#30 Dusty Mink

March 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

A while ago, I got a follow on Twitter from something called @ModestDresses which led to this website, where all your fashion needs can be fulfilled without breaching LDS modesty guidelines. Obviously I was a bit insulted (Hey! Website! Maybe I like being immodest!) and then intrigued, because some of those dresses are pretty cute. And some of them don’t seem all that modest – this body-skimming confection, for example, is seven shades of Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary and all sorts of buttoned-up sauce. Anyway, the idea of modest dressing must have sunk in, because look at me today. Practically Amish. I mean, I’ve even got an Alice band on.

What I’m wearing

Smock, Uniqlo via charity shop

Clogs, Sanita via TK Maxx

Tights, Gennifer Merino Wool by Transparenze via MyTights

Antler pendant, Tatty Devine

Alice band, Accessorize

#29 Dusty Mink

January 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love me some stripes and I love me some pockets, so full marks to Mr Mink for putting this cardigan in my Christmas stocking. I note that The Hairpin is lining up nautical stripes for style execution this year, which I can only respond to with a shattered cry of, “Nooooooo!!!” I refuse to give up my stripes, and if I have to become an actual sailor in order to wear them, then godammit I’m running away to sea. The woodland jewellery doesn’t have anything much to do with the ocean-faring colour scheme, but I like the way the little faun on my chest seems to be running towards the pendant antlers, as if to reclaim them.

What I’m wearing

Cardigan, Sessun at Urban Outfitters

Racerback vest, American Apparel

Shorts (not seen), French Connection via Boundary Mill

Tights, Gennifer Merino Wool by Transparenze via MyTights

Boots (not seen), Dr Martens

Antlers pendant and faun brooch, both Tatty Devine

#28 Phoebe

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

I collared Phoebe for her lipstick and her hat, then fell in love with her classic-mac-and-shiny-DMs combo. When she told me how much of her outfit was thrifted, I knew she was perfect mannequin material. “Don’t say charity shop, say vintage!” she said as I quizzed her, but second-hand clothes mean first-class style in our world. This is an eclectic get-up, but the neutrals pull it all together and it’s accented with a wine-soaked flash of colour from her lips and jacket and that dramatic necklace.

What she’s wearing

Hat, from a charity shop

Necklace, from Maddison in Chippenham

Mac, Burberry via charity shop

Satchel, a Christmas present

#27 Dusty Mink

January 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

This adorable jumper is my greatest prize from the January sales, and marks a bit of a clothing epoch for me, because it’s my first cashmere jumper. Get that: cashmere, the fabric of adults who can be trusted not to tip their coffee down their front, who own exotic objects like sweater bags and who do a regular handwash. So what if none of those things are actually true of me? I own cashmere now, which means they bloody well could be.

It’s an Antoni & Alison jumper – a brand I always love for its witty design and unsickly cuteness – but the trompe l’oeil bow is, I think, a call back to a much more famous jumper. Elsa Shiaparelli was a couture designer, a contemporary of Chanel’s and an associate of the surrealists. Her bowknot sweater (below) is more detailed (it has faked-up cuffs and shawl collar too) and technically more challenging, because both the light and dark yarns are carried round the whole of the garment (you can download the pattern here if you’d like to knit it yourself), but the A&A version has the same sly sense of visual humour. The big glittery bow on my head just seemed necessary under the circumstances.

What I’m wearing

Jumper, Antoni & Alison Label via TK Maxx

Bow, unknown via TK Maxx

Initial necklace, Tatty Devine (a Christmas present from my brother-in-law and his rather chic wife)

Not shown: jeans, DM boots (as here and here)

#26 Dusty Mink

December 12, 2010 § 4 Comments

I have encountered some misguided types who seem to think that wearing tights with shorts means it is not shorts weather. Rubbish. In fact, for anyone who shares my untameable nest of anxieties about the way they look, the more reason there is to wear tights, the more emphatically it becomes shorts weather.

In the summer, these rather nice high waisters are beachwear. They’d definitely never accompany me to the office with bare legs – or, Lord help me, on my commuter bike. But with some robust woolly tights, I feel thoroughly dressed. I have lots to say about the boots as well, but as they’re the only footwear I’m likely to be rocking between now and spring, I expect I’ll have plenty of chances for that.

What I’m wearing

Breton jumper, American Apparel

Shorts, French Connection via Boundary Mill

Tights, Gennifer Merino Wool in noisette by Transparenze via MyTights

Boots, Tana by Dr Martens

Necklace, Antlers Pendant by Tatty Devine

#25 Hayley

November 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

This stunning filly demonstrates how to do equine perfectly. Hayley’s jacket is so different, and I especially love her socks over tights winter layering. Add some  quirky brogues and its rosettes all round. Plus it’s Hayley’s birthday, so many happy returns you stylish stunner!

What she’s wearing

Jacket, Boden

Dress, New Look

Jumper and tights, Zara

Socks, Urban Outfitters

Shoes, Office

#24 Badger Madge

November 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

I love the vintage feel of this smock, but even though it’s two sizes down it’s still a bit tent-like on me, hence the belt. I’m also toying with red lip stains at the moment (this is Topshop, but I think it’s a bit full-on for me, being so used to nudes). The full-length cardi is a more flattering length with the smock than one that would fall at the hips, and the pearls make this evening ready.

What I’m wearing

Smock, Miss Selfridge

Cardigan, H&M

Belt, Topshop

Pearls and gold bracelet, Grandma via Mum

Studded bangle, Primark

Boots, Office

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