Outfit Post – Gothic Princess.

When it comes to clothing and outfits, I am a sucker for colour. Whether it be vibrant red or yellow, or softer shades of blue or pink, colour is something I have always embraced. If truth be told, as much as black is classic, elegant and always described as flattering, I do find it a little bit on the safe and boring side.

But last week I had two events in the same night and I decided that the look I wanted to go for was a Gothic Princess look. I wanted something pretty and floaty, a little bit fairy tale, but I was thinking more Malificent than Cinderella (because, let’s face it, good girls go to heaven, but bad girls go everywhere….!). Black was the natural choice for the opening of a restaurant in an Old Birmingham Cinema that also had a nightclub attached to it, but I wanted to do Princess – Gothic Princess.

Gothic Princess

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The top is one of this season’s ‘cold shoulder’ design from Simply Be. This top is lovely, it has a sweetheart bodice design and ruffled sleeve effect. Over the top of the bodice is a over layer that is almost a knitted design with perforations and patterns in the black lining. This could easily be worn with skinny jeans and heels for a completely different look.

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Simply Be Black Ruffle Cut Out Shoulder Lace Top £25 Click to visit Simply Be

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I teamed the top with a tulle net skirt from New Look. Regular readers to the blog know I have a Carrie Bradshaw obsession, and this skirt reminds me of a dress that Sarah Jessica Parker wore a few years ago.  I think this skirt is so easy to wear – elasticated waist, midi length and both lightweight and yet substantial.

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Black Tulle Pleated Midi Skirt £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Tulle Pleated Midi Skirt £19.99 Click to visit New Look

I teamed the outfit with a Biba Bag from House of Fraser.

 Biba Mini pouch was £29 not £20.30 Click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Mini pouch was £29 not £20.30 Click to visit House of Fraser

I quite enjoyed wearing my gothic princess look, but I don’t think it will persuade me to wear more black. I enjoy bright and cheery colours a little too much!

Biba and Beyond


 

Net and Tulle Skirts – Sex and the City Lives on

There have been many iconic, on-screen moments when it comes to fashion. On the big screen we’ve had Marilyn Monroe in Travilla white pleats. Scarlett O Hara knocking up a dress from a set of velvet drapes in Gone with the Wind, Annie Hall with her love of thrift shop men’s tailoring, and Judy Garland in Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers.

On the small screen, there was the Rachel cut that launched a million copycats, the glitz and glamour of Dynasty complete with sequins and shoulder pads, and more recently, the peaked caps, sever haircuts and sharp tailoring of the Peaky Blinders – who are soon to have a fashion range in their own right according to newspaper reports.

But, in terms of iconography and everlasting appeal, the skirt that Carrie Bradshaw, aka Sarah Jessica Parker, wore in the opening credits of Sex and the City, takes some beating. There was Carrie, a late 30s/early 40something, standing in the middle of the street in some strange dreamlike sequence, wearing the sort of tulle ballerina skirt that, until then, had been the reserve of said ballerina’s – or five year olds who wanted to be a ballerina. Carrie’s skirt was a dreamy skirt that started my own fascination with tulle and net skirts, a fascination that all these years on, shows no sign of abating.

Both Carrie and SJP love Tulle

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This season is a good one for lovers of the tulle skirt. Boohoo has the most incredible, and affordable range, in both knee and midi lengths. These are skirts that scream romance and fun, their beauty is that they do all the talking, and look great with other trends from this season, namely body suits and Bardot tops.

I had my own Carrie moment on my recent birthday with a beautiful skirt from the current Boohoo collection. My skirt is the most incredible shade of yellow, but also comes in Carrie pink and pale blue too.

Are you planning a Carrie moment this Summer?

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Boutique Tallulah Tulle Mesh Full Circle Midi Skirt £20 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Tallulah Tulle Mesh Full Circle Midi Skirt £20 Click to visit Boohoo

 

Boutique Aya Tulle Full Midi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Aya Tulle Full Midi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Madison Boutique Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Madison Boutique Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt £18 Click to visit Boohoo

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Madison Boutique Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo

 

Next – Customise your denim

 The word ‘customise’ fills me with dread,

     I’m not that handy with a needle and thread…..

I love fashion, every single element of it, but my own skills with a needle and thread are amateur, scrap that, infantile to say the least.  So when Next approached me to see if I would like to take part in a special customisation challenge I was both excited and terrified, especially as the competition was being judged by someone who really does have a talent for customising and personalising clothing, Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch.  But a challenge is a challenge, so I decided to have a go…be kind to me.

The challenge was just customise a rather gorgeous denim shirt from the current collection.

Blue/Black Denim Shirt £22 click to visit Next

Blue/Black Denim Shirt £22 click to visit Next

The shirt is lovely, with sleeves that can be rolled up or down, a blue/black denim finish, and a soft denim feel. I decided that I would customise the shirt influenced by my ultimate style icon – Carrie Bradshaw, and this means oversized corsages, pearls and a bit of vintage bling. I also found an incredible 1940s image of Hedi Lamarr that also served as inspiration.

The inspiration

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I figured that I could pick up corsages from my own collection and charity shops, and that pearls and antique brooches would also be easy to find. The customisation itself should be easy as the items could be pinned or tacked on. I basically hoped it could be charming even thought it would be amateurish.

The finished result

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Acres of corsages

Vintage bling

Vintage bling

Pearls - definitely a Carrie thing

Pearls – definitely a Carrie thing

Double denim...

Double denim…

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Wearing it tied at the waist over a dress

Wearing it tied at the waist over a dress

I had a lot of fun with this project, but not enough to go running out to buy a sewing machine.  What I love is that because I just tacked the things on, I can remove them easily to go back to that rather cool Next shirt…

*With thanks to Next for sending the shirt, and telling me I was one of their Top 10 Engaged Bloggers – WOW!