January... another month, another year, a time for fresh starts... and the month when most of us have to really watch the pennies after all that Christmas (over) spending. January has rarely been a month for adding new clothes to my wardrobe, but thankfully, I'm all about wearing my clothes more than once (hell, sometimes hundreds of times), and like to show my old favourites some love every now and then.
When I put my 'favourite outfits of 2013' post together a few days ago, I came across a few photos of myself in my coral AX Paris cat print dress, and realised I hadn't worn it since the beginning of last year. So, yesterday, I retrieved it from the depths of Narnia, and wore it when I popped in to town with my Mum.
I'm sorry about the quality of these photos. We've had torrential rain and gales for weeks now, which have made taking photos outdoors near impossible. I gave these ones a shot indoors at 6pm when it was pitch black, so I'm aware they're not the most flattering. The camera always captures my freckles oddly indoors, making it look like I've caked my face with dark foundation in patches. I haven't.
I adore this dress; it's so colourful and quirky- and very me! It's a sleeveless prom dress, with a cat print all over it, and cost me the astronomical price of £6.19 on sale last year! Bloody money-grabbers!
I'm kidding, of course. It was a fantastic bargain, and probably the least inexpensive dress I've ever bought. Sadly it's no longer available, but if you come across one on eBay or a blog sale etc, be sure to snap it up!
On previous occasions, I dressed this dress with other colourful pieces, but this time I made it pop with lots of black. (Which matched the little bow-ties of the cats). It was a quite simple outfit, really. I wore opaque tights; a super soft cardigan with gold buttons; my black studded ankle boots; and a heart-shaped quilted chain bag. I then complimented it with a short colourful statement necklace, that Dani kindly sent me when I won her giveaway before Christmas. (I love it, thanks, Dani!!)
Dress-AX Paris Curve // Tights-Evans // Cardigan-TU at Sainsburys //
I got more than a little wind-swept popping in to a couple of shops in this outfit, (what's up with this crazy weather in England right now??) and had to hold down the skirt, but thankfully I avoided flashing anyone, and felt really good dressed like this! A sales assistant in Morrisons complimented the dress, and I came home from town with this bag that I've wanted since last summer, so it was a successful little trip, I'd say. I'd only gone in to pay a bill!
I'll be blogging about the bag along with a couple of other little sale purchases in a few days, so be sure to stop by again soon!
Do you find yourself cutting back on frivolous shopping in January, and try to make the most of what you already have?