Scandalous Sandals in Time for Summer

Hello my sisters of style,

And welcome to SUMMER in the northern hemisphere! Hoorah! it’s the time of year when we all shed our cocoons and transform into fabulous, floaty, sandal-glad goddesses. In the past I’ve opted for the strappy-and-pretty-with-no-support-whatsoever-which-will-definitely-ruin-your-walking-holiday type of sandal. Unfortunately, I just can’t bring myself to wear what I would term the ‘Nanna sandal’ no matter how soft/practical/supportive they may be.

So I feel like I’ve struck gold with Clarks Shoes’ ‘Hotel Image’ sandal in honey leather as they’re the perfect trade off between stylish and practical. The shade ‘honey’ is so lovely and summery, however if it is too bright for you they are available in a few other colours including navy and white. I bought them in the last week or so and since then they’ve been reduced even further (my punishment for getting too excited) so grab yourself  a bargain. I’m usually a size UK 9.5 however I bought the size 9 in a wide fitting so they are definitely a generous fit.

Being a hybrid between a shoe and a sandal they’re casual enough for a pretty summer dress however I can dress these babies up a bit more, like I’ve done below. I wore this outfit to work today (and got heaps of compliments for the shoes, might I add!). The skirt is Next (last season), the striped top I purcahsed from the Asos Tall range, the necklace from Accessorize and the wool jacket is vintage M&S which I picked up in an op-shop on Byres Road, Glasgow. 

I would LOVE to hear from you with any recommendations that you have for snazzy sandals in larger sizes!

Xx

Asos Tall tops – do they measure up?

Us tall girls know how difficult it can be to find sleeves and trousers that are long enough for our lovely lady limbs. Living in Ireland, this is of particular importance to me (aint nobody got time for a cold gap between between your sleeve and gloves). I make the most of layering to stay warm, and while often mens basics black/white long sleeved tops will do the trick, it’s nicer to have feminine basics which are long enough, both in the body and the sleeve length. Enter new purchase from Asos Tall:

Asos Tall striped top Asos Tall striped top - keyhole

I love my stripes (this plus my croissant addiction means I must have french ancestry somewhere along the line) plus the lovely keyhole feature make this basic top stand out for me. But I was of course naturally cautious, I’ve made ‘tall’ purchases before only to discover that they must have been marketed for ‘tall’ people somewhere in the world with mostly tiny people because they were 3/4 length trousers on me. Did this top pass the tall test? See for yourself:

Asos Tall - Basic striped top

Asos Tall – Basic striped top

I purchased the size 16 and the length of this top is perfect in the arms and the body. I’ve paired it here with a pair of red jeans, and below with a cape and a hat.

Asos Tall striped top + cape

I’m a big fan of mixing patterns and textures – the striped top looks great under the large jigsaw style print on the cape. Now that I know Asos Tall basic tops actually measure up (pun intended) I have my eye on a few others:

Asos Tall - boyfriend T shirtAsos Tall - turtle neck top in ribbed    Asos Tall - New Look jersey wrap top

So even on our ‘basic’ days we can be fabulous.
 *With warm wrists.

How to: 1940’s Wedding Outfit

I had a wedding to attend on the weekend which provided me with the wonderful opportunity to piece together a vintage-elegant ensemble. My favourite kind of dressing up is always vintage, any excuse will do!

I was looking for a 1940’s silhouette – think Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. That means figure hugging at the waist, an A-line flow-y skirt and a very smart hat. I found the Blush Skirt from Monsoon to be perfect for the occasion with it’s hip-flattering box-style pleats and heavy satin fabric perfect for swinging out on the dance floor!

The Blush Skirt, Monsoon

The Blush Skirt, Monsoon

The next item I spotted and had to have was THIS HAT in my favourite vintage and second hand shop in Dublin:

1940's hat - front view

1940’s hat – front view

1940's hat - back view

1940’s hat – back view

Originally this felt hat came with worn netting which had seen it’s heyday. I removed it and replaced it with new netting with small pearls dotted on it like dew drops. I also secured a single clip-on earring to the rear of the hat in the centre of the fascinator section. I regularly get creative with my pieces to add that touch of glam for the wow-effect. Tailoring your item can really draw the outfit together as you attain the exact look you’re after (and it will save you a lot of dosh, too!).

I attended a very educational vintage hair and make-up evening at The Cat’s Meow before the event, and here is the finished result;

1940's hair and makeup

1940’s hair and makeup

To tie the black hat in with the light coloured skirt, I chose a dark light-weight knit top with a simple cross-over detail at the neck. Alternatively a long-sleeve body or a blouse with a pussy bow would look equally elegant. I kept my jewellery and accessories simple and vintage-themed.

1940'S Couple

1940’S Couple

Eoin here is also looking the dashing vintage gentleman. Remember; if a gentleman accompanies you, ensure he presents as sharply as your hat!

Capes are cool

 

My stunning birthday cape

My birthday cape

 

It’s coming in to winter in the northern hemisphere, which means two things;

1. It’s my BIRTHDAY

2. It’s that kind of in-between-weather when it’s not quite cool enough to crank out the winter coat but you certainly need a bit of something over the shoulders.

I’m sure you’ve seen these around and perhaps wondered about them, ‘How do you wear them?’ ‘Are they a blanket?’ ‘What are they called?’. I call them capes, not sure if that’s their official name, and in addition to making you feel like a super hero, they are the height of cuddly-elegance. They’re IDEAL for the tall curvy figure, as you need length to pull the cape off – they smother a smaller frame. Worn either draped over the shoulders, or fastened at the waist with a belt as I’ve done here, they’re ideal as an over-all. This one was a birthday present (yay!) and came from Dunnes Stores.

 

Two-toned hat
Isn’t this hat a stunning little number!? I love the two-toned upper and lower segments and the folded lip, a Marks & Spencer gem. Très chic. Do not be afraid of the hat, it is the perfect finishing touch for an outfit. A large hat won’t swamp our statuesque body type as they can a petite frame. I’m also loving this asymmetric bow hat from M&S. So many hats, so little time! Remember to choose something that fits your head well (so that you won’t lose it on those windy winter days) and if you are on a budget like me, one that is of neutral tones will go with a lot of outfits.