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BUTTON DOWNS, LACE UPS AND SMASHBOX FIREBALL

29/07/2015
button down denim skirt

I can honestly say, I don’t think that there is a single outfit I’ve blogged about that I’ve not really enjoyed wearing – you know, barring those from nigh on 3 years ago when skull scarves and the khaki/pleather combo coats were all the rage [insert cringe/“did I really?” emoji here] – but there are just some outfits that I really, really love wearing. They’re my comfort zone, I feel most confident in them and I know I’ll love them forever.

… And I won’t look back in 3 years time and think “what the fuck hell was I thinking even wearing this, let alone blogging about it?”

Today’s outfit is one of the aforementioned “timeless (in my eyes)” outfits that I will always go back to, wear each individual item a bijillion – totally a word, right? – times and will never tire of.

Said outfit.

button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
blogger on steps

Lace up flats: New Look (no longer in stock but similar here)
Button Down skirt which I am SO in love with: Celeb Look*
Off Shoulder top: Primark (similar here)
Bag: Zara

button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
button down denim skirt
#ArseShot

Not one to save the best for last, I’m going right in with what has already – as in, I only received it two weeks ago – become my most worn item this summer. This button down skirt* by Celeb Look is exactly what I’d been looking for for months now and it came at exactly the right time. It’s the perfect length; not too “here’s my arse fella’s” short but it’s also not too long and restricting. I wore it in my latest video which was a Summer Lookbook video (I’ll link/embed that below so you can see it in action) and it got so many lovely comments.

off shoulder top
off shoulder top

The off shoulder top is one that I rely on (far too) often. There’s something about a bare dΓ©colletage – ooh er – that just makes me feel good. This one from Primark provokes the biggest “should’ve got it in every colour” regrets for me because I’ve worn it to death and I just know that I’ll continue to do so.

lace up shoes

Those lace ups. I featured these a little while ago now – further terrifying proof that time really is flying by – and I still love them just as much as I did then. They’re that perfect “Dressier than a normal flat, but without the heel” shoe and I am all for those.

smashbox fireball
smashbox fireball
smashbox fireball

In a complete and utter contradiction to the theme of this post – i.e comfort zones, wear all day ehhr day things – the lipstick that I’ve gone for today is totally, totally out of my comfort zone. You see, I don’t really wear red lipstick. At all. I just don’t feel like I’ve found one that totally suits me and if I’m being really honest, I just prefer nude pinks on me. However, Smashbox Fireball came into my life recently and I just thought it was the perfect lip to go alongside this plain, boring, snoozeworthy, monochromatic outfit. A bright, matte orange toned red lip, it sits so comfortably on the skin, lasts for hours and whilst I still don’t feel totally confident with a red lip, it does give me all those sassy vibes.

And I am all for those sassy vibes…


So, before I use the phrase “sassy” far more times than is really acceptable, I’ll wrap this post up here. In short, button down skirts, lace up heels and off shoulder tops are 100% for me. Red lips on the other hand, are probably not. But hey, we all need to feel just one step closer to being Taylor Swift at times, right? Right… πŸ˜‰


As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
xx

85 responses to “BUTTON DOWNS, LACE UPS AND SMASHBOX FIREBALL”

  1. Rosy Flynn says:

    I know this feeling, I almost cry when I look back at some outfits, I either had terrible taste or I was on crack… I'll leave you with that conundrum.

    p.s. I have those shoes – they're totally timeless πŸ˜‰

    Rosy | sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk

  2. This outfit IS timeless, not to mention stunning. I love that I have these shoes too, because it means I can totally copy your style πŸ˜‰ I love this skirt, I kinda want one haha xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  3. Gorgeous outfit Elle! Love the red lips and I'm totally obsessed with my lace up flats too!

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

  4. Meg Siobhan says:

    This entire outfit is GOOOOORGEOUS I love love LOVE it.
    I'm totally with you though, I don't even want to try and think back to some of the dreadful outfits I wore in the past. Thank god I didn't have a blog then!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  5. Love love loveee this look – especially the bright red lipstick and shoes! You look fabulous. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  6. - Karen says:

    That lipstick shade is *everything*! Love this outfit too, I'm still on the search for the perfect button down skirt and this one looks promising! Giggled at the skull scarves & khaki/pleather mention! Good(?) times!

    Style Sunriseβ˜€

    πŸ™‚
    x

  7. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous shoes! Really liking the button down skirts! You look great with red lipstick on!

  8. Kylie L says:

    Looking gorgeous and the red lips are amazing!
    lazy2lovely.blogspot.co.uk

  9. You look fabulous! In love with that button denim skirt and I need those flats!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  10. Yaaaaay those shoes!!! Girl, you're killing it. And while the lip might not be a part of your everyday, you rock it anyhow. It deserves a z-snap and all.

    Sara // dearskim.com

  11. Alina Bostan says:

    I can see why you love this outfit, because it looks amazing on you, like seriously though what doesn't! Oh and that red lippy just instantly adds a touch of colour to the outfit, I love it x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

  12. I adore the button down skirt trend, I'll be sad when those autumn winds come around and I have to stop wearing them! That orange red lip colour is gorgeous on you too! Orange toned lipsticks are pretty much made for blonde hair! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  13. SBUK says:

    You look lovely, as usual. πŸ™‚ And the shoes are simply the cutest. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  14. LBG says:

    I adore this top! The whole look is spot on! Loving the red lip too, I don't do red either, more of a pink girl

    http://leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  15. Emma Heapy says:

    I love that skirt! I need one like that. Love the Smashbox colour too x
    Glossy Boutique

  16. I can see why you love wearing this, the shoes in particular are brilliant and great that you shot the pics on Paradise Street!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  17. Raquel says:

    I've been looking for a skirt like this for the longest. I am glad you found the perfect one! xo
    Omnivogues

  18. Natalia L says:

    You're so beautiful! I love that denim skirt πŸ™‚

    XO, Natalia from http://www.darlingtrend.com

  19. This is such a gorgeous, effortless look! It's something I would wear – in fact I have a similar button down skirt from topshop too!
    Bee xxx
    QueenBeady.com

  20. Don't worry Elle, this lipstick shade suits you.
    Wear it more often.
    Btw,i love this oh so chic look your having.
    Love the flats especially πŸ™‚

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  21. You look lovely! I really like your style and how you put your outfits together and you always look great πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week πŸ™‚ xx

  22. Great post! Aamzing photos.

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  23. I just love the pictures. You look amazing. Plus that top is my favourite from the outfit πŸ™‚
    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  24. Ella says:

    Love the outfit! I'm particularly in love with the skirt. Fab post!
    Ella x

    ellasdelights.blogspot.co.uk

  25. Once again an adorable look. I really like the black top and oh how cute is that lookbook!

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  26. Zuza says:

    This is such an amazing outfit! Definetetly something I would wear myself πŸ™‚ I love the skirt and the shoes πŸ™‚
    Love Life Every Day
    everydaybeauty instagram

  27. Jordan says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous and I adore this shade of lipstick! I'm so jealous of how effortlessly glam you always look!!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  28. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous outfit, love the lipstick.

    Zoe | Love and Limoncello

  29. crafty-zone says:

    Maybe this red lipstick is out of your comfort zone, but it suits to you, Ellie, so don't worry about it! πŸ™‚ And I love your new button down skirt, it's so IN fashion right now πŸ™‚

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

  30. I saw this outfit on the lookbook video! Love it! This skirt is gorgeous!
    Dora
    http://www.BangsBang.com

  31. Anonymous says:

    LOVE this shade on your lips <3
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  32. Tania says:

    Love the lace up flats and the bright red lip! Classics for sure! There are only a few outfits on my blog I look back on and cringe at, the ones where I was really not dressing like myself. :X

    xx freshfizzle

  33. Mel Davies says:

    That lip colour is to die for! Smashbox are killing it lately!

    lillies and lipbalm
    xx

  34. Love this look – I'd wear the whole thing πŸ™‚

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

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