How To Style Your Favourite Top All Year Round

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They say: Pack that blouse away for Winter! I say: Layer it up and rock it!

Today, I show you how I styled my favorite Zara plaid top for the tropical Port Douglas beach, Australia (30 degrees). Then, how I layered it up and rocked it on the streets of York, England (1 degree).

Want to keep your fave top in high rotation all year round? Read on for my looks and for my top styling tips...
Summer





Plaid Top: Zara (Sold out, similar here)
Fringe Skirt: She In (Sold out, similar here)
Sandals: Lee Cooper (Similar here)
Sunglasses: Tory Burch (Shop here)

Ahh... you can't beat the tropical Aussie weather! Here I am in the beachy climate my regular readers would all associate me with. I have to admit that sometimes I have a culture identity crisis and sometimes don't know where I really fit in anymore or what exactly my national identity is. My accent is a strange mishmash of Northern English and Australian, my home and partner are in Australia, but all my family are in the UK. It often feels like I am walking on a tightrope that runs exactly down the centre of the earth. If only port keys were real!

But before I get out my violin and play a poor-British-immigrant ditty, let's move onto the fashion...

For the beach, I rolled up the sleeves on my plaid tee. This helps to keep the steamy sauna sweat of 85% humidity at bay whilst adding a more casual vibe that is suited to the sand. As this blouse is quite loose fitted and has a slight peplum shape, I tucked it into this high-waist fringe skirt for an instant hour glass shape.

 With the turquoise waters and soft sands, what better finishing touches than gladiator sandals and polarized sunnies? After all, glazed eyes and crispy burnt feet are never stylish!

My Summer Style Tips 
  • If your top is long sleeved, go ahead and roll em' up! You have the rest of the year to cover your arms!
  • Baggy beauty? Simply tuck into a high waist skirt or shorts for a flattering look.
  • Style your favorite A/W button-up as a beach cover up
  • To jazz up a simple, yet faithful, fave tee, layer a crop bralet over the top.
  • A statement necklace or body chain are a climate-appropriate way to layer up!
  • Reverse a button-up shirt and wear the buttons at the back!

Winter
 
Plaid Top: Zara (Sold out, similar here)
Turtleneck Jumper: Style Moi (Sold out, similar here)
Knit Dress (as skirt): Cotton On (Shop here)
Coat: Matalan (Old, similar here)
Knee High Boots: Missguided (Shop Here)
Gloves: Vintage

Here I am visiting my chilly old love: Great Britain! These were taken in some of York's oldest streets, the Shambles. Look familiar? These streets were in fact the inspiration for J K Rowling's Diagon Alley.

Fact of the day time! Did you know that the phrase 'what a shambles' actually originated from here. Back in the 14th and 15th century, every city in England had a 'Shambles'. This was an entire street of butchers shops. The streets were filled with animal giblets and all sorts of mess and tada- the term was born! You can thank my Aunt for that one- she's a tour guide in York!

For this zero degree day, I layered up to the max! My first layer consisted of a knit midi dress, which I topped with a chunky knit gray marl sweater. I embellished the sweater with my plaid Zara tee. Then I layered a huuuge coat over the top cos it was bloody freezing!

Knee high boots acted as stylish leg warmers and I stopped my fingers falling off with these cute, camel, vintage gloves.

My Winter Style Tips
  • LAYERING! Put long sleeved sweaters under your top for a cool and quirky layered look. Turtle necks look extra awesome!
  • If your top is too tight for layering underneath, prep with thermal vests and top with a cute cape and long gloves combo.
  • Layer your tee over a knit dress for both warmth and an instant outfit.
  • When layering your top over long sleeved knits, go for a color that is in the print of the top.
  • Alternatively, if your top is a solid color, make a statement with a stark contrast!
  • Wear your favorite button up with a chunky knit over the top and leave the collar peeping out. Alexa Chung would approve!

 Over to you: is it currently bare-all-on-the-beach weather or cuddle-up-with-a-hot-chocolate weather where you live?

Rachel
xoxo

77 comments:

  1. I love the one you wear that fringe skirt.
    So boho chic look
    Great style tips

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  2. Love the look. Specially the boots

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  3. Aww that fringe skirt is adorable! I love your beach pictures! Such a magical place! Really nice combos with this top, both are perfectly styled as always!
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  4. These are such wonderful summer and winter styling tips. I will so do the rolling up of the sleeves with a blouse look when spring arrives. I will also try now that its winter wearing a chuncky knit with the collar of a shirt peeping out. Thanks for these wonderful tips. :) Michele xx

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  5. These are such wonderful summer and winter styling tips. I will so do the rolling up of the sleeves with a blouse look when spring arrives. I will also try now that its winter wearing a chuncky knit with the collar of a shirt peeping out. Thanks for these wonderful tips. :) Michele xx

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  6. Love the idea of wearing the same piece winter & summer!

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  7. Loved these tips Rachel! It's summer here in Brazil, but most of the days it feels like winter in São Paulo. It never ever gets freezy (rainy at the most), so I won't complain!
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  8. Love it :)

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  9. Such beautiful photographs and fantastic styling as always!

    It's great to see how you can style your favourite items in different ways!

    Laura www.shehearts.net xx

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  10. I also have a lot of clothing which I wear all year round! Great post!

    Tanya
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  11. Dear Rachel, we reach more for the hot choclate at the moment :) But as far as even possible for me I can imagine it is not that easy for your to live in Australia and have still your British characteristics. And I'm convinced if I would live in Australia or another warmer region I would miss the cold here in Bavaria really as I personally find the cold very refreshing.
    I'm so impressed how differently you styled your beautiful top! I never thought before that a plaid top looks that perfect on a beach how you styled it. Thanks for the inspirations and I hope you will have soon again the possibility to visit Britain.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  12. Such a brilliant blog post girlie! Love your style.

    XO, Jessi
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  13. Amazing ! Smart styling my dear, love both stylings

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    xoxo

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  14. I always dress in layers, so I wear a lot of the same pieces in each season too :) I love those sunglasses btw!

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  15. I love how you styled this top for different seasons...very inspirational!

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  16. Love both plays on the blouse! I do prefer the col weather one, but that's the cozy loving beast in me. It's currently a lot warmer here (NYC) than it has been past week. Blizzard calmed things down.
    xo
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  17. Love how you styled this both ways!!! =)

    - Cielo
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  18. Wow this is such an amazing idea to style the favourite top all year round which make it so wearable and useful! Amazing (: x

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  19. those pics are amazing

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  20. Love this post! Such a great idea and nice to be inspired on ways in which you can make favorites transitional from season to season! Have a wonderful day!

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  21. I love how you styled it both ways
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  22. I love both styles ♥

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  23. I especially love this top with your fringe skirt!


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  24. Both outfits look awesome! That tropical location is too gorgeous!

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  25. Great photos :)
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  26. I love the versatility of that top, it can literally be worn any time and can be styled with absolutely anything!! I love the gladiator sandals and fringe skirt because they totally scream summer!! I love how you layered it for winter with the coat and added boots for a cozy look. You look dashing in both looks!
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  27. Amazing pictures,style and places.
    Great darling!!!
    Kisses
    Ale
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  28. It's surprising how well the top works in both Summer and Winter! Nicely put together

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  29. Nice skirt and cute tartan sweater :)
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  30. Really cool styling tipps ♥ Thanks for sharing :-) By the way: This top is cute!
    Melina
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  31. That fringe skirt is sooo beautiful
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  32. I'm such a huge fan of layering and the way you've brought this top into the winter season is a genius use of layering! Having said that, I adore the fringed skirt you've styled it with for warmer weather; gorgeous girl! :)

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  33. Great styling, dear. You're such a pretty lady.

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  34. Both of the pairings look pretty, I don't think I would be that good at pairing my summer clothes to make them ideal for winter. Layering is better than wearing one thick piece, this is one of the things I've been doing since it is freezing outside. xx

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  35. Such a fun idea! I can be really santimental with my clothes!

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  36. Oh what a great idea! Love this, and how fun to visit GB. I want to get back there myself.

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  37. What a cute top! I love how you styled it for summer and winter :)

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  38. aaah the beach photos look amazing!!! great styling, love that fringe skirt!

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  39. I love all your styling tips and how you made your top so versatile! I also love those street photos and learning where the word "shambles" came from. This is such a great read!
    ~Lili
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  40. I love this idea! Especially how versatile this top is for winter and summer! The boots looks so good with this and I love your styling tips here! Have a lovely weekend. :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  41. I LOVE that top and the winter outfit looks so warm and cozy! Lovely photos too by the way. Tartan and plaid patterns just make me so happy haha! Those sunglasses suit you well.

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  42. Amazing pictures, awesome outfits, great post as well, truly inspiring, thank you for sharing!!!

    xxx

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  43. Just love this post dear..
    you look its amazing
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  44. Great post dear!
    Emma
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  45. Amazing pics!
    Baci,
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  46. I love that fringe skirt <3

    Chiara

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  47. well, this is a fantastic wardrobe staple, my dear, so versatile and chic, I love the both winter and summer outfits...
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  48. well, this is a fantastic wardrobe staple, my dear, so versatile and chic, I love the both winter and summer outfits...
    kisses
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  49. This is a cool post! I like that! This clothing item is really wearable no matter the season! xxx

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  50. I am totally with u on this one! Love to get max use out of my clothes and layering is the best way to do so! Ur tips are totally on point, great post and I can understand ur feelings about being from A country and living in B!
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  51. This looks great, actually never tried this, but looks cool xoxo

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  52. I love how you were able to style the top for both summer and winter.Your top is actually so amazing and I understand the need to make it work for different seasons
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  53. First off, I love both looks; that's such a lovely top! I love seeing posts like these that show how to wear one piece multiple ways, it's so relatable and practical. That said, I think your tips for wearing a fave piece in both the winter and summer are perfect, ensuring that we get the most out of our favorite pieces! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a wonderful day so far :)

    XO,

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  54. What a cool idea! I love to layer so this is fun. The plaid top is amazing

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  55. Great tips! I've missed wearing some of my summer outfits so I'm definitely going to give this a go. It's such a simple way to change up a look

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  56. Great post! In fact, really inspiring. This series could help lots of us ladies who doesn't have too much to work with yet wanna looks absolutely fashionable. We've gotten some ideas from you and perhaps one fine day if we were to do a 2-with-1 post, we will give you a shoutout x

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  57. Amazing post! You are simply beautiful. And I love your style.
    Thanks for the tips. So helpful, beautiful!
    Xox, Raysa

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  58. I love this post idea, it's so helpful when you're trying to get the most out of your clothes. I'm not very good at making new outfit combinations or reusing my clothes, I tend to just buy more, so this was so useful for me.

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  59. Your plaid top is so cute, I love how you wore it in different seasons
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  60. Beyond awesome dear
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  61. In love with your photos babe. You are sooo gorgeous! Have a fabulous weekend!
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  62. These tips are so smart! I love the idea of wearing a sweater underneath the top, great style! Have a nice weekend :)

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  63. This is such an awesome post! I love 'fashion recycling'! <3

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  64. Love both go these looks! You styled these outfits to perfection!
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  65. Rachel, you are such an inspiration! Love the fringe skirt! I also love the pictures because they were taken by the beach - so dreamy!!!


    Happy Friday, my gorgeous friend!

    xoxo, Vanessa

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  66. What a wonderful post idea! I like how you style the top in both seasons!

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  67. Great post and layering tips! This top is awesome :)
    PS: You look gorgeous!
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  68. That Top is beautiful. Great ways to style it :)
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  69. I love how you find new and unique ways to wear tops! I love both looks.
    I totally agree - you need to layer! xx

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  70. Wow.. this is a really great idea. Love how diverse this top is and how well you've styled it up both summer and winter :))

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  71. Such a cute top... love that you wear it all year round. I do that with items, too! LAYERS indeed, I agree with you 100%!! Some items are just too good for one season! :o)


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