Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition...

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Bodysuit: Boohoo // Skort: Boohoo // Jacket: Charity Shop // Bag: Marc Jacobs // Shoes: River Island // Necklaces: H&M & Topshop

The whole of the fashion world goes mad when seasons change because it's a time for new styles, new trends and lots of new clothes. I must admit, when I see all the new in A/W collections my heart does beat a little faster as the trends and styles are 100% me but that doesn't mean you have wear these trends. Transitional periods are about changing, adapting and growing and I think it's important to do this with your style.

I am completely in love with colour and always will be, just because autumn has arrived with its set colour palette means I have to stick to it, we need bold colours to brighten up these dreary days! Todays outfit summarises everything I want to show through my style and more. Even though it's the most perfect autumnal outfit, the colours and styles don't necessarily fit the stereotypical 'autumn fashion' we all see online, so I'm going to teach you how to achieve Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition..

1. Replace short sleeves for long sleeves and low necks for high necks with this perfect teal Boohoo body suit.
We all know that temperatures are dropping and we need these higher necks and longer sleeves in order to keep us snug. I am obsessed with these high neck bodysuits from Boohoo; they were £10, come in every shade under the sun and are such a staple piece in any transitional wardrobe! They can easily be paired with jeans for a more casual vibe or styled up with some flares for a lil night out. 
They are definitely an essential for making Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition. 

2. Embrace the bare legs for as long as possible with this cute check Boohoo Skort.
My summer consisted of an awful lot of sun and my natural tan is pretty good for me, it always feels like I'm admitting defeat when I start wearing pants or tights and I can't do that to myself just yet. 
This pretty Boohoo Skort is a great motivator when it comes to keeping away from jeans, checked skirts are everywhere this season and I think Boohoo have done it perfectly with this printed skort. 
I love the shape, the colour and even the buttons down the left hand side add a vintage touch. 

3. Add a coat for every occasion!
I own more coats than I do common sense but they really do finish off an outfit. If you get to warm you can always take it off and if you're too cold, just add on another layer underneath, I just love coats! The majority of my winter coats I've picked up from Charity Shops as they're so much cheaper than buying new and are always in incredible condition. 
In order to succeed at making Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition I insist you head to your local Charity Shop and browse amongst the coats!

So those are my three steps into becoming the perfectly transitioned autumnal Lucy Jane (such a strange statement to say).  
Whip out the high necks, embrace those bare legs and have a coat ready for anything!

Lucy Jane

#Charity Shop Bop - The £1 Leopard midi of dreams...

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Charity Shop Bop is a series on my blog that promotes a different sense of fashion. The fashion industry is a huge financial provider, yet is also creating so much waste that it's effecting our planet. Every year we create over 80 billion articles of clothing which is a ridiculous amount to even fathom.  With 95% of it being recyclable and 100% being reusable, why let it become waste?
My Charity Shop Bops are here to show the limitless horizons of reworking second hand clothing and that it isn't all 'old lady' stuff! Shopping from charity shops is more sustainable, a lot cheaper and also allows you to contribute to a variety of charities at the same time!
So get #CharityShopBoppin and let me see what you find...
Jumper, skirt, belt, bag: Charity Shop // Boots: Asos

Let me tell you a story about the £1 leopard midi of dreams...
For weeks on end, Lucy Jane searched high and low through online retailers and high street stores with one intention, to find the most beautiful leopard print midi skirt of dreams...
To cut the story short, I found one! Not online, not in store but sat every so contently in my favourite £1 Charity Shop as if it had been waiting patiently for me to come and find it. 

I'll stop trying to sound like some fantasy novel but really, it felt like a dream came true! Over the last few weeks I'd spotted some of my favourite bloggers wearing leopard print midi skirts and fell completely in love with how they'd styled them. Due to everyones obsession with leopard print lately, nearly every one I had found was sold out and I took that as a sign. Sometimes the universe doesn't want things to happen because it knows that better things will come and so it did! I found this pretty little  leopard print midi skirt in the holy grail of charity shops (the £1 Scope shop in Rochdale) and knew it was meant for me. The skirt itself is quite wide but I simply knotted up the side and it created a much more flattering silhouette, you've always got to be thinking outside the box!

As it's been feeling like it is truly autumn, I paired it with a new, cozy chunky knit I got over the weekend. Buying knitted jumpers in Charity Shops is a complete must, they're the perfect transitional piece and are always so well made if you find the right ones. I paid £4 for this beauty as I completely fell in love with the berry colour of this knit and couldn't leave it behind! Anything red or pink seems to be catching my eye at the minute, but lets be honest, when doesn't it?

To add something extra to this look I opted for one of my favourite accessories at the minute, a belt. Recently I've been finding the most stunning vintage belts in Charity Shops and they are ridiculously cheap, I've never paid more than a few pounds for one which is incredible when you look at the prices some brands are charging for something very similar.  I picked up this gold belt a few weeks ago and adore it, it's the perfect way to add a lil bit more glamour to a casual look. 
To match with the gold tones, I wore my new favourite Charity Shop find which is this fluffy brown bag! I paid £5 for it which does mean it was slightly more pricey than usual but I think it was completely worth it. Faux fur is massive for A/W18 so finding key pieces like this means I can add subtle hints of it to any outfit! Keeping with the theme of animals prints, I decided to go for a clash of prints by pairing my beloved Snakeskin Asos boots which seem to work perfectly. Although they aren't a Charity shop find, I've had them years and completely adore them!

I hope you adore my leopard print midi skirts of dreams as much as I do, I'd love to know what piece of clothing would feel like a dream came true if you could find it in a Charity Shop?
Let me know in the comments!

This Charity Shop Bop just proves how current the pieces you find in Charity Shops can be whilst still adding an essence of your own style. Bringing together second hand pieces gives them a new lease of life which is so much more exciting than the 'Jeans and a Nice top' Misguided feature.
(No shade if you love that, you do you and thats amazing! I just can't relate and want to try spread individuality and sustainability)
I hope I can open your eyes to the world of Charity Shopping and please tag me @lucysb_ on Instagram with #charityshopbop if you discover any pieces!
Get Charity Shop Bopping

Lucy Jane

Doing jumpsuits differently

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Jumpsuit: H&M // Jumper: H&M // Shoes: Asos // Bag: Coach // Belt: Charity Shop

My style is all about doing things a little differently, I love experimenting, pushing boundaries and honestly just wearing really cool clothes. I felt that over summer I got a little lost and stopped adding my own personal touch to the way I was dressing, I still adore the things I wore but I just didn't feel like the way I was wearing them was 100% me.  I opted for the same outfits on repeat which isn't a bad thing at all, but for me I love to try and change every outfit up, even if it is just by a small touch, that's just what I do!

Today I'm all motivated for doing things differently and decided to share with you my take on doing jumpsuits differently. As you'll have seen on my previous post (My 1970S Autumn Inspiration), I am loving the whole jumpsuit trend at the minute. Social media influencers have drowned our feeds with them over recent weeks with the most popular style of them all being boiler suits. As much as I adore and appreciate the boiler suit, I think it's the safe bet when it comes to jumpsuits and I'm here to do things a lil differently...

A huge portion of my style inspiration comes from the past eras of the 60s,70s and 90s as I find so many styles I adore stemmed from there. Finding vintage pieces is the ultimate goal but when you stumble upon high street pieces which perfectly replicate those vintage vibes, how can you say no?
Around 3 years ago I found this incredible jumpsuit in H&M and since that day, I think I've worn it once (it's upsetting, I know). It's one of those pieces I never want to throw away but at the same time, struggle to style. Without layering a jumper, the low V neck is quite flattering on someone like me who has absolutely no boobs however finding an occasion to wear this 70s infused jumpsuit has proved rather tricky!
My best tip for A/W is if in doubt, put on a roll neck jumper. You can layer it under jumpsuits or dresses, wear it with mini skirts or maxi and it's also a perfect piece to put with trousers. Layering this jumper turns down the fanciness of the overall outfit but still keeps it 70s and chic, it also adds a little bit of glitter which you all know I bloody love! 
To finish off I paired a geometric belt I picked up from a Charity Shop, along with my beloved Coach bag and finally, a lil bit of snakeskin print in my boots as would it really be a Lucy Jane Look without animal print?

Although the current trends surrounding jumpsuits seem to be rather minimalistic, I am simply not a minimalistic kind of gal and I never will be! I need colour, pattern and texture to feel fulfilled and this look incorporates all of that. I look at these pictures and think 'That is 100% Lucy Jane' and I feel you will to. Let's keep those vintage vibes and keep doing things differently...

Lucy Jane

My 1970's Autumn Inspiration

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Helloooo everyone! It feels like a while since I sat down and actually wrote a blog post but honestly, life has been busy as I've been making the most of the last weeks of summer and the final weeks of having my friends at home (SO SAD :( ). Nevertheless, I am back and ready to kick off A/W season on my blog with a little 1970's Autumn inspiration post to get all my creative styling juices flowing! The 6 trends I've chosen can all be seen on the high street but I wanted to take my inspo from some vintage looks as you all know I love to do things a little differently...

Checked Suits
Tartan, checks, plaid...whatever you want to call it, it's here and it's staying!
Now the checked print itself is something which always appears around A/W time, our shops are lined with a million tartan scarves and and matching hats but this year I'm loving the vibe of checked suits. A suit should be a classic piece in anyones wardrobe, male or female as there is always an occasion for it! A checked suit is the perfect way to spice up a wardrobe staple. 
 I loooooove the slightly controversial colours in the images above as who would put bright pinks, oranges, yellows and greens together for an Autumn look?
Well I certainly would!
Topshop have been on top of this trend for a while now, they have a few matching sets of either pants or skirts which I have fallen in love with but my ultimate Autumn goal is to find a vintage matching suit.

Faux Fur
Yes I do realise that the fur used in the images above may not be faux fur but real fur should never be a trend, it's all about the faux fur!
Faux fur coats, bags, hats, scarves, basically all things warm and snuggly are what I can't wait for. As the days get colder it's only human to want to wrap up and I always think of faux fur as the most glamorous way to stay warm in the Winter. A few years ago I splurged on my Alexa Chung x M&S faux fur jacket and it was the best decision I've ever made. If you're off on a fancy night out or even to a gig, grab your faux fur coat and you will look expensive and oh so glamourous... 
One of my favourite faux fur brands is Jakke and I am determined to buy one of their jackets this year. They do the classic animal print jackets but also make the most beautiful patterned jackets and I am in love with them all!

Midi Length
You know you've hit maturity when you're loving the midi length...
This summer I've lived in skirts or dresses and I won't lie, I've loved not having to wear trousers. I'd been thinking of how I could possibly get away with living in skirts for the next few months without freezing to death and my solution was the incredible midi skirt/dress. You can layer them with jumpers and add some high rise boots and you're all wrapped up for the chilly days!
I'd love to find a checked midi skirt in the charity shops or even a longer line coat, it's a style I've always strayed away from but this year I'm feeling it.

Animal Prints
Let's be honest, this should really be number one on my list!
If you follow my Instagram or know me in real life, you'll know that I have adored my animal prints for a good few years and it's not stopping any time soon. I adore the fact the shops are filled with my favourite patterns but it also makes me slightly sad because it's not my little love anymore. Animal prints are timeless and the perfect way to stand out.
My wardrobe is already filled to the brim with printed pieces but I'd love to pick up a vintage printed coat to add to my collection!

Cord clothes
Whenever I think of cord my mind either flashes to the 1970s or to visions of my Mum forcing me in cord jeans as a little girl and me protesting, sorry Mum...
Cord was something I used to completely hate growing up, I linked it to my Mum because whenever she was cold she'd wear black cord jeans and I won't lie, as a child I hated them (sorry Mum). Now I am a changed woman and appreciate the many wonders of Cord. It's the perfect warm fabric for this season and can be worn in so many styles. Recently I've been loving cord suits, wide leg pants and the cutest little pinafores which all just scream complete 70s vibes to me. The jeans of dreams are definitely those bright pink ones in the pictures above but unfortunately I don't think I'll stumble across those anytime soon.
I'm on the hunt for a cord dress or jumpsuit as the perfect transitional piece!

Jumping onto my final choice, I have chosen jumpsuits!
My Instagram explore page has been filled with boiler suits and jumpsuits and I can't say I'm complaining about it. Tucked away in my wardrobe I have a few pieces perfect for this trend that will be featured very soon on my blog. However, it feels like the rest of the world is leaning towards the casual boiler suit vibe, whereas I'm feeling going all out with disco jumpsuits and glittered platform shoes!
 I try to do the cool, calm and collected style but honestly, it's just not me!
I am on the hunt for a brightly colour boiler suit which I could layer with high neck jumpers underneath and a chunky pairs of boots, I'll keep my eyes peeled...

So there is my A/W18 style inspiration and I hope you enjoyed taking a blast from the past to inspire my future! As much as I love the whole 'new trends/styles' one of my favourite things to do is take my inspiration from the past rather than the present as their looks were so much more authentic and less commercialised.

 Let me know what your staple A/W18 pieces are going to be and share your style inspiration with me!

Lucy Jane


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