This weekend I was very brave – I went without a coat and wore a chunky knit and a faux shearling gilet instead, despite the temperatures dropping back down again in the UK.
It may seem foolhardy to some, but I just like the word “foolhardy” and wanted an excuse to get it in the post 😉
Just about everything you see here has been worn before. I have a huge collection of winter coats – when you’re a colour lover you want one in every colour imaginable, so that’s a lot of coats. Each winter I try and work my way through them all, making sure each one gets some love and fresh air at some point. I know it’s not strictly a coat, but the faux fur shearling gilet hasn’t seen the light of day OUTSIDE for a while (sometimes I wear it indoors as a quick, snuggly throw-on to keep my bod warm). I last wore it on the blog just over two years ago (hence my want to feature it again!) and that time I styled it with a cream roll neck sweater and a vintage hat.
So, a slightly different version of today’s outfit, then…!
THE TRICK IS NOT JUST IN WHAT YOU WEAR ON TOP (ADMITTEDLY THE SHEARLING GILET IS A LIFESAVER), BUT THE FOUNDATIONS UNDERNEATH.
As some of you may have seen my outfit with a camel beret a few weeks ago – the first beret I’ve bought in over 20 years – you have noticed that I now have another beret in mustard yellow. It matches the chunky mustard-coloured M&S sweater (last seen here) I bought in the autumn along with the same in deep orange perfectly.
SHOP THE LOOK:
What’s the verdict I hear you cry: Was she warm enough without a coat?!
Well the trick is not just in what you wear on top (admittedly the shearling gilet IS a lifesaver), but the foundations underneath. Under the chunky knit I was wearing about four thin layers, including a light cashmere sweater (cashmere ALWAYS holds all the warmth in). Combined with three pairs of socks and big school regulation-style pants (did anyone else go to a school with those big thick pants for sports??) yes, I was pretty toasty.
One thing to admit to, however: I took my gloves off for the shoot. I’d just had gel nails done that morning so I wanted to show them off… the gloves went straight back on afterwards, though! No messing with that cold, me.
Time to show off what you’ve been wearing! Add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week.
DO YOU HAVE A TRICK TO LAYERING UP SO YOU CAN FORGO A COAT? COMMENT BELOW!
Faux shearling gilet: Asos (similar, similar US link)
Sweater: Marks & Spencer (similar in greeny-yellow, similar in orangey-yellow)
Jeans: !iT Collective c/o (similar)
Boots: La Redoute c/o (similar)
Bag: JD Williams c/o
Beret: Asos (same from Topshop)
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