Firstly, I would like to apologise for the tardiness of this post. It’s so late that almost nothing I am wearing is still available in the UK. That’s what happens when you live in Cape Town. Time slightly loses it’s grip on you and punctuality slips down the rankings of good character traits. Fashionably late is de rigueur. Which is rather fitting for this week’s Bardot-style off-the-shoulder shirt. Brigitte would never stoop to showing up on time.
And you’ll be delighted to hear that there are still plenty of beautiful off-the-shoulder white tops (like this Madonna & Co number) and suede A-line skirts (like this Nymph one) out there. If you’re lucky enough to live in the US, this L.K.Bennett skirt is still available and it’s in the sale.
Originally, I was planning an outfit that tapped into the pastel trend, big on the SS18 runways of Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford and Helmut Lang, amongst others. However, when this beautiful L.K.Bennett skirt arrived it was more peachy than pastel, not that the hue difference detracted from it’s appeal. With our height, and relatively narrow waist to hips ratio, Zoe and I have always been a fan of the high-waisted A-line skirt, which accentuates the waist and skims over the hips and bums without drawing attention to them. In fact, you may have seen Zoe’s pick of the “Folktales” collection for John Lewis’ loved&found was a mushroom hued A-line suede skirt last week. The L.K.Bennett skirt I’m wearing here could have done with being a couple of inches longer but gets away with it, because of the zip on the front which you can undo a little to create a more flattering line.
Off-the-shoulder may not necessarily be the most practical of styles. Simple tasks like tying your hair up or reaching back to put your arms through jacket sleeves become messy, uncomfortable affairs, but in my mind it’s a small price to pay for effortless elegance and the chance to channel your inner-Bardot. This shirt is from Tibi, a New York label famous for its clean, chic cuts and typically generous in sleeve length. It’s one of the brands I will always head to first when I scour The Outnet for bargains. It’s a stunning take on the classic white shirt and adds instant glamour and wow factor to any outfit, whether for the office or play.
I chose box-fresh white Superga pumps, perfect for running around while still looking smart. Plus, I love dressing down a crisp white shirt with more casual shoes. However, if you wanted something smarter, for the office perhaps, the outfit would work wonderfully with pointy heels in matching peach or another neutral colour, such as pale grey. The River Island handbag is a beautiful khaki green, which perfectly complements the peach of the skirt, and looks so much more expensive than it’s £24 price tag. All in all, a versatile look perfect for taking you from the office to the bar and everything in between. What do you think?