Well, this is embarrassing, isn’t it?
I mean, first I say I’m not going to buy any clothes I deem to be “non-essential” for the duration of January. (REALLY glad I didn’t actually define that one, now: with a good enough lawyer, I might just be able to wiggle out of this on some kind of technicality…). THEN I say I don’t need any more stripes in my closet, and that I’m therefore not going to buy any: I mean, for God’s sake, Amber, what were you THINKING?
And what do I do after that, people? Why I run right out and buy a brand-new stripe satin skirt of course. Which, just to add insult to injury, I proceeded to wear IN THE SNOW. With stilettos. Well, I guess it’s a good job none of you read this blog because it’s such a great example of how NOT to buy too many skirts, do you?
Nevertheless, I do feel the need to defend myself a bit, so the first piece of evidence I’d like to submit for the defence is the fact that this skirt was £20 in the Topshop sale. Er, that’s also the LAST piece of evidence I’d like to submit, actually, because TWENTY POUNDS, PEOPLE. I mean, I’m not made of stone, am I? Honestly, the biggest surprise here is that I managed to hold out this long, because I’ve been admiring this skirt ever since it was released, but I didn’t actually buy it until last week, when I happened to stumble upon the very last one available on the Topshop website.
The skirt in question was in my size, and did I mention it was £20? And the last one left? It would take a stronger woman than me (It wouldn’t be hard to be stronger than me when it comes to stripe skirts, obviously, but even so…) to resist that, so I ordered it, then proceeded to worry it wouldn’t fit properly, because although it was my dress (skirt) size, it was also from the petite section. I buy tops and outerwear from the petites section, but at 5’4″, I’m just a little bit too tall to be able to get away with skirts or trousers from there, so I was worried this would be far too short, and would have to go back. As it turned out, though, it hits just above my knee, but when I looked back at Topshop’s photos of it, I noticed that it’s the same length on the model, so I suspect that when they say “midi skirt” they mean “not really a midi skirt”, as some retailers do.
Anyway, although the length is a bit shorter than I usually wear, I really like it – and I DID say I was going to be on the lookout for slightly shorter skirts, didn’t I? Yes I did, and that’s the second piece of evidence I’d like to submit, as proof that this purchase was not quite as reckless as you might think. The third piece of evidence? Well it’s pink, isn’t it? All of my other stripe skirts are white: the defence rests.
(Oh yeah, and needless to say, I didn’t actually wear it in the snow for any length of time: I just took ruthless advantage of the snowy backdrop to take a photo outside for the first time this year. I knew the snow had to be good for something…)