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What Would Audrey Do?

Cropped black pants and bardot sweater

Casaei'Blade' pumps

Green bardot sweater and black cat eye sunglasses

Casadei'Blade' pumps

Audrey Hepburn inspired outfit

Well, I’m still in the middle of my wardrobe crisis, as you can probably tell by the ever-present black trousers, which are basically all I ever wear right now. Not the same pair, obviously. No, I have about… let’s not even THINK about how many pairs of black trousers I have, hmmm? I don’t know about you, though, but any time I find myself stuck for something to wear, I ask myself, “What would Audrey [Hepburn] do?” (WWAD? ­™) And I think we all know that Audrey would wear cropped black pants with a bardot-style sweater, so here I am, in my very favourite cropped black pants, and a bardot-style sweater, which I swear to God I DID iron before leaving the house, but which apparently creased like tissue paper in the car, and I didn’t realise until I looked back at the photos. Whoops. I bet that never happened to Audrey, did it?

This outfit also marked the first public outing of that clip-on fringe I told you about a few weeks ago, and then promptly stuffed into a drawer, because I was too scared to wear it in public in case it blew off or something. I decided to brave it on Saturday, and although I really liked the look of it, no matter how many times Terry told me that no, no one could tell it wasn’t real, STOP ASKING, I was SO self-conscious about it I was convinced that even people in passing cars were staring at me, going, “HAHA, WOMAN IN A WIG! WOMAN IN A WIG!” Because, yes, I am THAT important. Ahem.

Anyway, I’ve yet to work out a way of attaching the fringe without the top of it showing, hence the hairband, which covers up the join. The headband, however, gave me a bad case of Headband Headache after a few hours of wear, so I had to remove both it and the fringe, much to the amusement of my dad, who we were visiting at time. “Oh, I see you’ve taken your hair off,” he commented. “That’s nice.” I bet THAT never happened to Audrey either.

(And yes, you’re right, she would totally have worn flats rather than heels. I wouldn’t, though, and it’s my blog, so, you know, who cares what Audrey would do, anyway?)

[Wearing: J Crew ‘Minnie’ pants | Boden Sixties sweater | Casadei ‘Blade’ pumps” | Gucci handbag | House of Harlow sunglasses]

What do you think?

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  • WhatLouWore365
    September 16, 2013

    Love the Boden top, I looked at this all last autumn/winter but never ordered it and they have offered it again this year so it might be the year I finally get one!

    • Amber
      September 16, 2013

      I loved it as soon as I saw it – just wish it didn’t wrinkle so much (I swear it didn’t look like that in “real” life!). I also got a stripe version, but they were out of my size, so I stupidly bought the size up, which of course was huge (think this style seems to run really large anyway), so my poor mum got the job of altering it!

  • Fran
    September 16, 2013

    I love the glasses! They really add that touch of glamour that makes the outfit pop.

  • Tatyana
    September 16, 2013

    Oh Woooow!!! You look wonderful!!! I was thinking about you the other actually, now that it’s getting colder, how would you wear jumpers – just like that!!! So elegant, chic, gorgeous and Audrey! Love love love xxxx

    Tatyana @ Secret little Stars

  • Suzanne
    September 16, 2013

    Here I thought you’d cut your hair! I cannot believe that the colour matches your hair perfectly. The bangs look amazing. Of course green on a redhead is perfect.

    I love the outfit.

    That last bit about taking your hair off made me laugh.


  • Kristian
    September 16, 2013

    I forgot you had this wig and thought it was a haircut till i rea.

  • Emily
    September 16, 2013


  • PFK
    September 16, 2013

    The headband does a good job of helping the faux bangs look real; when the faux hair was right next to your hair (like in the original post), the shine difference was obvious (and therefore the bangs were quite noticeably not real), but with the headband, I think it breaks it up enough that you can’t tell the bangs are faux. If you don’t want people to know you are wearing fake bangs, I don’t think there is a way you can wear them without the headband. You could probably fool most guys because they don’t tend to be able to notice stuff like that, but most woman can. I remember on a couple occasions asking my boyfriend which version of an edited photo he liked better, and he couldn’t tell there was a difference even though the color tone was quite noticeably (at least to me) different when view side-by-side.

  • PFK
    September 16, 2013

    Oh! I have an idea that I am wondering if it would help. In between shampoos I use baby powder on my hair (because it doesn’t smell bad like dry shampoo), and it makes my hair appear slightly duller. I’m curious if it would do the same thing when brushed into fake hair, or if it would even stay since it wouldn’t have any hair oil to help it stick. If it would stay, it could dull the fake hair just enough to not look synthetic

  • Leslie
    September 16, 2013

    Over the weekend, I caught up on the past few months worth of posts and drove my husband mad cackling like a loon. If I save up enough posts to read all at once, it’s like a Forever Amber novel! Love reading your blog and you look fabulous as always!

    • Amber
      September 16, 2013

      Aww, thanks for saying that! A novel is quite a terrifying thought, but I’m sure I’ve clocked up enough words by now to fill one book at least: just a shame it would be a book that was mostly about my hair, and random acts of stupidity!

      • Ghalia
        September 17, 2013

        I would definitely read a book that was along the lines of “The Life & Times of Amber McNaught”. Just saying….

  • Val
    September 16, 2013

    Love your posts, and your humor 🙂 I love the idea of a temporary “fringe” as you call it, bangs over here… as a fellow redhead I might have to try it!

  • Mana
    September 16, 2013

    I adore this outfit, and I love the way you styled the fringe to look. If you apply dry shampoo like batiste it will dull them a bit and you won’t have the shine problem someone mentioned before.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Tracey
    September 16, 2013

    Exactly how many pairs of black trousers do you own? A serious question. A friend of mine has 37 pairs, which she claims are ALL different. I have one pair. It’s like I’m not even a true fashionista any more.

  • life is a shoe
    September 17, 2013

    you look great! love how you did your hair and love those sunglasses

  • Corinne
    September 17, 2013

    I do not think I own even one pair of black trousers! I have a pair of skinny black jeans laying around somewhere, but I haven’t seen or worn them since.. well, I probably saw them when I moved house. But you get the point.

    Green looks great on you =)

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    September 18, 2013

    Ooooh, you do Audrey inspired so much better than I! My most recent post is Audrey inspired, and I would do very well to add heels. I can’t wear headbands either, but I can manage a light weight scarf, at least for awhile. Your Dad wouldn’t have very much fun with that though.

  • msveve
    September 18, 2013

    You look so beautiful in these photos! 🙂 The outfit is really pretty but I especially adore you with the headband and fringe combo. It really suits you so well (are you not tempted to actually cut your hair like that? But then again the clip on fringe is a really good solution as when do you have a real fringe it starts to bother you after a while and you wish not to have one – this is definitely my case at the moment!)

    Greetings from Prague:)

  • The Heels Lover
    September 24, 2013

    Lovely Shoes!!

  • Leigh Smiff
    November 30, 2013


    Compare to most other high (4″+) Heels, how are those Casadei Blade pumps for walking in? I am thinking of getting a pair, but nervous about such a thin heel?

    Could you offer any advice?


    • Amber
      December 1, 2013

      I think the heel is closer to 5″, so they’re not exactly designed for comfort, but I think it really depends on what you’re used to, and what your comfort level is… I haven’t had any issues with them, but I wear heels all the time, so my advice is always to try before you buy if possible 🙂

  • Jessica
    January 14, 2014

    Hi Amber,

    I’ve been utterly entertained catching up on your which I discovered yesterday. I have admired your style through pinterest for a while. I’ve been looking for some black pants like the ones you wear in this post and have found that they’re sold out on the website you link to. Could you offer an alternative and possibly one in a different price range?

    Thanks for a brilliant blog.

    • Amber
      January 14, 2014

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for commenting, I’m really glad you like the blog!

      I don’t know of an alternative off the top of my head, but J Crew make these pants every season, and have them in stock here (or just type ‘Minnie’ into the search bar on their site if the link doesn’t work!):


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