The Party Suit

This is the third and final episode in my Zara ‘Suit Trilogy’ and this time it’s all about the trousers. I am pretty fond of checked trousers and usually have them on rotation throughout the colder months as an alternative when I’m sick of heavy jeans and don’t want to wear tights. The mostly grey Prince of Wales check pattern means they look great paired with bright and colourful pieces and my amazing satin Topshop blouse proves that here by stealing the limelight.

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I don’t think I have ever been so besotted by a shirt than I am with this one, which I bought with a voucher Topshop kindly sent me. Most of my collection consist of vintage styles and although this is high street it fits right in with a touch of old school glamour and great quality material. The satin is so soft and silky it genuinely feels like I’m wearing a classy pyjama top, and I’m 100% on board with that to feel cosy on cold winter days.

The tobacco colour is just dreamy and I love that glitzy sheen when it catches the light – it’s definitely going to be a key piece for me for the party season and beyond. My size (usually 8-10) was out of stock but if you know me you’ll be aware of my oversized habits, so I sized up quite a bit (I ordered a 16) in order to achieve the look I wanted and couldn’t be happier with how it comes up. I don’t really appreciate the constraining feel of fitted shirts if I’m totally honest but obviously if I found the right one I’m sure I’d change my mind!

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I’m also super pleased with this pearl barrette from Accessorize which was only a fiver and ideal to update any outfit with some simple festive shine. I was inspired after seeing it on Instagram and knowing it would compliment my wardrobe well.

As you may have noticed I rarely attempt anything with my hair (mainly because I’m crap at anything hair related; I can’t even plait or straighten the back of it) except maybe sticking a beret over the top or occasionally shoving it up. Equally I never really know what to do with it, so having a pretty accessory to slip in is an easy way to try a different style.

The croc-effect heels are years old from Topshop but remain my go-to party shoes each year – they’re a little worn but have held up so well considering the amount of sticky club floors I’ve danced in them on! They have a lovely vintage vibe to them and combined with my vintage purse from Oxfam I feel like I could be off to a fancy dinner in the 20s.

I like the idea of subtle colour clashes and think the contrast between the burgundy and my rust-coloured shirt adds an interesting twist to a plain office-wear outfit, bringing the trousers to life and turning them into more of a party suit appropriate for an evening event.

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COAT Mango (similar here) | SHIRT TopshopTROUSERS ZaraSHOES Topshop (similar here) | BAG Vintage | HAIR BARETTE Accessorize

Coats are becoming almost mandatory again at this time of year so I’ve thrown my Mango one over top. In keeping with the sleepwear theme it’s basically a wool dressing gown that’s appropriate for wear in public so very cosy and warm. I’d go as far as saying it’s the best winter coat I’ve found – it even keeps your legs warm, goes with everything and you can fit a multitude of oversized jumpers underneath. I’ve linked a similar version above!

So that concludes the ‘Suit Trilogy’ which I’ve really enjoyed putting together as a little challenge on how to make the most of high street buys and style pieces differently to suit various occasions. I think I’ve shared 3 very contrasting ways to wear the suit, blazer and trousers showing what a versatile wardrobe saviour a suit can be. Hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Lily x

ph. Beth Langworthy

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