For week 3 of my Seasonal Skinny Challenge I decided to move up a gear. Weeks 1 and 2 had been fairly casual with my Spots & Stripes outfit and my Back to School Satchel outfit respectively.
Bizarrely, all week I’d had a craving for a good, meaty burger and as TallBrownFox needs little persuading to go for a burger, we decreed last Friday night to be ‘date night’, giving me the ideal opportunity for upping the ante of my Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge.
As we were only going to a burger restaurant it didn’t need to overly fancy. Normally, I’d reach for my faux leather jacket but as one of the reasons for blogging is to wear more of my existing wardrobe, I resisted the temptation to rely on the usual suspects. I chose a more formal piece – a wool jacket – to pair with the informal piece – my skinny jeans.
The jacket used to be part of a suit. The trousers were long ago given to charity as annoyingly, *cough*, they’d shrunk in the wash. Small voice of reason says ‘oh, so nothing to do with the beginnings of middle aged spread then???’. Pipe down small voice of reason.
I bought the suit on a trip to the States about 15 years ago which is where I discovered Anne Taylor petites. 15 years or so later, the jacket is still going strong; a testament to its quality. A nipped in waist and tailored detailing of a double flap pocket on one side.
Jacket chosen, I just needed to dress the jeans up a little more with the right accessories. A black, fringe clutch, jet black, droplet necklace and ‘not to be messed with’ shiny shoes, added the required oomph to complete the look.
I’m not overly fussed about fringing, if I’m truly honest but I did fall in love with this fringe, suede clutch. It’s a great size – big enough for all your date night bits and bobs but the beauty of this clutch is its versatility. It can be turned into a crossbody bag, as it has a detached strap. Genius!
And on our way home, I attached the strap, so I could wear it across my body. After a few drinks, I didn’t want to accidentally leave it behind on the train. It’s kinda like those gloves I wore as a nipper – you know – the ones attached with string to each mitt that you wore under your coat so you wouldn’t lose them.
No? Ah, you’re too young then to remember those…. Feast your eyes on the fringing instead.
I’ve not worn this necklace for ages, so it was overdue an outing. I like that the drop effect of the 3 centre parts, mirrored the fringe slightly.
I don’t normally lust after shoes but oh, these were lusted after when I saw them on Topshop’s website. The dainty ankle strap, the block mid-heel, the pointy toes, the croc effect pattern and that colour, oh that colour. I was pretty much sold on just that oxblood colour alone. Over the summer I’ve been doing alot of holiday cover for other teachers so I gave into the lust and treated myself to these. And I’m very glad I did. They are so comfortable to wear and can be dressed up or down.
Up until now, I’ve only owned two pairs of pointy shoes. I find it tricky to find ones that don’t actually push your big toe and little toe underneath the remaining three other toes, like some gruesome, foot bandaging torture. With these, my tootsies have wiggle room!
Outfit assembled, it was off to hunt down our burgers. Now, this is a sign I like! Does what it says on the tin, no mucking about. No faux burgers here, thank you very much!
Proper hamburgers is what we were after. Proper hamburgers is what we got!
TallBrownFox threw caution and calories to the wind and ordered a hardshake with his hamburger. A hardshake? What the heck is a hardshake? A firm handshake from the waiter once he’s taken your order???
No. It’s a milkshake, flavour of your choice (in his case, chocolate) with a shot of your choice on the side (in his case, bourbon)! Here I am, sampling said hardshake. It was like drinking a liquidised, alcoholic, chocolate muffin mousse. Heaven!
TallBrownFox had to literally prise the shake back off me so I had to slum it with my vodka tonic instead!
Anne Taylor Petite Wool Jacket (old)
Dorothy Perkins Butterflies t-shirt (old)
Black Necklace from the Emporium of I Forget
Joythestore Leather & Suede Fringe Clutch. In store but not currently on their website. Comes in 4 other colours – navy, red, caramel and a purply pink.
Top-shop Oxblood Croc Effect Shoes. Nude ones here
Do you like mixing more formal, tailored pieces with informal pieces?
And how do you like your hamburgers? With a hardshake on the side?
You can read about my Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge here.
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A good jacket is for ever… And hamburgers? Anything tastes great with a side of vodka…
Very true Tiina, and this one has stood the test of time. And I do like my vodka!
Nice blazer, this just shows you that well made blazers are a classic and never go out of style. I love your shoes too, fab color.
Absolutely Nora. And this jacket wasn't cheap at the time but it was worth it considering the years I've got from it.
That is a super chic look!!! Ox blood rules!!x
Thanks Kezzie. I just adore that colour. It's so rich.
These jeans look stunning on you! And I love the shoes! And the necklace!And a burger! There is just sooo much to love about this post that you had me at hello lol. You are going great in this challenge and I will be following along 🙂
You made me laugh, Allison! The shoes are fierce, aren't they? Thanks for your kind words.
I do love a fringe and that bag is right up my street! In fact….I'll have the shoes too, if you don't mind :oD
What a great look.
Get thee to a Joy – the clutch is new in this season! Ha, ha, Samantha, you'll have to wrestle me for those shoes!!!
I have to agree with Samantha – the fringe bag is ace and me too, I'd go for these cute and stylish shoes. Did you mean mud wrestle? Am not sure I'm up for that, but keep me in mind when you tire of them. Fab outfit xxx
ha, ha, mud wrestling duel, Anna? I think my mud wrestling days are over – not that they ever started! I think it maybe a loooooong time before I tire of the shoes. They may well wear out before then! Thanks for your compliments.
The size of that hardshake is quite impressive 🙂 Yeah I like to mix a formal piece with an informal sometimes and your jacket looks great with these jeans. I recently bought skinnies in same colour too but mine are slightly cropped. Beautiful necklace and such cute shoes!
It was huge, Rani! It's good to mix it up, isn't it.
Love that use of your work suit with jeans. The fringe purse is such a fun touch too!
Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.
Thanks Alice. I think the bag is going to feature a lot this winter!