Every year I think to myself that I need to start gathering some sort of winter wardrobe, clothes that will see me through the morning commute after Jack Frost has been and it's minus two degrees (as it was this morning). However, every year it gets to the middle of December and I'm still wearing autumn favourites, just with a few (read: a hundred) more layers. Saturday's outfit was no different to my usual as I wore this culotte jumpsuit I loved throughout October and have blogged about too many times since (here & here to be precise). Teamed with a shirt, an oversized cardigan, boots and socks (because sandals won't do when it's minus 2), I'm pleased to have yet another outfit to incorporate this Sue Ryder jumpsuit, one of my absolute favourite charity shop purchases of 2016!
05 December, 2016
01 December, 2016
Jumper: Topshop (Old but Similar), Shirt: Primark (Old but Similar), Skirt: Marks and Spencer (Old but Similar-ish), Boots: Shoe Zone
There's something about re-discovering old favourites from the back of the wardrobe/bottom of the draw that I enjoy. These days I shop using the Lucy Siegle method, always asking myself whether I wear things a minimum of 30 times before taking the plunge. To help me apply this method I think of at least 3 outfits I could incorporate the item into - unless it's something like a good ol' fancy dress for an occasion which I would happily wear as it is a fair number of times. Another way to ensure that I wear an item more than 30 times is to find a way to take that item from season to season. Here are a few little pointers to take even the most summery of skirts through to autumn and winter.
1. Layer, Layer and then add another Layer
The outfit I'm wearing for this post is a layered combination of some items that have been part of my wardrobe for a hell'uva long time. I blogged about this shirt in the earlier years of my blog and I love the collar as much then as I do now. It adds a little edge to any jumper/shirt combo and is the perfect layering piece for when a jumper alone just won't cut it.
Wearing a jumper under dresses, playsuit and pinafore dresses is also another layering thing I love to do and pretty much how I survive between November and February in this country. See here, here and here for knits under non-winter pieces.
2. Add Over the Knee Boots
Over the knee boots are something I'm yet to to invest in but I have been lusting over them from afar for the past year. When on the shorter side, as I am, it's hard to find a pair that don't cover my entire leg. But when I find that perfect pair I will be teaming them with dresses and skirts to keep those knees toasty.
3. Add Winter Accessorise
With a wooly hat, a faux fur stole and all the possible winter accessorise on offer, an outfit perfect for the warmest day can easily be taken through to December. My favourite accessorise to keep as much heat in as possible is a fedora. I have a black fedora which I dig out every year but ASOS always have a selection of hat's I'm forever considering moving from my Saved Items to my virtual basket including a black panama hat with buckles. It might have to be a Christmas present to me..from me.
Here's a bonus way to keep wearing those summer favourites in winter. Point numero 3.5 if you will.
3.5 Wear that Mulled Wine Blanket
And if all else fails, put on the summer outfit and have a little mulled wine. It is December after all.
28 November, 2016
Being a great supporter of all clothes second-hand my usual go-to places to shop are charity shops such as Oxfam, Barnardo's, Prospect Hospice and many, many more. I usually overlook vintage shops, not because I love them any less, but because they seem to be located in areas I dont often find myself in. However, whilst experiencing my first ever bottomless brunch at The Jar Kitchen** (with poached eggs, bloomin' amazing donuts and a few bubbles) my friend suggested a trip to Rokit. Not one to have to be asked twice to shop amongst a whole lot of retro loveliness, we hotfooted (albeit, with a slight prosecco sway in our hotfoot) off to one of my favourite vintage haunts.
As with the suggestion of going to Rokit, I didn't need much persuasion to prompt me to purchase this revamped vintage jumper. Being a little cropped it's perfect for those on the shorter side like, ahem, me! If, also like me, you are now hibernating for winter during the evenings and weekends, Rokit have a wonderful website with a selection of unique upcycled sweatshirts (including a burgundy cold-shoulder number which is next on my vintage wishlist), dresses, skirts and a enough second-hand loveliness to fill plenty of those Christmas stockings.
** Sidenote: How I hadn't discovered bottomless brunches sooner is beyond me - they should be at least a bi-weekly occurrence.
19 November, 2016
It's the time of year/week for another velvet related post - and another original post title. With Storm Angus pretty much over my head as I type I am wrapped up with the biggest jumper, 15 pairs of socks and a blanket - winter is on it's way people. With the sun going down before I leave work I seem to be drawn to all things knit and velvet in those second-hand shops when doing a little sustainable shopping. Since I spoke about all things velvet in my last post - I'll save you another paragraph of velvet waffling and leave you with my favourite new velvet green kimono from my favourite Oxfam!
12 November, 2016
With velvet being all the rage at the moment, I was per-retty happy when I spotted this dress amongst the Oxfam rails. This dress has been homemade which is something I love finding whilst mooching around the second-hand shops. There's something about knowing someone has put the time and effort into sitting down and making a piece unique for them which I find a little special. After well and truly catching the velvet bug I got on the Oxfam website and began scouting out a few more velvet favourites. By 'scouting out' I mean typing 'velvet' into the search bar and lusting after everything that was returned in the search - online shopping is just a little too easy for my bank balance. A few favourites returned in the search include a velvet deep red dress (festive, eh?), velvet tartan shorts and a crimson, velvet, slouchy t-shirt which I think would be perfect for December with a matching lip-stick - better get tweeting Candice, she'll be able to help on that front!
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