Black biker jacket, grey sweater, polka dot skirt

The Grey Month

black biker jacket with 50s-inspired full skirt

retro-inspired outfit with black biker jacket

grey polka dot 50s-style skirt with high heels and belt

Can you believe these photos were taken at the start of November?

Actually, if you don’t live in Scotland, you probably can. For those of us living north of the Wall, however, November is what I think of as The Grey Month: the clocks change, the nights get shorter, the cloud-cover is almost total – it’s just grey, basically. Grey, and miserable, and with nothing much to recommend it, really. Can you tell November isn’t my favourite? Sorry, November. And people who have birthdays in November, and now hate me for dissing their ‘birthday month’. And everyone who’s reading this and wondering when I’m going to stop talking about November and just get to the damn outfit already…

So! The outfit! As November is The Grey Month, I thought I’d dress accordingly, but it turns out November had other ideas, because would you look at that blue sky? I mean, it totally looks Photoshopped or something, doesn’t it? (I promise it isn’t: it was just really sunny when we took these!) Not only was it sunny, however, it was also warm: I know I’m wearing a biker jacket in these, but that’s mostly because I’m not sure I can remember how to dress myself without one at this point. When I took it off to get a quick photo of the outfit underneath, I was still more than warm enough in the sun, and that’s unheard of at ANY TIME round here, so long may it continue.

This skirt was from Topshop last year, and it’s one of my favourite items of clothing, so naturally I spilled half a glass of wine down it later that night. I wasn’t sure what I was more concerned about – the skirt or the wine – but thankfully it was white wine, so the skirt is safe: or as safe as any item of clothing is with me around, anyway…

Topshop polka dot skirt and Zara biker jacket

Wearing: Topshop skirt (similar); Zara biker jacket (similar); Zara boat-neck top; Casadei ‘Blade’ pumps*


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  • I really wish I’d picked up the grid print version of this skirt when it was in petite… but when I went to try it in the shop I only got my hands on the standard version and it was so humongous on me I had to laugh or I would have cried. Short girl problems. Agree the weather has been beautiful – it’s been better than flipping summer was. Maybe autumn is the new summer on this strange little island…

    November 4, 2015
  • It’s SUCH a pretty skirt!

    November 4, 2015
  • The Other Emma


    Love this look. if I wasn’t stoney broke, I’d be accidentally buying that skirt, it’s fab!

    November 4, 2015
  • Mademoiselle Amber, I love your outfit, it suits you perfectly. Maybe it’s because I love the color gray. These photographs are very beautiful, and I must admit that I am quite envious of your  blue sky…. it’s raining here ;-((

    November 4, 2015
  • I detest grey months but LOVE grey outfits — you look absolutely stunning Amber!

    Ashley || Sed Bona

    November 4, 2015
  • DANA


    Read on Twitter that someone had posted some negative comments about your holiday posts, and thought I’d find my way here and voice a few of my thoughts on the matter.
    1) Your blog reflects what’s currently ‘top of mind’; when in holiday-mode (before/during/after), this would be a natural focal point.
    2) I for one had prepared myself for a month of complete radio silence, and was quite surprised by how much you were able to post leading up to/during your Holiday.
    3) I found your posts to be both well executed and enjoyable reads.
    So, what I’m trying to say: Please don’t let a snarky comment devalue the achievement it is to have kept your blog alive & kicking while enjoying a hard earned and well deserved holiday.

    “Gnome salut” from a regular reader who appreciates your work and dedication!

    November 4, 2015
    • I really enjoyed the holiday posts. I was pleased to see so many posts while you were away too. It was a nice surprise.

      November 9, 2015
  • Genevieve


    I live in Northern Canada so I hear you on the grey. 🙁 Love your jacket- looks like a real wardrobe staple!

    November 4, 2015
  • Tracey


    If you could see the GREY weather we have today in Melbourne you’d be so jealous. Not.

    Saw your comments on Twitter about some random person complaining about your holiday posts. What a cow. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed them and I love reading your blog every day, whatever you write about. Just had to come out of comment retirement to write that 🙂

    November 4, 2015
    • Serina


      I agree, I loved your holiday posts! I think traffic would have dropped because people weren’t expecting you to write many posts whilst on holiday.

      I initially didn’t read your blog for that reason but was delighted to find you still posted and read all of them with great enjoyment.

      You don’t just post pictures of your outfits. You accompany them with thoughtful, funny writing which takes so much more effort and is similar to the older style of blogs I fell in love with.

      Thanks for a great blog.

      November 5, 2015
  • As someone who gets sun all the time (gross i know 😉 ), i love grey days and i love this grey and black outfit!

    November 4, 2015
  • Looking so beautiful with black jacket. love this lovely outfit

    November 6, 2015
  • nice looking and professional photography and your writing is awesome .. thanks for sharing with us

    November 9, 2015