Since embarking on my journey to hit my 50’s looking and feeling the best ‘me’ possible, I have tried many, many styles and many, many colours. Yet, despite the choice my wardrobe offers, I often find myself wearing black trousers/jeans and a black top. Over this seemingly uninspiring base, I add layers of interest.
This layering technique has served me and my mad ‘where the hell am I this week’ life rather well. Packing is much easier when you are merely embellishing a ‘uniform’. In fact, when looking back through the last year of outfit posts, I was quite surprised just how often I’ve pulled this particular rabbit out of the hat.
One thing I have learned from implementing this approach to my outfits; buy the absolute best base pieces you can possibly afford! There is definitely a place in my wardrobe for chain stores and the like, but when a garment is being worn regularly – quality counts.
For this particular outfit the layers consists of a really easy to wear jacket, a beaded scarf, a pair of snakeskin shoes (faux), unusual gloves and a handmade bag. I feel the shoes add a bit of drama to the look, and I’m simply loving this bag that my daughter made for her A’ Level textile’s exam. At the time she was an Air Cadet and wanted her project to reflect her personality. The whole thing was made from bits and pieces she picked up in an army surplus store. Clever eh?
Jacket – Hussar (old) / Black Skinny Jeans – Jaeger (out of stock but these are similar) / Shoes – Gino Ventori a few seasons ago but these are similar
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I must admit, the unusual gloves which I’ve worn in this post and this post (yeah, I kind of love them), were an afterthought. Just as we were about to shoot I noticed that my nail varnish was chipped. So I hid my hand in these awesome gloves until after the shoot when I flew inside to do a bit of emergency polish repair. I think they work though 🙂
What do you think? Do you wear a ‘uniform’ and add interesting layers like the snakeskin shoes?