I’m starting this year with a pledge rather than a ban. Let’s face it, I could be called shallow, but finding a thrifty bargain to make a new-to-me outfit makes me way happier than it probably should. Why would I want to stop? Because I’m now the proud owner of a collection of clothes that won’t fit into one room. Something had to change, enter the pledge. 

The pledge: reduce, reuse and recycle
It’s not an idea I haven’t tried before, in fact it was part of my spending ban last January but somehow, it never happened! I’d hoped to rework well-loved clothes into new outfits, but the thrill of finding so many clothes in charity shops meant that it never happened. I simply shifted my high street shopping habits to charity shops. While I still love charity shops, working full time in a village school means fewer opportunities to shop. So much so, I haven’t bought anything from a charity shop this year! I know!
On the bright side, I’ve started the pledge as I mean to go on: selling clothes I no longer wear on Instagram, swapping or giving away dresses to blogging friends and re-wearing my favourite clothes in different ways by being more creative with my styling. I’ve never been one to spend hours on Pinterest, I get distracted easily, but the inspiration behind today’s outfit was taken from my ‘midi skirts’ board. I’m always enamoured by how chic midi skirts can look, but in reality I find them so difficult to wear.

Often, an outfit looks better in my head than on my body and this is one of those times. When this happens, I discard the photographs and assign them to room 101. I didn’t this time because I wanted to document my efforts to make the most of what I already own. It all started with this scalloped collar Topshop shirt dress. I’ve owned (and washed) this dress for more years than I care to remember, it clings in all the wrong places and gapes but I still can’t get rid of it. 

So I added a midi skirt over the top and a pop of colour (more mustard, no bad thing) with my beloved charity shop cardigan that I bought during last year’s high street spending ban. Then, our visit to Bygone Times happened and I found that vintage leather satchel. 

Outfit Details
// Scallop collar dress :: Topshop (old) //
// Mustard cardigan :: Cats Protection (originally Next) //
// Blue midi skirt :: People Tree //
// Patent loafers :: F&F //
// Scarf & headscarf:: Primark (old) //
As you’ll know from Instagram, I stumbled on this satchel and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it was only £7. Sure, it was scuffed and worn (I added wax before use) but to me, that just adds to the charm, especially as it has the remnants of the initial M just above the clasp. I wonder who it belonged to? 
Have you made any new year pledges? 
  • Blue and a mustard is a colour combo I'm warming too. Trouble is I have nothing that is mustard in tone. Something to look out for myself when car booting and charity shopping.
    Lisa x

  • I live in mustard, Lisa. It's a colour I'm drawn to! Look forward to seeing your finds!

  • I love this! I'm ever so slightly jealous as I don't think anything mustard suits me and even if it did I can never tell if something is "good" mustard or "ugly" mustard if that makes sense!

    I did make some new year "pledges" although I've called them "promises"…same thing, right?! I wrote a post about them so would love to hear what you think! Banning yourself from doing something is horrible so to aim to "reduce, reuse and recycle" is a great idea and will probably push you to be more creative!

    -Laura @ Me & Mr Jones

  • Good pledge! I like what you combined here, so much so that I might use it as my inspiration for an outfit with things I own! I have that Primark scarf, I really like it! Are you enjoying your village school? I imagine anything after year 6 and smt is better-wretched assessment without levels-Ahrgh, hate it!!!

  • You and mustard are a fab and inspiring combination! 🙂
    Good luck with your pledge and if you are planning to swap any items, it would be nice to see them in a post! 🙂
    I'm currently wearing one of my favourite sales pick for this year, a lovely shirt dress from Moddolly!
    Have a great week!

  • This outfit has literally every single thing I love – navy blue, polka dots, collars, mustard yellow, tan leather… it's perfection! Looks so good, too, I'd never think of wearing a midi skirt in winter (in my head they're for summer-wear with sandals) but you've inspired me to give it a go!

  • Midi length is something I struggle with as well. No matter how I style it, I always feel frumpy in midi skirts unless I wear some really high heels. I love the shape of the collar on your dress.