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Oversized Coat – £24.99 – H&M

Black Stretch Top – £7.99 – H&M

Jeans – Primark

Boots – Dr Martens

I’m not usually a wearer of black, never mind a full black look but I always admire girls who do. It’s such a classic. I was once told to avoid wearing black as it is a draining colour but every now and then, I crumble and the black clothes come out. It’s happening more and more recently and who can blame me, who doesn’t love black? It’s such a versatile colour, every thing looks better in black.

A few years ago all the females in my family visited a woman who gave us advice on what colours we should and shouldn’t wear. She draped a variety of coloured materials around my shoulders and dropped each piece, one by one. The logic behind this is that your skin tone, eye colour and face changes depending on the colour that you wear. To some people, this may sound ridiculous but to me, it does make a lot of sense.

We all have different skin colours, different hair colours, different eye colours, we’re all different so it makes sense that a colour that shines on one, drains another. When I first heard about it, I wasn’t convinced or too thrilled about someone telling me what I could or worse still, couldn’t wear. Sensing my apprehension, the advisor asked, ‘Have you ever bought a top that you absolutely loved in store however, once you’re home, it just never feels right and in the end it sits in your wardrobe gathering dust?’ She got me there. I have done this far too many times to mention and not only is it frustrating, it’s also a waste of money. She then proceeded to tell me that this would be because the colour just wasn’t my colour. I’ve got to be honest, I probably don’t follow her advice as much as I should or as much as the rest of my family do but it does make shopping a lot easier. Think of it like the film ‘He’s Just Not That into You’ but more like ‘It’s Just Not Your Colour.’ I’m sure you have all been in the situation where you’ve been shopping non-stop, all day trying to find that ‘perfect’ dress for your upcoming night out. You’ve tried on the entire contents of all of your favourite stores and then, just as you were giving up hope, you catch sight of that ‘perfect’ dress. Hurray! You frantically charge your way through a group of unexpecting girls, leap over any small child that gets in your way and sprint passed the shop assistant while grabbing the fitting room disc with such precision, you could be a serious contender for the English relay team, you drop your clothes to the floor, pull the dress on and….oh! It doesn’t look right. So you stand, twisting and turning, pulling and pushing, anything to make this dress look right. You tell yourself you’re tired, the lighting isn’t right in those darn changing rooms, it’ll look better once it’s on at home and maybe you’re right but what I’ve found in these situations is the perfect dress will never feel perfect if it’s not the right colour. Sometimes I love this, sometimes I hate it but once you know your colours, you’ll have a wardrobe full of clothes that look good and make you feel amazing wearing them.

Lots of Love HFB

xxx

I could wear tartan anytime of year, I simply can’t get enough of it. I even have tartan wallpaper in my living room and if it was up to me, I would decorate my whole house in this timeless print, tartan carpets, tartan curtains, a tartan bed spread, a tartan bathroom….you get the idea. However, my boyfriend put his foot down so the only way I’ve been able to embrace my love for tartan is through my wardrobe. Hurray!

There is so many fantastic tartan items on the high street that it is hard to choose which one to buy and how you want to wear your tartan. It is a bold print which means that it can be hard to figure out how to wear it well, without looking like you’re auditioning for a part in Braveheart. Should you just go for it and dress in a full tartan dress? Do you mix and match with a tartan skirt or a top? Or should you be a tartan tease and add just a sprinkling of tartan with a scarf? Whichever way you choose, December is the month to do it.

I’ve listed a few photos of the items that I own to show you the ways that I will be wearing the trend this season to hopefully give you some inspiration too. As usual, all of my outfits are from the high street and won’t hurt your bank balance too much so go on, give yourself a tartan treat before Christmas.

What better way to wear this trend than to wear a tartan skirt. I couldn’t help myself when I saw this, I especially love how it is pleated. This one in particular is from Primark costing £8 however, I also spotted another little beauty from Missguided which is very similar.

For anyone daring enough to go fully tartan this season then a tartan dress is the way forward. This smock dress has become my ‘I have nothing to wear’ dress as it is so comfortable and easy to style. Black tights, black pumps and you’re ready to go. This dress is again from Primark and cost around £12. I did buy it a few weeks ago now and with how their quick turnaround, I’m not sure if it is still available but this one from Boohoo is almost identical and is currently in the sale.

This is the skirt that I featured in my recent post My £10 Charity Shop Challenge. Tartan has been around so long now that the charity shops are a great way to find some hidden treasures, I would definitely recommend having a rummage. I have styled mine slightly different today, a little bit more relaxed with the Supermodel Boyfriend T-Shirt from Missguided.  I regularly wear logo t-shirts with bold prints like this as I find the mishmash of it really works so if you’re ever struggling with what to wear with tartan then this is the easy option.  This skirt cost me £3.49 but if you’re not lucky enough to find a second-hand skirt then ASOS also have one which is very similar.

I’m not usually a fan of printed leggings but I made an exception when I saw these. They are so comfy! I’m a huge fan of oversized T-Shirts, especially on days where I’m feeling lazy and want a slouchy day. I bought these leggings last year from ASOS but they still have an identical pair. If you want something a little more casual, then go for it.

And finally, if you just want to add a splash of colour then go with a scarf or shawl. This will bring any old or dull outfit back to life. Again this scarf is from Primark however, I have found the most beautiful cape from River Island which will keep you warm all Winter.

Have fun shopping and tag me on Instagram with all of the ways that you will be wearing tartan this month!

Lots of Love HFB xxx

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