You may know that I'm partial to a bit (or a lot) of preppy style in the summer, but only occasionally does that tendency spill over into winter for me.However, a weekend down on the south coast in some pretty wet, windy weather called for some serious wrapping up, comfortable walking clothes/boots and waterproof everything... Waterproofs + a trip to the coast meant preppy, despite the lack of sun!
Just over a week ago we spent the weekend with friends who live down on the south coast - it was still February (just) so that is technically still winter. Come what may, I always, always count 1st March as spring - it's just so much more positive than to think it's the middle of March and it's still winter (I mean come on, it's so depressing)!
SHOP THE LOOK:
So for me, this was effectively the last outfit I wore in winter. It sure won't be the last cold weather outfit, but it's the last one worn for AW16 ;)
To combat the weather I went for my super-comfy Naturalizer riding boots and my Barbour jacket - the ultimate in country-style brands (which although it's technically more "Sloane Ranger" than preppy I think of them as sister styles). Again, like I do a lot this was an outfit I (foolishly) didn't try on in the mirror before packing my bag for the weekend. I literally grabbed stuff I thought would work together, and the Barbour jacket came too because it's perfect for wet, windy weather - plus I hadn't worn it in ages.
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The problem was: When I put it on on Sunday morning, I had a shock: WHY was it so much shorter than I remembered? I was certain it covered my bum, but no. Therefore I had to face the wind and the rain with an exposed legs and bum - and we were going on a 5-mile walk to the pub for lunch. The prospect of sitting in the pub with a wet bum was not good...!
LUCKILY the rain mostly held off till we got there, no wet bums were experienced and I actually stayed pretty warm despite how cold it looks in the photos.
The moral of the story: (Not what you think...) It's actually, Don't give your gloves to someone to hold while you take photos who walks very, very fast. By the time you've got your shots they've walked on miles ahead and you can't catch them up - you just have to wrap your hands in your scarf in the meantime (pockets on jeans being not large enough to thrust cold hands into).
We live and learn...!
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similar Barbour in navy, UK link - or try this M&S one in brown) | Scarf: ASOS (similar) | Sweater: ASOS (I like this turtle-neck sweater) | Skinnies: Wallis c/o (recommended ASOS ones) | Boots: Naturalizer c/o | Backpack: ASOS (similar) | Beanie: ASOS (similar) | Sunglasses: ASOS (love these)
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