To be wearing this colour palette and silhouette is so far removed from my comfort zone but I have to say I'm loving this chicer and more high fashion me.

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I LOVE this outfit as I think it perfectly straddles the line between sophistication and elegance.  In fact, I feel like this is one of the most grown up outfits I’ve ever worn!  As we all know I’m generally a casual, comfort first kinda gal so this is rather a different look for me.  To be wearing this colour palette and silhouette is so far removed from my comfort zone but I have to say I’m loving this chicer and more high fashion me.

Wearing this reminded me of a recent “Thoughts of the Month” post I wrote (catch it HERE if you missed it) where I discussed the power of an outfit and how it can transform your confidence and instil an increased determination.  This couldn’t be truer of this outfit, I feel like I’ve been pulled off the pages of a fashion magazine and could quite easily take on the world!

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In part I think this is due to the quality of the pieces.  Both the satin top and wide leg culottes are impeccably tailored and the detailing and workmanship speaks for itself.  This green satin top is from Marni and originally had a ridiculous RRP price tag but I ended up bagging it from Nordstrom Rack (one of my favourite stores in America for picking up a bargain) with 87% off which just goes to show if you know where to look you can find quality pieces without the hefty price ticket.  This is the reason I’m a big advocate of investing in good quality items which can make all the difference in how you look and feel.

This is quite a bold look for me which some people may find surprising as it’s hardly Madonna circa 1980s.  However, these colours, shapes and fabrics are far removed from the usual pieces I’d go for.  First off I’d NEVER usually wear this shade of green as it reminds me of an awful school uniform I use to wear which has left me with a serious green phobia!  Although having finally tried and tested it I’m enamoured with this gorgeous emerald shade.  Also, these wide leg pants are a style I’ve admired from a far but being on the shorter side never thought I’d be able to pull off.  It feels great and encouraging to be able to wear something I’ve steered clear of for so long.

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Wearing this reminded me of an article I read in Stylist, The Sunday Times magazine supplement, by one of my favourite fashion editors, Pandora Sykes, which really struck a chord, titled YOLO Fashion.  She wrote of the importance of being brave in fashion, taking risks and playing with it.  She stressed the importance of owning fun and eclectic pieces that make you smile and to shake off all those fashion restraints we usually stick to.  This look is the perfect example of me attempting this and loving the result!

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Outfit details: Top – Marni (similar HERE, HERE & HERE and all currently on sale) | Trousers – Tibi (similar HERE) | Shoes – Christian Louboutin (similar HERE) | Necklace – H&M (similar HERE & HERE)

Is there an outfit, item of clothing or even just a colour you’ve avoided wearing and then suddenly fallen in love with? I would love to hear any similar fashion stories with happy endings!

Photos by Meghan D’evelyn

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