This is another outfit from the brief week and a half when it was high summer and any clothes were too many clothes (now its’ warm and rainy. I have never seen so much rain in my life. And I live in blumming Scotland!). Anyway, it was so hot and I was out to get some leggings to wear with this dress, which has a tendency to go static and ride up and is therefore not work proof, or public proof really. I didn’t find a great selection of leggings just loads of tights like stuff and I couldn’t bring myself to spend 15 euros on a simple black cotton pair. Seems a bit excessive!
So I decided to spend the extra fiver and get myself these trousers. They’re a silky sort of material, viscose I think, but not staticky I had a vague idea to wear them with the dress, but that really looks a bit too shalwar kameez for my liking, so I wore them on their own instead.
This outfit I essentially think of as luxury pyjamas. The top is kind of silky as well, and it doesn’t actually feel like being dressed, it’s wonderful! The trousers are so comfortable! I’m not sure I would go as far as to wear them to work, high heels or not, but I did wear them out into public for some evening drinks as well as to the supermarket, with the peach cardigan.
Another thing I wanted to talk about is how in the last couple of weeks I went shopping on the high street TWICE. It’s so bizarre, that’s probably how much I’d been in the previous year! When I was an avid charity shopper, I was so anti high street because I enjoyed the joy of the hunt and I hated the way everything was presented on a platter to me in the shops. Stuff also seemed pretty expensive and low quality to me. I still think that about the value for money in many places (really, h&m seems to make stuff from paper these days) and some shops (again, h&m the standout ones) are just so badly organised and busy that actually just walking into it made me feel vaguely agoraphobic.
But others, chiefly among them Mango, where I got my stuff, I actually really liked. I seem to be at a point in my life, where I just want things to be easy. I like that there are lots of nice things all in one place, in all different sizes. I appreciate that I can go in and know I’ll walk out with something good without effort. I like the interior design where things are presented to me and I don’t have to dig*. And the extra cost for that, and for stuff being new, seems kind of fair now that charity shops have decreed that £8 is a fair price for a basic skirt from h&m**. Maybe I’m getting old!
Has this happened to anyone else, to have gone back from thrifter to high street shopper? Not that I’m reallu a high street shopper now, but I am definitely much more positive about it than before.
* Trousers – mango * top – can’t remember * shoes – clarks originals, gift * neacklace – Fave’s mum made it * sunnies – topshop *
* Plus, there don’t seem to be any charity shops in Brussels, just vintage ones.
** Yes, I know, I know why they do it and it’s fair enough and I won’t moan too much. But it’s undeniable that price has been one of the key reason why I am increasingly unenthusiastic about charity shops.