It's July, which is the Summer time no? That'll be apparently not. Dear lord alive, this weather. So not withstanding the fact that there are loads of things that we would normally be doing at this time of year - eating al fresco (on all my new outdoor furniture that I bought and have used once for breakfast...), swimming outdoors, BBQ (again, we bought a new one last year and have used it the sum total of three times... last year you were a complete washout as well).. did I mention drinks outside? Balmy evenings in the garden with a glass of fizz? Well I've been holed up with the fire on and flagons of red wine on the go. This is not part of the Summer plan.
And then it comes to clothes. Hands up who is immensely frustrated with their wardrobe? As in, we're still wheeling out clothes we were wearing in February.
I'm over it. And I have a plan. It's not that I don't love my clothes, I actually really do but I'm just bored of wearing them in the same outfits. And yes, I can mix and match them up and I do but... well then it rains or it's freezing and I need something practical. Oh I'm just fed up with it all.
So I'm investing. I'm using the sales to my advantage and I am buying a couple of things, that I wear with my old favourites but that are changing the look up a bit - a new lease of life and making me not want to hunt down every weather person and punch their lights out (cos *obviously* it's their fault. I just think they could look a tad more crestfallen when they say "some showers" when they clearly mean, biblical rain and floods...)
And what do I have my eye on today? That'll be the skirt.
So I have finally mastered the skirt. The long skirt. Not maxi (I have decided I actually do not like anything maxi maxi in me - I'm a midi girl for the foreseeable future and if it ain't broke don't try and fix it. I keep trying to shove my square midi peg into a round maxi hole and it's not working. I feel vaguely liberated).
These are the perfect sales purchase. Hell, do you know what - even if it's new season and you love it, buy it. You can wear this now - you WILL wear this now and we will be living in it come the Autumn. You have my word.
Starting with the perfect all year round print - that of the leopard variety.
Before I start I appreciate this is a maxi skirt.. on most people. On me, this won't be at all (and if it is, I'm paying to have it taken up). Black top, tee or vest now - sandals, boots, loafers, pumps or sneakers, this is Summer perfection. Come the cooler days (errrr right...), polo necks, jackets, scarfs, boots - be them, biker, knee, ankle with a heel or flat, this will see you through the entire year. Can you tell it's my favourite?
Animal Pattern Skirt from Mango was £69.99 now £34.99
Although I say it's my favourite...more animal at Asos. Oh how I love this but it's definitely in the midi camp and I fear suitable for those more petite than me.
ASOS Animal Print Skirt £42
Pleated now and I'm done with the pleats. I have two - an olive and a black faux leather and I adore both of them (even though I can't actually do either of them up as they're too tight on the waist..! And yes, I did size up. I should have sized up twice.. doh).
These from Mango will see you through the whole year. These don't look too long so would be ideal for those of you who aren't giants.
Pleated Midi Skirt in green was £49.99 now £24.99 (looks gorgeous now with pink and white - honestly... or with red and white. Also love with navy and white and for Winter - all the above and just lose the white. Not to mention teaming with all black. Obviously).
And in the black
Tall pleated jersey midi at Topshop in Ice Blue £32
Going slightly off piste now...
So this is the inspiration.
Simone Forget Me Not Skirt £1,315
Now bear with me as I know it's not the same. But... being vaguely inspired by the four figure Erdem version...
Glamorous Tiered Maxi Floral Skirt £45
The off piste continues for me. I would LOVE to wear one of these - I fear I may stick to leather but you never know...
ASOS Wedding Tulle Skirt in navy £50
Or in black - with a white tee now this could be lovely and I have to say, thinking forward - sequin polo neck and you have the perfect Christmas outfit (it is that cold I can super legitimately mention it). Also £50
Scrap that - grey.... oh hello. £50 - this one isn't for prom though, this one is for wedding. And the difference is?
And speaking of Christmas.. (I've started so I'll finish), this would be fab with a black polo neck for parties. Or - think Gucci and wear with a print jumper. For now - I'd happily wear this with a tee and sneakers or sandals for every day. Why keep lace for best? Buy this, wear it and love it.
Lace Prom Skirt £89 from Warehouse
Sp anyone else completely over this weather? I am sat here and it is biblical rain out there. The sky looks like the Apocalypse is about to happen. I have never experienced such shonky weather for so long a period of time. Am totally boring myself with moaning about this so surely, a small treat is a much much better idea?
Here I am yesterday - absolutely hating my outfit. I love all the component parts but in an effort to reinvent the wheel I ended up feeling totally MEH all day. It is completely the weather's fault (not to mention I used a new conditioner which I could not get out of my hair so couldn't blow dry it as it looked like someone had smeared a ton of chip fat on it - you can see where the day was heading, can't you?) as I had got dressed and it started pouring with (not forecasted) rain so I had to change. In five minutes before going to London. And enough with the excuses.
Of course when I got to London it was stinking hot. You couldn't write it.
Lace blouse - Warehouse
Phoebe jeans - MiH
Red Loafers - Gucci
Black Mario Fringed Bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
So I then went shopping and bought this almost entire outfit. And changed as soon as I got home as I had New Parents' Evening at the 11yr old's new school. Yes I did wear the same outfit today as I love it so much.
Linen and satin top - Sandro
Black denim culottes - Zara
Yellow faux leather jacket - Zara
Black ankle strap Mary Janes - Whistles
Black Mario Fringed Bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
So we are living the dream on a Friday night - glass of red and the football. Followed by The Revenant on DVD. It's not rock and roll but it's pretty much perfection for me today. (yes you may also have spied new shoes... breaking the mould for me.. watch this space).