I’ve always been a bit of a shopaholic, but over the last few years I have made efforts to make more sensible purchases. There was a time when I wouldn’t think a shopping trip successful if I didn’t come home with some sort of party frock, and pretty much every time I had an occasion I bought something new. I always seemed to think it necessary to expand my eveningwear collection and focused very little on my everyday clothes, which just seemed boring and not worth the effort or the money. Those days are behind me, mainly because I don’t have quite so many parties to attend now (also, a night out rarely calls for dressing up these days compared to when I was younger, which I do think is a mighty shame). Either way, I soon realised I had a wardrobe fit to burst with sequins, and nothing to wear that made me feel good during the day, which became much more important to me when I left my job running pubs to work in our Head Office. Of course at first I just started buying shed loads of daytime appropriate clothes and found I had the exact same problem in reverse! So after a while I realised, thanks to that whole growing up and needing to spend your hard earned cash on boring things like rent and bills thing, that I needed to apply a little more thought to what I bought. These days, momentary obsessions with glittery shoes aside, I’m a lot more tactical with my choices. I know what I like and what suits me, so my wardrobe is now largely about 10 different items that I own in every colour and print conceivable! That isn’t to say I don’t splash out on the odd frivolous frock or the occasional bit of glitz, but most of the time I’m looking for things that will slot in nicely with the rest of my wardrobe to make sure I’ll get plenty of wear out of them.
And basically that was all a really long winded way of saying that I have a lot of things in this colour!!
This wine-red colour has been a Winter staple for a couple of years now, which is handy for me as it means I can always find pieces that go nicely together. It also meant I didn’t feel too guilty about having a bit of a splurge on these Dune ‘Sylver’ boots last years after featuring them on a wish list! They’re a bit of an anomaly to the whole of my story above actually, because red boots aren’t the kind of thing that exactly screams ‘versatile’, but thanks to the multitude of similarly toned items in my collection, I haven’t regretted buying them for a moment! They also match nicely with other colours associated with Winter, like mustard yellow, navy blue and forest green, but here I’ve paired them with good old fashioned black in the form of this vintage midi skirt that I picked up for £1 in a charity shop years ago, way before I embraced the midi look – proving again that sometimes those whim purchases can actually turn out to be some of your best!
Now, if I could only get them in forest green too…..