We’re definitely deep into wool skirt weather (not that it seems like we ever fully got OUT of it this year), and I’m fortunate to have a fairly substantial number of them. My heavier coats are coming out as well, and man, I have a lot of those. (I love coats so much.) I thrift most of my coats, and I very highly recommend doing so, because you can get the most amazingly beautiful, higher-end coats for a trivial percentage of their cost brand new. Do beware of the details, of course; coats can date quickly, and not in a quirkily charming vintage way, either.
Speaking of vintage, I am off to the vintage fair at the Bluecoat this weekend, and speaking also of details that date otherwise great coats, I risked purchasing a slightly shoulder-paddy cashmere/wool blend overcoat (seriously, it’s like a 60/40 mix, in favour of cashmere, so this has the potential to be great) at the British Heart Foundation shop today, and I’m going to use it as my guinea pig in a shoulderpadectomy experiment. I’ve found instructions, and I’m actually fairly competent (though by no means especially gifted or expert) at mending and other needlework, and either I’m going to be successful, and have a beautiful new-to-me coat, or at least I’ll have learned something from the experience, and I’ll repurpose the coat into cushion covers, or whatever. It does seem to be a fairly simple procedure, and what the hell, I’ll risk £5 and an hour or so of my time to find out if it works.
Anyway, today’s details:
Top: River Island. This is sort of a boxy funnel-neck and slightly cropped sweatshirt, of all things. I loved the shape, and the colour, and it doesn’t actually look too sweatshirt-y, and also, I got it for like three quid on clearance. If I could find something like this in black, white, or grey cashmere or wool, I would be very, very happy, although I’m happy enough with the sweatshirt fabric, because it’s about as comfortable as you’d imagine.
Skirt: Marks & Spencer, remixed. Another of M&S’s fabulous lined wool print skirts, this one from the post-Xmas clearance sale last year. They really do these skirts so well, and every year, there’s at least one or two of them I love.