Zoe of HøFSisters styles a Scandinavian girl next door outfit

Cotton T-Shirt, £6.50, M&S

Last month Han and I attended the Odeon-sponsored UK Blog Awards – purely as spectators I might add, despite our febrile attempts to drum up some votes – and aside from some dodgy pizza bites, and strange film-promo backdrops (King Arthur The Legend of the Stone….? Nor me!), we met some truly inspiring individuals in all areas of the blogging industry. From beauty industry experts, to Great British Bake Off finalists, to cancer survivors, we were blown away by the amount of creative energy and the sheer wealth of collective knowledge in the room. Wikipedia, eat your heart out.

Zoe of HøFSisters styles a Scandinavian girl next door outfit

We arrived knowing no one, but were greeted like long-lost friends by the awards presenter herself, fitness & lifestyle blogger and fellow tall girl Chessie King, whose down-to-earth approach and positive ‘can-do’ attitude have brought her a huge instagram following. Proof, if any more were needed, that a friendly face often goes a lot further in life than a self-conscious pout. A philosophy that we like to adhere to here at HøFSisters HQ. Pouting is definitely not our forte. As proof, you may remember Hannah’s recent attempt on Instagram :-o. Sorry sis!

Zoe wears M&S cotton t-shirt, Zara girlfriend jeans and Milli Millu Manhattan bag

So, in the spirit of girl-next-door style à la Chessie King, this week I decided to go with a pared-down outfit made up of classic high-street heroes, but with a Scandinavian minimalist twist. The sort of clothes that take us through the majority of our life when not in the office or out to impress. Good-quality, staple wardrobe items which won’t break the bank, but also stand up to regular use and multiple washes. This is when the stalwarts like Zara and M&S really come into their own.

Zoe wears M&S cotton t-shirt, Zara girlfriend jeans and Milli Millu Manhattan bag

This classic white T-shirt from M&S is the most amazing quality – thick, soft cotton, with generous length sleeves and body. A delight to put on, and less than a snip at £6.50. The boyfriend jeans are my hardworking Zara pair from last summer (you can find similar ones here). Ok, so they’re verging on a bit short, but hey, summer’s around the corner, who cares? And being out of skinnies on warmer days is an absolute joy.

Zoe wears wedges from LKBennett and Zara Jeans with a Milli Millu Manhattan bag

This was the first outing for my gorgeous L.K.Bennett wedges (similar here). I include them in the high-street hero bracket because they are a classic summer shoe that will never date, and also I picked them up in an outlet shop for half their normal price. I will be trotting around in these for a great deal of the summer (if it ever arrives), so positive cost-per-wear is a given. The handbag is by Milli Millu, a wonderful London-based handbag company establishing itself firmly amongst the leading affordable luxury brands. You may remember Han’s bright blue Midi Stockholm from our workwear shoot way back, which featured in the Milli Millu Diary and catalogue last Autumn. This is the Manhattan cross body in navy, and retails at £225.

Zoe wears a bomber jacket by Danish brand Second Female

Bomber Jacket, £117, Second Female

My Second Female bomber is an injection of Scandi cool and the perfect light weight jacket for this spring and summer. Bomber jackets are versatile and can be worn any number of ways – zipped, unzipped, half-zipped, around the shoulders, like a shrug or wrapped around the waist. There are loads of great ones on the high street right now so if you are after something cheaper, take a look at these styles from Next Tall and Topshop Tall.

So, there we have it, a HøFSisters take on the girl next door.

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