April appears to be the month for hella exciting shoe collaborations as we have seen not just one but two collaborations between Lazy Oaf and some pretty major shoe brands. The first one that very nearly broke the internet was the launch of the Lazy Oaf x Dr Martens range – it honestly seemed that every alternative gal (and guy!) wanted a pair and I couldn’t wait to see how everyone styled them up. I’ve never been a huge Docs wearer, although I appreciate how bad-ass they are, and with the price point being pretty steep I was happy to sit back and appreciate them from a distance.
But then came the Vans collaboration and well, everything changed.
I wasn’t aware this collection was dropping until I saw coverage of the launch party on Instagram the night before, and the minute I saw the collection I knew I needed them in my life. Lazy Oaf are a brand that, similar to Dr Martens, I appreciate from a distance but don’t usually dabble in. The clothes are awesome but they’re usually far too colourful for me and typically aren’t my usual style, however their collaboration with Vans is just too perfect and subtle enough that even colour fearing me wanted to grab a slice of the pie.
The black and pink combination was 2007 Lucy’s dream, and combined with the checkerboard laces all of a sudden my emo shoe dreams of 11 years ago came true. After living in my Vans for most of last year I was eager to get my hands on another pair, so when Joe surprised me with a pair after work on Friday afternoon you can imagine how overjoyed I was. I honestly spent most of Friday afternoon just staring at them and thinking up awesome outfit combinations I could style them with – I think I can single handedly credit them with getting me excited about my wardrobe again and for that I am insanely grateful.
This weekend I was determined to wear them out and about, and also really wanted to give this amazing long sleeve* by streetwear brand The Lucky Club another outing. When they reached out to me and asked me to pick something from the collection this immediately jumped out – I’ve always been a bit of a pessimist and tend to lean more towards negative thinking. I’ve learned over the past few months that negativity definitely breeds negativity and after seeing how it was beginning to affect all parts of my life I decided enough was enough, and this slogan tee is the first step in reminding myself to live a more positive life.
This new positive mindset is already lifting me up and making me feel a lot happier in general. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I’m ready to deal with whatever 2018 brings with a smile on my face and hope in my heart that I’ll achieve my goals and end the year on an even bigger high than 2017.
Of course, the only way to complete this outfit was to add my absolute favourite Zara leggings. They have honestly been one of my favourite items that I’ve added to my wardrobe in 2018 and I genuinely hate to be parted from them even just to put them in the wash. So comfortable, so stylish, and completely embracing my favourite sporty vibe.
Have you got your hands on a pair of the Vans x Lazy Oaf collab? Did you like the way I styled them in this post? Let me know in the comments below!
Top: The Lucky Club* | Leggings: Zara | Shoes: Vans x Lazy Oaf
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