Ah summer, the season of love, sun, sea and vitamin D. Where else but summer can you find a holiday romance or leave the rainy confines of England for a more ‘sunnier clime’? What I love about summer is how it changes the people around you; suddenly those banker wankers are all loosened up and that constant grimace they seem to have on their faces like they have just farted seem to relax into Cheshire cat grins. But no wonder tourists call us ‘miserable and reserved’, when an absence of sunshine correlates with lack of sleep and gruelling work hours should we cut this city boys a little bit of slack? After all 12 hour days are never fun. Luckily I have quite the passion for ‘imaginary scenarios’ so despite the rain that is beating down upon my window, I am quite happily planning my summer getaways to ‘Tuscany’ and ‘Spain’ and who better to plan my holiday lookbook with than OD Clothing, home to designer accessories, clothing, swimwear and jewellery for a fraction of the price.
Despite the outpour of rain in the UK, for the first time in 5 years I am finally getting the holiday that I deserve so I want to make sure that I have got my ‘summer game’ on fleek, to create my very own personal Love Island. After all what goes on holiday, stays on holiday am I right? But I digress; from floral prints, to neoprene swimwear, OD Clothing features clothing from designer retailers like Ted Baker, Olivia Burton and Vivienne Westwood, among others at a marked down discount price. While there are pieces that I am coveting and squirreling away in my secret wish (or lust) list, below I have re-created looks that are inspired by predominant summer trends showcased on the site.
The Floral Swimsuit Inspired By Ted Baker
Ironically , despite being a gal that is on a budget, many of my occasion wear dresses are often mistaken for Ted Baker or Coast, because they mimic their distinctive ‘floral’ or ‘fauna’ print in silk fabrics. While their swimwear features the iconic floral print, they appear to be more minimalist than their occasion wear which is all you could want from swimwear. After all asymmetrical hems and over the top prints are well and good but you also want swimwear that is comfortable, stylish and practical. While the OD Clothing’s Ted Baker Swimsuit features a ruffle trim and thin strap detailing, my Simply Beach all in one swimsuit retains the same vivid ‘iconic Ted Baker’ print but has a halterneck strap instead, to create the illusion of a fuller cleavage. Being part of the itty bitty titty parade means that some swimsuits can make my breasts look smaller than they actually are, whereas a sweetheart or halterneck neckline accentuates them.
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Shop The Floral Swimsuit Inspired By Ted Baker Look Below
*Original Choker From Bella Donna Boutique
Sandals Inspired By Moschino ( The Cruelty Free Edition)
As a cruelty free blogger, I have recently made the transition into ‘cruelty free clothing’ as well as skincare and cosmetics like Limecrime, which can often be a predicament when it comes to shoes. Many shoes are made from leather, suede and sheepskin, which naturally I am not a fan of being a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. That being said brands like OD Clothing do sell cruelty free shoes like trainers and flats but I am unsure when it comes to their ‘wedges and sandals’ range as it does not specify on the site. However after falling out of love with wedges and sandals several years ago (after wearing them to death during my university years), I have fallen back in love with them. Whether it is gladiator wedges or heeled sandals, Moschino have a stunning range available online which has inspired my ‘shoe choice’s’ below.
This summer I will be packing Moschino inspired wedge platforms with my favourite embroidered stitching, gladiator wedged sandals and heeled sandals that will be ideal with nautical dresses and maxis to wear on the beach
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Please note both items are on sale. The jeans are now £24.99 and the shoes are £14.99
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Sunglasses Inspired By Lacoste ( and Audrey Hepburn)
When it comes to me, I can’t go outside without squinting or my eyes burning and that is because I have very sensitive eyes. Naturally that makes shooting a bloody nightmare but that is a story for another time aha! But I digress, while I love my polarized and tinted lens ‘sunnies’ for effortless chic, a black pair of sunglasses, whether they be square like Lacoste’s version or cat eye, retro inspired like my Tom Ford pair, make the perfect edition to any summer holiday. They say that ‘pink makes the boys wink’ but ‘black makes the boys never go back’ haha. While Lacoste’s version is very much inspired by the athleisure trend, my personal style is very much retro and feminine, so a black cat eye lens suited me more.
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Block Colour Jumpsuits Inspired By Lavish Alice
While playsuits are more aligned with ‘summer holiday wear’ jumpsuits are often more refined and classy for any formal occasions you may have during your summer holiday. Block pastel colours like lavender as demonstrated by Lavish Alice or baby blue as shown by me, make an impact through both their block colouring and jumpsuit tailoring. While Lavish Alice’s version features a layered bandeau top half and asymmetrical ruffle detail on the waist, mine features a sweetheart neckline and cut out and bow detailing with a flared look. The key to a block jumpsuit is to pick materials like ‘linen’ rather than cotton, to create a more tailored effect for formal holiday wear.
Shop The Block Colour Jumpsuit Look Below
Floral Cover-Ups Inspired by Saint Tropez
Floral cover-ups- from kimono’s to blazers- are ideal for chilly nights on a holiday va-cay or even to put over a bikini on a much needed trip to the beach. While prints like leopard or psychotropical prints are popular, floral prints never got out of fashion and cover ups can double up for both ‘formal’ and informal wear, even outside of a summer holiday resort. While Saint Tropez’s version is a floral blazer kimono, below I have chosen a silk kimono and batwing kimono featuring a similar Saint Tropez print, to show you how to style longline vs batwing style floral cover ups.
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What Is Your Favourite OD Clothing Inspired Look?
Please note I was compensated for this post in collaboration with OD Clothing, but this does not affect my opinions and all thoughts are my own.