Green is such a lovely spring colour, so even though it was fairly cold and gloomy today, I didn’t mind wearing the winter-weight green wool coat. In fact, I had it in mind when I cast my pro-Green vote for this month’s Everybody, Everywear, since I regarded the chance of it being too warm for it as negligible this early in March. Also, I just love coats and jackets, and I enjoy building outfits around them, so I very much enjoyed what I was wearing today.
Barely-seen sunglasses on top of head: Betsey Johnson. Sunglasses on top of the head, and a compact umbrella in the bag are a routine combination in my locale. Ah, Blighty.
Coat: Wallis, thrifted, remixed. I love thrifting a good coat, oh yes.
Scarf: Desigual, remixed.
Dress: Whistles. I stalked this dress for a long time, and finally grabbed the last one in my size on final clearance. It’s a nice wool/viscose blend, and the thin stripes are alternating green and navy. I will remix this to play with the navy next time.
Tights: Dorothy Perkins, remixed. Again, I sing the praises of DP tights. They go on sale a lot, but if you’re impatient and buy them full price, they’re worth it.
Bag: Fossil. I think Fossil is probably the handbag analog to Desigual, in terms of their appeal to my personal aesthetic.
Boots: Duo, Malmo, remixed. I was going to go for my heeled boots, but my feet are a little tender today, so I wussed out, and didn’t regret it.
St. Valentine’s Day at Everybody, Everywear brings one of my all-time favourite colour combinations of red and pink. I don’t actually need an event to wear these two colours together, but it doesn’t hurt anyway.
On a previous EBEW, I wore a similar outfit. (I’m pretty sure we were doing coloured tights that time around.) It feels a bit like cheating, to remix the red coat again, but it was perfect for the weather, and it’s one of my favourite pieces for hooking red and pink together, so here we go again with the red coat, I guess.
Go check out the other participants, and if you’re so inclined, have a very happy Valentine’s Day!
Necklace: Vintage Anne Klein, remixed. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I BOUGHT this vintage piece NEW. OK, I was pretty darn young, and this necklace seemed shockingly pricey to me at the time, but it’s one of the finest examples I have of a so-called investment piece that was worth it.
Coat: Marks & Spencer, remixed.
Skirt: Monsoon, a Retail Chicken Victory piece. I white-knuckled it through 30%, 50%, and finally made it to 70% off. My sangfroid was largely attributable to the fact that they had at least four in my size throughout this round of RC. I probably would’ve broken earlier, had there been only one, because I really love this skirt.
Tights: Dorothy Perkins, remixed. I picked up another pair of these in for £1 today (hooray, end-of-season tights prices at DP), since I’m very fond of this colour, and glad to have a back-up pair.
Clutch: Jane Norman, remixed.
Roses: From spouse, via David Austin Roses. They’re pink and red, too!
(Edited to add that no matter what I do, and how I resize these photos, I can’t seem to get it right on the EBEW site, so, alas, I am a mere text link this time around. I’m going to stop trying, because it feels like I’m unintentionally spamming them when trying to resubmit.)
With many apologies for the atrocious photo quality, I jump very enthusiastically into this special edition of Everybody, Everywhere. Several mini-disasters befell me: the house photographer is out of town, I’m trying to get used to my new point-and-shoot camera, and I seem to have misplaced the camera mount for the regular tripod, and had to resort to a crappy little mini-tripod that was given to me as a freebie two point-and-shoot cameras ago. This, alas, is not a photoset taken by a good photographer with a fancy camera. But I wasn’t about to miss this. Because
Thrifting is my favourite, totally-all-about-me hobby (although I do get stuff for the husband & others), and there’s really nothing I’d rather do more if I’m having some out-of-the-house special time. I would estimate that upwards of 50% of my wardrobe, other than shoes and accessories, is thrifted. I generally thrift alone, although on the few occasions I’ve had a shopping companion who is NOT my husband, I’ve enjoyed it. Mostly, though, I’m out there with my iPod cancelling out the ambient noise, and deeply into a mental space I think of as ThriftZone. ThriftZone is a happy, happy place.
I’m very fortunate to be in a size range where there are TONS of clothes to be found. I wear a UK 12-14 (Usually considered 8-10 in North American sizes) and all I can say is that there are a lot of women my approximate dress size (though not height, oh goodness no) who donate clothes to charity shops. I should know: I’m one of them. I’m pretty good at throwing back stuff if I don’t wear it, or decide it just isn’t right, and while I’m not one of those people who believes in the wear-it-within-six-months-to-a-year-or-get-rid-of-it rule, I tend to figure out pretty quickly if something’s just not going to work, and out it goes.
There are obvious economic advantages to thrifting, and as a confirmed clothes junkie, yeah, it certainly helps that by thrifting I’m paying a lot less than I might otherwise to support my habit. But, at this point in my life, it’s not a matter of economic necessity. I hate waste. I hate the idea of buying brand-new clothes manufactured under often appalling conditions, to be disposed of in a season. I like the cycle of donate-and-purchase that goes on with thrifting, and the idea of keeping perfectly wearable clothing out of bloody landfills. I, frankly, like getting higher-end clothing for a fraction of what I’d pay retail. I think of myself as a person who actually kind of avoids fashion, but ADORES clothes, and aspires to being stylish, as opposed to fashionable. Because, really, I can’t be. While I do get rid of stuff that doesn’t work, what remains I become very attached to, and I couldn’t be bothered less if I’m not completely on-trend. On those rare occasions I am totally on-trend, it’s surprising to me. And it’s kind of fun to realise, as I’m out and about, hey! Today I’m sorta-kinda fashionable. Today I’m in the club!
And today I am, happily, once again in the EBEW club, and we’re all going thrifting.
Corduroy jacket: River Island, thrifted, remixed.
Necklace: Accessorize, remixed.
Cami: Gap, remixed.
Silk Skirt: Toast, thrifted. Oh, sheesh, the trouble I’ve had with styling this skirt, but I love it so much.
Yellow is not a colour you’ll see me wearing very often, but this dress spent all of last spring, and most of the summer, calling to me from the window at Hobbs. (I blame the polka dots, second only to stripes in my simple pattern preferences.) I was able to fight the temptation until the end-of-season sale, when it was knocked down 70%. 70% seems to be my breaking point when it comes to being tempted by the sort of frock I know I’ll wear only occasionally. Obviously, I bought it, and then tucked it away, since I was in no real hurry to wear it with the season turning, and confident in the knowledge that, like most of Hobbs’ offerings, this is not the sort of dress that goes out of style.
The problem is that I lost about ten pounds since purchasing it, and it’s slightly too big in the bodice. So between that, and the desire to dress it down and toughen it up a bit, I broke out the denim jacket, instead of the white shrug I’d normally wear with it. I liked the result, and the house photographer was pretty keen, as well. He particularly liked the bold pops of red I accessorised with.
I’m not really sure why I have previously mostly avoided yellow, since I don’t think it makes my hair look dingy, nor my very pink-toned skin jaundiced. Maybe I need to add another colour to my brights palette, because I enjoyed sunny yellow very much indeed.
Cherry earrings: This particular bit of whimsy from Accessorise.
Sunglasses: Jigsaw, remixed.
Necklace: Bijou Brigitte.
Denim Jacket: Gap, thrifted, remixed.
Dress: (This is a halter top, by the way) Hobbs.
Bracelets: Ollie & Nic (yellow/clear beads) and Next (red bangle).
Lace? Really not me, as a rule. There was lace on my wedding gown, and lace on my First Communion dress, and I’ve got a few pieces featuring knitted lace, which would probably be more properly called openwork, but other than the odd bit of trim here and there, not so much with the lace. Except for this scarf, which really grabbed me, for some reason. I bought it, and then tossed it into the summer scarf pile, and there it sat, until lace came up as this month’s theme for EBEW.
Apparently, I knew to buy the scarf without actually knowing I’d have a purpose for it. It’s precognitive lace, y’all.
Earrings: Liz Claiborne, remixed.
Linen jacket: Principles, thrifted. Me and my little jacket obsession.
Precognitive lace scarf: River Island.
Tee: Gap, remixed.
Skirt: Hobbs, thrifted. I LOVE this skirt. I have been wearing the hell out of this skirt.