3 Ways To Wear It: Floral Print Co-ord

Left: Hobbs NW3 Floral Print Pioneer Blouse, reduced from £75 to £40. Available here. Right: Hobbs NW3 Floral Print Pioneer Shorts, reduced from £69 to £34. Available here.

Happy Monday mes amies! I used to find it the weirdest thing when people wished me a “happy Monday” or “happy Friday”. I’ve even had the odd “happy Tuesday” which was thoroughly confusing as, I think we can all agree, Tuesday is by far the most nondescript day of the week. But now I’ve gotten over the ingrained belief that good wishes should be reserved only for birthdays and Christmas. It’s so easy to get caught up in the manic business of just trying to get everything done that you stop actually enjoying any of it so why the hell shouldn’t we throw a little celebration into the mix to remind us that life is actually pretty great!? Even on Tuesdays. I think that’s probably about enough philosophising from me so before you decide I’ve gone nuts and click away in disgust, let’s talk about this floral print co-ord…

Autumn may be speeding towards us a rate of knots BUT if you’ve invested in a similar two piece, or are thinking about snapping one up in the sales I’d still say go for it. I’m planning on getting maximum wear out of this bad boy for the next few weeks, incorporating the shirt into my new season wardrobe and then whipping the lot out again next Spring. If the past couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that co-ords of all shapes, sized and styles are perennially awesome. And if you live somewhere that’s got a few months of heat left or, even more jealously inducing, is just about to begin their sunny season then you have endless floral co-ord wearing opportunities ahead of you. Thanks to nobody’s fault but my own, I’ve left it so damn long to do this post that most of the pieces are no longer available BUT I had a hunt on the Hobbs Outlet and they have a few of the shirts and shorts left, yay! I’ve put a few alternatives for others that are previous seasons or out of stock in the details below.

All Together Now…

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

Worn with silver Hobbs NW3 sandals (similar here), Paul & Joe Sister orange satchel (similar here & here) and Kite holographic sunglasses (similar here & here

This adorable Hobbs NW3 floral printed silk shorts n’ shirt co-ord came into my life sometime back in May. The funny thing is, I didn’t actually wear the full shebang together until really quite a lot later. Such is the versatility of this bad boy that rather than wondering how the hell I could mix it up, the pieces just seemed so right with other items already in my wardrobe. I almost started to think that perhaps they were better as separates but then I donned the lot in Trieste last month and realised how wrong I was. There are few things more enjoyable than wearing one dizzying print all over, at least that’s how I feel about it anyway. Rather than going for all out prep I decided to give things more of a modern spin with high shine silver sandals and holographic shades but green ballet flats and maybe a matching belt could be a great alternative if you’re after some prep.

On The Top…

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

Worn with neon yellow J.Crew skirt (similar here & here), silver Next sandals (similar here), Hobbs clutch (suede version available on SALE here & similar here), Dior Riviera nails (available here) & MAC Lady Danger lipstick (available here)

As you might remember, this particular ensemble came out to play in Ibiza while I was there shooting with Claire’s Accessories for Company Magazine. My J.Crew fit n’ flare skirt became a vital component of my wardrobe so quickly I even bought the same style in coral, it just seems to work with so much, this top included. I think the buttoned up style of shirt works well with a mini skirt and heels, it reduces the prep factor and makes the whole thing a little more party ready. I really like how the neon green trim of the shirt picks up the yellow on the skirt and reckon this could work well for a printed co-ord top half and separate block colour bottom half in any colour or for any season. I have a monochrome tibi number I’m intending to do something similar with by combining with white skinnies come autumn, more on than soon. Then of course I added matchy matchy colour pop coral lips and nails because I just can’t resist that kind of thing.

For Your Derrière…

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

floral print co-ord ella catliff la petite anglaise

Worn with Sandro white biker jacket (similar here & here), Michael Kors Selma tote (available here), Wildfox Bel Air sunglasses (available here) & LK Bennett sandals (available here)

Last but not least, the shorts. As shorts go I have to say these are some of the most comfortable ever. Light and breezy and roomy enough to accommodate a large lunch followed by gelato, they served me well paired with nothing more than a broderie tank top on holiday. To make them a little more city appropriate I paired them with a Sandro light tweed biker jacket, simple Jenni Kayne t-shirt (such great quality!) and structured Michael Kors Selma tote instead. Oh and these Wildfox sunnies which are perhaps my favourite things ever. They caused quite the stir when I wore them to walk on the North Norfolk broads last weekend! With bank holiday weekend coming up, this kind of outfit is perfect for a lazy, possible hungover brunch where you want to look polished without compromising on lazy day comfort. Unlike the matching shirt, you will look a bit cray if you wear floral printed silk shorts like these once Autumn really hits but with the addition of a jacket and fingers firmly crossed for sunshine they’ve got a few weeks left in them yet. For those hailing from sunnier climbs this does not apply, go forth and frolic in silk shorts to your hearts content.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of 3 Ways To Wear It. As I’ve been rubbish and failed to post until my Hobbs NW3 two piece is all but out of stock, I’ve found a few similar floral print co-ords here & here and cracking AW14 alternatives here & here. I fear this may be the last summery 3 ways to come from me this year but don’t despair, I have TONS planned for the next few months. For now, which was to wear the printed shorts n’ shirt co-ord is your favourite?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

4 Thoughts on 3 Ways To Wear It: Floral Print Co-ord

  1. Nikita says:

    I love your style( a lot) but what I really like about your blog is your style of writing.. It’s not often I come to a blog and actually read what people are saying, however with yours I do! You have the typical British wit-which i’m missing in Paris! So keep up the great writing(and outfits).

    Kisses Nikita x

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  2. I love this different outfits, the second one is my favorite!! You look gorgeous!
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  3. Nancy says:

    I love matching co-ordinates! It’s just like wearing a floral jumpsuit – here’s my favourite… http://www.itsalifestylething.co.uk/zara-jumpsuit/
    N xxx

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