Outfit: strawberry cheesecake

Most of the time, I don’t have my legs out at all, but I can’t resist a pair of high-waisted denim shorts because I find them such a versatile summer staple. And if you’re going to get them out, it’s fun to add some heels and look like you’ve walked out of a pin-up poster…
I was really pleased to see these shorts in Collectif’s summer range this year – and even more pleased when I found the super high waist wasn’t uncomfortable. Admittedly, the waist is slightly large on me in my usual size, which for Collectif is surprising as I’ve often had to size up in bottoms, so if you want a really fitted pair I’d say you could probably size down. For comfort though, I’ve probably got the right size and just need to add a belt.
I hope everyone is as happy as I am to see the now infamous Collectif strawberry bag paired with this cardigan! So satisfying. I was expecting I wouldn’t get a lot of wear out of this cardigan, due to its colour and contrasting embroidery, but it’s one of those surprise pieces that I keep reaching for. This actually shouldn’t be such a shock considering how much I wear red and how mint seems to go with way more than you think it would. Note to self: Buy all the mint. (Self: Way ahead of you!)
Now I just need to take this outfit to a real picnic (rather than just a picnic blanket for posing, heh)… with strawberries for afters, of course! If you like either the cardigan or the shorts I’m featuring here, by the way, my advice is to be quick if you want to snap them up, as Collectif’s summer pieces have been flying out the door as soon as they land this year! Oh and the strawberry bag is currently in stock, but we all know that doesn’t hang around for long…
Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts and strawberry wicker bag review



Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan


Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts and strawberry wicker bag review


Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts and strawberry wicker bag review


Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts and strawberry wicker bag review


Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts



Collectif strawberry wicker bag



Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts and strawberry wicker bag review


Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan


Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts and strawberry wicker bag review


Collectif Lucy strawberry cardigan, Lily denim shorts and strawberry wicker bag review
Top: Topshop (old)
Belt: Fever Designs (old)
Not seen in these photos, by the way, is the local dog-walking group in the distance, and then the two chocolate labradors and collie who bolted across the field to jump all over me. Epic fail on B’s part to not capture that, eh? It might have actually been cute, because I’m genuinely never happier than when with dogs… So, apologies that you had to put up with the usual dog-less posing after all!


  1. June 3, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Perfectly pin-up! You need to turn this into a Strawberry Shortcake is all grown-up calendar! LOL You know the character Strawberry Shortcake right?

    The shorts are fab. They make you legs look super long.


    • ciciadmin
      June 3, 2016 / 1:00 pm

      Ha, yes, I'm familiar! I'll take that as a compliment πŸ˜‰

      I actually think it helps that the shorts aren't skin tight as it doesn't draw attention to my thighs and makes my legs look slimmer as a result. Not that my thighs are huge, but anything looks big when there's fabric cutting into them!

  2. June 3, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    *Fashion squeal!* This is an off-the-charts adorable – and awesomely well coordinated – warm weather outfit, sweet CiCi. I love every last element to bits and can't stress how fabulous you look.

    Oodles of hugs & happy Friday wishes,
    β™₯ Jessica

    • ciciadmin
      June 5, 2016 / 10:02 am

      I aim to be immaculately coordinated at all times πŸ˜€ thank you lovely Jessica x

  3. June 3, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    I love strawberries – they work so well as a print and accessory, and they are delicious. My favorite thing has always been to go pick them in a field! Are there any strawberry farms in your area? I can just picture you wearing this outfit on a strawberry picking adventure as it looks both very comfortable and practical. I love how flattering vintage high waisted shorts are, they are the only style I am willing to wear and this pair looks fantastic on you!

    • ciciadmin
      June 5, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Me too – and I don't like a massive amount of fruit (I wish I did, but I just don't and can't force it!). I love strawberry picking too – and yes, the UK is pretty good for farms πŸ™‚ There's a particularly large number of them near where we go to stay by the coast, so I hope to get back there again, in this get-up of course, soon!

  4. SaraLily
    June 3, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    I love it! These shorts rule – they don't appear to be super short either. That's a nice plus. It's good to know that your booty is safe and covered – I hate when shorts are way too short!!

    • ciciadmin
      June 5, 2016 / 10:04 am

      No they're not super short and I completely agree with you – what is with the trend for hot pants. Very, very few people suit them!!

  5. HuggyHare
    June 3, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Now that's what I call a perfect outfit! I really need to grab those shorts soon, I've waited a long time for them to be available (ever since I saw them in SS16 catalog), wouldn't want to miss them now πŸ™‚ Oh and I think I'll need to get the bag too, it's adorable!

    • ciciadmin
      June 5, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Yes, I had my eye on these from day one too! I knew they'd be a great staple for my summer wardrobe πŸ˜€ The bag is still one of my absolute favourites, it's just too cute. And my giant phone just about fits in it, ha!

  6. Jessica
    June 3, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    You look foxy! These shorts look really fab on you, and I love this strawberry mint pairing (which would make a really tasty dessert too, I'm thinking. Maybe food related color pairings is the way to go in the future). And yes, it is a pity your boy didn't get an snaps of you with the dogs!
    I'm kind of pained to admit how often I grab a pair of cutoffs that I made out of Brian's old jeans when it's hot out. I only wish I could look this polished most of the time.

    • ciciadmin
      June 5, 2016 / 10:06 am

      I love strawberry and mint – probably even more to wear than to eat. It just works so well πŸ™‚ Ha, I am just imagining B's face if I attempted to make something out of his jeans, considering he has approximately two pairs that are in constant rotation…

  7. Camilla P
    June 4, 2016 / 6:08 am

    What a great summer inspired outfit, love your cardigan, hair-flower and strawberry bag…so cute! xo

  8. Kayla
    June 4, 2016 / 11:34 am

    This is such a perfect summer outfit! I'm really picky about my shorts, especially denim shorts and these look perfect! That cardigan is so pretty x

  9. December
    June 4, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    LOL – "Self: Way ahead of you!"
    This outfit is completely adorable on you… Too bad about the dog shots! Next time.

    • ciciadmin
      June 5, 2016 / 10:07 am

      I can only hope… It's not the first time dogs have photo-bombed so I hope it won't be the last and one of these darn days B will get his act together and snap it!

  10. Melanie
    June 5, 2016 / 6:05 am

    What delightful styling, each component of you outfit works beautifully together!

  11. Porcelina
    June 5, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Swit swoo!! More legs, I say! What a really cute summer outfit, and I am pleased to see the strawberry headpiece topping it off, I saw that in the online shop and thought of you. Can't wait for our strawberry patch to hand over the berries xx

  12. Anonymous
    June 6, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Wow, you look super cute! I love the pin-up style πŸ™‚ The colour combination is great and I love you used the strawberry bag with the strawberries on your hair and cardigan. Lovely outfit!
    I hope you did not have to suffer bad weather conditions when taking the pics.
    Have a great week,
    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

  13. June 6, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    I wish I could wear shorts like that. Great, well put together oultfit as always! It's actually been walm enough to rock it today too!

  14. Nicole
    June 7, 2016 / 3:50 am

    I love the strawberry theme- so summery! This outfit looks so sweet and fresh, and the colour pairings are perfect (I love mint!) πŸ™‚
    The Artyologist

  15. Sandra
    June 7, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Such a gorgeous outfit! I really love the colour combination of red and baby blue.

    Many hugs

  16. June 9, 2016 / 5:47 am

    Ahhh! Mint and strawberries!! Your Self and my Self must think somewhat alike, because my Self is already desperate to buy all. the. mint. But really, this outfit is perfectly summery and adorable! I love it!! ❀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  17. June 10, 2016 / 12:58 am

    I love red and mint paired together so this cardigan is pretty perfect. You can't go wrong with a good pair of dark wash high-waisted shorts either. These seriously look amazing on you! A perfect summer outfit!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

  18. gerita
    June 13, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    OMG! I'm a sissy spanish boy and i love your blog. Your looks are amazing. Here for exemple, i love your bag, the shotrs, the belt…all!!! Can be your follower? I ask you for not annoying you. Only if you give me your permission. Thanks.

  19. March 8, 2017 / 5:59 am

    Almost all of these tips are just so amazing to live up to summer season. Loved the thin layer idea….this one is absolutely I wold love to adhere to.
    Thanks for sharing.

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