So – here we are, end of term as it were. The end of an era too – as the 11 year old is leaving her only ever school and moving on up to secondary in September. Her uniform is already ordered for the start of next term. Gulp.
Try as I might to venture out from my grown up uniform – as a creature of a certain amount on habit, or need for ease, shall we say – I do have a fall back uniform. My Go-to pieces – that in the most, are inevitably black.
A couple of weeks ago Mr E-E and I were heading Out-Out to a friends 40th birthday party – I faffed like a chief faffer, having decided that I *needed* something new to wear to it. The dress I’d originally thought to wear was a little too polyester for the occasion. I looked high and low – but couldn’t find anything that was quite doing the job and within some sensible and justifiable budget.
Fall back to a hair cut (much needed) and my trusty black Hush jumpsuit, big earrings and some orange tie-up sandals from a wedding season a couple of years ago. It felt good. Our friend had a ‘it’s my party and I will change MY dress half way through if I want to’ moment too – blinking marvellous (to be that organised!).
At this party were pretty dresses, dressy dresses, jumpsuits, high heels and trainers – and everything in between. One friend who was there, was wearing a stunning, simple (black) pleated maxi V-neck dress – it was gorgeous – she told me it was £10 from Tu, Sainsburys… I nearly spluttered my cocktail everywhere. I was expecting her to say it was a high end possible high-street type number. (I have tried to find it obv’s; alas no where to be seen.)
Black can be forgiving, flattering (thankfully) and deceiving (in a good way), anonymous too, and has a means business attitude to it, as well as being forever hot and always cool.
But black for now, in high summer? It does indeed absorb all of the heat, but whatever, I still love it; it’s my default.
So looking at things that we can wear right now; most things all can be layered up nicely to take us through to autumn and winter; they are items that can can work hard for us.
Starting with an easy tee. Perfect. Dressed up. Dressed down.
FWP by Rae – £28
And what about the above tee worn with this Cape jacket? I can’t stop thinking about this jacket… LOVE. (Imagine this also with an, ahem, black polo-neck underneath… oooh.)
Zara Cape Jacket £69.99
Another easy smarter tee/top with just a little added interest.
Uniqlo frill sleeve short sleeve tee £9.90
This Broderie Anglais blouse is gorgeous. Love the sleevage.
This could be a super useful addition for now, and that busy period that can happen November/December time if worn with a jacket.
M&S lace neck vest top £17.50.
This is the sort of dress I think that I might have been after… (available in 8 colours.) Ooohhhh twitchy finger syndrome could be about to hit… BUY BUY BUY. This could be perfect for now, and layered up and worn with boots come autumn/winter if needs be.
Free People Jacinta Midi dress £88
Next £26 Notch Neck Shift dress Perfect for work/smarter occasions.
This could have endless uses, super easy… perfect with flat sandals or trainers.
Free People All day Long Midi Dress £40
Hush have this gorgeous jumpsuit… less everyday wearable, but still a great wardrobe staple.
Hush Cleo Jumpsuit £85
This is a great jumpsuit as well from Gap. Again super useful right now, but also I think it could want to layered up when it get chillier… should it ever…
Gap £54.95 (don’t forget the possibilities for discounts by signing up to the newsletter).
Whilst this is an All Black blog… these clothes are, or can be, but a canvas for other colours of course.
This A-line zip front skirt could be fabulous, styled with a white (or printed, or coloured) shirt tucked in, or a tee, or lightweight knit…
Autograph by M&S Zipped front A-line midi skirt £45
These jogger style trousers are now standard fair… and with good reason. Comfort and the effortless ease of a sports luxe feel.
These cropped trousers again – super useful… now with flats or trainers… when cooler – brilliant with sock boots (great for balancing out proportions) or knee high boots.
Zara cropped trousers £29.99
Finally… it’s black, gorgeous and timeless… and can be worn indoors and outdoors, as you like…
Benetton lace bodysuit £35.95
Or, could be styled like this… well why not?
See you soon