Day four of the June Style Dare A Day was “coloured tights”. I decided that as the point of the style dare is to challenge yourself to try new things I really needed to come up with an outfit using my teal tights. I’ve had them for months now and haven’t managed to wear them yet.
These tights are pretty bright, so to balance out the colour I added a cardigan in a similar shade. To give the eye another focal point (other than my brightly coloured legs) I added a red belt. I think the result was okay, but not my favourite.
I’m coming to the conclusion that perhaps coloured tights are not for me after all. It seemed like a great idea as I love to wear a lot of colour, but I’ve found it difficult to incorporate brightly coloured legs into outfits in a cohesive way. Perhaps if I chose less bright shades it might be less overwhelming, but I was worried about buying a colour that didn’t work with my existing clothes. So far my favourite looks using bright tights consist mainly of neutrals (generally black/white/grey) and boots so that only a small amount of the tights are on display. This really limits my options so I think in the future I’ll only be purchasing neutral tights – now my black fleece-lined tights, I’d happily wear them with pretty much anything!
Linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday.
I quite liked the mix of striped scarf with floral print, although now looking at the pictures I’m wondering if this outfit might have looked better with my top left untucked – I think the belt makes it a little busy. Although so far I don’t think I’ve found anything that looks good untucked with this particular skirt – it’s a little on the large side and usually needs a belt to stop it looking frumpy.
In other news, tomorrow is haircut day. I’ve had a few people ask me if I’m growing my hair out and saying they like my hair longer – sorry if you’re one of those people – I’ve meant to get to the hairdresser for weeks and weeks and it’s just been slipping off the priorities list. I struggled with my hair long for many years and I’m afraid having it short is just too easy for this lazy non-hairdresser! I don’t think I’ll take it as short as last time, but I’m looking forward to having it neatened up.
I had no idea until I stepped outside to take photos that my cardigan was completely unnecessary today. Who would have expected such a warm sunny day this far through autumn? Which prompted me to check out the weather forecast, and turns out there’s another one happening tomorrow. Stay tuned for a last-chance summery outfit!
Today we had planned to go to an Anzac Day commemorative service, but as we are still waiting for Tiny Miss P to completely recover we settled for making Anzac biscuits instead. Thank you to all the men, women and their families who had to give up so much to preserve our freedom, and also to those currently serving our country.
It felt a bit strange going without sleeves today as it wasn’t that warm, but I didn’t feel the cold due to these tights. During a recent supermarket run I stumbled across some fleece-lined black tights that were on sale. I hadn’t known they existed until reading about them on northern hemisphere blogs during their recent winter season, but everybody seemed to be raving about them so I thought it was worth a try. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to give them a real test on a freezing cold day, but they were so comfortable and toasty today so there’s definitely real potential.
[Tights: Woolworths $9]
I’ve really gotten behind on the Pinterest Challenge – it was supposed to be one pin every week for six weeks, but I’m still only up to my fifth one and it’s been a full two weeks since the last one. Turns out using saved inspiration is harder than I expected!
Today I was inspired by this picture, basically some flared pants with a belted top (creating a peplum effect). I wasn’t going for an exact replica here, but thought I could use the principles to create a nice outfit with great shape. It didn’t really work.
For starters, I’m not a model. But it’s far more than that! I chose these pants as the closest to flares I have, but they really aren’t right for the look as they are wide all the way up the leg; I would have done better with bootleg jeans I think. The stripey top isn’t roomy enough for maximum effect when belted – but I was kind of backed into a corner by the checked pattern on my bottom half. Add to this the fact my pants are too long (they are a little too big for me now so sit lower than they should) and I’m closer to frumpy than curvalicious.
So facing facts: I think the pants need to go.
It makes me sad – I’ve had them for many years and really like them. But when I’m honest with myself I like the idea of them more than the reality. I love the fabric and the folded cuffs, but they’ve never been a perfect fit and are too low rise for my liking. I hope they find the right owner who will love them.