Sequin skirt
Sequin skirt
Full length
Full length
Up close
Up close
Skinny jeans
Skinny jeans
Floral dress
Floral dress
Sleeve detail
Sleeve detail
Close up
Close up
Shift dress
Shift dress
Dress detail
Dress detail
Skater skirt
Skater skirt
Striped tee
Striped tee

Real Style | Alice

Author: Miranda Eason

My wardrobe changes with my mood and what I’m doing that day. There isn’t a dress code at Sternberg Clarke, where I work as entertainment coordinator, but as a general rule I prefer to look too smart rather than too casual. Looking smart helps to put me in a work frame of mind.

I’m quite slim with quite a boyish figure and so I gravitate towards clothes that make me feel more feminine.

More often than not I’ll wear a dress if I’m going anywhere remotely smart. Dresses make people think you’ve made a real effort but actually they’re often more comfortable and less effort than anything else because you only have to think about what accessories you’re going to wear.

Someone at work was wearing a high-waisted pencil skirt the other day and they said, “I feel like I look like you!” so obviously I do have a ‘look.’

Shine on

I feel like an off-duty Barbie in this outfit! I bought the skirt from River Island for New Year’s Eve after seeing blogger Gala Darling wearing something similar. It’s high-waisted, which works better on me than a dropped waist. It just needs a simple top, this strapless one from TopShop works well.

On repeat

Outside of work, if I’m just hanging around at home or going to the pub, I tend to opt for skinny jeans and a simple top. When I find something that works, like these Leigh jeans from TopShop, I’ll buy it in multiple colours. The pink New Look blouse is as easy-to-wear as a t-shirt, but much smarter.

Flower power

This floral print dress from Urban Outfitters is so comfortable I wore it on a flight to Australia. The flower print is like a darker version of a Cath Kidston style print, so it’s feminine without being too girly.

The day shift

I bought this crepe shift dress from TopShop for my Nanna’s funeral last year. Mum said to wear something bright, as opposed to the usual black. It’s been a wardrobe staple ever since.

Skater girl

One of my go-to outfits right now, the striped top and skater skirt are both from TopShop. My sister has exactly the same top in red. We often end up buying the same clothes and, because we frequently socialize together, we have to consult before we go out so we don’t end up wearing the same thing.

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Photography Anna Clarke

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17 thoughts on “Real Style | Alice

  1. I’m loving the striped top at the end. I’m so pleased to hear that I’m not the only person who buys the same thing in different colours too! Leigh jeans I have in multiple shades and the shift dress in bright orange and black! It’s so useful for all sorts.

    1. Lucy, I have Leigh jeans in burgundy, dark blue, light blue, grey, khaki green…. And numerous pairs in black. Good job they are reasonably priced (!)

  2. The skirt is soooo pretty and looks great with a plain top! I have a gold sparkley one from River Island that I never wear as it seems too dressy, I may need to revisit it! *Goes to dig out gold skirt*

  3. Rockmystyle has made it on to my bookmarks! LOVE the sequin skirt, I want one to wear with a jumper and brighten up these rainy days.

  4. Charlotte and Lucy, I also have dark blue and khaki Leigh jeans. They are just SO comfy. Alanna, go and dig out that gold skirt. I have only worn mine a handful of times but every now and then it is so fun to wear!

  5. Love the look of the Leigh jeans, do you find they lose their shape quickly like other topshop jeans? Do you know if the New Look top/shirt is still being sold?? Thanks!

      1. Hi Meera, I have found that the jeans are so super soft that they do loosen a bit after wearing them a few times but they are quite skinny so they just have a bit more give in them, rather than looking saggy. Hope that helps.
        Thanks for finding that top Miranda, I want the blue one now too! X

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