My latest outfit post is a minimalist formal look for a friend’s engagement party, featuring a £9.99 sale find from Zara, and some silver drop earrings by none other than Calvin Klein, courtesy of Cherry Soda Jewellery.
In my head, this dress kind of looked like the one that Princess Fiona from Shrek wears…but in real life, it is surprisingly chic. There is something about a thigh split and an off-the-shoulder sleeve that I can’t resist. I don’t tend to shop at Zara, as working there in my teens was awful – and of course, this fast-fashion chain has extremely questionable ethics and values on sustainability or fair trade, however, I needed a cocktail style dress at the very last minute for this big ‘do, and living in London these past two months has tightened my fashion budget to pretty much zero. Plus, I am not ashamed to admit that it gave me a huge self-esteem and confidence boost to be able to squeeze into a smaller size than usual…go ahead and judge me, but I’ll take what I can get!
Moving on, the main focus of this outfit is the earrings. I’ve always admired Calvin Klein’s sharp, chic, no-frills design philosophy, especially since Raf Simons – one of my all-time favourite fashion designers – and their jewellery collection follows the same aesthetic but at a much more accessible price point. These silver drop earrings have an androgynous twist, and can so easily be dressed both up and down.
I’m not a big jewellery wearer at all and tend to totally avoid anything sparkly or crystalline, plus I like to pick one or two pieces to wear at a time. Boring, I know, and as you can see I have many ear piercing holes that are left totally empty 99% of the time. Brogan Craig, the Ayr-based entrepreneur behind Cherry Soda Jewellery, picked these earrings for me remotely based solely on a 5 minute phone conversation about my taste in accessories, and I have to say, she chose perfectly; I couldn’t have picked better myself!
Another key note that made this outfit a good one is a brand new haircut by my ultimate fave salon, Austen Thomson, in Leith. I booked in super last minute in the hopes of fixing my overgrown roots after a bad experience in a London hairdressers, and landed a full day with the wonderful Christie, who perfectly lifted the blonde all over, added an icy grey tone, and gave me an all-over chunky bob cut with a shaved undercut at the back.
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx