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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

What I've Been Wearing Lately


Blogger has announced some changes made to blog sites effective 4 February.  It may affect those following,  subscribing and goodness knows what else.   Certain blogger tools have disappeared overnight.  As a reader, expect the unexpected!!!



It's no overstatement to say that I've been overwhelmed by the kind and often moving comments I've received to my follow up post i've-found-my-"!" - the musical, HERE.  Thank you all so much  for taking the time to give me much-appreciated blog feedback.  The great thing is that yours and my thoughts are pretty much on the same wavelength.  I'm now busy working out how to incorporate tweaks and additions to the blog format.  Exciting times!


So whilst I plough on with plans for a way forward, let's have a look at how my week has gone on the outfits front.


The Outfits


I think soft orange and light grey make a super colour combo.
Soft orange seems quite flattering to the skin, even my more mature skin.  If you have any orange stored away, break it out, try it on and I'm guessing you won't rush to peel it off!

And yes, I'm wearing grey jeans even though I told you recently I don't have any that fit.  I should have added " and are the shape and thickness I prefer".   These are within an inch of moving into baggy boyfriend jeans and the denim is a bit too thick for my comfort.  So I'm keeping my eyes peeled for thin grey denim, high waisted slim or skinny fit jeans.  Oh and add to my requirements list a purse-friendly price too.  Too much to ask?  Seen any, ladies?



And I'm very partial to any jeans and cardi combo freshened up with a bright white T shirt or vest.

I think a flash of a crisp white top brings freshness and spark to just about any outfit.  Agreed?

For some years I've been wearing the M&S  Limited Collection's take on these tops.  The modal fabric keeps the tops' nice shape and pristine whiteness through the countless washes.  And they are just the right length and easy on the pocket too.



Outfit Inspo



I put together this skirt compilation and it reminded me how lovely my black leather skirt is.  That sent me on a mission to try out lots of leather skirt looks (more on that in another post). 
So I think it's a useful exercise to look at old pieces in your wardrobe and see if they spark fresh inspiration as well as Konmari joy!


Denim skirt with berry everything else, including knee boots.

I've been on a - to tuck or not to tuck - mission this past week.  Jeans in boots.  Tops in skirts.  I'm finding that I prefer to tuck.  In the main, there are a few exceptions.
How are you on tucking?


I created an asymmetric look here by pinning my waterfall cardi closed with a kilt pin.  I liked the clean lines this created.  The Photographer didn't.  I diplomatically reminded him that his job was just to take photos.  Nothing more.  Or perhaps through gritted teeth it came across as "Just take the blinkin' photo" !


Black jersey top with lace neckline, beige suede skirt, wool pashmina.  All insanely old, and that includes the model !!

I loved this simple outfit.  I think I was channelling Helen Hunt again. 
When you find a good style icon, put her on repeat-wear.
That's what I say.  Agreed?




Black leather hooded coat over black leather skirt, again both ludicrously old.  




This was a good outfit for duck feeding.




Same funnel neck oatmeal cashmere mix jumper over a second jumper.  It was cold.  I doubled go up on necklaces too (not that they added any thermal value) and have continued doubling these a few times more this week, because I rather like this layering that I stumbled upon.

Do you experiment with necklace layering?  Play around a little and find what works for you, it can sometimes bring a new lease of life to some old pieces of jewellery and freshen up an old jumper or blouse. 




And on this extremely cold day I brought out the big guns - and this really thick grey dress/jumper.  A simple fold at the hips  morphs this "dress" into a useful jumper.

If you have any sweater dresses, play around with them a little.  See if you can convert dress to jumper and vice versa . 

This one's meant to be a long bardot jumper



but on my 5'3 and 3/4" frame it becomes a dress!


  It doubles its usefulness in my wardrobe.

I discovered the leverage this jumper offers last winter by having a little play around playing around, see introducing-third-piece HERE and the-loneliness-of-last-minute-berry. HERE



Wardrobe Achievements This Week

Wear of jeans reduced, thanks to 3 old skirts.
Jewellery used more frequently as accessory - a sign that winter is waning and scarves are becoming redundant?)



My Favourite Outfit

It's just got to be my Helen Hunt.  Understated, and may I opine, just a little elegant too?!!  I felt GOOD wearing it and I walked into the coffee lounge with an air of je ne sais quoi.   In my head, anyway!
Do you find yourself walking differently with certain outfits?  Walking with an air of joy? Added confidence?  A certain  "I don't know what"?

And I've just got to ask - what's your fave amongst this little lot of everyday outfits?





A la perchoine,
Mary x.

33 comments:

  1. So many stylish outfits! I love the orange and grey one, orange is a lovely colour on you! :)

    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp :)

    Hope that you are having a great week so far :) We have had a break with the heat and humidity and had some rain which has been a wonderful relief!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. So happy for your rain! Thanks, isn’t orange
      great colour to bring joy on a drab day?
      Hugs,x.

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  2. Outfit 'á la Helen Hunt'(I know that the accent on the 'a' is pointing in the wrong direction...cannot find the other one on the keyboard...suggestions welcome) is my favourite too. So simple, yet so classy! I can imagine that you would feel 'the bee's knees' wearing that. I would too. Second favourite the Bardot jumper but worn as a dress. Too much going on for me with the belt (pstitm, as photographer would say) :o). So glad you've found your umph again!!!

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    1. Oh Dutchie, such attention to detail with the accent.
      Isn’t Helen Hunt the way to go as we mature? Simple and elegant, that’s us!
      Hugs my sweet friend, have a good week x.

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  3. Well, what the tuck??? Hahahahaha! I couldn't help myself. Listen, everyone is doing the half tuck except me - i cannot make it work. I'm firmly in the no tuck club the majority of the time but as with my red pants the tuck sometimes works. And i have to agree with TP about the waterfall cardi pinned and the skirt. Not my fave. There is solidarity among the people who love you!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Your opening line is so funny, Kellyann! And all the rest of it too , really. Love ya, x.

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  4. The "Helen Hunt" is definitely my favourite. So elegant and classy yet effortless. Hmmm...I struggle with any sort of tuck. It just seems to make me look too "lumpy"! Is there a secret knack to the half-tuck 'cos I can't seem to master it? Looking forward to your next posts. JC

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    1. Hi JC, there just may be a well kept secret on this tuck thing! Thanks for liking my attempt at HelenHunting!
      Hugs, x.

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  5. The Helen Hunt is my fave too - so stylish. I struggle with tucking too. Your pinned waterfall cardi should look great with skinny jeans. Lise

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    1. Thanks on the HH thing and for the tip on the skinny jeans thing, I'll try that. Haven't found anyone yet who's happy with tucking.
      Hugs, x.

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  6. Oh my, I love ducks, they are so cute. I am wearing a bright orange suit on IG today. But I love your shade better.

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    1. Thanks so much Nancy p, it's a flattering shade of orange IMHO.
      Hugs, x.

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  7. My fave. the beige skirt and black top and also the pinned over long cardi. and denim

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    1. Thanks Polly, great choices. And great to hear from you again!
      Hugs, x.

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  8. Some lovely outfits, Mary. I'm in agreement with you; I like the HH inspired one but I do love your jumper dress (without the belt). The skirt and asymmetric top was pretty cool, too!

    Hope your week has been going well.
    xxxx

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    1. Hi Vronni, love your choices, thanks. Can't go wrong with HH eh?
      Hugs, x.

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  9. Hello-I have to say that your "HH" look is my fave too but I also adore the orange and grey combination which I wear on occasion myself. My grey jeans are called "Amanda" by Gloria Vanderbilt. Just enough stretch that doesn't sag after wearing and MOST importantly, they come in a long version-I am 5'9" tall and need a 31 1/2 inch inseam. I don't know if you can find that brand there-but there's always online shopping! I think I paid $45 US for these jeans, fyi.

    The tucking question is on my mind as well, dear Pout! I have come to realize that my wardrobe lacks some femininity and I have been tucking a few more things in to remind myself that I do have a waist-I am what fashion types refer to as an hourglass).

    Have a great weekend-hope you find the perfect grey jeans! Thanks for another fun post :)

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    1. Oh Jules, this is one of those (many) times I wish this was two way, if love to see you in your grey and I orange and your hourglass tucking! Thanks, I'll look out for GV jeans.
      Hugs, x.

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  10. Thank you for such an entertaining post. You are quite right it is time to wear trousers less and get back to skirts and dresses.
    Love - Jill stylishatsixty
    www.stylishatsixty.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jill, it's knee-jerk for me and I've become a little obsessed with skirts it his month! Hope you give them some air space.
      Hugs, x.

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  11. I like the Helen Hunt and also the waterfall cardi closed with a kilt pin. Very a la mode. I rushed off to find your other post because I must have missed it. Great to get all that feedback and be able to make a few tweaks. I'm a bit alarmed that I've missed any Blogger updates?! I saw about Google removing content as they close down Google Plus, which is a bummer because in the last few months G+ took over from FB as being my main traffic driver!

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    1. And thanks for choosing the kilt pin pic for the readers choice post! Yes I've felt the impact of Google's blogger tweaks too.
      Hugs, x.

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  12. Lots of cute looks and you wear animal print so well as well as burgundy my friend! XO

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    1. Thanks, Lise, it's great to hear your choices.
      Hugs, x.

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  13. I've even joined you in a dress out of office. My problem is that I wear skirts midweek so trousers and jeans do still feel dress up for me but yesterday I was determined to wear a dress.

    Hope to see you on my linkup twinny xx

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    1. Well you're ticking the corporate wear with your day of the week formula!
      Hugs twinny, x.

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  14. I was going to recomend the Julie jeggings from Bonmarche but they don't have Grey :-( Just looked for you. I would try other colours if your seeking them out Mary. Very pleased with mine. Purse friendly and leg length choice. Lots of lovely outfits here. I really like the floral skirt xx

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    1. Ahh so sweet of you to do the research for me Laurie! I'll bear that in mind. I did my usual in the end and found a pair in Peacocks last week. Thanks for your feedback too.
      Hugs, sx.

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  15. Just looked again and Bonmarche have slim leg Grey xx

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    1. Oh should have read this earlier! I'll take a look anyway.
      Hugs, x.

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    2. Seems like it's snooze and you lose, all greys were gone but thanks so much your help, my sweet. X.

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