How was your weekend? We had a Bank Holiday in the UK yesterday so it felt like an extra Sunday. The weather was atrocious so I spent it indoors with Isobel while Pete was working. I did manage to shoot these photos on Saturday while it was dry, and with Isobel’s help I did a TikTok styling these Zara floral print trousers four ways. Take a look and tell me which one is your favourite!
I haven’t bought a lot of new clothes lately, preferring to search out vintage treasures on eBay instead of “fast fashion”. But when I saw some pieces from a new collection at Zara I went straight to the website. These retro floral print trousers immediately appealed to me and I snapped them up in a flash! I also added this orange knitted vest and orange sunglasses to my basket. Although I’m trying to drastically reduce the amount of “fast fashion” I buy, when it’s garments I know that I’ll wear a lot it assuages the guilt (a little). That was where the idea for the TikTok came from; I thought if I could style four different outfits with these trousers then that would justify my purchase.
This very vibrant yellow and orange ensemble was my initial outfit idea; it’s so bright that I really needed those sunglasses! Pete said I looked very pale in comparison…I’m inclined to agree! Knitted vests are becoming rather popular right now, which gets the thumbs up from me. They’re great for layering over a thin roll neck for extra warmth without the bulk of a cardigan. I’ve been looking for an easy knitting pattern so that I can make one – I even have wool in this almost-neon orange – but finding one that’s both simple and suitable for the type of wool I have is harder than I thought.
If it had been a bit warmer I’d have worn the vest without the yellow jumper, but May hasn’t exactly wowed me with the weather and I definitely needed both layers. I piled on a bit more yellow with my cord ankle boots and chain handle bag. I made the polymer clay earrings a few weeks ago – they’re flowers but also look a bit like fried eggs! Although I love the orange sunglasses I’m not convinced they really suit me. In any case, I’ve taken the tag off so I’m keeping them now!
I know we all like to see new outfits (style blogs would be be boring if we wore the same few outfits all the time) but I think taking a statement piece and styling it different ways is both fun and useful; making the TikTok video really made me think about how to get the most wear out of these trousers. In future, whenever I’m tempted to buy something that could quite easily be worn once or twice and then forgotten, I’m going to make myself come up with three or four different ways to wear it; if I can’t I won’t buy it. Simple as that.
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