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What I *Really* Wore

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OK, so I’m just going to kick this one off by acknowledging that this is one of those posts that seemed like a good idea at the time, but which ended up being even more boring than even I had imagined: and I had imagined it being really quite boring, let’s not beat around the bush here.

Anyway, now that Everyone’s Favourite Season (TM) has us firmly in its grips, it’s been pretty hard to take outfit photos. It’s getting dark here by 4pm now, and when it’s not dark, it’s either pouring with rain and/or Terry and I are so busy with other things that we can’t just drop in order to run out to take photos of my stupid outfits. Autumn? THIS IS WHY I HATE YOU. Even on the days when we do have both the opportunity and the necessary light to take photos, though, I just really haven’t been feeling it. As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been really uninspired by my wardrobe lately: or rather, I haven’t… I just don’t really think I’ve been wearing anything worth documenting, really, and I can’t be bothered to go and put something on purely for the purpose of taking blog photos, so it hasn’t been happening.

Then it occurred to me: I don’t really NEED to pull together some kind of super-special outfit, just to photograph it for the blog, do I? I mean, if the purpose of this blog is to document my life/style, then shouldn’t I be doing that: i.e., just taking photos of even the boring, not-remotely-blogworthy outfits? I think so. So, with that in mind, here are some random, not-particularly-blogworthy outfits I’ve worn over the past few weeks…

Casual outfit: jeans and slogan sweater
Zara jeans / H&M sweater / Converse sneakers

This is a super-casual look, taken right before we headed out for a long walk in the local country park. I added my new parka over the top, which was more than warm enough for a mild autumn day, the rest of which was spent at my desk, so no need to dress up. Er, not that there’s EVER really a need for me to dress up, obviously, but this was a particularly non-dressy day, is what I’m saying.

skinny jeans and over-sized sweater

Zara jeans / Primark sweater / Kate Spade bag* / Office shoes

Ah, the old ‘skinny jeans/oversized sweater’ look! I’ve been falling back on this one quite a bit lately: I find that, although the outfit itself is super-basic, if you throw on a pair of stilettos, it makes you look like you made a bit more effort than you actually did, and that’s just fine by me. These ones are the twin sisters of the ones I’ve worn all year (and am wearing still, as the next photo will demonstrate), and I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: comfiest heels I’ve ever worn, for real. The weather was just mild enough to get away with bare feet in pumps when these were taken, although I also wasn’t outdoors for long in the outfits featuring that particular combination, so it was all good.

skinny jeans and oversized sweater
Boden sweater (old, but similar)/ Mango trousers / Office shoes / /Phillip Lim bag*

Yeah, I totally wasn’t joking about the ‘long sweater/skinny jean’ thing, was I?

Next green textured dress
Next dress / ZARA necklace / Christian Louboutin shoes

I’ll be honest: although I did *really* wear this dress (a few times, in fact), I didn’t actually wear it quite like this – this was just me playing around with how I might possibly wear it, when it first arrived. As it happens, though, every time I’ve worn it so far, I’ve had to wear it with tights – and you all know how I feel about THAT, don’t you? Still, this is a great dress, and one of my favourite purchases of the year so far, actually, because it’s one of those dresses that you can wear casually, or dress up a bit it you want. I’d like it even more if the sleeves were a bit longer (I’ve been having to also wear a cardigan with it a lot of the time: seriously, autumn, SCREW YOU.), but I still love it, so I’m not going to complain. Or not too much, anyway.


stripe Breton top with cigarette trousers and heels

black leather jacket, cropped trousers and heels

Warehouse sweater / ASOS trousers / Warehouse sweater/ ZARA jacket / Kate Spade bag*

Apologies for the “rabbit caught in the headlights” expression in the first photo (I don’t think I’d realised Terry had actually started taking photos, as opposed to just testing the settings of the camera!), and the cheesy grin of the second. For some reason, I feel even more awkward about having my photo taken indoors than I do outdoors: I guess when I’m outdoors it’s easier to just wander around, or look at my phone or whatever, whereas inside I’m just standing there with my back against the wall, like I’m having my mugshot taken or something: nice!

Anyway, I have two confessions about this outfit:

01. I decided I wanted a pair of cigarette trousers, but I wasn’t sure which leg length would work best on me, so I ordered them in both ‘petite’ and ‘regular’, thinking I’d just send back whichever pair didn’t work out. You can see where this is going, can’t you? It turned out that there honestly wasn’t much too choose between them, but I thought the petite version looked better with flats, and the regular version with heels… and I ended up trying them on and taking them off so many times in an attempt to make my mind up, that I thought, “screw it, I’m keeping them both!” So I did. It felt very extravagant, but then again, they ended up being £20 each with a discount code I had at the time, so… I’ve done worse, let’s just put it that way.

02. I’m wearing fishnet socks here. Yes. I think my fashion-blogger credibility has just been destroyed forever with that statement, no? The thing is, though, while the other photos were mostly taken during a milder-than-usual period at the end of October, this one was taken last weekend, when it was just too cold for me to contemplate bare feet, even although I was only going from house to car to house. So I found these fishnet knee-highs on eBay (they’re actually M&S branded, although I couldn’t find them on the website…), thinking they’d give me the LOOK of bare feet, but without the freezing-my-feet-off element. This kind of worked, in that I wasn’t cold, but I did feel a bit matronly in them, so I might just have to stick to boots in future: we’ll see!

And that’s what I wore when I didn’t have time to take “proper” photos: thank God we got that brick wallpaper last month, huh? 


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  • What Lou Wore 365
    November 14, 2016

    I like your “boring” (not boring, fwiw) outfits, I’d wear much the same myself to be honest if I worked from home! Your hair all curly at the ends is fab.

  • Mai
    November 14, 2016

    I don’t know why you’re so hard on your own outfits, even on the simplest one you look gorgeaus! They’re far better that the one I’ve been wearing, that’s for sure. Even pumps and fishnets is better than light blue pajamas with a jumping frog that says ‘life is a party’ and a huge navy blue Disney World hoodie, isn’t it? It’s so hard to dress when spring feels either like summer in the desert or a rainy autumn day in Canada… thank god I haven’t been leaving the house much lately!

  • Deb
    November 14, 2016

    Actually, I really liked this post, amd would welcome more of the same. Loved the Breton sweater in the last look!

  • Fi
    November 14, 2016

    I like posts like this – I love to see what people actually wear as opposed to outfits that are styled around a gifted item for example. I’ve always tried to post my actual outfits on my blog. Most of those are pretty boring probably, the same pairs of boots remixed with the same jeans/skirts/sweaters but it’s what I wear!

  • Dana
    November 14, 2016

    I’ve been on major outfit repeat lately…not much shopping budget. Unlike your weather, here in Colorado, we’re having a super warm fall…no snow, very few “crisp, autumn days…” I don’t want to wear spring clothes (which the weather warrants,) so I’ve been sticking with neutrals (i.e. black skirts and Vince leggings.) This is a long way of saying…I think it’s normal to have frustrations with our outfits and the weather. I’ll say it again, Amber, I love your outfits and I love how real you are!

  • Trona
    November 14, 2016

    I love all of these looks on you, but I love the last look especially. The oversized sweater and skinny jeans is something I’m usually in, that’s if I’m not wearing a shirt and jeans. (ps really loving your posts lately, not that I didnt like them before, you know what I mean x)

  • Maria
    November 14, 2016

    Love this type of post!

  • Heather
    November 14, 2016

    I feel like you still manage to make casual outfits look glam somehow! These are not boring at all.

  • Ellen
    November 14, 2016

    These outfits are all really nice and it’s good to see day to day outfits. I’m feeling inspired to do a bit of shopping… that H&M New York sweatshirt has caught my eye.

  • Lori
    November 15, 2016

    Amber, I love all the outfits in this post. And the brick wall looks real, not like wallpaper at all!! I will stop complaining about it getting dark here at 5:30 because 4:00 is much worse. The Breton top is my fav.

  • Myra Boyle
    November 15, 2016

    I like these posts too as others have said they are real.

  • piperita
    November 16, 2016

    No matter whith the wheather, the photos are great! I think your successful formula is:
    1 excellent photograf (Terry) + 1 excellent subject (Amber).
    And in this case, the excelleny photograf LOVES the delicious subject, so the result is simply … the best! In every single picture we can hear Terry that – not loud, in a gentle way – invite us to see how adorable his young wife is.
    This is wonderful.
    Excuse me my bad english; I follow you from Italy.
    In your blog I do what we say “sciaquarsi l’occhio” : that means “enjoy the beauty and forget bad things”.
    thank you both for being you!

  • Steff
    November 22, 2016

    I don’t know how you could incorporate a lot of your lovely dresses into Scottish autumn/weather (so cooold! – going outside to take pictures does not appeal at all!), I am a big fan of sweaters and jeans personally! The Next dress does strike a nice balance, is very pretty, I also really like the cream Primark jumper, is it new season? 🙂

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