from a 90s pop-punk music video.

Outfit of the day
If you squint at the crowd scenes next time you watch a punk-pop music video, I guarantee you’ll see at least three different girls wearing this outfit.

Shirt: Select
Crop top: New Look
Shorts: ASOS
Choker: The Vintage Room

Now I know this outfit is a little ambitious considering it’s only March, so if you’re not willing to brave the cold with bare legs then the shorts can easily be substituted for skinny jeans.  Bonus points if they’re acid wash and have ripped knees.

I also know that there will be plenty of my readers that don’t like wearing crop tops.  They’re still a work in progress for me – it took about 20 attempts until I took a picture where I was happy with how my tummy looked.  If you can’t stand the thought of wearing one, substitute it for a band t-shirt or a monochrome tee.

Any colour of plaid shirt will work well here: I went for a vibrant blue this time, but to get the full 90s effect more muted, earthy colours will work wonders.

When I head out I’ll be wearing my favourite black ankle boots, as pictured in my Christmas haul, and my faithful old leather jacket.

What do you think about this outfit?  What are some of your favourite 90s wardrobe essentials?  Let me know in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook!

Currently listening to: A Little RespectWheatus

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#OOTD: 05/03/15

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Now then, back to business. This outfit of the day post is a little outdated, as I wore this outfit out to a friend’s birthday bash last Saturday.  Hopefully it’ll give you some inspiration if you’re planning on hitting the town this weekend!

I’d also like the make a disclaimer before we start.  Even though the majority of my outfit was purchased in New Look, this post is not sponsored by them in any way.  It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realised just how New Look-centric this outfit is!

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Statement jacket, crop top, skort, boots, necklace: New Look
Bracelets: Primark
Ring: Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair

I think skorts are perfect for nights out.  They’re short enough to show off a bit of leg, but still keep you safe from sudden gusts of wind.  Whilst that image of Marilyn Monroe is pretty iconic, it’s not something I want to replicate in the queue for a nightclub.

The crop top adds a bit of fun to the outfit.  I think I deserve bonus points as that was the first time I’ve EVER worn a crop top!  Cue other fashion blogs clutching their chests and gasping in shock.  I’m a bit insecure about my tummy, so the statement jacket on top helped me feel more comfortable.  It also meant my midriff was a little less exposed.

The flash of colour in the statement jacket makes what could have been a simple monochrome outfit a bit more fun.  There’s nothing wrong with monochrome (I’m wearing all black today) but a little bit of colour can make a big difference.

So there you have it!  Do you like my outfit?  How would you wear some of the pieces differently? Write a comment and let me know.

Currently listening to: OceansTwin Atlantic

How to wear a statement jacket

Today I decided that a wardrobe refresher was well overdue.  So, I went into town and realised that my student loan is far better spent on clothes.

While I was out I nipped into New Look and picked up a gorgeous statement jacket.

Trying on a jacket in the New Look changing rooms
Don’t you just love a good changing room selfie?

I spent a long time umm-ing and aah-ing in store, as I wasn’t sure how to style the jacket.  After a bit of thinking I realised that this kind of item is a capsule wardrobe essential.  You can work them in so many ways!

Here are my Top Three statement jacket looks: casual wear, office smart, and evening glam.

1 – C A S U A L W E A R

How to wear a statement jacket: Casual wear

Crop top
mistressrocks.com

Quiz blue jeans
houseoffraser.co.uk

Black boots
publicdesire.co.uk

Forever New choker necklace
£10 – forevernew.com.au

A patterned jacket can make even a plain top and jeans look like you’ve made an effort.  Paired with a low chunky heel, you’re ready to tackle the day.

2 – O F F I C E S M A R T

How to wear a statement jacket: Office smart

Blue skirt
newlook.com

Dorothy Perkins black shoes
£16 – dorothyperkins.com

There’s no need to stick to monochrome in the office.  Add a splash of colour and you’re sure to turn heads.

3 – E V E N I N G G L A M

How to wear a statement jacket: Evening glam

Topshop white top
£31 – topshop.com

Boohoo golf skirt
£3.23 – boohoo.com

Charlotte Russe strappy sandals
£16 – charlotterusse.com

Panacea chevron necklace
£13 – lordandtaylor.com

Unfortunately it’s still pretty chilly in the evenings, so an extra layer won’t hurt!  Plus, most statement jackets are light enough to wear in warm venues.  No need to pay for the cloakroom next time you go clubbing, bargain.

What do you think of my outfit ideas?  How would you style a statement jacket like mine?  Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Currently listening to: My HeroFoo Fighters

#OOTD: 27/11/14

Today I decided to wear autumnal tones of warm berries and fallen leaves, adding layers to help fight off the November chill.  Jumpers combined with collared shirts are a personal favourite look of mine, and one I want to take right through the winter months and into spring.

The embroidered owls add a cute and playful touch to the outfit, whilst the pleated skirt gives it a punk edge.  The thick soles on my new winter boots are perfect for jumping puddles, but the outfit would also work nicely with my favourite Doc Martens.

Finally, the outfit is completed by a warm berry lipstick, which adds colour to the dreary grey days.  All that’s left to add is a leather jacket and thick wool scarf, and I’ll be prepared for any weather.

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Jumper: ASOS
Shirt, Skirt, Boots: New Look
Leggings: Primark
Doc Martens: Nevermind The Music
Necklace: Love Little Treasures
Lipstick: Boots Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Berry Sorbet

Currently listening to: CenturiesFall Out Boy

#OOTD: 08/09/14

So, summer is gradually melting away into autumn (not that you’d know it here in Bournemouth – it was 24 Celsius today, whaaaat?) which means cooler days, less sun and chilly breezes.  This outfit is a great transition outfit – a thick chunky-knit cardigan works really well with checked shirts, and if cardigans aren’t a sign that autumn is coming, what is?

The shirt adds some colour to the outfit, and the rich blue, forest green and deep red are great colours for this season.

Turned-up jeans add a summery feel, but the light grey denim is good for reminding us that there should still be a bit more sun to come this year.

Combined with chunky-heeled ankle boots, which are great protection from light showers and puddles, you shouldn’t need any more layers to keep you toasty all day long.

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Cardigan: Store 21
Shirt: Topman
Jeans, Boots: New Look

What do you think of this outfit?  How would you wear it differently? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Currently listening to: Chalk OutlineThree Days Grace

#OOTD: Leeds Festival 2014 looks

I’m only off to Leeds festival tomorrow morning!  Cannot wait to get caked in mud and drenched in the forecasted weekend’s rain.  I had planned to pack a more summery wardrobe, however due to the aforementioned weather I decided to play it safe with plenty of layering.

All of my outfits will be paired with my trusty hiking boots (not particularly fashionable, but definitely practical), my duck-print waterproof (which protects me from the rain whilst being totally adorable at the same time), and my new pair of Become Antique sunglasses.

FRIDAY 22 AUGUST

Line-up highlights: Neck Deep, Klaxons, The Kooks, Young Guns, Papa Roach, A Day To Remember, You Me At Six, Blink-182.

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SATURDAY 23 AUGUST

Line-up highlights: The Front Bottoms, Gerard Way, Mallory Knox, Twin Atlantic, Courteeners, Deaf Havana, Enter Shikari, Vampire Weekend.

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SUNDAY 24 AUGUST

Line-up highlights: Band of Skulls, Marmozets, Of Mice & Men, The Glitch Mob, Don Broco, Die Antwoord, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys.

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What are you planning on wearing at Reading or Leeds festival this year?  Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Currently listening to: Why Do You Hate Me?Marmozets

Lookbook – contrasting textures, fabrics and prints

Guess who’s back, back again, altrocklife’s back, tell a friend…

Sorry about that, I couldn’t resist a little lyric pun to mark my return.  My holiday in Cyprus was pretty fabulous, and I’ve eaten enough kebabs, extremely alcoholic cocktails and fancy fish salads to keep my tummy happy for a long time.

Multiple contrasting textures within outfits is one of my favourite things right now, and one of the looks I’ll be sporting at Leeds festival this year.  I headed over to my Polyvore to show you some of my favourite combinations.

1 – Acid wash + Check/tartan

Acid wash and tartan/check

 

 

I have an outfit much like the one on the right which I absolutely love, except my shirt is from Topman and is made up of red and green colours.  I like the subtle pattern that acid washing creates in contrast with bolder check prints.

2 – Lace + florals

Lace and florals

 

 

I love the colour combination of nude tones and black in the outfit on the left.  A lot of lace comes in floral patterns anyway, so this duo was an obvious choice.

3 – Fur and leather

Leather and fur

 

This combination may seem obvious, as items like the bomber jacket above have been around for decades. However, subtle flashes of fur can really soften leather accents in an outfit.

What do you guys think of my combinations – and can you think of any I missed? Comment or tweet to let me know!

Currently listening to: I Want OutYoung Guns

#OOTD: 28/6/14

It’s been a while since I made an outfit of the day post, hasn’t it?  Well today I thought my outfit was particularly inspired, so here it is for your enjoyment!

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Today was a lovely sunny day so I decided to whack my legs out and wear my favourite high waisted shorts, which I picked up from New Look a couple of years ago.  They’re probably one of the most worn items in my wardrobe (in fact, you probably recognise them from my previous outfit of the day post), and high waisted denim is definitely bang on trend right now.

Animal prints and designs are also really popular this summer, so I decided to pair my shorts with a tiger vest top, also from New Look.  My favourite animal shirt in my wardrobe, however, is my tiger t-shirt from Thunder Apparel – which I reviewed here.

I also love to layer shirts, so I paired the vest with one of my favourite red check shirts, from Select.  I started off with it tied around my waist, however thanks to the unpredictable British weather I was wearing the shirt as a jacket by the end of the day.

I colour coordinated my red shirt with red converse and my favourite black and red Vans snapback to add a bit more colour to the outfit, plus my favourite matte black sunglasses to complete the outfit.

I would also wear this outfit with a pair of embellished sandals and see-through bag if I was hitting the beach, or a leather jacket, wedges and chunky gold necklace if I was going out for a couple of drinks.

What do you think of this outfit?  Tweet me or comment below to let me know!

Currently listening to: Last JuneGallows