Every winter for the last few years I have lovingly taken out my Chanel biscuit (tan/ beige whatever) coat, my McQueen black full length coat with belt and slight military edge, my tan Jimmy Choo knee boots, black Chanel over the knee boots, dark jeans, flannel shirts…. you get the picture. Whilst I absolutely adore the over the top, flashier pieces in my wardrobe and in magazines -I don’t actually wear them every day. Especially not in winter, when my main priority is not getting frost bite on my nose. So, I feel almost insulted at this new revelation that women want clothes they can ‘wear’. My favourite glossy Harper’s Bazaar always has the best new season break downs, lets take a peek:
Yep, I swooned over the camel coats, luxurious knit wear, snugly shearling and sharp tailoring, but none of this is new to me. I could pretty much match each look already with my existing wardrobe and I bet you could to. There are some pretty amazing pieces, last forever classics, to ‘invest’ in, I for one will be first in the queue when Zara get in the Celine-esq wide leg trousers and I would love a Burberry flying jacket, but these are the kind of thing you could pick up any where – off the runway, high street or vintage, they aren’t really exciting though are they? Or am I too quick to judge? Every season I have a quick wardrobe recce to see what I am missing and what I should keep an eye out for whilst it is still out of season or might be in the sales. This got me thinking about what I actually wear.
I have two types of outfits, those for everyday running around (grocery shopping, taking dogs out, sitting in my freezing office) and those for when I have actually put some thought into my outfit (going out, meeting friends, business meetings, work when I cant hide in my office). You guys see both on the blog, but more of the latter as with the former I literally wear the same thing with only slight variation. In winter this is generally jeans and a plaid shirt / leggings and a jumper dress. As soon as I see the A/W shows, however there is usually one item that stands out and I lust after it for six months until it is mine, said item is hardly ever practical but always beautiful, said item is also usually footwear, said item usually costs my entire budget. A/W 09 you was the black suede Burberry boots (as worn above).
I loved them, I still do but I can count the amount of times I actually wore them on both hands. What I wore most days were a flat black pair of Primark lace up boots, in fact I wore them out so then I wore a very similar pair of Henry Holland ones alternating with another very similar pair from Clark’s. I really still am not all that keen on any of them and that’s my point. I blew my money on a fabulous pair of boots, but ones I couldn’t wear every day – suede and insane height being the issue. So this year as I start my lusting I stopped at the Chanel faux fur boots and passed for the Burberry:
This years Burberry’s are a super sensible pair, they have a low heel and are the kind of leather that will only look better with age. I suspect these boots will last for many years to come. So I sold last years Burberry’s (shedding a slight tear) so I could get these. A stunning pair of boots I can wear every day. Hey, I am still in love with the Chanel’s and if I save up maybe I can get a pair too, but I am so much happier at the thought of being able to wear a pair of boots I absolutely adore EVERYDAY, than I am at the thought of having a special pair of boots to only wear on a few occasions.
That said as chic as the camel visions on the Chloe runway were, I would fall into a fashion coma if I actually confined myself to wearing variations of tan (or any single colour) for an entire season. So I will take your lady-like high waist trousers, petite stilettos, chunky knits, mid-length skirts and mash it all up with something like this:
Bravo to Christian Louboutin, for standing up to the counterfeiters. Grazia magazine recently published this article on the efforts of CL to halt counterfeiting. The little boy you see through the bars is one of the workers in the counerfeiting factories, he must only be around ten years old, if the down right illegal and immorral nature of buying fakes won’t stop you, I certainly hope this will. Although I know none of the readers of this blog would condone buying fakes, many people out there still do, some inoccently deceived but many knowing full well what they are doing. So CL have set up http://www.stopfakechristianlouboutin.com/ where you can follow their latest progressions in their fight to stop the fakes, and also see a list of unofficial sites selling fakes (there is seven pages). There is also a satisfying youtube clip of a bulldozer crushing thousands of fakes.
This dress and cape were actually on a mannequin where they caught my eye. I had intended to wear them with my blue and grey Pierre Hardy shoes and red Chanel bag to mix it up a bit, but I couldn’t resist coming over all Chloe and doing head to toe beige (or whatever the ‘in’ word for this colour is at the moment). The cape was ┬ú30 and is really good quality, the dress was ┬ú30 and I feel really over priced for the the fabric, but I really didn’t have the energy to go find a similar one and I do love the very long back hem. It creases like a Shar pei dog at the slightest movement so will only ever get worn under the cape, this over all other things seriously enrages me about cheap fabric.
I really love these shoes, but alas I have only worn them a couple of times as I don’t want them to get ruined in the rain.
(Wearing: Chanel bag, jacket, necklace, boots, Topshop jeans and tee)
It’s pretty hard to believe that there is a hose-pipe ban in the North West at the moment, when it is bucketing down with rain and the fountain is 8ft high!
Not really the weather for wanting to pose for photos! Here’s a close up of my boots, I wear them all the time and have had them for years, but I have a feeling they have never appeared on the blog before.
My mum looked very chic that day, wearing Jaeger blazer, Pierre Hardy bag, LV scarf and Westwood shoes. I’m not sure where her jeans are from.
Since the weather is awful and I am stuck inside working and waiting for a nice man to come and remove a wasp nest from my roof, I thought I would do some wardrobe planning for A/W and sort out some more things for the blog sale. But I did promise to show you my sales haul. These are the shoes I got in the sales: two Pierre Hardy (http://www.herviabazaar.com/ such a bargain I got two) the pales ones are strictly summer but I will wear the darker ones with tights throughout A/W. Since the incident with my Chanel ballet flats (they seem to be OK since Timpsons fixed them), I figured I should have a back up! In my opinion sensible shoes do not count, and neither do the Dries van Noten sandals because they were from eBay (LOL am I convincing you, sure I am not even convincing myself). Of course they are still brand new in the box due to this terrible weather. The Chanel heels I am not even going to try and justify, they were just too beautiful not to get, they are the kind of shoe I would wear to my own wedding they are so stunning. The Prada shoes of course broke so they have been returned, I also returned a second pair of flats (I mean, who needs more than one pair of flat shoes). The Wang’s I am still undecided about, awsome yes, they go with lots of outfits sure, but eeeeek are they high!
(Wearing: Comme des Gacons H&M cardigan (the quality is awful look at the neckline where the print is wearing off), Erdem blouse, Zara shorts, Nine West shoes, Sunglasses through out Oscar de la Renta)
Lucky for me I found this lovely sheepskin jacket on another shopping trip with Florrie and Emma. I think I will dress it up a bit with my Mongolian wool scarf and giving it big turn-up cuffs.
I also picked up this House of Holland shirt, menswear but the perfect loose fit. A Halston Heritage jersey dress which can be worn strapless or as a halterneck and an Alexander McQueen skirt with a fabulous full and floaty length. It is a bit big so will have to get it taken in but I think it will be perfect for fall.
I am sure you have heard about blog sales – basically bloggers selling their own clothes via their blog. I have been mulling the idea of a sale over in my head for a while but it wasn’t until How to look Fab in your Forties wrote a post on her sucessful buys that I decided to hold a sale myself. Not only that but I think all us bloggers who want to hold a sale should all do it on the same day and have a huge international blog sale!
The photos aren’t the point of this post anyway, its a pretty basic outfit I wear everyday in the colder months but look at the SHOES!
Not that you could actually see it, but I was wearing my ‘Carrie’ Halston Heritage dress underneath.
Had to show you my mums outfit, Jaeger suit, Chanel shoes and brooch, Pierre Hardy bag and Vivienne Westwood tee. I bough her the tee as I thought it was pretty funny, she said ‘you know what would be funny? If I wore this to your graduation’ and so she did!