Rainy Day Breton Stripes With a Trench and Wellies

Sequinned Breton stripes, trench and wellies
I think most Brits have accepted that autumn has come early, and our August Bank Holiday Monday was a wet, dull affair. No great surprise, but it would have been nice to have had a few days of sun in August! On the bank holiday I went with a Breton top and trench combination (which always looks great with jeans and wellies) – you basically can’t go wrong with this classic look as I doubt it’ll ever date. Even though I have quite a collection of different Breton stripe tops now, I added a little sparkle with my prized possession: my Les Petites sequinned stripe sweater (also worn here). I bought it in Paris in May and you can still still buy it online (reduced to โ‚ฌ109, or about ยฃ86), which actually made me quite excited for some reason. I have no idea why – I already own one?! Maybe I’m excited for you at the prospect of you being able to buy one in the sale ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have you started to embrace autumn yet or are you in one of those places that continues with heat until Christmas (hello, Florida), and do you ever wear the Breton stripe/trench coat combo like me? What other classic combos do you wear? Do share in the comments!

Sequinned Breton stripes, trench and wellies
Sequinned Breton stripes and trench

Catherine x

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Trench: c/o Laura Ashley (similar), Sweater: Les Petites, Jeans: River Island, Boots: Wedge Wellies, Watch: c/o Olivia Burton, Eyelashes: Semi-permanent extensions (beautifully done by my talented niece!)

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  1. August 31, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Love this combo. Here in LA we're probably in another 6-8 weeks of hot, dry weather. ๐Ÿ™ (Sad face because we're in a terrible drought right now.)

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:23 pm

      Oh gosh noooooooo… I can't imagine having HOT weather at this time of year, never mind a drought! You can have our rain in exchange for sun any day :))

  2. August 31, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    We have had the worst summerweather ever… trenchcoats and trousers are my daily uniform and I couldn't wear my light summer dresses at all.
    BTW you niece has done a great job ๐Ÿ™‚

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:24 pm

      Yes I noticed you'd been saying you'd had a rubbish summer, Annette! That's quite unusual for Germany, isn't it…? Thank you (re. the eyelashes) – I''ll tell her! x

  3. August 31, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    We are just on the edge of fall here in Chicago – but it is so close!! Summer is just hanging on though – high of 84 today. I am so ready boots and sweaters!!

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:24 pm

      Just hanging on at 84, Ashlea?! We rarely get that sort of heat even at the height of summer!!

  4. August 31, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    August has been such a let down! It was quite nice today though but still a little chilly. I'm loving the sparkly twist on the classic Breton stripe top! This is how to do rainy day chic!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:25 pm

      Yep, August was preeeeeeeeetty disappointing, I have to admit!! Thanks Daniella my lovely x

  5. August 31, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Fabulous outfit! I've always wanted a pair of Hunter wellies, so I think this year will be the year I actually get some! x

  6. August 31, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    We're in the heat till Christmas! Thanksgiving Day anyway – but I still love to see your transitional outfits, and this striped top is great. xox.

  7. August 31, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    I love the classic pairing of stripes, a trench and wellies! That reminds me to pull out my trench coat this week. Here in Vancouver, the rain and cooler temperatures started last week. Fall is definitely on it's way and an outfit like yours above will become my new staple while trudging through the long rainy months ahead.

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:27 pm

      Sounds more like our kind of weather here in the UK, Dusty! Glad to give you some inspiration x

  8. August 31, 2014 / 11:44 pm

    It's the first day of Spring here in Australia today and I couldn't be more excited!

    • September 1, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      It's almost Fall here in Missouri, center of the USA, and after our hot summer, we're excited, too. Enjoy!

  9. September 1, 2014 / 9:57 am

    this is one of my all time favourite outfits, both on you and in general. I have a big thing for classic lately, trench, breton's and classic jeans are currently my groove. This ticks all the boxes making you lady pretty much perfect in every way!! this breton is like the ultimate breton top i can see why you love it so so much!XXXX

  10. September 1, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    I totally love Breton stripes…

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:28 pm

      Me too, Mary! I need to calm down with my purchasing of them though ;))

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:28 pm

      I envy you, sweetie!! I wish it were the beginning of spring here x

  11. September 1, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    I love seeing the different ways you style that fab top! Keep 'em coming!! I refuse to get Autumnal just yet – off to Spain for a last bit of summer, woo hoo!! P x

  12. September 1, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Love the black sequin stripes. From a distance the stripes are glistening in the rain–very beautiful!!

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:29 pm

      That's what I love about this top, Marea – it looks like it's wet from a distance ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:30 pm

      Monika: Step AWAY from the stripes. Put them down…!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. September 2, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Heat all year round it is for me over here. Nothing interesting at all and wishing I could wear the wellies and trench like yours over here. I guess grass is always greener on the other side =D

    P.S. You've been nominated the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog. If you'd like to participate, do have a look at my recent post. If not, it's ok too =D

  14. September 2, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Wonderful always, my dear friend.
    Thank you for being such a support on Share-in-Style and every single step.
    We must meet one day soon.

  15. September 3, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    This is such a pretty look! Breton stripes and a trench are a fall go-to for me. Hello from Iowa, USA!

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:47 pm

      Hello Laura – it's nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by x

  16. September 4, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    A trench and wellies. It doesn't get more quintessentially British. Those eyelash extensions look lovely too (not that you need them)!

  17. September 6, 2014 / 7:29 am

    Applause for being able to look so good in wet weather and wellies. That shiny sweater is indeed so nice with this outfit. I would love to buy it at this reduced price but the neck is too high for me. I know that is not going to flatter me.

  18. September 7, 2014 / 12:28 am

    Hi Catherine,
    I love sequins, bought this great grey soft tank top with side panels that were sequinned, decided that it would look great under a black blazer, could accessorize it at bit with some great necklace, but when I put it on at home, I chickened out. Seeing this pic today, I have given it a wash, and I'm going to try again, so thanks for inspiration. Also, the eyelashes, what do you think, were you pleased with them? I've been thinking of these for a while, not knowing if I should take the plunge. thanks for great post. — Nancy

    • September 7, 2014 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you Nancy – I'm glad it's given you some inspo!! Sequins are tough to wear in terms of confidence but sometimes their loveliness overrides any feelings of self-consciousness I think…!

    • September 7, 2014 / 10:35 pm

      Oh gosh I forgot to reply about the eyelashes, so sorry! I have had them before, but not for a few years – I absolutely love them as you can get away with no eye make up really easily. I still do my eyebrows and perhaps a little mascara on the bottom eyelashes but that's it. You do need to get some infills after a couple of weeks or so as they start to drop out. But also, it's not good to have them done a lot as it's not good for your eyelashes. But they're great now and then ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. September 9, 2014 / 10:36 am

    The weather seems to have perked up a little bit here in Birmingham. It's still not hot as such (apart from odd days of heatwave), but I have put the trenchcoat firmly back on it's hook.

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