For me, it is a question of love at first sight when it comes to clothes, although over the years I have learned to try on things I would not normally go for, only to be pleasantly surprised when the mirror says that it's actually not too bad!
For some reason, orange is a colour which I have avoided for years. I cannot explain this as, having grown up in the 1960s and 1970s, it is a colour I have fond memories of. In my teens, my bedroom's wallpaper had an orange pattern, chosen by me when the time came to replace the "kittens" wallpaper of my childhood.
What's more, when having a look around our house, it seems there is quite a lot of orange in it.
Our sitting room even has orange wallpaper!
Last year, though, I fell for a sleeveless summer frock printed with huge orange flowers, after which orange started appearing on a more regular basis in my wardrobe.
Saturday was cloudy and still far too chilly to wear a summer dress. When going through my wardrobe for a transitional kind of dress, I stumbled upon this green and orange short-sleeved one, which I thought was quite right.
The fabric is Crimplene or similar, and the dress is fully lined, making it warm enough for the rather disappointing temperatures. The forecast promised spring weather, but we hardly saw the sun all day.
The dress's high-necked bodice and puffy sleeves feature glorious diagonal stripes in olive and dark green, brown, white, pink and, of course, lots of orange. In fact, the orange really pops out and draws the eye. Below the self-fabric belt, the dress's green skirt is box-pleated. Again, this dress has a back zip which you need help closing.
The orange stripes called for further orange details, so on went a bright orange cardigan, to which I pinned one of my "Bambi" brooches.
I also chose vintage orange beads (charity shopped last week) and a glittery orange ring as accessories.
I found the A-line coat I'm wearing at Oxfam in December. I love it and it has just the right kind of thickness for this time of year.
I'm wearing orangey-red tights and short suede boots with an elastic inset and buckle closure at the front. They are just the right height and very comfortable.
Saturday was filled with a shorter than usual visit to a charity shop followed by my niece's 14th birthday party which featured this season's first barbecue. It was far too chilly to dine outside though.
Hopefully, spring is just around the corner. It is April, after all ...
Coat, boots, beads: charity shopped
Brooch: flea market
Cardigan and tights: retail
I am looking forward to wearing my spring and summer frocks again. Are you as bored of your winter clothes as I am?