Although I’m pretty organised with my outfits, there’s nothing I hate more than getting in from work or a long day out and stressing about what to wear for the evening. Especially when I’m exploring a fast paced city, I want to ensure I have as much time as possible to cram in everything I want to do. But I’m really weird when it comes to re-wearing the same clothes either the next day or the same night (hence why I’m the worst overpacker everrr). I like to change it up a little bit so I don’t feel gross and untidy, and so I know I won’t feel uncomfortable slogging in an ensemble that has been tailored to daywear, while simultaneously taking up minimal time and keeping any tantrums at bay.
Bearing all this in mind, my new trick is finding one statement piece that works throughout the day and into the night and looks good dressed up (or down) with different accessories and layers. I tried my theory out in Manchester with this dress, after spending weeks searching everywhere for the right one – and it did not disappoint.
If you’ve been reading regularly, you’ll have heard me talk about what an impact millennial pink has had on my wardrobe recently – taking me completely by surprise! I’ve been super disappointed in my quest to find one that looks just as good with a t-shirt tucked underneath as it does a stand alone piece for a night out; having to send one back and having no luck on my recent shopping trip until we found this in Topshop! The length is dreamy for transitioning from summer to autumn as it can be effortlessly teamed with boots without looking awkward, and I love the slim top compared to the looser skirt. There’s a slit on the leg which injects some edge and intrigue, setting it aside from all the other dresses I tried and tested. The pastel colour is spot on, enhanced especially by the pale white of the t-shirt I wore underneath. I think the contrast is so cool and really emphasises the gorgeous neckline and delicate straps. I struck gold with it too – it was £9 in the sale!
For a casual day vibe the layering with a t-shirt works so well with my old, scruffy Converse (which were also way comfier for walking round the city!) because they give it the balance between pretty and cool / dressy and chilled. The colours are a great soft combo too, particularly on a sunnier day like this, and throwing some bold blue into the palette are my amazing new earrings from Mango. I mentioned in a recent post that my last order from the site took wayyyy longer than expected to arrive (about two weeks!) but the contents of that package was totally worth waiting for. It contained an incredible oversized striped wrap shirt (which will feature in a blog soon) and these detailed face earrings. I’m a sucker for a big earring, let alone two-tone, intricate showstopping ones like these! I’ve had lots of compliments since wearing them and for £9.99 I feel proud to have discovered such a bargain! I spotted them on Instagram and fell head over heels – and after styling them with this outfit I love them even more!
While in Manchester we walked from our hotel, The Principal, to the museum in the unbelievable September sunshine (nursing slight hangovers). I was majorly excited to check out the Northern Quarter after several friends told me it’s right up my street, and this was definitely true. We loved Afflecks and could have spent an entire day just looking round that building alone! There were some other awesome thrift shops and kilo sales going on and we found loads of lovely cafes. Lunch we had in Soup Kitchen and then tried some of the food at the market by Piccadilly Gardens, where we sat and chilled for a while before seeking out the Cathedral. Although we were attempting not to day drink (we did enough of that Friday night and got slightly carried away…) our cravings got the better of us and we ended up in the beer garden of Mr Thomas’ Chop House. Situated round the back of the pub near St. Ann’s square with string lights and a fab atmosphere it let us make the most of the sunny evening with a couple of drinks.
MULES ASOS (similar here) | BAG Topshop
We popped home to change, and the knowledge I would just be switching up a few accessories made it so much easier and quicker, meaning we could head straight back out (and waste all that time deciding where to go for dinner…). The simplicity of swapping my Converse for heeled mules, ditching the t-shirt and opting for my hooped earrings made all the difference and I felt just as happy, fresh and glamorous in my evening outfit as I did during the day despite basically wearing the staple again!
My mules are my favourite evening shoe at the moment. As winter dawns on us I’ll probably revert back to my classic burgundy Topshop mini heels; they have a snakeskin print look and have been my go-to for a long time! I’m a big fan of smaller heels (anything to save my feet that awful pain the next day) and so both pairs are like a dream come true. Slipping my mules on is bliss, because I know they go with everything, however their subtle elegance really comes out to play with this slip dress, highlighting how sophisticated pink can be.
The removal of my white tee also bares shoulders, revealing a night-orientated version of the dress, showing off its beautiful neckline and scooped back (I truly appreciate a low cut back) and also flashing some skin, in the more modest of places. The bright, blonde of my hair compliments the pale pink in an usual way, and I added my hot pink Chanel lipstick to help stack the varying tones of colour. The vivid shade fits with the palette but creates a glow, distracting from the dress and guiding attention towards my face and hair, so completing the whole ensemble well.
I love the blurry element to these photos – it summarises the fast paced and fun evening we had, documenting the bubbly atmosphere while giving an air of glamour. Coincidentally, I even matched the aesthetic in The Living Room (another place with an incredible source of interior inspo), the restaurant we ended up eating in after much deliberation. I blended in perfectly with the dreamy pink chairs, but unfortunately not enough so to get away with stealing one… although I got an obligatory photo. Our food was delicious and after we tried out The Temple, an old abandoned underground public toilet turned quirky craft beer bar! Our wild sides took over and we couldn’t go home without a boogie, so headed to the Thirsty Scholar, where we danced to Ska played on an old school sound system! The crowd and the music were our kinda thing, so much so that we stayed way past our bedtime, completely dismissing the suggestion of an early night. My dress lasted all night – and I didn’t manage to spill even one drink down it!
Our weekend in Manchester was one of the best mini breaks we’ve had to date (and trust me, we’ve had our fair share!) and I will 100% be returning in the future – even if it’s simply for the countless blog opportunities.
Thank you for reading.