The majority of my life at the moment is taken up with work or housework (not that I'm complaining about the work bit- love being a busy bee)- but this has left me with only a couple of hours a week for one of my favourite and arguably strangest past times; styling my wardrobe.
Now this sounds like a grown-up version of dress-up...and that's pretty much what it is. I don't think I ever grew out of spending the weekend fishing through the dressing up box and creating new characters; but let's face it, that's pretty much what styling is.
So out of this neglected past-time I came up with an idea to showcase the latest trends available to buy at Merry Hill and inspiration for styling them to suit YOU. For the first 'Sunday Style Sessions' I will be showing you dear reader, a few ways to rock one of the stand-out accessories for Summer; a floral garland headband.
I originally bought this New Look blooming beautiful headband for mine and Khyati's accessories presentation at the S/S'14 Fashion Media evening but thought it would be great for this feature as it's a fairly bold accessory but one which CAN be tamed down for daily wear.
DENIM SMOCK & LOAFERS - ASOS.COM
A denim smock and loafers go hand in hand with a floral garland...a quintessentially, modern English trio. The denim smock has been made into quite a wardrobe staple thanks to Alexa Chung et al, and the floral garland really adds a pop of colour to this otherwise quite plain outfit. When Summer really arrives you can swap the tights and loafers for bare legs and espardrilles and add a pair of Wayfarers to channel your inner indie girl.
SHIRT- CELIA BIRTWELL X UNIQLO | PLEATED SKIRT- H&M (MERRY HILL) | SANDALS- ZARA
Granny chic is still a 'thing' in 2014, so we may as well embrace it whilst the retro blouses and pleated skirts are still considered sartorially sound. This is a super feminine, vintage inspired get-up for ladies who love their pastel palettes and all things from yester-year. Perfect for impressing at fashionable parties or even family gatherings...you and your Nan can compare pleated skirts over lunch.
LEATHER JACKET- TOPSHOP | SHIRT, JEANS & SANDALS- ASOS
This is probably my favourite look, probably because the basis of the outfit is a leather jacket and skinny jeans- two of my wardrobe staples. But yes, this is probably the easiest way to style the garland on a daily basis because it's subtle yet still bursting with style. This also makes for a great transitional outfit- just add some strappy heels for a night-time friendly spin.
And as my feet seem to have been engulfed by the sunlight pouring into my room (yay sun!), here is a better picture of the glimmering foot candy. Pretty awesome huh? Metallic shoes are bang on trend and really add a unique twist to an average daytime ensemble.
JUMPSUIT - BEYOND RETRO | DENIM JACKET & CONVERSE- THRIFTED
The final look I put together was one where I see a floral garland truly flourishing- at a festival! The floral headband pays homage to the original Flower Children who started the whole festival revolution and looks effortlessly cool alongside a retro jumpsuit, battered light wash denim and Chuck Taylors. This would also go down a treat in the trendy East End of London- which is actually where I acquired the jumpsuit from a few years back.
I hope that has given you some ideas for styling a floral headband, and perhaps even inspired you to go out and buy your own! The Merry Hill branch of New Look currently has quite a wide selection of garlands- bigger flowers, smaller flowers, different flowers...starting from about £3.99.
Oh and please comment below with any suggestions for the next Sunday Style Session.