It’s been a busy few weeks since I got back off holiday, so I haven’t really been able to take as many outfit pics as I’d like. But I did get pics of a couple of looks. I was invited, somewhat last minute, to the Investec Derby at Epsom, and had 48 hours to put together a races-friendly look. Now there’s nothing I love more than a girly dress, some OTT headwear and slightly matchy-matchy accessories, so I had great fun putting this outfit together and only had trouble choosing the exact dress to wear. In the end I went with the hot pink Escala prom dress by Fever. I was also lucky enough to have someone with some photography skills and a decent camera along for the ride, so thank you so much to Natalie for making this outfit post a little bit more fashion blogger-y than usual…

F+F lace jacket, Fever Escala dress via Brand Alley, New Look gold toe heels, H&M scarab brooch
Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams fascinator, Lulu Guiness sunglasses, gifted pearls.

This outfit has some of my favourite accessories in it. I get some funny looks when I’m wearing the sunglasses, but I absolutely love their 50s cats eye shape. The H&M scarab has become a bit of a trademark of mine. I have it in a brooch and a ring in pink, and also have the green version of the ring. It’s always talking point, and a bit more unusual than a butterfly or a flower. They’re supposed to be lucky – tell that to the horses I bet on!

The shoes ended up being a good buy – about £10 in the sale at New Look, and just about comfy enough to wear all day. Matched with the lacy jacket, they’ve become my go-to accessories for smart occasions like weddings when I don’t want to wear black. This is the second time I’ve worn them this year but the first time I got a pic – so that’s another save down in the Shoe Challenge!

Speaking of the shoe challenge, I managed to get a friend to snap another save recently. When the sun went in a bit, I headed down the pub in a very un-Gemma outfit. Skinny jeans, a loose top and blazer, and a pair of buckled, pointy boots (also from New Look – I have far too much footwear from there). Here’s how it looked. I like the comfort of a pair of skinny jeans, and how easily you can wear them with boots, but I can’t help thinking because my legs are quite long and my weight is mostly on my upper body, that I end up looking like a weeble on toothpicks…

River Island blazer, Matthew Williamson for H&M vest, Primark jeans, New Look boots, Primark pendant and headband
  • Ashleigh

    am I the only one who’s failing to spot the “OTT headwear”, that appears to be a relatively insignificant fascinator to me….

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    …it still got me some funny looks on the train on the way there ;-)

    But yes, if you want to split hairs, perhaps OTT is the wrong word for this particular one. But for the record, I *do* love OTT headwear!