Cat Burglar Chic

cat burglar outfit

beret and stripes

pencil skirt, stripe top and black beret

I wasn’t going to post these  photos. 

I mean, let’s be honest: I’m dressed like a cartoon cat burglar, aren’t I? There’s just no ignoring it: in fact, I couldn’t  have made this outfit look MORE like a cat burglar if I’d tried. Which I didn’t, just for the record: seriously, my only real thought process here was something like, “I like stripes: I will wear stripes! Ooh, and I’m obsessed with wearing berets right now: I will also wear a beret! It will keep my head warm!” And then I got out of the house, started taking the photos, and was all, “Wait: am I a fashion blogger or a cat burglar? A fashion burglar or a cat blogger?”

Anyway, as I say, once I realised what I’d done, with the stripes and the beret, and the burgling, I wasn’t going to share the evidence of it with the internet. Because no pictures means it didn’t happen, right? And if it didn’t happen – or if it DID, but no one KNOWS it happened – then no one can laugh at me, or make fun of me behind my back. And I worry about that, because of course I do: doesn’t everyone worry what people think of them, even just a little bit?

The thing is, though, I’ve been worrying about what people think of me my whole life now, and it’s really no way to live, is it? It doesn’t stop people talking behind your back, or thinking something negative about you either, so what the hell: you might as well dress like a cat burglar and give them something to talk about, hey? Because I DO like stripes, and I DO like berets, and, as an added bonus, I think I know what I’m wearing for Halloween this year, too!
black pencil skirt and leather over-the-knee boots

Boden top (this season’s version); H&M skirt & beret; Moda in Pelle boots*

P.S. Those of you who’ve commented about all the snow in my recent posts: these are all older photos that I’m just getting round to posting – we’ve not had weeks of snow, thankfully!

  • The Other Emma


    I love the cat burglar chic. I think you look awesome and would make an excellent supervillian in this look.

    February 22, 2016
  • That’ll be the most stylish of Halloween costumes 😉

    You look adorable!

    February 22, 2016
  • Sarah


    Adorable! So glad you posted them. All that’s missing is you holding Ruben while he sports a black handlebar mustache.

    February 22, 2016
  • Such a chic outfit – glad you posted it 🙂 I love berets and have worn them for years – they’re great for bad (lazy) hair days! I wear them so often now that I often forget I have one on, so if I get a silly comment (which happens too many times) such as ‘where’s your baguette?!’, or simply ‘oi, you French?!’, then I’m left a bit puzzled for a good ten minutes!

    February 22, 2016
  • I’m sure there’s much worse things to accidentally dress as. I’ve always thought cat burglars were pretty snazzy with their stripes and swag bags. Really, a giant handbag with a £ sign on would only have enhanced this outfit. I’m not even joking, it would have been great. And why would anyone not want to wear berets all the time? They hide all flat hair ills and look stylish to boot. And that is why everyone should join me in my beret worship. I have literally just seen that Gemma had just posted with a beret too. I am very pleased if I’ve helped to spread the beret love 😉

    February 22, 2016
  • I think you make a very lovely burglar!

    February 22, 2016
  • LucyChi


    I just realized the other day that the way I get to your blog, always, is by typing “fo” in my browser–the realization being that I type “fo” for you, “fa” for Facebook, and “fi” for

    This has nothing to do with the post, I just found it interesting that you are one of 3 “f” sites I visit regularly, and all I need now is one that starts with “fe” and another with “fu” and I’ve got all the vowels covered.

    February 22, 2016
  • Michelle H


    And also…. why waste photos with your eyes open? 🙂

    February 22, 2016
  • Well I love it, it’s fabulous! I feel like you should have your own comic strip or something (in a totally good way!) I quite regularly go to work in accidental fancy dress, I think my colleagues have just gotten used to it as they don’t even joke about it any more. I once went to a departmental meeting unwittingly dressed as Minnie Mouse. True story. And now I’ve remembered it I totally want to wear it again…!

    February 22, 2016
  • Catherine


    See? Entertaining! I read it for other reasons too – I enjoy seeing the clothes and the advice on how to weare them. 🙂

    February 23, 2016
  • Vickie


    Love the outfit! Also, I’m weirdly glad you said that about the snow, as I’d been pondering where on earth you live that’s been covered in snow for weeks. I know you’re in Scotland, but as far as I know it hasn’t been especially snowy this year!

    And yes, it probably is a bit odd that I think about where bloggers live while watching the weather. That’s probably why I never manage to actually be watching when it’s focused on where I live.

    February 26, 2016
  • Ck


    I love berets too. You look fantastic in your outfit.
    Glad they are still popular as I wouldn’t know what to do without them.
    Let’s talk berets!!!

    March 13, 2017