Outfit: fluff, cable-knit and ice-queen colours

I guess this post could also be called, ‘So… we meet again, pencil skirt’ as last year I went out of my way to avoid buying, wearing and generally worshipping our wiggly friend in an effort to get some variety into my wardrobe. I told myself I wouldn’t buy any as the 109 I’ve already got were surely enough (yes, I exaggerate a little)… and then, as I admitted before, I came across the one in this post for Β£7 and bought it on auto-pilot.
But… oh well. It was Β£7 and also, it’s a casual type, which at least I have slightly less of. And, brace yourselves… wearing it resulted in a winter outfit with no plaid or berets. I mean, I haven’t checked, but I think that’s a first since the seasons changed as far as this blog goes. You were probably all beginning to think I couldn’t leave the house without one or the other – actually, so was I. And if I’m completely honest, this whole outfit came about as a result of forcing myself to try give them up for a day. But hey, I did it!
Something else I do quite like in the colder months, though, is fluff. Although, not (modern, cheaply produced) angora fluff since all of those horror stories came out and nothing that is itchy – as we know, I can’t tolerate itchy. I’ve never found any logic as to when one fluffy jumper will be itchy where another one won’t… cheap or expensive, it seems completely random. This one wasn’t and it’s also very warm… and I love pale blue in winter, it just feels so ice-queen somehow, doesn’t it? And this jumper was available in petite, so no sleeve-rolling.
50s style fluffy jumper with knitted pencil skirt
50s style fluffy jumper with knitted pencil skirt
Light grey Primark handbag and black cable skirt
50s style fluffy jumper with knitted pencil skirt
Fluffy jumper and neck scarf
50s style fluffy jumper with knitted pencil skirt
Scarf: Accessorize (old)
Jumper: Miss Selfridge (similar)
Belt: Miss Selfridge (old)
Skirt: Peacocks
Tights: Primark (check stores)
Shoes: Clarks (similar)
Bag: Primark (check stores)
Bow ring: Pandora
The joy of taking outside photos was at its finest for these pictures, as a frighteningly well-spoken woman started yelling ‘advice’ to me halfway through this shoot (as you can see, this road is rather nice and a stone’s throw from the city centre, so I should have expected this in Cambridge probably). Of course, I really appreciated posing tips from someone who doesn’t know me, or why I was taking these photos, and, I mean, I don’t want to sound prejudiced or something, but I’mΒ fairlyΒ sure had never read my blog. Yeah. And of course, yelling at someone ‘RELAX YOUR HAND – THAT’S YOUR FRIEND YOU’RE POSING FOR’ so loud everyone in their houses you are two steps in front of can hear (and with a huge grin on your face) is really relaxing. Thanks, kind stranger. Many photos of scowls were captured (and discarded!). Anyone else in the outfit photos game had some gems of ‘advice’ from kind souls passing by?



  1. January 22, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    I did chuckle at the 'helpful' posing tips being shouted at you across the road!! I haven't had the pleasure of posing tips from strangers, though I've had a fair few car horns, and usually just confused looks.

    You look so cosy in that ice queen jumper, love the addition of the necktie too. And I don't get bored of what other people wear, so feel free to trot out as much tartan and berets as you like, it's always a good look on you. Nice to see a pencil skirt back again though, you do look fab in them, which is why you probably have so many. I think I only have 3 pencil skirts, but lots of pencil dresses. Oh no, I just realised, I have 2 black pencil skirts, one gingham, one dark floral, one tropical – oh that's 5 at least! And a denim one. 6. This could go on and on…

    Countdown until London Edge, wooooop!!

    • January 22, 2015 / 2:00 pm

      I see the funny side of it now, but at the time I think what can only be described as the 'blackest of black' looks was firmly on my face!

      Glad you're enjoying the high volume of tartan and berets… let's just say I'm not done with it yet πŸ˜‰

      Not long now… exciting! x

  2. January 22, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    LOL OMG I think I would have died. First because I would be totally embarrassed, then I would have just told her to mind her own business. Honestly. Why on earth would someone offer up advice that doesn't even know you? Thus one of the reasons I mostly take photos in my own backyard or house. LOL

    Your hair always looks fantastic.


    • January 23, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      If only I had a pretty backyard or uncluttered house!! I do take some photos in my yard, but it's just so small and dull…

      I don't share my failed hairstyles on here πŸ˜‰

  3. January 22, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    OMG, how bizarre that must have been! I've had many a strange look when taking photos, but I've yet to have anyone offer advice, thank goodness! The photos were definitely worth the awkward encounter, though – I love a bit of fluff too, and you just can't go wrong with a good pencil skirt, can you πŸ™‚

    • January 23, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Let's all hope it's a unique-to-Cambridge thing… to be fair, we are a city of know-it-alls. Pencil skirts will always be my first love… sorry, circle skirts.

  4. January 22, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Haha, I would have been so red in the face! Good thing you're a trooper! And lovely look, I love the cable-knit skirt and the way you styled your scarf.

    • January 23, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Good thing I know to take loooots of photos these days so I can discard the grumpy ones!

    • January 23, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      I sure don't mind at all, but I'm terrified of anything chain-maily after bad experiences with this kind of thing at school, so please don't be offended that I won't participate! I'm very flattered all the same πŸ™‚

  5. January 23, 2015 / 1:42 am

    Ugh, I think I would have curled up into a ball and expired on the spot… Well, maybe only inside ~ but I would have gone bright red and all awkward for sure! I've had people stop and watch me take photos, and a few times they've watched for the whole half-hour/forty minute session…. Weird. But I know, I know ~ technically, taking outfit photos in public? Weird too! : D

    Love your fluffy top, and I've got to say, I'm the same. I never know if a jumper/top is going to be scratchy until I try it on. There seems to be little-to-no logic as far as this goes! Some of my cheapest items have been the softest, and sometime the itchiest. Random. …. ❀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • January 23, 2015 / 5:14 pm

      I'm very fortunate that I don't seem to have been born with much of a 'blush gene', so even though I was dying of embarrassment, I looked cool as a cucumber! Er, well, I hope. If someone watched me for the whole session there's no way I could tolerate that! A passing comment is one thing… I know the outfit thing is weird, but, there's more and more bloggers these days so surely this is slightly more common than it used to be?! x

  6. January 23, 2015 / 3:03 am

    I really love this sweater. I've actually been looking for something just like this – I love how soft an innocent a fluffy sweater can look, and it's really rather sexy with a nice pencil skirt. The scarf is a great touch, I like the little white stars.
    I've actually got the opposite problem as you – I almost never buy pencil skirts, because it's so hard to find ones that fit me right. I love how they look on other people, but I always have to be so picky. The one you bought looks like a great find for a great price.
    Jessica, Zella Maybe

    • January 23, 2015 / 5:16 pm

      My thoughts exactly – what else to pair something cute and fluffy with but a pencil skirt! Great minds…

      All, and I mean ALL, of my pencil skirts have stretch. And the ones that don't, I don't wear and should probably donate to charity already. If they don't stretch they just don't fit over my curves right… hence I love modern pencil skirts because they can still look retro but so flattering and comfy! x

  7. January 23, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Being short and hourglass shaped, I usually shy away from knit skirts or dresses like they're hissing vipers, but you know, hand on my heart, I would wear this elegant black cable knit one myself no problem – well, with my girdle or a nice, supportive pair of tights underneath, no problem πŸ˜‰

    I think it's a charming, fun, timeless piece and one that you look fantastic in, dear gal!

    Oh wow! I've had people comment and compliment me when doing shoots before, but never step in as creative director. Yikes! I'm sorry you had to deal with that, honey. I'm sure it made the whole shoot rather stressful. You came through like a champ though and again, these shots and your outfit are very, very lovely!

    Tons of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    β™₯ Jessica

    • January 27, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Ah, glad you approve πŸ™‚ And I'll let you in on a little secret – I like a bit of 'help' under this skirt!

      It was quite stressful and I definitely had a bit of a sulk, but then I realised it was pretty cold and the longer I sulked the longer the shoot would take, so we got there in the end! x

  8. January 24, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    love the sweater! it looks very nice on you. i am addicted to pencil skirts too, oh my. and oh goodness i don't think i could deal with people shouting 'tips' at me.

  9. January 27, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    I think more people should be addicted to pencil skirts… swing skirts have had their day, surely?! πŸ˜‰

  10. January 28, 2015 / 12:29 am

    You are the cutest girl in the world.

  11. Anonymous
    January 29, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Sexy πŸ™‚

  12. January 29, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Ah this is such a cool outfit. I really really adore your style.
    also your hair is awesome. give me your eyeliner + hairskills please.

    • January 30, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Aw thanks πŸ™‚

      Presumably you don't want my impatience with hair and eyeliner – you should see some of the tantrums both cause!

  13. January 29, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Honestly, if you like pencil skirts and since they look fabulous on you then I don't think you have much to worry about. And awwwww I feel like many bloggers have to deal with things like that happening. I have many stories about taking pictures in public and people doing funny things. My favorite one was the one that happened in my latest post: I was taking pictures unknowingly outside of a dentist building. And when I left, the maybe three or four people doing work on someone, waved to me! It was both embarrassing and funny! But as a blogger, I feel like we have to get used to these kinds of things. But public pictures always look better to me than outside of a house so it's a give-or-take kind of deal! On the plus side, you got a great bunch of photos from it! πŸ™‚
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

    • January 30, 2015 / 1:41 pm

      Just my bank balance and wardrobe space to worry about πŸ˜‰ waving's quite cute – much better than being told you're doing it wrong!! And yes, comes with the territory – you take photos outside, people want to know what you're doing…

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