Sunday, 30 September 2012

Style it Up Sunday: Tartan Flatforms

I'm currently obsessing over the tartan flatforms from River Island, and although I can't afford them just yet I've been imagining how I could wear them to justify purchasing them when I next get paid.
I've never tried flatforms before, but I've been wanting to try the style out for quite some time. I'm most comfortable in flats, and although I long to wear heels, I can't at present as they put strain on the posture muscles in the lower back. I'm hoping flatforms won't cause discomfort to my back the way heels do so I can wear them now not later.

So, I've created five outfits based around the tartan flatforms. I'm not telling you this is the correct way to wear tartan or flatforms; I'm not at all qualified to dish out fashion advice. These outfits are based around my personal style (which I'm sure isn't to everyone's taste), and how I'd style the flatforms if I had all these pieces available to me.

Outfit One

The first outfit has been given a military twist, with warm Autumnal colours, and a slight grunge-y feel.

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There's nothing I love more than brightening up a dreary Autumn day with a good dose of colour, so I've started with a knit dress in a beautiful shade of mustard. I've got my eye on this dress in burgundy, too, and I think they'd be a great alternative to an ordinary dress on a cold Winter's day.  It would probably sit around knee length on me, which is perfect for me as I'm not comfortable exposing too much thigh, and the v-neck makes me feel less broad-shouldered.
 I've paired the dress with these fantastic geometric studded leggings, for extra warmth and to make the outfit a little less plain. I think they'd look great with the shoes! I love military inspired trends, and think this F&F coat would look great with the outfit (as long as the length is as long as the dress). The coat can be accessorised with the warm snood, or the cross necklace, depending on the cold, and the cross necklace can be worn underneath with the dress when the coat isn't needed. I've also added a set of beaded cross bracelets, a pair of cute oxblood bow gloves, and some burgundy croc effect nail polish for a bit of texture. To finish up I chose a cute cross body bag, but I forget where I found it.
Outfit Two
This outfit is a casual, laid back look with a slight edge; perfect for every day. It could be worn down the pub, to the cinema, to a gig, and for other general every day things.
I tend to wear jeans in Autumn/Winter more than at any other time of year- generally because it gets so cold. A good pair of skinny jeans like these black DP skinnies are a must, and there's no reason why you shouldn't wear skinny jeans if you're a plus size lady. It's all about confidence! The plain jeans would draw the eyes down to show off the shoes perfectly.
I'd wear the jeans with this cute skull tee, and the beautiful studded cardigan I'm lusting over so much. I've kept the accessories simple with an spike necklace, a pretty leaf ring, and a snood for popping over the top if it's particularly cold. As for the bag, I would go with this amazing wolf backpack because it's awesome, and high on my wish list. A backpack is great for a dress-down look.
Outfit Three
For the third ensemble, I've clashed chequered with tartan, and worked the shoes around a generous amount of black.
This checked dress is very Amy Lee, and could be worn dressed up, as well as the casual way I've styled it. The cardigan and tights would pull it all together, and keep me warm when it's chilly outside. The pearl and cross necklace is a contradiciton between edgy and lady like, but I love that because I take inspiration from both genres of dressing. I don't often wear crosses as fashion, as I was brought up Catholic but it wasn't for me, so I've always done my best to distance myself from it. Although recently, I've found myself with a soft spot for cross accessories, like the one above so I'll just go with it. The studded clutch is high on my wish list right now (as well as the one in red), and I personally love it with the dress and the shoes. To finish, I chose a purple stone ring for a little dash of colour. I have this ring in blue already and it's very pretty.
Outfit Four

 This outfit is the most quirky out of the five, with a fun side created by the necklace, heart shaped bag, and the clashing pattern of the hi-low hem skirt.
I love my patterns, and colour, and have fallen in love with the Monsoon moth-print skirt. Online it looks quite unusual and cute. I thought it would be fun to toughen it up with lots of black, studs, and the clashing tartan which I've always associated more with punks than Scottish traditions. I've toned down the rest of the outfit with a black cardigan and tights, which are things I already have in my wardrobe. The amazing skeleton hands necklace adds a bit of humour to the outfit, and I think the studded bag (which has a shoulder strap) finishes the look off well. I keep looking at adding a heart shaped clutch in to my collection, but I never do because I haven't got somewhere to wear one, but I'm quite taken with this studded beauty.
Outfit Five
The final outfit is a little dressier, and could be worn for a meal out, cocktails with the girls, or just for looking fabulous in the day time!
With the stunning lace detail to the sleeves, I've kept this one quite simple as the dress is a statement on it's own. Isn't it beautiful? I'd pick out a colour from the shoes for leggings or tights, and am particularly drawn to this teal pair. The colour is gorgeous. I like to add colour when I wear black so I don't look too washed out, or feel frumpy. I don't pull off black as well as most ladies do.  The blue necklace is quite unusual, and works with the blue in the flatforms. I'd finish with a couple of coats of navy nail polish, and this incredible horse clutch.
I would be able to think of a hundred ways to incorporate these shoes in to my life, so if they're still available come pay day, I will have to get myself a pair. Let's hope they'll fit!
Which outfit is your favourite?
How would you wear these flatforms?


  1. I love this.. especially the dresses.. the skater dress and the mustard ASOS curve one. good picks. it's like a full wardrobe.


    1. The mustard dress is definitely one of my favourites, and it's on sale right now, too! xx

  2. i saw this post the other day and forgot to comment - i really love this outfit and the shoes. amazing <3 the black lace dress with it is just wonderful but all of the outfits are so wearable. i find flatforms are just like walking in flats so hopefully they wouldn't cause a problem for you.

    i ordered the velvet flatforms the other day, by the way, and they come up really really small! i got a 6 but need a 7 and that never ever happens. but i've thrown away my packaging to send them back, so annoying! xxx

    1. I'm dying to buy those shoes and find out if I can wear them. I've heard a few people say they're just like wearing flats so finger crossed.

      How strange that the velvet ones were so small. I'm really gutted for you about them not fitting you, and I hope you can get another pair xx


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