So this is an interesting one. Usually when I have a lightbulb moment, it's a completely new look - something I haven't tried before.
But this, I think, is a first. A picture that someone kindly sent me and now I keep seeing everywhere. They thought it was right up my street and it absolutely is. It's a Dior outfit at Bergdorf Goodman. Which is where the "right up my street" bit sort of ends.
It's all about the red. Now following on from the last blog which may have heralded the start of a mid life crisis - this perhaps cements it.
I LOVE this look. But I am compos mentis enough to realise that red and tulle and leather perhaps isn't a look I can get away with (darn it!).
However that's the great thing about fashion - high end and all the random pics you might see, it's about taking inspiration and transforming it into looks that work for you. And this is pretty much (if you squint perhaps..) a variation on a look that I wear regularly. Skirt, biker, check, check.
However I did not be hot foot it off to Dior yesterday (hell I had the tutor to sort out and Mum's taxi was out for hire all afternoon, not to mention that there were engineering works on the train line which means that walking to London would be quicker than sitting on one of their diverted trains and NOTHING to do with the probably five figure price tag of the above outfit. Nothing at all...). I gained inspiration from the comfort of my sofa. I should probably say desk but I hate writing at a desk and always do it on the sofa, in bed (not in in the bed - I do make it and sit on it...) or the kitchen island.
And this is what I came up with.
A red biker. I have so many of these now (although not red) that another is going to make no difference. That sentence is up there with reasons why my husband thinks all women are mad. It makes total sense, doesn't it?
I'm thinking not full on leather (although... if hush were to make their biker which I think is officially the most amazing biker ever. The shape, the leather, the slouch, it's perfection) but never say never. Faux leather these days can be so fantastic and even I realistically appreciate it's not something I'm going to be wearing day in, day out. My yellow one from Zara for example is just perfect.
First up though I'm starting with such an amazing jacket, I'm considering just leaving it here and going for a snooze. £45 is actually a LOT of money for something from Boohoo so I'm hoping it's amazing... I've got to try it in the interests of research, haven't I?
Leather at Zalando from Oakwood.
Oakwood Leather Jacket was £164.99 now £131.99 Ok this is pretty darn fabulous, isn't it?
Slightly different at Mango - fabric and oversized.
And now onto the skirts. I may have lost my Dior mojo whilst researching these. But I kept going, just in case.
Shorter for those who don't like full on midis. Or just midi for those of you shorter, I should probably say.
Another shorter midi at Yumi at House of Fraser.
Variation on a theme now and less red and more cranberry.
Another more burgundy shade (although it looks red to me, they say it's burgundy) from La Redoute.
One of the best one that I found is LK Bennett at House of Fraser (it's cheaper there than elsewhere!).
But then just when you think your search is a busted flush, Mango comes to the rescue.
I have to say as much as I absolutely adore the look, I'm probably not going to go the whole hog. Although, famous last words... So thoughts? I'm pretty sure it's definitely a "on the mannequin looks amazing" and "on the person looks like they're running from the men in white coats".
However I'm definitely giving the jacket a go and it should be arriving today. I have ridiculously high hopes for it (and we all know what that means don't we). In the meantime, a couple of outfits from the last couple of days.
Gingham blouse - Studio by Preen at Debenhams
Blue trench - Jasper Conran at Debenhams
White skirt - M&S
Copeland Trainers - Air & Grace
Red Soho Disco Bag - Gucci
Ziggy Star Jumper - Wyse London
Navy trousers - Alexa Chung at M&S
Navy blazer - Alexa Chung at M&S
Dazed Trainers - My Fashion Tribu
And last night for the most amazing 40th birthday party.
Penelope Dress - Rixo London
Leopard sandals - Zara
De Manta clutch in tan - Alexander McQueen
I now need to go and lie down. I won't lie, this is what I have been mostly doing today. Whilst I ponder how bad exactly red on red would be... and lament how much prosecco I did actually drink last night.