So... it's officially spring now. I have to say, I'm not sad to see the back of winter clothing. I know there's no rule saying 'thou must wear dark colours', but still, that's mostly what I seem to find myself in during the colder months. I certainly never wear gingham when it's not warm - perhaps because it's so deeply associated in my subconscious with summer school uniform... And also the time I found a huge spider on the bottom of said summer school uniform, unfortunately while I was wearing it. I can't think of gingham now without thinking about that spider, which remains to this day the largest spider I have ever seen (admittedly this may have been influenced by the fact I was about 9 at the time and it was probably as big as me).
So these gingham jeans I picked up last summer haven't even featured here yet - although not because I'm still traumatised from the spider incident (mind you, I am), but because I ran out of time to snap them and also because I hadn't really worked out how to style them. You see, as lovely as they are, they're not the world's best quality being from Primark and about a week after I got them the waistband had stretched so much they weren't the high-waisted lovelies they were when I got them. In fact, while these jeans looked initially like high-waisted full-lengths on me, I suspect they're meant to be average-rise capris on the rest of humanity, so it's probably not entirely their fault. This would explain why they don't even look like the same jeans on Porcelina - but hey, who said I wanted capris anyway? And at least the length didn't stretch too, eh? In fact, when it comes to trousers, these fit the best in length of all the pairs I own - the irony. This and the baggy waist issues aside, they were still what I was determined to wear on the first day of spring (which is when these photos were taken) while in the beautiful rural Peak District for a few days. Even if I did have to go and change having swiftly realised I was wholly too optimistic for open-toed shoes and only one layer of knitwear this soon into the season - the British wind had other ideas about that.
Anyway, Porcelina paired hers with pink, which I love with the light blue, but obviously can't do the same as that would be embarrassing - one of our blog posts would have to go home and get changed. Fortunately my current mint green obsession was at hand. Remember how I get obsessed with one thing when there's a whole world of fashion out there (just look at the number of outfits that had plaid in them from this past winter)? Yeah, that. So far I've got a mint green cardigan, shoes, skirt, t-shirt and plans for a bag as soon as I can find one I like. I'm not even sure it'll stop there. And while I've always had the 'blue and green should never be seen' mantra in my head when it comes to putting them together, I've decided now I've been living a lie as clearly pastel blue and mint green are made for each other. I'm not even sure where I got that saying from anyway, so it's a mystery why I've stuck to it religiously for my entire life...
Oh and also to draw your attention to the cute cardigan clips I'm wearing here. I didn't even realise modern brands were producing these and thought they were entirely the property of vintage shops, but turns out that Eternal Collection have a range that is particularly good for sparklies (from which they kindly sent me the one featured here). I can't resist the little pearls and think they almost look like a little necklace. Very cute and really does help keep an open cardigan looking smart - a nice subtle 'vintage' touch to this outfit even if they're brand new!
Cardigan: Hell Bunny via Amazon
Cardigan clips: c/o Eternal Collection
Top: Collectif (similar)
Jeans: Primark (similar)
Oh and PS, Bloglovin is still driving me nuts. I think they moved everyone to my new blog but didn't delete the old one (other than from my own profile), so I think everyone's going to get duplicate posts every time I put one up. Sorry about that if so - do unfollow the old one!! And also, depressingly, my follower count is still showing as 7 regardless, so that's fun. I have to say I've not found this part of the domain change great when everything else went surprisingly smoothly - a word of warning for anyone else about to attempt it. EDIT: This has just been fixed - problems over!
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