I am wearing skinny black jeans with little zips at the ankle to keep them sleek, they were bought at Zara only a few weeks ago. With them, I have a long, slightly 50s sloppy joe-type black sweater with a little V back and short sleeves, by Paul & Joe, cage shoes in mushroom suede from Kurt Geiger, a vintage bangle from Freedom at Topshop and a green/yellow oversized scarf from, ahem, Primark.
Cyndy is wearing dark navy jeggings from Uniqlo. With them, she is wearing an orange-and-white stripe shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren, vintage clip-on earrings and French Connection gold trainers.
Please note that we are both cunningly blending designer labels (Paul & Joe and Polo Ralph Lauren) with a slew of high street brands (Zara, Uniqlo, Topshop and French Connection) and, yes, Primark, too, for that very on-trend green and yellow pattern scarf.
It cost a very extravagant (not) £4 (I bought two others at the same time, both of which are equally on trend – one works the colour block trend, the other the floral vibe). It demonstrates that if you forget the price, but focus on what the garment or accessory actually looks like and what it can do for your wardrobe, you don’t have to pay the earth. That is especially true if it is a one-season trend. But this willingness to trawl the cheaper end of fashion is something we can lose sight of over 45, when we may be reluctant to trawl Primark or Topshop or H&M. But it is worth the effort, if only for some terrific accessories.
Cyndy is miserable this morning: regular readers of our WWOM blog will know that more often than not she is pictured wearing a pair of gorgeous Perspex and gold-leaf earrings designed by Marais-based Laurent Guillot and bought during a trip to Paris two years ago. Yesterday, she threw them away. Not intentionally, of course. She removed them while playing with two of her little grandsons and dropped them into the carrier bag that had contained her mother’s day gift.
This morning, at 8.15 she threw away the bag, and shortly after, her husband put out the rubbish which is collected on Monday morning. About 10 minutes later, wanting to put on her earrings, she realised her mistake and rushed to rescue them, only to see that the dustbins had been emptied and the refuse collection vehicle disappearing up the street. This may require an immediate business trip to Paris!
We’d love to hear your stories of accidental throw-aways…