Saturday, 17 December 2016

CUTE & COSY CALI STYLE IN WINTER


Hey everyone, I'm back again with another winter style post... be prepared, it's a long one! For this post, I am teaming back up again with one of my favourite brands Hollister, and I have put together three gorgeous outfits to give you some Winter style inspiration. I have such a love of the brand, and after working in store from the age of seventeen to twenty, it's extra special and exciting to work with them on another style post for my blog! I've said it so many times before, but when I worked at Hollister, I pretty much worked for free, as I would buy so many clothes after my shifts. I've always adored the luxurious comfort that Hollister does so well, and the cute, cosy, laid back style. The effortlessly cool cali girl that doesn't need to try. Well, today I'm going to be bringing the California style to a Winter in London...


For my first outfit, I've started out with some gorgeous twill skinny trousers in a pretty dusky rose colour. These are so comfortable, and such a cute, girly way to wear trousers. The "perfect" rips on the knees and zip details give them an on-trend edge, and make them less twee. I don't often wear trousers/jeans- I am much more of a skirt and dresses kind of girl as you know- but I really wanted to try something different and I love how these bottoms keep it feminine and I totally feel like I'm staying true to my style. I've paired these with this adorable cable knit crew neck, and you know how I feel about cream cable knit! It's my ultimate winter staple. I love how the soft cream and dusky rose compliment each other. Winter fashion can be such a bore. Everywhere I look, all I see are people in black, or grey. And whilst I appreciate the wardrobe essential colours, there is so much more fun to be had. I feel like people don't know how to wear colour in Winter, and so they resort to the easy option. I refuse! This outfit is such an easy way to bring pretty pastels into the cold season, and it's just so cute and casual, I love it so much. 


I finished off the look with my beautiful Fairfax and Favor tan suede Chelsea boots. The Chelsea boot is my ultimate favourite winter shoe. They are totally timeless, and transcend fashion trends, seasonally and annually. The silhouette of the boot is flawlessly slim and elegant, exuding a defined femininity on a unisex style shoe. I've owned many a pair of boots this style, but none have felt so well made as these ones. I can feel and appreciate the high quality in every step, actually feeling a sturdy and comfortable sole with no trace of ground. They are what I imagine would be called a "proper shoe", and in my mind the image of a "proper shoe" is not the kind I'd like to wear, but these are so far from that image. Perfectly stylish and gorgeous, these have become a footwear staple.

I've also added my favourite Pandora pieces to accessorise. I've fallen in love with these two rings, that I wear stacked on one finger. One silver, and one gold, I love the concept of mixing metals, and I think it creates another dimension to a jewellery look. I've also added the Pandora essence bangle to sit by my rose gold charm bracelet that I wear every day, and I love how these two look stacked up and connected together; they compliment each other beautifully.


The second outfit is definitely my favourite. I have developed a total obsession with jumper dresses this season; I've practically lived in them! And this pretty cream, textured sweater dress is one of my new favourites. I love the mix of typical jumper dress and skater style, and of course the adorable cable knit detailing around the shoulder. It's so ridiculously easy to wear, and looks so casual yet stylish. Totally easy and effortless looking, but so so cute and the perfect way to stay warm yet girly. It's so comfortable, and I feel so confident in it. And this pretty cream-white colour is probably my favourite winter colour, as obviously I love to wear pale and pastel colours, but I feel like unlike some other pales/pastels, cream is still so wintery. And of course the outfit needed a pink injection, so I topped it off with this cute af pink bobble hat. The colour is the similar dusky rose hue as the bottoms in the last outfit, and is a gorgeous mix of cable knit (woop woop) and lovely soft almost dressing gown-like material. And of course a white fluffy fairy bobble on top to complete the cuteness. 


I finished off this look with my beautiful, classic mini Chestnut uggs. These are my off-duty go to shoes. Is there anything lovelier than stepping out in the freezing cold with your feet cosily tucked away in the warmest boots in the world?! Love them or hate them, worn the right way Ugg's are a total Winter icon. Styled in the right way I think they are just the cutest shoes, and make an outfit look so casual and youthful. I thought they went so perfectly with the dress for the ultimate "just something I threw on (yet gorgeous)" look. I originally planned this outfit with tights, yet on the day the weather was pretty mild, and honestly? The dress and boots are so warm that you can just about deal with the cold biting at your legs. But if you're not as hard core (/stupid) as me, then the outfit looks super cute with tights too, and even some over the knee socks.


The final outfit is probably the most 'Freddy-like' outfit out of the three, and I'm just so in love with it! More on the chic, smart casual side than the others, but still so cute and cosy. The first piece is this amazing blush fluffy sweater with the cold shoulder detail. How can I stress how much I love this. It's so unbelievably soft and cuddly, it feels like I've stepped out wrapped up in my dressing gown. The subtle pink is so neutral and pretty, and the cut out shoulders give an eye catching edge to the classic fluffy jumper. This for me, is one of the standout pieces of clothing I've bought this year. I've tucked the jumper into this gorgeous grey a-line skirt. This skirt is so smart yet stylish, and goes perfectly with the casual style jumper. It fits beautifully, and the woollen material gives a defined Winter feel. It's very flattering, silhouetting my body really nicely, and again I feel super confident wearing this. I love the cool little details, like the faux pockets with chrome poppers, and the textured pattern- I think they make it look and feel a lot more expensive than it is! The jumper and skirt go so perfectly together, and I just love how the blush and grey really compliment one another. They are the perfect pair.



I've chosen to finish off this look with these incredible over the knee taupe boots by Aldo. Thigh high boots have captured my soul this Winter, and whist my heart will mostly always lie with ankle boots, I am obsessed with how over the knees can totally transform an outfit and instantly make it look so much more current and on trend. I love the soft browny taupe, and the elegant almond shaped toe. They are also pretty structured and stay up on my leg well, unlike a lot of thigh high boots. They are such a key piece to have in your shoe collection this Winter, as they can seriously make an old outfit look brand new. And finally, I've of course added my beloved Dune cross body, that I featured in my previous post. I adore this. It is the perfect companion to any outfit, and I had to shoot it again just to show you all how much I really do love it.



If you made it this far, thank you so much- I hope you loved these three Hollister outfits as much as I do and got some cold weather style inspo. A lot of people write to me asking how they can stay cute and girly and still be warm in Winter. Well, minus the bare legs, I hope I gave you some ideas. Big thank you to Hollister for giving me the opportunity to share these outfits with my readers, it's an honour as always to work with one of my favourite fashion brands. <3 As always, you can shop the post below by clicking on the little pics which will take you straight to the items online. I've also added a few other favourites from Hollister that I didn't include in the post. Happy shopping! Do let me know in the comments if you bought anything or which were your favourite pieces from the post.
 I hope you're all having a gorgeous December so far- but I won't say Happy Christmas just yet as I should be seeing you before then. See, I told you I would be more active ;)

Lots of love,
Freds
x


PHOTO CREDIT: OSCAR MAY 
This post was kindly SPONSORED by Hollister. Find out more about the way I work with brands here.

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