Alyson Thatsnotmyage_7874
Photo: @lucyfitterphoto

Had to engage in a spot of Frayed Hem Management last week. After a couple of washes, the DIY cropped kick-flare jeans had got themselves into a bit of a tangle. Time for a trim. Neat and even fraying is fine but no one wants Incredible Hulk Hems. Looking for ways to perk up my vintage coat/old clothes I decided it’s time to show off my swanky, new velvet boots (a Christmas gift from the Blog Widower). Admittedly these are not your everyday item, but they are beautiful and the mid-heel height makes them wearable even if the rain in London doesn’t. My Jil Sander boots are no longer available but there are velvet boots at Office and & Other Stories, plus the last of the velvet reductions at Net-a-Porter and Nike has some neat velvet trainers.

Alyson Thatsnotmyage - Version 2
Photo: @lucyfitterphoto

The cashmere sweater is Uniqlo men’s and the silk scarf is from Paul Smith, bought in the sale in a small independent shop in Bath. After my Wardrobe Workout with a style consultant I am determined not to spend, spend, spend, just to whoop up the basics and make the most of what I’ve got.

23 thoughts on “Whooping up your wardrobe basics

  1. Love the boots… love this whole outfit on you. The proportions are perfect. I love that it manages to be both winter appropriate and cheery. I can’t take my eyes off of the coat though; that is a cracker! xx

  2. That’s a wow look… more than the sum of its parts. I really like the coat… sophisticated but as comfortable as a teddy bear hug.

  3. I hear you Alyson!! I’m trying not to spend as much this year because I already have so many wonderful clothes in my closet!!
    So many times, just getting creative with what we have is such a feel good!!
    It doesn’t hurt that my mom (the 70’s model on my blog) is a seamstress and so can alter and change things too!!
    I love the cropped pants with our ankle boots. I had my stepmom (the 60’s model) wear her ankle pants in last weeks post too—glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks like this!!

  4. You look great! I am not a fan of the frayed hem wide crop style for my tall self, but you can pull it off. Cream and white is one of my favorite winter color combinations. I wrote a post about color combinations last winter. Here are the makeup recommendations from it I made (I’m a former NYC beauty exec) – for when we wear cream/white/camel – Bronzed cheeks, nude lip, copper or lilac eye (Almay has a $4 single pot of the prettiest shade lilac and the right touch of pearl), Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru, also NARS Duo Eyeshadow Alhambra or Parallel Universe.

  5. I’ve been giving the hems of my frayed jeans haircuts too! You look fabulous. I have a pair of dark green velvet Penelope Chilver boots that I love – have worn more than I expected to. The Nikes are very tempting….

  6. The overall look is soft and pretty. Love those textures; wearing them is reflected in one’s face. A quietly pleased feeling is a thing to be desired. As we say in the US, good job!

  7. I love the idea of a ‘wardrobe whoop’ to discover lost treasures at the back of the cupboard. I’m sure there must be something I’ve forgotten about hidden in there – a ‘Narnia’ moment. I do love your coat Alyson.

  8. I’m all for trying to restyle the clothes I already have with some tweaks, styling in a new way, judicious additions of new accessories etc. Having moved house this summer I had to take stock of how many lovely clothes, handbags, shoes and scarves I own. I bought some basic slim trousers and pumpkin colour dress in winter sales at half price. Hoping to still look attractive and good in what I already have.

  9. It never occurred to me to shop in the mens section of Uniqlo, as their XL women’s is rather snug on me! Thanks for the tip!

  10. I am reading this article late I know. But I have been iso teddy bear coats. (obsessed with finding the right one) Where’s yours from please?

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