Friday, March 24, 2017

Outfit: March 15th – Navy Suit, Sort Of

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It was another beautifully sunny day on Wednesday. I wore a mis-matched navy suit (the jacket is a little lighter than the pants) and dressed it down with sneakers and stripes as there is no need to wear a suit in my office. I love this little navy blazer. I bought it on eBay with the matching skirt about four or five years ago for about £10. The skirt was too small so I sold it on, but for that price I didn’t mind just having the jacket and it has certainly been worn enough to bring its cost per wear into fairly low pence.

The pants I got in Next last year when I was temping and needed some smarter work trousers. When my previous office went casual full time I didn’t bother to replace many of my smarter trousers so when I suddenly had to smarten myself up again I was short. They are not supposed to be cropped, that’s just what Next’s long length looks like on me (and probably why Next and all other retailers should rethink their definition of ‘long’). It was spring though, so it didn’t really matter. And the top is ancient H&M – I also have the red version of this and purchased the navy colourway as I knew the sleeve length was good on the red one for a non-tall item. But also because, buttons on the sleeves and shoulder.

Blazer – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Top – H&M
Trousers – Next
Shoes – Primark
Necklace – Primark (charity shop)

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Outfit: March 14th – Red Jacket

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I like to wear a jacket rather than a sweater or cardi as my cover up to smarten up my outfits a bit. This bright red number is by Episode but was purchased from a charity shop a couple of years ago for all of about £5. The only thing I would change about it is the zip, for a silver one, but that isn’t a big deal. I like the fitted shape and the bright, vibrant colour.

I kept the rest of my outfit fairly simple with the black pants and stripes, but I added in a leopard print shoe and my leopard print hoop earrings just for a little something extra.

Jacket – Episode (charity shop)
Top – Zara (sale)
Pants – F+F at Tesco
Shoes – George at ASDA
Earrings – gifted
Necklace – gifted

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Outfit: March 13th – Gingham

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Gingham is a big trend this season so I raided my wardrobe for this gingham shirt that I’ve had for a couple of years but which tends to only get worn in the summer. It’s a TM Lewin men’s one that I picked up in a charity shop because of the super long sleeves/big cuffs. I always check (pun not intentional!) out the men’s shirt section of charity shops for shirts in size small or extra small, as I find that men’s shirts are longer in the sleeve and body and therefore fit me.

If you’re wearing a shirt with sleeves as fabulous as this you have to play them up, so I folded them over my cardigan sleeves. And thus tapped into the insane sleeve trend at the same time. Or whatever we’re calling that one.

Cardi – F+F at Tesco
Shirt – TM Lewin men’s (charity shop)
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins Tall
Shoes – TK Maxx
Necklace – gifted

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Outfit: March 10th – Feeling Spring

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I felt really spring-like in this outfit. I think it was the turned up jeans and the white pumps. And possibly the exposed shoulder. You can really only wear white pumps when there’s no danger of them getting wet or dirty outside, making it officially spring in my book.

It occurred to me last week that I could use my gel styling spray as my everyday hairspray, not just to hold curls and waves in place. Hence this fabulous 90s side-sweep I was sporting this day. And it stayed exactly like that all day, even after walking to work and back.

Top – Amazon
Vest – M&S
Jeans – New Look (distressed by me)
Shoes – Primark

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Outfit: March 9th – Lace Up Shoes

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Some mornings I will try on a couple of different shoes with an outfit, to see which ones will work best. This was one of those days and it was a toss-up between the lace up flats I have on, and my white trainer/pumps (fake Converse from Primark). I tried the white pumps on and I freaking loved the look, but decided that ultimately the shoes were more office appropriate and less likely to get dirty as it had been raining in the early morning and the ground outside was still wet. I will definitely be returning to this outfit with the white pumps though. Probably next week.

My hair was third day and behaving extremely well. I brushed out the previous days curls, straightened out the overnight kinks with my flat iron (I’d slept with a ponytail in), applied a little dry shampoo to the roots and then used what I have decided is my holy grail hair product: Wella’s Gel Styler from the Shockwaves range. It’s a hairspray but it’s a liquid gel that is a million times better for holding my hair in place than any regular hairspray I’ve ever tried. It is the ONLY thing that will hold a curl in my hair, it seems to give me more wave/curl than I think I’ve created when I spray it onto my hair and now I’ve written this they’ll probably discontinue it. Hey ho.

Sweater – Primark
Trousers – Next
Shoes – Primark
Necklace – Primark (via charity shop)

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Outfit: March 8th – Spring Green

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Mint green is always a great colour for spring and this sweater comes out each spring for that very reason. I mean, I wear it at other times of the year too, but it’s the perfect shade for spring, don’t you think?

I love that chokers are a thing again! They’re so 90s, but in a good way. Whilst I have no desire to revisit some of the 90s trends (men’s shirts belted over leggings, little strappy dresses over t shirts with pumps anyone? Anyone?) chokers are a subtle nod to the era and one I can totally get on board with.

I got these shoes to replace my beloved black lace up Primark ones which I literally wore to death last summer (they have a hole in one of the soles). I am going to attempt a DIY repair of them as the cobbler said there was nothing he could do (and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Primark re-issue the style this spring), but this cross strap pair was reduced in the New Look to the same price as the Primark ones so I took a chance on them. They’re cute, not as cute as the Primark ones, but they’re a pointy toe flat which is my favourite kind so they’re fine for this spring/summer.

Sweater – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Trousers – Forever 21
Shoes – New Look
Choker – Primark
Necklace – gifted

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Outfit: March 7th – Sans Flash

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There must have been too much light when I took these photos as the flash on my camera only went off for a few of the photos. Not that I’m complaining about too much light, but it seemed dark on the landing. Annoyingly my camera’s flash settings are either off or auto, and if it decides the flash isn’t needed there’s nothing I can do to override it.

It’s hard to know which way to go with outfits in these early days of spring. Pants with bare feet and shoes, or skirts with shoes but still tights because it’s not warm enough to go without as yet (and, let’s face it, it will NEVER be warm enough to go without tights with this skirt)? I went the skirt and tights route on this sunny Tuesday, with ballet flats rather than boots or brogues. It’s a cute little skirt but it will need to be retired for the summer.

It was warm enough for a lightweight knit too. This sweater works best with high waisted skirts I feel, though it’s OK with jeans if they’re not too low cut at the waist.

I ended up switching out the shoes when I went home at dinnertime. Maybe my feet have shrunk, the shoes have stretched out or the tights were too slippery, I don’t know, but the shoes felt like they were falling off my feet so I changed into lace up pumps.

Sweater – c/o TM Lewin
Skirt – Topshop (gifted)
Shoes – George at ASDA (eBay)
Necklace – gifted

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