So after my little run of wearing a lot of black in my last few outfit posts, I'm back to my comfort zone of colour.I know it's totally alien to some people to be so afraid of black (especially in the cold months), but I get really uncomfortable knowing that I've worn black on three out of the last four occasions. I feel like it'll affect my mood - January can be depressing enough as it is, so this time I avoided black altogether and went for bold!
The star here is, of course, the orange animal print coat. It's Marks & Spencer AW15 I'm afraid, and even when I bought it a year ago it then almost instantly sold out because they reduced it by a whopping 70%. However don't despair: I've found a selection of warm-coloured animal print and different orange coats for you to consider instead - just keep scrolling to the end of my pictures and you'll see the thumbnail selections.
WITH ANY BOLD COLOUR AND/OR PATTERN YOUR BEST BET IS TO TEAM IT WITH NEUTRALS, AND ALTHOUGH BLACK IS A SAFE CHOICE I OFTEN THINK IT CAN DEADEN THE LUSH LOOK OF BRIGHTS.
This was a weekend outfit for a quick trip to the shops and then the cinema in the evening - I left off the hat for the evening to avoid the wrath of the person behind me... I know you can take it off but it would have meant having "hat hair" for the duration. And yes, I know it's dark, but I can't stand flat, limp hair.
SHOP THE LOOK:
Anyway! the other non-black parts of the outfit included my lush (and still available in lots of colours) Winser jersey trousers - probably my comfiest non-tracky bot trousers I own. They're so squidgy and comfy that they're my go-to trousers for wearing to meetings, etc. if I have far to travel. Smart, but not at all restricting.
With any bold colour and/or pattern (it doesn't get much bolder than bright orange animal print!) your best bet is to team it with neutrals, and although black is a safe choice I often think it can deaden the lush look of brights. Camel, winter white, beige, taupe, tan... They all enhance without detracting from your gorgeous bold print.
Apart from the neutral-toned camel fedora, winter white sweater and taupe gloves (love these), the only other colour was a shot of red from the leather tote (you might like this one). Red is a natural accompaniment to orange - they're so close on the colour wheel that they can only enhance each other.
And there you have it - easy peasy winter outfit without a hint of black.
(Well, apart from those black buttons on the coat, but I won't tell if you don't...!)
DO YOU MANAGE TO AVOID BLACK ALTOGETHER IN YOUR WINTER OUTFITS? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!
Marks & Spencer animal coat (AW15, I love this leopard one and this plain orange one) | ASOS sweater (similar) | Winser London trousers c/o | Adidas Stan Smith sneakers | ASOS hat (similar) | Brenda Mcleod tote bag c/o (similar) | Driving gloves (old, unknown - I love these) | Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip 'Orange Shot'
OTHER ANIMAL PRINT/ORANGE COATS TO TRY:
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