18.3.11

DP Denim Challenge: Final day!


Well, today marks the final day of the Dorothy Perkins Denim Challenge, and it is indeed the biggest style challenge I've faced this week. The wide leg!

A week of trying new styles seems to have built up my confidence, because I have decided to wear these jeans in an almost completely 'normal' way. For the sake of challenging myself, I wanted to see what it was like to wear an outfit without any of my usual style comfort blankets. No ankle socks. No leather. No leopard print. Yep, to quote The Mighty Boosh, this outfit is about as edgy as a satsuma.  




Blouse - c/o A|Wear (It's now £12.50 in the sale!), Shoes - thrifted from Guerrisol in Paris.

To my surprise, I am actually quite enjoying this outfit. I was originally going to cutesify it with some socks and wedges, but like I said, I decided to go for a less predictable (for me) look and see how it felt. And it feels nice, in an understatedly stylish way. I can totally see myself wearing this outfit to lunch. I do feel a bit stripped of my identity in a way, without any of my usual playfully punky signifiers present, but maybe it's sometimes good to take a break from all the style signifying and just enjoy some subtlety.

However, I couldn't resist adding a hint of playfulness (not sure about the punk!) with my kitten necklace from Claire's accessories! The lippy is by No7 and was sent to me a while back. It's from the limited edition Spring collection and the shade is 'Grace'. I've been wearing it quite a lot, as it's this lovely peachy nude shade. I had to share it with you, as I've found it to be the most moisturising formula of any lippies I own, and it works really well as a cream blusher too! 



And that wraps up my week of Denim challenges! It's been a real eye opener, and so nice to have an 'excuse' to challenge myself with my outfits every day. A bit like the wardrobe wake up I did last year! I feel newly energised and I am going to keep the momentum going, and continue making more of an effort with my outfits. Bring on tomorrow! 

So, what do you make of the wide leg look? Are you disappointed I didn't stick to my usual style, or is it refreshing? 

48 comments:

  1. you look great!
    i've enjoyed your challenge, and i think my favorite was yesterday with the green cropped jeans.

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  2. I think this look is still you, what with the polkadotted sheer blouse and lippy. I could see it looking nice with a striped top too? I'm very scared to wear flares again so bravo for pulling this off!

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  3. I think a nice change once in a whil can be great,and refreshing. These wide leg jeans, although different compared to your usual style,look absolutely great! The polka dotted sheer blouse, and cute shoes really pull the outfit together.I enjoy the fact you've kept a bit of your fun identity there with your claires accessories necklace, very cute!
    I'm glad you like this outfit, because it looks great Gem! xx

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  4. Your usual style wouldn't really suit me but this outfit would work really well for me, love it!

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  5. I think you look amazing....they really suit you. Its good to go out of your comfort zone, because sometimes (like today) it pays off!! :)

    Love Claire Bear
    http://clairescurvycouture.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  6. I love this! You look really gorgeous :)

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  7. Those shoes are incredible! Such a find.

    amazing

    xx

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  8. This looks so good! You pull the jeans off really well. I love the blouse you're wearing too! x

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  9. disappointed?! Hell no - you've still made the outfit you, and it's lovely to see different shapes than normal - i think the wide leg really suits you, the whole thing is like a little nod to the 70s which I love. Boodiful! x

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  10. Your on that style like a flannel - perhaps a misquote but iv not watched te boost in a while

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  11. I really like the look for this, sometimes it's nice to mix things up.

    Thanks for the heads up on the lipstick, I've been looking for something like that to start braving the world of lipstick.

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  12. I knew you wouldn't find the wide-leg style that bad! You look great and I love that blouse. I really enjoy all your "style signifiers," but fashion is also supposed to about playing with identity a bit, so this is great!

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  13. I really really like this outfit. I understand it´s not quite "you" but those wide leg jeans really flatter your bodyshape, I think. Loving the blouse as well.

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  14. You look "normal" but in a really fab way, if that even makes sense. Obviously not something you'd pick out to wear but they look gorgeous with the blouse :) there was no escaping the wide leg haha xx

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  15. i'm in desperate need of a wardrobe wake up. im fed up of the hour long struggle to get dressed in morning because ive worn all of my clothes to death. gonna get my thinking cap on, then again, thats seen better days too

    xx

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  16. Oh Gem,
    I have to say I think this might be my favourite ever outfit on you EVER.

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  17. definitely prefer your usual look but love the lipstick!xxx


    stilettosandcigarettes

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  18. your kitty necklace is cute, I want one!

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  19. It's a nice look and quite sophis! But I prefer your usual quirky touches! x

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  20. You should try wide legs more often - they look great on you!

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  21. you look great! this has to actually be my fave out of all the denim challenge days! it is so good that you complelty left your comfort zone too!

    xxx

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  22. You look so gorgeous! Absolutely love this look :) xoxo

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  23. you have really pulled off all the denim this week, your one of those lucky people :) i know what you mean though when you feel like you lose a bit of your identity, its on those days i bump into people that i havent seen for years. you rock the wide leg look though.

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  24. they look fab!
    love your shoes!
    Krissy xoxo

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  25. I know what you mean about the wide leg, I haven't worn any in some years but I must say they really do suit you! Your legs look longer in them also!

    Katie. x

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  26. love it!
    nice shoes!
    xoxo

    justalazymorning.blogspot.com

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  27. You look much better without the socks and sandals, a lot more stylish.

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  28. Gem I really like this look on you! I always enjoy it when you post outfit pics that are a little bit outside your usual norm.

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  29. these jeans really suit you, they make your legs look really long! love the shirt you've teamed them with too. x

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  30. Well done for giving it a go, doll, but nah - stick to what you do best!

    L xx

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  31. I really like it. I agree that it would be a good outfit for going out to lunch :)

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  32. I really like the wideleg outfit. I know it's not very 'you', but it looks really mature and relaxed. The blouse is so pretty too!
    I think it's nice to dress outside your box sometimes. At the very least, it reminds you why your love your old favourites!

    K xx

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  33. Oh Gem... I didn't think I could love you more than I did already, and then you go and quote The Mighty Boosh?!? You're awesome.

    I love this outfit on you! You pull off the wide leg so well. And I think I'm a little obsessed with those shoes. Of course they were thrifted in Paris!!

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  34. Don't take this the wrong way - it's nice to have a break from ankle socks!

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  35. It looks great and all but kinda like any randomer off the street. I like your style so much cos its so different. Would have liked to see your own spin on it :(

    Xisses, Onyxsta

    http://say-bleurgh.blogspot.com

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  36. I love this lipstick on you, you look lovely you really do xx

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  37. im not too keen on wide leg jeans but these looks really great on you. ive really enjoyed this denim challenge because it has inspired me to dig my old forgotten jeans out of the cupboard and give them a go again =)


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  38. i don't think i could get this style of jean to suit me, but thid outfit looks really good on you :)

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  39. I quite like it on you! I'm a skinny jeans lover myself, but recently have been trying other styles too and it sure is nice.
    Love those shoes, such beauties.
    X

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  40. Wow I'm in love with your shoes and tres jealous that they're from Paris meaning I'll never own them, boo hehe. And I've really enjoyed the denim challenge and I think good on you for mixing up your style a bit, it's always fun to try new things plus it will probably help you feel more comfortable knowing what style you like best. Keep up the fab posts :) x

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  41. I love wideleg jeans :) These look great on you!

    The Flower Girl

    thebohemiangoods.blogspot.com

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  42. I love this look Gem! Very chic and classic. Not your usual style but a lovely change. x

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  43. love seeing your denim challenges! was checking it out on the dp blog earlier in the week! your make up here is flawless! :) x

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  44. Lovin the flare jeans!

    xoxo irene
    www.myfashionfindings.com
    hope you stop by some time!

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  45. It's always good to be challenged, and to try something different - and you certainly pulled it off, I particularly like these ones (the most challenging) on you.

    It's got me thinking I ought to pull out some things I don't wear that often and challenge myself to make them work.

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  46. Aaw you look all grown up! I'd feel weird in wide legged trousers too. Love the shirt :) xx

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