Skirting The Issue – Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

It should come as no surprise that denim is, like a lot of people, where my comfort zone lies. A skirt is something of an alien garment and I admit, I’ve never quite got to grips with it. Don’t get me wrong, I love skirts on other people. A cursory flick through Pinterest will turn up literally thousands of glossy pics of the kind of girl that can pull off a pleated blush pink midi skirt without looking like some kind of throwback to a 1950’s US Prom! In my teenage years, I was all about the mini skirt. A mini seemed both easy to wear and style up, although if somethings not easy to wear at the age of eighteen then what hope is there? In my twenties the pencil skirt was the object of my affection – I clearly remember trying to recreate Roland Mouret’s Galaxy dress with a black satin pencil skirt and a knockoff Topshop top. Now I’m in my thirties I’m determined to crack the midi! I think my issue with the whole skirt genre is how to style it. Usually, I’m pretty good at pulling looks together but more often than not when faced with a skirt I draw a bit of a blank. My default is always, without fail a white shirt. A white shirt and skirt- whatever the style will always be a winning combo! I think the key to making something that’s out of your comfort zone work for you is to keep it simple and play up your accessories. Here I picked a black fine knit sweater topped with a classic leather biker jacket. The statement patent boots are a great contrast to the cream wool skirt and give edge to an inherently feminine style. What are your thoughts on midi skirts? How do you style yours?

breaking out of my comfort zone

Midi skirt and boots

cream wool skirt

midi skirt outfit

stepping out of my comfort zone

SKIRT – ME & EM 

SWEATER – ME & EM

JACKET – LAKELAND LEATHER (SIMILAR)

BOOTS – JIMMY CHOO (SIMILAR)

BAG – SAINT LAURANT (SIMILAR)

BRACELET – ASHIANA

SUNGLASSES – PRADA (SIMILAR)

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The Belted Blazer & My Top Denim Tip

It’s no secret that I love a blazer and jeans combo so, in a bid to keep things fresh I decided to channel that ‘off-duty model’ vibe and throw my belt on over the top of my jacket. Now I’m no Bella Hadid and my waist definitely does not ‘go in’ to the extent it did pre-baby (it was never particularly small if I’m honest) but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how the overall look turned out. Given my current obsession with the Double G Gucci Belt (if you haven’t already then check out my September Favourites for the lowdown on a rather spendy month), I was quite excited to see if it would work on my waist as well as my jeans and I feel like, in general, it does. In a perfect world, I think I would prefer a smaller size (I’m wearing an 85 so I think an 80 would be ideal) but that does rather depend on the thickness of the jacket/coat you’re intending to belt. I’ve styled the belted blazer with a pair of grey MiH jeans which I’ve had for years but have been given a new lease of life by chopping a few inches off the length and leaving the hem raw. TOP TIP…If you have a pair of jeans which you love the fit of but maybe the style just isn’t quite right, I would highly recommend having a go at a bit of customisation. Opting for a cropped raw hem is an easy way of bringing a pair of old favourites bang up to date without having to spend a penny! Gucci loafers, a leopard print scarf and my MacBook (just in case you were getting bored of the same old handbags – ha) complete the look. Are you tempted to have a go at the belted blazer? Do you have any top tips for customising your looks?

Belted Blazer, Denim Tips | Jessica Rhoades Blog

By Malene Birger Scarf

Grey Belted Blazer

Belted Blazer and Jeans

Tan Guuci Belt

How To Belt A Blazer

Me and Em Blazer

BLAZER – ME & EM (SIMILAR)

JEANS – MIH JEANS (SIMILAR)

BELT – GUCCI

SCARF – BY MALENE BIRGER (SIMILAR)

SHOES – GUCCI

SUNGLASSES – RAYBAN

BRACELETS – MONICA VINADER, DINNY HALL, ASHIANA

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