Spring / Summer outfit inspiration: casual, party and holiday - (archived)

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I never usually enter blogger competitions, but I couldn’t resist the lure of the Passion for Fashion challenge. The rules are simple: create three outfits for under £200 based around three areas: casual wear, party wear and holiday wear. There’s a blogger judging panel (hi guys! LOVE YOU!!!) and prizes will be awarded for each category, plus a grand prize for the best set. We’re advised to take trends into consideration, and create budget outfits for Spring / Summer 2013 based around the key season looks. I love doing outfit picks and I am the queen of the budget outfit, so most of these come in well under the £200 allowed! My three trends are Global Traveller for my holiday look (encompassing all the ‘boho’ and ‘tribal’ inspired trends floating around this season), Monochrome for my party look (with an added dash of 1920s, Great Gatsby glam in honour of the long-awaited film), and for casual wear, Print-on-print with a slight 50s twist, inspired by my post about cropped trousers the other day, with a touch of off-duty Taylor Swift in her Keds (wha? I’m obsessed with 22 and I don’t care what you think). Here goes nothing…

The Partywear outfit: Monochrome goes Gatsby


When is this Great Gatsby film going to come out? And will it be worth the wait? I fear not, but I will be watching just for the Prada and Miu Miu dresses and Baz Luhrmann madness. This outfit is my homage to that, and trust me, I’m as surprised as you that a TOWIE alumni could come up with a dress this pretty. High fives, Lydia. More of this, please.

Studded bunny ears headband £12.50 at Topshop
LYDC knuckeduster clutch bag with jewels £22.97 at Amazon
Jewel bauble earrings £18 at ASOS
Lydia Bright shift dress in embellished deco style £75 at ASOS
Rosanna high heeled sandals £35 at Boohoo
Rhinestone cocktail ring £7.50 at Dorothy Perkins

The Casual outfit: Print on print with a 50s twist


I’m 29 and I’m obsessed with a girl who sings about being 22. This is not going to end well. I love that Taylor Swift manages to wear little dresses with Keds (she’s got a campaign with them) and not look like a fool. I’m not quite there yet, but I would happily team some polka dot plimsolls with Uniqlo’s amazing Celia Birtwell ‘legging trousers’ (that’s capri pants to you and me). Add some more polka dots for luck, and you have my casual look, which actually comes in at under £100. WIN!

Red tee with white polka dots £15 at A|Wear
Celia Birtwell cropped legging trousers £14.90 at Uniqlo
Frankie fringed bag in turquoise £22 La Moda
Champion red polka dot plimsolls £37.50 Keds
Brown leather and gold chain cuff £4.99 at New Look

The holiday outfit – the Global Traveller


High-waisted bikini, ridiculous sunglasses, denim cut-offs, killer wedges and loads of jewellery. Just add a fake tan and a huge hat and you have my holiday wardrobe sorted. I know there’s no handbag, I am going to pretend that is absolutely deliberate. My virtual holidaymaker is staying all-inclusive so doesn’t need to carry anything!

Crochet square top £45 at Miss Selfridge
Diane double wrap necklace £12 at Boohoo
Tribal print bikini £26 at River Island
G21 Aztec shorts £12 George at Asda
Monochrome Aztec cross strap cork wedges £27.99 at New Look
Tortoiseshell look sunglasses £12 at ASOS
Bracelet stack £18.50 at Topshop

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  • Reply Amy April 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is super cool. I love those ASOS earrings in the party look and those capris! I need those capris!


  • Reply Dawn April 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Please could someone help me. I’m a size 16 but more a 18 on top half and my son gets married in June, I fancy something a bit different as I never wear dresses and thought I would like a 40s style one.something for the church and then make it a bit more racy for the evening by changing my hair and accessories and shoes. I love blue or black but struggling to find anything. I live in Derby. Any ideas as struggling. Thank you. X

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