Cold weather means jeans, jeans and more jeans - even under dresses!
December was a strange, strange month. So busy, as Decembers usually are, and a whirlwind of emotions for me.
Does anyone else feel like they’re in a bit of a rut this month? I’m struggling to get going after Christmas!
Taking photos of my outfits went to the wayside a little, but these were my favourites.
I post my outfits in my mirror like its 2008
on my instagram account, called The Maple Armoire, but I defintely have a few favourites from each month. These are my favourites from November.
Cozy cardigans, stripes and looking like a cliche cartoon French person!
Big cozy cardigan from H&M - last year
Black trousers - Uniqlo, cigarette cut
Pinafore dress - Monki, a few years ago
Beret - Charity shop, had it for almost 10 years
Red shoes - Marks & Spencer last year
Woodland embroidered shirt - McVerdi (from L’Habilleur in Paris, which I HIGHLY recommend for discount/previous years collections of amazing brands)
I tend to re-wear items a lot, be sustainable where I can be, wear things for years until they fall apart and only invest money in things I know I’ll wear forever. I used to follow a lot of style/fashion bloggers and get a bit sad when they posted things the average person (me!) couldn’t afford. It just wasn’t, and isn’t, relatable to the majority. So I now just take inspiration from a few of those people, instead! It’s a lot more fun.
These jeans. THESE JEANS! They were such a faff to get my hands on! I left it a little late waiting for the M.i.h sale, so I bought them in the size up that I'd usually go for as that was all they had left. I'd never bought anything from them before, so I had no idea how their sizing worked; Surprise surprise, they didn't fit. So, in the process of posting them back I found my size on a different website for the same price and bought them. Only issue was, as I was looking at how they fit other people online, I found them almost £50 cheaper on a little site called Bad Denim! So I ended up buying 3 pairs to get it right, and I'm still waiting for one refund... BUT, it was totally worth it. I love them. They fit me perfectly, I don't have to fold up the hem (which is unheard of, even for some "cropped" trousers), but I like how they look folded, too. They are pretty retro looking, but I feel like they have a slightly modern twist on the 70's jean fit. Pops of colour with minimal everything else is my jam right now, so this burnt orange colour is a great addition to my currently very sparse wardrobe (and it matches my hair!). Jeans: M.i.h | T shirt: H&M Conscious collection | Shoes: Birkenstocks I've had a pretty major clear out of clothing, sold some on eBay, taken lots to charity and pretty much halved my already small wardrobe. I hadn't worn some of my remaining vintage pieces in well over a year, so I figured if someone else can get some more wear out of them, then why not sell them/give them away! It feels really good to start over, and I can't wait to see where my style is heading. It seems to have changed a lot over the past 6 months/year, but I've never had the money to buy what I really wanted and therefore actually show that it had changed (if that makes sense?). Now I'm earning a little more, I can feel less guilty about making some pricier (but more ethical and better quality) purchases every now and again and to be honest, it feels great! Next on my list is a new bag that will comfortably fit my camera in it, and occasionally my iPad Pro (12.9")... suggestions are more than welcome!
Have you ever had a complete wardrobe overhaul? I'd love to chat about it in the comments!
I turned 27 yesterday. I had been quietly freaking out about it for a little while now; feeling like I hadn't "succeeded" in anything in particular, my blog and illustration work never taking off, getting closer to 30, feeling like maybe I've just not tried hard enough, work always getting the better of me. Just as it was all getting a bit much I read Brittany Bathgate's most recent blog post about age and how people and society perceive it and honestly; it couldn't have come at a better time! It gave me the little boost I needed. I've always thought of myself as a "late bloomer" - still looking awkward, unsure about myself and teenager-ish well in to my twenties. In reality, it was just because I cared too much about what other people thought of me - it hindered my growth massively when it came to my blog, personal style and illustration work. I know these are all ultimately superficial things, but they were (and still are) my life, and it affected my self confidence hugely. I tried too hard to fit in with the people around me, but working from home for the last year and taking a step back, no matter how alienating it was at the time, has made me realise who I am a little more when it comes to these things. Okay, I'm still struggling with my illustration style, but that's a story for another time!
What I'm trying to say is - no matter how old I am, I'm going to keep trying and doing the things I love to do. I don't think there should be this specific magical age that people have to feel successful and fully themselves by. We all constantly change and grow and we all put too much pressure on ourselves, from younger and younger ages, to be in a particular place in our lives by a certain age. Dress - Finery | Bag - still available from Ark in Cambridge | Shoes - Birkenstock
This dress was a treat to myself for my birthday. It's from Finery London and it's my first piece of clothing in a long time that feels like it's really made well. Finery has been on my radar since they launched in 2014, but I have never afforded myself to buy anything from them until now. What a mistake that was on my part! I can tell this dress is going to be regularly worn and in my wardrobe for a long time, and will still look good for years to come. They aren't about fast fashion, and you can really tell. Their turnover isn't as quick as other high street shops, which is great for my indecisive mind that likes to mull things over for ages before committing to anything. This piece is a classic kimono/wrapover in a beautiful linen and a perfect shade of blue that reminds me of my Phthalo Blue gouache . Obviously it looks a little longer on me than on the model on their site, but that's always the case for me. The trials and tribulations of being short! If you are a small person like myself, I hope this gives you an idea of where it might finish on you!