Monday, 18 August 2008

... a new cardigan... and more new shoes!

... a new cardigan... and more new shoes!


silk blouse from Sportsgirl a few years ago, flea market skirt

Today I wore the final two of my 'new' purchases – a dark grey, pure wool cardigan and t-bar platform shoes.

I have been meaning to get a cardi like this for around two years (!) and, for some reason, just kept putting it off. I knew it would be a really practical, basic thing that would get a lot of wear. So, after a rather long wait, I finally bought this one from Witchery. It is super soft, finely knitted, and already working its way into many of my winter outfits – and will be very useful for Spring too.

The shoes, like my new Country Road ones a couple of posts ago, have a chunky heel and an ankle strap, and also have t-bar straps and a pretty awesome platform – I love them! They are the highest shoes I've ever worn (not counting some scary incredibly high heeled red boots I tried on in a vintage shop on Gertrude Street for a joke – let's just say they clearly weren't made for standing in) but, thanks to a surprisingly clever sole – well, these aren't fancy designer shoes – are easy to walk in. They have a kind of stepped bit, so they kind of rock as you go. Hard to describe, but trust me, it's a big help. :) Like the cardigan, they are going to get a lot of wear, from now right through summer.

Now, I have promised to write up my little buy-nothing-new experiment, and I will this week. What with my Leo fiance's birthday and unpredictable work hours, I am yet to find the time to do it properly. But I really want to share it with you, and promise to keep it as short and sweet – and concise! – as possible!

31 comments:

Grant said...

I love that blouse! I wanted a shirt with a bow like that for ages after seeing 'Secretary'; but I finally decided there was no way to make it look even remotely masculine.

Looking forward to your not-spending-money thing. I need to hone my spending significantly.

Xx

Penny said...

that blouse is gorgeous!
i totally know what you mean, i have NO basics (like cardigans, plain tops etc) i always feel like i'm wasting my money on them when i could be buying something more fun!

Alice said...

ohhhh once again a stunning outfit!!! I love the yellow and navy combo! So classy!

Skye said...

Love the shoes - I like the way you've styled them in a way which is so different to the horrible OTT way Sportsgirl has everything styled at the moment.

Mila said...

Really, really beautiful. Again.
Your style is amazing...

<3
Mila.

Lady Smaggle said...

Oh I love witchery for basics. I still have issues spendng more than $20 on things but hopefully I'll grow out of that. The shoes look wonderful!

Louise said...

Pretty pretty shirt! And I love the super-high platform heels. I must get myself something along those lines. Funny how your highest shoes feel so low after a while and you just want to go "up"... where did you get those ones from?

I wear the same cardigan almost every single day. Basics stop you from spending too much $$ on things that can't be worn as much and make your special pieces stand out more, I say!!!

xx

Miss Karen said...

The shoes are so gorgeous! I've been meaning to get ones like them for a million years.

esme and the lane way said...

Grant: thanks! Have you ever seen Deadwood? They guys wear cravat-bow-things, and look awesome, and still masculine...

penny: thanks! Oh I know what you mean, but I'm finding the basics to be a wise investment:)

alice: thanks! :)

skye: thanks! Yeah, they are really out there at the moment!

Mila: gosh, thanks very much!!! :)

lady smaggle: thanks! I do love witchery. Sometimes I want to just shop at super-cool, holier-than-thou kind of shops, but it's never practical. Yay for the high street!

louise: thanks! It's true, I'm used to an extra 4 inches of height at least!

miss karen: thanks! They are quite the staple. I got a pair of brown strappy platforms the summer before last, and, much as I liked them, they just weren't comfortable. Instantly justifying my double up!

flair to remember said...

you look fantastic! that blouse is gorgeous! I am addicted to Witchery cardigans, they are so soft and comfortable!! You will get so much wear out of those gorgeous shoes too!

xxx

The Collector said...

Well you just confirmed for me that your shoes from a few posts back are CR... I like to read posts from oldest to newest ;)

I really like this outfit. I too recently bought a fine knit cardi after thinking about it for years. Mine's a bit longer though causing me to think it will not be as versitile as yours is.

esme and the lane way said...

flair to remember: thanks! The cardigans are awesome, I think I want more!

The Collector: haha! Thanks. I wouldn't mind a longer one as well though, belted over dresses in spring... uh-oh, am I going back to the shops?!

Liv/e in Both Senses said...

I really like your outfit! The perfect winter outfit...looks ever so comfy too. Got any close ups of those shoes? I'm interested in seeing the "platform t-bar" concept! :)

esme and the lane way said...

Liv/e in Both Senses: thank you! I will take some tonight :) It got too dark yesterday, I ran out of time.

Orhan Kahn said...

So, so pretty.

Annie said...

This is a great outfit! I love the touches of color with all the neutrals...

esme and the lane way said...

Orhan Kahn: thanks!

Annie: thanks very much!

mary said...

That blouse is amazing, both structurally and colour wise. I really like the black and navy pairing you've done as well.

I love this blog, I think it's officially one of my favourites, even if I just discovered it. You dress with such whimsy!

emily said...

omg, you and your blog are so precious.

kirstie said...

love this outfit :)
you've inspired me to stop buying new for awhile, now. i think i might do it until the end of the year :D

esme and the lane way said...

mary: thanks very much! I'm glad you like the blog, too :)

emily: thanks!

kirstie: thanks! Good luck, let us know how you go :)

Francis Girard said...

Where is this Gertrude street you speak of? I am on the look out for all things Australian Vintage. Fill me in Esme.... xf

esme and the lane way said...

Francis Girard: It's in Fitzroy, Melbourne. It's quite lovely, but also quite expensive – though mostly high end, good quality stuff... it is definitely worth a visit when in Melbs!

StrikeMatch said...

All I can say is this... I don't know what is more inspiring your 'new' purchases or your 'vintage' purchases. You have such magnificent taste.

PS I find its always harder to part with money for classics, which doesn't make sense because you where them more anyway!

Keshe said...

hello there, I just stumbled across your blog, and I love it! I can recognise the inner north of Melbourne even without the descriptions - living in the area myself :) Also, I made my 2008 new years resolution to not buy anything new for the year, and am planning on starting a blog on my experiences, so I'm looking forward to hearing your experiences! and ALSO, my cat's name is Esme - it's a lovely name - is it your name? anyway, I love your style, and your pictures of your outfits and of Melbourne are just beautiful. Looking forward to reading more :)

esme and the lane way said...

Keshe: hai! Thanks very much! I'm looking forward to reading about your non-shopping adventures, too.
I like the name Esme, but no, my real name is Marianne. I wanted to use a nice old-fashioned name for my blog, as a nod to my love of vintage things.

PorcelainBlonde said...

Love the blouse and t-bars!

esme and the lane way said...

PorcelainBlonde: thanks! The t-bars are making me very happy (and tall).

esme and the lane way said...

StrikeMatch: silly me, I missed this. How rude! Thank you very much! I absolutely agree. I guess it's a fear of commitment!

Virginia Janet said...
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loou said...

such a gorgeous outfit!
x

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