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Steal Her Style - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

So how's the summer sale shopping going?  I have to admit I'm being REALLY good (*she says as hubby takes her temperature*)!  

I can now report back, having taken delivery of said Massimo Dutti & Zara orders that a large proportion of ordered goodies have been returned (*quick polish of the halo*)!  There are of course a few things which have found there way into my wardrobe but SERIOUSLY the damage could have been a lot worse.  Of course the gold ballet pumps and leather cuff from Massimo Dutti (click here to see) were definite keepers & from the Zara haul I've kept the quilted jacket, basic cowboy boots, gold sneakers, faux leather combination skirt  & the biker jacker (click here).  

Gosh listing it all here it sounds a lot but seriously I promise you I've been good.  Of course it doesn't count the Mango jacket & cardigans that may be winging their way to me as we speak but I have stuck to ordering things that can be worn all year round I promise.  And to quote a delivery guy who collected some returns this morning "gosh it's all going back".  I kid you not, this was his response when presented with three boxes for return, so even he was surprised (or perhaps that should read amazed :) ).

Although I think I may have worried my son with the purchase of the gold sneakers (I'm sensing a new theme/addiction with the gold ballet pumps as well!) but hey this approaching forty lark is pretty liberating.  Plus they are soooo pretty & seeing as I don't have a little girl to dress up & my son is DEFINITELY not playing ball what's a girl to do ;)

Now before I get distracted by another sale email pinging it's way into my inbox & my halo crashes to the floor I wanted to share this stunning outfit worn by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

I totally love this outfit, stylish & elegant as well as being understated & accessorised with some great pieces.  Plus I absolutely LOVE these two colours, which will also go with a whole heap of other colours in your wardrobe - navy, cream, white, black to name just a few.

So on that basis I've decided to steal Rosie's style (unfortunately not her lips - how I wish mine were half that plump!) & here's my pick from the high street of items similar to Rosie's to create the same outfit.

Starting with the panama hat.  Now if you're off on holiday in the coming weeks this is a great addition to take with you.  I brought one a few years ago in Majorca & I have to say it's my fail safe for when the camera is out.  If I'm quick enough to throw it on before the picture is taken not only does it hide the glorious humidity inspired hairstyle but if angled correctly some of the lines too!  Plus &  more importantly of course it's a stylish look for wearing when keeping the sun off your face!!!  I have to admit I was slightly anxious at paying a decent price for such a hat, as the thought of attempting to get it home in one piece without being crushed or permanently re-shaped filled me with dread.  I know of course you can always wear it but unless you want to sit with it on your head for the entire journey there's always the hassle of trying not to squash it when placed in the overhead luggage compartment & someone is trying to squeeze their duty free purchases in!  However, the problem has been solved by the shop assistant who gave me the tip of packing it in middle of the suitcase upside down & filled with clothing such as socks, t-shirts etc & then packing clothes around the outsides.  And I have to admit three years on not only is it still going strong it's also in it's original shape :)

This panama from M&S caught my eye as I love the wide brim, although I do think it would look a lot more stylish if the brim was angled further down when worn.  Also as an idea, if you fancy a change to the normal black band you could always replace it with a different coloured ribbon to add a softer note.

Moving onto the sunnies, Rosie appears to have teamed hers with some aviator styled ones.  Of course any style will go but if you fancy getting some aviators that don't break the bank, I really like these ones from Next & with the snake effect along the sides it just adds that extra dimension.

Turning to the jumper I LOVE this one from ASOS.  Not only is it a great colour but it has sparkle too (see I told you the gold theme was going to start being a new obsession!) & it would look really pretty & warming against the skin.  And as a Brucie bonus it's currently reduced & available in most sizes :)

Moving onto the jeans, how about these ones from GAP?  I really like the look of these & love the length.  And the zipped pockets & sides just make them that little bit different to a plain pair of skinnies, which when you're wearing an outfit like this which is pretty plain in terms of no pattern, fuss or jewellery any bit of detailing will really add to the outfit.  Not to encourage you or anything but they're also available in a gorgeous beige/camel colour too!

For the bag, I really love this one from Gemini.  Not only is it a gorgeous classic shape that's not going to date, it's the most divine shade of tan & is also big enough to fit everything that we ladies seem to carry around with us.  I also love the gold chain detailing on the strap, which again will add to the overall look of an outfit.

Finishing with the shoes & this great pair from Next.  Again a great classic shape & colour with a slight platform base to help elongate our legs.  I really think these would be a great addition to any wardrobe & once purchased would probably be one of those pairs of shoes you wondered how you had managed without as they really would go with most things.

And moving on from the ever stylish & youthful Rosie to what I've been wearing since my last post.

Outfit One

Top - Zara
Vest Top - H&M
Necklace - New Look
Bracelet - Banana Republic
Boyfriend Jeans - Zara
Sandals - Zara

Outfit Two

Denim Jacket - Zara
Vest Top - Zara
Bracelet - J Crew
Necklace - New Look
Gold Belt - Banana Republic
Jeans - Zara
Leopard Print Shoes - Dune

Outfit Three

Necklace - Zara
Jacket - Massimo Dutti
Bracelets - Banana Republic & J Crew
Top - Zara
Boyfriend Jeans - Zara
Court Shoes - Zara

Outfit Four

Quilted Jacket - Zara
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic
Vest Top - Zara
Blouse - Zara
Skirt - New Look
Studded Sandals - Zara

So what do you think?  Do you like this outfit & colour combination?  Perhaps Rosie is someone who you look to copy in terms of general style?  Or perhaps you feel it's a bit too plain for your liking?

As always I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Hope the rest of the week is a good one x


  1. I share your obsession with gold! I'm after some ballets in gold and I already have too many pairs of gold sandals (4 I think!). I too have ordered tonnes from the sales but returned almost all :-( love this look so much. You've recreated it perfectly. Lynne x

    1. Thanks Lynne, I'm definitely loving the gold tones at the moment - so flattering x

  2. Love that outfit on RHW, I've definitely drooled over her a few times! Looks and style! Well done on the sale purchases, we've all been so good recently! I'm so glad I got those Zara jeans, I would be so envious seeing you look so good in them if I hadn't got them! X

    1. Thanks Trea & I don't know about you but I could live in those Zara jeans! x

  3. I've so missed catching up with your blog Jane & also on Ave 57! You always look amazing but I love outfit 1! RHW looks perfect here doesn't she! Great Style Steal! Ax

    1. Thanks Avril, I love her outfit & think I need to invest in some more tan/camel coloured clothing as it's such a classic staple. x


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