I’ve been ploughing through the closet orphans lately, and trying to decide whether or not to keep them. My personal style seems to have moved on quite a lot as I’ve come along with this blog, and things I’d have worn a lot a year or two ago often languish, not because I don’t like them, but because I just don’t feel like wearing them. They aren’t much of a reflection of who I am right now, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever want to wear them again, and frankly, stuff I’m probably not going to wear again should not be occupying my limited storage space.
With that said, I’m hanging on to some of my more classic things, because, whether I feel like it or not, there are some places I go, and some occasions that dictate a classic look, and being able to throw something like that together quickly is valuable enough for me to spend storage space on it.
Which brings me to this outfit. A couple of years ago, I was all about stuff that looks like this, and I did feel just fine wearing this today. The tunic is, according to its manufacturer, a dress, and, sorry, no, my short hemline limit is determined by whether or not my bare thighs are going to come in contact with a seating surface, and this ‘dress’ does not fall within that limit. That said, I still have not lost my love of stripes, and I wish this thing were three inches longer, because the fit is otherwise perfect. If it met that condition, it would be an automatic keeper, because that is a dress I want, and have yet to find. I’m going to hang onto it a while longer, to see if I wear it, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go, especially if I can find something similar with a longer hem.
The mostly unworn leggings are staying; to me, leggings are much like tights in that I want ALL the colours, and storage takes up a trivial amount of space, so I’m highly unlikely to get rid of leggings or tights if I wear them only rarely. Plus, these are super well-made, and never ever bag on me, and quality like that is rare and precious in leggings.
Scarf: Thrifted, remixed.
Tunic: Joules. This is just beautifully made, and fits so incredibly well, as mentioned above.
Bag: Cath Kidston, remixed.
Leggings: Next, remixed. I have a white pair of the same make, and they have absolutely NO show-through, which is kind of the curse of white leggings, further proving my assertion that these are a total cut above your usual high street leggings.
Red is definitely one of my happy colours. I thrifted this linen dress about a week ago. Normally, I much prefer non-abstract florals, but I loved this dress instantly, and was delighted to find it was not only my usual size, but a LONG in my usual size.
I went with the denim jacket to toughen up and de-prissify this dress; with a cardigan, it’d be verging on too sweet for my tastes. Also, in spite of the bright sunshine, it was pretty crisp out there (in JULY, people!) and I needed the warmth. My upper body is much more sensitive to cold than my legs, so the bare legs and open shoes weren’t a problem. Anyway, I’ve been desperate to wear summer dresses, even though we’re apparently not going to have a proper summer at all, so chilly breeze or not, I was definitely not missing an opportunity to take advantage of what at least looked like a summer day.
Denim Jacket: Gap, thrifted, remixed yet again. I was going to go with one of my boxier cropped denim jackets, but since my dress was without pockets, I knew I’d need the awesome inner pockets on this awesome jacket for my iPhone.
Jewelery: Mostly pearls, all inherited or gifted.
Dress: Marks & Spencer, thrifted. I know a lot of people hate linen for its tendency to wrinkle, but it’s one of my favourite fibres, so I don’t mind. This dress didn’t crease much at all, actually, and I suspect that’s because it’s a pretty heavy weave, and a strongly structured silhouette.
Bag: John Lewis, remixed.
Espadrilles: Evans. Evans is one of the very few high street retailers that actually carries women’s shoes in sizes up to a UK10, so I do check them out come clearance time. Like practically everything else Evans does, most of their shoes are constructed from man-made fibres, which is sort of enraging, because honest to god, as a former fat chick, the ubiquity of shitty polyester was the bane of my existence, and I know perfectly well I was not alone in feeling that way. If you get lucky, though, you may find real leather in there, so large-footed ladies, take note. It can happen.
Another Visible Monday, courtesy of Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, and I am so happy with this outfit. I am not even done with this outfit yet, in terms of coming up with a complete styling, but what I’ve got so far makes me ecstatic. This woman you’re seeing right here in this outfit? This is me. I think I’m onto something here, in terms of nailing down my personal style, and the way this thing came together makes me pretty confident in saying that.
It began with some absent-minded window shopping at H&M. I was killing a little time, with no intention at all of buying anything, when I saw the peacoat. It’s wool, it’s well-made, and they’d knocked it down to £10 on clearance. I have been watching the thrifts for a peacoat for some time now, and frankly, I’d be shocked if I’d found one that cheap. Admittedly, this is H&M, and that’s not usually the hallmark of quality, but this particular coat really is pretty good. So I got it, and as I walked around town, I quickly figured out exactly how I wanted to style it. (Bearing in mind a peacoat is almost infinitely styleable anyway.)
I’m currently besotted with dark blues, like navy and cobalt. I’m kind of loving primary colours in general, and I’d been thinking that I wanted to mix dark blue and red, as I’ve done here. My original thought was that I wanted a long sleeve t-shirt dress, with thin white stripes on a field of navy blue, to wear under the coat, and then I’d punch it up with strong red accessories. You would think, wouldn’t you, that a dress like I just described would be pretty easy to find, and I saw things very similar to it, but not exactly what I was looking for. (I’m goin’ hyper-particular on this one.) I will find it eventually, but in the meantime, I came up with this. I was planning on going very casual, with the red tee and the peacoat worn with jeans and red sneakers, but then the whole thing just morphed into what I’m wearing here, and but for the fact that I’m not crazy about the boots and this particular red bag with this outfit (I have a blister. These boots baby that. I thought this was my only red handbag. As it turns out, that was wrong, but whatever.) I am just totally chuffed with this.
Giddy over an outfit. Probably I need to get more of a life, but a good clothes day can really buck me up, particularly in the dead of depressing winter. I will be fine-tuning this one, you can bet on it.
Sunglasses: Jigsaw, remixed. (So bright and SO COLD today, yeesh.)
Earrings: Xmas gift from husband several years back.
Necklace: Inherited from Grandma.
Long-sleeve tee: Dorothy Perkins.
Scarf: Bought from some wool shop on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, on our vacation last year, remixed.
Skirt: Primark. Yes, another tube skirt. I’m currently in love with navy blue, what can I say?
Handbag: Cath Kidston. I think this is remixed?
Tights: Topshop, remixed.
Boots: Deichmann, remixed.
See here for supplemental photos; I just liked this particular one.)