Last month the lovely folk at George at Asda asked me if I’d like to take part in their #KnitwearCareClub. They are prepping for autumn by talking all things cosy, warm and knitted over on their blog, and they wanted me to join in the fun, by having me share my tips for caring for knitwear (mine? Check those darn care labels and invest in a nifty little bobble hoover/destroyer to keep things looking neat and kempt).
So far, so good, right?
However, there was a whole other job to do too, which I’ve been putting off for a little while. The lovelies at George sent me a little bundle of goodies, including two pieces of knitwear (I went for this stripy delight and a burnt orange longline cardigan/jacket). I love them both and they are super comfy, but I’ve been shying away from doing an outfit post, and that has nothing to do with the threads.
I really hate how I look right now.
I feel fat and frumpy and awkward and am just in a phase where I don’t want to be in photos much, at all. Do you ever have those moments? In life I can style them out fairly well, but with an outfit post due…it’s hard.
However, yesterday I decided to get the frick over it. My need to meet deadlines and be reliable neatly trumped my loathing of my belly and chins. I’m being more sensible about my eating and exercise, ahead of a decent healthkick I’ll be embracing post-holiday, but for now, this is me.
And that’s okay. My body may be larger than I’d like, my hair may be fluffy because September humidity is not the one, and I’m totally make up free because my eczema is having a moment, but these clothes are comfy and it’s time for a post. Here are the pictures I managed to shoot (note to self, work of fashion poses. Tyra would despair).
Is this how I want to look, longterm? Nah.
Is it how I do look, right now? Yep.
So let’s do this.
My arms = too short for selfies.
Better angle – please appreciate the pile of books and stuff on my right…
We’ve done it!
By Jove we’ve done it!
We’ve found the opposite of #slay!
Wonky head angle 1.
Wonky head angle 2.
Oh, oh, hand on hip!
Despite my utter lack of modelling ability (were all those hours of America’s Next Top Model for naught?), the cardigan still looks good! It’s really pretty and the colour is brilliantly autumnal. I’m looking forward to pairing it with jeans, a long sleeved tee and boots, whenever we are out of the grips of the heat!
The stripy jumper is very, very me – I am such a sucker for the nautical! It’s very comfy and will be perfect for long winter walks or curling up with a cup of tea and a great book from my TBR pile.
This is also the point where I started to chill out about the whole photographing oneself element of the proposition.
Here I was trying to use the self timer. As you can see, I failed.
I normally hate my shovel hands, but frick it, they are in. Without them I’d be a lot worse off, so bring on the self love, even of my chin fiesta, my frowny lines and my man-hands.
In conclusion, a report card.
Comfy jumpers: A
OOTD ability: D
Cheesey grins: B
Getting over self-loathing: C
Plenty of room for improvement, but not a complete disaster, and the knitwear is on point. Thank you so much to George for including me in their #KnitwearCareClub! Turns out these comfortable clothes have made me a little more comfortable with myself.
Disclaimer: I was gifted these items by George, and they are hella cosy. All opinions, selfies, attempts at modelling and general angst? All mine, baby!