OUTFITS // Basking in Monochrome

  What a weekend it's been! My little corner of the world has been bathed in glorious sunshine over the past two days, and given that...

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What a weekend it's been! My little corner of the world has been bathed in glorious sunshine over the past two days, and given that my corner is in Manchester, that's almost miraculous! I'm always looking southwards to London in envy, as they seem to get the better of the weather. This time though, I made the most of it!


As sunshine, warmth and a lack of precipitation is such a rarity here, I often find myself underprepared for such an event. I put together this monochrome outfit yesterday with a bright clutch providing the colour.

I purchased this gorgeous nautical-looking dress with maritime stripes on the bodice and a chiffon skirt that splits. I adore chiffon and I adore splits, so naturally I freaking love this dress! It's the perfect summer garment as that combination allows for a blissful cool breeze around the legs which cools me down on those stiflingly hot days (yes, they do happen here!). The only issue I had with the dress was the length of the skirt, so I used my new-found sewing skills to take the hem up an inch. Win for me!

I threw on this stunning lace mac to add to the monochromatic theme, though it's more of a Parka - one of my essentials for the summer. Not to labour the point to much, but even the most beautiful summer's day can turn in to a monsoon-esque downpour within seconds - so just imagine me strutting my stuff in such a downpour with my waterproof lace mac! First it's like 'WTF?!', but then it's like 'Wow, that's awesome.'

For that reason, I foresee this becoming a staple of my summer.

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Black and White Striped Split Chiffon Dress - H&M Divided // *White Premium Lace MAC - WAREHOUSE // *Blue Saffiano Leather Pouch - DKNY // Pearl Carousel Necklace - TOPSHOP // Iridescent Bracelets - River Island // Blue Mini Carre Glass Ring - Pylones // Somewhere Pointed Silver Shoes - ASOS // Round Lilac Tinted Sunglasses - eBay

The DKNY clutch is pretty awesome, and really adds an extra dimension to the monochrome outfit, a bit like the classic black and white photo photoshopped to show a pair of scarlet red lips. It's not the most practical bag in the world, but then it's a clutch, it's just there for eye-candy purposes. A job it does pretty well I think.

If any of yous are interested in purchasing this clutch, check out the DKNY range at Harvey Nichols!

What do you reckon?

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22 comments

  1. OH YEAH HONEY! The clutch matches half your hair lol. I really love the mac it compliments the whole outfit, love the style of it, totally different. Don't make me purchase lmao your such an enabler XO

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  2. Wow!! You look amazing!! Love black and white! :) xx

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  3. You look gorgeous, Lima! I absolutely love your clutch - and the fact that it matches your hair is just the best. thing. ever. Just saying :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  4. I think you look amazing and you have put one killer outfit together. I laughed when you said the corner was Manchester and you look down to london for good weather, because I am in oxford and usually do the same looking to london. Great minds x

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  5. love love love the clutch :) you have one killer style :)

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  6. Ohhhh I love the outfit but I do love your hair more!!! :) x

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  7. Wow, that clutch is gorgeous! Not usually one for DKNY but that looks a lot like a Michael Kors clutch bag I have my eye on so I do really like it. Very jealous! :) x

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  8. Oh that clutch bag is just gorgeous! I'm never usually one for DNKY but that cobalt blue one looks really similar to a Michael Kors one I have my eye on - do like x

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  9. That chiffon skirt is gorgeous. I love the split detail. Also the clutch. What a vibrant blue, the exact colour of the sky outside my window right now! Tracey www.faceupbeauty.com

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  10. LOVE this look - the dress looks great at its new length! Great blue ring too!

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  11. Your lace mac is so beautiful and the clutch is a lovely vibrant shade.

    Tara xo

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  12. Thank you for commenting on my blog hun, didn't see you at the Lily Lulu event, will have to look out for you and your gorge barnett at the next Manchester event! Hope you enjoyed it, absolutely love this outfit and your style, that DKNY purse is to die for! xx

    allurescent

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  13. I always love monochrome look! And your outfit is cool! I love it <3

    Can't wait to see you!! xx

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  14. I love this look. You always seem to know how to pair things together!

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  15. Perfect look! I love your hair! ♥

    http://finddyourway.blogspot.pt/

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  16. BEAUTIFUL. This outfit is perfect and you always have the best makeup :O

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  17. Amazing lace Mac. You really suit monotone looks because your hair and makeup is always o on point and striking it's like they combine to a super-awesome look :)

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  18. You look amazing! Love your outfit and shoes. Love the clutch too. Perfect choice!

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  19. What an awesome coat, so unusual but perfect for the weather!

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  20. Love it! I'm about to go monochrome again for summer. Though I wish I could find color pieces I actually liked :)

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  21. I really love your eye makeup. The nautical look is huge this summer and this is a lovely dress Lucy

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  22. What a gorgeous raincoat! It's constantly raining here......where is the sunshine :(
    not related to this post but we've tagged you for a Leibster Award on our blog :)

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