Well, when you just can’t wait until next summer. I have just got this rose gold sequined top for absolute pennies and decided that today I’m going to wear it no matter what. To start with the weather is rather cold, so I need to layer. Typically I seem to have a polo neck in most colours , but not in beige. On the other hand, I do have a cardigan in such colour so it had to do. If it is a bit odd to wear a vest over a cardigan, let me tell you it’s only clothes that you take off at the end of the day. To make everything colour coordinated I went with beige trousers and a pale pink tailored jacket, pink shoes and a beige bag. And it didn’t rain today.
I am very pleased with this look. I have bought this cardigan at the beginning of the year because it looked very preppy to me. I prefer navy blue to black and I have a lot of things in this colour. As I was rummaging through my things I have come across the skirt that I got in a charity shop a long time ago and it all clicked, the colours are spot on. I have chosen green, stripy vest to make it more modern and give it some interest and also because I’m obsessed with green at the moment. The pale gold earrings match the hardware in the cardigan.
Suits in vibrant colours are very much in at the moment but do not let the fashion dictate what you need to wear. As much as I like a bit of strong colour on my bottom half, the jacket to go with it would be a bit much for me, also the colour isn’t the most flattering for my complexion. So I have stuck to my guts and only got the trousers, which will go with a lot of things that I already possess.
Another relict dug out from my wardrobe. A fabulous angora cardigan in a rich fuchsia colour that actually suits my complexion now that I have some colour. I have paired it with my fav navy blue and some white accents including white trainers in which I live this summer.
So who would believe, but charity shops have sales too. Let’s be honest, how much use will I get out of cropped, camouflage trousers? Not that much, but for a £1 I will take the chance. On the other hand, the waistcoat should become staple in my wardrobe and for only £3 that is a bargain. I have done everything in army green and black colours.
Not raining for once so let’s make the most of it and wear the white coat I got last year. I have also got this navy blue cardigan from a charity shop. I love the texture on it, it looks like fish scales. The state of the cardigan was quite appalling, but from experience, I knew that if I trim all of the ‘scales’ slightly, which took about a day while watching some TV, the cardigan will look brand new. I wanted it to be all navy blue and white and comfortable and warm, hence the perennial polo-neck, denim and trainers.
This look happens when you open your wardrobe, see something that you haven’t worn for a while and decide to build the whole outfit around it. My inspiration was the teal cardigan that you barely can see. I love the colour and then I thought about what would go with it. Decided that navy blue will be the dominant colour and then started pulling out things that have not seen the daylight for a while. The puffer jacket is the seasonal necessity so is the scarf, but once I have added a bit of brown, had to wear brown boots. Frills and fringe- why not?
The core of the outfit is the same as in the previous entry but I have changed the scarf and the coat and it has a completely different feel to it. Charity shops are good for picking up inexpensive little accessories like silk scarfs to zhuzh up outfits. Also, the boots were in the sale for about £7, they are not typically winter boots and I can wear them for the next 10 months whenever there is cold rainy weather. Also, I’m still amazed by the colour of the coat going with most of the colours in my wordrobe.
Winter is dreary and we tend to wear the same boring colour and save the fun colours for summer. That’s why it’s good sometimes especially when the sun is out to spice it up a bit. The camera washes out the intensity of the colour of the army green trousers and the cardigan hence the colourfull scarf really stands out. But in real life, all of the colours really went well together. I mean it’s not a real winter if you can get away with a deep v and some bare skin showing.
I like black and navy blue together, and this outfit is proof. I also do not like getting rid of clothes, so if something doesn’t fit I will make it fit. The trousers started off being rather plain and also cutting off my circulation but after a busy afternoon, they acquired side-stripes and a better fit.