Polka Stripes

The good weather has arrived, finally! Temperatures reached 27c in London this week – INSANE. I’d been stuck in that transitional mode for a while now, where I got bored of the coats and dresses paired with tights. It’s for that reason that I pretty much lived in this outfit during that transitional period just before this week started – long sleeves and trousers usually associated with an autumnal look but this time with a hint of spring vibes through a floaty and free feel.

I’d never been a culottes girl until my eyes fell upon these ones from Topshop – I’d been eyeing them up several times when going into the store until they stopped selling them and oh.. of course I went out my way to get what I technically couldn’t have! Turns out they were waiting for me in TKMAXX. I love the play with patterns on these – polka dots and stripes, two very contrasting yet oh-so-classic patterns. I associate polka dots with femininity and playfulness whereas stripes have always felt more harsh, blocky and androgynous.

As the trousers are quite busy I always style them with block coloured pieces like this structured yet floaty black blazer and black 60s style boots. The blazer is the perfect cut as it sits directly on my waistline meeting the top of the culottes. If the blazer was any longer it would hide the whole form of the culottes (especially as they are fitted at the top) which is what I want to avoid, as it is the key piece in this outfit, framing and setting the overall look together with it’s shape and print. The boots elongate to a flattering height where a slight break forms making the outfit feel even more ‘free’ and less closed and cold in addition to the floatiness of the culottes. Definitely will be investing in more, just you wait.. 😉

Talk soon!

Culottes Topshop (similar) | Top H&M (similar) | Blazer Topshop (similar) | Boots Zara (similar)
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