Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Stripes


Now, I may be known as the girl with all the polka dots, but I also have a soft spot for stripes. Now, this causes great difficulty because I never feel like I can pull off wearing stripes and polka dots together, so limits what I can wear together. I love a good bit of pattern mixing on other people, but on me it just looks a bit funny. Maybe it's because I'm quite small so I can't quite carry off the patterns? Or maybe it's just something to do with my confidence.

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Behold my new skirt! This is actually my first ever purchase from River Island (except for a necklace in like 2004). River Island is one of those shops that I always see nice things in, but then when I get closer I realise it's been 'River Islanded'. This means it's had unnecessary embroidery, sequins, studs or beading put on it (usually saying 'RIVER ISLAND', in an obnoxious way). This really destroys potentially nice clothes for me. However, a River Island has just opened in my town so I thought I'd pop in and see what River Islanded goods they had to offer. I was quite surprised when I saw this skirt, I found it rather fetching. I inspected it for any unnecessary embellishment, but to my relief found none. So, there is the story of my first purchase of clothing from River Island.

I do like a good stripy garment though. I had a browse through my wardrobe remix set and found some great stripy outfits from the archive. However, I think I do prefer polka dots just by a smidgen.

good friday

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what i'm wearing today

Stripes or polka dots?

Finally, I just wanted to thank you all for your lovely comments on my video post. I will most certainly try to do one again soon. For those of you who complimented me on my accent: extra thanks! I'm from a little town just outside Liverpool, but lots of people always say I don't sound like I'm from around here so I'm not quite sure where my accent is from really. It does have a very slight scouse tinge to it, but not too much.

45 comments:

  1. Oh Helen you look so pretty! I normally avoid River Island for the same reason (those massive black plastic bags with RIR on them... ughhh) but they do have a few nice, unbranded items.

    As for spots or stripes? I love stripes on others, but I think I'm a polka-dot girl at heart :)

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  2. When I style models for shoots they look great in stripes, and I go home inspired. And then they look awful on me. Sigh. Lucky you. LLGxx

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  3. This skirt is definitely lovely, but I prefer polka dots though :)

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  4. I've been looking for a cute black & white striped skirt FOREVER. Very envious.

    LOVE that bow in your hair as well!

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  5. Ooh, love that River Island skirt - I've got a few nice things from there, but you have to have a good hunt to find them!

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  6. love that first striped top look

    oops missed your vlog, but loved it! I love how often you say "quite" it's adorable :)

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  7. i especially love that first outfit. i'm a polkadot girl myself, but i've been getting more into stripes recently (small doses!).

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  8. Ooh, lovely skirt! I know exactly what you mean about River Island but I popped in the other day and they do seem to have quite a few cute floral pieces in at the moment. Perhaps they've run out of sequins and tacky embellishments? We can but hope...

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  9. These are really cute - love the red tights. x
    PS - I have a new URL:
    http://weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  10. I would never had guessed that skirt was from River Island for exactly the reasons you mentioned! That is perfect though - very cute and no sequins in sight! :)

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  11. I'm honestly shocked that something that nice can be found in River Island. Where are the obnoxiously big buttons and sequins?

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  12. We don't have River Island in the Philippines, but I know what you're talking about re: brands that scream they are a brand e.g. Billabong. Yech.

    I can't wear stripes above the waist so I'd say I'm a polka dot girl too, but it's summer so I'm going to give mix-and-match a go. Then make my sisters "check" before leaving the house. :))

    A from aplusbinthesea.blogspot.com

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  13. I just love the top you're wearing in http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3252384371_0af7febdf0.jpg - you always have the best fashion tastes!

    I agree with you about River Island, but I do love their accessories!

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  14. I'm wearing a striped dress tomorrow. Can't get enough!

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  15. wow you looks so pretty! and i love your all skirts! <3<3

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  16. you look both gorgeous in stripes or polkadots. as for the mixing prints, maybe you can put a small accessory in the opposite pattern like a bow or headband? to start small :)
    I really like polkadots, but personally have an obsession for everything nautical!
    x

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  17. I'm more of a stripey person but I do adore the polka dots on you! The skirt is such a great buy, very nautical:)

    xx

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  18. i cant choose between stripes and polka dots. im a gingham girl at heart. i reackon you could pull off a stripey top with a polka dot skirt. pattern mixing is fun!

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  19. Haha I sooooo agree with your RI assessment, I bought one pretty dress in there about 4 years ago and there is literally nothing nice (or that doesn't have 'sexy' written on the arse in diamonte) I really like stripey tops, but haven't thought of wearing them on the bottom half of me. You look great! xx

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  20. i completely know what you mean about River Islanded!! Eveything has either too much sparkly bits...the clothes would be much nicer plain!
    lovely skirt!! xx

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  21. I can't decide, I do love dots as much as I love stripes! :) You look great on both! :)

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  22. Hi ;)

    Loveeee your skirt's...LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.....

    a hug, from Portugal

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  23. i hate things that have brand names plastered on them. My allegience switches from stripes to polka dots on a regular basis. yOur skirt is awesome, i love the contrasting striping.
    -indigo

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  24. Nice outfits! All of them! Nice blog! I don't actually see the difference... Well, I don't get what is the polka dot outfit and the stripe outfit... Well I like the last outfit and 1st one! Hahahaha.

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  25. How weird, I feel exactly the same way about River Island, but I braved it and went in for the first time in about 4 years yesterday! I didn't buy anything, but there was a pretty nice belt with lots of neutral coloured bows all over it.

    I'm a stripes on the top half, polka dots on the bottom kinda girl.

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  26. Stripes or polka dots... oh, I don't think I can choose! But at a push, I think I'd say stripes. I love a good pattern!

    I totally agree about RI. Most of the time I pick something up in delight only to discover it's covered in sequins! Bah!

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  27. I get what you mean about River Island. Their embellishments also stop me buying from them. It's good that you found something though.
    My cousins live in Southport. You kind of sound like them :).

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  28. These looks are lovely. I need to wear more stripes, I tend to love polka dots too much. I've mixed the two before and have been satisfied with the results. You look so cute!


    inbugsdrawers.blogspot.com

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  29. super cute outfits & an even cuter blog! xoxo!

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  30. Oh wow, following you for sure. So glad I came across your blog. It is so wonderful. I love all your outfits, polka dots, stripes, whichever, they are all lovely.

    Oh and I love the poloroids on the wall. I wan't a wall like that.

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  31. Tu es magnifique j'adore tout ce que tu portes encore bravo

    Séréna

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  32. so gorgeous! loving those stripes :)
    love the blog
    great posts!
    stop by some time xx

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  33. great purchase. oohh, difficult choice between stripes & polka, probably polka

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  34. dorayaki is a japanese cake kind of thing..? i don't even know how to explain it except that the inside is filled with red bean, usually. and the outside is kind of like sponge cake..?

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  35. gorgeous skirts, they are all so pretty!
    love love love!
    and i love your polaroid wall too :)

    XOXO, BECCA
    http://fashion-train.blogspot.com

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  36. I really like the first two skirts!! So fun and cute!

    By the way, I'm following!

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  37. I LOVE stripes. Lol, the name of my blog is Streets and Stripes.

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  38. I love your stripe pieces especially the shirt in the second photo! :)

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  39. Ooops! I meant the shirt in the THIRD photo!

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  40. STRIPES! i love all these pieces.

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  41. You have the cutest blog and you're from the UK, hurray!! I love finding uk bloggers :)

    First, I adore youe polaroid wall - it is amazing - do you have a full photo of it on here?

    Second, I love the stripes but I'm a polka dot girl deep down.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog and leading me to yours :)

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  42. I bought that very same skirt from River Island yesterday! And I've always had the same view about the overuse of embellishments! Some nice things in there at the moment though <3

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  43. haha love the term 'Riversislanded' you've got it spot on though! Saying that they have come on leaps and bounds over the past 18 months :)

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