As someone who is on the short side (I'm a mighty 5'1"!) I rely on vertical stripes to lengthen my legs and give me the appearance of being taller.  I know this trick sounds like an old cliché but the truth is, it really works.

I’ve just returned from an amazing (and much needed) bank holiday weekend away.  Sometimes a three-day weekend is exactly what the doctor calls for to provide us with some much-needed respite.

I spent it up in Manchester catching up with friends and taking the opportunity to see life outside of London.  As a true Londonite I’ve always been of the opinion the world revolves around the Capital.  However, getting to explore Manchester in the beautiful sunshine was a real eye-opener and as it turns out there is (amazing) life outside of London!

If you’re a Brit you’ll know a sunny bank holiday weekend is rarer than hen’s teeth.  It was so nice to finally don some summer clothes after the rubbish weather we’ve been having recently.  I was honestly beginning to think the British summer was over but just like that, the sun appeared.

I’m seeing a lot of blogposts talking about transitional fashion and how to begin incorporating Autumn pieces into your outfit/wardrobe.  I’m not ready to embrace the end of summer quite yet, given we’ve just had the sun reappeared, so I’m still about summer vibes only!

I’m a huge proponent of a striped trouser.  As someone who is on the short side (I’m a mighty 5’1″!) I rely on vertical stripes to lengthen my legs and give me the appearance of being taller.  I know this trick sounds like an old cliché but the truth is, it really works.

These high street trousers are a real hit with me.  Not only do they help give the illusion of making you look taller but they also cinch you in at the waist.  If you’re like me and your waist is the smallest part of your frame, emphasising it can only be a good thing.  These trousers are lengthening and slimming, what more could a girl want?!

You’ll recognise this denim tee from my “…Balmain on Sale” blogpost (catch it HERE if you missed it) and I expect you’ll be seeing it plenty more of it over the coming months.  Whenever I buy luxury fashion it’s always a very considered purchase, as I want to get my cost per wear out of it.  Personally, I think there is no shame in re-wearing and re-styling the same pieces over and over again providing they’re super versatile and great quality.  I’ve written various posts going into further detail on how to buy either luxury or investment fashion which you catch HERE, HERE and HERE.

Talking of restyling, I recently dug my Fendi micro baguette out of the back of wardrobe and have been wearing it around my waist.  I feel like it has given the bag a whole new lease of life and I’m delighted it’s no longer gathering dust.  This is the perfect example of how you can take something old and make it up to date by just reimagining it in a different way.

Outfit details: Trousers – Topshop (find HERE or Petite sizing HERE) | Tee – Balmain (find HERE on SALE  or similar on the High Street HERE) | Shoes – Avec Moderation (similar HERE & HERE on SALE) | Bag – Fendi (similar HERE & HERE)

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