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16 June 2014

A couple of classics!

Time for a couple of classics! The good old white shirt teamed with a denim skirt! The inspiration behind the denim skirt came from Susie So So again! So sorry Sue....I am constantly stealing your style!! I went on a mission to find a denim skirt to suit me and came back with a pencil skirt style which I wasn't quite sure how to wear once I got it home (which I probably why I only own a couple of skirts!!). Anyway I turned to Pinterest as usual and it all became obvious! I have also been struggling to style an oversized white shirt I bought from Gap awhile ago but it turns out they were the perfect partners!


I love the way that Olivia Palermo is wearing her shirt here so I decided to try this out with my skirt!


My take on the white shirt and denim skirt combo! Please excuse the oh-so serious face and the knobbly knees!


Gap shirt (current)
Gap skirt (current, sale)
Topshop sandals (last year)
Mulberry Araline bag (old)
River Island cuff (current)

Here is a close up of the Gap skirt it was only £9.99 in store but it's £22.99 online?!! I am rather pleased with it now I've figured out what works best with it on me!


I rather like this style of denim skirt also from Gap but I shall hold tight and see if I can bag this one in the sale too!


Am I the only one who find it difficult styling a skirt? I literally only have 3 in my possesion! Dresses are so much easier! This whole exercise has help me out with another pencil skirt (of the black pleather variety) that has been hanging unworn in the wardrobe for 9 months! Any other skirt styling tips much appreciated!!

A round up of what I've been wearing this past week! Kimono gets it's first airing on a girls night out!


Primark kimono (current)
H&M black halterneck top (ancient)
Zara coated chinos (current)
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag (current via The Outnet)


Mango top (current)
Gap original fit jeans (last year)
Birkenstock Arizonas (current via Amazon)

Another cricket match....another chance to dress up!


Clement Ribiero dress (via T K Maxx last year)
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals (current)
Balenciaga bag (old)


Alexander Wang t-shirt (via Fashion Bloodhound, recent)
Pull & Bear jeans (current)
Birkenstock Arizona (via Amazon, current)

Loving the kimono....2nd wear in a week! Worth every penny of £12!


Primark kimono (current)
Topshop cami (old)
Gap original fit jeans (last year)
Topshop sandals (last year)
Mulberry Araline (old, outlet)

Basking in the glorious sunshine!


Zara top (last year, holiday purchase)
H&M boyfriend jeans (last year)
Kurt Geiger Madison espadrilles (current)


Whistles dress (old)
Birkenstock Gizeh's (gifted by the lovely Thrift My Style)
Jack Wills tote (last year)

I am well and truly sorry for the lack of a post last week.....I blame a bit of bloggers block and the world cup....it meant the fact that my laptop went AWOL for a few days! Normal service is now resumed and I shall be back in a couple of days!

As I always say....I do love reading and responding to your comments!

See you soon!

Michelle xx





44 comments:

  1. Great style steal Michelle - Olivia eat your heart out!!! I love all your outfit posts too especially the Whistle dress it looks stunning on you.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. I came across that pic of OP Jane and I just knew I'd had the perfect thing to go with the skirt! I also plan to wear the same shirt with the black pleather skirt and caged M&S heels as I think that would work pretty well too! What would I do without Pinterest! xx

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  2. Hi my dear!! Fabulous look, you can't beat a white shirt and denim skirt for perfect casual chic and I'm really loving your Gap bargain skirt!! I will definitely be channeling this look soon! Fabulous outfits as usual your kimono was such a great buy! Have a lovely week my lovely friend!! xx

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    1. Hey Sharon......it is a classic combo indeed! I do love a bargain....especially when it come to a skirt, though I do feel I need to get some more in my wardobe! Love the kimono....it even looks brilliant with denim shorts and Birkies....it was such a good find! xx

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  3. I love the skirt and shirt on you, it looks a far better shirt than my one from there and I wouldn't mind trying that skirt at 9.99 but why are the prices never the same online as instore, it is so annoying! I might tweet them about it! xx

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    1. I have to admit the shirt drives me nuts Sharron! you only have to look at it and it creases...so high maintenance, it's constantly on the ironing board!! Arghh, it didn't fare too badly when I wore it with the skirt though! Isn't it rubbish with the pricing....so frustrating! Let me know if you hear back from Gap about that! xx

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  4. What knobbly knees you have great pins, like the styling of the denim skirt. Like you I have precisely one skirt never worn, trousers/jeans or dresses so much easier.
    Sue xx
    Bestfriendstyle

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    1. Thank you Sue.....think I could do with slapping a bit more fake tan on the pins though! I agree! Jeans and dresses are so much easier! I think even a denim skirt is quite a dressy look for doing the school run in, because on me I feel a need for a bit of a heel with it! xx

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  5. Looking good Michelle you look fab in a skirt! Loving your kimono too the colours are beautiful! Xx

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    1. Thanks Frances, think I am in definate need of a peasant style blouse to try with the skirt and heels too! I didn't realise I had so much in my wardrobe that would be able to wear the kimono with which is great as I can think of many more ways to style....including a skirt! xx

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  6. A very different look for you Michelle, but I like it! I don't really do skirts either, I have a couple that I occasionally wear for work & some maxi's but that's it! Still loving the kimono...gorgeous! x

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    1. Even though it's a denim skirt it is a bit dressier for me Sian....might be the combination of skirt and a bit of a heel! Think the skirt needs a bit of a heel though and I did feel a bit she-she which was nice for a change!
      I am so in love with the kimono! xx

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  7. You must be the most glam lady at the cricket each week! Love all your styling as always ... who needs Pinterest? I just read your blog x

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    1. It is so nice to have the chance to dress up for such events! I do love to get a bit glammed up now and again :0)
      Thank you for the lovely compliment re. styling and Pinterest.....that is praise indeed xx

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  8. You lok fab in your denim skirt, Michelle. I love the second Gap one too - more my kind of shape than a pencil skirt. Amazing outfits too as always. Lynne x

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    1. Thank you Lynne.....I may have got the skirt bug now, you are wearing some fabulous maxi's at the mo! I may have to style your style too ;0) xx

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  9. Love how you styled the denim skirt and white shirt. I have one skirt which I will never wear...I love skirts on others but always seem to choose the wrong style for myself! Love all your outfits as always...the kimono is fab...gorgeous colours and the Whistles dress is lovely on you x

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    1. I can't believe so many of us own so few skirts Kareema but I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that finds them tricky to style, I bet your skirt isn't the wrong style, I found it was a case of finding the right top to balance it out! See a dress does all that hard work for you which is probably why we all favour a dress over a skirt!
      The Whistles dress is such an old favourite xx

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  10. I'm not sure there are many of us out there who do actually get on with skirts but I can manage the denim ones as they are basically … denim. I just feel it's a little change from the jeans. But not too often as that would be out of my comfort zone. I have to say, you've styled that skirt up a treat - you have a fab figure for pulling off such a look. And keep your eyes peeled for the second Gap skirt - that's a goody!

    And I love love love the Whistles dress. I want!

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    1. It is a relief to know it's not only me that has found skirts so tricky to style Sue! I've managed to make my denim skirt quite dressy but it was a welcome change to jeans which we would all normally favour! I do feel the need to go for the other style too as that would be good with flatter sandals, thus making it a bit more casual! Now I've got the ball rolling with the shirt/skirt combo I can see other ways in which I can style the denim skirt. Nice to branch out from the dresses and jeans for a change!
      The Whistles dress was a very smart buy from their outlet in Street a few years ago now! It's been a great investment piece! xx

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  11. Really such a fabulous week's worth of clothes here! I think you've styled the skirt and shirt really well. I sometimes struggle with skirts, I think I am stuck in a rut with them often, just pairing simple jersey tops with them - I like the shirt option. Super post, always enjoy seeing what you've been buying and wearing x

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    1. You look ace in a skirt, I think you style them brilliantly! Wearing them with a jersey top or a little cardigan the way you do really suits your vintage inspired looks! Glad I've have given you the idea of teaming with a shirt though....it is always good to find an alternative look to try! Thank you for the lovely comment xx

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  12. Ooh Michelle I love your outfit particularly the CR dress, gorgeous. I have 3 skirts in my wardrobe including a denim one but I rarely wear any of them. I will try harder x

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    1. Yay! It would be great to see someone else styling a skirt Donna!!
      The CR dress was perfect for a lovely sunny cricket day, it's cotton and so easy to wear for sitting around drinking Pimms all day ;0) xx

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  13. I love the Gap skirt on you -actually prefer the one you have to the second style! And amazing amazing Whistles dress, just perfect!
    Abbi x

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    1. Thank you Abbi! It's lovely to hear you are a fan of the pencil skirt....defiantely a whole in the wardrobe for the other style too! xx

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  14. Michelle your new kimono looks the business. I have a pleather a line skirt that I have been put off wearing as my family have made comments. Skirts are so difficult but you have got your denim one so right with the tie front to the shirt. I will be stealing your style.

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    1. Ahh thanks! I did well with the kimono, it is perfect for the in-between weather days like today where it's a tad overcast but still warm. I didn't realise just how useful it would be! I might have to try the kimono with the skirt....mmm you have given me another great idea! Thank you xx

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  15. You look so different in the last few photos - I can't work out why.
    I am going to regret not buying that black mango top

    Gorgeous outfits

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    1. I wonder what I have done to look different.....is it good or bad different? I'm intrigued!! The mango top is a goody....goes with lots!! Thank you Fiona xx

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  16. Love this skirt, and couldn't agree more, the white shirt is the perfect look with it! I think skirts (I have always struggled with the name too, it sounds very 'Mrs Merton'!) are like the poor relation to dresses, because it's so hard to get the top half right? But you have got this spot on!! You mentioned a black pleather skirt you have.....Perhaps come the Autumn, you could try a denim shirt with it, a role reversal fabric often works, just a thought? Love your Whistles dress too! xx

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    1. Love the idea of the denim shirt and black pleather skirt....I will absolutely be trying that out......I have a great Gap chambray shirt which would be just the job with the skirt, may also play around with the double denim too! Thanking you kindly for the excellent idea xx

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  17. Love your style Hx

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    1. Thank you so much, that is so lovely to hear xx

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  18. You always look epic, to me, and you have gone and done it again. H xxxx I am guessing you have straightened your' hair and that is why you look different (nod to Fiona) :0)

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    1. Thank you H, that's a really lovely thing to say! I aim to spend as little time possible styling my hair, this is how it goes naturally! I've changed the parting after reading an article a few weeks back about how it can take 5 years off you......I'll try anything, lol xx

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  19. Gorgeous outfits - LOVE the kimono and may have to investigate in my local Primark tomorrow. I got one last year and have worn it lots - it just lifts the plainest of outfits without dressing it up too much.
    Thanks for the denim skirt inspiration too as I have one that I never wear. One of my 3 knee length skirts too...though I do have 2 maxi ones that I wear lots. And another vote for the Whistles dress - really beautiful and effortless on you...perfect for this hot weather. Ax

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    1. You are right Avril, the kimono is perfect for instantly giving a plain outfit a lift! I don't wear much colour but I do have bits of coral and cobalt blue, the shades in the kimono so it will go with far more than I originally thought! Need to push myself to wear a bit more colour so for that very reason it is perfect for me! I hope I have inspired a few ladies to get their skirts out.....I'm always looking out for inspiration too!
      A little bit gutted that I didn't bid on the white version of the Whistles dress on ebay a while back. The navy version has always got such lovely comments xx

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  20. You look amazing in the denim skirt Michelle! I'm like you & don't own many but I do have an old Diesel one & I've been thinking of how to wear it in a modern way so may very well be SYS soon too! I love all of these outfits! You have some gorgeous pieces & all put together so well! I love that Whistles dress with your Birks! Ax

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    1. Ahh thank you Andrea!! Skirts are so tricky aren't they....mind you I am now on a roll!! The skirts are totally helped along by the fact the weather has been so gorgeous of late!! xx

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  21. That kimono is amazing I want!! You look gorgeous in everything as usual Michelle- is there anything u can't wear. Particularly loving the black dress.,

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    1. There is much love for my little kimono...such a great little purchase!! Brings so many outfits together!! Thank you so much for the lovely comment Trea xx

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  22. Am so with you on the skirts. I own a handful and always struggle but then I see them on others and think I must try harder! You've nailed it with the Gap one (and don't get me started on their prices in store and online...!) Just seen your comment on Helen's outlet post - how lucky are you living near all those outlets! When you get to B Vill next, let me know x

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  23. It's official....skirts are the hardest things to style!! Everyone appears to be of the same opinion!! Gap are a nightmare with their instore and online pricing differences....it's so unfair!! I am due a trip to Bicester and would love to meet up with you there xx

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