Thursday, 10 April 2014

Outfit inspiration: Jessica Alba

I like the simplicity of this outfit. Some black trousers and a white t-shirt, paired with a bright pair of heels and a bold jacket. Bolstered by the current trend for kimono style jackets, there are loads of statement jackets out there, which are easy to throw on over a white t-shirt and black trousers (or skinny jeans) to solve many a boring outfit crisis. And it's also super flattering, with these jackets long enough to skim over any problem areas. With wedding season coming up, one of these jackets would be a great addition to a plain coloured dress too, giving you lots of options to showcase your latest purchase.

{Jessica Alba}

I found mine a while ago, which you can read about here, and it's a gem. Scour your local charity shops to find something similar - the louder the better!

{charity shop find}


Top row, left to right
Patterned kimono, £29.99 H&M; Sketch floral kimono, £42 Oasis; Jacket in print with embroidery, £27.50 ASOS; Blue palm print relaxed blazer, £48 River Island; Leather collar bomber, £59.99 Mango.

Middle row, left to right
Printed kimono blazer, £59.99 Zara; Patterned coat with piping, £69.99 Zara; Oriental print jacket, £59.99 Mango.

Bottom row, left to right
Striped blazer, £48 & Other Stories; Blazer with lining, £49.99 Zara; Petites scarf print jacket, £39 Miss Selfridge; Printed kimono jacket, £42 Warehouse; Tropical forest long blazer, £70 Oasis.

So here are your other ingredients. To be honest there are so many white t-shirt and black trouser variants out there that I could have gone on giving you examples for days, but likelihood is you've already got something similar in your wardrobe. GAP, Zara and Cos are my usual outlets for black trousers, but you'll know where to go to get trousers which suit you best. Also play around with the jewellery - depending on the jacket, some outfits could do with a little more or a little less bling, so just try a few different lengths, weights and colours and see what looks right.


Top row, left to right
Deco pyramid necklace, £18 notonthehighstreet.com; Classic chevron necklace, £80 Enelle; Wooden chevron necklace, £17 notonthehighstreet.com; Chevron necklace, £25 paper & chain.

Middle row, left to right
Cotton t-shirt £14.99 Mango; Slim-fit stretch trousers, £34.99 Mango; V-neck top, £6.99 H&M; Ultra skinny pants, £34.95 GAP (also available in tall); Round neck t-shirt, £19 Cos.

Bottom row, left to right
Golden mid heel court shoes, £58 Topshop; Anabel heels, £89 Kurt Geiger; Glory high heel shoes, £58 Topshop in red or pink.

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