At this time of year (particularly in Scotland!) the weather doesn’t seem to know what to do with itself. Take this week for example – it’s now Wednesday and already this week I’ve seen rain, sleet, snow, hailstones and sunshine (and usually in VERY quick succession), yikes!
With such an unpredictable climate, there’s never been a better time to style the kinds of pieces that can be worn in oodles of ways – items that are easy to wear, versatile and perfect for layering. Unsurprisingly, denim is an ideal fabric for this time of year – it’s hard wearing and looks awesome! So when New Look challenged me to style a piece from their Denim collection in three different ways, I couldn’t wait to show you guys how to get the most out of this wardrobe staple.
I picked out a cute button-up denim shirt dress and soon I was putting together my first look…
Look 1: Eye Of The Tiger
I love the dark wash of this dress but I couldn’t resist brightening up my outfit with some pops of colour! I was feeling very inspired by a striking piece of street art in the city centre that I had stumbled across, featuring a giant tiger that made me immediately reach for Terry, my Tatty Devine tiger necklace and my Dr Martens lace-up shoes. I like how smart the button-up style looks and was VERY grateful for the long sleeves since it was a particularly windy day (brr!).
I also wore some knee-high socks from American Apparel and topped the whole thing off with a hair accessory by my favourites, Crown and Glory. Orange you glad that I did?!
Look 2: Brunchin’ Blouse
On a weekend brunch date, it’s nice to keep things (relatively!) casual. I decided to re-style the dress as a shirt, and roll up the sleeves a little (inspired by Rosie the Riveter!). I’m wearing it here with a polka dot skirt by Tommy Hilfiger and a scarf by Scottish design talent Karen Mabon in my hair.
A pick n’ mix of jewellery by Vivienne Westwood, Lucky Dip Club, Cheap Frills, Jolly Good and Bloody Mary Metal is my favourite way to accessorise for brunch (aside from the very necessary poached eggs, that is!) and I’m using my Kate Spade bag to carry my essentials.
This might be my favourite look of all three – but let’s take a look at the third before we make up our minds…
Look 3: Sweater Weather
I’ll be honest, the weather was so awful on this day that going outside was a very silly idea! When I’m mooching around indoors, a shirt dress is a pretty solid choice and this time I decided to up the comfort level by layering a sweater on top of the dress (this one is by Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo). I can’t get enough of the little hands with the red fingernails on the design – so much so that I decided to throw on my trusty bowler hat and a slick of red lipstick to match!
I decided to keep the collar and cuffs exposed because I really like the contrast against the black sweater. A pair of comfy leopard print sneakers by Vans & spectacles necklace by Betsey Johnson were the finishing touches and meant I was good to go (just in case the rain stopped!).
After taking on this style challenge, I’ll be thinking about how I can switch up other pieces in my wardrobe too! Do you have any go-to items that you like to style in different ways? How would you rock this denim shirt dress?
Don’t forget you can check out New Look’s full Denim collection here!
Come rain or shine,
Miss West End Girl x
With thanks to New Look