Wow! I could not believe it when I received the email telling me I had won the #NextGuestBlogger competition. After a few (read: many) yelps of delight and a cup of tea plus some celebratory chocolate (natch) I sat down to properly re-read the prize details. Three outfits from the Next SS13 collection of £150 each, which I would then get to blog about. Pretty amazing! So here you have it, my first guest post for Next and my first outfit.
To begin, I was in a bit of tizz about what to choose. There are so many options and what’s more, a lot of the Next pieces come in Petite, which is brilliant when you are just 5″2, but required even more careful choosing. So I browsed and browsed. I knew I would definitely go for the biker jacket (wardrobe staple and I love the padded slim sleeves on this one) so I decided to build an outfit around it. However, I didn’t want to take the easy option and team with skinny jeans, so instead I chose a pair of jersey pants. Then the look started to take shape – suddenly I knew I wanted to create the kind of outfit you could wear while travelling, hanging around an airport looking stylish, a little bit cool, but ultimately feeling comfy. The ankles boots and slouchy spacious bag were obvious choices and then, of course, a slub tee. My original intention had been to do a full black and white monochrome look – it’s everywhere right now, and understandably so, it is such an effective look and so easy to do – but I thought I’d soften this outfit up with grey. So, below you have a collage of the original outfit concept and the photographs bringing it to life plus a short You Tube video talking you through each piece. What do you think? Do you like the look? Is this the kind of thing you would have chosen?