Clóda Scanlon, 22, Irish Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger, UCC Student, Rome.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bardot Lovin'

First off I just want to take this opportunity to dwell on the lives of the Berkeley Six and all the innocent victims who tragically died in Tunisia recently. I feel like even though we're all living on and enjoying summer, going to concerts etc, we should just reflect on all the deceased. RIP

So, as some of you may know I am now officially a member of the Irish Blogger Association. It's a fab network to be a part of. It was through them that I found out that Athlone Town Centre were searching for a Guest Blogger. I recently visited the shopping centre to use a voucher and I instantly  fell in love with the place. It's not too big or too small and has literally everything you need. Shops include Next, Zara, River Island, H&M, Topshop and much more.

As part of their search for a Guest Blogger, they've asked that I detail a Key Summer Trend.

It didn't take me long to think of what I would write about - Bardot. For anyone who doesn't know, the Bardot style is the Off-The-Shoulder clothing trend which is currently being relived and taking the fashion world by storm. It was hugely popular back in the 50s and 60s.. It's no surprise that it's making a re-appearance. I even read somewhere lately that "Shoulders are the New Cleavage" haha. Seriously though, the neck/shoulder area is very flattering and instantly stands out when exposed.

The great thing about Bardot clothes is that they're sooo comfy, come in lots of materials, are gorgeous for summer and can be dressed up or down. So here I will show you my take on the Oh So Fabulous bardot trend!!

My location for the shots was in stunning Holycross village!



So, my first style is perfect for a Night Out with the Girls or if you're going for a meal perhaps.
This gorgeous top is white with a cream crochet along the edge of the overlay! It is so comfy and versatile and is lovely with floral trousers or denim shorts. 

Top - Deke Bow Clothing £9

Floral Cigarette Trousers - Unique 21 £30

Shoes - Public Desire £27.99



This next look would be perfect for a Summer Wedding!
 For this style I chose a fabulous lace burnt orange bardot top. It is available in Penneys right now in Burnt Orange, White and Black as far as I know!! (Obviously I had to have something orange in here).. Yet again, it's a top that can be simply paired with jeans and glads too.

Top - Penneys/Primark €3 (Oh yes I got it for €3!!) in some stores; €8
 .. I love it because it looks much more expensive than it actually is with the lace detail

Skirt - Bershka €3.99 in the sale (I really am a one for bargains)

Shoes - Billie X Shoes down to £9.99 
(Look out for the cute tassels)



Who's off to the races??
 Not me, but I have the perfect piece of Off-The-Shoulder goodness for you to get some Race-Day inspo! This midi dress is extremely flattering.

Dress : Missguided (last year's collection) 

Shoes - Public Desire £27.99

Clutch - New Look £5
Here it is in another colour



Picnic? Shopping? Cinema?
I've got you covered! (well.. except for your shoulders lol)
I'm loving this casual, boho look. This top is probably my favourite right now! It's so so pretty with the print and the lace hemming... Heavenly!! Although it's nice for casual wear, it would be uhhh-mazing at a festival!

Top - Primark/Penneys €8

Jeans - Pull & Bear €25

Shoes - Penneys/Primark €5

Bag - Penneys/Primark €8



Chasing the sun? 
I'm off on holidays to Portugal in July and to say I'm excited is an understatement!! 
This dress is the PERFECT summer holiday dress with it's pattern and rainbow colours! It has me dreaming of soaking up the rays, strolling beaches and drinking cocktails!!

Dress -Style Heist €15.33

Shoes - Penneys/Primark as before



Now for my final and favourite look. The Festival look!!
I love all things monochrome and pinstripe at the moment! When I saw this playsuit I instantly knew it would be purchased on pay day. It is so so flattering and comfortable - essench for festivals!

Playsuit - Wanderlustluxe Clothing £20 (on sale)

Shoes - Primark/Penneys £18

Belt - Penneys/Primark €1.50

Hat - Penneys/Primark €8

Bag - Kylie Jane £14.99 

So there it is, my take on this Summer's Bardot Trend.
Search Missguided, Pretty Little Thing, Asos and lots more to find your version of the trend.

By the way, how beautiful were the grounds of the Abbey and park area of Holycross. So nice to shoot there! :)

Until next time,

Clóda x


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