Casual Red Checked Shirt OOTD

Fashion post shot at Leeds Castle

I tend to romanticise Britain a lot which doesn't really come at any surprise if you have ever had the chance to visit any of the medieval castles which are scattered around the island. One place that holds a particular strong magic to me, is Leeds Castle in Kent. Only a 1h train journey south of London, the enchanting water castle is nestled in a generous parkland surrounded by lush greenery, wild rose bushes and tranquil ponds. 

Totally taken by its charm during my first visit in 2011, I was eager to return to Leeds Castle for a day out. This little weekend trip happened with my friend and Mille whilst she came over from Denmark for a few days. Together we explored the endless grounds, hidden archways, got lost in a maze and watched a spectacular bird of prey show. 

The castle itself holds history dating back to the 6th century as it is of Anglo-Saxon origin and has been used during the Tudor reign as a country house and is today in private hands. Keep your eyes open for a full review post which I'll be working on once I'm back from my summer holiday, as for now, I'd like to show you my outfit that I wore on the day.

A Day Trip To Leeds Castle

The British summer has been - well - very British. We had three days of proper sunshine (one more day than last year, yeah!), but apart from that the weather is quite fickle and unpredictable so I wanted to wear something summery, but also appropriate in case of rain. It literally rained all of the time we were travelling and by the time of arrival at Leeds Castle, the rain stopped, but it stayed humid, grey and cloudy.

For this kind of weather, I opted for some comfy faux leather leggings in combination with a long line white vest from Vero Moda. I've had this one for ages and apologise for the slight grey effect which has built up over the years I have had it for, which makes it now impossible to get it 100% white ever again.  It is a favourite of mine though as it is long enough to wear it with comfy leggings and I love the delicate lace detail at the bottom. These days it is quite hard to find anything like this nor a vest that is long enough for tall women like me so this will stay for a little longer in my wardrobe.

The key piece of my outfit is, however, my red checked shirt from Bershka which I bagged during their SS16 sale a few weeks ago (check My Octer Holiday Story for more info!). I've been on the lookout for a checked shirt for a while and I think my wait has paid off. Can you believe I've only paid £10 for it? It has a wonderful length, is super lightweight and the colours are of great intensity. The checked pattern has the right sizing for me and the overall shape is nicely tailored, yet kept in a casual style. Thrown over the white vest and voila, a chic look is born!

fashion post at leeds castle
my casual leggings and checked shirt outfit fashion

To give the look a little extra and to not go entirely without any accessories, I opted for my braided tan belt from New Look (also a bargain at £2.50!). Braided belts are very down to earth and can apply that laid-back touch to your outfit - easy! 

The uncomplicated summer style is finished off with my grey flip flops from Ipanema. Their material, PU, makes them so darn comfy to flip-flop around all day and explore the area of Leeds Castle. We found this ancient stone archway and couldn't resist to use it for our shoot. 

bershka red checked shirt in an outfit of the day fashion post

Here's What I'm Wearing:

Faux Leather Leggings: Joni, Leggsington (current season £25)
Shirt with Lace Detail: Vero Moda (bought 2008/2009?)
Checked Shirt: Bershka (SS16 sale, £10)
Braided Tan Belt: New Look (SS16 sale, £2.50)
Flip Flops: Ipanema (SS15, £20)

Thanks for reading, 

Till next time,

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