Pearls have made a contemporary comeback in 2017 as embellishments on a whole host of key fashion pieces from bobble hats and sliders to cardigans and denim.
I’ve been loving the trend, especially when added to denim jackets and jeans; its girly, feminine and oh so pretty.
However the trend has been a little slower to reach the plus size fashion world than I’d have hoped. All year I’ve been in search of a pair of denim jeans or a denim jacket that feature a pearl design. Finally I’ve found the perfect style for me; the Glamorous Curve Ripped Pearl Jacket from Simply Be (Also available from the Simply Be US site for my friends across the pond; don’t worry girls, I’ve got your back!).
I’ve long admired the Glamorous clothing that I’ve seen featured in fashion hauls from other vloggers but I didn’t realise that they had a plus size range until very recently when I happened upon them on the Simply Be. This is my first piece from Glamorous Curve and I’m so impressed with the quality but even more so by the on trend styling.
Distressing and rips, light wash denim that’ll suit any skin tone or hair colour and a little feminine touch with silver beading and pearl embellishments; I feel as though this is the denim jacket I’ve been waiting for years for.
The embellishments not only give this jacket a style upgrade but they take what could be quite a vintage 90s piece and bring it up to 2017 with a girly twist.
I’ve been wearing this jacket so much since I got it; over the top of dresses to make them look more casual and layered with my faux fur collar grey cardigan for a cosy laid back look.
One of my favourite ways to style it however is in an off-duty fashionista meets slightly sports luxe way. I take a T like the Grey Textured Zip Cold Shoulder Longline Top With Stud Detail from Yours Clothing and pull on some leggings that can be worn more as trousers such as the Limited Collection Black Leather Look PU Leggings. The two together with the jacket create a look that’s off-duty and effortless, yet still on trend and stylish.
Keeping along the girly sports luxe theme, I added two of most worn pieces this autumn and they’re both from River Island.
The River Island Grey Quilted Chain Front Bowler Bag and the River Island Rose Gold Metallic Lace Up Runner Trainers were both pieces that I lusted after in store and bought with my birthday money at the end of September. I’m really trying to cut back these days and not splash out willy nilly on things that I don’t need so to treat myself to these really did feel like a treat, plus the bag was down to £30 in the sale (it still is!) which felt like even more of a treat!
This bag has served me so well over the last couple of months. It holds everything I need and is strong and sturdy so whether I’m travelling, going out to work all day or running errands, I can take my laptop, ipad and charger, phone, purse and anything else that I need out with me.
I love the combination of grey and white with the pale gold chain; its a great way of wearing neutrals without going down the nude route. These are colours that always work so well together and they pair beautifully with almost everything else in my wardrobe.
Just like the bag, as soon as I clapped eyes on the River Island Rose Gold Metallic Lace Up Runner Trainers I knew that I had to make them mine. Clearly inspired by the Balenciaga Runners, these trainers are out there, bang on trend and a real statement piece.
Yes, they’re uber comfortable but these trainers are all about how they look and thats GORGEOUS! They complete my outfit perfectly and accessories this look exactly to my style right now.
While I’m so happy that I’ve now got the pearl embellished piece I’ve been searching all year for, I can’t help but think that I could have found an embellished denim jacket like this and had an idea on how to style it a lot sooner had I used the new Looker app.
Looker is a brand new app, available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play, that enables you to share photos of the outfits and the latest looks you’ve put together with your audience. You might be thinking, ‘surely that’s what Instagram is for?’ but you’re wrong as while Looker too is totally free to download and join just like Instagram, it has some added benefits that you don’t get with many other social networks.
The difference with Looker is that there aren’t any annoying algorithms getting in the way of who can see your outfit posts and follow you. I know that as a blogger, its really frustrating when I work so hard on a post for Insta or Facebook and it doesn’t show up in peoples feeds and I know that that’s not only frustrating for the people who follow me but for the people who post themselves too. Everyone is affected sadly but with Looker, that’s not the case. You post and your followers see your posts, similarly, someone who you follow posts and you see their posts; its that simple.
Whats even better about Looker is that all of the posts on the app are directly shoppable, meaning that if you upload an image to the site, you can click on the different elements of your outfit and create an affiliate link directly through the app to that item. Then when people view your picture, if the love the jacket you’re wearing, they can click straight through to buy the item or take a closer look at the finer details. All users, regardless of whether they’re a blogger or not, can earn up to 5% commission on items sold through their looks so its a great opportunity for all you fashion loving beauties out there to capitalise on your style.
The Looker app is a really positive place to be both in mind and body; I guess you could say it has a community feel to it. Looker recognise that style has no boundaries so they don’t restrict on age or size; anyone can upload any outfit post from any retailer and if they have an online website and you can find the item, you’re able to link to it. Having no size restrictions is fantastic as it enables app users to find the fashion that will fit them and be inspired by other stylish women who have also joined the platform and are sharing their style with the rest of the community.
Speaking of community, there is no opportunity for negativity, jealousy or hate through the Looker app. Unlike many social networks, it doesn’t come with the drawbacks that come with social sharing as there are no likes or comments and you’re not obligated to follow or follow anyone back.
Social media can often feel like being fed to the lions as people can be so cruel online so I love that there isn’t an option to comment on the outfit posts. I also love how there isn’t the pressure that usually comes with a lot of social networks; since I work as a blogger, I feel as though some people validate my job by the number of likes and followers I have, gain and maintain on each post and I’m not entirely sure that’s healthy. With Looker, no one else can see how many followers you have which not only relieves the pressure but I also feel it gives smaller accounts more of a chance.
However while I loved the idea of Looker from the off, I really fell in love with the whole concept when I came to post my first outfit picture. I wanted to explore all of the areas of the app and try out the different features. I clicked on the words ‘FaceTune’ which I assumed would take me to the App Store to download the app that so many people use to whiten the background of images and so many more use to manipulate their body and face to within an inch of its former self. However rather than doing that, a prompt pops up simply saying ‘You don’t need it. You look perfect the way you are :).’
Now that’s the kind of positivity I want to be a part of!
You can find out more about the Looker app and download it here. I’ll be posting my outfits over on the app under the username ‘What Laura Loves’.
Happy styling girlies!
How does the Looker App sound to you? What do you think about the pearl trend?
*Thanks Sarah for taking my photos for me, you beaut!