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What I Wore in January

ASOS green leopard print tea dress

ASOS dress; River Island jacket; New Look ankle boots

A couple of months ago I did a roundup of some of my day-to-day outfits (i.e. the ones I normally wouldn’t bother photographing), and a few of you were kind enough to say you wouldn’t mind seeing a few more of them, so this month I decided to try another one.

Unfortunately for anyone reading this, January was yet another month of not-very-interesting outfits, for the reasons I talked about in this post. Interesting or not, though, these are all real outfits, worn with no thought whatsoever as to how ‘blogworthy’ they’d be (And, in some cases, with just no thought whatsoever, really…), so for those of you who’re interested in that kind of thing, here’s a quick look at (some of) what I wore in January…

Collectif Polly Blackwatch Pencil skirt

Collectif ‘Polly’ pencil skirt; H&M top; Christian Louboutin shoes

Er, first of all, let me just start by saying that my office wall is NOT built on a hill – it’s just that, as I seem to be perpetually running late for everything, most of these photos were taken in a last-minute rush, so they’re not the greatest quality. Just try to think of this is a return to the “good ol’ days” of fashion blogging – wonky camera work, bad lighting and all!

This is what I wore on New Year’s Day, back when I was still labouring under the delusion that I’d somehow find the motivation (and inspiration) to take photos every single day, and make this a weekly column, rather than a monthly/quarterly/whatever-it-ends-up-being one. Ah, the sweet innocence of January 1st!

blue jeans and Breton top

Warehouse top; Mango jeans; Head Over Heels Ankle Boots*; Philip Lim bag via Shopbop*

Jeans. And a sweater. It doesn’t really get much more basic than that, but what the hell: this is my favourite sweater of the moment, and, actually, the jeans are worthy of mention, too. They’re from Mango, which has become my go-to brand for jeans, lately: they almost always seem to have some cropped styles in stock, which are suitable for my short legs! I have two pairs now (the ones in the photo are slightly too large: I stupidly decided to size up, and as I bought them during what I think of as my ‘Bad Time‘, back in December, I didn’t realise until it was too late to return them. They are wearable, but I’d definitely say stick to your usual size if you’re buying these – they might seem a little tight to start with, but they have a bit of stretch to them, which means they’ll fit perfectly after the first wear!), and am hoping they release some more in different colours, because when I find jeans that are short enough in the leg, I want to buy them ALL.

stripe sweater and capri pants

Theory sweater*; House of Foxy capri pants; Boden flats

Oh look, it’s another stripe top: what a surprise! Forget the top, though – I just want to briefly address my bare feet in some in these photos, because last week someone was worried I was going to get chilblains because of my bare legs in my Boden post, and now I’m worried that you’re all secretly thinking I’m an idiot or something. So, just to clarify, if you see me with bare feet/legs in the winter, it’s because I either didn’t leave the house that day (thanks to the wonders of central heating, my feet are bare all the time when I’m at home, regardless of what the outside temperature is), or I was in and out of the car fast enough for it not to matter. I might hate wearing tights, but I hate being cold even more, so worry not, I’m not going to be freezing to death in the name of fashion!

black tulle skirt with green sparkle sweaterZara skirt; Next sweater; Buffalo shoe boots

I bought this skirt for £10 in the Zara sale (Oh yeah, did I mention I well and truly fell off the wagon with my shopping diet? Because I most certainly DID…), and when I showed it to my mum, she was all, “But where will you wear it?!” “Where WON’T I wear it?!” was my retort to that, and, just to prove that a sparkly tulle skirt can be totally practical, here I am wearing it with black tights, and an equally sparkly (although you can’t really tell from the photo) sweater. I have a theory that you can wear thick tights with pretty much anything, and they’ll instantly dress it down: this, incidentally, is one of the reasons I hate opaque tights so much, but I can’t deny, they have their uses. This was one of those outfits that looked better in real life than it did in the photo, although I really should have worn a slip under the skirt, because it kept catching on the tights and riding up – whoops! (Aaand this would be one of the OTHER reasons I hate wearing tights!)

Finally, remember how I said in yesterday’s post that Rubin loves to watch me taking photos? Well, he also loves being IN the photos: check this out…

photobombed by a dogI swear this photo is not remotely staged: as soon as he saw the camera, he walked right over, sat down in front of me and smiled smugly, as if to say, “Yeah, you just TRY taking a photo without me in it: I dares ya!” So he got his wish:

miny green cashmere sweater

Boden sweater*; Mango trousers; New Look shoes; Philip Lim bag*

This was just another, very basic ‘working from home’ outfit, so I may as well admit that the only reason I’m carrying the bag is because, from the moment this sweater arrived, I’ve been waiting to pair this bag with it, and this was the first opportunity I got. The sweater is also an exact match for the Boden ‘Joanna’ coat, which I’ve been banging on about for weeks now, and yes, I’ve worn it with that, too, although that was the time I found myself shrouded in impenetrable mist, and the photos didn’t turn out. Oh well, I’m sure there’ll be a next time, and I’m sure you’ll get to hear all about it, too! And maybe next time, Rubin won’t completely steal the show…

me and Rubin

Or maybe he will.


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  • I don’t think your outfits were boring at all – they’re a lot more interesting than mine, for sure! I really love the mint green items you have. First your coat, but that sweater is so pretty too!

    Charmaine Ng
    Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Alice
    January 30, 2017

    I love those posts, keep them going, please!

  • Fi
    January 30, 2017

    I love these posts and the outfits! I feel like I wear boring outfits in comparison to much of the blogosphere but I like seeing what people wear in everyday life as opposed to items they style up for a photoshoot (which I think a lot of bloggers do more and more often now). More of these posts please! x

  • Angela
    January 30, 2017

    I love these posts! And your outfits weren’t boring, they were lovely! I absolutely fell in love with your Zara skirt!

  • Cassie H
    January 30, 2017

    Recently discovered your blog and love seeing your posts pop up in my feeds! Your style is amazing. 🙂 Rubin is totally adoreable!

  • CiCi Marie
    January 30, 2017

    You know, I never really wear mint green in winter but I really should! That first picture of Rubin – he really does look like he’s smiling smugly! Lolz!!

  • Miranda
    January 30, 2017

    I’ve been out in ‘bare feet’ this January and not got chilblains! Hashtag dramatic

    Reminds me of when my friend was adamant another friend would get pneumonia from sitting in a car/ bar in January. She didn’t 🙂

    Off to look at the Zara skirt now- it’s beautiful!

    • Miranda
      January 30, 2017

      * in a damp dress!!

  • Deanna
    January 30, 2017

    Rubin is such a ham! He’s a total cutie 🙂 And I, too, love seeing your “everyday” outfits – they give me inspiration for outfits I can make from my own closet!

    • D. Johnson
      January 30, 2017

      Yes! Rubin looks like he’s posing and smiling! He’s looking good, too.

  • Myra Boyle
    January 30, 2017

    Loving the tartan pencil skirt outfit and the leather jacket outfit, but they all look great

  • Brenda
    January 30, 2017

    I love these everyday outfit posts! And Rubin is very sweet.

  • Anna nuttall
    January 30, 2017

    Lovely photos. I LOVE your suede ankle boots. Rubin is adorable! xx

  • Beth
    January 30, 2017

    I love the tulle skirt! And the Boden jumper! And that last photo is adorable! Also I loved seeing that green biker jacket, which was the reason I first came onto this site! I was searching for a leather jacket two years ago, came across here and have been following ever since! 🙂

  • Elaine
    January 30, 2017

    Your every day outfit posts are a great inspiration! Love seeing Rubin in the photos too.

  • heather
    January 31, 2017

    Your every day “boring” outfits are still really nice! Thanks for sharing again 🙂

  • Miss Kitty
    January 31, 2017

    I love any of your posts with Rubin! So cute <3. I love seeing what you wear just for a 'home day' as well – I have plenty of outfits for going out but over the holidays I realised I don't have many comfy outfits for just hanging out at home. Going to have to do something about that! Thanks for some inspiration 🙂

  • Sian
    January 31, 2017

    I’m really enjoying these type of posts, seeing your “everyday” outfits, as I’m trying to go more for classic and basic outfits everyday, but ones that I actually love rather than just whatever’s closest to me, and these are definitely inspiring me! I, of course, love the tartan in the first pic, but I’m also loving the looks with jeans and trousers too – proves that they don’t have to be standard or boring just because you’re wearing trousers!

  • Veronica
    January 31, 2017

    Hi Amber! I also tend to wear a lot of dark green and black (along with few other neutrals), so I love seeing your everyday outfits. I’m not nearly as put together as you are, however!
    I also appreciate how much effort you put into your lighting and backdrops. Low winter light will always be a struggle, but everything in this post was beautifully lit & crisp.

  • Bianca
    February 2, 2017

    That’s a great post. I like seeing your outfits. Thanks for the inspirations.

  • Dana/Style Tips Blog
    February 5, 2017

    Ooh, I love that mint Phillip Lim bag!! Unfortunately, mint green doesn’t love me, which is probably why I’m obsessed with it! I love seeing these everyday photos–you being you, which is why we keep coming back!

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