If you told me last Summer that I’d be wearing yellow and really enjoying it in a year’s time, I’d roll my eyes all the way back to Australia and laugh at you, not with you. Yet, here we are, Summer ’18 and my favourite outfit of the Summer is an almost entirely yellow ensemble.
Yellow is arguably the colour of the season. It’s taking over the high street in the same way that red did a matter of months ago. Why stop there though? Why stop at just yellow when you can mix in two more of SS18’s hottest trends? (wow, I feel like a tween magazine now)
The denim co-ord? Check. The colour yellow? Check. The ugly, chunky trainer? Check.
Side-bar for a moment now. I tweeted a little while ago that I was trying to re-organise the categories of my blog because I’d done them horribly wrong. Like, horribly wrong. As eleven-year-old me living in Sydney’s Northern Beaches would say with her bogan Australian accent, I fucked it mate.
Dya know the biggest place I fucked it? Fashion. I literally tagged any post that included photos of me wearing clothes as ‘fashion’. I went to Wimbledon and wore clothes? Fashion. I want to talk about ‘revenge body’ culture and what it means to be single but I’m wearing clothes in the photos? Fashion. Every single post I’ve done in the last few months is probably in the fashion category in my blog. I may as well not have the category because it’s essentially my entire blog archive now.
Most of my posts as of late have been along the think-piece / advice / lifestyle lines but incorporate fashion imagery (aka pics of me wearing cute outfits in the streets of Hove and, occasionally, Bournemouth). There’s been nothing specific about fashion because I do find it hard to milk a whole blog post out of ‘hi this is what I’m wearing ok cool thanks bye x‘ and this is why I’ve just dumped any post containing photos of me wearing clothes into fashion. I’m over it, I need structure and clearer categories. I’m thinking replace my current fashion category with the name outfits so it doesn’t totally go to waste, and make a whole new fashion section. This is something I’m still trying to figure out – I need to organise everything specifically without overloading you with too much at the same time and fitting it onto my navbar. Blogger struggles x. So don’t expect complete order right now but do expect that I want to actually write about fashion and put this into my fashion category – not just photos of what I’m wearing next to me pouring my heart out about tennis players worth following or why I think destiny is bullshit. It’s something I spoke about way back when in December – the ‘think piece’ blog post had become the thing and nobody was writing long posts about fashion and trends and style anymore because they could do that in their Instagram captions, and I got caught up in that. But I want to write about fashion, when appropriate, so I’m going to actually do that, so that’s what I’m doing.
Side-bar over. Let’s talk about this outfit. The Topshop denim co-ords are some of the most sought-after pieces from the high street this Summer. They’ve inspired viral tweets about how much everyone loves them and wants them all, they’re all over your favourite fashion gals on Instagram, they’re being replicated by tons of other online and high-street retailers now too. There’s something for everyone, they come in a ridiculous amount of colours and patterns.
Yellow had my heart because, as we’ve discussed, it’s kinda become the colour of the Summer. There are two yellow versions Topshop are doing at the moment but this one was more vibrant and had white contrast stitching – not the most noticeable ever (the green one has the same and it looks far more obvious and is absolutely beaut) but I do love a white contrast stitch at the moment.
The best thing about this outfit is that it gives me prime opportunity to talk about my piece of the Summer. I think I now have this in nine different colours at least, though it’s now at the point where there are too many for me to find in my drawer to be able to count so we’ll go with nine. I think that’s about right. The Topshop Riley cami is my single most-word, most favourite piece this season. I got a stripe one two or three months ago now, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Get me every colour and every print. It’s so ridiculously flattering, this coming from the girl who doesn’t like wearing strapless or vest tops because sleeves are my comfort (it doesn’t look like it in the outfits I wear, I’m just not a divvy who wants to sweat it out all Summer). This top, sans bra, is my favourite Summer look. Nipples are an accessory now, haven’t you heard? Though I tried my black one with a bra the other day – the first time I wore a bra in at least two months might I add – and I liked it just as much. To say I’m obsessed with these lil vests is an understatement. I’m still over here waiting for them to bring out a red one. Please.
The one trend I’ve yet to speak about, despite mentioning it, is the ugly, chunky trainer. I mean, I don’t even think these ones are ugly but they definitely aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. They’re mine though, I don’t wear any other shoes at the moment. At all. Unless I’m going to the gym obvs.
I was really hesitant to buy these because they felt like a trend piece and, even though they’re only £39 on Topshop which is nothing compared to their Balenciaga counterparts, I thought they might’ve been a bit too much for a trend piece that I might not be wearing in a few months time. I wanted the Fila versions which are about double the price, so I thought this was a good alternative and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I am so glad I got them, so ridiculously glad. I wear them every single day without fail. They elevate every single outfit – whether it’s making an otherwise girly or formal dress look more chilla or it’s making your typical leggings and trainers off-duty outfit look that bit cooler, they make a statement. Especially on me who has the ankles of a three-year-old, having a big, chunky trainer stands tf out.
It’s the ultimate look-put-together-without-making-any-effort look. Everything is matchy matchy, and a matchy matchy outfit always makes you look like you have your shit together. There’s something about pieces that compliment each other or, better yet, are a perfect match for each other that give you that something special so it’s no wonder denim co-ords are everywhere this Summer.
To some people, £70-£90 for a co-ord might be a bit much and, for others, it might be super affordable. Whatever it is to you, I think it’s completely worth the spend if you can do it so if you’ve been contemplating whether or not it’s worth it, bite the bullet. Go for it. Trust me, it’s worth it.