But on the upside, I've managed to combine this with traipsing through the quagmire of shite that is the tail end of the sales.
So originally, this blog was going to be all about the new season. I had seen this photograph on Instagram from the photographer Michelle Bobb-Parris and with her kind permission, I'm allowed to share it with you. Poppy Delevgine in Emilia Wickstead from over two years ago. But how current? And for me - this is how I want to look all Summer.
All Spring, all Summer, all the time. I want to sashay about with my jacket over my shoulders. And whilst we're here - how the hell do people do that? Really? Do normal people walk around all day without moving their shoulders or not lifting their arms higher than their waist...? Hmmm the school run and the supermarket are suspiciously void of people wearing said outfit....... But it does look super cool.
However I fear I may have to adapt this stunning outfit to suit my lifestyle. For a start as much as I love the all white look, the practicalities of that on a day to day basis are zero. Combined with the fact that, at the moment, the shops aren't full of super summery shades, so for the time being, I'm going to console myself with some darker shades. This for me from Atterley Road is the perfect look for Spring. Love. It. All.
Black Wide leg trousers from Atterley Road £48
The ones I found today though and have purchased are from Zara Studio - a total bargain at £15.99 down from £69.99 and and and they go in the machine. Which is handy as they are super long and will trail on the floor which, as a tallie who normally struggles with this, is delighted to have found a super super long pair (probably why they were reduced so much - only for the very odd amongst us). But it does mean that they will get dirty and rather trashed so washing machine and a cheap price are both winners for this look (a look that is consigned only to dry days.....)
I did manage to find some grey ones, also at Atterley Road from Great Plains. Now personally, unlike above, I loathe the styling of these - I think the shirt is illfitting, the shoes are beyond vile but the trousers could be amazing - if styled as above. Flats with a fitted top - DONE.
Kendal Flannel Wool Trousers were £49 now £20
Navy at ASOS White £55
Buttonsafe Slouch Wide leg trousers £35 from M&S
Now my 10yr old said they looked like work trousers when I showed her my Zara ones earlier. Personally I like the mix of the more formal trousers with the casual trainers but if you think you'd prefer a less suity vibe then these look amazing from ASOS in jersey.
ASOS Wide leg jersey trousers in black £25
Same pair in camel - love love love these. Again only £25
Also found a pair in Tall for those who want them super long like me (although as you can see my Zara ones are ridiculously long anyway.. but I do think that's a fluke)
ASOS Tall Basic wide leg trousers £25
Speaking of different lengths, Next do have some and actually I did manage to find them in a light colour. Which is sold out in a lot of sizes (including mine - 10XL. For real? Spring/Summer stock sold out? It's JANUARY)
Anyway, they look pretty great (she says grudgingly....) For the record, I do not advocate the sparkly see through top with it. No.
High Waist Wide leg trousers £36 in Ecru from Next
Much prefer the styling of the black pair again £36
So something else to add to my tally. Coming up - I'm doing billy basics. I may have more to add..... But today, we'll leave it at this.