Panic Stations....

... warning - this isn't in the truest sense of the word - I can't imagine The Husband thinking this is even worth expending two seconds of brain time on but I know that there will be others out there who completely agree - panic is the right word to use. 

I can't believe it's slipped my mind but this Friday is our Big Lunch Out.   That I do with the girls a couple of times a year - always to coincide with a birthday.  This time we're off to the new Ivy on the Kings Road (and then obviously will end up with a Burger King on the Lightweight Express....)

What am I going to wear?  SEE - proper panic setting in..... 

So I can clearly go down a couple of routes and first up, we're going down the coated jeggings or leather leggings route. 

And yes, my absolute treat of the season arrived today - leather leggings from hush.  Completely couldn't resist (and now that I've learnt you can wash them in a machine and a tumble dryer). They are every bit as totally fabulous as they look in the catalogue and I can't WAIT to wear them.  But I need a top. 

Yes, they are "leggings" but they (genuinely otherwise they'd be going STRAIGHT back) are super flattering.  And I'm thinking about bucking the trend and going for smart knitwear.  Is there such a thing?  Hell yes.  My fave lunch outfit last year was my black Whistles skirt with my Jigsaw silk mix (to be honest, I thought it was wool...) fitted polo neck. 

Now clearly, I shall NOT be doing a fitted polo neck with leggings.  Dear lord, feel vaguely sick at the thought.... However something that covers the bum and the crotch area (I live in perennial fear of a camel toe on display and there's nothing that sails closer to a camel toe than leggings.....)

I'm talking semi fitted, slightly loose, "not really sure what I mean but I'll know when I see it", knitwear...

Now as bonkers as this sounds, putting all this energy into ONE outfit - there is method in my madness.  It's a great opportunity to have a look at what I already have and identify any gaps that need filling.  As, whilst I'm looking for a special outfit, it really does mean I'll end up with an outfit that I can wear again and again and pull out of the bag for so many other occasions in the Autumn. 

So starting with something from Jigsaw - sleeveless.... I'm not sure but I think it might be worth a look.  And love the idea of pale blue and black.  Would also be perfect for over jeans as well.

Rib Sleeveless Sweater from Jigsaw £79



Or maybe a longsleeved version may be better....?

Skinny V neck sweater from Jigsaw £98



A very similar number from Mango - personally though, having done the entire gambit of the polo neck research last year and having opted for a Jigsaw one which was much more than I wanted to spend - it lasted so so so well and was worn so much, I would say if you can justify paying more then it will be worth it.  However I will try and hunt these down on Thursday to compare and contrast.  (and no, nothing like leaving it till the last minute..!) 

Ribbed Sweater from Mango £19.99




Another jumper that's longer at the front and back but would look great with a cami underneath - I think I'd go for a white or a silvery grey.... 

Silk Tencel split sweater £110





Adore the boho vibe to this.

Sheer Mohair Sweater from Jigsaw £79 - I have to say though, I do look at this and start itching immediately. 



Also love it in the pale grey also £79 although I think the vest is too clunky and a lighter cami would be better underneath *starts cami research immediately* 



Absolutely adore this sweatshirt from Jigsaw (as you can see, I started at Jigsaw and found so much I didn't get to move on for ages) but it's navy... I really would prefer it in black or charcoal but I LOVE it with the charcoal poloneck underneath.  I am aware I would boil alive in a restaurant in this combo mind....

Long sweatshirt £79 in navy





Another that would benefit from a cami or vest underneath - LOVE this one - adore the slightly furriness of it.  With black ankle boots or stiletto sandals for the late Summer...

Stripe Pattern Sweater from Mango £39.99




I may have got slightly swept up in the knitwear from All Saints.  Who now do free delivery and free returns by the way.... just saying..... (they've always done free delivery but returns were always costly and a pain in the behind) 

This may be slightly too wintery for this month but I LOVE it and boy would it look amazing over leather skinnies.... Officially in awe of both of them.

Benton Cape from All Saints in mist marl £118



Actually I love both of them.  I would LIVE in these.

And in the Cinder marl £118



Or how about slightly more fitted...jayz I love this too.  I think it would be amazing over leggings and skinny jeans or a slim fitting skirt.... ooh dare I say a flat fronted A line leather mini skirt?  Perfect for lunch or out for dinner. 

Tilda Jumper from All Saints £88 in Cinder Marl



Or again they do this in a Mist Marl £88



Or the dress version in the sage marl... I wonder if this might be too long to wear over leggings?  It's a different look for sure - I think I'll go for the top version.  

Tilda Dress in Sage Marl £108





And whilst we're here, camis.... a couple I've found. 

Flowy top from Mango £19.99 For the record - I shall NOT be wearing these with a leather mini skirt on its own..



Love the idea of this off white one with the black straps.... 



Strappy linen top from Mango £14.99











And here we have outfits from the weekend.  Absolutely amazing 40th Birthday Party on Saturday night.  Apparently, according to my friend's husband, he looked around and all the men were vaguely sober and the women were completely pie eyed.  That'll be what 7 weeks of school holidays do to you.......Shots of Goldschlager seemed like an excellent idea at 2am by all accounts.

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Mountains dropped waist dress - & Other Stories
Blue and black sandals - Reiss
Black clutch - Tory Burch 

And the following day when I am totally hanging and have just done two hours watching rugby. 

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Denim shirt dress - hush
Khaki utility jacket - hush
Patchwork skinnies - Mango
Stan Smiths - adidas
Whiskey Medium Marcie satchel - Chloe

So food for thought and I have a couple of days left.... I am definitely going to do a big All Saints order - free next day delivery over £200 (and lots of the things I want to look at are online only) and free returns.  If you have Amazon prime (which I don't) you can apparently get free next day delivery regardless of how much you order. 

Of course, I have no idea what to wear on my feet..... how can this possibly be?  The other idea I have for something to go over the leather leggings I'm going to explore tomorrow.  Or should I go for it and get the legs out with a dress... or a skirt and jumper combo?  What would your choice be?

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  1. I'd say the Jigsaw long jumper and skirt combo has to be a winner! I do love the All Saints cape too, though. Either way, have fun!

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    1. which one??!!! The All Saints ones are gorgeous too aren't they? I think I need to do a try on session....

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  2. Oh I just love the All Saints tops & some crackers from Jigsaw too! X

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    1. I would happily nest all of them in my wardrobe!

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  3. Love those draped knits from All Saints... BeautifulšŸ‘Œ

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    1. They're super yummy, aren't they?!

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  4. Errrrmmm have you checked the weather forecast. Apparently it's going to be quite warm like 20 degrees plus warm.

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    1. Well allegedly... but it's supposed to be warm today as well down South and so far - NOPE!! I'm still pondering......

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  5. The All Saints top are just fab and will see you through the winter. Definitely want the cape jumper. However, the forecast is good for the end of the week so why not get the legs out whilst you can. You have some gorgeous dresses. Have fun - whatever you decide to wear. Xxx

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    1. THey're all gorgeous aren't they? I'm simply so so over my old clothes - as LUDICROUS as that sounds. I know I have loads of dresses but it seems just wrong wearing them in Autumnal months as they're super summery!

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  6. Love the leggings am very tempted by them. How did you say you can wash them? Are they stretchy? Think they would like fab with any of the jumpers or a nice blouse. Have s lovely time. Xx

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    1. They're fabulously stretchy but not overly so. And info here on washing leather....http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3067042/The-ultimate-guide-wash-EVERYTHING.html

      and here

      http://byrnenotice.com/you-know-those-leather-pants-you-have-you-can-wash-them-in-the-machine/

      and another vote here

      http://stylecaster.com/how-to-wash-leather-pants/

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  7. Oh you lucky thing, those leggings are just gorgeous looking. Did you get the black or the burgandy ones?

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    1. Black ones! I ummed and ahhed for ages over them......!!

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    2. I deliberated but got the burgundy ones. They are amazing. A gorgeous shade and fit. Thrilled with them.

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    3. Aren't they amazing? Fit is fabulous. I know they're leggings but they do fit more like skinnies, don't they?

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    4. Definitely. I got the charcoal Adele jumper and perfect together. I had never used Hush until I read your blog and I am hooked!

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  8. Love those All Saints capes. How about a long boyfriend shirt over the leggings? Or perhaps a bit too casual for the lunch? Interested to hear the Hush leggings are washable. Wonder if my M&S ones are? Too nervous to try - I love them and would be gutted if they got ruined. But they cost 40 quid to dry clean...

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    1. That's my blog for today... shirts shirts and more shirts.... See above for info on how to wash!

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  9. How did you discover that you could machine wash the leather leggings........ if that is the case then I'm very tempted

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    1. See links in replies above! Only reason I got them!

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  10. I need to start following your rugby watching outfits, my two just started and already I'm thinking 'stay at home Fiona and do chores, let the husband go' - I don't do cold.

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    1. We have to have a parent for each child. Two boys = me having to go too. And the 10yr old is about to start girl's rugby as well so I'll have to jog (yeah right) between two pitches...... HOW have you not had to do rugby before! Ours start when they're 6!!

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    2. My two girls started at 6 (ish) too...now 13 & 15 and still playing! Except now it's Tuesday evenings - & a parent still required to be present. I bring the newspaper with me & sit in the clubhouse!

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    3. Oh how sweet Carol! We think in for a penny, in for a pound, so off she goes! It's a lovely group of girls that do it, at the same place at the same time. It's only when we have matches and need to be in three different places at the same time!! Will worry about that when it happens. We're not allowed to sit in the clubhouse, we have to be pitch side... although when it's colder it does take me a considerably longer time than usual to get a coffee...!

      Fiona - look on it as an excuse to buy a whole new set of clothes!

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  11. Love the All saints jumpers, but I'm on a bad run of AS knits falling apart in the wash. They would look fab with the leggings though

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    1. Oh that's a shame. I've never had any probs in the past but I haven't bought any for years if I'm honest .

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  12. Think the long Zara tunic would look amazing over leather leggings (has neck tie, 70s boho vibe, wispy, beautiful!) .... Check it out. I've just ordered for exactly that reason! X

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    1. I shall go and check it out now, thank you xxx

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  13. Here's the link (hope works!): http://m.zara.com/uk/en/woman/trends/boho/long-tunic-c763516p2880541.html

    Let me know what you think. I think it will look stunning! X

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    1. Oh deliciously boho! Will look lovely over leggings for sure. xx

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  14. Oh Kat, I've followed you on Instagram for ages but have somehow only just discovered your blog. All I can say is THANK YOU! Super inspiring and like chatting to an uber stylish and helpful pal. Thank you!

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    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you xxxx

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