The Biker Jacket

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Jacket M&S Collection Petite, T-Shirt ASOS Curve, Skirt ASOS Curve (for similar click here), and Heels Truffle Collection (for similar click here).

I wanted to style this biker jacket in an unexpected way, so I paired it with a midi skirt and heels.

The outfit is all black but each item has a different texture so it’s not flat and boring. I particularly like that the midi skirt has sheer stripes.

With a biker jacket you want the look to feel relaxed and comfortable and not like the jacket is wearing you. So wear it with a little insouciance.

Let me know what you think of this look by leaving a comment.

xx Michelle

Proportion & Fit

These terms are thrown around a lot in fashion but they really are worth knowing about, to make the most of your shape.

PROPORTION

This is especially important if you are not very tall (like me). The way I think of proportion is that an outfit looks better if there is some contrast between the garments, for example:

  • A long top and a short skirt
  • A voluminous top and a tight skirt (or jeans)
  • A cropped top or jacket with a midi skirt

FIT

A popular piece of style advice is to “get everything tailored”. While I do recommend tailoring for special occasion or investment pieces, it’s not realistic for a lot of people or for the bulk of your wardrobe. So it’s important to get the fit right before you buy.

If it doesn’t fit right and you don’t plan to have it altered, then go without. It won’t make you look and feel great so it’s not worth it (even if it’s cheap).

Some brands are starting to understand that there are body variations beyond size and have introduced ranges to cater for this, for example:

  • Marks & Spencer Petite – designed for women 5 feet 3 inches and under.
  • ASOS Tall – but it’s not just for tall people. I like their mini-skirts which have that extra bit of length compared to the main and Curve lines.

Here is my best piece of advice with regard to fit: Don’t be afraid to go up a size. The size on the label is irrelevant – what matters is how it looks on you.

If the next size up gives you room to breathe, stops buttons from gaping, and allows you to move your arms unrestricted, then that’s the right size for you.

I personally prefer my clothing a little loose rather than skin-tight. I don’t believe in suffering for fashion. When you feel comfortable you feel more confident, and confidence is key.

xx Michelle

The Statement Piece

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Necklace Lanvin (for similar click here), Dress ASOS, and Boots Lane Bryant.

With a statement piece you need to style the rest of your outfit around it. This Lanvin necklace is pretty major so I wanted to keep the rest of the look clean and simple. This black T-shirt dress is the perfect backdrop, with the ribbed fabric adding a bit of texture.

The boots have an over-the-knee feel to them without actually going there. I like the glimpse of skin which stops the look from being completely covered up.

I wore a similar outfit to a wine-tasting with friends, which ended up being a 12 hour affair and I felt stylish and comfortable.

Do you have a statement piece you need help styling?

xx Michelle