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  • 20th February
    2013
  • 20
Hey, did you know French Connection calls this a dress? The stripey bit, that is, and I suppose it is, but even with my very high tolerance for showing a hell of a lot of leg, you’ve got to be kidding me. Fortunately, I planned on wearing it as a tunic when I bought it, so when I put it on this morning, I didn’t freak out at the shortness of it.
The reason I bought is as a tunic is because it matches these awesome leggings I’ve had for ages now, but didn’t have anything that felt quite right to go with them. I knew I had nothing to go with the leggings when I bought them, but I wanted them anyway; I love the colour, and more to the point, they’re made of this ribbed velour-ish fabric that feels just lovely, and looks very textured and rich in tone, even though that’s not quite showing to its best advantage in the photo. The colour is called “tobacco,” and it is a lovely golden olive/brown, which also happens to be one of those weird colours that suits me.
Anyway, that’s a lot to say about a tunic and leggings.
Details:
Duster: August Silk, remixed. This was a really good addition to my wardrobe.
Necklace: Debenham’s, remixed. Thank goodness for that archive feature, since I couldn’t remember!
Tunic: French Connection. You know, for all my “omg so short!” thoughts as outlined above, I can well imagine on the right person, this would look great as a casual summer dress, with bare legs and sandals or espadrilles.
Leggings: Marks & Spencer. Oh, I can say more about these; they’re great! Lovely and warm, and they fit like a dream.
Boots: New Look, remixed. It’s been years since I wore these, and they were actually in the giveaway pile, until I really needed something comfortable. (Another blister, sigh.) So they got a temporary reprieve, but they’re not terribly supportive, and I expect they’ll end up going away in the end.

Hey, did you know French Connection calls this a dress? The stripey bit, that is, and I suppose it is, but even with my very high tolerance for showing a hell of a lot of leg, you’ve got to be kidding me. Fortunately, I planned on wearing it as a tunic when I bought it, so when I put it on this morning, I didn’t freak out at the shortness of it.

The reason I bought is as a tunic is because it matches these awesome leggings I’ve had for ages now, but didn’t have anything that felt quite right to go with them. I knew I had nothing to go with the leggings when I bought them, but I wanted them anyway; I love the colour, and more to the point, they’re made of this ribbed velour-ish fabric that feels just lovely, and looks very textured and rich in tone, even though that’s not quite showing to its best advantage in the photo. The colour is called “tobacco,” and it is a lovely golden olive/brown, which also happens to be one of those weird colours that suits me.

Anyway, that’s a lot to say about a tunic and leggings.

Details:

Duster: August Silk, remixed. This was a really good addition to my wardrobe.

Necklace: Debenham’s, remixed. Thank goodness for that archive feature, since I couldn’t remember!

Tunic: French Connection. You know, for all my “omg so short!” thoughts as outlined above, I can well imagine on the right person, this would look great as a casual summer dress, with bare legs and sandals or espadrilles.

Leggings: Marks & Spencer. Oh, I can say more about these; they’re great! Lovely and warm, and they fit like a dream.

Boots: New Look, remixed. It’s been years since I wore these, and they were actually in the giveaway pile, until I really needed something comfortable. (Another blister, sigh.) So they got a temporary reprieve, but they’re not terribly supportive, and I expect they’ll end up going away in the end.

  • 3rd September
    2012
  • 03
Desigual is always highly visible, and today is Monday, so they’re a good match. I hope all my friends in the US are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and that the oncoming autumn is good for everybody. 1 May is Labour Day over here, so this was just an ordinary Monday for me, other than the lovely sunshine and warm weather, which has been anything but ordinary this summer, alas. I did get out to enjoy it, and even though I’m largely swathed in black here, my clothes were light and breezy and totally comfortable in the warm temperatures.
Details:
Cardigan: August Silk, remixed. I am so glad I have this; most of my other long cardigans are wool or other animal fibres, and having one in cotton is filling a major gap.
Tunic: Desigual, remixed.
Belt: Topshop, remixed. I love this belt so much; my arms are mostly covering it in this picture, but something about the triple wrap and the gaps between them actually gives my rather straight waist quite a bit of definition.
Bling: Various, remixed. I have been heavily loading my arms up with bracelets lately, and I often find that I feel like a necklace or anything other than discreet earrings feels like too much on top of that, especially since I wear two or three rings every day.
Leggings: Gap, remixed.
Cage shoes: New Look, remixed. I am so delighted with these.
Check out the lovely ladies at the lovely Patti’s weekly Visible Monday round-up!

Desigual is always highly visible, and today is Monday, so they’re a good match. I hope all my friends in the US are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and that the oncoming autumn is good for everybody. 1 May is Labour Day over here, so this was just an ordinary Monday for me, other than the lovely sunshine and warm weather, which has been anything but ordinary this summer, alas. I did get out to enjoy it, and even though I’m largely swathed in black here, my clothes were light and breezy and totally comfortable in the warm temperatures.

Details:

Cardigan: August Silk, remixed. I am so glad I have this; most of my other long cardigans are wool or other animal fibres, and having one in cotton is filling a major gap.

Tunic: Desigual, remixed.

Belt: Topshop, remixed. I love this belt so much; my arms are mostly covering it in this picture, but something about the triple wrap and the gaps between them actually gives my rather straight waist quite a bit of definition.

Bling: Various, remixed. I have been heavily loading my arms up with bracelets lately, and I often find that I feel like a necklace or anything other than discreet earrings feels like too much on top of that, especially since I wear two or three rings every day.

Leggings: Gap, remixed.

Cage shoes: New Look, remixed. I am so delighted with these.

Check out the lovely ladies at the lovely Patti’s weekly Visible Monday round-up!

  • 11th June
    2012
  • 11
Day one of Megan and Keely's latest Fashion Challenge, and today is Solid Bright or Bold Print. I, as you see, am wearing a brightly coloured bold print. I’ve had this one hanging on the rail since at least last autumn, when I picked it up on clearance, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I love the print and the colours so much, and it’s wildly comfortable, but it feels just a little Mrs. Roper to me. Knee-length, or at least lower on the thigh, and I’d be fine with it, as a dress, but as a tunic, eh, still not sure. Nonetheless, it was cheery and bright and swingy, and the really huge sleeves were kind of interesting to try, seeing as I normally prefer my sleeves pretty fitted.
Given that there’s so much I do like about this, I’m not ready to send it off to the charity shop yet, but it’s going back on the rail for a while, as I give some thought to how else I can style it. I definitely felt highly visible today, which is good, because it is, of course, Visible Monday over at Patti's blog. After several days wearing muddy wellies and profoundly unflattering jeans while planting my vegetable patch, among other things, it was very nice to be able to dress up just a skosh today.
Details:
Tunic: Wallis
Necklace: H&M, remixed.
Leggings: Gap, remixed.
Clogs: Rockport. Orange! Shoes! This looked way better than it photographed, incidentally. The whole outfit did, in motion, but the shoes look extra weird in this photo.

Day one of Megan and Keely's latest Fashion Challenge, and today is Solid Bright or Bold Print. I, as you see, am wearing a brightly coloured bold print. I’ve had this one hanging on the rail since at least last autumn, when I picked it up on clearance, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I love the print and the colours so much, and it’s wildly comfortable, but it feels just a little Mrs. Roper to me. Knee-length, or at least lower on the thigh, and I’d be fine with it, as a dress, but as a tunic, eh, still not sure. Nonetheless, it was cheery and bright and swingy, and the really huge sleeves were kind of interesting to try, seeing as I normally prefer my sleeves pretty fitted.

Given that there’s so much I do like about this, I’m not ready to send it off to the charity shop yet, but it’s going back on the rail for a while, as I give some thought to how else I can style it. I definitely felt highly visible today, which is good, because it is, of course, Visible Monday over at Patti's blog. After several days wearing muddy wellies and profoundly unflattering jeans while planting my vegetable patch, among other things, it was very nice to be able to dress up just a skosh today.

Details:

Tunic: Wallis

Necklace: H&M, remixed.

Leggings: Gap, remixed.

Clogs: Rockport. Orange! Shoes! This looked way better than it photographed, incidentally. The whole outfit did, in motion, but the shoes look extra weird in this photo.

  • 27th February
    2012
  • 27
After two consecutive Mondays when visibility was not my highest priority (one was a funeral, the other was a sick spouse), I am back this week, and very glad to be. So I’m hopping back in on Visible Monday 35, and as always, many thanks to the lovely Patti for hosting.
This outfit was chosen primarily because I needed (for some value of ‘need,’ that isn’t actually, you know, need) to try on a tunic I want to wear with this cardigan. I am dreadful at eyeballing lengths, and so just putting together an ensemble that’s almost identical to the one I’d be creating with the new tunic seemed like a good idea. It was. You’ll be seeing the end result very soon.
I liked this outfit a lot. The weather’s been pretty mild for a couple of days now, so I didn’t fear freezing, and with as much as I love winter clothes, it felt so good to wear something much lighter weight, and if not exactly springlike, at least not so obviously winter clothing.
Happy Visible Monday, all, and please do check out the other participants!
Details:
Necklace: Thrifted. No idea where the heck this originally came from, but I found it oddly appealing.
Cardigan: Tag says “Primrose,” and I got it at TK Maxx. It’s made by the same company, and is of the same luscious fibre mix as the ruffly/waterfall cardigan I wore last week. Since the style was substantially different from the other long black cardi, and it was every bit as cheap as well, I figured it was probably worth it. And, again, the knit is just so soft and luxurious. I like the nipped-in waist a lot.
Tunic: H&M. Still more stripes.
Bangles: Various, remixed.
Leggings: No idea. I’ve long since detagged them, and just fished them out of the basket where the leggings reside.
Boots: Duo, Misa, remixed.

After two consecutive Mondays when visibility was not my highest priority (one was a funeral, the other was a sick spouse), I am back this week, and very glad to be. So I’m hopping back in on Visible Monday 35, and as always, many thanks to the lovely Patti for hosting.

This outfit was chosen primarily because I needed (for some value of ‘need,’ that isn’t actually, you know, need) to try on a tunic I want to wear with this cardigan. I am dreadful at eyeballing lengths, and so just putting together an ensemble that’s almost identical to the one I’d be creating with the new tunic seemed like a good idea. It was. You’ll be seeing the end result very soon.

I liked this outfit a lot. The weather’s been pretty mild for a couple of days now, so I didn’t fear freezing, and with as much as I love winter clothes, it felt so good to wear something much lighter weight, and if not exactly springlike, at least not so obviously winter clothing.

Happy Visible Monday, all, and please do check out the other participants!

Details:

Necklace: Thrifted. No idea where the heck this originally came from, but I found it oddly appealing.

Cardigan: Tag says “Primrose,” and I got it at TK Maxx. It’s made by the same company, and is of the same luscious fibre mix as the ruffly/waterfall cardigan I wore last week. Since the style was substantially different from the other long black cardi, and it was every bit as cheap as well, I figured it was probably worth it. And, again, the knit is just so soft and luxurious. I like the nipped-in waist a lot.

Tunic: H&M. Still more stripes.

Bangles: Various, remixed.

Leggings: No idea. I’ve long since detagged them, and just fished them out of the basket where the leggings reside.

Boots: Duo, Misa, remixed.