Sunday, 8 January 2017

So, I've fallen in love with funky shirts. Its Plain and Simple. You should too.

Its odd, I feel like I've fallen back in love with my own personal style again over the past few months. I don't think thats a bad way to start the year out. As most of you know, I have always been the one to preach wearing more slouchy casual looks and bringing everything together with the accessories you choose. For some reason I've always tended to stray away from any major patterns, but I have genuinely fallen in love with them recently. I make FAR too many trips to the Charity shops to find some good ol' shirts. 

I think it probably has something to do with the fact I just dyed my hair back dark, its always been a hair colour that makes me feel most myself. Alongside my father always commenting on it saying its so much more 'me' alongside making me always stand out, something that is never as bad as you may think. Patterns just never seemed to look right when my hair was lighter, I think it probably has something to do with the fact that nothing doesn't go with black... 

On a really quick side note, I really do urge you to throw out any predispositions about charity shops, or proper (not overpriced) vintage shops and thrift stores, they are where I have found some of my absolute favourites for absolute bargains. I mean it. I've picked up coats for £3, shirts for £1 and vans for $10... 

This shirt I bought coincidentally while I was in Atlanta, in a very much all American thrift store, it was an experience I felt I needed to have while out in the States. It was $7.99 if I remember correctly, and its gorgeous. 

Patterns can seem a little daunting at times, and don't get me wrong I have felt the same way for a long time. I just never really knew what was flattering and what wasn't. What goes with what, and how much is too much. I guess the easiest thing to do is maybe not jump into colour straight away, I have done exactly this and I like the way its working for me. Or, if I have gone for colours, its not been anything too in your face, just more muted colour palettes focusing on the pattern not the colours. 

Its not the same for everyone, but I find it easiest to wear my patterns via dresses and tops, I just find its easier to style these around a more simplistic outfit, than say trousers or a skirt. Its much easier to have the main focus of an outfit on a top or a dress in my experience, so its a good place to start. 

Going for everything all black around something with a more bold pattern, just keeps its easy and you're almost guaranteed it won't go horribly wrong... Almost. Thats what I do anyway, its simple and quick and easy to throw together without too much thought. Black jeans and ankle boots have and always will be a marriage made in utter heaven, and are guaranteed to just look fab all the time. 

(also wearing a smile always makes you look better, I think I do it too much...)

I have attached some funky ass shirts below for you all to have a scroll through, alongside some other bits that may help you broaden your pattern surroundings in 2017, I know thats what I'm doing. I want patterns, I was frills, ties, the lot. Come at me. 


H x


  1. I love that shirt on you! You look fab! And I totally agree, Charity/Vintage shops are so amazing - you can find some right gems in there! Xxx

    1. Thank you lovely, I looovvveee it! You can they are so amazing, and save so much money!

      H xx

  2. These photo's are absolutely gorgeous, Hayleigh, and so is that shirt! I've never thought about trying something like this, but that outfit is fabulous!

    Soph x |


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