Yin and Yang – from the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. Representing the duality of everything in the universe.
Opposite yet complimentary.
Constant yet cyclical.
In yin there is an element of yang. In yang, there is an element of yin. When yin and yang are in harmony, there is balance.
There’s subtle yin and yang in this week’s Seasonal Skinny outfit.
Floral and stripes.
Light colours with dark.
Bright, bold colours with soft pastels.
A touch of feminine with the scarf, a touch of masculine with the stomper boots.
Showing that opposites can be worn together to add interest, depth and texture to an outfit, even in a simple, casual, weekend one consisting of jeans, a long sleeve tee and a cardigan.
I should perhaps have subtitled this post…
‘How to try to take photos on a windy, scouring day’
All weekend the sky had been lowering and leaden, the weather wet and windy. November has certainly bedded in now and everything felt unsettled. We’re deep into Autumn now, but Winter is tapping at our heels, almost impatiently it feels.
The dark colours were in keeping with the feel of the day but to balance things out I wore a pastel cardigan, necklace and scarf. Due to the fierce wind, I decided to wear a scarf in my hair rather than my usual go to head wear on a windy day, the beret; especially as I love wearing scarves.
With fine, fly away locks like mine, you can end up looking like you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards on a windy day! Wearing it this way, not only keeps the hair off my face but is a stylish alternative to wearing it round your neck.
Although, you do then have the problem of a misbehaving scarf!
It was having a high old time flying around, this way and that.
I know, I’ll just hold the darn thing out like a sail and maybe I’ll be blown down the street!
That’s better. Just drape it elegantly across one shoulder. Quick, take the photo before it’s whipped up by the wind again!
There are two places I always seem to do well when buying scarves. Museums/country houses and market stalls!
I bought this from the shop at Nymans, a beautiful National Trust house and garden in West Sussex. The NT do such reasonably priced scarves (from £15 for cotton or wool to £35 for silk ones). Many are based on horticultural, textile or design elements from the properties in their care. I love the unusual combination of the soft aqua, blue and burnt orange. The blossoms remind me of both chrysanthemums and dahlias.
I know that some stylistas would say you should wear either the scarf or the necklace but not the two together. Well, two hoots to that I say. I’m more the Iris Apfel end of the spectrum and like to have fun with my accessories.
I think you can say these boots have ‘tude as Melanie from A Bag and A Beret would say!
Some people might say they have a split personality.
Are they a lace up or a zip up?
Are they suede or leather?
Why can’t they make up their minds?
Could a pair of boots be more contrary if they tried?
No, they’re just showing off their different aspects of their personality – a little big yin, a little big yang. They say…
‘We didn’t want to be one style or the another. We’re the best of both worlds, thanks very much! We’re quite happy living in harmony with our opposites. Now do excuse us, we’ve a-stomping to go!’
Geox is the brand of these boots. Their boots normally sell for triple figures so these were my winter bargain at under £50! The thick soles will be ideal for the coming season – sturdy without being ‘clodhoppers’, as my Grandma used to say. They are so comfy and even better, for quite stompy boots, very light to wear. And they really are the best of both worlds. I love the look of high lace up boots but can’t always be bothered with the lacing and unlacing. With these, it’s a quick zip up and indeed, a-stomping I do go!
Camaieu Striped tee (old) Long Sleeve Navy Breton from Boden
Dorothy Perkins Petite Cardigan
Geox Boots from T KMaxx
National Trust Floral Scarf (old). Similar NT Oak Leaf Scarf
Necklace from Tu at Sainsbury bought in the sale recently. Here’s a lovely Orange Tab Collar Necklace from Yosa
Coast bag (old from e-bay) Dorothy Perkins Mini Orange Loop Tote
Do wear colours that reflect the outdoor mood or do you balance your yin and yang?
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