Making a statement - Guest post by Kirsty

How many times do you find yourself out shopping and, despite the hundreds of outfits on offer, nothing catches your eye? It happens to me so often, especially as shops seem to cram more and more clothing into their aisles that the sea of fashion becomes a tidal wave of ‘sameness’.

But every so often there is an item that seems to stand out from the rest. It has this aura about it, it draws you in, it calls your name and it is love at first sight. I call these Statement Pieces. They stand out because they are bold, unusual and bright. Below are my favourite statement pieces from my wardrobe. I hope you like them.

The Statement Skirt
I found this skirt at a Vintage Fair at Spitalfields Market in London on a Bank Holiday Monday. I had found quite a few lovely vintage pieces but they all seemed to be way over-priced and I didn’t feel justified in buying any of them. I spotted this skirt just before we were about to leave and at £16, I thought it was more in my price range and snapped it up. It came with a black belt but I feel the skirt works best without it. In fact, because the skirt does all the talking I only wear it with a plain black or white t-shirt or vest and minimal jewellery. Skirt £16 – vintage fair
T-shirt £9.99 on sale – Gap
Sandals $8.50 – Forever 21, Canada
Gold Leather Bracelet £3 – Camden Market
Over the shoulder bag £20 – Accessorize

The Statement Top
River Island is one of those shops that has amazing items in it one week and things I’d never dream of wearing the next! On this particular occasion I walked into the shop on Oxford Street and my line of vision was drawn to this beautiful vintage-inspired kimono. I just knew, whatever the cost, it had to be mine. This top has pride of place on my dresser’s mannequin so that I can look at it every day, even if I don’t wear it that often. It looks amazing over my black maxi jersey dress from Gap, or with skinny jeans and a black vest top. I wore this on a flight to Canada and got bumped up to First Class – worth the £40 then!
Kimono £40 – River Island
Skinny Jeans £85 – Levi’s
Black vest top £6 – H&M

The Statement Bag
I love, love, love this bag! I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve had when I wear it. I tend to wear it only in Spring and Summer as coral is not really a Winter colour. The ruffle detail never seems to date (I’ve had this bag for about 5 years) and it goes with pretty much everything, except red. And maybe orange. Handbag £30 – Fiorelli

Take my advice, if you stumble across something that gives you goose bumps then buy it! Even if you don’t think you will wear it that often, you will regret not buying it.


  1. This is so true. So many times i have gone back to get soemthing i decided i did want after all, and didn't buy at the time of seeing it, and have found it's sold, or sold out etc.

  2. I'm a sucker for kimono tops, adore this one! And the skirt is beautiful too.
    Lovely blog!

  3. I love the outfit you have in the first picture, you look so good in that picture, I love your skirt, what a nice color and that blouse is perfect, the perfect touch, such a lovely combination! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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  4. Loving that outfit in the first pic!

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    PS: would love to invite you to join my turban headband giveaway at my blog, if you haven't yet!


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