I’m a big fan of boho styling but have veered away from it while my hair has been shorter as it just didn’t really work (that sounds really stupid when I put it into words, but I know what I mean).
Now my locks are getting longer, I feel that hippy dresses and floaty tops suit me again.
As luck would have it, Asda had some perfect bits and pieces in their sale which I snapped up!
Embroidered front tie neck blouse – £8
I’ve worn this with leather look jeans and ankle boots, but it will also be perfect with ripped blue jeans or denim shorts and sandals in the better weather
Crochet trim burgundy patterned swing dress – £8
I wore this with tights and chunky lace up shoe boots to the pantomime (oh yes I did!) but can’t wait to pair it with bare legs and ankle boots or gladiator sandals in summer. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t need ironing, plus the shape makes it a perfect eating dress!
Every so often it feels like the fashion planets align and something amazing happens.
That has happened this week, in not one but two guises!
Whilst I’m trying veryrather quite hard to buy less clothes (while simultaneously clearing out planning to clear out a lot of stuff I already own) some things just can’t be ignored.
Like sequin trousers. I mean, just look!
I have a pair of matt silver sequin trousers that I bought in the sale last year and L.O.V.E. I wore them on New Years Eve with a black high neck top and black pointed stilettos and I felt awesome (this is the best picture I have, and yes that’s a foam light sabre type thing).
So why would I not invest a measly £11 in another colour? These are slightly different style; they have a side zip (the others are pull on) and an ankle zip (what’s not to like). I’m just to have them in my wardrobe.
The second thing is this fringe skirt. This is the closest I’ve gotten to a feather skirt, which I’ve never been able to find (and I don’t imagine would be particularly slimming anyway). The fringes are made from a silken shiny thread and swish pleasingly due to their zig zag arrangement.
I have nowhere to wear it, and I don’t care! Its just fab. And again a total bargain at just £12.
A couple of extras I added to the order just because they looked cute (always dangerous) and now I can’t decide between them and want tomight probably will keep both. At £10 each these double layer chiffon dresses are a great bargain and could be dressed up or down. The kind of thing that’s worth having in your wardrobe for a party but could also be paired with flat sandals in summer (the beaded neck trim isn’t too blingy). And the green is quite different to anything else I have in my wardrobe. But the black is too nice to send back. Dilemma.
But 4 amazing items of loveliness for less than £50? H&M, if I was wearing a hat I would take it off to you!
I have to say that H&M really excel when it comes to sale time. I hate it in store, but online is very good. They’ve also improved their delivery time which used to be quite lengthy, and the return/refund process seems quicker too.
I’m a huge fan of shawls and wraps for winter months. I drive to work (and everywhere, really!) so I don’t need a big winter coat, and I find that layering suits my needs much better. Winter coats are too cumbersome and hot.
So, my go to solution for the last couple of years has been wearing a mid weight jacket (I have a velvet riding jacket, and a velvet duster coat, or even a lightweight leather jacket) and throwing a shawl over the top. Perfect.
They also double up as an extra layer in the office, which I can wrap up in early doors and then throw off as it gets warmer towards the end of the day (although my boss did refer to one as my dog blanket last year!) Yesterday I was so cold I wrapped it round my legs in a granny style blanket. Cosy!
I bought this one before Christmas, from Matalan. It was £12 and I’ve already worn it loads. I’m always drawn to plummy colours and this works well with my wardrobe.
Last year I had this one too, which is slightly shorter and dressier, which was ideal for a more corporate office. It’s knitted with a crochet edge and feels slightly cape like! I wore it to death, until the trim had started to pull off and it had gone all bobbly. It also comes in cream. Again £12.
One more from Matalan, which they don’t do this year, is exactly the same as the one below, but without a toggle. It’s black with a herringbone trim, and fully reversible on to the herringbone side.
The one shown is from Peacocks current stock and costs £16. The only difference (and I know because I’ve seen it in real life) is the toggle.
I love this one from Peacocks – two looks in one. I’ve been hankering after a tartan one and could be very tempted by this. Must. Not. Buy.
And also this Aztec cream and blue one which would look great in milder weather with ripped blue jeans and stone fringed suede ankle boots.
I received this gorgeous one as a gift from my Mom and her husband at Christmas. It’s a snuggly popcorn knit and very cosy.
Here’s me all wrapped up in it – I was freezing!
I ordered both of these from New Look, which are in the sale and down to £18.74 each.
These have the addition of a fur collar and are both absolutely lovely. BUT I don’t really need another one (that pains me to say) and so I returned them. Wah! I haven’t ruled out reordering them if they drop in price further.
This one from New Look is also a good size and colour, at a bargainous £6.
I wasn’t sure if it looked too much like a blanket because it’s completely plain, so that went back too.
(feeling very virtuous, I’m trying ever so hard to be more selective with what I keep from my online shopping sprees for both money and space reasons).
Back to Matalan, who have this knit animal print one (more cardigan/cape like than blanket wrap).
And also this ombre one, which would be a good neutral all rounder.
I’ve had 3 major disappointments with online orders recently. These are things that I’ve been hankering after for ages (in some cases, years).
The timing is probably good, because between Christmas shopping and spending money on our home I’m not exactly in the best financial place. But you know when you really really want something to be great? And your mind has already run away with you about how your life is going to be better as a result? That!
The first thing is this grey fur coat.
Now I know I said I wasn’t in the market for a new fur coat. But I was lying. I’ve been hankering after a grey one for ages; in fact this very coat is the one that prompted me to put that post together, although by the time I got round to it the grey had disappeared (hence me featuring the cream). But then it came back online; in the Dorothy Perkins half price Black Friday sale (is it just me, or do they always have discount offers on?) It was set to be my find of the season at less than £30.
Alas, it made me look like the honey monster. The shape made my posture look wrong; all round shouldered and weird, plus it was the kind of hairy fur that moults and gets everywhere.
Second fail was this coat from New Look. Be still my inner Penny Lane (read my review of Almost Famous here). I’ve wanted a suede and shaggy fur coat like this in forever. OK, this is faux suede, but that’s ok, I’m not a fabric snob.
Unfortunately it didn’t even resemble faux suede. It was more like orange cardboard. And the shaggy fur looked like it had been left to dry after being submerged in a muddy puddle. Penny Lane was not to be.
Finally, on a different tip, a hairstyler which I was sure would revolutionise my barnet (I haven’t moaned about it for a while!) I found the UK version of the one handed blowdryer from Revlon, on Amazon, and kindly told asked the husband if he would buy it for me if it was any good.
Unfortunately it wasn’t. It took ages to dry and it was awkward to get right to the roots. I gave up in the and finished off with my hairdryer and straighteners. Such a shame as I was mega excited about that.
Have you had any shopping disappointments recently?
I’m a fan of layering long sleeved tops under short sleeve or sleeveless stuff when the weather gets colder – it means all year round wear for clothes that would usually be useless in winter.
I prefer to layer underneath than on top, because I pretty much hate cardigans, apart from the very odd few. Whilst I appreciate the benefit of being able to take one off if you get hot, they’re usually at odds with the length of your coat or the neckline on what you’re wearing underneath. I’ll wear blanket cardigans and long cardigans instead of a coat, when it’s mild enough, but once you need an extra outer layer I just find them awkward to work with.
This year, it seems the polo neck is back and de rigeur. I love a fine knit slim fit black polo. It works in so many ways.
And this little beauty from H&M is perfect for layering.
It’s thin jersey, so won’t bunch up under dresses or waistbands, and the neckline isn’t so bulky that it will annoy you and leave you wanting to claw your own skin off by the end of the day,
Best of all it’s only £7.99.
I actually have some summer dresses that are a bit too short to wear in actual summer (they need the flesh hiding properties of opaque tights) so this is an ideal way to integrate them into my autumn/winter wardrobe.
I’ve also purchased a slightly different option in a ribbed fabric, from Tesco F&F. Again it’s only fine, so not too bulky underneath clothes, and the neck is a nice tight fit to keep you snuggly. This one is £8. I’m wearing it today for the first time, under a jersey dress and it’s very comfortable(this picture makes it look looser than it is, mine’s tight fit – saucy devil that I am).
And I’ve just spotted it in a cream and black stripe as well, for just £7, so I’m going to order that one too.
Top tip if your hair is long; you might find a polo neck more comfortable and/or temperate if you go for a ponytail or messy bun. Hair down and a tight neck jumper can be a bit claustrophobic and annoying, if you’re that way inclined.
Are you an “under” or “over” layerer? Let me know!
…except the trousers aren’t real leather; they’re “pleather”.
And I’m not going to wear them with the lace top.
But that doesn’t flow off the tongue as much for a blog post title!
Anyways, I got these in the H&M sale. The trousers were £8 and the top £9.
I’ve seen some “pleather joggers” on a couple of different blogs and I like them. They’re a different look to my biker skinnies, although I don’t know how I’m going to wear them. I don’t have the right ankle boots (I’ve tried them all). My pointy black stiletto courts will work, if I’m wearing them for going out. Top wise I need to play about, because of the elasticated waist. I’m wondering if I can get away with sneakers or hi-tops for a more casual daytime look, teamed with a chunky knit.
The top is kind of a replacement for another black lace top I have, which has lost it’s oomph through being worn and washed. I’ll be wearing it with black flares.
I have some strange fashion rules that I have made up in my head that I can’t bring myself to break.
One of them is wearing (or, more specifically, not wearing) opaque tights before November. It’s just a thing.
But now we’re firmly in November and the tights can come out. Hurrah! It also opens up lots of wardrobe possibilities that are closed during the cooler days of October, like skirts and boots (I tend to get in a jeans rut during the change of seasons). And some that are only possible in autumn winter, like mini dresses that would be on the verge of explicit without tights to hide ones modesty! And shorts. I’m a big fan of shorts and tights in winter.
Today I have gone for a black and cream spotty jersey dress from F&F (2 years ago), with my trusty ASOSstompy boots (these were such a good buy, I’ve worn them loads already).
My legs feel cosy and protected, it’s nice!
My favourite opaques are from Primark; they’re good quality, wash well and come in a variety of deniers up to 150 (I think). I need to stock up as I do at the beginning of each tight wearing season. Even though I’m only 5’6″ I always buy tall, because there’s nothing worse than a saggy crotch that you have to keep hoisting up!
Here’s some of the outfits I’ll be wearing now that the tights are back in town.
I love fringing. It’s so carefree. Obviously you have to be careful not to go too far – Texan cowboy or 80s throwback is not a good look! But in moderation, fringing is my friend.
My favourite way to incorporate it into an outfit is in a bag.
I think I’ve blogged about this bag before – in fact this is my 4th one; exactly the same! You can pick them up on ebay for £6 to £10 and they come in various colours. But I always come back to the black.
It’s my go to bag for outside of work – it dresses down a fancy outfit for when you want to be a bit more casual but looks great with jeans too. It fits in so well with my current 70s/hippie obsession as well.
This bag is from Peacocks. There’s a dearth of the usual High Street shops in my most local town, so I regularly have a wander around Peacocks. Pricewise they’re probably on a par with Primark, maybe a little bit more expensive, but the quality is incomparable, and they often have some nice bits and pieces that you won’t see everyone wearing.
Their website isn’t particularly user friendly, but they do offer free delivery over £30 and free returns to stores (you have to pay if you want to return by post). They also do discounts fairly regularly too, like 20% across the store or £5 off if you spend £30, that kind of thing.
I like that this bag is a mix of leather and suede (both faux, obvs) with a chunky silver chain. It’s smaller than the other fringed bag and doesn’t hold as much, but sometimes that’s a good thing!
I got this waistcoat in the H&M sale, reduced from £29.99 to £9.
It’s a thick twill fabric with silver embroidery and tassel fringes. You may have spotted it on my weekend post a few weeks back. I think I’ll be wearing this a lot.
Although I’ve been in denial about autumn, I have actually been buying some bits and pieces with a view to the change of season. So when I said in yesterday’s autumn inspiration post that I already have a lot of those outfit components in my wardrobe, it’s not because I’m virtuously using last year’s purchases, it’s because I’ve been buying anew.
Here’s a round up.
H&M jumpers – £7.49 each (on special offer), in khaki, light grey and camel (great basics in both style and colour)
H&M fine knit 3/4 sleeve olive jumper – £8 (I like the idea of this with denim flares and tan boots)
H&M print dress – £9.99 (I wore this at the end of summer with bare legs and sandals and got loads of compliments but it will be equally great with tights and boots)
New Look coated skinny jeans – £27.99 (these are fabulous, great fit and very leather look)