Outfit | Collectif ‘Cordelia’ top
This outfit was inspired entirely by the wind.
I’ve always maintained that windy days are the hardest ones to dress for. If it’s cold, you can wrap up; if it’s raining, you can carry an umbrella – if it’s windy, though, you basically have to resign yourself to arriving everywhere looking like you’ve been in a fight – especially if you have long hair, and a habit of dressing like it’s 1955 all the time.
Well, as you know, I DO have long hair, AND I love a good circle skirt. Or two. Or 47. It turns out the whole, “Whoops, my skirt’s just blown right over my head!” look is only cute when Marilyn Monroe does it, though, and the “hair dragged through a hedge” look isn’t cute on ANYONE, so when I saw how blustery it was on Monday, I decided to do the “sensible” thing and wear trousers, with my hair tied back.
Mostly, though, I was just looking for an excuse to wear this top, which I bought a few weeks ago, having spotted it in the ‘New In’ section at Collectif, and realised it was basically the most perfect top EVER. Seriously, I feel like I’ve been searching for this top my entire life: it has that amazing, 60s-inspired boat neck collar, a fitted shape, a bow on the back… it took me all of two seconds to decide it must be mine. Unfortunately, it took a little longer than that for me to actually get around to buying the damn thing: only around 24 hours or so, but of course, the shopping gods like to spite me with stuff like this, so that was as long as it took for it to totally sell out.
I’m many things, however, but I’m not a quitter (Well, not where shopping is concerned, anyway. Or coffee. Or wine. Or chocolate. Or anything else that’s bad for me. If it’s good for me, I’ll probably quit it, though…), so I kept checking back, and a couple of days later it was back in stock, and it was just like that moment in a disaster movie when you realise the world IS going to be saved after all, YAY! (Note to self: pitch this plot to Hollywood.) Anyway, this particular outfit may have been mostly inspired by the weather, but I have been wearing trousers quite a bit recently: it’s strange, because at this time of year I’m normally taking every opportunity I get to break out the dresses and circle skirts, but for some reason I’m finding myself really drawn to simpler, monochromatic looks, normally revolving around capri pants. In fact, pretty much ALWAYS revolving around capri pants, if I’m honest.
Also pictured in these photos is my new Fitbit Flex which, well, isn’t really in keeping with the rest of the outfit, but which I refuse to take off even for photos because I am OBSESSED with tracking my stats, then beating my personal best, then beating everyone else’s personal best, and so on and so forth. I’m planning to buy another strap for it soon, but until then, if you’re wondering what the black rubber band on my wrist is in all of my outfit photos, that’ll be it. Which reminds me: I need to go and do some more steps…
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