Back to School Style - The Perfect Accessories

It's day two - perfect accessories time and I'm in my element here of course! All over the internet and regularly in emails, I see women asking how to look more groomed, more stylish and I'm a firm believer in the power of accessorising. 
(and a good blow dry....but that's a different post)

Scarves are everywhere and it's easy to be overwhelmed by an array of colours and patterns. I have a couple of rules I follow when buying scarves for myself and the shop: 

1. If a scarf has black, navy, grey, white or cream somewhere in the colour way, you will wear it with many more outfits.
2. Look for a full, soft, lightweight scarf. They are not for warmth alone - you want to be able to wear them indoors as well as outdoors

So, following both rules, I bring you The Perfect Scarf...
The Perfect Scarf - SGS Shop (SOLD OUT - sorry)
Camel/Gold Square Cut Jumper - H&M (AW12)
Boyfriend Jeans - Gap
Beige Suede Ankle Boots - Office
It ticks all my boxes - it's got grey, black, camel, blue, white and a splash of red to brighten it up. It's an animal style print but is mixed up with other prints too - so will suit anyone not so keen on rocking their inner Bet Lynch :)
Navy Cross Body Bag - Vintage
Leather purse (just seen) - Boden (SS13)
I don't think there are many wardrobes that couldn't fit this one in and today on the school run (and a walk down by the Lagan) it's given new life to a camel jumper that I don't wear as often as I would like to. I'm also looking forward to wearing with my Perfect Jacket from yesterday.

Jewellery wise, you can't beat a statement necklace for looking 'put-together' on the school run. It just immediately elevates an otherwise plain outfit. The high street (and my shop) are full of fabulous, inexpensive necklaces. If you're unsure of colours - go for a silver or gold. 
Here is my Perfect Necklace - Overlapping Leaves in silver (left) and gold (right). It's my best selling necklace and you can pick it up on the 'Not On The High Street' website for £24...or from me for £14!
Neutral, close fitting to the neck but doesn't sit too high, it will transform the simplest of outfits..
Overlapping Leaf Necklace - Silver & Gold - £14

Tomorrow - it's the turn of The Perfect Boot - see you then!




  1. Oh you are so right that scarf is perfect....Love the way you have dressed today! xx

  2. Brilliant scarf and perfect for any and every outfit!
    Loving the school run outfits!


  3. Yes, you've nailed the perfect scarf! Great pattern and colours and would definitely fit in with any wardrobe. Love the necklace too.

  4. Gorgeous scarf Avril and I'm loving the necklace too!

  5. Love that scarf, this would be my perfect school run outfit, its those Ash/Marant style boots that have done it!

  6. Looking lovely Avril... I'm curious about the location - is this local?

    Nic x

    1. Thanks Nic - took these at Cutter's Wharf! We went for a drink there to celebrate back to school :) xx

  7. I love the scarf perfectly styled too! I have the necklace in gold from you but haven't worn it much as it has been so warm - looking forward to wearing it in A/W. Lynne x

  8. Lovely scarf and necklace. Great basic ideas that you often forget in a rush.

  9. Gorgeous scarf - I miss wearing them in the heat of summer here!

  10. Your spot on Avril, that scarf is perfect, and will go with so many outfits! Think it's about time I treated myself to a SGS scarf. Now I'm starting to think about dressing for chillier weather a scarf is the perfect a/w accessory. x

  11. Loving these 'back to school' posts Avril - lessons for us all - no pun intended ;-) I must say I can wholeheartedly agree about the necklace, it's fab...I love mine and am not surprised it's a best-seller.
    WOW on the price difference - hope you can expand the SGS shop to undercut other products too. xx

  12. Wow such a stunning scarf Avril, I love everything about it. I can't wait to start wearing scarves again....oh & my jackets x

  13. I discovered your site a few weeks ago and it is inspired! I love it. After reading this particular entry I ordered the scarf and the silver necklace. They have just arrived (very quickly I might add) and I can't wait to wear them. Thank you.


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