Category Archives: H and M

Piling it on, peeling it off

Plumeting temperatures mean it’s ALL about layering.

This sleeveless cardigan  is new instore and just beautiful; 100% lambswool, fully reversible, perfect drape – the photos don’t do it justice etc.. I haven’t got round to removing the care label but will blog the reverse side another time. The fabric feels like boiled wool and doesn’t look as though it’ll bobble, love, love, LOVE.Michelin woman

Extreme layering: vest (unseen),long sleeved top – Isabella Oliver , 2 jumpers (both COS), COS sleeveless cardigan, snood – Brora, gloves – Ugg, cords – J Brand, chunky necklace -H&M

and minus a few layers for indoors…

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Jazzy pants

Thanks to my Asian heritage, I’m neither print nor colour shy. I mean, this is nothing compared with my Asian threads. Yet, I felt as though I stood out a bit today. The fact that I didn’t give in to my desire to wear them with a bright pink top was probably a good thing. I’ll save that look for spring.

I spotted the jeans a while back in the H&M catalogue and was giving up on ever finding them online, when I spotted them instore. They’re a very flaterring fit and hold everything in, spanx style but without the discomfort. I love the graphic print and they’re a bargain at £14.99.

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Jacket – Whistles, Snood – Brora, Sweatshirt – COS, Black tee – Isabella Oliver, Jeans – H&M, Boots – Deena & Ozzy

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All change

Goodbye Summer and all your sartorial challenges…….see you next June. 

I’m chomping at the bit to fully indulge my love of layering; A/W is most definitely my season.

The old summer gear is barely away (laziness on my part), but dipping temperatures meant I had to to pull some winter woollies out today. Nothing new or inspiring, just some well worn and cosy favourites.

I’ve yet to add to my A/W wardrobe (boots don’t count), and I’m not planning to add much as I’m aiming for a capsule wardrobe. But, I know there will be temptation everywhere so we’ll see…..

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 Apologies for the hazy photo.

Jumper – Cos, Poncho – The White Company, Cords – H&M, Boots – Rag & Bone

A/W Wish List – old and new

I’ve poured over Vogue, NAP and Matches, browsed my high street favourites and I must say I am pretty uninspired. I’ve seen very little that I am interested in buying for winter.

It’s actually quite a surprise that I have seen little. Ok so I don’t like pink much but apart from that A/W’s trends are some of my favourites – lots of black, masculine cuts, shearling, leather, and baggy jeans and trainers still feature.

As I mentioned before, I am in the middle of a serious clothing cull. I keep things for decades and am pleased if they get one wear a season. It would be okay if I had five or ten things that fell into this category. Embarrassingly I have closer to 100. Ten grey tshirts, not one of which I love but one that will go with x skirt and justify me keeping them all. It is just too much and I have been very serious in my attempts to get rid of things and not to do those crazed H&M dashes. I will be buying better in future. Better, happier, more sustainable.

Enough moralising. I do have my eye on a few things.

At the moment all I want to wear is my lovely J Crew neon Cashmere Tippi (here but I can’t see the same pink anymore) It is bright enough to sate my colour lust (one of our lovely readers called me a “colour magpie” which made me smile) and the balance of warm but cool that only cashmere can be (in my humble experience) I have the black tshirt version from a few years ago but am very tempted to purchase another with the 25% code I have. I am seriously kicking myself for not buying the yellow neon when I had a chance. Every day I think, “if only I had the J Crew yellow neon sweater….” Hey ho.

I am also rueing the return of the La Redoute Shearling coat I bought in the sale last year. I loved it but was worried I had spent too much money and it had to go back. I have had a long term love affair with shearling though and have a few pieces I am going to bring in to daily wear including my black shearling Zara stole.

On to things new.

I love boiled wool. I think I’ve mentioned before the boiled wool funnel neck jumper my mum has had for many years from Stefanel. I’ve been looking for similar for over a decade. This Boiled Wool Cape from The White Company looks similar though it might be too similar to my draped black boiled wool coat.
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I also really like this Chunky Button Poncho from The White Company, though I’m slightly concerned that being 100% merino wool might mean it leaves fluff on anything I’d wear it with. And the quality of the jumpers I’ve had from there in the past hasn’t been fantastic though this may just be me?

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I am hoping to find a Cos version of the Acne Wham oversized sweater (or a NAP discount code!) Then I will discard all the similar sweater dresses in my wardrobe that no longer fit / have moth holes etc.

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Were I rich, this Day Birger leather jacket would be mine in a flash. As it is I have a black Zara leather jacket, a grey All Saints Post Commander and a Massimo Dutti red leather biker that will more than adequately do the job (not that it stops me lusting!)

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These J Brand grey leather trousers are what I really, really, really want. There must be a High Street pair that would be far better suited to my budget and lifestyle (“paper thin leather” worries me) If you have seen them, please let me know!

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Boots wise I am sorted. I was lucky enough to be gifted these shearling lined Acne Pistols for my birthday. I bought the Ugg Gershwins last year for when it is really cold and my Ash Jalouse in stone and black are still going strong. I also have my Belstaff biker boots which will last me years more.

I am not planning a new coat purchase either (not a very aspirational wish list – sorry) I have my Barbour Arctic Parka for when it gets freezing, my Zara parka from last year, as well as the grey Zara coat with faux leather sleeves which I still love. I am even tempted to give my almost unworn Zara navy studded sleeve coat to my beautiful sister.

This is a jacket 637878_mainrather than a coat but I am trying to resist the temptation to visit a River Island to try it on.

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And finally, these. They won’t be on the wish list for long as they have my name all over them and will be on their way to me as soon as I find them in my size. I blame Joanna from Poppy’s Style and am expecting her buy me a large glass of wine when she is next in the UK to make up for making me fall in love with them 😉

That’s all for now. What’s your major current clothing lust? Please do share.

Stars and stripes

A few of the other WornOut ladies have this Zara blazer too. It’s two years old and still very much loved. Blazers usually make me feel too corporate, too polished, not really me. But the beautiful star print makes this feel fun and casual.

Wearing all old stuff today.

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Jeans – Topshop, Top – Jaeger, Blazer – Zara, Necklace – Urban Outfitters, Boots – H&M (so comfortable I can run in them, as proven on the school run this morning), Earrings – Stella & Dot.