I’m not one for coordinating accessories, mainly because I find accessories more of an essential rather than fun. However, one thing I wanted to do this year was mix my style up a little, and although I haven’t quite changed my look entirely, I’m slowly adding things. On top of my list of things to tweak was how I approach my shoes/bag. Do I just wear the same ones again and again regardless if they go with my outfit or not (like always) or do I make conscious decisions? I must sound like a terrible fashion blogger, but my way has always been to find a comfy pair of black shoes to suit everything, and change my bag every month or so.
Lately, that has changed. I’ve decided that with how many bags I actually own, and the fact that I can actually get comfortable shoes in quite a few styles, that I should probably start making more of an effort. Mainly for myself as I must admit, I’ve felt a lot more put together and ‘fancier/prettier’ for matching myself up. My latest conquest was perfectly matching the new Scarlett And Jo Black Mesh Insert Dress at £65, to a beautiful Dorothy Perkins Trapeze Satchel Bag from House of Fraser at £25.
This is probably one of my favourite Dresses in Scarlett & Jo’s new collection, I just didn’t realise until I was actually wearing it. The prom dress has a very small petitcoat underneath which makes it puff out more and accentuate a smaller waist with the elastic band. The band is probably a cm or two too big for my short torso, but it still works well and is there to help create that hourglass shape. The sleeves are quite short but very loose fitting and comfortable, I don’t usually show my arms but in this dress, I really don’t mind. There are also very soft shoulder pads to also help create the hourglass silhouette even more by broadening the shoulders.
It’s very much a low maintenance dress and is incredibly easy to wear, once it’s on you know you look good and don’t have to worry about anything or adjust it. I’m looking forward to the Summer when it’s warm enough to wear this without leggings, on my 5’3 self it’s the perfect length for me to want to bare all. I’m now a 20 in the majority of Scarlett & Jo and this is a perfect fit. There’s no need to size up or down at all.Pairing this with the blue on my Dorothy Perkins bag made me look like a professional, in my opinion anyway! The Dorothy Perkin’s bag is surprisingly a lot bigger than it looks with 4 separate compartments inside, including a front pocket. It even has a longer strap, as demonstrated below, which makes it an incredibly handy bag to be wearing when you’re out and about and need your hands free.
To go along with the outfit, rather than my usual plain black Ballerina pumps from Shoe Zone, I added a little glitz. The Lilley Women’s Silver Large Bow Ballerina shoes are definitely my new favourites. They make my feet look pretty for a very welcomed change. I have such wide feet that I find Shoe Zone are one of the only retailers where I don’t have constant blisters and the shoes expand for me throughout the day when my feet may swell. Often with shoes I’m left in pain and with cuts, I never have this problem with Shoe Zone. At only £12.99 it means I can have a couple pairs for the same price as one pair at most places. It also means that when the shoes start to wear down, they’re easily and cheap to replace!
What to you think of my effort to accessorise better? My next challenge is Jewellery!
*All sent for review – Photos were taken by my very lovely boyfriend, Alfie.