Casual Chic

FROCKS&FROUFROU FROCKS&FROUFROU FROCKS&FROUFROU FROCKS&FROUFROUTop: Country Road

Cardigan: Glassons

Trousers: Sportscraft

Shoes: Ziera

When it’s cold and wet I always find myself gravitating towards trousers, rather than my favourite skirts and tights.

These pull-on ponte trousers from Sportscraft are really the best of both worlds when it comes to comfort and style. They’re stretchy and soft enough to lounge around in, but the heavy fabric and trouser detailing give them enough formality to be worn in a more professional context.

For casual weekend-wear I teamed it with a boxy striped tee from Country Road and a favourite mustard coloured cardigan. It needed a bit of something-extra, so I added the super simple black bead necklace that I made using this tutorial:

FROCKS&FROUFROUNecklace: DIY

I’m actually kind of loving the shoes at Ziera this season. When did wide-fit comfort shoes get so stylish? I’ve got my eye on a couple of pairs of ankle boots – I’m hoping to replace my Ara Fanny Boots which have never recovered from the salted pavements of New York – and I’m hard pressed to decide between the Lana and the Nebula. The little caramel-coloured booties that I’m wearing today are comfortable for walking, and the oxford/brogue detailing (that you can’t see, because I didn’t take any close-up pictures) is so swank.

A couple of people have asked for a close-up pic of The New Hair, so here we go!

Cropped Haircut - frocks and frou frouI really love it – it’s so easy to wash/dry/style – I’m really glad I took the plunge.

Two Ways Tuesday: Ruby & Lilli Lover Tee

Ruby & LilliI’ve been seeing this awesome “Hello Lover” t-shirt doing the rounds lately, which means that there’s probably a few bloggers like me who saw gorgeous Jojo of iCurvy rocking it on her blog, and decided that their wardrobe wasn’t complete without it.

It’s the most wonderful fabric; butter soft with a beautiful drape. The foil text shines against the heathered grey tee in a not-too-over-the-top fashion, and the wide twisted neckline and relaxed fit give it an air of casual chic.

It’s been made by the Australian company “Ruby And Lilli” (and with a store name like that I really didn’t have any other alternative but to buy it, right?) who specialise in on-trend t-shirts designed to flatter the fuller figure.

The site is easy to navigate, the shipping was super-quick, and my t-shirt arrived wrapped in tissue paper with a lovely little handwritten note encouraging me to visit the Ruby And Lilli Instagram page for inspiration on how other customers have styled their tees.

Well, here’s my contribution(s!)

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Cardigan: Boden

Tee-Shirt: Ruby & Lilli

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Seychelles Via DSW

 OK, so with the slogan “Hey Lover” it’s not really an office-friendly tee-shirt, but it does look pretty elegant with the grey skirt picking up the silver in the text. The addition of the cardigan makes the tee-shirt part of an outfit, rather than being the statement piece that draws all the attention.

Because the skirt is so voluminous I’ve tucked the top loosely into the waistband giving the outfit a bit more shape. Because the top is oversized you get a slight blouson effect that allows it to stay relaxed, but the waist gives the outfit a bit more polish.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTee-Shirt: as above

Jeans: Carmakoma

Shoes: Softwalk via Shoebuy

 My second Two-Ways outfit is a lot more casual. It’s a great weekend ensemble – the slouchy statement tee-shirt teamed with a pair of comfy skinny-leg jeans. I’ve half tucked the t-shirt this time, which helps to maintain my proportions and elongate my legs without sacrificing the relaxed effect of the t-shirt. I added a belt and a pair of low tan heels to break up the grey.

Frocks and Frou FrouIf you have your eye on this – or any of the other tee-shirts on offer at Ruby And Lilli – I’ve encourage you to put your order through soon, as they seem to be having a sale right now, and all the t-shirts are priced at $25, down from $45!

I’ve just bought my second…