Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult

I've always been one for printed cotton clothing.

I'm not sure why cheap prints are so attractive to me or any of my fellow middle-class female consumers, but they just are.

Second Floor Flat—Minimalist Fashion 

There's nothing like the excitement that comes with the first spotting of a floral or geometric print. Something about seeing that bright, overtimulating print in a bright, overstimulating store is thrilling, but this thrill is always short lived. Pretty much as soon as you take your new, ill-fitting cotton/poly blend dress out of the Target/H&M/Primark/Forever21 bag, you're over it and spending that £12.99/$19.99 feels like a bad choice.

It took me a while, but studying fashion design finally made me understand minimalism and what makes it so great.
Second Floor Flat—Minimalist Fashion

  Second Floor Flat—Minimalist Fashion

Now, I'm obsessed and basically only want to wear well-designed solid color/classic printed pieces. I still have my slip-ups (Saturday's purchase of £6 Primark floral flats) but am (kinda) on my way to being the type of gal who can walk into H&M, see a printed dress I like, and leave without it.

Second Floor Flat—Minimalist Fashion

Second Floor Flat—Minimalist Fashion
Second Floor Flat—Minimalist Fashion
Second Floor Flat—Minimalist Fashion

And if you've seen To Rome With Love: the reference the "junky cotton print" dress worn to a movie premier by a woman with ladders in her stockings felt like someone has looked straight into my soul and completely and totally understood everything about me.

 

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I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound

This year has been an expensive one to say the least.

Every dime/10p I've earned over the past 10 months has gone to visas and plane tickets, which is exciting in a big picture kinda' way, but actually just expensive in an everyday kinda' way.

Needless to say, there hasn't been a lot left over for my favorite pasttime of internet shopping + wearing PJ's + eating raisins out of a bowl.  So, as soon as I get my first British paycheck I'm going to do some good ol'British High Street shopping.

Here's a few things I might buy:

Second Floor Flat—I Want To Wear This

ZARA Short Military Coat

Second Floor Flat—I Want To Wear This

Topshop Cut Out Boots

Second Floor Flat—I Want To Wear This

Joe Fresh Shell Tank

Second Floor Flat—I Want To Wear This

ASOS Suede Pocket Shirt

Second Floor Flat—I Want To Wear This

Land's End Long Pleated Skirt

 

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ASOS Dress With Trumpet Skirt

 

P.S.–if you don't already shop at Land's End, you totally should. They have good quality stuff at decent prices and some of it is really cute...totes not just for moms (not that there's anything wrong with moms).

 

Gooo fall!

 

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Sneak-y Sneakers and Trainers

There's something about sneakers (trainers) that just seems so right, right about now.

Second Floor Flat—sneakers and trainers
Maybe it's the Emerson Fry pair that I'm obsessed with, or maybe it's all of the sneak-shots from all of the fashion weeks.

Second Floor Flat—sneakers at NYFW

The only sneakers that are in my shoe closet (read: dusty area under broken hanging rack) are actual running shoes that were very much discounted, purchased here, and are used 5-7 minute jogs around my neighborhood. They look very different from this...

Second Floor Flat—sneakers at NYFW

I'm still a little gun shy about wearing sneakers/trainers/whatever as actual, fashionable shoes but I figure if Susie Bubble can make them look this good, I may as well give it a shot.

Second Floor Flat—Emerson Fry fall sneakers

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Girl Crush: Emerson Fry for Fall

If you’re not familiar with Emerson Fry, you totally should be.

 

Aside from the fact that Emerson herself seem super normal and relatable (not to mention that her name is awesome), her stuff is nice, basic, and wearable with just the right amount of cute trendiness. 

Her fall pieces have just gone on pre-sale and I’m really eyeing these pupperinos:

and again:

Speaking of pupperinos, check out her dog!

I Want To Wear This

because this outfit is gorgeous

 

because these are the answer to every problem

 

because this is my favorite color palette, and because Sophia Amoruso sounds awesome

 

because this coat is huge! (and looks adorable with cuffed jeans + oxfords)

 

because this would be my new uniform

 

and because one pair of new fall shoes wasn’t enough

 

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