Marcel Marceau-and-so

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Top: Country Road

Jumpsuit: Missguided (remixed)

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Hushpuppies

This preppy little ensemble is a great go-to outfit for the end of winter. There’s a lot of layers going on (tights + pants + top + bodice) to keep you warm, but the whole effect is quite streamlined and minimalist.

It’s actually a bit French-chic, or maybe just a bit French-MIME-chic, if you’re going to be really specific about things. All I need is the beret.

It’s theĀ culottes jumpsuit from Missguided, which I bought last summer and remixed by adding straps to the bandeau bodice. To be totally honest, I’m a little surprised that I’m still wearing it, since it was such a flash-in-the-pan trend item (Jumpsuit! Culottes!) and I’m thrilled to discover that it works more than one way, and even manages to look kind of timeless.

The stripy shirt creates a visual interest that counterbalances the wide-legs of the culottes, but because of the height of the black bodice the stripes don’t have a chance to draw attention to my bust. Skipping a belt also serves to elongate my frame, and the addition of opaque tights made it look fairly elegant.

The tights (Sonsee, naturally) help to keep a smooth line at the hips and tummy – I’ve actually tucked the shirt into the waistband, which help keep it from riding up and making the close-fit bodice lumpy.

I kept the rest of the look simple and comfortable with black flats and pearl drop earrings

Frocks and Frou FrouAll up, I’m really happy with this look and I expect I’ll be repeating it a few more times before summer comes knocking!

Cheshire Cute

Frocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouFrocks and frou frouCardiigan: Gorman (similar here)

Tee-shirt: Uniqlo

Skirt: Basque via Myer

Tights: Sonsee

Boots: Ziera

What a novelty; I’m not wearing a single home-made item today, and every single item (except the cardigan) is currently available to buy! One of the problems with blogging less often than I used to (remember that one time I blogged every single day? That was a crazy time, huh?) is that by the time something makes it on to the blog it’s often no longer available in the shops… sorry!

I’ve hit that point in the season when I feel wholeheartedly uninspired by my wardrobe, so I’ve done an itty bitty bit of secret shopping, including this brilliant Cheshire Cat print tee-shirt from Uniqlo. It’s part of Uniqlo’s new Alice in Wonderland collection, and has a wonderful repeated pattern of chubby Cheshire Cats. It’s a collection based around the (frankly, terrible) live-action Alice Through the Looking Glass movie, but with the highly detailed black and white sketched style of the image I felt like it had more in common with Tenniel’s original Cheshire Cat than Disney’s stripey purple interpretation.

Frocks and frou frouNecklace: Made Bye Meg

Because a tee-shirt full of crazy cats wasn’t quite enough cats for me I added the cat necklace that my friend Pam gave me for Christmas last year. The coppery gold picks up the rich rust colour of the cardigan really nicely, and with grey tights (from Sonsee, naturally) softens the contrast between my black skirt and my brown ankle boots.