First of all, I would like to make an apology to Next for ordering every single pair of black straight leg trousers that they have in stock, sending them all back only to reorder again a few weeks later. I'm a nightmare. So, sorry Next. Thank you for your patience.
You may recall that I've been on the hunt for a pair of cigarette-thingy black pants for ages. I thought I'd found them here. If truth be known, they were a little tight on the waist so I sized up and those were too baggy on the leg. So I didn't buy them in the end.
Since then I've been on the hunt. I've tried Me&Em (fantastic fabric but huge sizing), Zara (can't get on with their trousers), Mango (same as Zara), Marks & Spencer (a little frumpy), H&M (cut so low they were positively indecent)....I think you get the picture. In sheer frustration I went back in to Next last week and ta-da-da-da....I've found some.
Black Slimline Trouser £30
They're a slightly heavier fabric than I've been trying (think workwear) which in my mind is good a) they're warmer in the cold weather and b) they drape much better. They also come up slightly large - I went for a 10 and probably need a belt. If you're in-between sizes, go down. I also went for a standard length to give them a more modern feel. I honestly can't recommend these enough for the money.
It's not a wonky photo by the way, it's a wonky garden!
I 'accidentally' shrunk another of the husband's jumpers that I'd taken a liking to. Look, he's got loads of grey jumpers, he's not going to miss this one is he! Channelling the sharp tailoring look today which I'm not sure I'm pulling off. Oh well, I'm wearing it now.
Oh and the shoes? They're Next too. Honestly they don't pay me, I promise. For value, fabric cuts and age appropriateness, I think Next have got it right. And it's about the only decent shop in my locality!
So, last year, I didn't buy any black high heels and suddenly the ones I have seem a little dated. They're all platforms because I need that extra height (lol). Back in the box they went and a quick purchase was made at the same time as the trousers.
Point Shoes £28
They actually come in a whole host of colours, these are black snakeskin with a little gold tip at the base of the heel (which itself is 10cm). Of course they're not leather but £28 for goodness sake.
So that's your lot. I'm pleased with my two bargains. The trousers are already filling a huge hole in my wardrobe.
A couple of outfits worn over the last few days. All seen before. Loving my Damart coat (which is still current stock here)