So you want to know another pet peeve of mine?
Sure you do!
All those lists of so-called essential items which every woman's wardrobe is apparently supposed to contain.
They are blithely promulgated as A Truth Universally Acknowledged, but I never feel that the choices have anything to do with me or my lifestyle.
Black smart/dress trousers
Wrap day dress
Little Black Dress
Classic trench or winter coat
So here I am, trying to Obey The Rules, for once.
I do actually have a pair of black trousers and a white shirt, retained from my old working wardrobe. They are probably about 15 years old.
I had to add a bit of colour with the shoes. For my sanity, you understand.
I always swore I would never own a Classic Camel Coat. Never. Not ever.
But then I spotted this 1970s Alexon pure wool and faux fur number in St. Luke's charity shop on Saturday, and with Lucy and Ben's encouragement, I bought it, for £12.
I have to say I do like it. It's a fabulously well-made coat, in brilliant condition, and I reckon the faux furriness lifts it out of the beige zone.
These fabulous ladies have managed to work a bit of beige/camel/tan/ecru/whatever-the-hell-we're-supposed-to-call-it, and look wonderful.
From top left, clockwise - Sarah, Dawn, Vix, Tine, Clare, Melanie and Judith.
Aren't they beautiful?
In Sheffield, we would say mardy arse. Look at the gob on that.
This next photo really made me chuckle. Not because I think I look that bad, just because the look is so un-me!
I felt more uncomfortable and conspicuous dressed like this that I ever do in all my colourful vintage clobber.
Is that weird?
1970s Alexon coat and red Mary Jane shoes - charity shopped
Gap white shirt and Kookai black trousers - from a previous existence
Jeans - Jasper Conran at Debenhams, at least 10 years old
Boots - Ebay
I suppose those annoying lists aren't intended for the likes of me. I'm a stay-at-home mum, I don't shop on the high street, and I have a penchant for vintage.
And anyone who possesses a sense of fun, individuality, and a love of self-expression and colour doesn't need a list.
A top-and-tail-only version of camel was easy.
M&S wool hat, Hennes (pre-H&M rebrand) crochet dress and leopard print bangle - also charity shopped on Saturday with Luce
1970s scarf - jumble sale
Tights - can't remember
Leopard print T-bars - Ebay
Is there something you never thought you would wear but you'll give it a go for the sake of the blogging sisterhood? Can you show us? Go on, consider it a challenge!
And do you have your own list of essentials?
Yeah, I'm wearing a camel coat and hat and I am not ashamed!