Bobs, Blazers and Berets

Hello hello, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far! Spring finally seems to be showing it’s face around here, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on a few of the trends from last season, some personal style changes, and pieces that I think will probably (definitely) follow me into Spring…

First things first, if you haven’t seen my mug over on Instagram in the past few months, you may notice something’s a bit different in these photos. Yep… I went for the chop! Now, I’m definitely not the biggest fan of change. When I was younger I had a centre parting and waist-length hair in a single plait down my back (cute when you’re little, not so cute when you start high school) and when I finally cut it short I cried for days. Fast-forward over a decade and not only have I embraced change and cut all of my hair off—okay, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration—but I’ve got my fringe back too, and I’ve got to say, I’m totally feeling myself!

Admittedly, I have a love-hate relationship with bangs. God knows they’re high maintenance and don’t even get me started on the combination of a straightened fringe with wind/rain/snow—let’s just say it’s a nightmare for a naturally curly head like myself! Since back in 2010 when I first tried out a fringe I’ve gone through a cycle of loving it, deciding after a while that it’s too much faff and growing it out, then looking through old photos or seeing other girls rocking them and feeling like my hair wasn’t stylish or ‘edgy’ anymore, then finally getting it cut back in (Anyone else do this?? I do it with colour too, but that’s another story) I think there’s just something about a blunt full fringe that feels me, and that’s why I’ll always be drawn back to it. Who knows, it might eventually stick and I’ll be rocking a curly grey fringe when I’m an oldie!

Anyway, enough rambling about hair… on to the outfit! You may have noticed checks have been everywhere recently, and after crushing on the gingham trend last season it’s safe to say I am totally on board with plaid, checkerboard, Prince of Wales check— you name it. The first thing I knew I had to have was a checked blazer. I’d seen a few monochrome checks around but I went on the hunt for a neutral/brown toned checked blazer, and it wasn’t long before I came across this beauty from H&M. I love the pattern, the tones, and it has the sweetest suede elbow patches that give it that vintage feel. Now, normally a blazer/corduroy trouser combo would remind of Wes Anderson (which I love), but when I paired these BDG corduroy wide leg jeans with the mixed textures of faux snakeskin boots and a croc-effect belt, I felt like they created some major 70s vibes.

From the check trend to the beret, I’m more than guilty of jumping on the bandwagon on this one. Am I wearing it right? Who knows. Does it suit me? Probably not. But do I love it? Yes! Anything that makes me feel like a sophisticated Parisian is a yes from me. Even when I saw American movies or actresses like Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942), Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) or Julia Roberts in Notting Hill (1999) wearing a beret I was so tempted, but never braved it. Now here I am… I’ve embraced a new haircut, found my wardrobe staple blazer and braved the beret! So yeah, I’ve added quite a few staple items to my wardrobe over the past few months, and learnt a few things about myself and my style along the way. Are there any pieces you’ve loved this Winter that you think you’ll be holding onto over Spring? Or a look that you’ve always admired but never been brave enough to try? I say go for it!

Laura. xx

Blazer – H&M (Similar Here) |Beret – Asos (Similar Here) | Jumper – Next (Similar Here) | Jeans – Urban Outfitters (Similar Here) | Belt – Asos | Boots – Raid at Asos | Bag – Vintage | Necklace – Liars & Lovers at Asos (Similar Here)

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