cable-knot sweater outfit

Pale September

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cable-knit sweater outfit

neutral winter outfit
 [Cord trousers and cable sweater: H&M // Shoes: Faith (old) //  Marc by Marc Jacobs  bag and Gucci cat-eye sunglasses (c/o Shopbop)]

(OK, I know it’s October now (and boo hiss to that, I say!) but it was still September when these photos were taken (just), so the title still totally counts…)

This outfit was “inspired”, if that’s the word (and it isn’t) by my recent wardrobe switchover. Now, said switchover normally takes me aaaaalll day to complete: by the end of it, I’m a gibbering wreck, every floor in the house is littered with clothes, and the closets are all bursting at the seams.

Not this time.

Nope, this time I managed to pack away my summer clothes and replace them with the winter ones in a mere fraction of the time it normally takes me. “What happened?” asked Terry in surprise, when I joined him downstairs just a few short hours after I’d disappeared into a giant pile of clothing. Well, folks, I’ll tell you what happened:

Winter fashion happened.

See, when I opened the lid of the storage box containing the bulk of my winter wardrobe, I was confronted with a sea of black and grey. (Seriously, almost everything inside the box was one of those shades, and I have no idea why. I mean, it’s not like there’s some law stating that you HAVE to only wear dark colours during the winter, is there?) I was also confronted with a vision of the future [insert appropriately dramatic music here]: a future in which my clothes would be as dull and dreary as the winter skies, and my heart as heavy as the clouds above. A future in which I would write strange, overly dramatic blog posts about THE DARKNESS, and dress like a widow. GOD.

Well, I stood and stared into that storage box/future for a few seconds. Then I closed the lid, turned on my heel and walked away.

And then, a few minutes later, I snuck back and sheepishly started unpacking it anyway, because, well, I DID need some of the stuff in there, after all.  Woman cannot live on pale colours alone. And also because I realised at that point that I don’t actually live inside a soap opera, and dramatic gestures are totally lost on Rubin, who was the only witness to these shenanigans.

Once I’d had a good look through the box, though, I did actually re-pack quite a bit of it, and send the dull, gloomy clothes back up to the attic, where they will spend the next few months thinking about what they’ve done waiting to find out whether I’m going to change my mind and allow them a reprieve, or simply send them all packing to the charity store/great closet in the sky. Sucks to be them, huh?

Somehow I don’t think I’m going to miss those dark, wintry clothes, though. Especially not now that I’ve started to gradually replace them with lighter, brighter ones which are just as warm, but don’t make me look quite as much like a vampire. That’s why today’s post finds me wearing a warmer version of this outfit, from the summer. It’s also why I ate dinner that night with a tea towel tied around my neck, because head-to-toe cream/beige Amber? Really?

Finally, it’s why, before the night was out, those trousers had already taken their first trip through the washing machine. I’m pleased to report that the Mark of Death they acquired on that occasion was, indeed, vanquished, and the trousers live to fight be worn another day.

I might have to re-consider the fate of some of the prisoners in the attic, though. Dark colours may be a tad depressing at times, but they sure have their uses…

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  • Despite the superficial similarities in our coloring I would look ghostly in those colors. I’m quite jealous. I own one white blouse and one cream top. I think it’s quite smart to try to bring the aspects that make you adore your summer clothes into your winter clothes.

    I just finished my own blog post about pretending it wasn’t ridiculous to keep wearing my little polka-dot dresses when it’s cold out. And my bedroom is currently a disaster area (I spent all of Sunday trying to switch out my clothes). But I’m looking forward to the more flattering colors fall and winter have to have to offer me.

    October 2, 2012
  • I think you look great in these colors. And of course you don’t have to wear dark colored outfits if you don’t like them. We do tend to wear a lot of black and grey during winter. I can see it in my closet too. But it’s the dark brown that usually depresses me.

    October 2, 2012
  • I love this outfit. Totally appropriate for Fall. The shoes and bag are what make it for me. It kind of reminds me of the froth on a good cappuccino.

    Personally I can’t live without colour no matter the month. Most of my winter clothes are jewel toned. Winter is depressing enough. I don’t want my clothes to be be too.


    October 2, 2012
  • It seems that two of the main colors in my wardrobe are black and beige. I am really trying to get out of my black clothes, but I am afraid if I locked them away, I would have nothing to wear. I am working on it though.

    October 2, 2012
  • Oh, I wear the same bright colours year round – I’ve never really understood the urge to differentiate. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been told I looked “summery” when I was wearing a skirt and a (brightly coloured) woolly jumper – they’re just colours, people; I’m just being *me*.

    Needless to say, I loved this post.

    October 2, 2012
  • Clodyq


    Love the ensemble,it looks lovely and cosy and that’s my favourite colour palette.I’m also pale and look like a corpse in black,not to mention I also have a white dog who just adores to shed his coat all over my clothing so that every black item I own looks ridiculous anyway.kinda reminds me of the vibe of the lana del ray collection for h&m,pale fluffy jumpers and skinny trousers.

    October 2, 2012
  • Glad I’m not the only one whose every closet gesture demands an appropriately dramatic soundtrack. Congrats on the smoother switchover and especially on foiling the Mark of Death! Good thing I’m across the ocean, being so spectacularly klutzy that pastels need to be kept far, far away from me. You are heroically courageous to actually wear them. I better not even look too long at this post – really, really gorgeous though!

    October 2, 2012
  • I think I am on the only person is Melbourne whose winter coat is not black (mine is teal). I stand out and I love it. Black has its place, but black all the time is boring.

    October 2, 2012