So following on from yesterday with all things Spring. The sun is still shining and I'm studiously ignoring the weather forecast on my iPhone that has it sitting at a rather unSpring 3 degrees for the rest of the week.
Let's march on with my Spring resolutions of the fashion variety. Now I never make too many as clearly you're setting yourself up for a fall (or is that just me?). Plus I am the most mortifyingly fickle individual and therefore I change my mind a lot. I eat humble pie as a dessert on a regular basis. I hold my hands up and say I am pathetic and reserve the right to go back on everything I say. Particularly if I lay claim to disliking something at the beginning of the season as chances are I'll love it two months in.
So being prudent with my predictions, here goes.
- I will only buy things that I utterly adore. (this is not justification for purchasing and keeping jacket from yesterday. But it does help.) The way I sort the wheat from the chaff with regards to this, is do I want to wear it immediately. If I don't and I'm able to leave it in the bag for a week (weather depending) then I should take it back.
- I shall try something new. Quite difficult to do when tying in with the above as I am a creature of habit. But whether it's a new colour, a new style of something or a new print, I shall be embracing a new stance to part of my wardrobe that sings SS13.
- My legs will be on show this Summer. (I'm not going to get ahead of myself and fail before I start, by saying Spring. Realistically it will take me till Summer to layer up the fake tan so you can't see me from space.) I blogged profusely last year about the exceptionally bad relationship I have with my knees. Well I am going to give myself a good slap and get over it. Life is too short, in the scheme of things they're really not that bad. And they'll be a hell of a lot better at 40 than they will be at 65. Just do it.
- Hunting down more niche brands and stores. I will admit, the older I get, the more I struggle with buying a bag or a jacket and then seeing it on every 18 to 25 year old strutting her stuff. Zara I'm looking at you. Yes I know, I'm the world's biggest Zara advocate but it seems, so is everyone else now. At 40 I'm not sure I want to be wearing the same scarf or shoes as the world and his dog. (There clearly are going to be exceptions to the rules - see above point about being Mrs Fickle and let's ignore the jacket I bought yesterday). But in an ideal world, I'd like to be able to follow trends but would like something a bit more individual. Something slightly off piste. This certainly isn't going to happen with everything I buy (I can't abandon the HS and big brands completely). But there are so many fantastic brands out there, that aren't ubiquitous on the High Street, it's my mission this year to track them down and add some gems into my wardrobe. All the better if they're British. The same goes for local shops. Am hoping to track down some great boutiques and local stores round the country (that hopefully therefore will do mail order). If anyone knows of any that they think I might be interested in, please do let me know!
- Not keeping things for best. This normally applies to expensive things that you love but never get round to wearing as a) you don't want to ruin them and b) you want to save the for a special occasion. And end up therefore only wearing twice a year. That silk shirt will work perfectly on a day to day basis. I would perhaps draw the line at the Temperley evening dress for the school run.
And I think that's probably enough for the time being. Chances of me sticking to them all aren't high. But at least it should give me some food for thought with regards to the coming Season.
Now staying on (that should be clinging on really, shouldn't it?) to the Spring theme, I have cracked out the white jeans. A new pair of skinnies - the same fantastic pair of skinnies from Boden. (fail number one on the niche brand then.)
There is absolutely no reason why white jeans shouldn't be worn in the Spring (there probably is a reason why they shouldn't be worn when loading the dishwasher after the kids had tomato soup last night mind - hairy moment there). Especially when the sun is shining. I find it easiest to team with colours that start light and shade to darker (easily ending in black - I stuck to dark gunmetal today). A mix of textures also really helps. I think it works and that's it - I've broken my white jean cherry. It feels so much better than wearing another Winter combo. Good for the soul I promise you, try it and see. Loads of photos as RR1 said the light was good..... (who am I to argue with an 8 yr old)
White vest - Primark
Pale pink silk top - Zara
Grey military coatigan - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Blush & fuchsia Camel scarf - Virginia Johnson
Gunmetal grey Virgins - Ash
Sunglasses - Dior
Admittedly not doing very well on my resolutions today with my Zara, Primark and Boden items as mentioned but thumbs up for the Virginia Johnson scarf and Ash Virgins. Actually does go to show that buying things slightly off piste (smaller brands and more unusual styles) do pay off longevity wise. Both were quite expensive but are a couple of years old and get worn regularly. A nod to trends from the last couple of years but different enough to be able to wear them again and again (I may well be deluding myself - high high chance - and justifying expensive purchases. Either way, I love wearing them so it has paid off!)
So white jeans. Are you ready ladies? Any Spring Resolutions from you?