autumn outfit

A happy accident

autumn outfit

autumn outfit featuring faux fur scarf

Fall outfit featuring full skirt, sweater and faux fur scarf

ASOS skirt // Zara sweater // H&M scarf // Matalan shoes // gifted brooch // Gucci sunglasses c/o Shopbop // Accessorize nude fishnet tights

You know how my clothes have a tendency to meet with unfortunate accidents?

Well, it turns out that’s not always a bad thing.

I mean, it was a bad thing in the case of that dress I ruined, obviously. And the trousers. And, well, the jeans. All of them.

It wasn’t a bad thing in the case of this outfit, though. See, this skirt has always been a little bit…difficult. Last time I photographed it, I wore it with a black top and grey shoes. And honestly, that’s pretty much how I’ve worn it every other time, too. Like I say, it’s difficult, and it’s difficult purely because of the colour, which, despite how it may look in photos, is not silver, or grey, or beige, or pewter, or gold, or brown. Actually, it’s all of those colours. With maybe a little bit of pink thrown in as an undertone.

Now, you’d think this would be a good thing, because technically it should mean that the skirt would work with any one of those colours. Nope. Doesn’t. Or not with any of the pieces I’ve tried it with so far, anyway. And so I kept on wearing it with black, and assumed I would wear it that way until it either fell apart, or met with an unfortunate accident of its own.

Enter this turtleneck sweater.

The sweater was not difficult. In fact, it started life as a perfectly ordinary, brownish-beige shade: the type of colour I wear fairly often at this time of year, and which works with just about anything.

Then I decided to throw it in the wash with a bunch of dark colours.

You don’t have to tell me, people: I KNOW. In my defence, I’d washed it with similar colours before, and it had always been fine, but not this time. No, this time it came out different. A grey-ish, brown-ish, tan-ish shade. A greige, basically.

I could probably have done something to fix it. I didn’t really try very hard, though, because the fact was, the altered colour was still a fairly wearable one, so I simply replaced the sweater in the closet, and went about my business, the proud owner of a new (old) greige sweater.

I’d actually forgotten all about it, until last Saturday, when I opened my closet door, and noticed the arm of the sweater and the corner of the skirt both sticking out of the assorted collection of clothing. “Pick us!” they seemed to cry. “Wear us! Let us fulfil our true destiny and go prance along a country road together!”

And so I did. Because that skirt and sweater were now almost identical in colour. I don’t know why I didn’t spot it sooner. All I needed was a pair of shoes to go with them, and, uncharacteristically, my luck was in there too. These shoes, you see, have actually been sitting in the “to be donated” pile for the best part of the last year. Every time I took the pile to actually be donated, though, I would first of all remove the shoes from it, telling myself that, well, you never know, they could just come in handy one day. It was as if strange forces were at work: forces which knew that one day I would dye a sweater, and the sweater would match a skirt, and the skirt would match the shoes, and they would all live together happily ever after.

Or for as long it takes for one (or more!) of them to meet with a not-so-happy accident, anyway…

[P.S. Yes, I had a coat with me…]

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  • I adore the new format!

    December 3, 2012
  • Why on Earth would you donate these fabulous shoes??? Beautiful outfit, btw, and I love how you describe every bit of information on it. Makes you look like the girl-next-door, instead of the unreacheable usual bloggers around the internet.

    Plus your hair, and this is why I love your blog!

    December 3, 2012
  • I love it! You look so glamorous but in a wearable way rather than overdressed.

    December 3, 2012
  • Classic chic.


    December 3, 2012
  • This skirt is awesome! Glad you now have a matching shirt cause sometimes the black top, all of the time, can be a bit boring. I also like the new layout.

    December 3, 2012
  • What a great story! Yes! all those garments were meant to be together. This outfit turned out so well, it’s a serendipity!
    I also think clothes talk to me.. expecially while hanging in the closet. Lol!

    (love the new layout! so neat!)

    December 3, 2012
  • Love the website redesign! And that skirt is fabulous. I wish ASOS did more big skirts this year…

    December 3, 2012
  • You look gorgeous in these photos and what a happy accident indeed, that skirt is adorable and it’s good that you can get more wear out of it. I love the redesign too, it looks so sleek!

    December 3, 2012
  • So serendipitous!

    December 3, 2012
  • Another beautiful set of photos! I’m absolutely convinced that you could make anything look chic, Amber!

    December 3, 2012
  • It was clearly meant to be!

    I love the new look for your website, too. Very nice.

    December 3, 2012
  • Amber you could be a royal!!! Looking lovely and you saved the skirt! Hehe 🙂

    December 4, 2012
  • Love love LOVE the outfit! Hooray for happy accidents!

    December 4, 2012
  • Super duper lovely! I first thought that was a new dress of yours! Very well played! 🙂 Best wishes!

    December 5, 2012
  • This is one accident that resulted in a classic outfit. I am so glad this sweater and skirt found each other inside your closet, they were meant to be together.

    December 5, 2012
  • I once had a similar problem with a silk chiffon skirt from Zara: it had a very colourful print and at first I thought I could pair it with any of the colours on it. But it never worked. In the end I realized it wasn’t so much the colour, as the fabric of the top, which needed to be similar to that of the skirt. Anyway, skirts are difficult, I much prefer dresses, there are less pairing dilemmas to solve!

    December 6, 2012
  • Don’t title posts ‘a happy accident’ again as I screamed at the top of my voice thinking you were pregnant! Within 2 seconds I was so excited about the prospect of you attempting to wear pencil skirts whilst 8 months pregnant and anticipating the long blog post about the lack of polka dots in maternity wear..

    December 6, 2012
  • Nice shoes.

    December 6, 2012
  • Such a lovely ensemble! I love the fur collar and that pretty skirt!

    December 14, 2012