stripe midi skirt and white top

Stripes and a Secret

Topshop stripe midi skirt

stripe midi skirt and white top

Yup, it’s that Topshop skirt again.

Well, I made such a fuss about buying it, I feel like I have to get my money’s worth, really. And I’m definitely doing that: although maybe not so well as I’m doing it with this H&M top, which I’ve worn so much now that I’m seriously thinking about buying a replacement for it, for the inevitable moment when I spill something on it and ruin it forever.

Speaking of which, one of the things readers ask me about my outfits is how on earth I manage to keep things clean, considering how many white things I wear. (And also considering how hideously clumsy I am, let’s be honest.) Well, people, today I will share my secret with you, although I have a feeling you’re going to be disappointed:

I wear a bib.

No, really, I wear a bib when I eat. I mean, it’s not an ACTUAL bib, obviously: it’s just a tea-towel, tied around my neck. Everyone who knows me refers to it as “Amber’s Bib” though (I feel the need to add here – and I really don’t know why – that it’s not the SAME tea towel every time. Like, I don’t have a special tea towel that’s been awarded ‘bib’ status, or anything like that. Glad we cleared that up.), and, embarrassingly, Terry has started to refer to it like that in front of other people. So we’ll be having dinner with someone, and they’ll bring out a plate of spaghetti, say, and Terry will be all, “Oh, Amber will need a bib for that.” And then everyone looks at me, like, “What is she, three?”

(I have a feeling I’ve just insulted a lot of 3-year-olds there. Because I’m pretty sure 3-year-olds have better success with not spilling stuff on themselves than I do…)

Anyway, that’s the secret to wearing pale colours when you’re clumsy: I have to say, though, it doesn’t always work, which is why another secret is to buy stuff in bulk. Like I should have done with this top*, which is now sold out on the H&M website, although I take comfort in the fact that I also have it in green. And black. And I quite fancy the yellow, but I’ll restrain myself. Or I’ll try, anyway.

In other news, you’ll probably be seeing these black shoe boots in every outfit post from now until May. Like you did LAST winter. Good job I took my own advice and DID buy a backup pair of those, huh?

Oh, before I forget: want to know what I wore with this outfit? (I’m just going to pretend you said ‘yes’ to that, by the way…)

biker jacket and midi skirt

Yes, it’s that black biker jacket again! Two times in one week: it must be love…

(*Actually, I’ve just remembered that I didn’t buy this top at all: it was a Christmas gift from my parents, which means it’s lasted 10 months now without me ruining it. I’ll have another star on my star chart tonight for sure…)

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WEARING: H&M top; Topshop midi skirt; Buffalo shoe boots; ZARA biker jacket

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  • I totally unashamedly join you in the bib wearing status. Although my white clothes tend to get makeup on them rather than food… maybe I need to wear less makeup. Really enjoyed your writing so easy to read and your hair is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Gemma x

    October 15, 2015
  • I love that Topshop skirt so much! Too bad they discontinued it 🙁

    October 15, 2015
  • It’s okay Amber, I too wear a ‘bib’ of sorts. Especially when I’m eating any kind of pasta. It’s just common sense.

    I adore you’re writing style & your skirt as it so happens. xx

    October 15, 2015
  • My secret weapon is keeping an apron on. I heard it was the ‘thing’ a while ago-but never saw anyone else doing it. Maybe it went the way of shabby chic. Either way besides looking seriously housewifey (a bonus for a faker like me) it covers up more than a napkin in my lap.

    October 15, 2015
  • Myra


    I like to look on my messy eating as me sharing my food with my clothes, I am generous like that. I can’t count the number of times I’ve ruined clothes, so I have an everyday food stained wardrobe, and an only to be worn in non-food activities, or special occasions. Love the skirt by the way

    October 15, 2015
  • So… I use a scarf I don’t give a damn about that I basically wear constantly for both warmth and food spillage protection. Ironically, I’ve never spilled a damn thing down that scarf.

    October 15, 2015
  • TinaD


    I wish they’d make a bib you could wear out. Or Scotchgard for finer fabrics. My problem is that I drink and drive–coffee and a stick shift is death to all my light tops.

    October 15, 2015
  • I wore a tea towel around my neck last week when I was eating pasta but it was just in front of my little kids so they didn’t even notice. I find that white is an impossibility once you have sticky fingered children…..

    October 15, 2015
  • I find it reassuring that it isn’t just me who is clumsy and can get things dirty easily. I combat it by just not wearing white which works for me!

    Gisforgingers xx

    October 15, 2015
  • Moni


    We really seem to be birds of a feather here, as I, too, am among the clumsy folk…
    That’s why I have very few white clothes at all, much less with long sleeves. I will dip them into something red/greasy/that’s difficult to wash out – guaranteed. And when wearing new clothes I resort to the bib as well. (When visiting my parents it’s even an actual bib. You know these fondue bibs for adults?)

    October 16, 2015
  • I am also terribly clumsy so I bulk buy things when I like them! I have the same white Bardot top like six times just to be sure!

    October 19, 2015
  • Hello,
    I’ve just stumbled upon you blog. I love your outfits and I think your blog’s layout looks stunning (kind of familiar anyway:) xx Abby

    October 22, 2015
  • Haha this post made me smile! I really love your outfit though. The striped skirt is realky pretty and I love it with the biker jacket! Gemma x

    January 2, 2016