Foxy Loxy

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Blouse: Princess Highway

Skirt: Asos (similar here)

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Ziera

Belt: N/A (similar here)

I’ve had my eye on the fox-stole cardigans at Dandyrions for years now, but when I saw her new-and-improved style I gave up any attempt at resisting temptation pretty much immediately.

They remind me fondly of a sweater that I was wearing way back when Frocks and Frou Frou was in its infancy, though the Dandyrions fox is much less carnivorous-looking with his sweet little face and whuffly nose.

frocks and frou frouThe fox-stole cardigans at Dandyrions are actually generic store bought pieces from H&M with Lisa’s lovely embroidered felt appliques hand-sewn onto them, but if you don’t see the size or colour combo that you’re after (and Lisa can’t source it for you) you can actually buy the appliques by themselves and attach it to your own cardigan or top.

I’m still working on a fairly tight living budget post-redundancy, so after a bit of deliberation I decided to do the Sensible Thing, and rather than having Lisa from Dandyrions source a cardigan for me I went the cheaper option and decided to attach the applique myself to one of my plain Woolovers cardigans.

The applique arrived quickly, complete with comprehensive sewing instructions, and even thread to match the three key colour elements in the felt.

frocks and frou frouIt was a simple task to hand-stitch the little foxy fellow onto my cardigan. The head and front paws come separately from the body so that you can arrange it to best suit the neckline of whatever top you want to use.

I positioned, pinned, and stitched all in one night while sitting in front of the telly with my boyfriend, and even if you have the most rudimentary sewing skills this should be a fairly straightforward job – you just have to ensure you don’t stretch the cardigan/top out as you sew to ensure the applique doesn’t buckle (or you can just get Lisa to do it for you!).

frocks and frou frouThe little foxy friend wraps all the way around your shoulders just like an actual stole, but with considerably less Cruella Deville.

I teamed it with my mustard skirt, tights, and collared blouse for that kind of Escape To The Country vibe.frocks and frou frouI think the local wildlife approved….

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Stars & Stripes

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Blazer: Zara (no longer available similar here)

Jeans: Levi’s 512 Skinny

Scarf: H&M (no longer available – similar here)

Shoes: Naturaliser

I was reading an interesting article in the paper a few days ago about how Levi’s was trying to evolve to keep pace with a changing market that put a lot of value in comfort. The “Yoga Pants Effect” is a bit of a pat way to draw a parallel between the fall of profits at Levi’s with the rise and rise of Lululemon (no link, because of their history of disrespecting plus-size consumers), but it certainly holds water for me. I like to be comfortable, and jeans (let’s be honest) aren’t comfortable.

I’ve been wearing my Rockstar jeans since coming back from the US the last time, but as with a lot of Old Navy‘s product the quality reflects the price, and they’re becoming a bit saggy and a bit baggy and rubbing thin between the ol’ thighs.

Anyhoo, the gist of the article is that Levi’s has been working on a new kind of denim to appeal to the “athleisure” market: comfortable, forgiving stretch denim that accommodates a variety of body types, but has a high recovery rate so that the stretch doesn’t result in saggy knees and rumps. So, jeans that feel like leggings, but look – you know – like jeans (And no, I don’t mean these).

Frocks and Frou FrouSo have they succeeded? I’d have to say “yes”! I bought these jeans – they’re the 512 Skinny style – in the post-Christmas sales, and since then I’ve retired every other pair of jeans in my wardrobe.

They’re soft as soft and stretchy, but don’t feel at all syntheticky or unpleasant. They fit beautifully and don’t stretch out at all – I’m not constantly hoiking them up, but they definitely don’t cut in or muffin-top me. They’re comfortable to sit in for long stretches (I’ve flown to and from Perth in them a couple of times) and even though there’s supposedly a “tummy shaping panel” I don’t feel constricted or squeezed at all.

Frocks and Frou FrouI teamed it with a stripey top and blazer. I think I’ve decided that the secret to blazers is not to necessarily try and find one that does up, and rather to look for one that fits snugly around the shoulders. In the past I’ve always bought blazers that fastened around my bust, which invariably meant that they were boxy and shapeless around the rest of my body.

Also, the rare appearance of a scarf! I’ve never really been able to grasp the art of scarf-wearing, despite being inspired every time I see my scarf-master friend, Adele. I think probably my boobs are too big and my neck too short, but this one seems to work fine so maybe it’s all in my head!