Another busy Thursday post & run today, I’m afraid. The weather was hideous, I just wanted to be warm, and sod figure flattery on days like this. (Sod it anyway, actually.)
Special bonus of a different pose today! I heard something going on out on the patio, as the timer was ticking down, and caught myself in profile, so I’m putting this one up purely for the sake of a little variety.
Jumper: H&M, remixed. Gawd, H&M has some pretty pullovers this year, and I am valiantly resisting succumbing to any others. I really went nuts for the colour of this fair isle print.
Acorn pendant: T&C. I cannot find anything definitive about who the hell this company is, but I’ve picked up a couple of things from TK Maxx with that label, and I totally love them. Pretty sure this is pewter, it’s extremely well made for a relatively modest price, and I think I’ve worn this particular pendant more than any other over the last month or two, so it’s seeing pretty heavy use and still in immaculate shape.
Jeans: Gap, thrifted. These are actually men’s jeans. Given that they’re not meant to be skinnies or anything like that, I’m OK with the very loose fit.
Due to the crappy weather today, including occasionally torrential rain showers, I had to bail on the light layers and longish skirt I had planned for the day, and go for something more practical, but still kind of in the same theme I’ve been working of late. Short skirts worn with tights is often the practical choice, believe it or not, because they dry out pretty quickly, when the horizontal rain comes.
At least I’m wearing some colour, right?
Also, my fingertips are burning from all the green salsa-making, as I was out of disposable latex gloves, and already too deep into the process to stop, so I’m getting the details up, and going back to clutching a cold glass of Viognier. I’m hoping to wear what I was planning to wear today tomorrow; let’s hope the weather cooperates.
Scarf: Remixed, via TK Maxx, detagged.
Silky anorak: Zara.
Jumper: H&M. I cannot believe how much I love this jumper.
Pendant: Accessorize, remixed.
Skirt: Hobbs, thrifted, remixed, but it’s been quite a while since I wore it. Glad I didn’t purge it, as I’ve always really liked this skirt.
Just a hit and run tonight; usual Thursday madness, which I dressed for, just throwing together something that required little thinking or effort, but still very much, to me, in harmony with my current aesthetic. That jumper drapes and slouches well in motion, btw!
Scarf: Hobo, remixed. (Although I’m not sure it’s appeared on the blog before now. Quick archive scan says nope, definitely the first appearance.)
Pendant: Accessorize. I am seriously all about the long pendant + scarf look these days, and to think I used to refuse to believe you could wear both at the same time and have them be complimentary, instead of just busy.
Jumper: Fat Face. I picked this up on sale when we were on holiday in York earlier in the year, because I needed a thick jumper (my god, the rain and cold) and it actually turned out to be a great addition to my wardrobe, even though I was initially dubious about the bulk, but so desperate to prevent hypothermia that all I cared about was that it was warm and cheap.
Skirt: Marks and Spencer, recent sale. I’m definitely drifting away from pencil skirts and into fuller ones.
Tights: I think these are Topshop from a few years back.
Bag: Fossil, remixed.
Shoes: Uh? Remixed, and deeply beloved. Also transitioning smoothly into the style shift. Hooray!
So this is what I wore yesterday, when I just needed to get out the door, and couldn’t decide what to wear, so I let Angie at You Look Fab take the wheel, and followed her suggestion here. Good thing I was so far behind in my blog-reading, since I think that post is from last week, and I just got to it yesterday.
And it looked OK, and I think her suggestion is sound, but I also think this is Not Really Me anymore, even though I was able to quickly pull it together out of things that were already in my wardrobe. It was a useful exercise in further refining my personal style, and while I’m very glad to be able to knock together a classic, attractive, and totally appropriate casual outfit like this, again, not really me these days.
I’m on the fence about whether or not to keep the trench coat. It’s an objectively useful coat to have, and I think it looks fine on me, I’m just not sure I want to wear a trench coat, you know? Maybe a longer one, I guess, but this one is going to have to justify its place in my wardrobe pretty sharpish in over to stay.
And now, off to shop for the ingredients I still need for the usual Friday night dinner with my father-in-law.
Scarf: Fat Face, remixed.
Coat: Anastasia, remixed. Heh. I’m still amused by this coat having the same name as me!
Breton pullover: John Lewis, men’s department. Oh god, this is awesome. It’s just the most amazingly heavy cotton knit, and it’s going to wear like iron. It further confirms my long-held suspicion that men’s clothes, past a certain retail point, are generally just much better made than women’s. It’s a bit too big in the shoulders, but the fit in the body is fabulous, and frankly, I don’t care; I was looking for something pretty loose-fitting, but wanted to avoid the usual problem I have where loose-fitting translates into way too much fabric flapping around the waist and hips, while being pleasingly slouchy around the shoulders, bust, and upper ribcage. Thus, my foray into the men’s department, where I paid a hell of a lot more for this shirt than I normally would for such a thing. It’s a total classic, and should last for years.
Jeans: Levi’s 501, remixed. Speaking of classics that last for years!
Bag: Rowallian, remixed. I have a similar bag in tan leather, and I’ve been using them a lot lately, and I have a bit of shoulder soreness from my usual heavy bags, and the smaller, lighter bags I’ve been using are giving it a break.
Shoes: Converse, remixed. Again with the total classics!
And then came the cooler weather and the drizzle. Ah, the drizzle. It never stays away for long. Still, at least I got to wear something more autumnal, and my hair has grown out enough from the disaster haircut to put it up in Heidi braids again, without huge chunks of the front falling down. This was one of those outfits that feels perfectly, naturally, me in casual mode, and I was very happy with it.
I’m also really happy with the way my bread pudding came out! Instead of using dried fruit in it, I used some fresh blackberries, and it was a big hit with the spouse and his dad. And me, as well, although after a good-sized slice of pure stodge, I am ready for a long nap. Looking forward to making a more traditional one once it gets a little colder, and it’ll be a great way to use up some of the tons of dried fruit I always have left over after making the Xmas pudding.
Anyway, I need to take that bread pudding baby up to bed, because I am knackered. Have a great weekend!
Scarf: All Saints. Another oblong scarf turned into a faker infinity scarf, and why on earth did it take me so long to figure out I could do that?
Jumper: Mantaray. This is Debenhams’ knock off of brands like Fat Face and White Stuff. They do a pretty convincing job of it. It’s comparable in quality and materials, as well as style, but usually about 20% cheaper than similar items from either company.
Pendant: Urban Outfitters, endlessly remixed.
Bracelets: Actual Fat Face, remixed.
Tank: Gap, remixed.
Skirt: Gap, remixed. Oh man, so remixed. I am surely down to pennies per wear on this beloved skirt.
Bag: All Saints, remixed.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Boots: Ye Olde Ancient Stomper Boots, don’t even remember where and when I acquired them, and of course, totally remixed. I had the heels replaced last year, and I think they’re about due for the soles to be replaced as well. I’ve probably paid more in repairing these things than I did to buy them in the first place!
Just killing time here, waiting for Amazon to deliver. Or, rather, for whichever crappy courier company Amazon has outsourced its delivery to today to get here. Man, their tracking SUCKS.
But anyway, I have some time, so here are today’s photos, the second of which, obviously, is a close-up of my new boots, which I suspect Megan would be keen to see. Her affection for this company’s footwear is what turned me on to them, after all.
Hope everybody’s having a great day!
Jumper: Zara. Boxy, drop-shoulder, high crew neck, all things that should be total no-nos for one of my shoulderly breadth, vast, bony torso, and not-insubstantial rack, but what the hell, it has stripes and slouch and I like it. Also, it’s chilly and grey today, and I can use the warmth.
Watch fob necklace: Urban Outfitters, remixed.
Belt: Roma. Made in England!
Skinny cargo pants: Esprit. I don’t think I’ve worn these on the blog before, but they’re definitely remixed.
Boots: Fly London. Chanced upon in the bargain basement of Rapid in Liverpool, and holy cats do they have an esoteric collection of great shoes, deeply knocked down. I got these for £40, which for this company is beyond cheap. After a couple hours of wear, I’m pretty impressed.
Still here, still wearing pants. Still afflicted with the crud, with special added bonus blisters. So much awesome, so unlikely I’ll be wearing skirts for a while yet. Making lemonade from these lemons, though, and trying to really embrace pants at long last. I’m doing OK so far, but today was totally cheating, because I wore jeans. The weather is still crappy and intermittently rainy, so white legs with wide bottoms seemed like a bad idea, and white pants with fitted ankles sounded painful and gross.
The spouse goes to the dentist for a couple of extractions tomorrow, and let me tell you, we’re going to be the world’s hottest and sexiest middle-aged couple this weekend, him semi-toothless and me leprous. I will make him soup and smoothies, and we’ll muddle through.
Leather blazer: Marks & Spencer, thrifted, remixed. First wearing of this in a very long time, as the weather was never quite right for it, until today. One of my top thrift scores of all time, as it is butter soft and a lovely, neutral navy that goes with almost everything.
Necklace: Pilgrim, possibly remixed.
Linen jumper: Fenn Wright Mason, remixed. I love linen jumpers so much.
Belt: Gap, remixed.
Jeans: Seven for All Mankind, remixed. I’ve lost a few pounds recently (just a normal fluctuation, mostly due to strenuous physical labour in the garden, I suspect) and these are slightly looser than they were before, so the fit is no longer near-perfect, but hey, they hid my ankles.
Clogs: Dr. Scholl. These are soft, cushy-soled navy leather clogs, and not exactly my most attractive shoes, but there are times when they’re absolutely perfect, and right now is one of them.
Oh hai, citizens of the future. I stepped into a time machine on my way to a Nirvana concert, and ended up here like 20-ish years later.
Seriously, I did attend the very concert in the above link, and I wore something almost totally identical to this outfit right here, including the nerdy glasses and the straight hair. (The major difference is the lack of a Black Flag tee and Doc Martens oxfords, which I really need to replace. Also, I am not high this time.) They say you shouldn’t follow a trend the second time around, but to hell with Them: I never entirely stopped following this one. I always feel like myself when I dress like this.
Cardigan: Cynthia Rowley, remixed.
Necklace: Boots, remixed. Very luxe, eh?
Tee: H&M, probably remixed.
Belt: Dsquared, remixed.
Boyfriend shorts: H&M, remixed.
Cuffs, etc., remixed.
Tights: M&S, remixed.
Scuffed moccasins: Klacson, remixed. These need replacing, for sure.
There are times when I think I should probably just say to hell with it, and get rid of all my clothes that aren’t black, white, or grey, because it seems as if that’s all I’ve been wearing for a while now, and I’m yet to get bored with it. Every night, I think I should wear some colour the next day, and then the next day rolls around, and I try, really I do, and then I kind of go into this anxiety spiral about OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR, and then I give up and pull out something black, white, or grey, and suddenly it all seems easier. And that’s when I crossly tell myself that I should just give up on the colour already — even though I do, in fact, love colour — and fully embrace my monochromatic being.
Then I spot one of my Desigual dresses, and think, oh hell no. Not giving those up. I’m just going to accept that I’m apparently in a very, very long monochrome phase, and wait it out. To be fair, it could be that I just need some reasonably consistent spring weather to get me back into the colour groove. In the meantime, I’ll just be here in my comfort zone, waiting it out.
Jacket: People Tree. Thrifted, new with tags, and ethically made, which is like the feel-good trifecta. This is my slightly-warmer-weather replacement for my heavy grey wool/cashmere blend Jaeger coat. I realised over the course of this seemingly endless winter just how bloody useful that coat is, and I was pretty pleased to find this, and figure out how to use it in much the same way. I don’t think the crappy photo is showing it very well, but it’s a collarless empire waist coat with three big buttons up top, and then open down to the hem. I’d describe the material as super heavyweight sweatshirt-style fabric. Super comfortable, and a very good weight for the sort of low/mid-50s F weather we’ve been having.
Scarf: All Saints. TK Maxx got another shipment of All Saints in, and I’ve acquired a few lighter-weight scarves (black, grey, white, cream, or a mixture of all of the above) at a hugely discounted price from AS’s usual obscenely expensive one. (Seriously, they can, with a straight face, charge in the neighbourhood of £100 for a viscose scarf. Hahahaha, right.)
Long-sleeve tee: Gap. Could there POSSIBLY be a more me garment? Faded black and grey STRIPES. It’s also at least a size, and probably two, too big, which is also me, with the oversized-and-drapey thing I’ve been working of late.
Pants: Uh, Gap calls these jean leggings, or something like that, but really, they’re just heavy ponte and cut like skinnies. Remixed.
Chelsea boots: Deichmann. These are totally different from my Faith Chelsea boots, I swear! These have no pleats along the uppers, and a buckle on the side.
So this is what happens when my spouse is about and has his fancy-pants DSLR camera close to hand. The sunshine didn’t hurt matters, either.
This is the grown-up version of a look I’ve been wearing my whole life, never get tired of, and in which I feel completely comfortable and totally like myself. I anticipate wearing some version of this for a long time to come. Much like Friday’s look, actually.
Hooking up again to Patti’s Visible Monday, because I felt so comfortable and confident in this outfit. Check us all out!
Leather jacket: Aviatrix, remixed. This was SO worth the long, long search.
Jumper: Fenn Wright Mason. This is a fairly loose linen knit, and alas, you can see the cami I wore under it in this shot, but rest assured, I fixed that before I went out.
Arm candy: Various, remixed, some thrifted, some Fat Face.