Frilled to bits!

Hi everyone! How are you?

Excuse the pun, but I'm frilled to bits to wear this outfit! A monochrome permutation, showcasing these rather old flamenco inspired trousers, it was a joy to pair them with the frilly sleeved blouse to create an outfit that just cried out "Fun!" and oh, what fun I had!

Four years ago I set myself the Black Trouser Challenge - see here. It was the first time I'd succumbed to black trousers since my school days and I was positively evangelical about these delightfully ruffled ones. To my amazement, the weekly challenge ran for 13 inspired weeks and looking back seems to have been very popular gauging by the number of comments each post received. 

The eagle eyed amongst you may recall that this is an almost identical take on week two of the challenge, apart from the shoes and accessories. But hey, that was in 2017, so maybe I ought not to have even mentioned it!

What wasn't happening back in 2017, was the almost daily photobombing from Nick Halliday, CEO of the island! Nick clearly is up for a bit of fun too and may well become a regular on the blog at this rate.

You know what they say, "Laugh and the world laughs with you..."

And so, to the details - trousers were from River Island, blouse was from George at Asda, belt was charity shopped, shoes by Nine West, sunglasses by Quay Australia.

Rings are both pre-loved and handbag by Bags of Time. We sell these bags at Gallery Tresco. They're upcycled from old leathers and fabrics by Claudine Sear. Jamie bought me this one for my Christmas and it's my fave bag of the moment.

I love the mixture of classy and playful that these two elements combined say.

And just when I thought I'd regained centre stage ...

... this happens! Timeshare guest and friend Mark Rigby managed to edge into the limelight that is Anna's Island Style. Neatly done, I may add, as he keeps his 2m distance!

The silver disc necklace was a purchase from M&S many moons ago and yet still looks very contemporary. 

If this is the 14th feature of these (£40) River Island trousers then that brings the cost per wear down to £2.85. Not too shabby eh?

And one final thing. On Wednesday, weather permitting, I shall be leaving Tresco for a few days on the mainland. I have three health appointments to attend and beyond that I can already feel the siren's call of the shops. This will be my first time off the island in 15 months, a scary thought for a fashion blogger who claims to be ready for a change in retail habits. My aim is to shop responsibly; to buy only what I need or can justify by way of replacements. However, I accept my quest seems almost saintly and therefore am cutting myself some slack as I have a gift voucher left over from Christmas which will see my entry in the Portal of Joy - otherwise known as TK Maxx. Wish me luck!

                                                                  Anna x



  1. A great look Anna and just the right amount of frill. I think the brands have gone way over the top with sickly sugary prints and way too many ruffles & frills this year. Who want's to look like a 60yr old milkmaid? Haha. It's ok for the youngsters. Love the whole look here xx

    1. Cheers for that! Lovely to hear from you Laurie. What a great image you conjure up with that 60 year old milkmaid - hilarious!

  2. Great outfit, I do love the frills and length of those fun trousers,
    They are quite versatile and look lovely with the gingham top and two-tone flats. I can imagine them dressed up with heels too.
    The broad belt adds definition. You look lovely. X

    1. I'm so pleased you like it Phyllis - thank you!

      Have a good week xx

  3. Awesome outfit, Anna! I love that top so much. I used to have the same trousers in white by Zara, but I've turfed them, as they were too sheer, but I adore the ruffles on the hem of them.

    Your photobombers are hilarious! Good luck on your trip to the mainland! Be strict with yourself and buy only things that you love, BUT!!! give yourself permission for a couple of "what the hell!" things. I hope you will show us what you bought! Sending good vibes for your health check-ups!

  4. I do remember your white ones Sheila, and oh how you rocked them!

    Good advice re the shopping. After 15 months of being cooped up on the rock I do wonder how I'll feel to be thrown into the fray... xx

  5. Oh I ADORED these trousers when you wore them! Where were they from again? River Island? I might have to stalk eBay to find a second hand pair like I did with your Zara ones!x

    1. Yes, it was River Island. I feel to flirty and fun in these frilled trousers - I bet you would too!


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