Coats for me are a bit like buses. You wait a while for a good one to turn up and then two come along at once. Last year no buses came at all, so I’ve been waiting a bloody long time. [Read more]
I am a creature of comfort and I take my comfort in the form of cold weather, allowing me to indulge in layer upon layer of shirts, jumpers and hefty winter coats. Which will explain why, in August, I’m dreaming about making that all-important coat purchase. [Read more]
I have a slight coat obsession. Hands up, it’s actually a rather large one. Every year I spot a new colour or cut that I just can’t live without and so my collection grows. This year, I had to put a stop to my purchases (buying a house costs a flaming fortune) and dust off some trusty faithfuls.
Here are the five coats I just can’t live without.
Now I had to do a lot of dusting as I pulled this one out of the deepest, darkest backs of my wardrobe. In all honesty, I think I’d forgotten just how amazing a good cape can be. First of all, a cape always looks chic. Secondly, you can wear whatever the hell you want underneath and you don’t have to worry about looking bulky. This pleases me immensely as I love to layer. Mine is a super old Topshop find. I love the dramatics a cape can bring, it also makes me laugh hysterically when I try to hold on to a pole on the train or open a window and clobber other passengers with the bat wings. Get cape, wear cape, fly.
The Furry One
This is possibly my favourite one of all, but shush, don’t let the other ones hear. Every time I wear this I feel like the Cookie Monster with blue fur everywhere. It’s a simple no-frills kinda coat. I love the round neck and the way the hem turns under the bum at the back.
The Animal Print
There is nothing that makes me smile more in life than animal print. I would wear it head to toe if I could. This is my everyday coat, it’s over-sized, has a big lapel, and is two tone, starting with the print and moving into black. It’s gorgeous and I pretty much live in it.
The Camel Coat
Camel coats had their big moment last year, which I think, is when I became the proud owner of this Ted Baker version. It’s shorter than all the others and probably more of a dress coat. It has a huge collar, massive belt and really bloody long sleeves that I always wrestle with. It also has the most beautiful silk lining. Yes, it’s the little things that please me the most.
This is essentially my make-me-a-member-of-E17 coat. I won this Pinko number last year which was the best result ever. It’s kind of garish with it’s camo print, huge hood and general shiny manner, which all only makes me want to bust it out more.
First up, a pop of colour…
Pink Tulip Skirt
This skirt always reminds me of a giant Quality Street. It’s bright pink, shiny looking and in the shape of a bubbled tulip. It’s perfect for tucking tops or jumpers in to. It’s a definite stand-out item.
Whenever I put this on I feel instantly more glam. I love the folds and pleats in this skirt and the way it bubbles under at the bottom.
What I’m Wearing:
Boots, River Island
Watch, Michael Kors
If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I love a skater skirt. It’s my go-to and fall-back skirt. If in doubt, choose skater. That’s my motto.
This one is a tad too big for me around the waist, but when belted tightly, it’s the best.
What I’m Wearing:
Shirt, Phillip Lim for Target
Every time I wear this skirt, the compliments roll in. It’s garish, in-your-face, covered in a mix of snake and leopard print and has deep pockets. It’s perfection in a skirt.
I like pairing it with something equally as bold, just because I can.
What I’m Wearing:
Skirt, Lavish Alice at ASOS
Tee, pinched from Al
Boots, Emma Cook for Topshop
Necklace, Love Moi
Watch, Michael Kors
Do you have a trusty winter skirt?
For a while now I’ve been wishing that the weather would just hurry up and turn cold already. Today my wishes were answered.
I have a soft spot for shirts. They are my go-to item as the weather gets cooler and a sure-fire hit for success. You can wear them over skinny jeans, tucked into skirts, buttoned up to the neck or casually with the sleeves rolled.
I’ve been majorly crushing on Equipment for their delicious range of soft silk shirts and feminine prints and whittled my selection down to my three favourites.
If I had to pick the ultimate shirt from the three above, it’s easily number two, the one covered in big daisies. In fact, I quite like the skirt it’s tucked into too…
Obviously the snakeskin one comes a close second but there’s just something so cheerful about seeing daisies, I can’t stop smiling. And that’s exactly what I want from an outfit.
View all Equipment shirts here and let me know which one you fancy wearing below.
This definitely looks like a criminal lineup in my overgrown garden.
And to some extent, it is. You see, these boots are all guilty of the following crimes:
1. Being massively clunky, chunky boots
2. Wearing animal print well
3. Having a wedged heel
4. Being super obnoxious
5. Not caring who they stomp over
I’ve been organising my shoe collection now we’ve moved house and while stacking box upon box, I realised just how many pairs of wedged boots I actually own. It’s no secret that I am a wedge fan across all seasons, as I’m ridiculously clumsy and have Bambi-like ankles, but you can definitely say and see that I have a type.
I like my mine animal-printed, made in suede or pony skin and covered in heavy buckles, or even better, fringing.
One thing’s for sure they have to be bold, brash and completely garish, otherwise I’m just not interested.
The following shoes have been sentenced to a life sentence of being worn throughout winter.
From left to right:
Faith Sabrina boots in tan
Emma Cook for Topshop maroon fringed boots
Kurt Geiger Viper pony boots
I know the weather isn’t cold enough to rock a fake fur jacket just yet, but it’s coming. And when it arrives, I’ll be ready. In fact I’ll be more than ready. I’ll be waiting.
This jacket is in every H&M window display I lay eyes on, which makes me think I need it even more.
I definitely want to look like a giant hairy sheep this winter.
Get yours here.
All you need is the coat and a pair of CFM heels and you’re ready for anything.
Oh, and you can get yours here if you’re curious…