Alice Catherine Alice Catherine

For me, this time of year can be a bit tricky in terms of ‘getting it right’. It’s often jumper weather when you leave for the morning coffee run, but by 2pm you find yourself wishing you’d worn a t-shirt – and of course you left your sunglasses on the bedside table. Absolute typical British problems, and often one that makes getting dressed each morning so god damn confusing. As a result, I’m found sticking my arm out the window to try and get a feel of what I should wear based of temperature (please tell me I’m not the only weirdo that does that), or obsessively checking the weather app in hope that, just once, it might tell the truth…

This brings me nicely to my first little style trick – always try and be one step ahead when the seasons are changing, or just in general, if you live somewhere unpredictable like Manchester. Layers are my fail-safe at this time of year, particularly light layers that I can alter accordingly throughout the day. This little gingham body (it’s actually a vintage swimsuit) is the perfect piece for layering. Teamed with high waist jeans, it doesn’t make me look too summery or naked, but means if it gets warm then I can remove the denim jacket and still be weather appropriate. I could even just throw a little jumper on over the top of it if I didn’t fancy the denim combo. That being said, I’m really liking double denim at the moment, especially frayed black crop flares against this masculine style jacket.

I have a feeling I’ll be getting lots of wear out of this combination over the coming months – it’s so comfortable but looks really put together. I also love how playful gingham is – it goes hand in hand with the warmer weather, and I have quite a few vintage gingham pieces that I’ve acquired over the years. However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect gingham dress, so I’ll let you know how that goes! I really fancy a midi length one for Summer with some sort of cut out/bow detail at the waist – I have my eye on a couple that fit this criteria but have been holding off until a Summer getaway is well and truly booked.

These little wooden heel sling backs were definitely one of last years best purchases – they are somehow still on the Office website, so I suggest you snap them up for Summer! I haven’t had them off my feet since it’s been warm enough to wear them – I picked them up around November time last year and they had been sitting pretty in the box, itching to get out! I’m a big fan of a wooden heel – I think it looks really cool with denim and any kind of basket bag. It’s these little touches that make me feel like Spring/Summer is slowly finding it’s way into my wardrobe, without quite reaching the bare legs and suncream phase. It’s probably my favourite time of year fashion wise, as it’s still cold enough to layer, but warm enough to show a little skin and wear those prettier items that have been tucked away all Winter.

What items have you been relying on lately and are you a fan of the gingham trend? I’d love to hear in the comments below – wishing you all a beautiful week ahead as always…

Alice x

Photography by Adriana

Denim jacket – Sezane | Gingham body – Vintage (similar here) | Jeans – Vintage Levi (similar here & here) | Shoes – Office | Bag – Vintage (similar here)

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  1. Holly says:

    I bloody love this outfit, this is definitely one of my favourites of yours! I am also a huge fan of the gingham trend, I found the cutest vintage gingham shirt the other day which I’m sure you’d appreciate! X

    1. alicecatherine says:

      Thank you! I really liked this one too – gingham always makes me feel nice, jealous of your skirt! xx

  2. Such a cool look! Absolutely love it!

  3. Your gingham top is so cute, love this look

  4. Holly White says:

    Ooo that denim jacket is lovely! And, you’re sooo right – it’s so important to be one step ahead at this time of year! Like, am I going to be sunburnt to a crisp or drenched in a downpour of rain?! Who knows? Haha xx

    1. alicecatherine says:

      Haha so true! Always a guessing game in Manchester xx

  5. Summer says:

    Loving this outfit, especially those jeans! I’m loving the gingham trend too, I’ve recently bought some gingham print high waist trousers that I’m looking forward to wearing when the sun shines. I still haven’t found the courage to wear open shoes yet this year aha! x


    1. alicecatherine says:

      The trousers sound amazing – I need to be brave enough to invest in some! xx

  6. Fatima says:

    I came across your blog through your Instagram and BOY am I glad that I did!! So stunning, Alice! 🙂

    Fatima x

    1. alicecatherine says:

      Aww thank you so much! So lovely to hear 🙂 xx

  7. Lily says:

    Love the outfi! What size is the jacket you’re wearing?

    1. alicecatherine says:

      Thank you! It’s a size small 🙂 xx

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