OUTFIT | Polka dots in autumn
[This post is a collaboration with Yoox.com]
Well hello there: it’s been an embarrassingly long time since I last did a “proper” outfit post, hasn’t it?
Um, let’s just say that if I thought it was tricky getting decent photos in Scotland’s ever-changing, often-raining climate, well, it’s absolutely nothing compared to getting decent photos with an eight-month old demanding your full attention 24/7. Yes.
The trails of new parenthood might be the main reason for the lack of fashion-related content around here lately, though, but it’s not the only one. As I’ve mentioned a few times lately, I’ve also been going through a bit of a style crisis lately. I realised a couple of years ago that my usual, retro-inspired looks just didn’t feel quite “me” any more, but, this year, I decided I absolutely HATED everything in my wardrobe – a decision which culminated in me getting rid of a ton of clothing, and then basically living in jeans and slogan t-shirts all summer… which I’ve exchanged for slogan sweatshirts now that the weather is getting cooler again. I mean, I guess that counts as a “look”? Maybe not a great one, obviously, but still…
The thing is, though, as much as I love my jeans (And, honestly, you’ll have to prise my slogan sweaters off my cold, dead body…), there comes a time when even I feel the need to switch things up a bit, so, when the people at Yoox got in touch, and asked if I’d like to choose an outfit from their website, I figured it was as good an opportunity as any to get back into outfit posting again. And out of my jeans, obviously.
Faced with such a huge choice, then, I did what I always did: I searched for something with polka dots on it. Nothing if not predictable, right?
This Free People skirt is billed as a midi, but it’s more of a maxi length on me… which was just fine by me, because, when I’m not in jeans and sweaters, maxi skirts and sneakers have been something of a go-to for me lately. This is actually pretty surprising, because it’s not a look I’d have gone for in the past, but my newfound love of sneakers has made me look for different ways to wear them, and longer-length skirts work pretty well in that respect. I like the way the sneakers dress down the skirt, and I also like the fact that the longer length makes it easier to transition this kind of style to autumn: I’m nowhere near ready to break out the tights just yet, so I was happy to find that this skirt was long enough to wear with bare legs – just!
To go with it, I went for this simple black sweater, which is by a brand called Silvian Heach. It might be simple, though, but I actually find this kind of style quite hard to find these days, when most knitwear seems to be long, and super-slouchy. This, by contrast, is close-fitting and cropped, which makes it perfect to wear with high-waisted skirts and trousers – and, again, it was warm enough for the cooler temperatures we’ve been having lately, so that’s a win, too.
Because of the Net-a-Porter connection, I’d somehow always assumed Yoox.com only sold very high-end pieces, but while they do have a huge selection of brands like Christian Louboutin, Burberry, Chloe, etc, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good selection of moe affordable pieces, too: my skirt was £68, and the sweater £39, which is comparable to most of the brands I usually shop with. I will be back: and I’ll try my best to persuade Terry to take some more photos when I do!
(P.S. I may not be publishing quite as many outfit posts here lately, but I am continuing to document my daily looks over on Instagram when I can, so don’t forget to give me a follow if you’re particularly interested!)