Vancouver Island is good to me in so many ways. And yet… and yet, no one thought to open a branch of Zara here and for that I feel quite aggrieved.
(Autocorrect was sure I wanted to write ‘aggressive’ not aggrieved – and now that I think about it, they might be on to something).No Zara! Queen of the random high street frivolous purchase. It’s a blow.
I’m undeterred and they have a free shipping & returns thing happening right now so I’m diving in with an order.
They’ve been getting a bit of a nod with their AW17 dresses and, well, I never wear dresses but maybe this is the season that I’ll start.
Velvet is having a bit of a moment right now and although the last time I dabbled in velvet clothing was a velvet blazer from Camden market (two for £10, my teenage BFF will remember this purchase) I think twenty years later I’m ready to try again.
And why not with this:Look this midi length is definitely sticking around but if you – like me – are a little bit, well, short, then this next dress might be a good option (I will be relying heavily on a good pair of opaque tights with many of these)… I think the classic wrapover style and long sleeves balance out the shorter length: Less velvet but still on the crossover, if you don’t already have something like this in your wardrobe I can guarantee it as extremely versatile… And more – on a theme, but also a nod to this season’s thing for dark floral: I also really like this, but now we’re just back on a general black theme… Away from black and therefore venturing out of my uniform but perhaps for good reason, this jumpsuit which was featured on mothershoppers recently, belted, looking really great -on their Instagram. Definitely worth a try. Also for anyone in the UK (actually maybe they do international delivery…) and enjoying the new checked coats seen, well everywhere, can I recommend you drop into your local Miss Selfridge, elbow your way past some teenagers and have a peek at their jackets which are surprisingly good quality, and also come in sizes that work well for the smaller shouldered of us. I’m looking at these with interest: and this lighter weight option: Sitting on my hands to stop myself from ordering everything but some of it will definitely be making its way to Vancouver Island shortly. Also, I have an excellent skirt recommendation for you coming up (with UK and US/Canadian options) but that is so good it’s worthy of a whole new post.
Autumn! Fall! Potato! Potahto! Who cares as long as we’ve got some shiny new things to wear.