the maxi skirt and the DIY jacket

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a constant and evolving list of clothes I’m desperate to add to my wardrobe. Being reluctant to head off to the high street, this list seems to get longer and longer by the day – particularly since the rise of eBay prices and postage costs – and now consists of:

  • A sequinned and beaded jacket
  • A velvet dress, preferably with long sleeves (not bodycon!)
  • A fringed kimono
  • A large (faux) fur collar to put on EVERYTHING
  • A jumper with elbow patches
  • An acid wash pencil skirt (blue, not grey)
  • Leopard print shoes or boots (preferably with either a chunky heel or completely flat)
  • A leather pencil skirt (faux leather is fine, as long as it doesn’t look like latex….

Other items are added and removed, because my tastes seem to vary massively from month to month, but I’m also on the lookout for shirt dresses in interesting prints, anything mustard and statement necklaces. Until last week, a jersey maxi skirt was also on the list; it had to be either black or rust coloured, needed to be high waisted and couldn’t cling all the way down my legs. I actually bought one on eBay a couple of weeks ago, which was labelled as a size ten – when I tried it on, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was meant to be age ten instead. It barely went round my waist, and was pretty much skin-tight all over – think fishtail wedding dress. And not in a good way.
I eventually gave up on eBay, and instead bought this rather lovely maxi from New Look in their sale, for the bargain price of £6. It’s made from really thick material, and is roomy enough to fit a couple of pairs of leggings underneath (or even jeans!) when the weather gets really cold. I’d prefer to have found a second hand one, but at £6 it’s cheaper than eBay, and there’s the added advantage of being able to try it on before committing to the purchase. We don’t have a lot of money, but I’ve got a lifelong love of clothes and fashion, and just have to be creative with my choices – sometimes that means buying ethical items in a sale, often it means charity shops and eBay, sometimes vintage pieces, and occasionally it means the high street. In an ideal world I’d buy all vintage, but beggars can’t be choosers!

The chunky jumper is from Paul Smith (from my employee days), and is actually deceptively warm despite its cropped sleeves. The jacket was a DIY customising jobby on an old eBay find, and the bag and floral top both came from charity shops. A good old high-street-charity-shop mash up.

What’s on your clothes lust-list? I’ve always thought someone should host a big blog-clothes-swap-thingy – although probably not me, as organisation is not my strong point….!


  1. Lemon
    October 21, 2013 / 10:29 am

    I love the skirt and jumper! You have inspired me to add this to my list. I always like to have a list of the things I want too, I have been collecting bits and pieces here and there for winter which included skinny jeans (now the baby weight is off), cardigans (which I prefer to jumpers) and have bought a classic black with large buttons, one with a great tribal pattern and I have picked up a vintage dress with a large colar that will look great with grey wool tights and a fake fur vintage coat that I have always loved but was never sure suited me till I tried this one on and fell in love. I would love a jumper with elbow patches but I am hoping to do it myself. I am also on the look out for more statement necklaces. Katy x

  2. Lisa-Marie
    October 21, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    I also have a list. Current wants – biker boots, a wool biker jacket, a grey slouchy bag, a grey tweed skirt, a really good cardigan, a million basic tshirts, and a massive statement necklace I saw in Zara (it's ridiculously big, which makes me want it more)

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