Over the past few weeks, I’ve been dipping into my wardrobe, wearing a concise, capsule wardrobe for all my cold rainy-day needs. Here’s hoping spring/summer will hurry up so we can get on with the business of stashing away our big coats, boots, and woollens, and welcoming our summer linens, pashminas, and espadrilles…. I was going into a dream-like state, there……..
…..Back to reality.
For the last week, and unfortunately the week ahead, it’s not going to improve. This is what I have been wearing to keep the spring chill out.
This retro style blue printed dress in today’s post has a vintage vibe of the fifties to it. I bought this dress online at the end of August 2019. I picked it up in the sale for £19.99, reduced from £35.99 It’s a great transitional piece, so easy to wear, and it doesn’t require (too) much thought in styling it.
The great thing about a midi dress is that it’s a perennial item. This one can be worn under a chunky knit, tights and boots in the colder months, or strappy sandals in the cooler months – a perfect new addition – the vivid colour and print is a winner for me.
Whatever the weather I love to wear items that give me that sense of “feel-good” fashion. Strange, isn’t it, how wearing a favourite item, be it a dress, jacket, or accessory, can lift the spirits giving us the power to feel better in ourselves. Now is our chance to dip into our wardrobes or buy a new addition to lift those spirits. After enduring the last year, we deserve it! I have styled this dress with a fine knit blue cardigan (Mint Velvet), navy blue tights and blue suede boots (both old favourites from Marks and Spencer).
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My next go-to look began with my “stay warm” cosy cashmere jumper (Marks and Spencer) which I have had for years. I have collected a few over the years. They get pulled from the back of my wardrobe when I’m needing some warmth, whatever time of year it is…. I did a post a while ago on buying pre-loved cashmere. Click here, if you would like to have a read.
I have styled this jumper with a vibrant red print skirt (Mint Velvet) – again, an old favourite. I thought a splash of colour was needed and it lifted the mood.
I finished off my outfit with these great “stomper” boots from Next. I had looked for a pair of boots like these, for ages, wanting the cool look of the chunky boot with a slightly higher block heel – which would give me a little more height – I always feel a little bit dumpy in flats. These boots have been a comfortable fashion purchase, which was well worth the outlay.
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My last outfit is, leather trousers, a plain tee, and a trench coat, with an animal print scarf to complete the look. We can never really say leather trousers are having a comeback because realistically they never went away. I bought these, last year, in the Mint Velvet sale. They were an investment piece.
I tried a lot of styles before I settled on this straight-leg pair which sit nicely on the ankle – a style I find to be flattering…. Click here to read more about these in an old post. Re my coat, it is officially spring – by the date, anyway – which means it is time to wear a trench coat.
At this time of year, the trusted trench remains the chicest way to keep the cold weather away. Of course, a trench coat never really goes out of style. The latest trends can influence their shape, silhouette, and fabric. But, the style remains one of the chicest ways to keep the cold weather away. I have finished off the look with an animal print scarf.
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