Sunday, 31 January 2016

Insta Style #11 | Black and Gold Birthday.

For me, smart casual dress is often a problem. I have so many going out dresses, tops and skirts, co-ords and trousers, and so many day time jeans, blouses and cosy knits, but nothing that works in between. However, last week when I went out for my birthday weekend (read all about my birthday  weekend and what I got up to here) I felt like I finally got smart casual down to a tee, with some skinny jeans, a black crop top and a black kimono draped over the top for a little extra glam.

The saying "I will stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour" couldn't be more relevant to me. I just love wearing black. It's so easy to wear, goes with everything and is super slimming and sophisticated too, so opting for a pair of standard black skinnies, a crop top and my strappy heels was simple. The question was what to wear with it, and I soon found just what I was looking for when I delved into my mum's wardrobe. 


Top - River Island (similar) | Jeans - Topshop (shop here) | Kimono - Dorothy Perkins (similar) | Shoes - Boohoo (similar) | Bag - Primark

I chose this gorgeous black and gold kimono. I think my mum bought this from Dorothy Perkins a little while ago and I knew I would have to borrow it as soon as I saw it. I absolutely love how easy it was to wear and how it added something a little exotic to an otherwise plain outfit. I felt like it suited the location we were headed to (a cocktail bar) perfectly and loved how it fell so nicely over the top too. Now that's what I call super-smart casual ;)

What is your go-to smart casual look?
Lots of love, 
Jessie. xoxo

20 comments:

  1. You look lovely! I'm terrible at casual dressing, I'm really trying to make an effort this year to nail something that's casual and still me! Belated happy birthday! xxx

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    1. Aw thanks hun.. I bet you always look gorgeous! xx

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  2. It can definitely be tricky to find outfits that aren't super dressy or super casual. But this look is amazing! The kimono is the perfect finishing touch.
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  3. Lovely Birthday outfit especially that kimono jacket! :)

    Ursula


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  4. I love this so much! I love the jeans and crop top combo!
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  5. Gorgeous outfit! The shoes are absolutely lovely! Hope you had a lovely birthday :) x

    ellie etc | a personal style & lifestyle blog

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    1. Thanks so much - they're so comfy too! xx

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  6. Can you just give me some of your stylishness please?!

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  7. your kimono is so cute. i love it and it really dresses up the entire look.


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  8. Such a gorgeous outfit lovely, and a belated happy birthday! :)The Kimono is so beautiful and I love the pattern, and your mum has great taste ;)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  10. Lovely Outfit!! You look beautiful and the lipstick really suits you. Xo Ameera

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous outfit!! :) Love the pattern on the kimono - so pretty.
    Sally x
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