This actually does fit. In the right places; it was just kind of askew since I bent down to shove my cat’s arse out of the photo and then straightened back up and didn’t have time to adjust. And also forgot, anyway, so in all the photos I took today, I look a bit dishevelled. But that’s OK! I loved my dress anyway.
I had a couple of goes with different tights and shoes, before copping out and settling on black and more black, but I was running out of time after the first couple of disastrous pairings, including a pair of tan tights that matched the dress well enough, but that I’ve always kind of disliked on. I figured out why today — they remind me of hideous old school “suntan” coloured tights from the 70s and 80s, even though they’re opaque. So out they go; once I got that idea into my head, it was all over for them.
The weekend was good! The barbeque was awesome, and we all had a good time. I seem to be the designated fancy dessert maker, and my Summer Pudding Mark II (this time, I was able to find red currants and blackberries) went down very well indeed. All the leftover bread got stashed in the freezer for an upcoming bread pudding. (I am getting totally into making stodgy English puddings these days.)
Waving hello to all my fellow countrypersons, and wishing you all a happy Labor Day from this side of the pond.
Scarf: It’s silk, its colourful, it’s thrifted.
Dress: Olive and Orange, which is apparently an Orla Kiely diffusion line. It’s nice, heavy, cotton jersey, and it may not show well, but it’s finely striped in coral and tan.
Bag: Jones the Bootmaker. I retired a similar bag that I never quite liked when I found this one in the recent clearance.
Tights: M&S, remixed, and I think I need to size down when I replace these, since they go a bit baggy around the ankles.
I call this look Middle-Aged Lady Works All Morning Then Runs Errands & Goes To The Outlet Village. Because that’s what I did today. Totally phoning it in, and because the weather looked as if it could go either way when I left the house, I played it safe, and made sure I wouldn’t freeze if it all went to hell.
Naturally, it was gorgeous, and I could’ve got away with something more springlike. Ah, well. At least I’m NOT wearing grey or black, right?
Suede blazer: Lakeland, thrifted, remixed. This is a great weight for this kind of weather, as it is capable of keeping a biting wind at bay, but isn’t too hot in somewhat warmer weather. There’s a reason I have so many leather/suede jackets. (I mean, aside from just loving them.)
Scarf: All Saints, remixed.
Long-sleeved tee: Gap, remixed. This is a waffle-weave Henley.
Belt: Errr, some German company whose name I can’t recall, but they make good belts. Remixed.
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind, remixed. Still very pleased with these.
Shoes: I have no idea, but they’re kind of brogue-like, with a buckle on the side, and kind of cowboy boot-style heels. I bought these so long ago I can’t recall where I got them, and then they languished, because I thought they’d hurt my feet. I was wrong; they’re super comfortable, and I’m only not pissed off at myself for letting them sit so long because now they’re basically still brand new, and not already wearing out! (Will get a better photo of them next time.)
Another Visible Monday rolls around, and here I am. The weather got almost-springlike over the weekend, and the sunshine stuck around today, so I was able to get away with this relatively light suede blazer for my outerwear. I have a lot of coats, and I love them, but wow, it feels good to ditch the heavy wool and not feel as if I’m freezing to death.
I liked this outfit, and felt it suited me, but it did cause me to spend some time contemplating my small handful of fashion personas, none of which I can simply settle on and call my style. This particular look would be leaning towards the ageing prep end of my own personal style spectrum. Also, see “age appropriate, other than the skirt length.” There’s always some killjoy just waiting to tell 40+ women to cover it up, but sod that killjoy anyway. At least I’m wearing opaque tights, right?
Faux Hermes scarf: Tie Rack, remixed. This is not any sort of counterfeit, or anything like that; the Hermes influence is just obvious in the equestrian motif print. One of these days, I’m going to splash out on the real thing, assuming I can ever make up my mind which to buy.
Suede blazer: Lakeland, thrifted, remixed. (I think it’s remixed, anyway. I’ve definitely worn it before.) A bit of fancy stitching on the lapels to this one, although it’s not showing up in the photo. A good find, since this is a great colour fit for my wardrobe.
Ribbed black bateau neck jumper: Monsoon, remixed.
Skirt: Next, thrifted. I’ve wanted something like this for a while, and I lucked into it last week. I’m getting much fonder of A-line skirts all the time; for as much as I love a pencil skirt, I do think A-lines are probably more flattering to my narrow hips.
Oh hey, it’s that denim miniskirt again. After the second wearing, when I concluded I really wasn’t tired of wearing it yet, I decided to make a challenge of it: remix this skirt for a (work) week. I’ve been perfectly happy with everything I’ve come up with so far, although it’s all a bit same-y, but that’s OK with me. I’m comfortable and content, but will be ready to move on at the weekend, I think.
Scarf: Steve Madden, via TK Maxx.
Jacket: The ubiquitous thrifted Laura Ashley corduroy peacoat. Remixed, oh yes. More than once this week, but it’s a perfect weight for the weather right now, and it will be in hibernation soon enough, so I’m going to wear & enjoy it as much as I please while it’s so weather-friendly.
Tee: Zara, remixed. Stripes, ftw.
Skirt: Gap, remixed.
Tights: Primark, remixed.
Boots: Yeah. Duo. Wearing these as much as possible before the weather turns, as well.