Shabby Chic Style

          The inspiration for this outfit has come from my favorite coffee along Roman Road which has been decorated in a Shabby Chic style and is a place which I have been spending a lot of time in whilst revising for my final exams. The cafe has old distressed furnishings which have been painted and re-painted and now where it has worn out, it has has layers of different colors showing through. Candles burn in jars, fresh pastries are laid out on wooden counter tops, silver framed mirrors are askew, sumptuous pillows add elegance to the bare pine and an African giraffe towers over us and everything else.

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I really like the eclectic nature behind this mix and match style and I especially love how new and old can be combined for a period yet elegant feel.  I decided to try to recreate this concept in today’s outfit.  I would need fabric which was either stained with tea, bleached or faded and so I opted for an early grey dress and rubber sole shoes. The chic element would have to come from the details, in the form of either floral patterns, earth linen, lace, or cotton ticking patterns. The dress had lace details and so I combined this with a bold statement silver necklace and some crystal encrusted bracelets. I pulled it all together with my leather jacket, which would really add to the variety of textures and materials in the outfit. Hope you like it and let me know you best tips for a Shabby Chic look?! 😉

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So the great news is that nothing now seems too old or too weird to wear and everything and anything can be turned into a fashion item – the tea cosy could be passed off as a hat, that biscuit tin gathering dust in the corner of your kitchen could be a clutch bag, the cat as a scarf, those odd shoes found on the side of the motorway could be paired up…

OK, so the world probably isn’t quite ready for non matching motorway shoes…YET… but I’m sure you get the idea 😉

WEARING

Leather Jacket – ZARA

Suede Lace Dress – ALL SAIITNS

Mirror Slip Ons – STRADIVARIUS

Rough Heart Tag Necklace in Silver- TIFFANY & CO

Evil Eye Crystal Bracelets -ALI EXPRESS

6 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Style

    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you like the outfit 🙂 What a massive compliment that you like the jacket so much that you would like to buy one for your girlfriend. What a great idea! I wear mine all the time and I am sure she will love it too. Let me know how it goes 🙂 All the best, Abi xxx

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