There are a few items of note in this outfit:
- The green blousy top, which I got when I was 20 minutes early in another part of town for a meeting and had time for a quick dash through the Shelter shop. It was in the ‘everything £1 bit! I probably wouldn’t have got it otherwise, it’s a little silly with the cute animal embroidery and it’s got these rhinestones near the neck (covered up by the bag strap that look like they’re just stuck on with glue) It kind of looks like it should be a little girls’ frock rather than an adult top. There was another one there that must have been from the same company and looked even more like a kiddie’s dress. But it would have to be a very wide child! Anyway, I did like the Kelly green colour and it looks decent enough quality apart from the rhinestones, so I can always pass it on to another charity shop where it might fetch more than a pound.
- The coat, which I found in a plastic bag full of clothes sticking out of a bin (it hadn’t touched any proper rubbish). The label said dry clean only but given that it was free I risked washing it and it’s now restored to full use. It’s missing a button but is otherwise in great condition. It actually makes me quite angry that someone just threw it away!
- The leggins, which are merino wool base layers. I love them! They are so warm, but don’t make me too hot when I got into a heated space, so they’re ideal for wearing under trousers too. And you can literally wear the every day for a week and they will not go smelly. I have some thermal leggings made from synthetic materials too, but they’ve got nothing on these woolly ones!
- The snow boots, oh so toasty warm! I’m a little worried that I brought them out too soon, because I now have nothing warmer to move on to once it starts snowing, but lets hope it’ll be ok.
- The bag, handmade by Dave, using an old pair of jeans (better photos here). The design was meant to be a rising sun, but ended up looking kind of union flaggy. Because Dave made it when the Scottish National Party first got into power, now we call it the anti-Alex bag, after Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister.
It’s been a while since I’ve had to do anything other to photos than turn up the contrast a little and maybe crop them. I really tried with these to get the green to look like it does in real life, with lasso selecting and layers and everything, but to no avail. I’m not sure why green is so difficult for cameras to pick up!
Me: * top – charity shop * top under – h&m * skirt – zara, dyed blue by me * boots – merrell * coat – found in the street * bag – Dave made it *
Dave: * vintage greatcoat – Camden market * everything else – no idea, various high street shops *