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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Knitwear bargain anyone?

I can't believe that we're already into the mid season sales.  How on earth can that be?!  Anywhichway, the bargain that one of my very good friends pointed me in the direction of, is one that I have just to share and don't really give a stuff whether it's mid season or end of season - it's too good to miss. 

I have actually been starting to do research into knitwear, having just thrown out a whole host of bobbly, decrepit jumpers that were cluttering up my wardrobe.  Regrettably not were all cheap - in fact the two worst culprits were the most expensive and the most recent.  Reiss & Nicole Farhi, shame on you.  Both items were 100% wool and had been worn a handful of times and genuinely looked like I'd given them to the dog to sleep with.  Knackered.  Beyond redemption.  Slightly (very) gutted.  

However it does mean that I have knitwear gaps in my wardrobe.  Thinking about the sorts of jackets I'll be wearing, ideally I'd like ones that aren't oversized (and god forbid my body is way past the very fitted stage) but slightly loose and boxy - finishing just below the waist band (neatly hiding the muffin thank you very much).  Ideal to layer with a slightly longer vest, hiding a multitude of sins and also adding colour and texture. 

But looking online is largely a waste of time I've found, as these days, I honestly think fabrics need to be felt.  I'm not the biggest fan of acrylic generally, but there are the odd times (and they are few & far between but getting more frequent) when it doesn't make my teeth stand on age and I know that I'd be able to wear it without fearing a naked flame. 

At the moment, I am in purgatory with the midday pick up of RR3 from school.  And it goes on for another couple of weeks (I've blanked out how long exactly as it makes me itch.  Not that I want to wish my little one's life away but frankly he's a miserable git when he comes home - I'd rather he was miserable at school.  No amount of cake can appease him at the moment.  Enough said.)  

Unfortunately a trip round the shops doesn't float his boat either (quelle surprise) and so knitwear is something that will have to take a back bench for the next week or two. 

Apart from this little striped gem from H&M which is 100% cotton.   It was a bargain at £7.99 but is positively worth ordering in every colour for the reduced price of £3.99.  It is perfect on my friend - boxy, loose but not oversized.  I have high hopes for it on me (she says optimistically knowing that it will therefore be a pile of pants)





The above are the colours that I've gone for but they also do it in a pink and beige and an orange and beige.  Have never ordered from H&M before and I've managed to not pay and select to have them send me an invoice which sounds hugely odd but we'll see. 

They're not the most cutting edge jumpers on the planet but for that price, hell they're a fantastic staple, leaving more money in the coffers for some fantastic scarves and jackets!  

Hope that keeps you going in the meantime, till I can report back on other knitwear. 

A quick round up of yesterday and today's outfit. 


Beige vest - Primark
Beige linen tee - Zara
Distressed vintage biker jeans - By Malene Birger
Black and offwhite knitted jacket - By Malene Birger
Resin and shell necklace - By Malene Birger
Sunglasses - Dior
Clay Thelma Wedges - Ash
Vanilla Roxanne - Mulberry 


White longline vest - Joseph
Khaki longline tee - Joseph
Paint splatter skinny jeans - Zara
Navy/khaki/cream boucle jacket - Zara
Navy and black leopard print scarf - By Malene Birger
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Gunmetal high tops - Ash
Sunglasses - Dior
Tan leather cuff - Mulberry 

Can I please point out that for some bizarre reason, I'm aware that I look randomly slim in these photos.  I am slim but not remotely as svelte as these pictures appear to portray me as.  Much kudos to my kids who seem to have the knack of taking skinny photos.  They're available for photo shoots at a very reasonable rate. 


15 comments:

  1. I have that first not very exciting jumper but it was a steal at that price, 100% cotton, washes and wears well. And the stripes match up at the sides. It's a "comfortable" jumper rather than fashionable but it's good for everyday or when you just don't feel too much like trying. Waffle waffle.

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    1. Oh that sounds excellent! Perfect for lobbing on at the weekends or on down days. Great to hear, thank youXx

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  2. Get those kids over to the Isle of Sheppey with your camera pronto!

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    1. You're more than welcome to them!! xxx

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  3. Love the stripes, and the price ! I am not skinny ( please book photoshoot with said kids for me ) and shouldnt wear stripes, but love them, if jumper is loose enough, with scarf and or blazer would be great, bottom half skinny so skinny jeans ok for me too ! Great choice thanks for bargain tips, never get enough, peeps keep bargains to themselves shame on them well done you !

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    1. Deffo deffo deffo right. Stripes only don't work if they stretch out of shape. And, like you say, if you layer them correctly, there's no reason why someone of any size can't wear them. And thank you for the lovely comments!! No skin off my nose to share, so long as i've bagged my bargain first! xxx

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  4. Yes hun you do look skinny and tall, are the kids up for travelling to the North West to do a photoshoot? Love the black and off white stripey jacket in the first pic.

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    1. oh you're sweet thank you and yes, I'll lobb them on a train any time you fancy.xx

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  5. Loving those jumpers as an everyday staple. When I walk into H&M, I can never see anything, so thank you for the invaluable service!! I got the boxy Breton that you mentioned a few weeks ago and love it. Clearly, will be paying another visit to H&M again. By the way, next time you're in Ireland, please send your kids and camera to Dublin - I could do with some of their magic photography skills :)

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    1. I had been thinking that you were in need of a good meat pudding or two lately! Still looking foxy ;0) xxx

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  6. Kat I really like your blog, been following it since u were name checked in the awful (but I love) DM, anyho, an I just say enough w., stripes! In general like- I'm so over them - I see polka dots are appearing on quite a few jumpers, perhaps I'll have 2 give them a go- any musings on te dotty Option?

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    1. Hmm personally I'm going to steer clear probably of the dotty option. But that's not to say I don't think they look great on other people! I just find it easier to wear a stripe and then a patterned scarf. Am very much liking the dual colour texture knit though as seen on the Primark jumpers in the Primark post. Maybe they're more interesting to you than a stripe? (and I don't think there's a stripe in sight in that blog actually!!) xxx

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  7. Sorry for awful spelling iPhone is acting crap may just have 2 get new one so! Always an upside hmm now white or black?

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  8. oh I LOVE that top. I bought the boden breton and had to send it back, the fit was terrible on me, and even in the sale was 5 times the price of this one. utter bargain!

    what's H&M sizing like? I'm an 8 in most places but wonder if sizing up would be better for the style of this one.

    kat, your blog is excellent. thanks for taking the time to post so much recently. X

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    1. Hmm sizing wise, H&M is -how long's a piece of string? I would say though, more likely to be on the bigger side in knitwear (sod's law this one's going to be small. Doh.)

      And thank you for being so lovely!! xxx

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