Autumn #WIWT Post

OK – My bad. I usually do an outfit of the day post at the end of the month, but I totally forgot in September, and then got caught up in Christmas at the end of October. So today I bring an abridged version of #WIWT for the Autumn months so far, with a promise that November will have a proper post.

September is a bit of a transitional month when it comes to fashion, and this Autumn October proved to be surprisingly mild too. So some Summer pieces have had a prolonged life and I’ve been able to stick with bare legs for far longer than I normally would. Both months were busy and lively and had a few new purchases, some Charity shop finds and a little vintage style (although I have kept that for another post).

My fave buys of the month were the pearl sleeved sweater from Marks and Spencer which I have lived in since I got it – it is warm and pretty which makes it very versatile. The tassel earrings from Next are just amazing and get fabulous comments every time I wear them (most recently a lady on the till at Wilkinsons who said they were hypnotising her) and my bargain leopard print Kate from Primark – the best £30 I have ever spent. It is just the right side of Kate Moss rock chick and I am living in it, I’d sleep in it if I could!

What have you been wearing this Autumn? Any new buys? Any bargains?

Birthday Meal at Ego

Top M&S, Necklace Next, Skirt Charity Shop Find, Shoes Dorothy Perkins, Bag Primark

Blush Velvet ‘Gabrielle’ Court Shoes
Was £30.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Purple Velvet ‘Gabrielle’ Court Shoes
Was £30.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Similar Top

V-Neck Flute Sleeve T-Shirt £29.50 Click to visit M&S

Cinema Afternoon

Jacket New Life, T-shirt Oasis, Jeans Dorothy Perkins, Shoes H&M, Bag Lulu Guinness (Charity Shop Find)

Blue ‘Frankie’ Jeans
Was £22.00 Now £16.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Mom’s Birthday Meal

Skirt and Top Per Una at M&S Shoes Dorothy Perkins Bag Yoshi Bags Earrings New Look

Shell Pink Tassel Drop Earrings
£8.99 Click to visit New Look

The Night Before Christmas Event at John Lewis

Jumper Clements Ribeiro, Skirt Charity Shop Find, Earrings Next

Tassel Earrings £8.50 Click to visit Next

A trip to the Hollybush

Skirt New Look Jumper M&S Necklace Primark Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Textured Round Neck Pearl Sleeve Jumper £35 Click to visit M&S

Similar Skirt

New Look Women’s Tulle Hanky Hem Skirt £13.99 Click to visit New Look

Shopping Trip

Top Select Skirt Topshop

Similar Top

RIB FRILL TOP BARDOT JUMPER
£10.99 Click to visit Select

Similar Skirt

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Pleated Midi Skirt in Satin with Splices
£35.00 Click to visit ASOS

A night at the Ballet

Dress New Look (Charity Shop Find)

The Wedding Singer Press Night

Dress Jacques Vert (Charity Shop Find) Earrings Next Shoes Topshop

Shopping

Scarf House of Fraser Top M&S Charity Shop Find Skirt Dorothy Perkins Shoes H&M

Contrasting Edge Roll Neck Jumper
£27.50 Click to visit M&S

Cilla the Musical Press Night

Top H&M Skirt New Look Bag Damart

Black Mesh Stripe Midi Skirt
£27.99 Click to visit New Look

Hairspray Press Night

Top Dorothy Perkins Skirt Tu Bag Accessorize Shoes Topshop

Sunday Morning Football

Jacket Paul Costelloe Charity Shop Find Jeans Dorothy Perkins Jumper M&S

Coat Primark Jumper Michael Kors Skirt M&S

New Coat!

Reviewed: The Hampton Cornflower Blue Grab Bag from Yoshi Bags

Yoshi Lichfield should really be called the home of the bag. Specialising in beautiful leather bags, Yoshi is home to the classic, the elegant and the quirky. Whether you are looking for a smart work bag, a tote perfect for shopping, a shoulder bag that could also double as a clutch for a night out, or even a quirky custard cream bag that would even appeal to those with style taste slightly off the radar, Yoshi has designs for all – and every one is a beauty.

Recently, Yoshi has unveiled a glorious new colour in it’s leather collections, a stunning shade of cornflower blue. This blue leather has been used to create the Hampton collection, which incorporates a range of bags and purses. I have been using the ‘grab bag’ which is described as: “Perfect for all occasions and outfits both day and night”
and have to agree that this is a bag that is smart enough for formal or even occasions, but looks totally great with jeans and more casual wear too,

Hampton Cornflower Blue Leather Grab Bag £60.00 Click to visit Yoshi

The grab bag is great, big enough to carry all your essentials – purse, keys, phone, lippie notebook, pen – all will fit easily into the middle compartment which has a zip top for security. It then has two further side compartments which close with magnetic clasps that are perfect for things like Oyster cards, train tickets or bus passes, the sort of things that you may want to grab in a hurry. Inside the middle section there are even more pockets, big enough for your mobile phone, and another zip pocket too. The whole bag is lined with a crisp blue striped fabric which gives it a slightly nautical feel, and contrasts beautifully with the cornflower blue leather of the bag.

The dimensions of the bag are Height 23 cm, Width 33 cm and Depth 10 cm, and as I show above, it can work with a range of colours and outfit styles. The bag comes in one of the Yoshi dust bags which make it a perfect gift idea for a birthday or Christmas, and, as this is such a classic style, you know it is a gift that will be used forever more.

You can view all Yoshi bags by visiting the Yoshi Lichfield website here.

What colour shirts do women prefer?

When choosing a shirt to impress, a few questions might cross a man’s mind: does it match with the trousers? Is the material of a good quality? Is it suitable for the dress code? But something else that men should be asking is – what does this colour say about me?

Research has shown that the colour of a man’s shirt is important in how they are perceived by people around them, if you want to come across as powerful; choose red. If you want to show confidence, always opt for black. Charles Tyrwhitt, experts in men’s fashion and retailers of men’s formal shirts, have been investigating this further to find out which colours women prefer on men.

Choosing the right colour

When it comes to deciding which coloured shirt to buy, there are some that are perceived more positively by the opposite sex. Consider purchasing one of the following coloured shirts on your next shopping trip if you’re looking to dress to impress…

Red

Red is associated with Valentine’s Day and all things romantic, it signifies love and passion. It is thought that the attraction to red comes from our biological roots – many animals such as baboons are attracted to the opposite sex if they display bright colours. However, to wear this on a first date might be slightly overpowering.

If you’re looking to demonstrate power and a strong social status, red is a good colour to go for. Research found that wearing red can actually boost the wearers own confidence, which will be a good thing during a first date for women who are looking for a man with some self.

In a survey which explored the attractiveness of men in different coloured shirts, red was found to be one of the most loved colours. This perception was global – so wherever in the world you go wearing a red shirt, expect to get a similar reception.

However, although the colour was linked to romance it was not associated with the wearer being kind or sociable – perhaps you’ll have to demonstrate these traits through the power of conversation instead.

Black

Although originally kept in the wardrobe for mourning, black is now worn for various occasions by many fashion followers. Similar to red, black can be perceived as the colour of self-assurance – 56% of women said that it inspired confidence. Other comments included that the colour black made the wearer appear more intelligent and sexy – perfect for a first date!

Black is renowned for being worn at classy events. It is a versatile colour and don’t be afraid to mix and match, for example jeans and a black shirt is a good casual outfit for many events.

White

White is another colour that rates high when it comes to shirt, not really surprising as it is a style classic for both men and women. White is perceived to be the least arrogant colour and instead gives off the impression that the wearer was full of optimism!

A white shirt is a nice and classic look for when you are trying to impress at a formal event. However, during research, it was the definitive white t-shirt and jeans combo that caught women’s eyes and was perceived to be the more attractive look for a man.

Ones to avoid

There are also some colours to avoid when it comes to choosing a shirt. In many surveys revolving around the attractiveness of colour,  the 1970s classic colours of orange and brown consistently performed poorly. Perceived as quite boring and drab colours in general, these were not popular, although some said a bright orange shirt could brighten up an outfit nicely on a summer’s day.

Pink didn’t go down very well either.Only 5% of people thought that intelligent people would wear this colour!

Other tips

When choosing a coloured shirt consider the following tips too:

  • Many men look great in a colour that matches their eyes, if you have green eyes perhaps opt for a moss green shirt- a popular colour this season
  • Avoid wearing dark colours if you have a light complexion, this can really draw your skin tone out and make you appear paler
  • If you have dark hair, opt for bright colours as these are likely to complement you more