Finding Gems in Unexpected Places

This post is in collaboration with Simply Be.

As I’ve begun to minimise my possessions over the last few months, including scrutinising everything which enters my wardrobe (and leaves it), I’ve found myself stuck in a bit of a rut clothing-wise. I’ve begun to favour buying everything in the colour black, if only to be sure that it won’t clash with anything else. It’s made getting ready in the morning in the last few weeks pretty tricky; I’ve begun to play a game of ‘which item will make me least hot and uncomfortable today?’ and inevitably losing every single time. Damn you, summer!

When looking for new purchases, I’ve stuck to the same old tried-and-tested high street favourites – Monki, H&M and Cos, peppered with occasional high end purchases every now and then to replace old knackered items with things I know are going to last a long time. I’d much rather go for a classic cut or shape, knowing that I’ll get a good few years’ wear out of it.

I’m not going to lie, when it comes to online shopping, Simply Be isn’t exactly the first website to pop into my head. I guess they’re often overlooked in favour of giants such as ASOS, or in my case, satisfying my vintage lust by splurging on Beyond Retro (a habit which I have luckily recently curbed!). Having said that, I have been massively impressed with the amount of absolute gems I’ve discovered from there over the last couple of months.

I’ve been in the market for a decent jumpsuit for a loooong time, so when the opportunity presented itself to choose something from Simply Be to road-test, it inevitably had to be a jumpsuit of some sorts. Bearing in mind that I’m off to a wedding in September, I wanted to get something which would be suitable for every day but fancy enough to dress up with heels, and so this Traffic People jumpsuit chosen from their selection of wedding clothes immediately jumped to the top of my list.

Jumpsuit (*): Traffic People for Simply Be | Shoes (*): Simply Be | Belt (*): Simply Be | Bag: Leather Needle Thread

This jumpsuit though! I feel like an abstract painting! I’m grateful to be squarely back in my colour-loving clothing mode; this guy is impossible to not be cheerful in. It’s made of super-light polyester and was heaven-sent on this muggy afternoon. Also… just realised that the description on their website says mid calf fit… ha! As if! Not on my wee stumpy legs. To be fair, anything that’s a bit cropped always comes up poifectly on my 5’3″ frame, and this jumpsuit is no exception. Already I can see myself living in it for the rest of the summer.

I chose these splendidly 1970s chunky platform heels and this woven belt to go with, for a bit of a smart-casual look, perfect for looking pensive on a log in the park.

As well as this jumpsuit gem I’ve also indulged in a crochet dress of dreams from Simply Be, after spotting it on the lovely Sam’s Instagram. Unfortunately being a clumsy fool I’ve managed to get a rip in one of the seams already, so if you’re good at fixing crochet, gimme a bell!

The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed I’ve had a barnet chop – I’ve decided that the only people I trust with my hair are the brilliant guys at Betties & Baldwins, as they seem to know exactly what I’m trying to communicate! I’m attempting to grow it out to an Amelie-length bob, what do you reckon?

These photos were taken by the brilliant Lauren Jayne Hall on a wander through Victoria Park one day. Go and follow her on Instagram here!

Massive thanks to Simply Be for letting me pick a few bits from their website. I was gifted items for the purpose of this post but all words and opinions are my own.

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