The incredible shrinking “Lorelai” dresses

The Kimono: H&M, The Dress: H&M, The Belt: H&M, The Flats: Clarks, The Bag:Zara

The incredible shrinking “Lorelai” dresses

I don’t know what happened to H&M’s basics dresses this year. Last year they cost £7.99 apiece and are still going strong! This year they cost between, £12.99 and £14.99 and they came up shorter to start with and then proceeded to shrink in size. Clearly this was very unhelpful.

Honestly I am sad about this dress, I am in love with the colour khaki at the moment (and let’s be honest, who isn’t? – have you seen the highstreet? It’s saturated!) and yet this dress makes me antsy. Is it too short? Has it rolled up? Can this guy see that I am in fact wearing grey cycle shorts under this get up?

It’s an ongoing drama which quite honestly takes away from the purpose of a dress which would cover you and allow you an easy and freeing summer. It’s even worse with a capsule wardrobe because you know what these clothes need to last you, they need to be somewhat of an investment and I feel a little let down by this dress to be honest. It’s also shown me that come Autumn what I want to look into is smart workwear, I want longer skirts and dresses, that are structured and stand out pieces. It’s my dream, whether or not that comes true however is another thing completely . . .

therealjlow at home | Casual Wear

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Scarf: Monsoon, Dress: H&M, Bag: Next, White converse

Therealjlow at home

Last week I spoke a little bit about how Josh and I had decided to give ourselves a weekend off from social media to have a little bit of a break. So along with that I thought it would be interesting to share my more casual outfits. Honestly, casual and comfortable doesn’t have to be unstylish. It’s something that has taken me beyond years to master but small changes along with the capsule wardrobe have made this so much easier.

The tapered sweat pants

I bought these in around Autumn 2013 so they have been around quite a long time! But what I loved most about these was the fact that they were so tapered. They were the perfect combination between thicker sweat pant material and leggings which I jumped since they only cost me £8!

I like the material since it feels a little more structured which allows you to feel that bit more confident when wearing them out! The downside as ever is of course the baggy knees you get after a while but I guess that can’t really be helped!

Work out wear

Goodness, I never thought I would hear the day but yes! Work out gear!

I think at the moment its having a fashionable moment! I love the funky patterned running leggings that are around at the moment. They make any work out fun and doable in my opinion but they can also double up on a Sunday coffee come brunch date.

Leggings and a long T

This really doesn’t get old for me. Back in the day I remember my best friend (at the time to be) wearing leggings and a long jumper in autumn and it’s always been my favourite casual look for uber comfort without looking slobby. In autumn/winter a long coat and pair of boots make this awesome.

Boyfriend Jeans and a T-shirt

My boyfriend jeans are my best friends, loose and comfortable as well as offering a little more structure I wear them summer and winter even though they are heavily cropped. Whether its boots or sandals I don’t think you can ever go wrong! Tie in a white and grey T and you’ve got yourself a keeper!

AW Capsule Wardrobe| Get Suited Up

Blazer: H&M, Tank top: H&M, Necklace: Accessorize, Bag: Zara, Trousers: Zara, Heels: Clarks

Wearing smart clothes can easily be a chore but finding a great fit can mean the ultimate difference between suffering in black polyester and enjoying workwear.

As I have mentioned before I don’t have to dress up as if I have an appointment with the bank, instead I am blessed to be able to experiment and play with all types of clothes and outfits on a daily basis.

What I love about these trousers is how instantly smart I feel when wearing them. I love a fun pinstripe and pairing these with killer heels makes them all that much more exciting. I am sad to say that these don’t get worn all that often unfortunately. Similarly to the white shirt and even my plaid shirt certain items aren’t for the everyday but instead are more stand out pieces that you wear occasionally.

Which is why for me the capsule wardrobe is unsustainable in the long run. I’m not jumping off the bandwagon right here but I do know that in a few years time when I have my basics down and I have some great exciting pieces I won’t want to throw stuff out just to sit within a limit. I also know that I am not someone who likes to live with a uniform, making dressing easier is fun and makes the everyday uber easy but in the long run I want pieces like these trousers fun for the occasion when you want to be supersmart but perhaps not part of your everyday 40 pieces. However we have half a year of lessons still to go so for Spring 2015 I will take these babies out of rotation once again but until then, this hopefully won’t be the last of these bankers style, pinstripes.