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OOTD: Does mint green count as a patriotic gesture?

March 28, 2016

There is a part of me that feels desperately guilty that I didn’t take advantage of living in Dublin 1 and trot down to O’Connell St to enjoy the 1916 commemoration festivities – but there’s another, larger part of me, that was very glad I didn’t get caught up in the melée. Anyway, I went the opposite direction – towards the southern ‘burbs, for brunch with friends in The Greenery, and shot my OOTD while I was at it. (Because I’m experiencing a three-day loss of control, I had French toast followed by blueberry and white chocolate crême brûlée, both of which were delicious.)

what I wore Rosemary Mac Cabe Zara Asos

Something specific happens when you lose weight, and cut your hair incredibly short: you lose the ability to dress yourself. At a certain size, with a certain hairdo (curvy, and lion-like, respectively), I knew exactly what suited me. Namely, printed wrap dresses; oversized tops from Cos paired with boyfriend jeans and Nike Air Maxes; and the odd pair of skinny jeans, worn with a flowing shirt and my fave ankle boots by SixtySeven (dupes for Acne’s Pistols, though it hurts me to wear knock-offs).

Now, size 12 and with short hair, less reminiscent of a large cat and more of a 1980s groupie, I’m all at sea, sartorially speaking. Of course, it doesn’t help that, as I’ve lost weight, my wardrobe has diminished significantly. Because I didn’t ever believe I would succeed in this weightloss mission (I never had before), it would never have occurred to me to put some money aside for the day I’d need to buy myself some new duds – so I’ve spent the past couple of months recycling the same two pairs of trousers, three dresses and two jumpers.

what I wore Rosemary Mac Cabe Zara Asos

A long-awaited payday last week resulted in my splashing out a little – although an enormous ASOS haul was only 30% successful, and some rushed H&M purchases are going back ASAP – and attempting to redefine my style. How am I doing? The jury’s still out, but I have learned some important lessons:

The seam on my skinny jeans isn’t twisted

That just happens because I have, or, rather, had, curvy calves. Devastated.

Changing rooms aren’t all that hellish after all

I used to hate – hate, hate, hate – trying things on. I’d honestly have preferred to walk down my street naked (okay, it’s really teeny, but still) than spend an hour trying on clothes in Dundrum Town Centre. The changing rooms are really warm, the mirrors are unflattering and nothing ever fits. Well, it’s odd how much the first two stop mattering once you get rid of the last one. A trip to Zara yesterday – where I’d usually pretty much buy whatever fit – left me with loads of choice. (Which is nice, but I still didn’t think anything really suited me.)

Taking #OOTD photographs is really hard

This, clearly, learned on Lennox St yesterday afternoon, as I grappled with my new camera, the rain, forgot to open my eyes and didn’t think to remove my scarf. Oh well, onwards and upwards, right?

what I wore Rosemary Mac Cabe Zara Asos

The deets: jacket (buy it here, in sizes XS to XL; I’m a size 12 and wearing M), jeans (here, for a bargaintastic €19.95) and tee (barely seen but, y’know, a similar basic plain grey tee here), all Zara; scarf, Pamela Scott*; bag, Pauric Sweeney from Siopaella; shoes, ASOS (buy ’em here right now – I’m a 6.5-7 and bought a 6 and they’re perfect).

*This scarf was a gift, given at a Pamela Scott press day. For more on my attitude to freebies, payments and more, check out my disclaimer.

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  • Reply School Gate Style March 28, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Oh I hear you re the OOTD photos – try getting kids to take them though Looking FABULOUS and I adore the jacket…gorgeous shade of green and a stylish nod to patriotism. But you’ve now got me pondering twisted skinny jeans seams….mine do it all the time! Ax

  • Reply Edel March 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Looking fab! Love the jacket. Your such fitspo!

  • Reply Kacy March 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Love the look Rosemary but saying that I have the zara t-shirts and those jeans (recommended by yourself on snapchat) so I’m sort of biased as we share a similar style and as a fellow short haired lady it can be very hard to pull off the casual look without looking like a teenage boy but you’re looking amazing as always x

  • Reply Joanne Bourke March 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Looking absolutely fab Rosemary. Love the outfit. #girlcrush #inspiration

  • Reply Gemma March 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Loved this article! Having lost weight myself over the last while I struggle to know what to wear, what suits me and also have to remember to allocate funds for clothing. That outfit suits you perfectly 🙂 and has inspired me to make more of an effort.

  • Reply Siobhan March 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I love your hair like this and totally agree outfit photos (without angle training) are terrifying. But I think you’ve done a great job! 😛


  • Reply Sharon March 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Great read and you look fantastic – all those early morning gym trips have paid off!!! You were also brill on Xposé today .. But trying to track down the website u mentioned as I’m obsessed with that white top and pink leather look skirt combo ……… Can you let me know?

  • Reply Clara March 31, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Oh you look fab Rosemary! I just love everything about this article…..and the honesty about the temptation with treats and bad days in your snaps too….make us all feel a bit more human!!

  • Reply Emma April 4, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I didn’t realise how much I’d missed your OOTD’s till I read this piece.

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