Despite the brief tease of springtime sunshine on Saturday, March is a bit of an odd month; coming off the back of the grim weather of January and February means it feels like it should be getting warmer, but the plain old reality is that it's normally just as dull and dreary as the season that preceded it! In terms of dressing, I don't want to wear my winter woolies any longer (totally bored of them!) so it's nice to be able to look into trying something different.
When I was approached by Boohoo to take part in their #MinimalMonday campaign, I was really excited to style a look that was within my own style, but pared back, simple, and easy. Just as I like my clothes to be! I chose to style a simple black dress, which I really like; you can never go far wrong with a black dress in my opinion and this one will look great for summertime with ballet pumps as well as for now with black tights (still way too cold to consider getting legs out!) I added a cropped grey polo neck tee under the dress which lifted it from being too dark.
I adored the really edgy, minimal style of this oversized parka, which is super lightweight and will be perfect for festivals (or the British summertime!) The bracelet length sleeves and scooped side detail adds a little more interest without being too overpowering. This jacket is just lovely and I can see it working as well with a simple sweatshirt and black skinnies for a casual daytime look. At just £20 this is a great transitional piece to add in to your wardrobe. It also comes in black, but I love the luxe edge the khaki adds to the overall styling. In keeping with the theme of the look, I kept accessories to a minimum, with a simple slim bangle and statement ring all I needed to add.
I put together this whole outfit for £50 which just goes to show that Boohoo is a very affordable site which doesn't scrimp on quality; I found the sizes were all as I expected and the fabrics were all of a standard that I've seen from high street stores such as Topshop, particularly the jacket which looks and feels much more expensive than its price tag would suggest.
I added some of my own pieces to bring more of my personal style to the look with my favourite chelsea boots and vintage backpack. I was inspired to dig out this beanie hat after seeing a picture of my wearing it in my last Style Essentials post, and I think it makes a great upgrade to my beret!