Embracing Casual

Winter is that time of year where style can go out of the window and be totally substituted for comfort – and that would be completely ok if you ask me. I don’t think i’ve worn anything particularly stylish for quite some time now living in the Manchester wind and rain and i’ve gone from the girl who wouldn’t touch a pair of jeans with a ten-foot barge pole, to pretty much living in them. In fact, i’ve bought three pairs in the past two months – I know, I can hear you saying ‘who is this girl and what have you done with Laura?’…

The next major change? You may have spotted a peak of the trainers. I know. What happened to me? It was kind of hard to resist these gorgeous Thea trainers from Nike though, i’m not going to lie. I’ve always been a Converse and Oakley sunglasses skater-vibe kinda gal on my off days, but was never truly into trainers – I guess the life in the North has given me a touch of chav enough to appreciate a bit of sportswear these days? Who knows. All I know is, i’m comfy and i’m warm!

Which brings me on to my next subject, mixing summer and winter. We all know how it feels to have panic bought a thousand and one dresses in the Summer to create the ultimate Summer wardrobe, and then be left with a rail full of clothing still with the tags on (at least I hope we all do) – like living in your very own retail store but messier.

Every season I think to myself ‘ooh this is nice i’ll give it a go’ even though it’s too tight for me and my crazy pizza addiction and instead of returning it I say ‘it’s fine i’ll just cut out pizza for a week, i’ll be skinny in no time’… Aaaaand never do. In fact, I just did exactly that this week with a new dress I thought would be cute for my birthday this month, and still I continue to consume a week’s worth of calories in one day. HMMPH.

But we digress… My point is, why waste a perfectly good dress just because the season is wrong? Maybe don’t run around in fluro (because that’s never nice even in the Summer, including at a festival), but layering up versatile pieces can mix up your Winter style perfectly without having to spend a penny. It can be as simple as throwing it over a plain roll neck, or chucking a chunky knit over the top for more of a Chung vibe – or if you’re feeling a little less lazy, opt for a cute detailed shirt with flute sleeves to keep it fresh and feminine.