Sunday, 4 March 2012

Next International Style Challenge

Hello folks! I actually took these snaps a couple of days ago but I've had a poorly weekend so this is a little late. I'm not feeling quite as ill as I was, but I'm still writing this from the comfort of my bed. Needless to say I wasn't well enough to get to #ldnlunch yesterday (gutted doesn't even cover it), but there's already talk of a June meet up so I can look forward to that and avoid anyone who looks as if they're about to sneeze on me in the meantime. My close personal friends Mr Ben & Mr Jerrys will be keeping my company this afternoon.

Aaaanyway. The real focus of this post is the Next International Style Challenge which I was HUGELY flattered to be asked to be a part of. I've done style challenges before, for the likes of Matalan in particular, but nothing on this trans-continental scale, so it's rather exciting. The brief was simple : pick an item from a list and style it up to represent British heritage and my personal style.

Floral dress - Next; black leather boots - H&M; leather gilet - Primark

The dress I picked is this floral midi number, which on me with my stumpy legs was pretty much a maxi. It does look a lot more grown up on the website, I'm not sure whether that's the pose of the model or the lack of accessorizing, but I fell hook, line and sinker for that gorgeous floral print. It's almost coral red so perfect for Spring, and with a jumper thrown on top of it it can be worn as a skirt too. However, it's ultra-feminine and so bright that it's not the sort of thing I would have usually gone, a CHALLENGE! 

My style is getting more and more refined every month, which makes it a LOT easier to get dressed in the morning and I end up feeling a lot more confident, every day. What I love about British style is the non-conformist attitude of so many of our fashionistas. Sure, we all love perusing the trends in magazines, but ultimately, British fashion on the street does not have to be dictated by anyone else

My take on it will not surprise any of you. To contrast with that girly print, the only viable answer for me was to throw in some leather. This gilet is such a staple for me it's unreal. I don't think I've owned anything I rely on so much (except maybe a pair of purple cords I had when I was twelve, man that was LOVE). With the loose fit and the tough touches, this is now definitely an outfit I would wear, and I believe it totally sums up my style, and my influences.

Thankyou Next for asking me to be involved! <3
To see the other contributors, make sure you check out the list. xox

30 comments:

  1. That dress looks really pretty. Love that you've styled it with an edge, love the leather. :)

    Mel
    www.mediamarmalade.com

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  2. You look amazing, absolutely LOVE that dress on you! So gutted you weren't at #ldnlunch, we shall deffo meet in the june one though :) Hope your feeling better!

    The Deer Head

    x

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  3. Amazing dress!!! Love it...
    at a first glance the prints reminded of Victoria Beckham's diffusion line SS12...
    I am a big fan of ankle boots, so thumbs up for those as well!

    x

    cecilia
    fashiny.com

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  4. I really like the dress! it looks really nice in combination with the rest! x

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  5. I love this outfit, you look so nice! The leather gilet goes with it perfectly, and I would love to see how it looks if you do style it as a skirt too! And I totally agree about British street style, even people wearing current trends just make it look so unique. I hope you win the challenge!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  6. You look amazing, I love the dress! xxx

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  7. i hope you feel better soon!
    i just love this look, love the mix of floral and the leather combo, makes it look so edgy!
    Krissy xoxo

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  8. You look amazing! I always find that Next always have some really amazing pieces, that dress it so pretty on you too!
    I hope you feel better soon, being ill over the weekend is not nice!
    Love Charlestown xoxo.

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  9. You look gorgeous! I love how you've styled it. Hope you feel better soon!

    Catherine, XO.

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  10. what a lovely dress, paired with the boots it looks gorgeous
    www.theorangewalls.blogspot.com

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  11. I love it Claire! I bought a biker jacket recently and wore it with a lace dress and boots. Love the mix of floral and lesther xx

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  12. I'd have probably picked something similar, bright and floral = wins. Plus you've added the leather which just looks great.
    Sad I didn't get to natter with you yesterday! I've heard there are other sorts of socialising in the pipeline so hopefully it won't be too long until our paths cross.

    Oh THE CORDS! Please tell me they were ridiculously huge and baggy? I had a pair in pink which I wore with a t shirt I'd sewn beads onto....the shame.


    xx

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  13. You look absolutely amazing! The dress is gorgeous and goes perfectly with the boots.

    Emily Wears Things
    xx

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  14. I struggle with midid's (and I'm 5 foot 7!) Never know where abouts they're meant to hit my leg? I always get too obsessed by this matter and swiftly disgruntled.

    ANYWAY, I love this look! I think its an interesting take on the brief you described and I definitely think it works!

    Rosie x

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  15. Damn Claire! I do love how you wear this gilet all the time, it suits you (as does the coral, and the length, and the hair.. Going to stop now). Next is exciiiting, I'm going to look at the others now. Hope you're feeling yourself by now, being ill sucks xxx

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  16. That dress is incredible, I adore how you styled it!

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  17. Pretty dress, but I love it toughened up a little like that. It looks more wearable I think.

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  18. I love the contrast between the tough biker waistcoat and feminine floral print. I think the colour really suits you too, embrace it! xoxo

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  19. You look beautiful, I hope you are feeling better! <3 xxxxxxxxxxx

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  20. You look stunning, exact way i'd wear it!! hope you feel better, you were missed <3

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  21. Do you ever have an off day? You always look so freaking amazing! Proper missed you at LDN Lunch :(
    Sophie
    x

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  22. Really Like the dress with that leather waistcoat, very VERY nice!!

    Rianna xx

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  23. Oh this dress suits you so much! :) Perfect outfit for this post.

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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  24. ooo lovely dress, nice how you toughed it up w/the gilet.
    and your spot on about British style.

    J X

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  25. Love this dress! Hope you're feeling better :) x

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  26. This is a great mix of pieces. I love the bright floral print dress in contrast with leather boots and vest. I think you did a great job pulling this look together given the parameters of the challenge.

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  27. I love the pattern on your dress :) It really suits you! xox

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