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Cardigan or jacket?

I spent several minutes this morning trying to decide whether I should wear a cardigan or a jacket. Jackets are smarter, but I’m still not entirely sure that most of mine fit properly or look particularly good on me, whereas I definitely like how I look in cardis but worry that they don’t look particularly professional. In the end I decided just to wear a shawl instead, though it would probably have been better to wear a dress with slightly longer sleeves.

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Shawl – Citron
Dress – East
Tights – Monsoon
Shoes – Camper

I wasn’t really that cold, though. And even though it wasn’t a particularly warm day, it still felt like spring; there are leaves on most of the trees now, and ducklings on the canal, and I am feeling a great deal better for it. Not 100%, but better than I have done for months, which is definitely progress.

Getting my groove back

I didn’t end up posting any outfits last week, because I was really struggling with depression and just getting dressed in something vaguely work-appropriate every morning was almost more than I could manage, let alone putting together interesting outfits and finding the energy to photograph them. (I found myself wishing I owned a boring black trouser suit, and was even eyeing boring suits up in M&S one lunchtime when a colleague came up and said hello, having spotted my violet coat across the shop.)

Fortunately my mood has lifted a bit today. I managed to walk into work this morning (last week I stuck to the bus for fear that if I tried walking I’d just end up sitting on the kerb and sobbing and never make it to the office) and it was starting to get light, and there were green shoots in the flowerbeds that looked as though they weren’t far off being snowdrops. I went out in the sunshine at lunchtime and even managed to feel a vague spark of enthusiasm for my job again. And even though my outfit wasn’t particularly exciting, I enjoyed wearing it enough that I took a photo when I got home.

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Shawl – Citron
Dress – East
Boots – Duo

You can’t really see it in the picture, but I was wearing my lovely new Nova Steel shawl pin from Skein Queen, which I’m sure also helped to cheer me up.

Hopefully this week will continue to be better than last week was.

Mended

I haven’t worn this skirt since last year, because the back seam had come unstitched just below the zip and the end of the zip kept popping through. Which took about five minutes to fix, when I finally got round to it at the weekend. Why do I always put off mending?

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Shawl – Citron
Jacket – Debenhams
Top – M&S
Skirt – charity shop
Boots – Duo

Short on inspiration

Today’s outfit was dull and safe and not quite warm enough, really, given that the weather has got colder again after yesterday’s surprisingly mild weather.

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Shawl – Citron
Dress – East
Boots – Duo

Meanwhile I have given in and ordered the darker brown smart boots I’ve been eyeing up at Duo, in large part because these ones are fairly desperately in need of resoling and while I should get my black boots back soon I’m not keen on only having the option of black for a couple of weeks. I suppose I wouldn’t consider it at all odd to have three pairs of work shoes (in fact, I have considerably more than three pairs of work shoes), so it’s not really that unreasonable to have three pairs of boots when I just don’t wear shoes at all for about five months of the year…

Thrown together

I hadn’t really thought of putting my green and purple shawl with my purple and ice-blue print dress, but I think it worked OK. Well enough for a Monday when I was still feeling coldy and not particularly inspired, anyway.

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Shawl – Citron
Dress – LK Bennett
Boots – Gabor

A new way to wear a shawl

I wanted to look smart today, as there was a possibility I might have to go to an important meeting (as it turned out I didn’t, I just had to put some figures together beforehand), so I went for my short purple dress and green jacket and then thought that the colours would look good with my Citron. I don’t really think my normal way of wearing shawls round my shoulders works with a jacket, though; they don’t sit nicely on top of collars and structured shoulders. On a whim I tried scrunching the shawl round my neck and wearing it as a scarf, which I think worked quite well; Citron is big and drapy enough that it looked like a proper scarf and not a Boy Scout-style neckerchief, and I pinned it together with a shawl pin which kept it in place just fine.

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Shawl – Citron
Jacket – Jigsaw
Dress – Gap
Tights – M&S
Boots – Gabor

Take two

My office tends to be coolish in the morning, but has recently been getting very warm in the afternoons. This means that while the kind of layering that was needed in my old office is never appropriate, it’s generally a good thing to be able to adjust my outfit to take temperature variations into account.

In the morning, I was wearing this.

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Shawl – Citron
Cardigan – clothes swap
Dress – East
Tights – M&S
Boots – Gabor

By the time I got back from lunch it was much too warm for the shawl, so I was glad the outfit worked just as well without it:

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Necklace – East
Vest (under dress) – M&S

The necklace is one of a couple I picked up in the sale in East last week because I felt in need of something to brighten my outfits up when it’s too warm for a shawl or scarf. It’s quite heavy, but I do like it.

Also, I seem to be wearing cardigans a lot and am wondering whether I need more. Although I suspect I almost certainly don’t.