Spring seems to have come late this year but the weather is slowly starting to pick up here in Manchester.
I decided to join my family for an afternoon drink and document my first coatless outfit of the year!
Every time spring come around, I feel like I’ve forgotten to dress in a way that doesn’t involve at least 7 layers and I realise, I really don’t have enough lightweight jackets.
One item I have finally managed to track down, are these check, tie waist trousers. I’ve wanted a pair since last year but hadn’t quite managed to find the right pair until this month, when I found two very attractively priced styles in the sale, I bought both and will most likely feature the other pair in my next outfit post.
I’m in desperate need of some t-shirts or casual tops for the new season, but I haven’t managed to get any yet so I paired the trousers with this black batwing style one from Topshop. I also added my usual chainmail jewellery to add some edge and these mirrored, marble print sunglasses from Quay Australia.
I didn’t need to take much with me so I decided to go for this small Rebecca Minkoff bag. I wasn’t initially sure if it “went” with this outfit but I really enjoy contrasting textures and looking back on the pictures, I think it looks fine.
I decided to wear trainers with this outfit for comfort and a casual look.
I really enjoy the contrast of the silver tone chainmail against all the black.
I’m looking forward to more spring outing and subsequent outfits over the coming months.
Jewellery: Richard Ayres
Septum ring: Regal Rose
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Trainers: Nike (similar)
Autumn has the most beautiful sunsets. The warm colours hitting the leaves contrasts the chill in the air in the most wonderful way.
The lighting makes it look quite warm but it actually wasn’t and I was very glad I decided to wear my padded leather jacket.
I have been looking for existing autumnal pieces in my wardrobe and have fallen black in love with this pleated maxi skirt I bought a couple of years ago, I love wearing it in winter because it’s easy to layer warm tights under it, without compromising the look of the outfit.
Wet Manchester weather and walking through grass always call for water-resistant footwear and Dr. Martens never disappoint. These are not current season but they have a new textured version, which will be linked below.
I paired my skirt with this cropped grey velvet top from H&M. I love the slit details on the arms and fact that it’s quite warm for a thin top.
I finished off the outfit with some accessories. I emphasised the dark bohemian vibe of the outfit with a black feather necklace from Richard Ayres, a jade pendant and some long earrings. I also wore my usual ring assortment.
Jade pendant: bought from stall on holiday
feather necklace: Richard Ayres
Boots: Dr. Martens
This year more than ever, I’m thinking about adding pieces to my wardrobe that will have longevity. Over the past few seasons, I’ve realised that I’m not really interested in trend pieces, unless they falls into the rare category of items that are staples in my wardrobe, but not most other peoples’ and need to be snapped up quickly, whenever the opportunity arises. I’m generally aiming to add pieces to my wardrobe that can be staples in my wardrobe but will also be interesting enough to be worn in seasons to come, without me getting bored of them. I realise this is a tall order, but I’ve managed to do this with a few items in my current wardrobe so I would like to find more like them and build a “capsule wardrobe” of go-to items.
I often struggle to find exactly what I’m looking for in stores but I have managed to compile a list of some of the types of items I’m interested in adding to my wardrobe this season.
- I have been thinking about investing in better quality knitwear this season and this grey mohair and wool blend jumper from “& other stories” seems like the perfect cosy item to wear both out and about and when working from home.
- In recent years, I’ve realised I don’t really like wearing heels for long periods of time, so I’m always on the lookout for cute but edgy flats that I can wear to go out in. Last year, I bought the perfect pair from E8 by Miista and I was overjoyed to see that they have brought out a similar type of style that I’m equally as in love with for this season! The Luna flats.
- Now that I wear less body jewellery, I have been thinking about adding some studs back into my jewellery collection. These sterling silver triangles from AbigailjewelleryAu on Easy are perfect and would go with everything.
- I have multiple ear piercings so something a bit tougher looking to pair with the triangles would be good and I found another great pair on Etsy, from Formood.
- It has been a couple of years since I added a new coat to my wardrobe and I’ve been looking out for the next addition. I think it would be good have something slightly oversized and boyish but also smart and flattering. I haven’t had a chance to try any on yet, but this tomboy coat from Zara, looks promising.
- Over the past few seasons, my taste has shifted towards smaller bags, I find that I no longer need to carry my whole life around with me and I would love a neat, smallish cross body bag. I have worn my H! by Henry Holland satchel bag to death so I though a similar style might be nice and I have found one from Anu Tera that looks perfect.
- I have also been looking into ethical knitwear, trying to find more conscientious brands to invest in. A lot of them don’t really suit my style but I have found the perfect grey polo neck from Siizu.
This August bank holiday, I mostly spent time with my family. On Sunday, I went out for brunch with my mum and her four cousins!
The weather was confusing, as it usually is in Manchester so I opted for a summery(ish) jumpsuit and shoes, teamed with some sunglasses and my favourite blazer. It was a good choice!
You May also notice I’ve had a hair colour change. I loved the silver but I had had it for about 7 years and it was time for a change. I’ve had black in past so I knew that it suited me (or so I believe) and decided it would be a good choice, as the lack of bleaching should also help the condition of my hair.
Tuxedo blazer: Karen Millen
Bag: H! by Henry Holland (similar)
Necklace: Richard Ayres
The majority of the items in this outfit cannot be linked as they are not current season but, I will link similar items wherever possible.
The summers don’t last long enough in Manchester so I prefer to buy clothes that are a bit more versatile and can be carried forward from season to season. I love these items because with a few adjustments, they can be worn almost all year round.
We went to the Laundrette, a relatively new bar in Manchester, that was hosting an Ibiza style brunch, complete with sand and inflatables! There was a live saxophone player and a lady giving glitter makeovers. We enjoyed a selection garlic bread, burgers, haloumi flatbread and American style pancakes, washed down with prosecco and cocktails!
I hope you enjoyed your bank holiday weekend, whatever you got up to! Let me know in the comments!
Rings: Dixi and rogue and wolf
Cuff: A weathered penny
necklace: Richard Ayres
Leather jacket: Whistles (similar)
Jumper: Firetrap (similar)
Boots: Dr. Martens