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In my second installment of showcasing clothing from my favourite Scottish fashion designers in a photoshoot with Kirsty McLachlan at the National Museum of Scotland. View the first Scottish fashion lookbook shoot here, and scroll on to discover more about this unique outfit.

I may be a fairly minimalist dresser in terms of my lack of adventurousness when it comes to colour and print (all black, grey, khaki and navy everything please), but in terms of shape, silhouette, bold graphics and texture, I’ll embrace maximalism any time.

Super wide legged trousers have become my absolute JAM, and right at the top of my go-to pallazzo/flares/harem/bell bottom trousers are these absolute beauties from Birds of Prayers. Extremely high waisted, with massive pockets (always a plus), a bold elasticated wasistband, weighted hems right down to the floor, and covered in matte black sequins, these are my all-time favourite party pants. Birds of Prayers has answered my fashion prayers (get it?) once again, with genuinely beautiful, quality and ethically made clothing that actually fit freaky tall folks like me.

They can, however, prove very difficult to dress down, so when faced with a casual daytime photoshoot, I struggled to find a way to not seem like a total diva in the middle of a museum.
Ryan Cowie to the rescue!
Last year, I borrowed this sweatshirt from Aberdeen fashion designer Ryan Cowie for a university magazine editorial (see the lookbook and Ryan’s full collection here), and my heart broke when I had to send it back. SO I bought it and kept in and now I’m wearing it all the time. I mean, look at it! Cropped and off the shoulder? Check. Extended long sleeves? Check. Monochrome and graphic? Check. Inspired by feminist witch covens? Well duh.

Here are the outfit details:

Sweatshirt: Ryan Cowie, Β£45 (buy here)
Trousers: Birds of Prayers (sample only, view website for more info)
Boots: Steve Madden, Β£45 (buy here)

For the hairstyle, I decided to scrape back my new cropped haircutΒ with some firm hold gel by Paul Mitchell Tea Tree, and for the make-up I went for a simple liquid eyeliner flick using NYX cosmetics ‘epic ink’ liner, and finished the look with a NYX gold metallic lip gloss.

Let me know your thoughts on this look!

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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