I have had my trusty tie up shirts for five years now precisely! High waisted fashion was just starting to come about and I had fully discovered American Apparel after moving to London for Uni (when I went to Mexico in 2007 I first stepped foot in one and thought it was an overpriced H&M – oh how I was ignorant).
The first thing I ever bought was the Jersey Pocket Skirt in red. I didn’t have any cropped tops and there weren’t many interesting ones about on the high street.
I invited my mum and dad for lunch in London on a Saturday, followed by a favourite market of mine: Portobello Market. In the northern end by Ladbroke Grove tube station, I found a market stall towards the back that were selling these cropped tie up shirts in this bright tropical floral pattern.
At £7 I thought it was an absolute beaut of a bargain and no one else would have it (I still haven’t seen anyone wearing it).
A year later and I had moved to a street off the Old Kent Road (one of the cheapy brown streets on Monopoly). One day looking around Elephant and Castle market, amid all the stalls selling Millwall embellished towels and string vest tops, I came across an understated stall selling some super duper merchandise! I thought £7 was a bargain…they were selling the same style of cropped tie shirts for £1! WTF?!
There were a few patterns to choose from but I ended up buying a plain white one and a dainty floral pattern. White – as it goes with everything, and the floral pattern is very cute with a classic vintage look (as oppose to my tropical floral one I already had).
Aaaaand I bought some black floral high waisted culottes which have been a favourite item of mine (not featured here). SO GOOD! I have been meaning to go back to the market and see if that stall is still there.
I’ll probably buy some Bob Marley memorabilia while I’m there. FYI – you can also buy underwear with bum pads for a temporary bum lift.
As it’s Autumn soon I thought about getting a long sleeved one. I found this one on Glam Boutique by 18 and East; it’s adorable. The long sleeves would be perfect for those cold windy days and I love the Victorianesque soft blue print. It’s also in the SALE!
I love this one from ASOS as well, and it’s HALF PRICE! A simple block colour goes with most things and I am very very into lilac at the moment. I recently bought some lilac jeans and blazer…maybe I could wear them all together? NOT! I’m not a fan of this look ASOS have put together on the model though, I would have preferred it if they styled it with something high waisted. Do you have a cropped tie shirt? How do you wear yours?
I remember the concept of neon being around since the early days of Skins. This was subsequently followed by a number of neon parties i.e. ‘The Secret Skins Neon Party’ or ‘Vodpop Neon’, where people would be dancing along to Calvin Harris’ ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ with neon face paint. I am guilty of partaking in this neon fest (cringe)…As cringey as that was, neon is trending this year and I’m into it.
Out for my friend’s birthday, I wore this pink neon cropped vest top from Topshop. I was unsure what to wear it with at first. It needed something high-waisted, so I went with my striped pencil skirt from Primark. The belt is Rockit and turquoise bag Oxfam. I had a matching pink neon lipstick on from Rimmel (620: Coral Queen). I think I’m about to stick two fingers up at someone. Charming.
Remember Beki from the wedding? She shows that you don’t have to buy neon clothes to wear the trend. Her neon accessories really do give the outfit a bit of a lift!
At the start of May, I felt I was in need of a summer bag. I wanted a big bag to fit loads of stuff for work and for overnight stays on the weekend. Whenever buying something new I always check the Sale section first. ASOS was my first and last stop. Having previously seen a neon Zatchel bag and liking the look of it, I wanted to get a neon bag but not spend too much money. This pink neon satchel costs £113…
When I saw this ‘Canvas Contrast Handle Shopper’ from ASOS I bought it instantly. The neon straps are just enough neon, with the neutral beige fabric. I have worn it a lot as it does go with nearly everything. It injects a bit of colour, and even if it’s raining outside I still feel bright and summery.
Sleeveless polo neck, Charity Shop | High-waisted skirt, New Look | Sling-back sandals, Melissa | Bag, ASOS
So if you do like neon, but don’t want too much, or to commit to a piece of clothing, I would go for neon accessories. I’ve seen neon jewellery in a few places, but I liked the look of Zara’s necklaces the most.