savvy styling by Annie Probert

Thursday, August 04, 2016

LEOTARD LOW-DOWN

Yes it may require surgical precision to put it on but if it means I save myself from that horrific fold of excess fabric when I wear something tucked in then I'll gladly suffer the consequences of the current magic trick of the fashion industry, the infamous leotard.

Now let's be realistic.
Even after you've mastered the art of taming said leotard into it's poppers (literal hell holes that seem to disperse into thin air when needed), it still isn't all going to be quite as glamorous as Pamela Anderson strutting her stuff on Baywatch. You will inevitably face at least one toilet related incident whilst wearing a leotard - fact but I do think that the albeit awkward design is highly figure flattering and when worn correctly, looks seamlessly sophisticated.










This look is well overdue for the blog, I'd been having a severe case of holiday blues this week and flicked through my camera to find this outfit I'd worn to dinner whilst abroad. 

Unlike the norm, I went for the typical trend-led high street option and opted for a motif design. This slogan vest shape is easy to wear with most things but instead of teaming it with my usual joggers and trainers, I decided to contrast the sporty style with a super feminine midi skirt and a pair of barely there sandals. I posted about this particular skirt last year, it was a bargain find from the kidswear section in River Island and I'm proud to say I've exceeded my cost per wear and then some. I've worn it so much and can honestly say that i'm just as obsessed with this sheer mesh design as I was when I wore it for the first time. Brands such as Topshop showcased this airtex fabric and prom hem design again for SS16 and rightly so in my opinion. Simple pieces like these are timeless, which is why I'm always rambling on about how I try and purchase wisely with pieces that will not only see me through seasons but a lot of the time will also transcend into the following year.

I think that the elegant silhouette of this skirt paired with the masculine vest shape leotard makes the outfit feel bold and somewhat sassy even if I do say so myself, especially because I kept the colour palette monochrome. I chose a half bun hair do in keeping with my jekyll and hyde theme ensemble then finished off the look with some dark shades and a simple messenger bag allowing the eyes to focus solely on the motif.


OUTFIT DETAILS;

Black Crew Neck Limited Bodysuit - River Island £18
Sheer Mesh Midi Skirt - River Island Kidswear £12
Barely There Block Heel Sandals - New Look £19.99
Black Faux Leather and Suede Messenger Bag - H&M £12.99
Oversized Kitty Sunglasses - Topshop £18

I hope you enjoyed my contrasting look and it gave you some inspo for mixing and matching feminine and masculine styles 







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