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old clothes | to wear or not to wear?


Totally convincing myself that 2 warm days mean it’s July already, I’m wearing my summery white handknits a little ahead of time!Β  Since my time available for crafty projects is pretty limited at the minute, I’m lucky to have the stock of handknits my mum and I have made over the last few years to call upon, especially as I’ve only grown a few inches during that time. (Yep, I was a 5’7 eleven year old!).Β  Obviously my shape has changed considerably since then, but thankfully handknits are forgiving. πŸ˜‰Β  Almost every garment I’ve designed/made has been slim fitting and shaped at the waist: part of what (I hope) makes them classic and wearable for years to come.Β  I’m pretty sure I’ll still be wearing clothes I made age 10 when I’m 20, unless I have a radical change in taste!



Top: Handknit
Skirt: H&M
Jacket: Topshop
Shoes: Next
Necklace: Primark


How do you feel about wearing clothes you’ve had for years?Β  When I’ve invested so much time into making something I like to think that I won’t have gone off it one year later, and similarly I’m slightly hesitant to buy anything at Topshop scale prices that’s a very ‘of the moment’ style.Β  Given the speed that trends pass through blogland, I think it’s possibly a blogger tendency to feel like new wardrobe injections are needed fairly frequently, in the name of keeping a fresh image.Β  I like a new outfit as much as the next blogger; it is undeniably fun to wear new clothes and styles!Β  On the other hand, I rarely wear/blog an outfit without at least one component that’s been in my wardrobe for quite some time.Β  Included in my ‘2014 goals’ list was to become a little wiser money-wise, and without totting up the figures, I think I’ve done reasonably well on this one!Β  Sticking mostly to the likes of Primark and H&M has helped, and I think that blogging has probably encouraged me to be more creative with what I already own, rather than buying new pieces.Β  How do you think blogging/reading blogs affects your shopping habits?



I think you can just about tell I am actually wearing a skirt from the back haha. πŸ˜‰


Three more days of school before the Easter holidays and I cannot wait for the break!Β  I’ve decided to throw myself into the Blogilates ‘April Abs’ workout calendar this month so I can wake up with my workouts planned for me.Β  I’ll let you know how I get along; wish me luck!

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    1st April 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Yes, let us know how you get on! That way I don’t have to try it :p I have my health Nazi of a boyfriend to contend with too – if I do an abs-based workout that lasts more than 20 minutes he starts getting all funny about my muscles needing rest etc. and then promptly tells me that my body fat is higher than I thought whilst he gives me a drainage/sports massage. He’s such a little bitch. πŸ™‚
    My shopping habits are definitely influenced by blogs. If I read fashion and lifestyle blogs, I want to hit the shops. Namely Zara, Mango and Massimo Dutti with a sprinkling of Kurt Geiger and Asos. If I read travel blogs I want to sell all of my worldly possessions and never shop again.
    Do you sell your work? xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life & Love in Italy

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      1st April 2014 at 10:03 pm

      I shall do! Wow you must get confused haha! Reading travel and craft blogs always leaves me so inspired! I sell the patterns for my designs to dowload on ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/lily-kate-france) but not the actual physical items. πŸ™‚

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    1st April 2014 at 9:37 pm

    True style isn’t about trends or “newness” — most of what makes a woman appear beautiful is dressing the body you have (not the one you’d prefer), good posture, and confidence. So keep those classic, well-fitted knits! If you stand tall (own that height!) and smile, people will always notice you in a good way.

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      1st April 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks for such a lovely comment Marta! I think you’ve summed up my thoughts exactly πŸ˜€ I’m getting better at wearing my height with pride!

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    Cachoo Joo
    2nd April 2014 at 6:25 am

    Wearing what you made at 10 when you’re 20 – that’s pretty cool! That’s a really nicely knit shirt too! Not to mention you weren’t even a teenager when you made it! I think it’s good to have some staple pieces in your wardrobe for sure that you can have as go-to’s or hold onto throughout the years πŸ™‚ I definitely still have some more sentimental pieces too! For riskier fashion trend “attempts” I usually stick to H&M or F21 too just so they’re not so expensive and don’t mind so much if they don’t end up working out quite like I thought haha fun to try some once and awhile tho!


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      7th April 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Hopefully I will be wearing these when I’m 20, yes! I’m only 16 at the minute but I think my style will still have some continuity by then. F21 is great too but unfortunately there aren’t any nearby! Online shopping time me thinks πŸ˜€

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    2nd April 2014 at 2:44 pm

    That is a really nice fitting top with an unusual hemline. I don’t think it will ever go out of style, even if to never becomes something that everyone is wearing. A lot of your designs are classics, and after reading your blog entry for today I do not want to dash out to the shops, but rather get out the needles and knit up a pullover from one of you patterns.

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      7th April 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Max! I thought that by balancing the unusual hemline with a pretty basic colour and shape it’d have a bit more longevity. Pick a pattern you’d like to knit and I’ll send it as a little treat! πŸ˜€

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    Sophie Ruffell
    2nd April 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Really lovely outfit! Definitely perfect for Spring/Summer! Can’t believe this top fits you after 10 years! Thats so cool.


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      7th April 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Sophie! Hopefully it will fit me after 10 years yes, I’m only 16 for now so we’ll have to wait and see!

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    3rd April 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I love this outfit, and can’t believe that the top still fits after that long! You’ve got a great style and as others have said, it isn’t always about what’s in fashion and “new”. Have a great Easter break, and thanks for stopping by my blog – your comment was really lovely πŸ™‚ x

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      7th April 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for stopping by here too, Sarah! Sometimes I like what’s new and in fashion but sometimes I couldn’t care less πŸ˜€ Hope you have a lovely week too!

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    3rd April 2014 at 10:47 pm

    You are so pretty! I do wear old clothes, sometime I feel people who love fashion etc. might look at me and think ‘thats not on trend’ etc. but oh well, I don’t buy clothes to wear them a couple of times!


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      7th April 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you Hannah! I’d much rather invest time into making something that I’ll be able to wear for ages, so keeping it simple and classic has worked out best πŸ˜€

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    4th April 2014 at 8:05 pm

    To wear! You look great and I love the photography very tasteful and cool πŸ™‚ just found your blog and followed! x

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      7th April 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Sinead! My mum is a good photographer, I’m very lucky!

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    9th April 2014 at 9:33 am

    Love your make up here so pretty


    Ally x

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