The not so flattering dress . . .

Purple Scarf: Dorothy Perkins, Green Dress: Gap, Tights: Boots, Flat trainers: Next, Bag: Primark.

It was during the January sale in Gap that this little dress sprang into my hands and insisted that I take it home and thank god I did. I haven’t spoken about this dress so far or worn it on the blog and that’s because of one thing, although comfy it’s not that flattering.

Now normally I would probably tell you all that anything that doesn’t flatter and fit perfectly isn’t worth your time, but let me tell you sometimes you need something like that in your arsenal.

I wear this dress mainly at home and around town on Sundays (our favorite thing to do being coffee runs!) and let me tell you this is the snuggliest dress ever. Being super soft and long sleeved its perfect for winter and with its sporty vibes I love pairing this with my slip on trainers making it the perfect run about town dress.

Now earlier I mentioned how this isn’t the most flattering of my capsule pieces, this is true but that doesn’t mean that I can’t make it attractive. The upside to this dress is it has great string pull sides, because of this I can pull it in and make it look more flattering however the extra fabric on the top makes it lose that flattering edge. So to combat this? Well I covered it up. I love a bit of faux fur and while I would love a faux fur gillet this is the next best thing!

I like to think this works pretty well. It’s the key to dressing, hide the bits you don’t like and show off the bits you do!

The Capsule Wardrobe | therealgirlbasics

If the capsule wardrobe only teaches you one thing its this;

What do you wear?

Magazines regularly tell us what basics we need to form a successful wardrobe but reality is actually this, you already know what your personal basics are its all that extra noise and static that makes us start reaching for things that in hindsight were probably never going to work out.

Pushing the boat out and having fun with fashion is one of my favourite things to do however with the capsule you are limited to what you can wear so what was fun yesterday might not fit your lifestyle today. It’s during the capsule wardrobe that I start having those morning thoughts of “I really want to wear this . . .” moments and often this item, well its usually in my other wardrobe stashed away for three months time.

Today I wanted to give you a quick run down of what I think are my actual, personal basics;

  • Grey v-neck T-shirt
  • White v-neck T-shirt
  • Skinny blue jeans
  • Jersey H&M gathered dress
  • Black leggings
  • Longline cardigan in black!
  • Jersey pencil skirt black or striped
  • Black Blazer
  • Boots
  • Running shoes

What I think is also interesting is none of these actual basics cost very much. When I started the capsule my aim was to have great, better priced items and that they would somehow make dressing better. Reality however? Most of these items are from H&M. I know I am a high street kind of girl (bar a pair of Miu Miu sunglasses which I am seriously thinking about saving for.) but I never imagined how items I really love and wear effortlessly are less about how much I spent on them and more about their fit and how they effect me on a deeper level. So if you are just beginning your capsule journey know your basics don’t have to be what magazines tell you or have to be really expensive they are just simply what you want to wear, everyday.

The Capsule Wardrobe | Old Trends.

Sweater: Primark, Purple Stole: Monsoon, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, Leggings: H&M, Boots: Long Tall Sally, Bag: Accessorize

We all have them, old trends clogging up our wardrobes primarily because we have great memories attached to these pieces but struggle to finally cut the cord. If you have a full on 333 capsule wardrobe there really isn’t any room for them, if. You abide by Caroline’s unfancy then there is a small storage option for you, but for me? Well I give myself a little more lee way.
The problem with trends is there are pieces which are timeless and pieces which aren’t. If I shopped more designer I think this distinction would be even harder to find as the more love has gone into the design of that piece as well as better fabrics/workmanship so any ageing faults may often be harder to distinguish.
What I know of myself is that eventually I tire of something completely and yet still feel reluctant if not impossible to throw certain items. This includes waist cinching knee length skirts (which actually if I can shrink a bit more will come back out in full force this summer) the sparkle boots (which have half oversized themselves out of wearability) rip off trainer heels ala Isabel marant 2012 and a broken backed thrifted sixties ring made from a deep blue resin. They all hold a key piece of my Jessica fashion timeline and that makes them harder to budge.
So whose aged? Trainer heels obviously so those rightly should have to go right? Only these are the heels that fit so comfortably that you dread not having them because what if? Furthermore I have designs of still pairing them with those bold midi pleated skirts – why not stick with what works?
And yet it’s my more unarmed pieces which realistically have to kick the bucket. A broken ring? Still wearable yes but being made of resin makes it pretty darn unfixable even for me the girl who buys new jewellery with pieces missing just to get a discount. But it holds greater memories, 14 year old me buying her first second hand piece in the county hall in totnes  Devon one summer holidays with my parents and grandparents and then there was that time of life for me. I had just properly found fashion. My obsession with the Olsen twins waning I wanted to be one of the cool kids, the Ashley Simpsons of the world and be kooky and cool all rolled into one. I felt so fashion forward back then and so proud. It was the goal to stand out then, wear something no one else had and I felt like buying something second hand no one else would have a cool dark blue resin (or more likely plastic) ring on their finger come mufty day. And yet, in reality I more than likely had caught the trend from magazines, then saw something that fit and claimed the trend for myself since come mufty day any future fashionista worth their salt was buying up all their plastic jewellery like Buddha beads.
And the outstretched boots they are worn, pulled out of shape, but sparkles and a pair of thick socks? Why take the chance? That’s the problem with clothes. They attach memories and experiences which are far harder to part with than fabric.
How do you rid yourself of old trends? Jesses want to know.

Its like Nashville


Jacket: Zara, Dress H&M, Sunglasses H&M, Boots: New Look, Scarf: White Stuff,

I love these boots, every time I wear them I feel slightly like a country singer or Taylor Swift (Im not sure if she really qualifies as country anymore? but I could be wrong). Unfortunately they are also on there way out which somewhat upsets me it also means that next autumn I get to look into new ones, so there are some upsides!

Also this dress cost me £13, bargain right? Also we hung out in Rochester this sunday, I love Rochester! and dark hot chocolate with marshmallows! You cannot go wrong!

Just a little announcement . . .



I won/was Nominated for a Liebster Award! The Fabulous Morgan over at nominated me and I can not believe what an awesome idea this is and how glad I am to be asked to get involved! 


So get ready folks for many random facts and many answers and other blog nominations. I wanted to get this out today but that thing I like to call ‘work’ got in the way! but soon I promise! Soon you will have answers but until then check out Lady Morgan’s post Here+

Puddle Of Mud



Although the title may suggest it, I’m afraid to say that I didn’t unfortunately meet the classic 90’s band today! I did however meet a lot of mud and because of that I’m so thankful that these photos were taken at the beginning of the day!

This top is one of those tops that in real life seems to be worn every week but never quite gets it onto the blog. So today I thought all thats going to change! Its the perfect cover up for getting lunch on a cycle day and therefore here it is!

Thankfully however I took the top of before I fell sideways into a muddy puddle, i’d like to go, “I jest, I didn’t really fall in puddle” but alas, that would be lying. 

stylin’ . . .



This really doesn’t show the true extent of the puddle I found myself in. I did one of those great slow motion thought processes of I’m going down. As I stood still and fell sideways. Opps. Then we got a flat and ended up having to catch a train home, semi successful?