I said I wasn't going to be sucked in, I wasn't going to look, but for the love of the lord - FIFTY PERCENT OFF?!
Dear My Wardrobe, you are mean and nasty and YOU'VE MADE ME LOOK.
So I'm dragging you all down with me. Now I know we've got a bonkers weekend of discounts with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up (as if it hasn't been bonkers enough already and no I didn't make up those ridiculous names) but I feel I need to be the voice of reason here (you all have every right to be very concerned at this.....)
We need to take an itsy bitsy deep breath before we plunge in and turn our credit cards into molten plastic with the amount of swiping they'll be undertaking.
Let's be sensible and not waste these discounts but let's Be. Clever.
Which is what I'm going to do for us all at My Wardrobe. We are Classic Shopping. I'm looking at some decent, easily justified, Investment Shopping.
I appreciate this is ironic coming from me when my most recent purchase has been a technicolour dreamcoat but now at My Wardrobe ALL their classic pieces are half price. These are things that everywhere else on the internet and in the shops are still full price. Even with their Black and Cyber Days, they're not going to be this cheap.
My only massive irritation is that it's taken me this long to get with the programme and haul my sorry behind onto the site.
What was I being good for? Without further ado, I'm going straight in with the big guns and I am literally hovering over BUY as we speak.
The Joseph Leather Leggings. Leather and gaberdine stretch leggings were £495 now £247
These need no into. The cheaper versions just don't cut it. I should at least try these to get them out of my system. I have friends who are lucky enough to have these and they rave about them. All. The. Time.
If full on leather is too much for you a) are you mad (joking) and b) these might be a better option. I have a pair of 2nd Day jeans and adore them. I am, however terrified of them ever getting wrecked so I don't wear them as much as I should. (quick slap around the face here, even typing that I can see the ludicrousy of it) I find them the perfect rise - what some might call high, what I would call perfect muffin huggers.
2nd Day Jolie Jeans now £60 were £120
What you can't really see in the above pic is that these have the perfect nod to leather with a little trim of leather down the side of the leg.
On the subject of muffin huggers, these also look super useful. Clearly muffin huggers is not a renowned marketing term, apparently High Waisted is the acceptable phrase. (have to say I prefer my new addition to the fashion lingo though)
Denham Marianne High Waisted Black Skinny jeans were £115 now £57
One of my favourite pairs of jeans are a triple zip washed black pair which are in fact ankle length on me. These look great with ankle boots and are great with all sorts of flat shoes (no socks but you can do a pop sock in the winter, no probs. I know I know but honestly they're much improved. Wouldn't go for a country hike in them, granted, but a tiny bit of air to a 15 denier clad ankle is going to freeze anyone's bones. Caveat - don't wear in snow)
Half price Victoria Beckham jeans. Victoria Beckham Washed Black ankle Denim now £105 were £210
If you do prefer a lower cut pair of jeans then I know people rave about 7 for All Mankind jeans. I am simply too tall and of the wrong proportions for them but I have friends who buy them by the bucketload.
I love the idea of a coated classic indigo jean. Why don't do more people do this? What a great idea for a pair of faithfuls that can be worn during the day and then again out in the evening in a slightly smarter outfit. Genius.
7 for All Mankind Skinny Saddle Wax Denim was £200 now £100
I have one pair of grey jeans in my wardrobe but they're slightly too dark and just not quite right (we all have jeans like that don't we? Ones we wear as we have them but hmmm..... just something a bit meh about them. Mine are a pair of Topshop Baxters and I adore my indigo pair but the grey is a stretchier, thicker denim that has never truly floated my boat. Hence you don't see me in them very often, even though a grey pair of jeans would work wonders with other things I own.)
I love the slightly distressed look to these from 2nd Day.
2nd Day Jolie Cold Waxed Jeans were £100 now £50
Moving onto my love of the season knitwear.
A Classic stripe and you can never go wrong. This from Joseph in navy and white would be perfect with skirts and trousers.
Strip Knit Jumper from Joseph was £195 now £97
As I mentioned previously, I definitely have a pale grey jumper hole in my wardrobe. This is the perfect neutral colour to add a different dimension to grey, camel or black outfits. Also works so well teamed with your Summer pastels - just throw on some black as well and hey presto, instant Winter outfit. I particularly love it with pink or pale blue.
Vince Grey V-Neck Jumper was £198 now £97
Speaking of grey, one of the oldest items that I still wear is a grey coat. It's now seven years old and gets worn every season. I've worn it to weddings, funerals and on the school run.
This bracelet sleeved version from Paul & Joe Sister is perfect for work, over jeans and is as ideal with dresses as it would be with wide leg trousers or skinnies. I love this mannish styling look to it here.
Paul & Joe Sister Bartabaz coat was £340 now £170
And I also still haven't solved the grey scarf hole in my wardrobe. This cashmere mix one looks like it would do the job perfectly.
My-Wardrobe Grey Jennie Cashmere mix blanket scarf was £89 now £40
Love it in the cream which is in face a really obvious shade but you never see that much in it these days. On thinking about it, it's the perfect hue to go with greys, navys and blacks. Hmmm.
Cream Jennie Cashmere Blanket scarf was £89 now £40
Acne boots are rarely found at 50% (obviously all the pistols have sold out) but there are two gems still left if you're in the market for new boots.
I love this Sand Star Pull on high heel boots were £400 now £200
Acne Burgundy Exclusive Colt Zip Up Ankle boot were £420 now £210
And isn't a Vivienne Westwood always a classic? This colour, whilst bright, is a shade that works for Winter Christmas parties and Summer balls. Or hell, just for date night with The Husband (although I have to say if personally I turned up in this, he'd wonder what on earth I'd done....I'm not renowned for my va va voom dresses. Maybe I should rectify this??)
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Redman Draped Front Dress was £335 now £167
Now moving the boundaries slightly (wouldn't it be boring if I actually kept on topic for an entire post? Have I ever managed to do that?) but still thinking with Mrs Practical breathing own my neck - things that you can wear now that will also take you into Spring/Summer.
Current Elliot Fling Patchwork Jeans now £125 (these are still £250 at Matches)
Again not exactly a classic but definitely something you could wear every day and something you would absolutely keep wearing with little tees into the Spring. (maybe more in fact)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Solo Guitar Necklace was £65 now £32
There is also method in my "actually not as bad as usual" madness for looking at classics and wardrobe essentials that you will wear over and over again.
Yesterday I had on an outfit that, with hindsight, I loathed. Alas, this hindsight kicked in when I was on the train to London last night, saw the photos of it that I'd taken and thought - awww lordy I am not loving this outfit. One of those days when you just try and mix it up a little. With not so good results. One of those days when good outfits go bad.
Sometimes it really doesn't pay to go messing with something that is perfect. I slightly tweaked one of my favourite outfits which didn't work At. All. Aww, I look at this and I LOATHE it!
Black polo neck - Zara
Indigo Baxter Jeans - Topshop
Camel Coat - Zara
Black fedora - Zara
Black buckle boots - Toga Pulla
Black Diego bag - Alexander Wang
I knew as soon as I had put it on that something wasn't quite right, couldn't quite work out what it was, left it, didn't feel right all day, took one look at the photo and thought JEANS. Don't get me wrong, I love these jeans but with this outfit and those boots, they simply don't work for me. Plus I wore my hat for the first time and all black would have been so much better. All black you can never really go wrong with and a pair of any of the above black jeans would have been ideal. But I only have a couple of pairs, in fact I only have two pairs which I LOVE and don't wear them as often as I might as I'm worried about wearing them out. (will save that thought for another day)
And therefore - squaring the circle here - it pays to invest in more classic items. Justification over. Go forth and shop (plus it's Christmas very soon.. did I mention that?!)