MANGO Stripes Pleated Midi Skirt MANGO Stripes Pleated Midi Skirt Note by Michelle wearing MANGO Stripes Pleated Midi Skirt | Harrods

Since going part-time in my job and focusing more on the blog, I started paying attention to building my confidence in my personal style. Wearing a uniform which was quite strict at my previous workplace was totally demotivating. You can imagine how excited I was when I made the transition. From wearing all black to being able to wear almost anything to work. Another issue was I didn’t even have time to go out with a full-time job. Hence there was absolutely nothing to motivate me to spend money on clothing. Currently I’m more exposed to fashion than ever and I spend most of my time looking at new trends.

Before I even asked myself the question “What is my style all about?” I had to overcome the main obstacle that was standing between me and the way I was dressing. Body confidence. And I think there’s not many women out there who are entirely comfortable with the way they look. We’re either too tall, too skinny, too round, too soft, arms too big, bum not big enough. Ask any woman and she will tell you all about it.

Twirling in a floaty skirt by MANGO | Note by MichelleNote by Michelle wearing MANGO Stripes Pleated Midi Skirt | Harrods

Becoming confident and learning to accept my body is something I’m yet to come to terms with. The amount of stress that has gone into trying to change it has actually caused more harm than good. It all started when I was a teenager. By the time I became a fully grown adult it had started taking the better of me. All it took was having to go a size up when trying a new pair of jeans on, to make me want to stop wearing anything other than my PJ’s ever again!

London blogger Note by Michelle wearing MANGO Stripes Pleated Skirt Note by Michelle wearing MANGO Stripes Pleated Midi Skirt | Knightsbridge

Developing a healthy appreciation for what I have has proven to be an extremely tough journey. Recently I have been looking for ways to move past that period. And surprisingly my blog has played a big part. The exposure to photos of myself has helped me see what works and what doesn’t when it comes to my body shape. Realising that I have a unique body type and the fact that I don’t need to compare it to anyone else’s, just like I don’t want other people to compare themselves to me, has been a significant eye-opener.

If you’re ready to embrace your body type and become confident in your own style, here is a few tips you might find useful.

Don’t be afraid to try new things

This pleated midi skirt is the perfect example of me experimenting with something I never thought would suit me. I was fascinated by the way it looked when I saw it in the Mango store but I never thought it’s something I would personally feel comfortable in. Being completely honest, I had to force myself to try it on. But it just felt like it was made for me the minute I looked in the mirror. I thought midi skirts make me look shorter. Let’s face it I’m not the tallest person and the last thing I want is to look even smaller than I actually am. But it did exactly the opposite! Because of its high waist, the skirt made my figure appear elongated and the fact that it was pleated and floaty, meant it wasn’t going to stick to any areas I don’t want to reveal.

Dress for the body you have, not for the one you want

This is closely related to my first tip. If you think your thighs are too big or your tummy is sticking out and you want to hide it, dressing in a short bodycon dress isn’t going to do much for you. Instead, wear a high waist dress that’s floaty and feminine. It will still make you feel sexy and a million times more comfortable. No need to look at yourself in every mirror and try to tuck your tummy in until you almost stop breathing. A V-neck helps elongate your neckline and half sleeve if you’re not comfortable showing your arms. Just like me!

Highlight the best parts of your body

Do you have amazing legs or a slim waistline? Show those parts off by highlighting them. Be it with a mini skirt and a block heel if you’re number one. Or a belt if you’re part of the second group. I personally have a booty I am proud of and I have my mum to thank for it. I used to hide it with oversized jumpers as a teenager, thinking it was too big. Now that I know how hard some women are working for theirs, I feel the need to appreciate this part of my body even more. Especially when I haven’t done anything other than eat ice cream and do a few squats (not on a regular basis) for maintenance.

I certainly hope this post helped you look at yourself from a different angle. Start making small steps towards accepting your body type and dressing for it accordingly. Don’t forget you are one of a kind and feeling amazing about yourself should be your number one priority each and every morning.

Thanks to Olga Kim Photography for beautifully capturing my look. Find her on Instagram @olgakimphotography

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Note by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion Week

As another Fashion Month came to a close, I’m feeling a sense of relief. Not that I got too stressed about it in the first place. This was actually the first London Fashion Week I enjoyed. And it wasn’t because I got invited to many shows. In fact, I didn’t. In my case, you don’t really get invited to shows. You have to request invitations and more often than not, brands don’t even respond to your emails to say that they won’t be able to allocate you a space. So you kind of have to guess.

Note by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion Week

I enjoyed it because it was the first time I had a week off work and surprisingly the weather was nice too. For those of you who think I got the week off because of Fashion Week, you’re wrong. I was meant to go on holiday somewhere hot before summer is officially over but that didn’t happen so put plan B came into action. I would have much preferred to be melting in 30 degrees heat with a cocktail in one hand and ice cream in the other. You get the picture.

I attended the last two days of London Fashion Week which generally tend to be more relaxed because the week is coming to a close. Anyone who can do a full fashion week has got my sincere admiration but for me the whole thing just seems too forced and I find it hard to cope with. I appreciate people’s style and the creativity they put into it, but some individuals just get carried away in an attempt to get papped by a few photographers on the street. Not going to mention any names here.

 

Note by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion WeekNote by Michelle - My kind of London Fashion Week

So my fashion week consisted of a couple of shows and a peek into the designer showrooms where I met some really nice people for a change this time. It’s not very often you bump into friendly people during these events. I also met some lovely people outside of fashion week and I got to shoot this look whilst having a really good time. This is the outfit I wore on the second day and I felt that it deserves a twirl on the streets of London. Expect to to see my other look here soon.

Thanks to Olga Kim Photography for beautifully capturing my look. Find her on Instagram @olgakimphotography

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When the colder months are upon us and everything suddenly turns grey, including our wardrobes, a pop of colour is like a breath of fresh air. From eye-catching statement shoes in bold red to jumpers and jackets in mustard, this season is all about standing out from the crowd. As much as I like wearing black and I’ll only change that if a darker colour comes into existence, I’m trying to avoid falling in this winter colour scheme trap. Investing in pieces in bold colours that I can elevate my simple looks with has become a staple of mine this season.

When it comes to dressing for autumn, I want to feel at my most comfortable but still look like I’ve made an effort. As soon as I saw this jacket in Primark (YES, Primark!) I knew it was going to give my wardrobe the much-needed update. This mustard jacket is super lightweight and the soft fabric makes it really easy to wear. It’s the perfect transitional piece for days when you’re too warm to have a jacket on but too cold to take it off.

Transitional wardrobe is great because you can still wear your beloved clothes from the previous season and simply add a knit or a cute jacket to give it an autumn vibe. For example I wore this mustard jacket over the dress from this post and it perfectly complemented it, without being too much. Another great thing about this style jacket is that you can dress it up or down by simply changing trainers to a pair of black suede heels. Either way it makes a statement. My best tip here is to keep the look really simple, basic tee and denim. A jacket this good has to be the main dish, no distractions!

Thanks to the amazing Becky Winter Photography for capturing this look

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These early days of autumn are some of the most unpredictable when it comes to the weather forecast. It’s all too common to have a beautiful sunny day and then heavy rainfall the next. Sometimes the two even happen in the same day and if you’re not lucky at all within the space of an hour. That’s when planning your outfits becomes a daunting task. To be able to make the right sartorial choices when it comes to mastering the transitional wardrobe, it’s important to have an arsenal of items in your closet that layer easily.

I’m still reluctant to buy knitwear at this stage and when I hear people talking about Teddy coats and chunky cardigans, I just cringe at the thought. Nothing compares to a leather jacket when it comes to transitional wardrobe. It’s so easy to throw on when it feels chilly and it looks good with almost anything from dresses to leggings! If you haven’t invested in one yet, you can find my top leather jacket hits here

As a Mediterranean girl who is used to a much warmer climate (yes, even in September) I refuse to let summer go at this stage. No matter how cold I feel, I still opt out for a dress instead of jeans 98% of the time. Instead of investing in heavy knits for the colder months, I’m trying to make the transition from one season to another, a slightly less painful one. By that I mean, I’m stocking up on long sleeve dresses like this ASOS one I’m wearing here. These can be easily paired with cut out boots like these Balenciaga babies or block heel ankle boots. I’m saving the latter for when it gets really cold.

Speaking of cut out boots, they’re the perfect item for a transitional wardrobe. You’re probably not warm enough to wear sandals right about now, but it’s not quite cold enough to rock your ankle boots just yet. Compromising with a pair of cut out boots can actually make the adjustment to the new season very exciting. You can shop some of my favourite affordable options here.

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When I was still at the early stages of my blush pink obsession, I never thought this will become a permanent condition. Looking at how bad it is now, I think I’ll never be able to see the world in any other colour ever again. I’m currently making a list of items I need to get for my room and it looks like this:

    • Blush pink curtains
    • Blush pink bedding
    • Blush pink sheepskin rug
    • Blush pink stationary desk set
    • Blush pink towel

You get the picture.

Even my Instagram theme was based on this colour at one point and it still kind of is but I’m trying really bad to hide it by throwing in the occasional post of blue jeans, blue sky sort of business… Booooring! It’s so bad, I no longer order gelato based on the flavour, I just take what’s pink and that’s it. My wardrobe consists of pink jackets, pink skirts, pink dresses, pink shoes, a couple of pink pom poms, pink sunglasses and it goes on, and on, and on.

So instead of going into rehab, I just pretend this is normal and continue adding a huge amount of pink accessories and clothes to my shopping trolley. And guess what? I decided to share what’s on my list with you. Try not to get a blush pink overdose and if you do, call emergency and don’t mention my name. Or you can pour yourself a glass of rosé (as if this wasn’t pink enough already) and immerse yourself in this symphony of pink.

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