How to dress a little smarter with an alternative style | Blue Banana

Monday, 30 October 2017

Hi there guys, after a full week of Halloween makeup I feel so much more back to normal with a fashion post! Of course I love October and the spooky festive posts, but at the same time It's felt so strange dipping my toes into the realm of makeup when I really don't have a clue what I'm doing in that department. Back to fashion, my comfort spot and I have my second part of the collab I did with one of my childhood favourite brands: Blue Banana! You can read my first post I did a couple of weeks ago here where I floated around the woods with a blue flare living my witchy fantasy, but today I thought I would incorporate a word or two about my personal style and how you can dress an item from an alternative brand!

I've always dressed a little alternative, whether it was my 'emo scene' days where I went full superman t-shirt and studded belt, to when I would only wear black Wednesday style dresses. Its a style I always go back to, even when I attempt to change up my personal style a little I always feel more comfortable in a black item that's a little witchy. I'm twenty three years old so over the past couple of years I've had to adapt my style to fit a more professional environment, but I've always kept myself true to who I am and not let work turn me well, a little plain! It can be hard to not lose yourself when you're put in an environment where you need to dress a little smarter than you're used to (an office, retail, etc) or if you're just wanting to make a good impression when in a meeting or on a first date, but there's always a few things I think can help if it's a huge change.

have one half causal the other smart!
When I worked in retail I found this the easiest way to keep myself comfortable but at the same time hold a little professionalism that work was expecting. Most retailers will want you to be yourself, but at the same time you gotta look smart because you're a walking promotion for the shop. If I ever wore a casual t-shirt I would wear smart trousers or culottes, vis versa if I wore a casual skirt I'd wear a nice shirt! Shoes are a great way to smarten up an outfit if you're at work or going out for drinks; small kitty heels or sandals can smarten up any trousers/t-shirt combo.

everything else can do the talking
If I'm putting together a basic outfit I like to almost compensate by letting other things do the talking, like my makeup, hair or accessories. If you do a little cat flick with your eye liner, curl your hair you can feel like a million bucks when you're just in a casual dress or t-shirt. Red lipstick is my saviour because I always feel smarter than I am, even if I just wear it to work or for a meeting.  

gothic vintage can look so so good
I love gothic items which have frills, skulls, lace etc and that's a type of fashion I got really nervous to dress for work because I thought it would be taken as strange. I don't want to look like I'm in costume and I found the best way to fully embrace an alternative style is add a little vintage style and it makes you super confident. A pencil skirt, heels, a smart gothic top with some smart long trousers - there's always a way to smarten up an item even if it's a little different than mainstream fashion. If you're confident in yourself you can pull of a smarter outfit, even if it's embracing your dark side!

embrace your body shape
One thing that makes me feel more confident in an outfit is if I feel super bomb in my body, so instead of letting an outfit bury me I love to create a little hip! I'll always tuck in my t-shirt  into my trousers, or tie my shirt at the waist to give the illusion I actually have some curve there. I find pencil skirts amazing to make an outfit a little smarter, even if you're going for an alternative fashion.

You don't have to die down your style just because you're in a work place, if you're confident in yourself you can pull off a smarter persona!

When I saw this skull and floral print shirt blouse* on Blue Banana I lost my head a little because it is gorgeous. It's one of those items that I think screams alternative fashion with it's gothic style but could smarten up your outfit so easily. It has black shiny buttons up the front but then a lace fasten on the neck which holds up a frilled collar! I think it's fabulous, the sleeves also ending in frills to really make me feel extra feminine and vintage. Like I said about creating body shape, I decided to wear this blouse tied at my waist and I feel quite fancy! I paired it with a velvet bodycon skirt to give me more shape, then chunky boots for an everyday, wearable look.

Blouse* ~ Blue Banana . Velvet skirt ~ H&M . Black boots ~ H&M . Glasses ~ Specsavers .

(I cannot find the blouse on their website so it must be out of stock, but they have so many sheer alt print blouses in stock!)

I don't think you should ever change yourself just for a job and your personal style should be one of those things! I'm so thankful to Blue Banana for kindly sending me these gorgeous items, this blouse is definitely a mature way of sharing your alternative style.

Until next time guys,

I've just launched my own independent business so here is my shop too : Witchcrafts
& I also have a bunch of things listed on my Depop 


  1. That top is gorgeous! You're rocking it!
    Britt |

  2. I really enjoyed this post! The insights are really helpful and informative.
    The dress itself is very comfortable and easy to wear.

    These are so pretty! This dress is absolutely gorgeous!

    Find a great collection of Casual Dresses

    This dress is really high quality compared to a lot of the very similar style dresses out there.

    This dress was absolutely beautiful!! It was well made.


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