Tag: layering

That’s a wrap!

I’m a huge fan of shawls and wraps for winter months. I drive to work (and everywhere, really!) so I don’t need a big winter coat, and I find that layering suits my needs much better. Winter coats are too cumbersome and hot.

So, my go to solution for the last couple of years has been wearing a mid weight jacket (I have a velvet riding jacket, and a velvet duster coat, or even a lightweight leather jacket) and throwing a shawl over the top. Perfect.

They also double up as an extra layer in the office, which I can wrap up in early doors and then throw off as it gets warmer towards the end of the day (although my boss did refer to one as my dog blanket last year!) Yesterday I was so cold I wrapped it round my legs in a granny style blanket. Cosy!

I bought this one before Christmas, from Matalan. It was £12 and I’ve already worn it loads. I’m always drawn to plummy colours and this works well with my wardrobe.

Matalan plum checked shawl

Last year I had this one too, which is slightly shorter and dressier, which was ideal for a more corporate office. It’s knitted with a crochet edge and feels slightly cape like! I wore it to death, until the trim had started to pull off and it had gone all bobbly. It also comes in cream. Again £12.

One more from Matalan, which they don’t do this year, is exactly the same as the one below, but without a toggle. It’s black with a herringbone trim, and fully reversible on to the herringbone side.

Black herringbone trim shawl

The one shown is from Peacocks current stock and costs £16. The only difference (and I know because I’ve seen it in real life) is the toggle.

I love this one from Peacocks – two looks in one. I’ve been hankering after a tartan one and could be very tempted by this. Must. Not. Buy.

Peacocks reversible check shawl

And also this Aztec cream and blue one which would look great in milder weather with ripped blue jeans and stone fringed suede ankle boots.

Peacocks blue and cream aztec shawl

I received this gorgeous one as a gift from my Mom and her husband at Christmas. It’s a snuggly popcorn knit and very cosy.

Popcorn knit wrap

Here’s me all wrapped up in it – I was freezing!

I ordered both of these from New Look, which are in the sale and down to £18.74 each.

These have the addition of a fur collar and are both absolutely lovely. BUT I don’t really need another one (that pains me to say) and so I returned them. Wah! I haven’t ruled out reordering them if they drop in price further.

This one from New Look is also a good size and colour, at a bargainous £6.

New Look beige blanket wrap

I wasn’t sure if it looked too much like a blanket because it’s completely plain, so that went back too.

(feeling very virtuous, I’m trying ever so hard to be more selective with what I keep from my online shopping sprees for both money and space reasons).

Back to Matalan, who have this knit animal print one (more cardigan/cape like than blanket wrap).

Matalan animal print shawl

And also this ombre one, which would be a good neutral all rounder.

Matalan ombre shawl

Are you a blanket wrap / shawl wearer?

Thanks, as always for reading! x

 

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Put away those summer dresses? No need!

I’m a fan of layering long sleeved tops under short sleeve or sleeveless stuff when the weather gets colder – it means all year round wear for clothes that would usually be useless in winter.

I prefer to layer underneath than on top, because I pretty much hate cardigans, apart from the very odd few. Whilst I appreciate the benefit of being able to take one off if you get hot, they’re usually at odds with the length of your coat or the neckline on what you’re wearing underneath. I’ll wear blanket cardigans and long cardigans instead of a coat, when it’s mild enough, but once you need an extra outer layer I just find them awkward to work with.

I digress.

This year, it seems the polo neck is back and de rigeur. I love a fine knit slim fit black polo. It works in so many ways.

Black skinny fit polo outfits

And this little beauty from H&M is perfect for layering.

H&M long sleeve jersey polo neck top

It’s thin jersey, so won’t bunch up under dresses or waistbands, and the neckline isn’t so bulky that it will annoy you and leave you wanting to claw your own skin off by the end of the day,

Best of all it’s only £7.99.

I actually have some summer dresses that are a bit too short to wear in actual summer (they need the flesh hiding properties of opaque tights) so this is an ideal way to integrate them into my autumn/winter wardrobe.

I’ve also purchased a slightly different option in a ribbed fabric, from Tesco F&F. Again it’s only fine, so not too bulky underneath clothes, and the neck is a nice tight fit to keep you snuggly. This one is £8. I’m wearing it today for the first time, under a jersey dress and it’s very comfortable(this picture makes it look looser than it is, mine’s tight fit – saucy devil that I am).

Tesco black skinny rib polo

And I’ve just spotted it in a cream and black stripe as well, for just £7, so I’m going to order that one too.

Tesco black and cream stripe skinny rib polo

Top tip if your hair is long; you might find a polo neck more comfortable and/or temperate if you go for a ponytail or messy bun. Hair down and a tight neck jumper can be a bit claustrophobic and annoying, if you’re that way inclined.

Are you an “under” or “over” layerer? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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Autumn inspiration

Despite my protestations and wishing it wasn’t happening, there’s no point hiding away and denying that it’s now autumn.

I managed to stretch “summer” out for most of October, which is better than normal, but with our holiday and the mild weather I haven’t felt the need to really change up my wardrobe, apart from covering my legs more.

But now I’ve packed my summer wardrobe away, the clocks have gone back, and it’s almost November, even I can’t deny it’s autumn any longer!

The one good thing about autumn is different clothes, so here are some pictures of ways I intend to be dressing this autumn.

Drapy tops and cardigans with skinny bottoms

All black

Blanket cardigan and hat

Blanket cardigan and heeled boots

Grey jumpers 

Camel grey and leather

Black leather grey jumper wine trousers

Grey jumper and denim shirt

Maxi skirts

Grey maxi skirt

Leather and maxi dress

Maxi skirt and leather

Stripes and maxi skirt

Mini skirts, thick tights and boots

Mini skirt and boots

Mini skirt and tights

And, of course, leopard print!

Leopard print and coated denim

Leather and leopard print

Leopard print fur coat

(images all courtesy of Pinterest)

On the plus side I already have a lot of these items (or variations of) in my wardrobe, so hopefully I won’t need to buy a lot (I’m sure that won’t stop me though!)

Here are some shots of today’s clothes – my first truly autumnal outfit this year!

Autumn outfit grey top cardigan

Autumn outfit blanket cardigan

Tan fringed bag

Chunky two tone heeled boots

Two tone boots with skinnies

I’d love to hear what you’re wearing into the new season.

Thanks, as always for reading! x

 

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