Picmonkey was giving me grief last night, so this is going up late. Have a great weekend, everybody!
Suede jacket: Thrifted, remixed. This is a little boxy, and could do with some waist shaping, but I’m very fond of it, and it was a really good addition to my wardrobe. I love suede, and I especially love suede when I thrift it for pennies on the pound of its original cost.
Cashmere jumper: Fenn Wright Mason. Cobalt is one of my favourite shades of blue. I’ve often been told that paler blues are particularly flattering on me, and I don’t disagree, but I like the bold, hyper-saturated blues best. (I’m also a huge fan of peacock blue.) Anyway, this is lovely, and I think cowl necks probably work a bit better for me than turtlenecks, overall. Which is not to say I have the slightest intention of ever giving up turtlenecks, of course.
Belt: Next, thrifted. Oh, this is nice! Well-worn leather with a big brass double-ring closure. Seriously very soft and moldable, and it stays in place. Win.
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind. I have opinions on jeans. Oh, do I have opinions on jeans:
As is always the case for me, with anything but skinny or boy cut jeans, fit is a challenge in the hips, thighs, and ass. These do way better than average on that count, being only very slightly loose in the ass, and frankly, I don’t look at my ass anyway. The length is bloody perfect for wearing with wedges, and the fit from thigh to knee, while not snug by any means, is sufficiently good. I’ve needed a pair of boot cuts, these are the best I’ve found, and after a couple more wears, to make sure I like them enough, I may very well have them altered to fit a bit better. And, yeah, they’re overpriced “premium” denim, but I do think they are a decided cut above, for example, my Gap jeans.
I love jeans, and mostly, I think they look good on me. Even with the hips/ass/thighs issues, as long as I avoid a high waist, I really think they play nicely with my body. Low-rise jeans were a revelation to me; after a lifetime of feeling vaguely uncomfortable with most jeans, I put on a pair of low-rise jeans, and they worked. Yeah, the waistline is well below my natural waist, and I almost always need a belt to keep them on my non-hips, but wow, are they comfortable, and visually I think they make a virtue of those non-hips, by flagrantly displaying them as a feature, not something to be camouflaged.
Wedge boots: Debenhams, remixed. Totally perfect choice for these jeans; I had just enough hem clearance to avoid anything getting manky, but kept my nice, long lines.
Yesterday was a very bad self-image day, where my main concern was just covering it up with heavily concealing clothing and getting on with it, so that’s what I did. Fortunately, I’m much better at giving myself a break when this happens than I used to be. Sometimes, forcing myself past it is the right thing to do, and other times I just need to let somebody else fight the good fight for self-love that day, while I get over it. I’m feeling much better today, I’m happy to report.
The top I’m wearing, under the jacket, isn’t really showing in its full glory, due mostly to the lighting. Here’s a photo of it elsewhere. It’s a cashmere halter top with a generously draping front, and I bought it specifically for layering just as I’m doing here. I’m still in love with all things drapey and neutral, and this top was a lucky thrift store find. I wasn’t sure what it was at first — I was thinking some kind of weird cowl or snood or something — but checking the location of the labels and hanging loops soon made it obvious. I don’t doubt this would look awesome without the jacket, except for the part where the back of my bra is entirely too visible, and I’d freeze to death. As a layering piece, though, this is fantastic, and I will definitely be remixing it with a blazer or cardigan.
If my face looks slightly odd and washed-out in the photo, it’s because I didn’t use any eyebrow stuff today, as I was going to have the brows threaded while I was out. That’s one beauty task I am only too happy to outsource, let me tell you. I may go months and years between haircuts, but the very second it looks like I’m going to have to tweeze more than one or two odd hairs, my butt is in that chair, and I am cheerfully forking over the dosh to let somebody else do the work.
Anyway, very pleased with this one!
Moonstone-and-silver necklace: Gifted by spouse, many years ago.
Leather jacket: Aviatrix, remixed. Still very happy with this; it was totally worth the epic search.
Cashmere halter: Vince, thrifted. I don’t know if it’s just this piece, because I have no familiarity with this brand in general, but this is a size small, so it could be a fluke, or this brand may run big; normally, I’d expect to wear a medium or large in any sort of jumpery thing.
Belt: Gap, remixed.
Skinnies: H&M, very remixed. I do not know how the one pair of skinny jeans I have ever found that fit my thighs perfectly could be the cheapest non-thrifted pair of jeans I’ve ever bought, but it seems to be so. Thank goodness they’re holding up so well.
Wedge boots: Debenhams, remixed. Super comfortable, and oh, I’m so glad I found these.