I’m not one to follow trends to any real extent, I’ll dip my toes into them- but am always very set to my own personal style, and usually add my own spin on things (read: beehive to add a sixties spin on everything). There’s rarely a catwalk collection or presentation I’ll feel the need to recreate (unless, y’know it’s Orla Kiely) and am usually happy to dabble in the details, with a pink coat here and a lotta pastels there. Early this year, however, in an editorial for Harpers, I first spotted the Saint Laurent AW13 collection in a piece entitled ‘The Skinny Suit’. The boyish cut, over sized seventies ruffle blouse, bow and hat had me at hello- without having even spotted the sequin jackets as of yet. It was pretty dreamy to say the least.
Ever since I was in Year 12, my favourite way of styling a plain white blouse was with a black ribbon and in a ‘cowboy tie’ style. This may or may not have been inspired by a certain Alexa Chung red carpet look, but it stuck through the whole of Sixth form, and until I saw it again last year in aforementioned editorial, I hadn’t tried it out since. However, fast forward a couple of years, I find myself styling an outfit for the lovely ladies at Missguided and it’s all I can think about.
Now, when I think of Missguided, I think affordable, designer inspired and ‘hip’, young looks- with perhaps the idea of a smart suit look not necessarily springing to mind. However, given a bit of scrolling time, and a little trying on- it’s safe to say I’ve found a seriously budget suit I wish I’d discovered a few years ago. Not only is that fit spot on (I don’t think I’ve ever picked out a pair of smart trousers I’ve liked as much) but it all came in at just over £50- and for that price, I’ll be dipping my toes into the trends a lot more.
P.S Huzzah- you’ve read this far! (Seriously, well done) I have a lovely pair of these shoes to giveaway to one lucky size 5 shoe wearer (unworn, duh)- leave a comment, telling me you’d like ’em, and I’ll pick a winner at random at the end of the month!