With that said, this is actually a very texture-driven choice of ensemble. I’ve got a bunch of my favourite things here — silk, velvet, cashmere, leather — and the nice warm colours on the peach/orange/pink spectrum (I had to blow out the exposure a bit to compensate for the dark day, so I make no guarantee the colours are strictly accurately rendered) are merely a bonus.
Cashmere jumper: Marks & Spencer, thrifted. I sort of hate v-neck sweaters, for reasons that are kind of emotion-driven — all about aging and feeling dowdy and safe and sticking to strictly ‘flattering’ stuff, and how much I hate that shit on principle — but a good cashmere sweater from the thrift shop is hard to pass up, particularly when you spot it a day after thifting a gorgeous, but definitely potential wardrobe orphan of a skirt, and realise it’ll work with it very well. Besides, I have lots of scarves.
Skirt: Whistles, thrifted for FREE. Yep, it was BOGOF day at Barnardo’s charity shop, and this came home with a black silk wrap skirt that you probably won’t see until it gets a lot warmer. This one’s a rayon/silk blend velvet, and whoa, so nice. Trust me, there is not the remotest chance my little point-and-shoot is doing the texture, sheen and gorgeous drape of this skirt justice. The colour is sort of weird but luscious, and this is exactly the sort of thing that usually gets me in trouble when I shop, because I go absolutely ape for the fabric and colour, and drag it home knowing in my heart I have nothing that’ll work with it. Fortunately, this one was free (free!) and then I promptly thrifted the cashmere jumper, so I’ve got at least one totally workable ensemble, and the skirt may yet be saved from the closet orphanage.
Seriously, though, this velvet skirt is lush, and I’d have dragged it back to the hoard anyway.
Floral tights: Primark (a 50p-end-of-season impulse buy) that languished until its moment came with the arrival of the skirt. I got several compliments on these tights today, including one from the spouse, of all people.