UK-based Debs Stubbington (33) is a Theatre Stage Manager who shares her personal style and fashion finds over at Bang on Style. Debs’ style is casual, on trend, and girly with the occasional grungy twist. She is Queen Floral, adores colour, and loves to experiment with different shades of lipstick. Debs is also into nail art, which adds a playful element to everything she wears. Her colourful nails, together with her body art and fondness of jewellery automatically make her outfits more maximal. It’s become her signature look. Debs doesn’t wear jeans all that often because she’s more of a trousers and skirt gal. Her love for florals is unique, and makes us smile, so we decided to make her feature into one big celebration of all things floral.
“My style has evolved so much over the last few years. I used to dress quite casual and simple really with a very boyish edge. These days I would say my style is still quite simple and casual but much more feminine and very eclectic. I love so many trends especially prints and bright colour and I’m a sucker for affordable fashion including great shops like New Look and Primark, plus I love a vintage find too.”
If you’re a novice pattern mixer, then a shirt like Debs’ lime floral print one with contrast pink check collar and cuffs might be just the ticket because it comes with built-in pattern mixing. The large roses and butterflies could be straight out of a classic painting. I find the combination with the crisp, modern check eye-catching and unusual. Debs buttoned her shirt all the way up for a strict touch that juxtaposes nicely with the grunge-y effect of wearing it untucked over ripped light wash denim. Slim ankle straps peek out from under the rolled straight leg jeans. The black and white flats also add a crisp touch, and echo the colours in the floral print. A light grey bag, multiple rings and nail art — a black and white aztec print — finish off the look
Now this is a two-piece dress with pizzazz. Our blogger has paired a printed floral cropped top in a vibrant cobalt blue with a matching midi pencil skirt. Opting for a high-waisted skirt allows you to only show a sliver of midriff. Debs is wearing the ensemble with a fluid fit long sleeveless blazer. The mid-thigh length and wearing it open creates a column of colour that is elongating and elegant. An on trend, high-contrast look that is perfect for Summer days when you want to add some extra polish. Keeping the footwear and accessories white lets the bold florals do the talking. Chunky peep-toe booties with cleated soles ground the look. The large clutch with clean lines, light blue nail polish and simple silver cuff complement the outfit beautifully.
This is the more casual rendition of Angie’s Sleeveless Top with Vest Ensemble. Debs is wearing her signature look (floral print bottoms) with a tunic-length, drapey linen top that covers the top part of the leggings for extra coverage. The sleeveless blazer hits our blogger at the hip, and adds nonchalant polish. It subtly nips in at the waist to create structure up top. The lilac colour of the top is repeated in the leggings, which creates visual coherence. The black ankle strap of the sandals is low contrast against the hem of the leggings, which elongates the leg line. The open, low-heeled sandals also showcase some of Debs’ fun body art. The gold hardware on the footwear and small bag ties in with her gold jewellery. Pretty pink lips amp up the girly factor.
I asked Queen Floral where her love for floral patterns comes from, and if she had any tips for those of us who are “pattern beginners” who would like to incorporate more florals into their wardrobes:
“I love wearing florals as it’s a print that works whatever the season I think. I wear bright and vibrant florals in the Spring and Summer and rich, darker florals for Autumn / Winter. I own a lot of floral pieces including dresses, shirts and tops but I really like floral trousers too for a real statement. For anyone who’s a pattern beginner I’d say try incorporating a floral scarf or even a floral pair of pumps into a plain outfit for a simple start to wearing print.”
I’m calling this ladylike figure skate punk. Debs built this look around a classic pencil skirt with an antique-esque black and white floral print. Then she threw in a touch of retro with the mock turtleneck crepe dip hem top. The shorter length in front elongates the leg line, and the round hem creates softness in this high-contrast look. The white chunky lace-up booties remind me a little of Dr. Martens boots. They add a playful punk toughness and figure skating vibe at the same time. So fun! Debs’ updo emphasizes the figure skater integrity of the outfit. Bare legs and arms provide structure. The gold chain bracelet with white leather detailing works well with our blogger’s simple white clutch and light blue nail polish.
Debs loves colour, and likes to wear more than one bright colour in the same outfit. It makes me smile. Here she’s paired a neon yellow boxy top with fluid fit tapered trousers. The shorter top length emphasizes the soft drape of the trousers, and elongates the leg line. The pants are slightly cropped, but the thin ankle strap on Debs’ two-toned flats comes up high enough to avoid cutting horizontal lines. A black leather moto jacket adds hard edge that is toned down by the pretty colours, footwear and scalloped edge detail on the tote. The Summer meadow floral print trousers, scalloped and perforated bag, arm candy party and necklaces, multi-coloured nail art, and our blogger’s body art make for a maximal look that is not overwhelming. Definitely Debs’ trademark.
I am completely smitten with this matchy-matchy shorts and vest ensemble. Debs found the set in a vintage store, and transformed it into an utterly modern and fashion forward look. She’s layered the silky, lightweight vest over a short-sleeved button-down with lace effect for some subtle and very pretty pattern mixing. The hem of the shirt peeking out from under the vest breaks up the large head-to-toe floral print. Rose gold metallic cage sandals add soft edge, and elongate the leg line because they match our blogger’s skin tone. The colour also works beautifully with the pinks in the floral print. Running with the same theme, Debs kept all the jewellery rose gold. The stiff leather on the small barrel bag is a nice contrast against the soft vibe of the look. And the pink colour matches our blogger’s pink lippie and nails.
What do you think of Debs happy florals and soft-edged casual style? Let us know in the comments, and then hop on over to Bang on Style to check out the rest of our blogger’s outfit archives. Or have a look at her Pinterest boards for more browsing fun.