Tag: denim

Some Everything Five Pounds buys

I don’t know about you, but I tend not to shop very much in February and March. The shops are full of new season stuff but it’s still too bloody cold outside to wear anything less than 10 tog quilted clothes and hide under blankets at all time.

Come April though, I start to get a hankering for shiny new spring and summer clothes. Probably because I haven’t dared to unpack all of my previous year’s spring and summer clothes to avoid jinxing any good weather we might have. Or, more probably, because I get the fear when I don’t buy new things.

With that in mind, here’s a round up of my cheap and cheerful E5P buys which have ticked my new clothes box without breaking the bank.

Red ruffle hem trousers

Lesser mortals may think these are only for special occasions. I’m going to wear these bad boys whenever the mood takes me, even to work.

Everything 5 Pounds red flared trousers

Peacock print leggings

Ditto the above. I’ve already worn these to work, but certainly not with a top tucked in (who wear legging like that?!)

Everything 5 Pounds peacock print leggings

Navy and white spot shirt dress

I’ve had a soft spot (pun intended!) for dotty dresses ever since I saw Vivian wearing her brown and white one at the croquet in Pretty Woman. Hers shows more arm and less leg. I’m thinking of teaming this with a red bandana headband and white sandals.

Everything 5 Pounds polka dot shirt dress

70s print chiffon top

I love easy to wear pieces like this (by easy to wear, I also mean easy to wash, by which I mean no ironing required!) Great for chucking on with jeans.

Everything 5 Pounds retro print chiffon top

Frill sleeve blouse

I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of a fancy sleeve in the past, and this little lovely also has a fancy frilled front for extra dandiness.

Everything 5 Pounds frill sleeve blouse

Empire line denim dress

This is thicker than I expected so will probably get more wear in winter with tights and boots. Anyone else annoyed by her haphazard cuff folding?

Everything 5 Pounds denim dress

Embroidered cheesecloth smock tops

Again super easy to wear and no iron (they’re designed to look crinkled!) I couldn’t choose k=just one colour so I got two. Sorry not sorry

Aztec print chiffon cover up

I’m sure I will be asked why I’m wearing a dressing gown over my clothes when I wear this but that’s ok. As you may have noticed, I’m very much of the don’t give a fuck camp when it come to other people’s opinions on my clothes!

Everything 5 Pounds long chiffon kaftan

Off shoulder cheesecloth mini dresses

More non iron beauties! I was hoping these would be long enough to wear as dresses, what with me not being of clothing model proportions, but I might be pushing it on the decency front. But they’ll look great with leggings or over denim shorts.

 

Has the good weather sent you scurrying to the shops? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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Oh Topshop, what were you thinking?

Have you ever put on a pair of jeans and wished there was a window to your knees?

No? Then you’re not the target market for Topshop’s latest denim design.

I can’t think who they think the target market is, but somebody somewhere thought there was a gap in the market for a pair of jeans with see through plastic knee patches.

So many questions. The main one being “why?” Followed by “why, why, WHY?” Followed by “wouldn’t they make your knees sweat?”, “wouldn’t they steam up?” and “WHY?” quite a few more times.

I could write at length about how fecking ridiculous these things are, but what would be the point? I think everyone reading this knows how ridiculous they are, without me helping you along in the thought process!

(Do take a moment to read the product reviews though, if you fancy even more of a giggle)

Not quite as bad, but still downright ridiculous are these party skirt jeans, which are also available on their website.

Topshop skirt overlay jeans

Topshop – Twit of the Day!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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Ooh look, a shiny thing

I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to sparkles so, although I’m supposed to be buying less (guffaw), I couldn’t resist this sequin skirt.

In my defence, your honour, I have wanted one since time began (well, for quite a while) and while I really am trying to buy less, that kind of applies to buying less of what I already have, rather than stuff I don’t have, if that makes sense. As in there’s no point buying a new pair of jeans, but because I don’t have a sequin skirt it’s ok.

Oh, and also, it was only £6 so, like, no point not buying it. Good old George at Asda.

Sequin skirt

It’s pull on stretch style with elasticated waistband and fully lined. The sequins are tiny little ones that don’t feel too scratchy and they’re gunmetal rather than bright silver.

Here it is in the flesh (ceremoniously plonked on my lounge floor!)

Asda George gunmetal sequin skirt

Now, technically sequin season (i.e Christmas & New year) is over. But I didn’t buy this skirt with party time in mind. I want to wear it dressed down. I’m thinking tanned bare legs, flat shoes and a baggy tee in summer. Snuggly jumper and boots in winter. With denim or stripes.

Here’s my inspo:

(all images via pinterest)

I think this might work – roaring lion tank top and black studded hi-tops. I could add black tights and a leather jacket for milder winter days.

Sequin skirt lion tee hi tops

The key to keeping it casual will definitely be in the footwear. Add heels and it instantly becomes a more dressy piece. I think flat sandals in summer, maybe biker boots, a slouchy oversized bag and a messy bun will bring it into daywear.

I shall be experimenting! (and also not to say I won’t wear it dressed up as well!)

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

 

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In betweeny dressing

One of the things I don’t like about the change of season (be that summer to autumn, or winter to spring) is what a pain it is to get dressed for work in the morning.

Change of season

I mean, mornings are difficult enough, right? And what works at 8am when you leave home could be completely inappropriate by 3pm in the afternoon, what with changes in temperature, morning dew giving way to afternoon sun, and the constant air conditioning battle.

I’m lucky in my new job that the dress code is casual. Which means I can wear jeans. I have this mental block around wearing thick black tights before November, or at least mid October – it’s just a thing – so when I worked in a corporate office I sometimes had to revert to nude tights. URGH. Is there an uglier item of clothing on the planet? They wrinkle and bunch and make whatever undies you’re wearing look horrible. Much vom. I don’t miss them in the slightest.

But it does mean that I fall into a bit of a denim rut. And I’m not purporting to have an answer to that. It’s one of life’s unexplainable dilemmas, like blackholes, or why people laugh at Michael McIntyre.

Because, in truth, it’s not really proper autumn yet, is it? And that’s annoying too. If summer’s going to be over, just get on and be done with it, so we all know where we are and can approach it accordingly.

Also not helped by the fact that I think I have some weird internal temperature gauge. I seem to experience extremes of temperature when everyone else is fairly constant. It’s one of the reasons I don’t have a fringe (naturally wavy hair + sweaty forehead = frizzy uncontrollable mess right where everyone can see it).

For the last couple of weeks I seem to have adopted an unofficial uniform of jeans, tee, scarf, lightweight leather jacket and hi-tops. Yawnsville. I start off my day at the office wrapped up, and gradually de-robe as the day goes on (only as far as the jeans and tee, it’s not that kind of place).

Outside of work I’m still just about getting away with skirts and bare legs with ankle boots, but that’s because I don’t leave home while it’s still single digit temperatures, and there isn’t an office air conditioning fiend in my flat at home.

Flares are mixing up my denim look from the usual skinnies, but then footwear can become a bit of a problem.

Same with maxi skirts. It’s not really cold enough for boots but not warm enough for sandals, and ballet flats just don’t work on me.

Maxi skirt 2

Maxi skirt 3

Maxi skirt

I know, there’s no pleasing me.

Maybe inbetweeny footwear is the real problem! And that’s a whole other post!

That was all a bit pointless, wasn’t it? Let’s give this post some purpose! I’d love to hear what you guys wear on in-betweeny days?

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Denim Flares – it’s a 70s thing

If you check out my Pinterest “Clothes Maketh the Wo(man)” board, you’ll notice quite a few outfits featuring denim flares.

Flared jeans

I’ve already got some denim skinny flares; I blogged about them in one of my first ever posts. They’re from Dorothy Perkins and a couple of years old; they were classed as bootcut on the website, but I think that’s because “flares” weren’t on trend back then (the fickleness of fashion).

Anyways, I bought these jeans in the sale from New Look a few weeks back; they were reduced to just £13.

New Look indigo flares

These new ones are really 70s – they’re high waisted and have front patch pockets and they’re lightweight fabric with a bit of stretch and they’re lovely!

Then, a couple of weeks back, I saw some pale blue ones on the H&M website. I’ve always wanted some pale blue ones but never seen any that were quite the right blue, or right shape or texture. These again have patch pockets for that real 70s vibe, are very soft and they’re high enough waisted to tuck in all of my greedy tummy!

H&M light blue flares 2

H&M light blue flares

These were £19.99, and have a smaller window of opportunity than the dark ones (I don’t think you can wear light blue jeans in winter, but that’s just one of my own rules for myself)

Here are some more of the gorgeous Pinterest inspiration pictures I’ve been drooling over featuring denim flares.

Flares 3
Flares 4
Flares 5
Flares 6
  Flares 8
Flares 9
 
Flares 7
 
Flares
What are you digging on Pinterest?
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Today I have…

…clashed patterns with leopard print and stripes…

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…photographed appalling parking…

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…congratulated myself on my new Asda jeans

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…sported heart shaped sunglasses…

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…looked at the most delicate bluebells…

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…drunk vodka and tonics in the pub…

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…and adorned my feet with more leopard print

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Mondays can be pretty good, if you make them so.

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Skinny Flares Rock

I’ve been wearing skinny flares for a couple of years now. Not regularly, but I wheel them out every so often and always get told how flattering they are, how slim they make me look compared to other jeans, yada yada yada.

A good skinny flare is fitted around the bum and to the knee, like a pair of skinny jeans, then flares out from the knee, fairly (or flarely!) dramatically. Not to be confused with bootcut. There is a definite wideness of hem.

The truth is, I like the silhouette. I don’t care if they’re on trend or of the moment. They remind me of a cool insouciant 70s rock chick. They always make me want to put my hands in my pockets and my nose in the air like I just don’t care.

My first pair was black. Not faded black, but a true overdyed black. They’re perfect worn with pointy heels – the pointier the better. I have a pair of loooong pointed leopard print courts that are perfect; I’ve had them for years and I will never part with them.

So it was with interest that I read about M&S’s foray into the skinny flare market (not a place I ever EVER think of shopping for myself; although I do buy quite a lot of my Mother-in-Law’s Christmas and birthday gifts there – I think that says it all). Lauded by Vogue no less, these Limited Edition high waisted offerings come in 3 different lengths, with 70s style front patch pockets (nice touch) and a lovely shade of blue for the impending summer. Skinny Flares are thin on the ground, and I’ve only ever found them at Dorothy Perkins (not to say they don’t exist at the higher end of the market, but that’s a place that doesn’t interest me) so I decided to give them a go, with high hopes (especially as I was lucky enough to have a 20% discount code).

Jeans

Unfortunately they didn’t live up the hype. The rise was good and I liked the front patch pockets. The flare was a good flare-ness. But the fabric was poor – verging on cheap (and I’d know all about that, with my nose for a bargain). There was too much stretch, the colour wasn’t quite right, the stitching puckered somewhat. Plus I was unable to get the correct size/length combo due to their popularity and stock levels.

On the plus side, I saved myself £28.

Still having a hankering for some mid blue ones – to wear with wooden heeled sandals, vest tops and huge sunglasses in the better weather – I wondered whether Dorothy Perkins would once again fit the bill. And I’m delighted to say they did! They have exactly the same style as my black ones, in a good weight denim, and the Long length is perfect for 5’6″ me to wear with heels while still skimming the floor (nothing worse than a flare that finishes too far above the ground).

DP list them as bootcut. They’re definitely not bootcut.

Here they are in the blue – yet again the old cliche of the picture not doing them justice (and they definitely look more flared on).

Blue jeans

And the black, which I already have.

Black jeans

Best of all, they’re only £15.

Of course, now that the 70s are officially “in fashion” again, I’m sure there’ll be a proliferation hitting the high street. Farah Fawcett eat your heart out!

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