I have dedicated this post to the year of the miniskirt. Because I'm wearing one. And because I was feeling the sixties vibe like you wouldn't believe when Mike and I went out to take these photos. The seventies is like, so four blog posts ago.
Preparing for this post was an excellent lesson for me in shopping my stash - something I'm not very good at. It all centred around a pair of boots I was sent from Online Avenue. My vision for them was a short, flouncy floral dress and a faux fur gilet - a look I'd seen all over the place before I got the boots and an outfit I wanted to acquire anyway. But when it came to it, I just couldn't seem to find quite the right thing anywhere. I was stuck, as I couldn't see any other way to style the boots. So I went home, got everything out of my wardrobe (much to Mike's delight), and went back to the drawing board.
What I eventually came up with is totally different, but I love the look.
The skirt and coat are both pieces I've had in my wardrobe for a while. I've had plenty of wear out of both of them, but this is the first time it's ever occurred to me to put the two together. The polo neck is new, from Topshop, and I'm in love with it. It's a little bit on the short side, so probably best paired with higher waisted items. It's ribbed, lovely and fitted without being too skin tight, and a good thickness, so it keeps you nice and warm. I adore the stripes, and definitely want some more like this, but I do wish Topshop would make this exact one in a plain black too.
Worn all together with the cream knee-high boots, I felt like I'd stepped right out of the sixties, so I opted for some black eyeliner, light pink lip gloss and a little bit of back combing to compliment the look.
Would you believe the Beatles were playing on the car radio as Mike and I set off looking for a shooting location? We ended up at Cusworth Hall, a Georgian country house just outside Doncaster. Not only is it a lovely spot in its own right, but I loved the sprawling view of the town from the grounds. The high rises totally fitted in with the whole sixties theme!
I couldn't be happier with the boots. I love knee high and over the knee styles, but it can be hard to find a good fit unless your foot size and calf size are perfectly in proportion with one another. Mine aren't. These boots are sturdy and structured around the foot, but the leg part is soft and supple, and they fit like a glove. They're comfortable, easy to walk in, and very chic, with cool gold detailing on the heel. I'd never heard of Online Avenue before, but they're certainly on my radar now. Their prices are incredibly reasonable and I've already spotted some more styles I like. These fringed ones for example!
What are your thoughts on knee high boots? Do you wear them, and if so, how do you style them?