what I wore: a week's worth of outfits

What I Wore This Week

So, as part of my January goal to spend less on clothes, and make use of what I already have instead, this week I decided to take photos of my outfit every day. 

Now, I’m not planning to do this forever, just in case you were starting to panic over there. I mean, it’s not going to be like that whole thing with my Fitbit, or with my daily blogging schedule, where I start doing something totally arbitrary and meaningless, and then just can’t seem to stop myself, no matter how hard I try. Or I hope not anyway, because that would get really boring, really fast. Even more boring than THIS post will be, actually, and this post will be pretttttty boring, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

No, I just decided to do this in a bid to try to avoid the lure of the sales by – yes, I’m going to say it – “shopping my closet” instead. Gag. Well, I knew I wouldn’t want to have to take photos of that old grey hoodie I throw on in the morning when I’m telling myself I’m going to go for a run in it, or to end up having to show you the same outfit every single day, so the hope was that it would persuade me to up my game a bit, and maybe rediscover some old gems lurking in the back of that closet. Here’s how I got on…

Friday

green sequin midi skirt

[icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]  River Island skirt  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]  F&F sweater [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]  Topshop shoes

Last Friday, as you know, was New Year’s day, and can I just take a quick moment to reflect on the fact that this was a whole WEEK ago already? I’m sorry to be that tedious person who’s perpetually amazed by the passing of time, but, well, I AM that tedious person who’s perpetually amazed by the passing of time, and this feels like a month ago at  least. Yeah, it’s been THAT kind of week, folks.

Anyway, this skirt is the twin sister of the gold one I wore right at the start of my Christmas outfits roundup. It was when I was taking the photos for that post that it suddenly occurred to me that, hey, didn’t they make this skirt in green, too? And yes, they DID also make the skirt in green, and once I’d remembered that fact, I immediately realised I had probably now condemned myself to a lengthy eBay search, because those skirts were released two years ago now, and what were the odds of me finding one in my size? Well, as it happened, the odds were pretty damn high, because I found it right away: I took it as A Sign, and put it aside to wear on New Year’s Day, but I have to confess that right after taking this photo, I decided to change into a different (although still green, because obviously) top, AND a different pair of shoes. (The nude Louboutins I wear all the time.) I didn’t have time to take more photos by that point, so you’re just going to have to imagine it, though: I’m off to a REALLY good start here, aren’t I?

Saturday

pink coat, stripe sweater and black cropped trousers

[icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]   Boden coat*  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]   H&M sweater  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]  Zara trousers  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]   New Look flats  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]  Kate Spade bag*

Terry’s mum has decided to kick off the new year with a giant clearout, so on Saturday afternoon Terry and I headed round to lend a hand. Because I knew I’d be hauling around boxes and bags all afternoon I dressed for comfort rather than style, so yes, those are leggings you can see there. Well, actually, they’re not: I think technically they’d be best described as “ponte trousers” (So, really thick leggings, then…), and I don’t make a habit of wearing them out of the house, but needs must.

Sunday

gold Boden bistro trousers

[icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Boden Bistro trousers  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] H&M sweater  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] River Island flats

Sunday was the pretty much the only day of the Christmas break that we didn’t have somewhere to be, so we spent it catching up with work, and, OK, Netflix. I’d normally be reaching for those ponte trousers again for a day at home, but wouldn’t ya know it, I’d already worn them the day before, and it would obviously be social death to wear the same thing two days in a row, so I went for these Boden trousers instead. I can’t really wear these to go out at this time of year, because the cropped legs expose too much skin for the cold weather (and none of my boots look right with them), but as we didn’t leave the warmth of the house all day, they worked out just fine.

(Please excuse my anxious expression in most of these, by the way: I took them with the remote, so I’m just wondering whether the camera is actually going to take the shot or not…)

Monday

gold Boden bistro trousers

[icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] DVF wrap cardigan *  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Lindybop capri pants  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]
New Look boots [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon]  Phillip Lim ‘Pashli’ satchel*

On Monday we headed to Edinburgh to catch up with some friends who were enjoying their last day of freedom before going back to work. I’m not sure if you can tell from my flushed face, but I was running really late as usual, and had to get dressed in a hurry, so I went for a pretty standard uniform of black capri pants and a trusty cardigan. These trousers are from Lindybop, and get worn so often that I bought a backup pair: I’m now having to try really hard to resist buying some more in the sale, because you can never really have too many pairs of capri pants, can you?

(‘NO’, is the answer to that one, just in case there was any doubt…)

Tuesday

stripe A-line dress

[icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Next dress  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Hell Bunny cardigan [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Phillip Lim bag* [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Buffalo shoe boots

Tuesday was Terry’s mum’s birthday, so I took the opportunity to wear this little stripe dress, which was a Christmas gift from my parents. Because it’s the middle of winter, I had to cover it up with a cardigan and tights, but I’m looking forward to wearing it with bare legs in the spring and summer. Well, maybe just the summer. All one day of it, if past experience is anything to go by…

Wednesday

skinny jeans, plaid shirt and blazer

[icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] H&M blazer and shirt  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Current / Elliott jeans* [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Topshop shoes 

Although we worked most days during the holidays, Wednesday still felt like the first day back to me, because it was the first day (other than Sunday, which doesn’t count, because it’s the weekend) I had nothing to do but sit at my desk and blog all day, while trying to convince myself I was totally going to go for that run I’d just written about. Well, I DIDN’T go for a run (QUELLE SURPRISE) and I didn’t really leave my desk much either, so I have to confess that the blazer and shoes didn’t actually get worn that day: they’re just here to make me look like I COULD have done something interesting if I’d really wanted to.

Oh, and Wednesday was also the day our new washing machine got delivered, after the old one dramatically broke down on Christmas morning, trapping Terry’s clothes in the process. (Don’t ask me what Terry was doing washing clothes on Christmas morning: I mean, you all know I run a tight ship here, but this is what happens when I take my hands off the rudder for even a second, seriously…) This has absolutely nothing to do with what I wore, obviously, I’m just mentioning it because I’d been without a working washing machine for almost two weeks at that point, which meant my New Year’s Eve cleaning fest just wasn’t up to my usual standards AT ALL. Sad times, people, sad times.

Which brings me to Thursday…

Thursday

gingham pencil skirt and red flats

[icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] F&F skirt*  [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Vero Moda sweater [icon size=”18″ icon=”icon-heart” display=”true” ][/icon] Zara flats

I’m actually writing this on Thursday, so I don’t actually know what I’m going to be doing yet, but whatever it is, I hope to God it doesn’t involve leaving the house, because black tights will just ruin this look, won’t they?

And therein lies the problem. The thing is – and trust me when I say I know perfectly well how ridiculous this sounds – this little experiment was actually much harder than you’d expect it to be, given that all I had to do was dress myself every day for a week. Even small children can do that, for crying out loud, but what I learned from doing this was that although I have a lot of clothes, the vast majority of them aren’t really suitable for winter weather – which is why I end up wearing jeans or black trousers most of the time. The problem with midi-length skirts and dresses, I find, is that while they can look fine on their own, as soon as you add a pair of thick tights, I always feel like it ruins the look (ON ME, I hasten to add. I never think that when I see other people in tights, and I do realise that most people have the opposite opinion about them, but I just can’t seem to make myself like them, unless I’m wearing them with a shorter skirt, like the dress in Tuesday’s photo.), and makes it all a bit drab.

Oh well: this just confirms that my new year’s style resolution to hunt down some casual (and shorter!) dresses and skirts, which I can wear with tights, was a good ‘un. Now I just have to find some of them!

(I also learned that I like black and white combos, especially when they involve stripes. But we all knew that, right?)

what I wore this week: outfits roundup

COMMENTS
  • As someone who doesn’t feel comfortable in skirts due to the marks left on me by a car accident, I love seeing these variations of outfit posts as they feel more applicable to me. The Wednesday one is particularly lovely. The only *slight* problem I have with your blog is that it makes me end up lusting over Kate Spade handbags and having to hide my credit card.
    Terrible commenter (actually something of a New Year’s resolution for me to show the love for bloggers I read religiously) but trust me, outfit posts are always good when someone is as stylish as you x

    January 8, 2016
  • The Other Emma

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    Love all of these looks and they have inspired me to rework some of my own wardrobe rather just wearing the same combinations ALL the time. Have to say I agree with Antonia , Wednesday’s look is lovely and I’m going to see if I replicate (Blatantly copy) it.

    January 8, 2016
  • I love this kind of posts so I would not get a bit of bored if you decided to do them every week. And I really like your outfits even if they are pretty far from my own style.
    The glitter skirt from the first outfit is my favorit of the week. But I can imagine that it’s a piece that is a bit hard to pull of on an everyday basis. /Ida

    January 8, 2016
  • Erin

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    I really love the jeans/blazer look! Very different, but polished and pretty.

    January 8, 2016
  • Ophelia

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    Love all the looks shown here. I have a feeling we battled over THAT skirt on ebay (christmas week?). If it was you who snatched it up, then I am glad it went to someone I adore and it wouldn’t have fit me anyway. Off to obsessively search through ebay…

    January 8, 2016
      • Ophelia

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        Hehe, that would have been funny though. It was your Christmas outfit post, that convinced me of the absolute necessity of a midi sequin skirt in my life 🙂

        Do you have any tips on sizing and fit? Is that model designed to sit on the waist? (thank you in advance)

        January 8, 2016
  • Do you still have that Topshop navy and white polka dot dress (I only remember you had it because I had the same one, I don’t memorise all your clothes or anything!)? That was shorter and looks great with tights and ankle boots. x

    January 8, 2016
  • Bethan

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    Beautiful outfits. You have a great eye for style and putting outfits together. Wish I could put things together and wish I had a lifestyle were I could dress as glam as this *sigh*

    Oh on a different note, do you have a blog on your beauty regime? I’m always interested in what others use day/night as part of their routine and pick up any tips /recommendations especially now I’m in the 30!

    Xxx

    January 8, 2016
      • Bethan

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        Thank you. I’ve read many already and will have a look and see what else there is.

        I recently bought the rimmel match perfection foundation because of your review! Thank you xx

        January 8, 2016
  • I am going to have to stop reading your posts or have you only take outdoor pictures because every time I see your show wall I want to cry, it is to pretty. I have a show room but it is grey and bland and boring ( and I echo Antonia on the Kate Spades, I have several but I get Kate envy very easily).
    Lovely outfits and I think the B&W skirt with the turtleneck( jumper) would look perfect with tights but it would then require high heels not flats regardless you look perfect.

    January 8, 2016
  • The gingham pencil skirt you wore… well, I guess you are wearing currently (?) is so utterly gorgeous, I can’t believe it’s F&F!
    I feel the same way as you about wearing black tights with midi skirts and dresses, for some reason I think it makes my legs look shorter. However tights with knee length or above skirts make my legs look longer! Perhaps I’m just being paranoid?
    Poppy | http://poppyallanorma.com

    January 8, 2016
  • Brit

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    I really love your outfit posts, although your style is different from mine. The Wednesday outfit is beautiful and now I have to convince myself that I don’t need that Current Elliott jeans. *Sitting on my hands, trying not to buy it.*

    January 8, 2016
  • Maria

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    From my part, I really like these kind of posts, I like seeing what people wore during the week, and how their style evolves/plays out! I would definitely read posts like these in the future, but I realize that photographing every day your outfit is a pain in the as; I did it for a while (in the hope of understanding my style better) and only got like 20 photos of me in the same trousers&top formula ( different ones, not the same trousers and top obv., that would’ve been gross! Lol). Maybe something like a ‘top 3 outfits of the month’ could be a better choice, and easier to attain!

    January 8, 2016
  • Mandy

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    Great post and I love Monday’s outfit – you look fab. x

    January 8, 2016
  • Moira

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    Loving the New Year’s Day look and Thursday’s, really chic.

    January 8, 2016
  • I really enjoyed this post! Wednesday and Fridays looks are my favourite <3

    Gisforgingers xx

    January 8, 2016
  • Really Enjoyed this! I love your style, Thanks for the inspiration.

    http://sasssytoni.blogspot.co.uk/

    January 8, 2016
  • TinaD

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    Love Thursday’s look and Tuesday’s bag (red, isn’t it? Never underestimate the power of a good red bag.)

    January 9, 2016
  • Susana

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    There is a blogger I use to follow who would do these “REMIX” posts as she would call them. She would take an item and posted pictures of the several ways she had worn it. I thought it was a lovely idea. As a reader, while I fall madly in love with items that I see on bloggers that I would never in a million years buy for myself, I would get stuck not knowing how to style my new purchase. (Yes… I’m that fashionably challenged) When I saw that this blogger “remixed” items, I was able to see the versatility of an item. Maybe you can do something similar? Just a thought. 🙂

    January 9, 2016
  • I’m waaaaay behind as you can probably tell by my commenting on this post weeks after it was published but I wanted to say how much I love these ones, seeing your day to day outfits side by side is great. The checked shirt was a surprise as I scrolled down but I like it. And oh that green NYD skirt… wowee! So pretty 🙂

    January 26, 2016
  • Mish

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    So that’s who should wear the pale blues and pinks! They look fab with your copper hair.

    February 24, 2016
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