Balloon Sleeves

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So... another post about fun sleeves. It's official - I have a problem and need to be weaned off this addiction, stat. I mean, just look at me.

OOTD featuring Shein Balloon Sleeve Top, Topshop Mini Skirt and Zara Ankle Boots - 1

In all seriousness, I hope you don't mind another fairly similar outfit post so soon after this one, but Shein have very kindly sent me a few more pieces and it seemed like a waste of pretty clothes not to share at least a couple of them on the blog. And there's nothing worse than wasting pretty clothes... (unless you're my Dad, in which case wasting good wine is definitely worse.)

I also hope you don't mind this brick wall popping up as a backdrop again. I much prefer to do my outfit shoots out and about whenever I can, but my photographer (aka husband) is super busy with work these days and doesn't have as much time for them as he used to. I have my tripod, but unfortunately I don't live in London where I can just nip off and find a quirky little side street to take photos in without anybody bothering me. Let's just say that if I nipped off into a quirky little side street in this town, someone would pinch my camera before I had chance to strike my first pose.

OOTD featuring Shein balloon sleeve top, Topshop A-line Skirt and Zara Ankle Boots - 2

However, I want to feature more outfit posts on the blog, not less, so while I will get to more interesting locations when I possibly can, I'm afraid you're going to be seeing quite a lot of these bricks. I hope that's OK.

Anyway, enough rambling. Let's talk about the clothes!

OOTD featuring Shein balloon sleeve top, Topshop A-line Skirt and Zara Ankle Boots - 3

The top is from Shein and features these gorgeous balloon sleeves which I really love. Although it has a tweed-like appearance, the fabric is actually quite thin, but it's warm enough with a thermal vest worn underneath. Shein is cheap and cheerful, and I'm not going to pretend that the quality of this is the most sumptuous I have ever seen, but it is perfectly acceptable and I've been enjoying wearing it either like this or with jeans and boots. And for trend led pieces that you're probably not going to want to wear in a year's time anyway, I don't see the point in shelling out a lot of cash.

OOTD featuring Shein Balloon Sleeve Top, Topshop Mini Skirt and Zara Ankle Boots - 4

The skirt is years old. Every girl needs a black A-line skirt in her wardrobe and I've always liked the zip details on this one - they just add that little extra "something".

OOTD featuring Shein balloon sleeve top, Topshop A-line Skirt and Zara Ankle Boots - 5

I bought these ankle boots from Zara at the same time I picked up the over the knee boots I featured in my Bow Sleeves post. I love this pair just as much. Sleek and smart, a great shape and with a practical block heel, these go with just about everything. Perfect for day to day wear.

OOTD featuring Shein balloon sleeve top, Topshop A-line Skirt and Zara Ankle Boots - 6

Top* - Shein, Skirt (similar here, here or here) - Topshop, Boots - Zara

What are you enjoying wearing right now?

Kate x

*Gifted item. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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  1. This is such a fabulous outfit on you - I love it Kate! I'm adoring the masses of statement sleeves around right now, and you've styled this top perfectly (love the boots!). Have a great weekend :)

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  2. Amazing outfit, every single piece is perfect, I specially love the boots!

    Technicolor Heart

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  3. Love this outfit and that blouse is amazing. I really need to get a top with flared sleeves, I keep seeing them everywhere and I love them :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They are great aren't they? Such a fun trend. x

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  4. This is such a sweet look. I love the sleeves, beautiful!

    Funmi x
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  5. I'm loving this sleeve trend, adds something interesting to an outfit. You look lovely! Great boots too :) xo

    editionemmagrace - Style & Lifestyle

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  6. Oh I love this top & skirt combo! You look fab! xx

    Beautylymin

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  7. Honestly I am really loving your style, Kate! Love the skirt and top combo, you have such a sophisticated sense of fashion.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Aw thank you so much Shireen! x

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  8. I love the sleeves!
    Great look!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  9. Normally I would run scared of balloon sleeves but I really love this top. The arms aren't too puffing and it looks really stylish and sophisticated :) You have definitely inspired me to try something new here x

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    1. I'm glad! This one is lots of fun to wear. x

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  10. I dig the brick back-drop so shh lady :)! As for those sleeves, I LOVE them! They add such a fun twist to the outfit! Gorgeous! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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    1. Aw thank you Karen, I'm so pleased you like my wall! x

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  11. I think balloon sleeves are one of the best silhouettes for the Spring! I can't wait to see more =)

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  12. Perfection!! Such a stunning look!
    Adi xx
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  13. I love that top, it works well within the outfit as a whole. Business/casual but it looks fun and different. x

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  14. Can't beat a skirt and top combo! Love those boots too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  15. This tip really suits you, I love your skirt too!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  16. I would have thought the material was a thick one, just by the way it fell. And don´t worry about the brick wall, I like the urban backdrop a lot. And I understand that your husband hasn´t considered quitting his daytime job to become your full time photographer quite yet?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. That's what I thought before it arrived - it really does look a lot thicker than it actually is. And surprising as it sounds, no, my husband has yet to make that career choice! But since it seems that most people don't mind the brick wall, perhaps it's not such a big problem after all! x

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  17. Such a pretty look and I absolutely adore that top!

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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  18. Long live this fun sleeves addiction; you're the epitome of dreaminess Kate! Looking so gorgeous in this floaty number, I love that the balloon sleeves trend is a little different and unique from all the others out there, this outfit was made for you. So gorgeous! The boots and skirt add such a stylishly stunning edge to the whole outfit too :)

    It can be so difficult getting photos, at the moment I'm struggling to get to decent locations and it's so frustrating isn't it?! As always your photos have turned out so babin' and beaut! Aside from when I get photos for the blog, I'm living in my cosy tartan scarf and jeans at the moment, so boring but so necessary in this sub-zero slog! ;) <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Aw thank you so much Sophie. You always seem to get such stunning backdrops and lighting for your photos. It has been freezing hasn't it? I am living in thermals! x

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  19. You look so fab! I'm yet to jump on the fun sleeve train but I have my eye on a few pieces similar to this x

    Always, Alice

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    1. They're everywhere at the moment - I have seen so many I like! x

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  20. OMG, you look absolutely adorable and I love the way you styled this balloon sleeve shirt, which, by the way, it amazing!
    Angie
    www.chocolateandlipstick.com

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