After my brief love affair with yellow this summer, I’m turning my attention to orange for the Autumn. Burnt orange to be precise. This shift happened completely by accident, it wasn’t planned at all. My Mother-in-Law took me shopping for my birthday present, something that has started to become a tradition for us. She spotted this burnt orange outfit and we both fell in love!
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New Look has been one of my favourite clothes shops since I was a teenager. They have great styles at affordable prices, that flatter my shape well. I had a pair of trousers in mind that I’d seen in my local New Look, so our shopping trip started (and ended) in my Mother-In-Law’s local store. Unfortunately the trousers weren’t in stock, but I’m really pleased with the alternatives we found.
This burnt orange gypsy top is really pretty. It’s lightweight, so would be great for the summer, but can also be worn for the Autumn with a jacket or cardigan. I’m looking forward to pairing this top with denim (jeans, shorts, skirts, etc.) too. I’m a big fan of lace, and this top has just the right amount for me. It’s a petty detail that doesn’t overwhelm the top. I had to size down to an 8 in this top, as the 10 looked too baggy.
This black mesh skirt with small white polka dots and burnt orange flowers goes perfectly with the burnt orange gypsy top. The underskirt is short, shorter than I’d usually wear a skirt, but this doesn’t bother me as the black mesh over skirt is a good length. It gives a hint of my legs, without being too revealing. I really like that this skirt isn’t all one length. I think this adds interest to the look.
In this skirt, I had to size up to a 12. While the 10 fit, it wasn’t particularly comfortable round my waist when sitting down. So it seemed sensible to opt for a size bigger. It really doesn’t matter what size the label says, the important thing is that you look and feel great in the clothes you wear.
I have to say that this skirt isn’t the most ideal as a wheelchair user. I love how it looks flowing over my wheels, but this isn’t very practical. To get round this, I tuck the sides of the skirt inside my wheelchair’s frame when moving. This stops the material getting caught in the wheels. The only think that you still need to be careful of when doing this is not catching the material when putting the brake on. I’ve done this once and was lucky not to tear the skirt as a result. When I stop wheeling, I quickly rearrange the skirt so that it cascades over and around the wheels.
I’ve paired this burnt orange outfit with my black cross body Nica bag, which came from TKMaxx. While this is designed as a cross body bag, I’ve shortened the strap to make it a long shoulder bag and am wearing it round my waist. For me, this is the easiest way to wear a bag as a wheelchair user. I really love the design of Nica bags, they’re a little different, have a great range of colour options, are good quality and, when bought from TKMaxx are affordable. This one cost £24.99.
On my feet, I’ve opted for a pair of black court shoes with a strap and bow detail. These were from New Look several years ago. I love New Look’s footwear, they’re great for those of us with wider feet.
This outfit would work just as well with a tan bag and shoes, but as I’ve worn my tan bag and wedges in most of my most recent outfit posts, I thought I’d mix things up for today.
This burnt orange outfit reminds me of the shades in the Naked Heat palette, you can see the palette, along with swatches and my thoughts in my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review And Swatches post.
The Black Floral Print Hanky Hem Midi Skirt was originally £22.99, but is currently £17.24 on the New Look website. The Dark Orange Crochet Trim Bardot Top is £22.99 and also comes in white and soft yellow (though I haven’t seen the soft yellow in stores yet).
What do you think of my burnt orange outfit?
What colours are you going to be coveting as we move into Autumn?
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