A fashion shoot (of sorts) with Elvi

I always *think* clothes review posts are a good idea. I get the clothes, and it’s exciting – ‘ooh I got new clothes!’ – and then I remember that I have to take pictures of myself wearing them, and I only have Belle to take them. (I could quite do with a boyfriend who also happens to be a professional photographer. Please apply in the comments with examples of work.)

When I put on my first items from Elvi, Belle was on hand to give me the confidence boost I needed.

‘You look just like Gran in that!’

Thanks Belle. (No offence Gran, but you ARE in your late sixties. Also, Belle meant me and not the clothes.)

I tried a variety of awful poses, while Belle clicked away. ‘I think it would be better if you held the camera straight,’ I suggested meekly,’ because I’m a grown up?’

‘I’m just trying to get an angle where your hair doesn’t look so thin,’ she reassured me.


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I figure this must be the angle that Belle thinks makes my hair look best

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The jeans are the Milan Jeans. When I unpacked them my first thought was ‘how the buggery am I going to get into those?’ as they looked TINY. They are super stretchy though, which makes them really comfy too. The top is this one. So far I have only worn it once, on a trip to Pets at Home to buy worm medicine for the kittens, but I can confirm that I was definitely the sassiest looking person in Pets at Home that morning.

‘Put the coat on’, said Belle, ‘and I’ll do some arty shots by the bird table.’

I admired her commitment to the role.

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The coat is this grey herringbone tweed one. It’s very comfy and warm. I wore it yesterday on Weston-Super-Mare pier in the pouring rain (as you do) and was perfectly cosy.

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It was at this point in the ‘shoot’ that Belle thought we might do well to introduce a few props.

She didn’t exactly SAY ‘to distract people from your face’, but I sensed it. The kittens aren’t always hugely keen on being picked up, but I didn’t give them a lot of choice. You can see Endeavour is eyeing the floor fondly, in a ‘I wish I was down there and not up here’ sort of a way.

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Then it was time to switch outfits.

I changed into a pair of black cigarette trousers, (why are they called cigarette trousers?), and a burgundy velvet top, which I actually love. I love velvet as a fabric generally, for clothes and interiors, as it feels so decadent. I like that it’s so tactile, and it feels like it makes an outfit just that little bit more glamorous, at the same time as still being casual and comfortable. You could wear this to a fancy dinner OR a pet superstore, if you were feeling swaggy.

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Oh those eyes! When she gets nervous and her ears go back she looks just like an owl with legs.

So there you go.

If you like any of these pieces, you can find them all at Elvi. They go up to a size 26, offer a 20% student discount AND have an offer for 10% off your first order.

I was sent these clothes for the purposes of this review. All views my own.




  1. Jonet Middleton
    9 November, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Er!……mid sixties thank you! Loved the colour of the velvet top. Xxx

    • Jo Middleton
      9 November, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Oh whoops :-)

  2. Lisbeth
    9 November, 2017 / 10:49 am

    I think that mustard is just not necessarily your colour…

    The burgundy top and coat and both trews are lovely though! You look v. glam.

    • Jo Middleton
      9 November, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Haha! You don’t think? I would definitely say the burgundy one is my favourite.

  3. 13 November, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    LOVING Belle’s artistic direction! That coat is gorgeous, and the textures of velvet are so gloriously wintery. Fab xx

  4. 13 November, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I love that herringbone jacket. And I think Belle did a very good job! Looking forward to the day my girls are old enough to employ as photographers! x

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