Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Staying Stylistically Authentic


Firstly, apologies for the pretentious title - I didn't have any other ideas that weren't equally horrendous or insanely long. You know when you write a post that's kind of difficult to summarise in a title without just using a whole paragraph? Yeah, this is one of those so I'll be surprised if I actually manage to put across the point I'm trying to make coherently...good luck if you're reading.

 Moving on....I feel like there's this unwritten pressure on style/fashion bloggers to post outfits that are current, that showcase the latest trends and I have in the past felt like I'm not doing it 'properly' if I've posted an outfit where absolutely nothing is still available to buy. I guess when I'm wanting to inspire other people stylistically I want them to be able to get hold of an item if they really love it and I feel a sense of guilt if they can't, which is really quite silly because firstly, I can't afford to be constantly posting new outfits and secondly, the whole point of me classing myself as a 'style' blogger is so I have free reign with outfit posts and don't have to post the latest trends. I used to do weekly outfit posts where I would literally just post what I'd worn that week (if you were reading back then thanks for sticking around babes), but I stopped those because they felt like cop out posts because they didn't really require much effort or thought, but it was a great way of staying stylistically authentic (had to get the title of the post in here somewhere to make it seem somewhat relevant).

What I miss since I stopped posting weekly outfits is showing what I actually wear on a daily basis because I guess I felt a bit more authentic by doing that. Don't get me wrong, I definitely wear all of the outfits that I post, but I also sometimes wear trousers that look like pyjama bottoms and a grubby old t-shirt and somehow those outfits don't make it on here anymore. I've always thought of myself as a style blogger rather than a fashion blogger for the very reason that sometimes my style isn't all that fashionable and I'm totally OK with that and want to showcase that side on here too.

I feel like I've got a little side tracked (but what's a rambly blog post without a bit of side tracking and a million things written in brackets eh?) but bear with me. I've never felt like I have to post new outfits, but I've always preferred doing so even though I have a LOT of old clothes in my wardrobe. I could have summarised the last three paragraphs in one sentence really - I want to start posting more old outfits. Outfits that I wear constantly and love, ones that I accidentally cobble together and realise they look great.






The outfit in this post is of the cobbled together kind - I'd taken the top and trousers on holiday to wear with other things, but decided to try them on together assuming that it would be stripe overload and hey, maybe it is, but I absolutely love it as an outfit. I picked the top up a couple of years ago from Urban Outfitters for a measly fiver in the sale. It's actually a body, which means it goes perfectly under trousers or a skirt without coming untucked or riding up. I love the unusual shape and I also kinda like that it looks like a swimsuit. The trousers are also a couple of years old from Topshop and although you'd think they're the kind of thing that would go out of fashion quite quickly they've so far stood the test of time and even if stripes go out of fashion, I'll still wear them. The sandals are - you guessed it - also old, but they're definitely my favourite summer sandals. They're grey so they go with anything, they're super comfortable so perfect for walking around in and they're also a little bit more structured and supportive than others I own, which makes them great for holidays or just summer days when I'll be doing lots of walking.

I feel like I also need to say that I think these are my favourite outfit photos ever due to the beautiful backdrop of Menton so can we just admire those houses for a moment? Getting these pictures involved clambering over a lot of rocks, which I am not the best at due to me being so clumsy usually resulting in me falling over my own feet (luckily I didn't otherwise I would have ended up in the sea).  Anyway, if you're ever in Menton, the awkward clamber over the rocks is definitely worth it to get some great outfit snaps (just don't sue me if you fall into the sea). Now if only there was somewhere like this in Hull for outfit pictures...






Top - Urban Outfitters (old) | Culottes - Topshop (old) | Sandals - Asos (old) | Sunglasses - Asos (old)

Amy x
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  1. Beautiful.
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  2. This really is a beeeeeautiful set of outfit photos Amy - the outfit itself because hi striped culottes are my fave and also the location (seriously I need this backdrop in Norwich too!). I completely understand what you mean too, I almost feel like I can't post outfit photos if none of the items are currently in store but realistically that's not the case for well over half of my day to day life where clearly I am going to be wearing things which I've had for a while because I don't have money coming out of my ears...although that would be cool (and weird). I used to read your What I Wore This Week posts and really enjoyed them btw because hey, multiple outfits in one post plus I always think its cool seeing what people really wear depending on what they are doing in their day to day lives like work, seeing family or friends, etc etc! :) Sophie xxx

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    1. Aw I can't believe you've been reading my blog for that long, that makes me happy! I did love doing them, maybe I'll try and incorporate them again somehow but make them a bit more interesting! xxx

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  3. Ugh, YES to finding it impossible to summarising an entire post in just one short title!! I can't get over how gorgeous this series of photos is; Europe really is full of so many stunning locations like this, just, wow...

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    1. The struggle is real isn't it! Thanks lovely, the backdrop really was just insane! xx

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  4. I think that's why I've shied away from doing more outfit posts as I wear and rework items I've had in my wardrobe for years all the time and whilst I may wear a trend, I will generally style with something I've owned forever. I think that's why I like visiting London and other big cities as people don't generally conform to trends but wear their own styles, which can often be iconic even if they're not current. I had no idea your outfit was a two-piece as it looks like a jumpsuit and looks great together. Fab pics too!
    Jaz xoxo
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    1. Aw you should totally do outfits, I personally prefer just seeing what people wear day to day! I love London for that reason too, I feel like I can literally wear anything there and not be judged! xx

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  5. When I first started blogging it was fashion, but I never kept up with trends. Mostly because I hate floral dresses. Though I did feel the need to have new dresses all the time so used to buy dresses from ASOS, blog them and send about 80% of them back. Stupid, huh?

    Corinne x
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    1. Aw no, yeah definitely no point blogging about stuff you're not going to keep! I don't think it matters if you don't keep up with trends, that's why I bang on about personal style so much haha xx

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  6. Oh my! That outfit set looks amazing. I even thought it's a jumpsuit hehe. Amazing photos Amy :)

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    1. I wish it was a jumpsuit haha! Thanks lovely xx

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  7. I love the place and your get up ;)

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    1. Thanks lovely, the location was just so stunning x

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  8. What a beautiful location to shoot at! I know what you mean about coming up with a catchy title - sometimes its so tough!
    Gorgeous photos - that jumpsuit is so fun!
    Lyndi

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, the location was even more stunning in real life too! xx

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  9. Great read. Gorgeous location! I love all the warm tones of the buildings in front of that stunning blue body of water! I don’t think it’s stripe overload by the way, I think it looks great & it really only matters that you, yourself likes it!

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    1. Exactly and I love it! The location is just beautiful isn't it! xx

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  10. This location looks amazing! I love your outfit photos!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

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    1. Thank you so much, the location was gorgeous! xx

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  11. Menton looks beautiful and so do you, I love how you combined that top and the trousers, at first I thought it was a jumpsuit! I completely understand your struggle to only post outfits involving recent purchases, I could never afford that either and I used to feel quite bad about that. But on the other hand, I don't look at outfit posts because I want to buy the items but because I want to be inspired. And your posts are definitely inspiring me. Oh and of course I remember your weekly outfit posts, they were always amazing xx

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    1. A lot of people thought the same! I love the look it gives though. Thank you so much lovely and thanks for sticking around for so long too :) lots of love xxx

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  12. Good pictures and that place looks amazing, have a good day

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    1. Thanks lovely, hope you have a great day! x

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  13. Love this post! Your pictures are stunning and totally agree with what your saying!
    Sometimes I struggle with titles as its hard summarising a full post in a sentence. Glad it isn't just me! xx

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeah I never want to make them too long! xx

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  14. You've hit the nail right on the head with this post, Amy! What puts me off doing more fashion / style related posts is the fact that I don't actually go clothing shopping that regularly! When I do, I hit up charity shops and the like, so I'm definitely not up to date with the latest trends! Also, I find that many of the latest styles aren't really for me, for example I don't own anything embroidered, and I just can't see the appeal of fluffy sliders haha! Shopping for what would create a good blog post wouldn't be authentic for me because these styles just aren't my cup of tea! I think that this post full of existing pieces in your wardrobe is just as interesting and relevant as a post featuring all new stuff, however, so perhaps I need to take confidence from your post and give it a go more regularly myself!

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    1. You should totally do more fashion posts especially because you have so many good charity shop finds - you could totally make a little series out of that! xx

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