Denim shorts - Primark
Bag - Ted Baker
Necklaces - Primark, Not On The High Street, Thomas Sabo
My wardrobe predominantly consists of black, grey and the very rare splash of colour, so putting together a colourful outfit isn't really my forte. However when I spotted this crop top & sleeveless blazer on a New Look mannequin I was strangely drawn to it - now I think it's probably my current favourite combination! I think it would look so cute with a little denim mini skirt but I just can't find the perfect one anywhere - I'm far too fussy.
I actually feel like this outfit is surprisingly on trend, fitting in with the whole 70s boho thing that's kicking about at the moment, which is kind of unusual for me. One of the things I love about fashion is how it always repeats itself, it's a constant cycle, but it just evolves ever so slightly in the process. Back in university we spent a lot of time learning about the styles of certain decades and I find it really interesting to see how aspects of each era trickle in to the next. Things like denim and floral prints are pretty timeless, but the way in which they are used is constantly changing.
One of the other things I really (quite geekily) enjoyed learning about in university was the Grey Market and their approach to fashion. As their dependents leave the nest and mortgage payments eventually draw to an end, the over 50s tend to have a higher disposable income so it's really no surprise that 14% of over 60s still shop at the stores we know and love, like Zara and Topshop.
The Grey Market are really quite surprising, but they're also highly uncatered for in current high street fashion. I had to do a whole report on this earlier in the year so I could ramble on for hours, but I just find it so interesting and some of the figures regarding the demographic and their lifestyles are really quite unexpected! McCarthy and Stone recently released The Colour Report which looked in to what retirement is like in the current era and it's actually so interesting. I never would have expected that 19% of retirees use online dating services! I love learning about things like this, who knows when it'll come in useful?!
Other things I enjoy learning about are conspiracy theories, The Sims and cute animals... so there's quite a mix there.
Post produced in collaboration with McCarthy & Stone