EVERYONE NEEDS - A Ruffle Top

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My wardrobe is organised by colour, because it makes finding things when I'm half asleep so much easier. And you might be surprised to know that despite my love of bright colour, a third of my clothing is white, and nearly all of those pieces are voluminous blouses. Some have sequins, others are double layered, some have a tiny print or spot, whilst others have a twist or pleat detail. I wear them over jeans, tucked in to trousers, layered over stripes, under cosy cardigans and often team them with red lips and bold jewellery.

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Therefore this ruffled number from ASOS leapt out at me, I knew it would be a winner. I love the frills that cut across the body and sleeves, and I think the slash back is super sexy. I just add a bandeau to cover my bra strap. I ordered a 14 but sent it back for a 12 as found it really roomy.

 I just add a bandeau with slash back tops....

I just add a bandeau with slash back tops....

 Let's call this my Danny Dyer pose......

Let's call this my Danny Dyer pose......

I decided to be brave too, and ordered these fake leather trousers at the same time (NOT my usual choice, but this blog is making me try new things). They were great actually and I very nearly kept them as really liked the shape and the pockets, but the NOISE. They really do make quite the racket. Again, I'd ordered the 14 and sent them back to get the 12, which I'm wearing in these photos. The top also looked great tucked in to these trousers by the way so if you do try this outfit then have a play around.

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 You'll notice on the ASOS website that these are cropped on the model. On me, 5'4 they are nearly full length.

You'll notice on the ASOS website that these are cropped on the model. On me, 5'4 they are nearly full length.

 Photobomb! Looks like someone else got the leather trouser memo....

Photobomb! Looks like someone else got the leather trouser memo....

The ruffle smock top is available in sizes 4-18 at £32 and the leather look trousers are available in sizes 4-18 at £35 (and in the petite range too). I'm usually a size 14 as already mentioned I sized down in both, so if you're a size 20 I think it's worth giving the 18 a try.

I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created the above artwork with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink. Do follow me on Instagram as I'm often found painting live on Instagram stories.

I'd love to know what you think. Please let me know in the comments below. 

Niki

 

Ruffle Smock Top from ASOS

Trousers from ASOS

Shoes are from Rupert Sanderson about 10 years ago (soz)

Coat Helene Bergman from ASOS

 

All photos Remco Merbis.

Assistant Bea Stoneham