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30 Mar 2014

Muffin tops

This top was the second item that I chose from the Nicole Scherzinger/Missguided collection.

When I selected it I saw it only from the front. I thought I was getting some cool asymmetrical top with black pleather trim. I didn't realise that there was a cut at the side. When I saw it my heart dropped a little and I was reminded that while my mid-section is okay it is not toned enough for this.

See I originally envisaged myself wearing the top with black skinnies. It's meant to be slightly oversized and I thought that skinny jeans would be an ideal pairing. Now it would, it totally would. When I tried it on I could totally see that because from the front it looks great...but when I turn to the side with the slit all I see is muffin top. And that wouldn't do.

So I tried it with my boyfriend jeans. The waistband is a lot more forgiving but still....it just didn't seem to work. I think it was the black trim with the blue of the jeans - there was a clash and it made me feel uncomfortable.

The next step was the black flippy skirt. There are very few things in life that don't go with a black skirt and I think this works. Better still is the fact that the slit at the side (not pictured) exposes flesh that sits nicely and tastefully. I wore this with copious quantities of fake tan and frizzy hair!

Literally as soon as I saw these photos on my camera preview window I went for a blowdry in a great salon I stumbled into in KLCC. Thank goodness for that! :)

Top: Missguided - Link!
Skirt: Topshop - Link!
Shoes: ASOS - Link!
Sunglasses: RayBan - Link!
Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim Mini Pashli - Link! 
Tan: James Read mousse (LIFE-CHANGING) - Link!

I think my next attempt with this top will be a pencil skirt - in fact I think this will be the best combination of all. I wish I had bought one with me!


I fly home (Dubai) tomorrow so it's been a lovely whirlwind visit.

On the plane I plan to watch Austenland for the second time. It's one of those "so bad it's good" films and I urge you to seek it out when you are feeling particularly soppy - and I have to say that JJ Feild makes it particularly easy to watch! :)

See you soon!


  1. The outfit is gorgeous as always Laura! I'm always a little apprehensive about any outfits that flash the midriff section.. think I need to get into the gym before summer properly hits!

  2. Beautiful outfit Laura! I have to snap up that fake tan, you look so brown!

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  3. Beautiful outfit! I thought it was a dress when I first saw the photos! Such a pretty combination :)
    Your outfits are always so pretty! <3


  4. This looks lovely together. I personally would never wear a top with a cut-out just for the reasons you have stated.



  5. This outfit is beaut! You look lovely xo

  6. You look lovely, I love your top :)

  7. nice outfit


  8. I love it! I saw the top from my little phone this morning and groggily thought "asymmetrical leather?" hehe, that is something I heard my closet saying it needed.. anyway, you look lovely as usual!

  9. Gorgeous outfit, so effortlessly chic :)

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

  10. I love the outfit and you're right, a black skirt always goes with most things :)

    Have a safe trip home!

    Amelia @ Ducklingtoswan.com :)

  11. Love that top, i thought it was a dress at first. It goes so well with your skirt, much better than skinnies would

    Love Emma xx


  12. Sweet pictures and a great look! :)

    Auf Wolke 3

  13. That's definitely more of a skinny pant top, with all that volume up top and angular shape. Scherzinger's certainly come up with some unusual designs.

  14. Shame you can't wear it how you wanted to, but it looks great like this too:D.

  15. love the top and I totally get what you mean. Skinny jeans really will just give you a muffin top no matter how toned you are they just squish everything out. Maybe some really high waisted jeans would work too?
    but love how you've paired it with your skirt here and you're totally right it would look great with a pencil skirt as well!

  16. The top looks great paired with the skirt. I know what you mean about wearing it with skinnies - no one wants their muffin tops on full view!!
    Hugs xoxo

  17. I love that skirt SO much but my arse sticks out SO much that I don't think I could wear it! :(

    Top is fab too, would look great on you with a pencil skirt!



  18. Dubai looks amazing!
    I've being looking at the Nicole Missguided collection and that top looks so good on you!
    alicekatex ♥

  19. This outfit is so pretty and love your philip lim bag!


  20. The outfit is really pretty. I love how you teamed the top. Safe trip back to Dubai x

  21. I absolutely love how you can pull off classy casual all the time, Laura :)
    Have fun in your KL trip!

  22. Love this top- it's so unusual, but I love the way you've styled it! Gorgeous photos too!
    Katie x

  23. I love the top and the skirt both great look! hope you had a nice trip. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  25. Love the top ♥

  26. Nice outfit !