Bonmarche Blogger Challenge #BMBloggerSwap

I’ve always loved clothes, and fashion though that aspect of my personality has never really made it on to the blog. I suppose I’m a little bit lazy when it comes to posing for photos. Couple that with not thinking my current wardrobe is anything special and sprinkle it with a dash of self conciousness and you’ve got, well, me.

In an attempt to do new things, and say yes more often than not, I was quite pleased with myself when given the chance to join up with Bonmarche for an outfit post. Little did I know that this wasn’t going to be a typical OOTD post! When Bonmarche let me know that the real challenge was giving the reigns to a fellow blogger to select an outfit for you, I was equal parts apprehensive and nervous. 

I was paired with Jess from Glitterbat for this Bonmarche Blogger Swap (#BMBloggerSwap) who I didn’t know prior to the challenge. As a plus size lady you know your flaws, and what you draw attention to as well as conceal, so it was especially difficult to let someone else take control of the outfit.

When my package came in the post I thought, “Oh, that’s different”, as I was given an outfit I wouldn’t have selected myself. Now that I’ve worn the pieces a few times, I’m quite in love with them as they are a bit out of my comfort zone, and have forced me to embrace patterns. Thanks, Jess!

This is what Jess selected for me (outift in the centre): David Emanuel Floral Zip Pocket Blouse – £10, David Emanuel Lace Pencil Skirt – £28, Cascade Earrings – £6, and Slingback Patent Almond Toe Court Shoes – £20

The top is normally not something I would have selected, but it’s now been worn more than any of the other pieces. I wouldn’t really wear the centre outfit as is, though I have and kinda liked. I prefer to wear the top with dark skinny jeans, and I love that it can be dressed down for daytime, or dressed up by adding the court shoes and cascade earrings for a casual date night.

The lace skirt is absolutely lovely, and something quite similar to a few pieces that I already own. I like structure of it despite the stretchy material that it’s made from. I haven’t worn it aside than exactly as the oufit was selected, but I have a feeling that this will be an autumn/winter staple. For spring/summer though, a simple white shirt makes the skirt stand out.

Head on over to Jess’ blog Glitterbat to see what I chose for her, and over to Bonmarche to snag some of these staples for yourself.

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