Wedding Guest Dressing from JD Williams | AD

JD Williams have asked me to work with them again this month and this time the brief is Occasion Wear - helping you to find something fabulous to wear to those occasions that don't come around too often but seem to take up waaaay too much 'what am I going to wear' time and effort!

A M&S Try On | Style

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As part of my regular collaboration with M&S, I paid a visit to the Sprucefield store yesterday because let's face it, it's lovely to order online but nothing beats getting into the shop and trying before you buy....and I'd spotted some great dresses when I was in getting food last week and didn't have time to try on.


What I've been Wearing 9 | Style

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At last, another outfit catch up post. I try to do these every fortnight but I swear the time between those two weeks seems to get shorter and shorter! I think the combination of a busy period in work and 4th year exams both played a part this month. Work is still busy but the exams are all done now...roll on the GCSE's!!

Before I share the outfits, I want to thank everyone who got in touch with ideas and suggestions for London. I'm so grateful and thanks to all your messages, we now have a jam-packed itinerary for each day, discounted tickets to a show in the West End AND a couple of amazing view options without the cost of the Shard or the London Eye. I will blog about it all I promise...I know lots of you will find it really helpful too.


The Perfect Mix of Trend and Comfort from Fitflop | Style

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The white trainer trend is going nowhere and they've become the go-to footwear choice for so many of us because they're so easy to wear and work equally well with jeans and dresses.



7 Heroes every Wardrobe Needs | JD Williams | AD

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Wardrobe Heroes are those go-to items in that every woman needs in her closet - the items that work hard for you. For me, I know my wardrobe heroes because they're the things that I have more than one of. They're guaranteed to get lots of wear and it's important to have back ups - at least that's my when JD Williams asked me to find 7 Wardrobe Heroes in their SS19 collection, I was keen to take on the challenge. I like that as a company, they're committed to changing how the world views fashion for women over 45. This is important as there aren't many brands out there focusing exclusively on this demographic. As part of their mission, they're declaring so-long to ill-fitting sizes, limited options, and one-shape-fits-all, and championing stylish, affordable, well-fitting products. Would I find this to be the case when my selections arrived?
The Wardrobe Heroes I selected are as follows:
Starting with the Midi Shirt Dress which is the perfect length on me. I'm not a massive fan of your typical midi length, preferring instead something that comes in at a 'mid-axi' kind of length. Just looks more flattering on my frame.
The fabric composition is Viscose, Cotton and Linen, making it lovely for warmer days. It's got enough linen to give it a crisp clean look but not so much that you end up a crumpled mess when you wear it all day. I actually could have worn it straight out of the delivery bag - I only ironed it briefly to get the collar sitting right.
Midi Shirt Dress
Black Flat Slider Sandals
I paired it simply for this first look with my second Wardrobe Hero - the Black Slider Sandals
 and these are such a find. They're close in look to a couple of others I shared on my sandal blog post last week and a fraction of the price. Made from real leather, they have a croc effect finish and cream stitching. Size wise, go up with these ones as they're neat.
Second look now and I'm sticking with the dress but this time I'm adding Wardrobe Hero number 3 - trainers. I'm asked ALL the time where to find a well priced plain white leather trainer and these are on the money. No go faster stripes or leopard, crystals or stars - these are understated and classic and pretty much perfect. They come up on the big side so size down if you're in-between.
White Leather Trainers
Biker Jacket (similar to my own on link)
Leopard Bag (similar to my own on link)
My third look sees me adding the 4th Wardrobe Hero, Infinity 4-Way Stretch Black Skinny Jeans. I'm wearing the size 10R in these and they really are a great fit. The website says they are the most comfortable jeans you will ever own and that they won't lose their shape after one wear or sit too low on the waist. I couldn't work out what it was about them that worked for me until I read the website blurb - they're cut higher at the back! Absolutely great for pear shapes - there's no gap on the back when you sit down and I've not needed a belt when wearing them. I would probably like them tighter around the ankle but I've been wearing them turned up anyway. That's more of an issue when wearing them with ankle boots. Fit wise, I'm wearing the 10R and they come to my belly button so aren't super high waist - perfect for a half tuck.
Black Vest (my own)
For this look, I wanted to demonstrate how great a fully opening shirt dress is. You can totally change the look by wearing it kimono style over skinny jeans and actually, I've done this look in warmer weather over a pair of denim shorts too. Not brave enough for that one this weekend.

My 5th Wardrobe Hero is this classic grey sweatshirt with the added bonus of ticking another one of my Wardrobe Hero boxes - leopard print! These sleeves add a gorgeous feminine edge to this sweatshirt and are a perfect nod to the animal print trend without being too OTT. They're made from a blouse material whereas the rest of the sweatshirt is a soft jersey. It works great under a blazer and I'm also keen to dress it up with a midi skirt.
Grey Sweatshirt with Leopard

Sticking with the skinny jeans and white trainers, my 6th Wardrobe Hero is a slogan t-shirt  I really like this one - it's simple monochrome and hasn't got a controversial message. A perfect way to dip your toe into this trend. Such a youthful way to dress down a blazer.
White Slogan T-Shirt
Black Blazer (similar to mine)
I added my own red bag to this but there's similar colour pop bag on the link above. Any colour would work - blue/green/yellow. It just lifts the monochrome colour palette and makes for a much more interesting outfit.

Last outfit and last Wardrobe Hero - a cami top. I wear these lots over the warmer months, especially on nights out under a blazer. They're also great worn with denim shorts on hot days. Loose, floaty and flattering over the tummy area - what more could you ask? There are tons of colours and prints in this particular cami top but I opted for the animal print to tie in with my Wardrobe Hero colour palette. I'm wearing a 10 and I love that it's got a snug fit on the d├ęcolletage so you don't flash anything when you bend over (it's the little things!). I'm wearing my usual strapless bra underneath....always invest in a good one of these and look after it. I've had mine for 3 years now and it's still going strong.
Nude Heels (similar to mine on link)
Black Clutch (similar to mine on link)

So there you go! That's my 7 hard working hero pieces that I know will mix and match so well with other items from my wardrobe all summer long and beyond. I'm wearing the grey sweatshirt with blue faded jeans and a darker pair of trainers today - I think it's my favourite of the 7.

Thanks so much for reading and thanks to JD Williams for inviting me to collaborate on this. I was gifted the items I featured and I was paid for the time and effort spent creating this blog post and the social media content over on my Instagram account. All my links are affiliate links which means JD Williams know you came to their website from this blog post.


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