There wasn’t really any occasion for this look. It freezing in Dublin at the moment, so I was bundled up in this pom pom beanie and bell sleeve sweater from SheIn. We spent a much needed day of relaxation, exploring the streets of Dublin and ducking into shops when we started feeling frozen. I sampled the macaroons at Laduree in their newly opened shop in the heart of Dublin’s shopping district. Then, I wandered through Brown Thomas lusting after everything I saw. A girl can dream, right?
I wore this outfit the weekend before last, but it seems perfect to post it the week before Valentine’s Day. I know it seems cheesy, but I love to incorporate tones of red or pink into my V-day outfit as a part of the day’s celebrations. This year, maybe it’s because I’m in Ireland and the colors seem more muted here, I am more drawn to the darker hues in the spectrum, like wines, oxblood and marsala. They feel so rich and sensual, and maybe more mature too.
The monochrome look has been so popular for the past several seasons and seems to still be gaining momentum. It’s a great go-to look because it’s simple to put together yet looks very clean and modern. The only thing to look out for is similar tones in the items you are wearing together. Greys and whites give a bit more wiggle room on the tone spectrum, but with reds, greens and purple it is best to try to keep your tones as close as possible with the same undertones.
It’s been feeling so fall-ish in Dublin for the last week. The leaves have all turned and are beginning to fall, and the temperatures have begun to drop. I find myself needing more coffee to wake up in the morning as the darkness continues to linger longer and longer in the mornings. So it comes time to rotate in the winter wardrobe and rotate out the summer. My wardrobe and dresser are now stuffed full of knits, cashmeres, wools, boucles, furs and of course plaids. It’s time to put away the sandals and bring out the boots. Time for higher necklines and longer hemlines.
The 70s are in full flashback this fall, and I’m loving it. Although I wouldn’t describe my style as bohemian, I do like to mix in retro peices. As soon as I saw the bell sleeve blouses appearing in shops, I knew this was going to be one of those pieces for me.
The trick with wearing a blouse like this, which has a lot of volume to it, is to pair it with something fitted on the bottom. Otherwise it can come off looking frumpy or flowerchild-y. As you can see I opted for some distressed denim because I thought it added a bit of an edge to contrast the prim look of the blouse. You could also go for a suede mini to keep the look super 70s or a pair of cigarette trousers for a perfect workday option.
Since this blouse has such great details, I didn’t want to cover it up with a coat or cardigan. So, I opted for a heavy blanket scarf which you can wear like a traditional scarf, drape over your shoulders, or like a poncho. It doesn’t cover up the sleeves, and it still keeps you warm on a crisp fall day.