white blazer and polka dot trousers

white blazer and lace top

red, white and blue spring outfit

Kate Spade nautical style Be Beau handbag

It’s been a few weeks since my last outfit post, and it seems I’ve totally forgotten how to pose for photos since then: whoops!

I’ve also pretty much forgotten how to dress myself, too, if truth be told: a month of living in a virtual building site, and dressing accordingly, will do that you, apparently. Still, now that the house is starting to get back to normal, hopefully my wardrobe will too, although, having said that, I’m still finding myself mostly wanting to wear fairly casual outfits, mostly based around either jeans or trousers: we’ve had a pretty nice spring so far, weather-wise, but the thought of baring my legs still makes me shiver!

So! Two things to note about this outfit: the first is the lace t-shirt, which has been on repeat since it arrived. This is one of those dressy/casual hybrids that’s just perfect for all of those times when you want to  look like you’ve made a little bit of an effort, but you don’t want to look hopelessly over-dressed. I always have a really hard time with those kind of looks, because my wardrobe basically goes from super-dressy to super-casual, with nothing in between – or it did until I got this top, anyway. As I said, though, I’ve worn this so often lately that I’m sure the people who know me in real life must be thinking it’s the only top I own, so I should probably look for some other ones, huh?

The other thing I wanted to talk about here is the trousers, which were just £5, from the appropriately-named Everything5Pounds.com. I’ve mentioned this site a couple of times lately, and it’s basically a giant warehouse which sells overstock from high-street brands (So, no, it’s not sweatshop stuff, despite the fact that everything really IS £5!). Most of the time the labels have been cut out so you don’t know where the item originally came from, but I haven’t had a problem with quality, although, granted, I have only bought a couple of things so far!

It seems a little bit hit and miss, and because the stock is from various different brands, the section can be quite eclectic, but there are some real gems lurking amongst the more questionable pieces, and these trousers were one of them. And, I mean, they’re obviously not the most exciting item of clothing I’ve ever bought, but they are the kind of thing I’ll end up wearing constantly, so I figured they were a pretty good deal for the price.

Oh, and we’ve also reached that part of the year where I start wearing this white blazer in every second post: gotta love spring!

WEARING: 

Trousers: Everything 5 Pounds

Top:  Oasis c/o Next

Shoes: Office

Blazer: Zara

Bag: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop

13 Comments
  1. Hello Amber, you look charming! How much do Everything five pounds, charge for post and packing? I tried to find out but you have to register first!! I’m quite new to all this, and I don’t want to put too much information out, I’m of the very cautious generation! (Please call me Justine)

  2. The fact that they cut the labels out is a little weird, isn’t it? My suspicious mind leads me to think that they are selling some pretty “hot” stuff… It reminds me of those warnings that book publishers put out about not buying a book without a cover, because it is likely stolen or counterfeit. But maybe that’s just me.

    1. Hmm, I always worry a bit about libel with comments like this: they are a fairly well-know company who’ve been registered since 2010, so I’d be surprised if they were selling stolen goods. I don’t have any connection to them, so I obviously can’t speak for them, but I have had a couple of items which still had the labels: I think the reason they remove the labels on some of them is to prevent people returning them to the original store for the full price!

    2. The book issue is usually to do with special editions produced for a particular market and supplied on the basis that these will not be sold into the retail market; the cover of a book has an ISBN that identifies its edition and sometimes a marking such as ‘not for resale’ or ‘book club edition’. Not really like a clothing label – the issue with those is when an item purports to be what it’s not – counterfeit, as you say – and this site isn’t selling anything on the basis of its origins.
      Great outfit Amber – it’s so nice to see someone dressed for the weather in Scotland and looking glam and lovely.

  3. Love this look, the lace tshirt is perfect with your blazer and I love the polka dot trousers, very spring like.

  4. Hi Amber,

    I love those trousers, they are really simple, but look really cute! I’ll have to take a look at Everything 5 Pounds, as I’ve never shopped there before, and I love a new place to find gems!

    And I love the white blazer; think it’s something I should look at for my spring/summer buys!

  5. I’ve been trying to update my look from graphic tees all the time, to just only part of the time, and I think a top like this is just what I need to help transition from super casual, looks like I work in tech but I don’t, kind of silicon valley look, ha.

  6. This look is adorable! I love the trousers and I can’t believe they were from everything5pounds – love that website but it is very hit and miss!

    Rachael xox
    http://gatsbyandglamour.blogspot.com

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