pink Topshop duchess satin skirt

Ted Baker 'Mayter' pumps

pink retro look

[♥ Topshop skirtTed Baker topTed Baker ‘Mayter’ pumps c/o Sarenza]

I know January 10th probably seems a little late to be wearing the first outfit of the year, but don’t worry: I haven’t been in pyjamas up until now. Well, not ALL the time, anyway. No, because I’m hopelessly disorganised (And also because I decided to dedicate the last few days of the holidays to watching the final season of Gossip Girl, let’s be honest), I’m just getting round to posting these now, but the outfit was actually worn on January 1st, for our traditional New Year’s Day dinner.

Funny story about that skirt, though. As you can see, it’s pale pink. It’s also Duchess satin, and therefore kind of delicate. I had to go through one of my customary clothing hunts (in which an item I love is sold out instantly, and I sit there refreshing the brand’s website for as long as it takes for them to either re-stock, or for someone to return one in my size) to get it, and I don’t consider that time to be wasted either, because when this skirt arrived, I immediately declared it to be the Most Beautiful Thing Ever: it’s such excellent quality, and so beautifully made that I would never have guessed it had come from Topshop. (No offence to Topshop, by the way. Love you!)

But it’s pink. And pale. And I am clumsy, and also messy. And I was wearing it to a dinner, at which I would likely stuff myself silly, and drop half of my food, plus probably a bottle of red wine or something, onto the beautiful skirt. I was worried, in other words. I mean, I don’t have a good track record with spillages, and I felt this skirt was just the thing that would attract some kind of Mark of Death, so I briefly considered just not wearing it, and keeping it wrapped in cotton wool forever. Then I realised that would be silly, so I wore it anyway, and as it turned out, my fears were unrealised: much to the surprise of everyone present, I got through the entire day, plus quite a lot of food, without so much as a single mark on the skirt. I also managed to take these photos – these OUTSIDE photos – with the skirt remaining as pristine as the day I bought it.

(My hair not so much, obviously: the wind is definitely not my friend…)

I came home feeling pretty smug, to be completely honest. Not only had I managed to keep my clothes stain free, like a real adult, I had also had the foresight to bring a pair of waterproof flats with me, in which to squelch my way from car to door and back again, thus ensuring that my pale pink satin heels remained stain-free too.

It was the flats that were my downfall. It always is, isn’t it? You’d think it would be the heels that would cause all the problems, but you would be wrong, because any time I have a shoe-related incident, flats are almost always to blame. And so it was on this occasion.

pink satin full skirt

I got into the house, removed the flats at the door (So that I would also preserve my carpets, which are once again clean following The Rubin Incident: seriously, would you LOOK at how careful I was being!), and carried them upstairs…

… where I discovered they’d picked up a ton of mud, which had, of course – OF COURSE – instantly transferred itself to the skirt.

That mysterious howl of anguish you heard that day? The one that sounded like it was coming from a very great distance? That would’ve been me, screaming in frustration at the fact that I had somehow managed to eat food, drink wine and walk over muddy ground in my pristine skirt, spending the entire day in it, only to get it covered in mud at the last second, and IN MY OWN HOME.


It was a lot of mud. A LOT of mud. It was all over the skirt, and also all over my hand, which I actually noticed first. I was reaching to open my desk drawer when I glanced down, noticed my mud-covered palm, and promptly freaked out, because at that point I had NO IDEA how it had got there, I had been so careful (not to mention SO INDOORS for most of the day). I must have stared at that hand for a good thirty seconds, Lady Macbeth-style, wondering if I’d blacked out at some point and gone out to dig a grave in some kind of strange fuge state. Honestly, I was kind of relieved when I realised it had come from the shoes. I mean, mud-on-your-pink-skirt is bad, but discovering that you have a secret double-life, in which you do God know what in the garden would be WAY worse, no?

The skirt is now at the dry cleaners. Pray for it now, in the hour of its need. Also, remember to check your shoes for mud when you decide to carry them around while wearing pale coloured satin skirts. Learn from my mistakes, people! Because SOMEONE has to, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be me.

  1. Gaaah. I am always doing things like this, so I sympathise.
    I hope the skirt can be saved; it is very beautiful.
    I have been umming and ahhing over the Mayter heels in a bronze glitter. Think I will order them!

    1. I have the bronze version too… they’re gorgeous, but I find they don’t really go with much, so they don’t get as much wear as they deserve. They’re beautiful shoes, though!

  2. Happy New Year! I’ve been a fan of your blog recently after I read your post about Esther Williams swimwear. Seriously, I haven’t seen a beautiful redhead like you in a long long time, With you beautiful ravishing long hair, white and pale skin and a to-die-for model figure, you can pull off almost every outfit! As an old Hollywood fan, I am so happy to see someone who pull off the retro-inspired look so well!

    I was wondering, since I like to wear boots (which hide my chucky legs and I am not good at wearing high heels), could you show us how to wear (retro-inspired) skirts/dresses with boots? I’ve been trying without much success, so I am sticking to jeans all the time.

    Many thanks in advance! 🙂

  3. Amber my heart goes out to you for the staining of your skirt – pleeeeeeease tell me it’s okay!! It’s an absolute beauty, and yes I know what you meant about it being from Topshop. You always look like perfection from head to toe – this is no exception. And I too despair about the wind… if I get to take outfit photos on a calm day then it’s a very, very rare occurrence. The wind KNOWS when we’ve done our hair and KNOWS when we have pictures to take. Damn it to hell, haha 😉

    HNY to you my lovely – hope you’re well and safe from all the horrid weather!!

    Catherine x

    1. I don’t wear anything “just for the pictures” – all of the outfits I show here are things I’ve actually worn. I do wear heels most of the time, and have done most of my adult life, so I’m very used to wearing them, and don’t have any problem walking in them.

      You’re right that these shoes were not made for walking, obviously, but I’m not sure what it is about my posts that suggests that I walk long distances in these outfits? I actually said in this post that I wore the outfit to a family dinner (so I was indoors and sitting down most of the day), and my lifestyle in general doesn’t involve huge amounts of walking, so I find heels perfectly suitable most of the time.

      Ultimately, though, the outfits and shoes I wear on the blog are things that suit my taste and my lifestyle. It would feel really odd/fake to me to change my style just to suit someone else’s taste or ideas of what I should find comfortable. I’m not forcing anyone else to wear heels, so I can’t really understand why you would be asking me not to wear them?

  4. Oh my goodness, how frustrating! I am sending you best wishes that it comes back in pristine condition! The skirt is absolutely beautiful, I just love the color.

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