July Outfit Post

July was my favourite month of the year so far. This was because I spent half of the month in wonderful Cyprus, and, more importantly, I got to see my little brother get married. It was a month of sunshine and fun, and, to top it all off, there was a sleepover at Warwick Castle and a theatre night too. A busy month that was full of fun.

My outfits this month all suggest sunny days and a warm climate, which makes perfect sense as Cyprus was going through a bit of a heatwave at the time (40 degrees plus most days – basically melting weather). There are new buys from Spanish favourites Mango and Zara as these are always brands I stock up on when I’m abroad, along with new pieces that I picked up before I went away that may well now be in the Summer sales that seem to be everywhere, in the most jumble sale fashion. Where I can link to an item or something similar I have done just in case you want to check it out for yourself, although looking out the window this morning, it seems like British Summer time came and went a few weeks ago, and the rain is now set in.

What did you do in July? Have you had your summer holiday yet?

Holiday dressing

Glasses Michael Kors Kaftan/dress Holiday buy from Menorca Flip Flops Haivainas Bag Accessorize

A night on the town with the girls

Top Primark, skirt New Look, Bag Matalan, Sandals Primark, Necklace Kleshna

White Floral Print Mesh Hanky Hem Skirt
£16.00 Click to visit New Look

Yellow Floral Print Hanky Hem Skirt £16.00 Click to visit New Look

A family meal

 

Dress Mango Sandals Grendha Bag Matalan

Ruffled chiffon dress now £19.99 Click to visit Mango

Flamingo Bag

ASOS BEACH Embroidered Flamingo Clutch Bag £15 Click to visit Asos

Cyprus Fish and Chips

Dress and Bag Mango Necklace Cyprus find Sandals Matalan

Yellow Dresses

Open Back Midi Swing Dress
£65.00 Click to visit Topshop

PETITE Cross Strap Slip Dress
Was £29.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Topshop

My brother’s wedding

Dress Asos Shoes Debenhams Roland Cartier

Mint Dress

Chi Chi Vogue Dress
£67.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Vila Mint Lace Halter Neck Maxi Dress
Was £48.00 Now £25.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Party Night

Dress Simply Be Sandals Matalan Brooch Vintage

A day at the pool

hat Matalan, dress Primark, bag Accessorize

Similar Dress

White Bardot Neck Beach Dress
£17.99 Click to visit New Look

Another holiday night

Top and Bag Dorothy Perkins Skirt TK Maxx

Navy Spot Ruffle Edge Bardot Top
Was £12.00 Now £5.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

A day at the pool

Beach dress Sports Direct

Nat’s Hen Night

Dress La Redoute Sandals Matalan Necklace Mango

R édition
Bustier Dress
now £13 Click to visit La Redoute

At Paphos Harbour

Glasses Michael Kors Dress Teads Sandals Marco Tozzi Bag Accessorize

First night in Paphos

Dress Giles at Debenhams sandals Primark

Mango dress

School run and football in the sun

Jacket from Paphos Dress Zara Sandals Tu (charity shop find)

Warwick Castle

Top New Look Jeans Dorothy Perkins Bag from Paphos

Blue Stripe Bardot Top
£5.00 Click to visit New Look

Warwick Castle Knight’s Village

Top Primark Skirt M&S Shoes Vintage Bag from Menorca

Funny Girl Press Night

Top Tu Skirt House of Fraser Shoes K Jacques Bag Matalan

Warwick Castle Day 2

Top Mango Skirt Zara


Pleated top
£3.99 click to visit Mango

 

Choosing The Right Bra

No matter how amazing your clothing choices are, to look good you need the right foundations, and this means your underwear. Most women are aware that choosing pants with a non visible panty line can make all the difference to the look of an outfit, particularly if it is form fitting look. But the wrong bra can be equally perilous when it comes to looking your best, with women choosing the wrong style, the wrong shape, and even the wrong size.

Here are a few tips that you should consider when choosing your bra.

Is it the right size?

So many women wear the wrong sized bra due to not having a regular bra fitting. Yet many bra companies will do bra fitting for free, with most fittings no longer requiring the old fashioned tape measure method when it comes to sizing. A bra fitting is essential if you have had a child, have lost or gained weight, or if your bra is just feeling loose or tight.

To wire or not to wire?

The type of support you need from your bra depends on the size of your bust. Smaller busts may be able to get away with wearing a softer bra without underwiring. Larger busts may need the support and scaffolding that underwired bras offer.  These days underwired bras are as pretty and elegant as their non wired sisters, companies like David Nieper have glamorous underwired bras that come in a range of colours and fabrics.

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What style of bra do you need?

Is there anything worse than unsightly bra straps ruining an outfit? Two bra straps either side of a halter neckline? A bra fastening looking totally out of place with a backless dress? A multi ways bra should address all these issues, and allow you to get the support you need for your look to be flawless. Even if your look is one that doesn’t allow for a traditional style bra, there are now stick on styles that give you coverage and support from the front so that you avoid having nipples showing through your dress, especially important for formal occasions, or if you are a wedding guest.

Colour?

A no brainer really. Make sure you are wearing the right colour bra for your outfit. Unless you are aiming to be edgy and make a statement, a white dress needs a white bra. If you are wearing black, you need a black bra, particularly if you are having photographs taken – flash photography can often reveal what you are wearing underneath your outfit.

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My Summer Wardrobe – A Bumper Outfit Of The Day Post

Due to a family holiday in Cyprus which also incorporated my brother’s wedding, I am really late with my outfit of the day post for June. It really has been an incredibly busy time, and June was the oddest of months, with both my birthday and Father’s Day falling in the month, as well as some great blogging events and family gatherings. Clearly it was a month when my wardrobe was going to be earning its keep.

The weather was practically schizophrenic, one moment the sun was so hot the only thing to do was immerse yourself in a pool (of the paddling variety in my case), the next there was rain and temperatures better suited to late October rather than the supposedly flaming June. This meant that the jeans could not be abandoned just yet, and some days still required sleeves of the longer variety.

There were some new purchases, specifically of the holiday variety, and there were also some great charity shop finds, but June was very much a month when old favourites showed their faces again, as I tried to avoid washing and wearing new pieces that I wanted to take on holiday. Where I can, I link to any pieces currently in stores, but this has proved to be more difficult in this post.

Prezzo New Square Review

Top Charity Shop Skirt Primark (current season – check your store) Shoes Givenchy Vintage Basket TK Maxx Necklace Primark

Straw baskets

Strawberry Straw Shopper Bag now £18 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pom Pom Beach Tote Bag now £12 Click to visit JD Williams

A trip to RAF Cosford

Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt Vintage charity shop find Sandals Clarks

Similar Top and Skirt

Lace Bardot Top
Was £16.00 Now £12.80 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Graciela Polka Dot Pocket Side Midi Skirt £20 Click to visit Boohoo

Sunday Lunch

Top M&S Culottes New Look Shoes Vintage Bag Vivienne Westwood (reviewed here)

Similar Culottes

Tall Emily Tie Waist Culottes £15 Click to visit Boohoo

School Run on a sunny day

Top Primark Skirt Dorothy Perkins (Charity Shop Find) Sandals Clarks

Similar top and skirt

Black Floral Print Bardot Top £18.00 Click to visit Evans

MADEMOISELLE R Pleated Skirt £15.60 Click to visit La Redoute

Shopping and Lunch

Top New Look Jeans Dorothy Perkins Necklace QVC Sandals K Jacques Bag Desigual

Similar Top and jeans

White Bardot Neck Long Sleeve Top £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Cobalt Eden Ankle Grazer
Was £18.00 Now £14.40 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Woman in Business Expo

Top and Shoes M&S Skirt 1980s vintage Charity Shop Find

Top now in the sale

Cotton Rich Striped Flared Sleeve T-Shirt now £11 Click to visit M&S

Dinosaurs in the Wild Launch

Dress Primark Shoes F&F Necklace Rock My Vintage (review here)

Date Lunch with Hubby

Dress New Look Bag desigual Belt Charity Shop sunnies Calvin Klein (review here)

Turkish Restaurant for my birthday

Dress Next Shoes Clarks (Review here)

Navy Floral Bardot Midi Dress £28 Click to visit Next

Running Wild Press Night

Dress New Look

New Purchases

Top and Skirt New Look Shoes Dorothy Perkins

White Floral Print Hanky Hem Midi Skirt
£16.00 Click to visit New Look

Shopping Trip

Denim Jacket New Look Dress Pearl Lowe for Peacocks Shoes Dorothy Perkins