Yes, yes, it’s Valentine’s Day this week. I find myself trying hard to care though – once upon a time I’d go around wearing dozens of sparkly mini heart clips on my head, but those days are gone (and I wasn’t working then – I’m not sure how much my colleagues would appreciate my love-sick Medusa ‘do). As far as I’m concerned, the whole thing is a bit cringy. Ironically, I enjoyed it more when I was single and could be bitter about it. But anyway, this is my longwinded way of saying this outfit features no pink, red or hearts… Maybe one year I’ll suddenly get really into all this malarkey, but for now, I’m still feeling pretty irritable about winter and waiting impatiently for the real event of the month – Pancake Day. Now that’s a day I can get behind. Maybe I should have dressed in a nod to my favourite filling? There’s always next year…
Back to the whole point of this post (whoops)… In the old days, when I was a student and living on a tiny budget, I tended to only buy clothes if they could be worn for every occasion. I honestly wouldn’t buy something if it couldn’t be worn for every season and for work, play and dressing up. Needless to say I owned a total of three incredibly thin jumpers and spent most of the cold months absolutely freezing… But my cost per use in those days was frankly unbeatable! My style, however, was pretty dull… quite literally speaking as 80% of my clothes were grey (because grey went with everything and wasn’t black, because black would be boring, right? You can’t beat that logic.).
While I’ve found this mindset of only buying clothes if I can envisage multiple uses for them quite hard to shake off completely now I’ve got a bit more disposable income, I’d say it’s a bit better in that now I’m a bit more ‘seasonal’ in approach (and wear colour). And in the winter, the following things are fairly multi-purpose for me, depending on what you put them with: plaid, fluffy knits, berets, faux fur and the colour tan (at least it’s not grey). If it fits into one of these categories, it’s a winner as far as I’m concerned. It was therefore high time that I did the original thing and wore all of my favourites in one outfit! I even have a hat that is both a beret and fluffy.
I rediscover this jacket usually round about the end of autumn when it’s just about getting too cold to wear it and I kick myself because I love it when I put it on. I’ve had it for years but you can tell it’s neglected because it’s the first time it’s ever shown up on this blog! I’ve never seen another like it and it always gets compliments, so, thank you, lovely jacket.
Beret: Boohoo (similar)
Jacket: Topshop (old)
Dress: Boohoo (similar)
Boots: BAIT Footwear (BAIT)