Fashion

The Fortnightly Wishlist: Volume I

I never really tend to chat about fashion on the blog.  I have always kept it between the boundaries of food, music and lifestyle but maybe this is the beginning of me branching out into the world of fashion?  It might also just be an excuse for me to place all the pieces I am lusting after in one place and give me the greatest excuse to purchase but, we’ll see.

Hello and welcome to my fortnightly wishlist.  Every two weeks I am planning to put down into words which items of clothing, and maybe some sneaky pairs of shoes, that I cannot wait to get my hands on and my booty into.

My fashion choices have always been an integral part of my individuality.  At the age of twelve, I had already decided that following the crowd like a little-lost lamb, into Helly Hanson jackets and UGG boots just were not what I was built to do.  My mum bought me my first pair of flowery Dr Martens (which I still have/still fit my tiny feet to this day) and some electric blue tights with oversized cherries on them, while all my other friends were being gifted Paul’s Boutique Bags.  Fashion has followed me through my life and maybe it’s about time I started chatting about it.

So, here marks the beginning of my fashion talk.  The Wishlist.

Dresses

By dresses, I do not mean slinky, low-cut, curved-hem cocktail dresses which ooze both sex appeal and self-confidence.  I just cannot get away with that look, unfortunately.  So by dresses, I am lusting after: pinafores galore; basically, anything which can make my 20-year-old self-resemble a school child as well as a relaxed, grungy throw-on, which can be styled up with both Dr Martens and/or a cute pair of sparkly socks and sandals.

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  1. ASOS Denim Shift Dress in Washed Black With Circular Ring Pull (£30.00)

There’s something about this shift dress which has changed my opinion of washed black.  The colour itself just reminds me of when I have had my Topshop Jamie Jeans in the washer/dryer too many times, and the ‘jet black’ colour turns to a mushy-almost-grey and refuses to match-up with any shade of black.  You know what I am talking about, right?  However, with its cute ring pull and high-neck, this shift dress screams the 60’s and would look perfect with a bright red polo-neck layered underneath. Am I converted into washed black?  Just you wait and see.

2.  Daisy Street Retro High Neck Dress with Ring Pull Zip (£19.99)

I fell in love with the faded red and white block contrast against the black of this figure-hugging dress in an instant.  That’s going straight in my basket.  Much like the ASOS denim dress (1), this dress also features a high-neck as well as a ring pull.  The sheer tightness of the dress is something I would usually tend to avoid, but I cannot deny how fantastic this dress would look with a pair of thick, cable knit tights and a teddy bear coat this winter, or a faux, black leather jacket and studded ankle boots for the autumn transitional period.

3. Jack Wills Check Shift Dress (£85.00)

Jack Wills’ stopped being a key player in my life a few years ago when big branded hoodies and gilets took my high school by storm, but this floaty shift dress might just have me back on the band waggon. I love the intricate detailing on this dress, especially the two tiny black bows which adorn the bottom half, as well as the elongated zip-up back, which is always a key selling point for myself (I need something I can easily get in and out of).  It screams preppy innocence and has serious connotations of down days wandering around Edinbrough or trying out sublime coffee shops in SoHo.  Anything that makes me seem cooler than I really am is a yes from me.

4. Lazy Oaf Heart Buckle Cord Dress (£75.00)

It is official, I have died and went to the most pristine and perfect corduroy heaven imaginable, thanks to Lazy Oaf.  Their current entire season has me bawking at my bank account, willing for the days to tick over until pay-day.  This is definitely one of the more favourable pieces on the site.  The square neckline compliments almost every body shape, as well as the above-the-knee-length making this pinafore easily transitional between day-to-evening. Throw in the three heart-shaped buckles and it’s true – I am in love.

5. Motel Rocks Halloween Oversized T-shirt Dress With Moon And Stars Print (£30.00)

If this is a specifically branded Halloween dress, then just make it Old Hallows Eve every night of the bloody year, please!  Dressed in the colour of wine, this almost smock-like dress is playfully short and a serious statement piece for every wardrobe.  Motel always manages to keep their prints bang-on the mark and this constellation print with larger stars and moons are beautiful.  Teamed with a pair of black Adidas gazelles and a pair of light-washed denim jeans, this dress can easily be made into an oversized top.  Versatile and essential, Motel, you beauties.

Skirts

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  1. Rokoko Halloween Midi-Skirt In Sheer Glitter Mesh (£16.00)

Rokoko is a new brand on my radar but, what I have stumbled upon from them on the ASOS website, I am seriously digging it.  This glittery see-through skirt is from their designated Halloween range (which means that post-Halloween this beauty should be straight in the sale basket) and I sense some serious layering is about to take place. I imagine wearing this with a black Fred Perry polo shirt tucked into a bright bodycon skirt with this layered on top. I would not be confident enough to just wear this skirt with a body, so we’ll have to be creative if I do decide to purchase. I do like a challenge.

2. UNIF L8er Skirt (£59.76)

Slick, sophisticated yet with a rebel-edge – this button-through, yellow UNIF skirt with contrast piping is an essential piece for any yellow lover like myself. 911, yellow is taking over my life at the moment.  The skirt is extremely short, which means a pair of platform Vagabonds will go hand-in-hand to create a bottom-half look of sheer grunge.  With UNIF being based in America, I might have to wait for some more pieces to spring up on the website before I purchase this little number though.

Jumpers

Just like the skirt section of this wishlist, I have not found many jumpers that am racing around the house trying to find my purse so I can purchase them on the spot.  In all honesty, after trawling for the jumper of my dreams, I have only come across a couple, as detailed below.

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  1. Whistles Cropped Funnel Neck Jumper (£109.00)

This 100% hand-wash-only wool jumper comes in at the number 1 most expensive piece in Volume 1 of the fashion wishlist.  It’s Whistles, which means the price tag fits the quality, so we can let them off for placing this b-e-a-utiful jumper so high in the price bracket,  The cropped sapphire-coloured jumper looks like it would sit just on-top black high-waisted cords and with some patent doc martens on the bottom, you’d be running errands in the most spectacular fashion.

2. Dickies Briggsville Purple Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt (£45.00)

I swear by the men’s section in Urban Outfitters for when my soul needs something cosy, super-oversized and warm. Winner, winner – here we are – this deep almost-royal purple jumper from Dickies.  A steal at £45.00, I simply adore how simple this crew-neck throw on is.  The hem, neckline and cuffs are all ribbed, which means a rolled-up sleeve and a shortened hem is achievable – which is always great when you are not quite a men’s size small.

Tops & T-Shirts

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  1. Fred Perry Tipped Crew Neck T-Shirt (£45.00)

In a washed-pink which almost looks like a blush with black tipped sleeves, this top is ticking all of the boxes.  Fred Perry crewnecks suit my shoulder and neck shape perfectly, giving me the ultimate flattery.  This top is in the standard Honeycomb cotton pique material, making it both breathable and soft on the skin.  FP polo-shirts never seem to suit me (no matter how hard I try) so this t-shirt is the perfect alternative.  That is going straight in my basket.

2. Lazy Oaf Velour Striped Polo Shirt (£48.00)

Lazy Oaf offer 10% student discount, which means if (*WHEN) I purchase this contrasting-colour striped polo, it is going to be a steal at 43 quid.  Just like the heart-buckled pinafore dress mentioned earlier, the detailing really has me sold on this Lazy Oaf polo.  I am all heart-eye emoji for that heart-shaped ring pull.  Effortlessly cool due to the simplicity, these colours would go perfectly with a pair of spotty, burgundy tights I have loitering at the back of draws, alongside the previously-mentioned washed black ASOS pinafore dress and my trusty vagabond platforms.  It is like the universe WANTS me to buy it…

3. Nasty Gal For Your Love Mesh Top (£15.00)

Now the ONLY problem I have with Nasty Gal is that the quality sometimes resembles that of Missguided.  I do not mind fast fashion when the price down in the gutter, and I do not want to wear a piece more than a handful of times, but my adoration for this star-print mesh top is through the bloody roof.  Basically, the only reason I haven’t clicked ‘Go To Checkout’ on this longsleeved top is in case the quality is poor.  I do not think I can afford to be disappointed. Does anybody want to buy it first and let me know how it is? Pretty please, with sugar on top.

4. Nasty Gal So Cowl Hearted Shirt (£25.00)

Oh, look at that cowl neck and contrasting cuffs situation! It is oversized, meaning it would go swimmingly well with an “I-ate-too-much-at-Sunday-brunch” pair of loosely-fitting denim jeans and perhaps a pair of electric blue block-heeled mules on the bottom?  Whatcha’ think?  Yeah, I think it would be banging too.  Nasty Gal, be prepared for an incoming order.

So, there we have it.  The first volume of my fortnightly wishlist, brimming with the things I need and want to enhance my wardrobe.  Which piece can you see in your collection and how would you style it?  Stay tuned for more fashiony bits soon.

ELS x

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