Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Shoes to Build your Capsule Wardrobe

Shoes have the ability to control what you can wear every time you browse through your wardrobe. Your shoes (or lack of the right shoes) are the big decision makers!! They finish off your look, they can make or they can break your look. Shoes have the ultimate power of deciding if an outfit will be casual or smart. So I guess what I'm saying is Shoes deserve Attention.

I have put together my Must have shoes to help you build your Capsule Wardrobe. Your capsule shoe collection should all be in neutral colours. This gives you the option of styling them with any colour. Once you have your capsule pieces in neutral colours you can then build on your shoe collection with colours, prints and on-trend details and even have some fun!

Styling Tip
I always have a shopping list in the notes of my phone and as I discover gaps in my wardrobe I add them to this list. It is so handy as it means anytime you have some spare cash to treat yourself to something new you can pick something from your list and it will instantly help you wear your existing clothes more.  At the moment I have neutral brogues on my list. I have a metallic pair of brogues and I'm getting so much wear out of them that I figured another neutral pair would be perfect to have.

Shoe Style One

The Nude Shoe is a no brainer. Nude matches every colour you team it with and it also boasts leg lengthening qualities. They are a brilliant choice of shoe for all year round. Ok so I have found two styles of nude shoe for you to choose from. First up is a court shoe and second is a strappy style. Personally I prefer to wear strappy styles but it's entirely up to you which you choose. 

Styling Tip
If you have short legs avoid strappy sandals as they cut you off at the ankle. Stick with a court style.

Nude Signature Point Heels €44 from Next......Buy Here

Nude Skinny Sandals €40 from Next......Buy Here

Shoe Style Two

The tan sandal, again as with the nude shoe above these will be your go to for everything summer casual. I have found two options, one with a heel and one without. Personally as I have a high instep flats are not good for me so I would choose the heeled style. You can wear either style with Summer dresses, skirts, shorts and your fave jeans.

Talla Leather heeled sandals €47.30 from ASOS......Buy Here

Leather Sandals €20.26 from ASOS......Buy Here

Shoe Style Three

A black shoe is my next must have for your capsule wardrobe. You more than likely already own a pair but because we get so much wear from them, you must remember to update them every now then as they can before worn and outdated. I have found two pairs one with a 3.5" heel and the other with a 5.5" heel for the braver (these do have a platform making them feel not so high)

Embossed Strappy High Heel Sandal €39.95 from Zara......Buy Here

Black Platform Sandal was €29.99 now €19.99 from Zara......Buy Here

Shoe Style Three

I live in ankle boots, apart from the past few weeks since we have been getting such warm weather. At the moment I have a wine pair, black pair and a khaki pair, all of which I wear to death. I previously owned a grey pair and that's definitely something I have on my shopping list for next season. Grey is a terrific neutral boot to have in your wardrobe. I have found two gorgeous styles for you to choose from.

Grey Suede Ankle Boots €65 from River Island......Buy Here

Grey ankle boots were €98 now €49 from Debenhams......Buy Here

Shoe Style Four 

My next shoe style to add to your capsule wardrobe is the comfy run-around. I have to admit it's only in recent years that I decided these are a must. I simply let me feet suffer for fashion but mainly because of my love of heels. I have selected a Khaki pair, as I think Khaki is a great neutral and also it's a great colour for all year round.

Khaki Slip on Espadrille Flatforms €32 from River Island......Buy Here

Khaki Satin Espadrilles €40 from Next......Buy Here

For more inspiration on comfy flat footwear for the summer check out my recent post http://www.laineystyle.com/2017/04/cold-feet.html

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my post and found it inspiring! As always if there is anything you would like me to feature or if you would like any personal style tips please contact me on elainemscully@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Shirt Dress, How to Wear it Three Ways

The shirt dress is such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe and versatile pieces are exactly what every wardrobe needs. I love wearing items in my wardrobe in different ways and creating different looks from my clothes. As I'm always saying, if you are splashing out on something new make sure that you have at least three items in your wardrobe that you can wear it with. Be excited about your new purchase and enjoy trying out different looks! 

The shirt dress is easy to wear and extremely flattering on all body shapes. Your waist can be easily defined by adding a belt (if it doesn't already come with one). The shape of the shirt dress will fall over your tummy and hips. You can wear it buttoned right up to the collar, you can add a nice neckpiece if you wish to dress it up. For a different look (or if you are heavier on top) leave some of the buttons open.

Floral Shirt Dress €59 from Oasis......Buy Here

Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Ways to Wear Red

Red is a strong colour this season, but then I always find red to be a great summer colour. It works brilliantly with navy's and whites, and is terrific for adding a burst of colour to your favourite neutral pieces. I feel red is a colour that you won't tire of and you'll be content to keep in your wardrobe for years to come, unlike some of the other trending colours at the moment like yellow. Today I have put together my 5 must-have Red Pieces to add to your wardrobe.

No 1. The Statement Coat

I love a statement coat!! If you've been hanging around the house in a simple jeans and top and need to pop out somewhere, throwing on a statement coat instantly makes you look like you've gone to huge effort. I'm not one for saving things for 'good wear'. First I like to get an occasion out of something new and then I like to mix it in with my casual wardrobe, getting lots of wear out of every piece I own and getting value for money.

 Frilled Sleeve Coat Was €89.99 Now €59.99 from Zara......Buy Here

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Top 6 Summer Dresses

It's another gloriously sunny day here in Carlow. The heat is so intense I have to keep coming in out of it, we're just not used to it. Absolutely loving it though, everyone is in such good form! Plus I'm loving listening to the little girl next door splashing in the paddling pool with her friend, they're full of giggles and excitement. It's a long time since I filled a padding pool for mine. My two are 22 and 15 but I did get to fill the bath for my youngest this morning. One day soon, that'll stop too. A huge part of me wants to pause the clock and rewind but a bigger part of me is enjoying watching my boys grow into men that I'm beyond proud of.

Got a little side tracked there (kids will do that to you) Anywho, today I've just been hanging around the house trying to enjoy some sunshine, as I was working the last two days. I pulled out a sundress that I bought in Penneys I think 2 years ago. We all have summer pieces that we pull out every summer and are filed under the category 'just for wearing in the garden'. Well this dress is one of those. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Navy, White and Blue, Summers Faithful Colour Combination

Happy Saturday guys!! Hope you're planning on enjoying some sunshine and relaxation or better yet some retail therapy. Earlier this week I was browsing through Vogue.com and drooling over designer looks for Spring Summer 2017, and I shared the following pic on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Agnona Spring/Summer 2017 RTW British Vogue......See full collection here

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to wear florals if you're not a girly girl

Who said you can't get your blossom on if you're not a girly girl? Floral prints have really bloomed this summer, making it hard not to add some flowers to your style. Florals don't have to mean pretty and girly, you can still have an edgy attitude to your style while delving into the floral madness.

The easiest way to pick a bloom that's not going to look like you're off to an afternoon tea party, is to go for a dark colour. Surprisingly enough there seems to be a huge choice of black florals at the moment. I decided I'd tempt you with a khaki coloured dress instead, really liking khaki right now. I'm wearing my River Island khaki boots to death!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to add warm layers to your Summer Style

Hello there lovelies!! Last week I featured a post on some cheap and cheerful tops to top-up your wardrobe (you can read said post here). It got me thinking, it's great picking up a few new tops but when it comes to wearing them casually everyday we need to have layers to match. I love looking at other bloggers outfit posts on instagram, everything looks so summery and fresh but in reality we need a few neutral warm layers to add to these looks. And that's what this post is going to be all about, adding warm layers to your Summer Style.

You are going to love my first find as it's very similar to one of my fave jackets. I bought a pink cord Kookai jacket, I think about 12/13 years ago....really!! I wore it regularly at the time but I have to admit it then went to the back of my wardrobe for a number of years. I'm so glad I didn't throw it out, I was putting together a couple of looks to wear to Castlepalooza festival 2016, I tried it on and fell in love with it all over again. Through back to me wearing my jacket at the festival....