For as long as I can remember, I've always loved clashing patterns and quirky details when it comes to clothing; I've never really followed trends and have been buying vintage pretty much forever. It all just seemed to work well together; mixing my beloved old-lady knits with thrifted dresses - the effect was a little chaotic but suited me just fine. Lately though, I've found myself leaning towards simpler things; a decent Breton top, voluminous shift dresses and tunics, and tapered ankle-grazing trousers. The truth is, having a school-age child has put a whole new spin on things - mornings now are a mad rush crammed with baths and breakfasts, coercion and bribery, and I just don't have time to stand in front of the wardrobe, staring vacantly and wondering if three different patterns is a bit much.
I still love the quirky details though; a statement necklace here, a printed scarf there, and not to mention the possibility of hats and shoes. I've been pinning loads of new things lately, and seem particularly drawn to COS - a little bit like Toast, but more in my price range!