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Styling a pixie-hem waterfall cardigan – Weekly Wardrobe

I went out on a week night! It felt quite rebellious and naughty! Although we had a small meet-up in the pub at Christmas, our community choir had a proper social evening last week with a meal and a quiz, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (I also got quite merry on two glasses of wine as it was my first alcohol of the year!) So after much thought, I decided to wear the deep berry velvet dress Chris bought me for Christmas Day’s outfit. I’d worn it then with a pink wrap-around cardigan, but it was quite fluffy and shed all over the velvet; so this time I wore this long black waterfall cardigan instead…..

M&S black cardigan

Styling a long waterfall cardigan

I wasn’t sure how much everyone was going to dress up, but the black cardigan tones down the outfit and only shows a peek at the posher dress underneath. (It was too cold to take the cardigan off for the photos, so I’ll give you a better look at the dress another time!) I also love the fact that there were ties inside the cardigan so you can keep it in place and feel more comfortable sitting down and eating a nice meal! Velvet is not always the most flattering, so this was ideal. I hate the fact that most waterfall cardigans come with no fastenings at all and I end up wearing a brooch to hold it together.

Pixie hem cardigan

The cardigan is originally from Marks and Spencer, but I actually bought it in a local charity shop for £4. I was so pleased with that find, I can tell you! I love it because it covers all the bits I worry about, but is still very flattering.

The deep pink velvet dress is from Dorothy Perkins. I love the gorgeous berry colour and the fact that the material is very stretchy makes it comfortable as well as smart.

Smart velvet ankle boots

This was the first time I wore these black velvet ankle boots. I bought them specifically for occasions like this one; when I’d rather wear leggings than tights with my outfit (because they’re warmer and more comfortable) so I can wear smart footwear, without the not-so-smart combo of socks and shoes. They were more pointy than shoes I’m used to, so were a little uncomfortable; and I’m not used to a heel (even a block heel) without a platform sole, but I didn’t feel as awkward as I thought I might in them, and I think I’ll get used to them fairly quickly. (Check out the absolute bargain price below!)

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Patti

Lovely styling of this waterfall wrap, Helen! Got to love those booties too. Thanks for linking up, xo

Patti
http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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