I like to say my style is very simple. I adore fashion, and I truly believe it’s a way to express yourself, but I also like to dress to suit my surroundings and personality. I’m a Yorkshire girl at heart, a lover of positivity and the simple life. I never grew up around luxury, and don’t live that way now – so as much as I ogle at £400 handbags online, buying one would probably lead to tears. As a style blogger, I often feel like I need to amplify or exaggerate my wardrobe, because I like closet essentials and that’s not interesting for everyone. Then I remember it’s my blog and my style so I can technically do what I want, but the point is – there’s nothing wrong with a basic outfit every other day.
Believe it or not, I don’t wear heels and dresses every day, and I’m certainly not dissing those who do, I have a lot of respect for those who can rock a little extra height each day. But that’s not me. On a regular day like today, this outfit is exactly what I’d wear. Jeans + top + hoodie = happy. And Converse of course. I work part time, for the most amazing charity, so casual wear is pretty much my uniform and I’ve definitely worked out how to feel comfortable but still stylish.
Black jeans will forever and always be a big favourite for me. There was a time in 2015 when I was obsessed with charcoal jeans and I’d bang on about them in every post, but I’ve grown. Nowadays, black jeans have become my go-to; and I love this pair from Next. Not only are they for the taller gals like moi, but they also fit so well! I have hips, but my waist is a little smaller so it’s difficult to get jeans, but this Next pair fit and feel wonderfully. Plus, they don’t do that weird denim gather thing behind your knees – I hate that!
I also bought this white crochet top from Next about six years ago. I know. I bought it when 15 years old, and couldn’t stop wearing it. The same could be said for today. It’s lose fitting and really easy to style, sometimes I wear it over all-black dresses and it gives that cute high-waisted look. It’s one of those tops that’s sort of cropped, but not over-the-top cropped (am I speaking English?), but I like it. My attitude toward crop tops has changed over the years, and has grown as my self-love has. When crop tops first became a thing, maybe around 2011 – I hated them. Partially because I was jealous of girls who looked A* in them, but also because I felt so exposed in them, a feeling that isn’t a favourite. I’m still not totally a fan of cropped tops with leggings outside the house, but I’m getting softer with age!
Not everyone is feeling hoodies, but I still have quite a few. They’re cosy, they’re comfy, and they’re adorable – what’s not to need? For me, the bigger the better. Sadly, I’m super single and forever alone so I don’t have a boyfriend to steal hoodies from. Does that mean I’m not going to stroll into the men’s section at Sports Direct and buy an XL hoodie? Nope! I totally do that. They’re just cosier that way! Today’s hoodie isn’t too big, mainly because I’ve had it for around five years but also because it was bought for workouts. The Matalan piece has lasted a solid amount of time, and hasn’t suffered from the pilling curse, that most high-street clothing stores struggled with.
What’s your go-to casual look?