Black ballet pumps // Chevron print skirt M&Co // Black layer top // Cropped black blazer jacket Gok Wan @ TU
Here I am in my natural habitat – a hospital waiting room. Very glamorous. I was having nerve conduction tests, which involved having needles put into my arms and legs and having electricity passed through. It wasn’t great – but I do love choosing an outfit for any occasion, and for this appointment my thought process was ‘well, I don’t want to get undressed if I can help it, so will wear something I can pull up’. Same sort of thinking as for a smear test or a midwife appointment.
Moving on to the outfit itself – I love this skirt, and have been styling lots of outfits around it. It was £15 from M&Co, which is a bit on the pricey side for me, but I adore it. It sits wonderfully, and the texture across my skin is really pleasant. The nerves in my legs are all messed up, so this is a big plus. Things like denim can feel unbearable against my skin, which is numb in places and super-sensitive in others. It’s a super flattering length and cut for a wheelchair user, and I think I will be on the lookout for more in this style.
I actually wore a chiffon type black two-layer top in the picture, but it was a bit of a faff for me to be honest, and it sits much better with trousers. I wore is again with just a plain black top, and it worked fabulously. You could dress this up or down by changing the style of the top.
Now, the jacket is the real wheelchair-centric piece for me in the ensemble. It is cropped with a tapered hem, which sits perfectly when you are in a chair. Even better for those who use self propelled wheelchairs, it has 3/4 sleeves, so you can wear the jacket and still push your wheelchair. I adore cropped jackets in any style for just this reason, and have a denim jacket in this style too.
And that’s it really for this look, which I find simple yet sophisticated. I wore it with natural makeup, and straightened hair which I swept back off my face. It could have been styled with some dainty jewelry, but I wasn’t allowed to wear any for the tests, and I don’t think the outfit was lacking for it.
Thanks for reading – let me know what you think, and if you have any styling suggestions I always love to hear your comments and advice.