So. I was replying to a comment earlier on my blog from yesterday, yabbering on about being rather unadventurous with Summer wear and personally struggling to get to grips with the more eclectic looks - being 43 and living in the home counties - and actually more than that - just being more comfortable with a slightly pared back look.
However I then remembered one of my impulse purchases from last week which don't exactly lend credence to my claims. Although some (the husband for example) may insist that these are less eclectic and more just batsh*t crazy, but I beg to differ.
These were (as I mentioned the other day), a total impulse buy but a great one as I've already worn them twice. My new camo joggers.
Now I need to reign myself in as I feel the camo bug may be catching. It is the perfect Spring pick me up that will fit perfectly into your wardrobe and make a huge difference to all those outfits you are probably (if like me) totally bored of wearing.
All they require are great basics - I'm sticking to black as I'm an unadventurous wuss - to make a completely different looking outfit.
And I bet you'll be so surprised at how many compliments you get. For a start my kids think they're really cool (even the 11yr old who is sceptical about a lot that I buy....) so that's got to be one reason for wearing them.
If joggers aren't your bag, fear not, there are alternatives to scratch the camo itch. For me though, these Topshop ones are the perfect subtle shade of khakis and greens, super flattering (not something you can say about lots of joggers and these are proper jogger fabric but better quality than most), comfortable (like jamas - old lady alert, this makes them a 10/10 from the off) and come in three different lengths. Plus the addition of the black stripe is perfection - in my book makes it a no brainer to just fling on a load of other black (I actually don't think it matters what - from cardigan to biker jacket to blazer to coat) and instantly you have a cohesive outfit. For £30.
Camo print joggers in the green with black stripe from Topshop £30 They also do them in Tall and Petite online. Size wise - I think they're bang on (unlike a lot of TS which can come up on the small side... ie anything that's got a fixed waistband). I have a 10 in the Tall.
If you're more of a navy person then these are sublime. Don't know whether to be sad or relieved that they don't do these in a tall as with a navy blazer, white tee, white stans (or loafers... or red shoes... oh yes....) these would rock. The navy blazer is something I need to explore more as, at the moment, I feel it turns me instantly into 1990's WI refugee.
Camo print joggers in the blue shade £30
To get the look for less, I came across these instore at New Look the other day and will say that the quality definitely belies the price. Really lovely fabric (although they did NOT look very big - the top especially - so I would be tempted to size up).
Cameo Rose green camo print joggers £13.99 from New Look
So you can always do the matching top and bottom... I can't say this is something I'm going for BUT never say never... it's actually not as bad as I thought it would be... I may be tempted to break up the top and bottom so it doesn't look like a onesie. I think a white jersey layering shirt would be amazing under this.
Cameo Rose green camo print top £14.99 from New Look This on its own with grey, black or khaki bottoms would look much more chic than you would first think (must. not. buy.....)
Slightly different and even cheaper, also at New Look.
Blue Vanilla green camo print top and joggers set from New Look £25 Which can easily be worn as separates for a total bargain price.
Moving onto other tops. Adore this from Topshop.
US Army Camo Sweat by Tee & Cake £35
Rose Printed Camo Shackett from Topshop £42
Or if you're after something that looks, in my opinion, slightly "lighter", then this one could be the perfect option. To prove that khaki and blush are sublime together and the addition of blue makes this the perfect shade to team with denim.
Camo Printed Shackett from Topshop £39
Similar colourwise - even though I shall not be wearing a bomber, if I were to consider one - it would possibly be along the lines of something that is "out there" - as the perfect foil to a wardrobe of neutrals.
Pink Camo MA1 Bomber jacket from Topshop £59
Obviously I couldn't do a blog without including my favourite subject of the moment... good old shoes.
And if you don't fancy the whole camo in an outfit offering, then how about a hint of camo in a shoe?
Jack Purcell Converse Camouflage Print Canvas Sneakers from The Outnet were £55 now £38.50
And a grey shade - were £55 now £42 - Jack Purcell Converse from The Outnet.
Whilst we're on the topic of trainers and looking at The Outnet, I can't NOT mention that they have just got a whole load of Golden Goose in... Which will not hang around for long. If ever there was a time to indulge, I'd be doing it now.
Lots of options online but my pick would be:-
Patent leather-trimmed suede sneakers were £260 now £130
Golden Goose DB Slide suede and leather trimmed hi tops were £265 now £132.50
Francy metallic leather panelled sneakers were £260 now £156
And loads more options online (don't blame me...).
So here I am today - yet again in the camo. I always wore them on Friday - two different outfits, one more casual than the other. They are the most comfortable trousers.
Black lyocell tee - & Other Stories
Black longline blazer - Me+Em
Camo joggers - Topshop
Red Sneakers - Golden Goose
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci
And today -
Black extra fine merino jumper - Uniqlo
Onyx leather jacket - hush
Camo joggers - Topshop
White sneakers - Golden Goose
Black Haworth bag - Village England
I'm starting to put together some ideas for a more paired back Summer look. Will hopefully be back with some ideas tomorrow.
In the meantime - can I tempt you with a bit of camo? And I apologise in advance for how often I will be wearing these....To be fair, I did say that I was having a love in with joggers this season.