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Modern Day Fairytale

I have never been a particularly girly girl, however I have always loved to dress up. When I was little my fancy dress box was an odd mix of party dresses, fairy wings, bat wings, glitter, teenage mutant ninja turtles, animal ears  and military.


Although nowadays I tend to stick with a rock inspired look I do like to dabble in dressing up because I think fashion should be fun, fantastical and is a representation of who you are. Some days I feel like a badass, other times I want to be a little more feminine, and I dress accordingly.


I had been watching a lot of Once Upon A Time on Netflix when I bought this skirt. Not my usual type of show or style, but lured in by Robert Carlyle, and always willing to experiment with different looks, I went with my whimsical mood.


I purchased this skirt from SheInside and, to be frank, I don’t know why I keep doing it – their sizing is crazy and I always have to make adjustments to garments I order or I sell them. It was no different with this item, however, after cutting out the tiny elastic waist band I added my own draw string to ‘make it work’ and decided it was a keeper.


I tried styling this a few times, starting with delicate jewellery and plain tops. It was all too fairytale for my liking, so I instead opted for my old faithful vintage Led Zeppelin t-shirt, a bandanna and leopard print pumps, creating more of a punk princess vibe.


I am sure I would have looked prettier in my original, more classic styling but I am a huge advocate for wearing what makes you feel great and, for me, a vintage rock t-shirt never fails to add a touch of confidence, so I went with it.


I also love mixing up different styles to create an unexpected and unique look rather than a straight-from-the-store copy, even though it would probably look much more pulled together.


This is my take on modern fairytale style, something with a little more Grimm Brothers realness than Disney fantasy because, just like the siblings, I would rather come with cautionary advice than change my aesthetic.*


I am hugely inspired by the style I see on TV and in movies, are you guys? If so, who from the fantasy world is your fashion favourite?

*The Grimm Brothers were asked to tone down the violence in their stories but instead added an introduction with cautionary advice that their tales may not be age-appropriate.
** Photos taken by Pablo from Shed Collective


  1. Awww you look wondeful! I now really want a fairytale skirt!


    1. Emma says:

      Thank you, you should buy one they make you feel amazing!!

  2. LOVE the Punk Princess look!! I’m all about the contrasts in fashion, so this is dreamy in my eyes! Nothing better than mixing a bit of pretty with a bit of tough 🙂 xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. Emma says:

      Me too contrasting styles are just so much more interesting.

  3. ComaDiary says:

    You look amazing.
    I am not a skirt person in the slightest but I’d love to give this look a try maybe one day 🙂

    1. Emma says:

      Aww thank you! Go for it, I don’t wear skirts often but a tutu always makes me feel fun and care free.

  4. This outfit is amazing, you’re so pretty! I really want the tutu 🙂 xx

    1. Emma says:

      Thank you, you should get one xXX

  5. misspond says:

    OMG I love this look! I never wear skirts, but now I’m seriously tempted to try one!
    Miss Pond | Manchester Based Lifestyle Blog

    1. Emma says:

      Thank you, I don’t wear skirts much either but felt like a bit of a change.

  6. Beautiful skirt, and I love your blog design!

    Harriet Rosie | http://www.harrietrosie.com

    1. Emma says:

      Thank you xXx

  7. themayfairy says:

    I love your style… it’s like “sarcasm chic”… maybe? Not quite “sassy chic” but I love how everything screams “Don’t give a duck” with a dash of “come at me, bitch”. You are my fashion spirit animal x

    1. Emma says:

      This is the best description of my style ever and totally the look I go for. x

  8. Mehreen A says:

    I love that you’re able to make adjustments to what you’re wearing to suit you best – wish I had those kind of skills! The dress looks fab btw 🙂

    Mehreen A | wrapyourlipsaroundthis.com

    1. Emma says:

      I wish I had more skill I just kind of hack away at things and hope for the best.

  9. […] and also stopped using my styling skills professionally, however, I still love to play with varying looks and styles with my own […]

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