If you’re here to see my dog walking outfit but aren’t being distracted by the dog, I salute you… I’D be distracted by her if it were me reading this!
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Making her second appearance on the blog, Suki the Blue Greyhound is getting the hang of this posing malarkey. We’ve had her for over two months now and she couldn’t be more settled, happier or loved any more. More about her in a minute, first let’s talk about this dog walking outfit…
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After swapping my summer wardrobe for my winter wardrobe a few weeks ago, I realised how much I loved some of my coats (some old, some new) and others… not so much. Not seeing a large portion of my wardrobe for many months always makes it easier for me to decide what can be donated/sold and what will get many more years of wear.
Case in point: this jacquard coat is about five years old, but it’s one of my favourites. A boxy shape and the loveliest blue jacquard/tapestry type fabric, it looks fresh every time I get it out of storage. I love the pattern and it’s roomy enough to layer with knits underneath.
(It’s this week’s 5 Ways to Wear… piece featured below.)
I’ve been wanting to get a grey hoodie for wearing underneath coats for ages – FatFace were kind enough to offer me something from their latest Stylist Edit collection, so I chose this lovely colour block knitted hoodie*. Having a zip front means it’s easy to get on and off and it’s more exciting than a (slightly boring) grey jersey hoodie (scroll down to see it sans coat).
As always in the colder months when out dog walking, I add accessories that aid warmth: a pom pom beanie, gloves (I often wear mittens over my grey fingerless gloves when it’s REALLY cold) and a scarf. Which, on this occasion, I totally forgot.
I got 100 yards up the road when the wind blew its cold sh*t at me and I realised I’d left my scarf on the coat hook at home. (DAMMIT.) However, my long fluffy bob does kinda keep my neck warm, and thank goodness I’d layered with a roll neck jersey top underneath my hoodie…!
I have a few pairs of stylish boots for walking the dog: these ones are the Lotus* ones from last year – sadly no longer available but check out their AW19 collection for more super comfy mid-calf and knee-high boots. I find velvet skinnies a bit warmer than standard denim (I know I said straight leg jeans are more modern than skinnies but I still keep skinnies for tucking into boots) and the crossbody bag holds the doggy essentials, keys and lip balm.
And as for Suki? She’s a total star. She couldn’t be any more loving or hilarious, her greyhound traits are in full force now she’s super settled and really knows we’re her doggy parents. Adopting this gorgeous girl has been SUCH a great healer for us after losing Riley – she’s like him in many ways (those typical traits being the reason why we went for another sighthound), but also totally different in many ways which is perfect.
Suki is her own ‘person’ – plus she looks SO good in red. No one ever comments on MY outfits when we’re out walking, but goodness she gets All The Compliments from everyone when we go places…!!
Any good tips for walking-the-dog outfits? Do you have a favourite coat that seems fresh year after year? Comment below…!
Coat: La Redoute (old – alternative)
Velvet jeans: M and Co (similar)
Boots: Lotus (similar)
Hat: Asos (similar)
Bag: House of Fraser (alternative)
Suki’s coat: The Trendy Whippet
OTHER COCOON / JACQUARD (ISH) COATS YOU MIGHT LIKE:
5 ways to wear a jacquard coat…
Here are some of the other ways I’ve worn my jacquard coat so you can see the different ways it can be styled:
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