Mainly because I wear years & years out-of-date/out-of-style clothes and the majority have no real shape or fashion sense to them (painting an attractive picture or what?). However, I had a little bit of birthday money left from May & a gap in my Summer wardrobe where a kimono needed to live. I've never owned one, but love how relaxed they look & how they can make even the simplest of outfits a little bit funkier.
After spotting this one on Essie Buttons site a while back, I knew immediately that it was my kinda thing (apparently no longer available, but plenty of similar - here). I hadn't found an opportunity to wear it but after finding this simple, black cami in the Urban Outfitters sale & these brown, thick strappy sandals(which I first saw on Blue October's blog - this should just be called 'Bloggers Made Me Buy It, shouldn't it?), I knew that it would be the loose, casual Summer outfit I'd been looking for. Even if it is all dark colours... I don't actually subscribe to that whole 'dark clothes attract heat' thing!
I think the lace detail on the cami makes it a little different from every other cami out there, plus it's a nice average length, loose fitting and not see-through; which are all things I love (and are apparently hard to find on the high-street at the minute).
The sandals are unbelievably comfortable. Like... uber comfy - almost padded - with a lovely chunky heel that adds a nice amount of height and 'dressed-up-ness' to any outfit but without the crippling pain of regular heels. They're such great quality and I'm so pleased I bought them. I know I'll get so much wear out of them & they pretty much go with everything! Bonus.
As for make-up, I felt like going for a bright lip for once and opted for Bourjoir Frambourjois Rouge Matte Velvet which is such a lovely colour and definitely adds a more summery feel to a fairly dark outfit! I then paired it with just about every piece of silver jewellery I own - as I always do! My favourite at the moment is the turquoise bangle from Topshop & a dainty silver bracelet that I found in the Accessorise sale for £5!