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What I Wear When I Don’t Know What to Wear

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Boden Holland Park coat with jeans and red flats

Boden Holland Park coat and Phillip Lim Pashli bag in red

casual spring outfit - blue jeans and stripe coat

Guys, I’m in DIY hell.

By the end of this week, we should (“Should” being the operative word here…) have replaced the floor in our bedroom, which means I’ve been spending a lot  of time repeating the phrase, “It’ll be totally worth it, I’m sure!” Sometimes I alternate it with, “This better be worth it, I’m not even joking,” and every so often I’ll throw in a, “This has all been a terrible mistake: can we just put it all back the way it was?” just to freak Terry out. Ha!

The preparation for this project started at the weekend, and involved the painting of the en-suite bathroom (which isn’t having its floor replaced, by the way – we just wanted it to be the same colour as the bedroom for now, while we work out what we’re going to do with it…), and the complete destruction of all of my careful organising on the top two floors of the house. The bathroom stuff is in the bedroom. The bedroom stuff is in the guest room (I mean, I say “guest room” – it’s currently just a junk room, which also holds my treadmill. “Guest room” is a bit optimistic, really, but hopefully it will be a guest room one day. A long, long time from now, though, because, as with every house project we undertake, I’ve vowed never to do any more DIY ever again…). The guest room stuff is… well, it’s STILL in the guest room, actually, but soon the bathroom stuff will be there too, and I. Am. Losing. My. Mind.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not good with mess, and I’m really not good with the kind of mess that comes with DIY. When my house is a mess, I feel like my BRAIN is a mess: I’m fully aware of how ridiculous this will sound to a lot of you, but it makes me feel kinda anxious and claustrophobic, and I find it almost impossible to concentrate on anything. That’s why, on a flying visit to Glasgow this week, I wore jeans: I just couldn’t be bothered trying to come up with an outfit that would be suitable for the alternating torrential rain/blazing sunshine we were having all day, and when I don’t want to think about what I’m going to wear, I almost always end up in jeans. And a sweater. And, yes, I’m wearing flats AGAIN. I barely even recognise myself, seriously.

The whole ‘DIY Hell’ thing is ALSO why I took photos of the aforementioned jeans n’ sweater outfit, even although I don’t really like the way I look in jeans most of the time, and I knew my hair would be attacking my face in most of the photos (And seriously, what’s WITH that? I know it was windy – it’s ALWAYS windy – but I was paying attention to the passers-by, and although I saw plenty of women with hair as long, or longer, than mine, I didn’t see ANYONE else walking along having to constantly fight back their hair. Everyone else’s hair was just sitting there, behaving itself perfectly, while mine whipped around my head like it was alive, and trying to escape. I notice this a lot – it’s like I have my own personal wind machine on me at all times. SO UNFAIR.). My photographer will be busy ripping up flooring with his bare hands all week, though, and I know the internet won’t survive without knowing what I wore*, so I knew this would probably be my only chance to get some photos. I actually can’t wait to have the bedroom finished – not just because it’ll mean I can start cleaning and organising everything again, YAY, but also because I’ll have a place I can easily take photos indoors. If my hair is still attacking my face in all of them, we’ll know the wind really DOES just have it in for me.

(* Yes it will.)

Anyway, jeans! People who only know me from reading my blog are often quite surprised to see me in jeans, but I actually wear them reasonably often in real life, mostly because they’re just so easy. Like I said, I don’t always love the way they look on me  (I have a lot of trouble finding a pair that fit properly, but then again, doesn’t everyone?), but I do like the idea of them, so I persevere. If nothing else, they’re always comfortable, and, thanks to our “all casual, all the time” society, there’s hardly anything they’re not appropriate for, so if I have to spend the rest of my life searching for the perfect pair, I will do it, as God is my witness.

It’ll be worth it, I’m sure.

Boden Holland Park coat

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WEARING: Boden Holland Park Coat (2014) ; Current/Elliott Stiletto jeans* ; 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Pashli’ satchel*; Ralph by Ralph Lauren sunglasses c/o SmartBuyGlasses; Zara flats (old)

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  • CiCi Marie
    May 20, 2015

    I’ve got the same personal wind machine constantly on me too, I swear it!! Maybe the times I’m indoors it takes a break and heads over to you… I’ve never seen ANYONE else being attacked by their own hair as I walk around, and it’s only just occurred to me reading this post. That is SO unfair. The only time I’ve ever liked how I look in jeans is when I got my first pair of high waisted ones that fit… it was a revelation – I highly recommend it! My faves are the Collectif Rebel Kates, but Miss Selfridge have always been a good high street option. As long as they’re not jeggings. Jeggings, I’m convinced, look good on no one as they’re too flimsy and clingy to do anything a good pair of jeans should do.

    • Amber
      May 20, 2015

      So it’s not just me, then? Honestly, it’s SO weird – I swear to God, you could get 100 women with long hair to all stand in a line, and I’d be the only one with my hair in knots, and constantly flying into my face – HOW>!

      I do have some high-waisted jeans, but I always think I look pregnant in them, which is strange, because I live in high-waisted trousers – only way to make my legs look “normal”! I’ll have to give the Collectif ones a try- just wish they came in some other washes, and a shorter leg!

  • Elizabeth Rose
    May 20, 2015

    Hah, I did this same thing today…. was too lazy to put together a real outfit. Jeans, blouse, and a cloche hat is then! I totally feel you about the mess though. I can’t concentrate on anything with my home looking like a storm blew through… it aggravates my husband to no end but everything needs to be clean or I can’t even concentrate on watching the tv!

    • Amber
      May 20, 2015

      Same here – if I’m watching TV and I spot a mark on the floor, or dust on the TV unit or whatever, I can’t relax until I’ve got up and cleaned it: I’ve tried my best to just forget about, but I can’t!

  • Elise
    May 20, 2015

    Don’t worry, you’re definitely not the only person the wind hates! It’s the only time I hate living in Scotland, when it’s wild outside! Hopefully the flooring issues won’t be too much trouble anyway, count down the days haha 🙂

  • Aparna
    May 20, 2015

    I own that wind machine too! My hair is hip length, and naturally curly wavy, and every time I leave it down, it tries to strangle me, and failing that, ends up looking like a bird’s nest. Made of barbed wire. I usually wear it in a bun or a braid. Even then, after a couple of hours, my head ends up looking like it’s the nesting ground of some crazy ravens.

  • manon
    May 21, 2015

    If it helps, Kate Middleton often seems to be a victim of the mighty battle between hair and wind too! The wind must be jealous of fabulous wardrobes, what can I say?

  • Catherine
    May 21, 2015

    The good news is, you look good in jeans, and that outfit is lovely. It’s stylish.

  • Katie
    May 24, 2015

    I am moving out of my apartment into another one, but first I have to take boards exams, so I started packing everything up even though wasn’t going to move all of it, just like a car load of stuff, until after I was done with my exam. I was honestly hyperventilating a little bit because of how messy everything was and it made me feel so anxious. I had to lock myself in my bedroom (which was clean because everything I own is in the living room) and then I left town early because I honestly couldn’t concentrate on anything else. I completely understand. Also, I’m wearing a whale bathrobe right now, so I also understand the not being able to concentrate on dressing oneself.

  • Erika
    June 2, 2015

    Jeans, as practical and comfortable as they are, bother me so much. It’s not seeing them worn on other people that bother me, but wearing them myself. I have yet to find a pair that properly fit, and I get so annoyed when I have to make an outfit around them. Can’t I just live in dresses!?

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