I thought I'd treat myself to a little top whilst the Matches sale was on. Nothing very happening, nothing very in your face. So no skyscraper heels and no bling bling handbags - just a little top that will take me from year to year without dating too much.
So I went for the Isabel Marant Etoile Lana shirt. Honestly, I feel a bit sheepish after the palaver about the Matches box as this is quite an unexciting little shirt in quite a lot of people's eyes but it just so happens to be the kind of shirt I feel happy in. Quiet and unassuming. Infact it's so quiet and unassuming, I can't find a pic of anyone wearing it except for store models. No one seems to like it. Except me.
Isabel Marant Lana Shirt (still available here)
And the other thing is you could probably find something similar in dare I say it ... Gap, Fat Face, White Stuff or even good old Marks & Sparks. Bang! Arrghghg. I've been shot down by Marant lovers everywhere. But honestly, look at it - you could, couldn't you? Come on, even I can say that and I like Marant designs very much. But I'm under no illusion that this is quite a regular little top.
New Look Jeans (old), River Island espadrilles (old), Monty (old)
Spot the tag still attached to the blouse. Yes I will be taking it off. This one is not on the list of returns.
By the way, have you met Monts? Aka Monty the cat? He's an old geezer. He's about 16 years old now and I rescued him from the RSPCA when he was about 1 and before the Grumps took me on. He was the skinniest cat there and the one that ignored me so I thought I'd take him home, feed him up and make him love me. The day I got him, I nearly returned him as (1) he took a swipe at me every time I walked past him and (2) as he brushed past my dark coloured sofa, I nearly had a heart attack at the mass of white hairs left behind. I also nearly lost him on the first day I got him as I fell asleep with the back door open and thought he'd legged it out of the door. Thankfully, he realised I was his new food provider and decided to stay put. Phew - try explaining that to the RSPCA "yes the cat that I've had for two hours has disappeared, yes I know I signed a document saying I am a trustworthy responsible person and that I will be loving and loyal to the cat, tend to it's needs and and look after it but the fact is .... I've lost him ... after 2 hours".
Anyway, back to the Lana shirt. It's a cheesecloth type fabric - not that thin despite looking light and airy from where you read. But it is versatile and it's one of the shirts which looks great with boyfriend jeans as seen above. Or with a pair of denim shorts seen below ....
H&M Boyfriend Shorts, Russell & Bromley Bag, Monty (old)
Or with a denim skirt.
French Connection skirt (old), River Island Espadrilles (old), Monty (old)
Monty "I'm not moving"
Can you see the theme? Basically, this shirt goes great with denim. I'm sure it goes with other things too but I don't like how they styled it weird on the websites with funny patterned trews and stuff. But that's just me being boring.
Anyway how do you shop in the sales?
- Go for something you've had your eye on for ages which was too expensive but is now affordable?
- Buy something because you were seduced by the 70% off but you never knew you needed or thought about previously?
- Give yourself licence to browse the more expensive sites to see what is now affordable?
- Buy something practical but better than usual?
- Buy something just for the helluva of it?
Guess what? I do all of the above :o)
Last Note :
- The vet says Monty's gammy eyes are part of his old age. Poor old thing.
- He's still a tough cookie though - he will take on any passing dog. Mad Cat Monty.