A cunning plan
So this is a cunning plan that I think may work on many levels. On the other hand it might not work at all. But let's be positive. It's not reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination and it's not embracing a new trend that may start my mutton button itching.
Knee high boots. You may recall if you've read the blog for a while, the battle I had with over the knee boots which, in the end, I didn't go for and I have to say, I've never regretted that decision. I can't think of an occasion where my outfit would have been more perfect with the addition of an over the knee boot.
But the knee highs - well these are a thing that I have had torrid affairs with in the past. For years, I swear I kept LK Bennett in profit with my purchasing of their knee high babies. I wore them for work, I wore them out for dinner, I wore them at the weekend.
This time round though, I'm heading back to the 70s. Although I say that, most of these pics I found on Pinterest are from a couple of years ago. I couldn't find lots of them but these summed up exactly the look I'm aiming to recreate.
But this - which is going to divide, is possibly my favourite look. Now it's not something that I think I'm going to be recreating any time soon. It looks amazing on Pinterest but I think translation to practical day wear won't really pan out. Actually I think it might be her hair tuck and sunglasses which I'm actually drawn to but the boots are rather epic. On reflection, you can keep the dress.
Where has this sudden need for knee high come from? An Avenue 32 pop up ad that scrolled through on Facebook. Yes people, as I always say, I am a marketer's dream. I clicked, they were on sale, there was one pair left in my size (apparently), so I bought.
And now for the justification. Starting with the practical. No legs to shave or tan. I'm sure I'm the only person in the world who isn't permanently hair free and bronzed but if there does happen to be someone else who is also slightly slack in the beauty department, these have your name on it.
Secondly, they give a whole new look to dresses and skirts. You could also wear them over jeans but not my personal bag. Culottes however... Perfection. I hope. Not to mention that these were big news on the catwalk for A/W so you're basically saving money by stocking up now.
Finally - heel height. Which has toot all to do with the knee high boot thingy but I want to wear these every day. And whilst I love a flattie, I also like a bit of a heel but nothing vertiginous for legging it around.
Therefore, I have ordered these.
Orange Suede Bobby Knee High Boots were £385 now £187 I'm hoping when they say orange, they mean more rust than tango.
ASOS Carina Suede Boots in rust were £80 now £56
To blow the budget BUT there is an extra 30% off at The Outnet.
Honor Suede Boots from Jimmy Choo with an extra 30% off were £695 now £347.50
Wallace from Carvela were £250 now £49 These are a total bargain but sold out in my size. I adore these.
Moving onto black. I'm going to stick with tan (orange it appears) for the Spring/Summer but if they work, I can feel a pair of black ones in my waters for Winter.
Black Silas Knee High Boots from Sam Edelman were £155 now £77.50
Dune Black Saylor Platform Boots were £170 now £136
Blow the budget in black. These though.. I have to say if they were lower, I would be tempted as I think you would get so so much wear out of them but they're just that tad too high for every day wear. For me. Can someone else buy them please?
Barbara metallic appliqued suede boots from Charlotte Olympia were £995 now £398 But OMG I adore them. For Winter.. for nights out... Are they too high?
And finishing with a ringer which aren't knee high but which may be better if knee high boots are too long for you.
Mila from Freud London were £89 now £19.99
I have high hopes. It may mean that I never have to worry about a dress being too long again. It means that the dresses I haven't been wearing as there's too much flesh exposed at this chilly time of year, can have their Spring day. And I'm all set to go for Autumn. So who else is in? Knee high or no way?
Outfit pic from Thursday night, out for cocktails with friends. As the 12yr old is taking the photo, the husband plays DJ, thinking he's such a funny man, and "Prince Charming" by Adam Ant starts pumping out of the Sonos. Oh ha ha. Yes it's slightly theatrical but I adore it.
Lauren Sik Blouse - Winser London
Ovoid Trousers - ASOS White
Leather coat - Vintage from Retro Woman
Leopard boots - Balenciaga
Clutch - Tory Burch
And yesterday for a trip to London with the 12yr old who had an inset day.
Ziggy star jumper in navy - Wyse London
Phoebe jeans - MiH
Red boots - Topshop
Navy frock coat - Zara
Whiskey Medium Marcie - Chloe
Hope everyone is having a rather fabulous long weekend. Half the family are off to Margate tomorrow, the other half are at their rugby tour. Any Margate recommendations, would love to know. The kids want to go to Dreamland, I'm trying to convince them of the virtues of the Turner Gallery.. .guess where we're going to end up?