Today was one of those days when I couldn’t shake the feeling that something awful was going to happen. Fortunately, the worst thing that actually happened was opening the cap of my fountain pen in a meeting and realising that it had dropped two large splodges of purple ink onto my skirt. I’m not sure why, it doesn’t usually leak or blot, but at any rate it was washable ink and I managed to get it to fade to near-invisibility by sticking the affected bit of skirt under the taps in the Ladies’. And I think the rest will come out with washing.
Cardigan – Gap
Blouse – charity shop
Skirt – White Stuff
Shoes – Jones Bootmaker
I seem to have rediscovered my enthusiasm for outfit pictures, at least for now. I actually quite like having a record of the way I’ve worn my clothes, and sometimes looking back over my outfit pictures when I’m struggling to come up with ideas for what to wear will inspire me. And also, I really enjoy reading the kind of outfit blogs that are written by ordinary women who are dressing for ordinary lives – work, spending time with friends and family, that sort of thing – rather than the increasingly fashion-focused style blogs that seem to be becoming increasingly common, full of fashion shows and designer clothes and outfits that would certainly raise a few eyebrows in my office, and while I’m not entirely sure my outfit posts are of much interest to anyone apart from a handful of my friends it somehow feels right that my blog should reflect the things I enjoy reading in other people’s blogs.
And, although I think there has been something of a decline in the number of outfit blogs recently, there are still a few I love, so if you do enjoy my outfit posts you might like to check these out!
Oranges and Apples. Franca is from Luxembourg originally, lives in Edinburgh and is married to a Scotsman, but is currently working in Brussels. I love her colourful outfits and the creative use she makes of vintage, second-hand and handmade items, and I also enjoy her more thought-provoking posts about feminism, body image and the influence of the media.
Tea and Feathers. I first encountered Cat on a Ravelry group, and her blog was one of my main inspirations when I started taking outfit photos; all the other blogs I read seemed scarily well-established, but Cat seemed like an ordinary person and made me feel that maybe I could blog about what I wore without coming across as a vain, shallow idiot with illusions of being a trendsetter. Also, her post titles keep reminding me of songs I haven’t heard for far too long!
Frocks and Frou Frou. I’ve had a fair amount of blog and Twitter interaction with both Franca and Cat, but I just admire Lilli from a distance, because her outfits are such fun!