The Coolest Pair of Jeans

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So I think it’s safe to say that Topshop jeans are my favourites. I’ve had H&M, I’ve had ASOS, but none compare to Topshop. You might have seen in my off-the-shoulder tops blog post that I’d treated myself to a new pair of my fave Jamies (if you missed it, catch up here!), but when I went into Topshop in Norwich to look for a Skinny Dip phone case, I came out with another pair of jeans instead. I think you can forgive me though because these are definitely the coolest jeans I think I’ve ever seen.

I’ve had sweatshirts and jackets with patches on already, but I hadn’t been able to find any jeans I liked with patches on, but these are the ones!! They’re in the “Lucas” style, which is meant to be a slim boyfriend fit. I do like loose-fitting jeans but I’d always pick skinnies first, so I decided to buy these ones in a size smaller than I would normally get, and the fit is perfect!NCFpatchjeans-5 NCFpatchjeans-2 NCFpatchjeans-8

I was kind of unsure about how to style the jeans at first because there’s so much going on in just one piece, so I didn’t want to overdo the rest of the outfit. Can you believe this t-shirt was ONE POUND in the H&M sale and happens to be a perfect accompaniment to the best jeans ever?! I added my pink bomber for extra warmth and since my Stan Smiths are hardly ever off my feet, they’ve made it onto the blog yet again! For accessories, I’m currently loving my quilted mini backpack which I think was from ASOS or ARK…? I’m not entirely sure but if you can grab yourself a mini backpack you’re basically ready for a day trip while still being #fashion.NCFpatchjeans-3 NCFpatchjeans-4 NCFpatchjeans-12 NCFpatchjeans-9 NCFpatchjeans-6 NCFpatchjeans-7 NCFpatchjeans-10 NCFpatchjeans-11

What do you think of my Topshop jeans? Let me know if you’ve jumped on the patch trend bandwagon! xx Soph

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Wearing: Topshop Lucas jeans (here), H&M top (sold out, similar here), H&M bomber jacket (here), Adidas Stan Smiths (here), ASOS mini backpack (old, similar here)

Don’t Look Back ft. Zara Playsuit

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If you’ve checked out my Instagram recently, then you might have seen me post a pic of the back of this playsuit I got in the Zara sale earlier this week. Around the time I bought my denim dress from Zara, I also spotted this playsuit but I knew I had more denim than one person ever really needed so I put it back on the rail. When I saw it in the sale for £10 this week though, I snapped it up…because why wouldn’t I??

I feel like there are so many ways I could wear this piece throughout the year. For this shoot I buttoned it up and put a simple bandeau underneath, letting the accessories do the talking. I’m thinking a t-shirt layered underneath with the playsuit partially unbuttoned would also be cool for summer time, and when it gets colder I’m picturing a striped long sleeve tee and a pair of tights tucked into these cut-out boots. Unfortunately, it’s sold out on the website but if you happen to be passing a Zara store then definitely go and look for it – it’s a piece you don’t want to miss out on!NCFdenimplaysuit-2 NCFdenimplaysuit-3 NCFdenimplaysuit-9 NCFdenimplaysuit-4 NCFdenimplaysuit-5 NCFdenimplaysuit-6 NCFdenimplaysuit-7 NCFdenimplaysuit-8

I’m loving Zara for cool and unique pieces at the moment – what’s your favourite high street shop? xx Soph

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Wearing: Zara playsuit (sold out online, similar here), Zara boots (here), Primark hat (similar here), New Look belt (here), watch c/o Everwrist* (here), Necklace (a gift so not sure where from, similar here)

Off-the-Shoulder Trend

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If you asked me to go into my wardrobe and pick out one top I’d definitely go straight in for a t shirt most days of the week, but I’m kinda diggin’ these off-the-shoulder vibes at the moment. I got mine from Primark because I wasn’t sure how much wear I’d get out of it and didn’t want to spend too much on something I wasn’t completely sold on, but I’m thinking I might have to go back in there for more! This one comes with straps to tie over your shoulders too which I thought I’d be glad of, but turns out I prefer it much more as a strapless piece because it’s just much less hassle! I’m also loving the flounce hem on the sleeves and hemline because it really adds to that boho vibe that comes with an off-shoulder piece. I’m thinking something white with fine red pinstripes would be pretty in this style, paired with light wash denim and tan accessories so watch this space!NCFcoldshoulder-3 NCFcoldshoulder-6 NCFcoldshoulder-4

I styled this look with my new Jamie jeans (I’ve had a little bit of a Topshop jeans splurge this week so watch out for the second pair coming your way pretty soon – and let me tell you, you won’t want to miss them!) and then contrasted the dark indigo colour palette with light stone-coloured accessories. To be honest, I never actually noticed that the hat and shoes go together so well before, but when I picked out these shoes and then was trying to find a way to style out my bad hair-dye job I had a lightbulb moment! This is definitely a combo I’ll be reusing. NCFcoldshoulder-8 NCFcoldshoulder-2 NCFcoldshoulder-5 NCFcoldshoulder-9 NCFcoldshoulder-7

Who else is loving the off-the-shoulder trend at the moment? xx Sophie

I’m posting a lot of extra snaps over on Instagram at the moment if you fancy a peek! @notcentralfash

Wearing: Primark top (similar off-shoulder tops I love here, here, and here), Topshop jeans (here), Topshop shoes (old), H&M hat (sold out, same in black here, similar in grey here), & Other Stories bracelet (here), Accessorize choker (similar here), marble ring c/o Born Pretty Store* (here), other ring c/o Orelia* (old, similar here)

How To Wear Summer’s Maxi Dress

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I know I’ve said it time and time again that I’m not a dress kinda girl, yet I seem to keep bringing you blog posts of dresses I’ve picked up here and there. I will always be a jeans and shorts type of person at heart, but there’s just something about putting on a pretty dress and styling it up for the blog that I’ve come to realise I love doing! This boho maxi dress is such a festival-ready piece that I had to snap some pictures in it before my Mum put it up for sale in her shop (shop it here!). It’s really floaty, so comfortable to wear, and is one of those perfect pieces which requires no accessories to jazz it up. I even went bare-foot for this one, that’s how good the dress is! A couple of pieces of simple jewellery and you’re good to go for a stroll through the park, for a weekend at one of this summer’s festivals – basically just whatever you’re up to throughout the summer holidays! This one is a one-off and you can shop it here, but I’ve also left the links to some similar alternatives down below.NCFmaxidress-7 NCFmaxidress-10 NCFmaxidress-1 NCFmaxidress-3 NCFmaxidress-4 NCFmaxidress-9 NCFmaxidress-8 NCFmaxidress-6 NCFmaxidress-5

Check out my Instagram page to see what I’m getting up to on my summer holiday! @notcentralfash xx Soph

Wearing: Vintage dress (shop the exact one here, shop alternatives here, here, and here), Topshop necklace (sold out, similar here), & Other Stories bracelet (here)

The Perfect Beach Look For An English Summer

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I haven’t been to the beach in such a long time so when I got a week off work I knew that had to be one place that I went. Even though I live so near the seaside I tend to forget about it and don’t spend nearly as much time as I should there. It makes for really nice blog photos too so before we went I planned a laid-back beach look, something you can wear for the English summer because let’s face it, swimwear is a bit of a no-go unless you’re on a beach abroad!NCFrise&shine-7 NCFrise&shine-10 NCFrise&shine-9

This look is really for cooler summer days, or maybe even an evening stroll on the beach. I picked out a lightweight long sleeve top but kept it white and draped it off one shoulder to add that relaxed, beachy vibe that we all want in the summer holidays. If it had been warmer, distressed denim shorts would’ve been my go-to for this outfit, but since it was a little bit cloudy and hazy, I went for a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans instead. These jeans are super comfortable and are another one of my selections from the kids’ department, this time at H&M!

I think the perfect beach accessories – and basically my favourite accessories for all summer long – are a big brimmed hat and a pair of slides. I think these H&M leather slides add a little bit of luxury to any summer outfit and they are so comfortable and easy to wear. The leather is super soft and surprisingly, doesn’t get too hot in the sun – bonus. Gold jewellery ties everything together to finish off the look. I get most of mine from Born Pretty Store and you can get 10% off on their website with my code BVT10! Go on, and get shopping for your beachside accessories!NCFrise&shine-1 NCFrise&shine-8 NCFrise&shine-6 NCFrise&shine-2 NCFrise&shine-5

Do you like my beach look for an English summer or would you wear it differently? Let me know what you think in the comments! xx Soph

Head over to my Instagram – @notcentralfash – to see more snaps!

Wearing: Mango top (sold out, similar here), H&M Kids’ jeans (similar here in kids, and here in adults), H&M leather slides (here), New Look hat (similar here), rings c/o Born Pretty Store* (here), Accessorize choker (similar here)

Khaki Patch Overshirt / Take 2

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In my post last week I showed you how to style this overshirt with a sophisticated Ganni dress, but typically for me that’s not how I’d be wearing it. I wanted to put together another post to show you an everyday, I’m-just-going-shopping outfit, complete with Stan Smith trainers and my favourite mini backpack.

For those of you who hadn’t realised and have been living under a rock recently, patches are so in at the moment so this overshirt is bang on trend. If you have a look on ebay or etsy or somewhere like that, you’ll be able to buy individual patches which you can iron or sew onto clothes however you like. If you’re like me and don’t have the patience for DIY, then you can find clothes covered in patches all over the high street. As I mentioned last week, I got my shirt from Zara Girls because I’m small enough to fit into the kids’ collection, and I didn’t want to spend as much money!

For an afternoon of shopping I went for simple styling and threw this shirt on over a white tank top, and added my printed Zara charity-shop-find jeans for a bit of variety to my normal Topshop Jamies.

NCFpatchshirt-1 NCFpatchshirt-2I’m also having a little hair crisis at the moment which means I’ve taken a dislike to all photographs where I don’t have my hair up or I’m not wearing a hat. It all started when I decided I wanted to lighten my dark brown hair, but ended up with a copper tinge instead of a honey hue. Now a few months later, my roots are growing back out and I’m left with something I just really hate! I daren’t dye it again though, so my only alternative is to wait and let it all grow out…cue lots of blog posts where I’m sporting hats! NCFpatchshirt-7 NCFpatchshirt-4 NCFpatchshirt-5 NCFpatchshirt-6 NCFpatchshirt-8

Have you seen my other look using this overshirt? Which look did you prefer – dressed up or dressed down? xx Soph

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Wearing: Kiss The Sky top (old, similar here), Zara Girls overshirt (unavailable, similar patch pieces here), Zara jeans (thrifted, similar here), Adidas Stan Smiths (here), ASOS mini backpack (old, similar here in black)

How To Work The Leaf Print Trend This Summer

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Today I’m wearing a dress by Ganni, a brand I never knew anyone in my household owned. Sometimes rooting through your sister’s wardrobe instead of your own really has its benefits!NCFgannidress-2 NCFgannidress-7

I was actually inspired to do a blog post with this dress thanks to Lyndsey from Over My Styled Body. If you look through some of her recent posts you’ll see her rocking the leaf print a couple of times. Lyndsey always looks so put together and chic with super simple styling and her blog always gives me the blogging bug! When I decided to create my own look using the leaf print trend, straight away I thought of this dress. Only when I took it off the hanger did I realise it was a Ganni dress, which I think makes it just a lil’ bit cooler!NCFgannidress-5 NCFgannidress-8

I tried a couple of different pairs of shoes on with the dress but settled on my favourite heels. Really minimalist and with an extra high heel, these stilettos make everything look good. I recently bought this overshirt with the patches from Zara and thought it would up the cool on this outfit and make it more everyday-wearable. Did I mention it was from the kids’ section and I don’t even care?! Check out this post I did last year on wearing the H&M Kids’ collection and why it’s perfect if you’re small like me!NCFgannidress-1 NCFgannidress-11 NCFgannidress-6 NCFganndress-3 NCFgannidress-9 NCFgannidress-4

Let me know if you’re loving the leaf print trend at the moment! xx Soph

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Wearing: Ganni dress (old, similar here, here, and here), Truffle heels (similar here), Zara Girls overshirt (unavailable, similar here), Next watch (similar here)

Celeb Style / Bella Hadid

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If you go on my Pinterest page (check it out here) you’ll see I have a whole board full of pins of Gigi Hadid because Gigi probably has one of my favourite celebrity styles. More recently, though, it was her sister Bella who caught my eye in the style stakes when she was photographed rocking a little denim skirt like this. Straight away I wanted to try and recreate her look in my own way, and I was originally going to do so with my denim cut offs because I didn’t have a skirt like hers. However, thanks to a recent trip to New Look I managed to find the perfect skirt to create my version of the look. NCFbellastyle-8 NCFbellastyle-1 NCFbellastyle-7

There’s something about light wash denim and black that will always attract me. It gives a really grungy, 90s vibe which I love. A black band tee – or in my case a Batman vs Superman t shirt – is the perfect accessory to a good denim piece so this is what I went for with my look, instead of a plain black vest like Bella. NCFbellastyle-2 NCFbellastyle-5 NCFbellastyle-11 NCFbellastyle-6 NCFbellastyle-9 NCFbellastyle-3 NCFbellastyle-10

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @notcentralfash for more day in the life pictures! xx Soph

Wearing: M&Co t-shirt (similar here), New Look skirt (similar here on sale!), Primark boots (similar here, and here)

Flatforms / My Favourite Kind Of Heel

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Disclaimer: I know I talked about these shoes a couple of posts ago (see it here!) but I had more to say so here’s post no. 2 dedicated to my suede loafers…

Loafers have never been my thing. I tried to get them to be once when I bought a patent burgundy pair, but I just couldn’t ever get the hang of them. I’m much more of a trainers kind of girl, so going for something slightly more put together was difficult. Until I found these…

I think I could love any kind of shoe if it’s platform. Flatform is my favourite kind of heel (if you can call it that) purely because it’s just about the only kind of heel I can walk in. You should see me when we’re shooting in my stilettos *insert cringing emoji here* those must be the fastest photo shoots we do! Anyway, add a bit of suede, some tassels, and a chunky sole and I’m there. So thank you Mango for making these shoes, and thank you charity shop for selling these to me for a lil’ three pounds!! Another win for thrift shopping!NCFsuedeloafers-8NCFsuedeloafers-2 NCFsuedeloafers-1 NCFsuedeloafers-7 NCFsuedeloafers-4 NCFsuedeloafers-5 NCFsuedeloafers-6 NCFsuedeloafers-3 NCFsuedeloafers-9

What’s your favourite kind of heel for a pair of shoes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! xx Soph

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Wearing: New Look bomber jacket (similar here on sale!), River Island jeans (old, similar here), Romwe top (here), Mango loafers (thrifted, similar here)

How To Grow Out A Fringe with Born Pretty Store

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Earlier this year I had a fringe cut into my hair – see the pics here! – and it was quite a big risk for me. I’ve only ever had a fringe once before when I was very young and decided from then that bangs didn’t suit me. After I got chickenpox (yes, chickenpox at 19) it seemed a necessity for me to cover the scars while they healed. Now that I feel happy to bear my forehead again I’m growing my fringe out, and I’m sure many of you will know it’s a long, long process. That’s why I thought it was appropriate that my latest Born Pretty Store samples were hair accessories, because these headbands are the only things getting me through a hair crisis at the moment! There’s a huge variety of really pretty headbands as well as other hair accessories on the Born Pretty website for crazy cheap prices, and they’re perfect for a quick and easy way to pull back your hair when you don’t have a lot of time in the mornings. You’ll probably be seeing a lot of these all over the blog in the next few weeks/months until my hair starts to get back to normality!NCFbpshairbands-2 NCFbpshairbands-3 NCFbpshairbands-4 NCFbpshairbands-10 NCFbpshairbands-5 NCFbpshairbands-6 NCFbpshairbands-7 NCFbpshairbands-8 NCFbpshairbands-9

Check out the hair accessories Born Pretty has to offer on their website here, and use code BVT10 to get 10% off your order sitewide! xx Soph

Wearing: headband 1 (here), headband 2 (here), headband 3 (here) all Born Pretty Store