Wednesday 10 June 2015

Bon Marche Blogger Swap Challenge

Hello Lovelies,

Recently I was asked if I'd like to take part in blogging fashion challenge with Bon Marche, the challenge was that 2 bloggers were paired up and had to choose an outfit for each other from the Bon Marche website based on their blog and social media content, I love fashion and thought it sounded like a fun idea so accepted the challenge.

I was paired with the lovely Rachel, we introduced ourselves via email and then I spent a while searching Rachel's social media and blog finding out her style and she did the same for me. When my parcel came I was really pleased and I could see Rachel had done her homework well.

My Outfit

Bon Marche Blogger Swap Challenge
Bon Marche Blogger Swap Challenge
Bon Marche Blogger Swap Challenge

The outfit Rachel chose for me was :

Denim Slim Leg Jeans* (size 18) £18.00 
Blue Striped Linen Blend Tailored Jacket* (size 18) £32.00 
White Basic Camisole* (size 18) £6.00
Ann Harvey Waterfall Crystal Necklace* £15.00 

Outfit Sizing & Fit

I am between sizes a lot of the time and can wear a 16 or 18 so when I was asked for my sizing I aired on the side of caution and went with a size 18. The jeans were too big for me but to give you an idea of my size, I have recently bought jeans from Topshop in a size 16 and some denim shorts from Next in a size 16 but in other stores I feel more comfortable in a size 18, it all depends on the store and fit etc so if you are like me I would say maybe order 2 sizes in those, the length was fine for me maybe a touch long, I usually wear a 30 leg and am 5 feet 5 inches tall. The blazer is a fitted style and darted all the way round, the size 18 was the perfect fit for me but bare in mind it is a tailored style so very fitted, the camisole top is I think a generous fit as it was a little big on me and as another example I order an 18 in the Next camisole vest tops, the necklace had an extension type chain on it so you can make it shorter/longer if you wish so would suit most peoples taste and I think it finished the outfit off nicely. 

Changing It Up Slightly

I like to push the sleeves up on blazers and cardigans so I tried that look too and I also tried the jeans rolled up a little, I think I prefer the outfit worn like that, what do you think? I paired the outfit with my white converse to give it a smart/casual look and I was pleased with the result, I do prefer my jeans to be more of a skinny fit but that was my only complaint. I love fashion jewellery and anything sparkly so the necklace was an instant winner for me too. 

Bon Marche Blogger Swap Challenge

Overall Thoughts On My Outfit

I am pleased with my outfit and think Rachel chose well, one of my go to spring/summer outfits is skinny jeans with a vest top and some sort of jacket for example a blazer, kimono or cardigan and a statement necklace and either converse, ballet pumps or sandals weather dependant, so this outfit was a great choice for me and my style. To be honest before I took part in the challenge I wouldn't ever have looked at the Bon Marche website so this challenge really took me out of my comfort zone and it was nice to be made aware of another option for on line shopping. 

It was lovely to be chosen to take part in the blogger challenge I really enjoyed it, it was something completely different and it was nice to 'meet' Rachel too. Thank you to Bon Marche for asking me to take part and to Rachel for choosing my lovely outfit. 

Do you always stick to the same on line shops when buying clothes? Or do you shop around and if so do you have any recommendations of places for me to shop on line? Please leave your comments below. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always,

Zoe x

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