What's black & white and red all over?

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Red and black make up 95% of my wardrobe, and together have been my favourite colour combo since way back to my prom (I wore a French Connection 50's style black dress with a bright red waistbelt and matching shoes, it was very late-noughties and I LOVED it). To be honest, though, I tend to stick to wearing red up top and black down below, primarily for the perceived 'slimming' effect of black on my hefty backside - and yet I'm never sure if that's actually true or not. After spotting someone on the tube in a pair of wide leg red trousers, I was yearning for a pair, and though the Celine ones were more than two months central London rent, ASOS at New Look came to my rescue with these - slinky, soft, wide legged and with a tie waist AND belt buckles. I've worn them primarily to travel in as they're the comfiest thing I own, but I'd been kind of lazy and just thrown them on with a t-shirt with a bit of red in. So when I got this jumper from Acne, I decided to show them some love outside of the departure lounge. 

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This jumper has a really cool square cut out back, but from the front is just the chicest fine-knit pullover Sweden has ever made (maybe). I've worn these trousers with trainers incessantly, and I can't usually wear trousers with heels thanks to my oddly proportioned, extra long legs - ankle grazers don't really work with this style of trouser. However, I picked up these (unworn - who are these people) Marks & Spencer mules with a frill front from a charity shop in Alderley Edge a few weeks ago and I LOVE them. The chunky heel means you can wear them day-to-day without crippling yourself and the tassel detail is just enough to keep them interesting. 

I don't abide by many, as my long-suffering family will tell you, but one fashion rule I always try to abide by is to add some fun to whatever I am wearing - but in one item only. If I'm wearing a totally plain outfit (this one is pretty plain by my standards), I'll try and add some liveliness to it with a bag. The volume of novelty bags that I own is kind of beyond a joke (there's furry ones, dinosaur shaped ones, speech bubble Sophia Webster ones, frilled ones, lace ones, perspex ones, monogrammed ones... you name it, it's in my bag-drobe) for this very reason - and this Topshop studded heart one was just the ticket. I shall be wearing this outfit throughout Halloween - hey, it's my favourite holiday. I like to be prepared... 


Trousers - New Look @ ASOS - sold out but similar here,  jumper - c/o Acne Studios,  belt - ASOS, bag - Topshop (sold out), shoes - Marks & Spencer via Marie Curie, sold out but available here

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Photos by Liberty Machin